Great information, Capt.-03! I've been thinking about getting a safe soon. I knew there were differences in fire ratings but from what I read here, it looks like I need to do a good bit more research before committing. Not only do I want one for my guns but I have a lot of important papers, pics, etc. that need to be protected. I spoke to someone from Pearl, at the last gun show,(can't remember the name of the company), that sells safes. They had several on display and were quite impressive. Almost took the plunge then but now I'm glad I waited.
WoW! There's a days worth of info on that link! I'm going to have to balance price and quality when I buy. The one that I would ideally like to have is a bank quality safe at around $30k! But that ain't hap'nin! Even the price of the Liberty's are on the high end of good ole' boy gun safes.
One thing that I have noticed... the metal on some of these are thinner than the mower deck of a Craftsman riding mower. And what some of them call 'fireproofing' is just a lining of drywall.
I'm probably going with the largest Zanotti Armor safe. They come in flat sections and you put them together. Great idea! Nosy neighbors don't know what you just got delivered, it can be installed in more hard-to-find places and the heaviest piece is 150 lbs so one man COULD do it all himself.
Champion from Game safes in covington la (i think that is where they are from). He is the BIG GUY at the Kenner la gun show selling safest. Always buy bigger than you need. Skip the fancy high gloss paint. Get the matter finish. Easier to clean.