Just getting one with free shipping is a huge savings. Academy had one for 300 shipped which was a hell of a deal. I should've gotten one too. I've got some other plans in mind besides just a safe though. Which won't ever be discussed on the interwebs but yeah. Definitely can always use another safe.Back in the eighties I bought a safe. Half was for firearms and the other half had shelves for jewelry, camera gear, documents. etc. I converted it to all firearms. But that also became way too small. I bought a second gun safe on Black Friday. I don't expect to need a third safe, but who knows.
I still need to get a plate carrier with some mag pouches. I've been on AR500's site and picked out a rig more than once but never pulled the trigger. They get expensive when you start adding good shit on them.Not AR related, but I upgraded to Lvl IV plates...
Oh I'm sure whatever I get first, I'll find things I don't like or don't need and wind up replacing half of it after running around with it on a while. We all have a big box of stuff that sounded like a good idea in theory but didn't work out for us in execution.^ I purchased my first carrier on a whim - there was a good set of steep discounts going on at the time with TAG (probably still are), with previous-generation stuff, so I just went with it: probably ending up wasting those dollars, and although I could say that it's inconsequential, the truth is that what I paid for them would have supported another placard, along with more pouches/accessories.
What I'm really trying to say, I guess, DevJames is to just take your time and work out what exactly it is that you want with your carrier. Counter to my initial thinking where it came to this kind of stuff, I now believe strongly that if you're looking for a SHTF kind of deal, it actually may be in your best interest to save up a bit more and go with a higher-quality and more comfortable setup, given that you're more likely to need to move for an extended period of time with said gear.
Similarly, with some of the better stuff, it's easier to scale to your needs. I've got a placard set up for extra mags just waiting on zombie slaying , but for class, I use a "general-purpose/learning" setup where the placard holds an extra centerline-front TQ, an extra safety cutter, an admin light, a low-light safety marker, and an admin pouch that can be quickly and easily accessed for note-taking materials, my phone, and even a small snack. Instead of taking a half-hour to un-weave/re-weave MOLLE, I'm done in 5 seconds by unclipping two ITW SRBs and ripping off a VELCRO-backed panel.