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Gun Safe Question ( purchase)

  • 11-10-2021 7:37am
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    Registered Users Posts: 25 Bensimp


    Hi Guys

    Newbie to this. Gun Safe question,

    I am taking up Target shooting with a sporting rifle and scope.

    What size / type of safe should I get, dimension wise, and what type, storage wise? as when I look online most safes seem to be directed towards shotguns so I am not sure if a rifle and scope will fit in the safe comfortably.

    Also, should I future proof by getting something bigger that would hold 3 - 4 guns. Reading online some say that 2 guns safes are tight at the best of times and also better to go bigger for more room as guns won't rub off each other causing marks/ damaged etc.

    Should I get a safe that has separate ammo lock storage inside it?

    Any recommendations of type of safe and sellers appreciated.



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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 27,534 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Cass


    Excellent information there by otmmyboy2. For recommendations I'd look towards Infac. I have multiple safes and one of them is Infac. The others are Buffalo river. The Infac is about 2 to 3 inches deeper than the BR (Buffalo River) ones. What this means is when I store my scoped rifle in the BR one the scope either touches the rear of the safe causing the rifle to sit up off the foam slot so I have to sit the buttstock out as close to the door to allow it to sit in comfortably.

    While the BR is marked as an 8 gun safe in reality I can get about 4 scoped rifles in it (without touching or damaging each other) ad thats it. Now obviously the larger the rifle (and I mean physical size, not caliber) the more room it takes up so when I put my 308 with its large scope and heavy barrel in I have to turn it slightly sideways to fit in comfortably so I lose 2 slots for one gun. Sometimes, like with my target rifle, this can be 3 slots.

    Now to my Infac safe. It is about 3 inches deeper than the BR one. This allows me to put each rifle into its own slot and because the foam slot is also sitting further off the back of the safe the rifle sits more upright and it means the Infac 8 gun safe could hold 8 guns or 5 to 6 large rifles whereas the BR is 4 at most with possibly 3 depending on the rifle.

    My larger rifles are about 9 inches from the top of the scope to the bottom of the stock and about 2.5" wide. Why safe manufacturers don't take into account is a mystery to me, but regardless look for a safe with a deep internal measurement, and if looking in person try find one that has the gun slots that sit further out from the back of the safe giving a more upright storage position.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 25 Bensimp


    Thanks otmmyboy2 and Cass both for your feedback and advice.

    I actually was looking at the Infac SD5 . I'll pop to a dealer in the coming days and have a look.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,569 ✭✭✭ garv123


    for 50 quid extra I'd get the SD7, lets face it, no one ever buys 1 gun 😁

    Nothing worse than trying to mind guns to get them into the safe or having to take out 1 to get at another. the sd5 is 250x330mm (WxD) the SD7 is 350x350mm.



  • Registered Users Posts: 25 Bensimp


    I actually bough the SD7 . It was the same price as the SD5 if collected. €299 in Sportsden Navan .

    A beast of a thing to lift and move, but looks great with plenty of room, plus the top safe box is handy addition. I bolted it to a wooden floor but with the weight / height of it there is a slight sway and I think with some brute force I'm sure it could be pulled out of the floor board as there are only two floor anchor points. I'll have to find a wall to anchor it to later.

    Next mission, Find a good .22 sporting rifle, bipod and scope, may have to start post on that!



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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 27,534 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Cass


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