Gun Vault / Armory

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Old 12-21-08, 04:41 PM
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Gun Vault / Armory

I will be getting ready to do a addition to my home this Spring and want to add a Gun Vault / Armory . Problem is I'm not sure how to construct it to be fire/theft proof, my home is stick built and on a crawlspace foundation. I have found a Vault door built by Browning. The dimensions I'm planning on are 8'wide x 8' deep with 8' ceiling. Any tips or pics would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 12-21-08, 04:59 PM
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Man I don't have any real suggestions, but I'd love to see what you have that needs that much room.

If you really want fireproofing, you'll need a solid concrete or filled block perimeter, top and sides, I would think. Plus maybe some of the standalone fire suppression units.

Have you contacted Browning to see what they may have as a guide?
 
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Old 12-21-08, 05:38 PM
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I have (3) Browning safes that are slammed ,(2) 24/35 gun for my long guns and a 11/22 gun safe for my hand guns . I also have some archery equipment I want to keep protected and want to have a area designated for ammo storage. I wanted a 8'x12' but my wife said "No , I couldn't have a gun closet bigger than her walk in closet"
 
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Old 12-21-08, 07:16 PM
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check out fema's website for above ground safe rooms also for construction details for a vault type room, we are going to do that for both a safe room and gun/reloading safe.
also i found some inswing vault doors from Vault Doors,Safe Room Vault Door,Fireproof Vault Doors - Get the best prices at homelandsafes.com, prices are reasonable and they will do custom sizes also inswing so they qualify as a saferoom for fema regulations.

one of my friends built a safe room gun safe that is fantastic but what worried me is the door is only a out swing so if the house collasped around it you will be trapped inside, of course that may not be all bad at least you will be safe.


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Old 12-22-08, 08:13 AM
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thanks Speedwrench, I never thought about FEMA having the info. They have several plans in detail.


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Old 12-22-08, 06:04 PM
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Your walls had better be super strong--b-cause------If a crook finds your vault
door---he will desecrate your walls to get in...................
 
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Old 12-23-08, 07:38 PM
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Although not that durable, drywall is used in most gun safes for fire protection. They just keep layering it on until they get the rating. It is also used as a fire barrier in buildings. 1 layer of 5/8" is a 1 hour wall, (one side) 2 layers is 2 hours.

Really your just trying to slow somebody down that is trying to get in. Even a block wall can be broke into with just a hammer. It will just take them a long time. (unless they get a bigger hammer) Heavy steel mesh is a good addition too.

I am also planing to build a small (4' x 7') gun room. I got a safe door from a friend off a job so I have a head start. I'm planning to put up a block wall. Put drywall on the inside and outside. Either put steel mesh behind the rock, rebar between the courses and/or fill some of the cores.
 
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fill all of the courses with grout and rebar on 8 in centers that will stop most thiefs in their tracks.

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the one we have at the office is 12" filled block with an 8" poured ceiling sitting on a slab. you'll have to run yours to the crawlspace , sit it on a foundation, and pour a floor.
 
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