I'll say it right up front... I think I made a mistake tonight and I don't want anyone else to make the same one. I'd been reading all the recent "which safe should I buy" threads, and on the advice of some, I cruised on over to Wally World to check out what they had in stock.
Disappointingly, they didn't have any keypad safes here (well, there was one that was a small, briefcase size). What I am looking for in a safe is something roughly 1 cu. foot in volume. I want enough room to safely store my roughly 10 pistols, and I don't want to drop the money on one big enough for long guns too, since I only have a few of those.
I purchased the SentrySafe Fire Safe, because it bolted down (supposedly... read on), was .8cu ft, and had a combination instead of a key.
First off, here's a picture of exactly what the box says...
I suppose if I cared to drill my own mounting holes, the safe could
be bolted down. I'm sure that drilling my own holes would also void all warranties and claims I might have on fire protection.
Here's a view of the interior and exterior bottom of the safe.
Those divets you see are just that, divets. They are not holes. That panel in the bottom on the inside does NOT come off.
this was a case of blatant false advertising. This safe is NOT made to be bolted down.
The dial is very cheap. Reminds me of a child's toy. Same with the "shelf" and the whole interior lining. It has the "mexican motel room" feel to it.
The instructions specifically state that firearms should not be stored in this safe. Why? I'm not sure, but I would have liked to know that when I was reading the box, back before I bought it and lugged it home. There was no mention of this on the box.
The owner's manual states that the fireproofing material has a high moisture content, which CAN cause high humidity inside the safe. This sounds like a good enough reason for ME to not store guns inside, but that would apply to my important documents, jewelry, and small electronics as well. With that in mind, what exactly IS this safe any good for?
This safe is not worth the $80, nor the $5 each way in gas it cost me to get to Wal-Mart. It's also not worth lugging around the parking lot, into my car, out of my car, and into my house. I'm offended by the aforementioned inconvenience to me, and I'll be spending another $10 in gas to return the stupid thing tomorrow morning. In my own little capitalist manner, I'll be getting even by not ever buying anything made by Sentry again, and encouraging all of you to not waste your time either. Back to the drawing board, I suppose.