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Gun in a Fire Safe?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by DoubleWide, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    A gun in the safe is fine. By the time it gets hot enough to cook off any ammo your papers are going to be a charred mess anyway.
  2. Radam3


    Jul 22, 2011
    Like Revv said, the heat still gets in. That being said, if you put your glock, or any other "plastic" pistol in there with your important papers, I personally would worry more about the polymer melting than the bullets getting hot enough to do damage.

    I personally don't know. I keep mine in two separate safes so I don't have to worry...

    "I question things because I am human"

  3. Then what's the purpose of a fireproof safe?
  4. Slug71


    Mar 7, 2010
    Oregon - U.S.A
    Well heres my take,

    A fire proof and/or water resistant safe is going to be better than a safe that doesn't do that.

    I would get one of these for your documents etc..,

    And put that inside a fireproof Safe with your guns or in a separate location.

    That's exactly what I plan on doing. I will probably put it in the Safe though since it's small and can easily itself be stolen.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  5. Caver 60

    Caver 60

    Jun 12, 2007
    I know next to nothing about this discussion.

    But my limited understanding of things is that safes are rated for protection from a certain kind of fire for a limited amount of time. Like 1/2 hour at such and such a fire temperature outside, verse temperature inside the safe.

    The idea is, the fire department gets the fire extinguished before the temperature inside the safe gets too hot. Otherwise you're out of luck.

    But I may be wrong?
  6. Slug71


    Mar 7, 2010
    Oregon - U.S.A
    I think all he means is, that it does not offer the level of protection one might think. For important documents, alternate methods should be considered.
  7. Slug71


    Mar 7, 2010
    Oregon - U.S.A
    Thats exactly it.
    The smaller safes are rated up to 3hrs IIRC, while the rifle safes are like 30mins.
  8. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    Nov 27, 2011
    Had a Sentry Fire Safe. The specs said the space in the walls was filled with a substance that absorbed humidity from the air (been told gypsum or some gel). In a fire, the heat would force the water vapor to the inside of the safe. Soggy documents are less likely to combust, I guess.
    I wouldn't store anything metal in one because of the likely high humidity and rust factor. YMMV. Looking at an all steel safe through Harbor Freight since a true gun safe is far out of reach for me.