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    Locking closet question

    I have a closet I keep my gun stuff in, and it has a lock on it. I have a kid on the way now.

    Instead of buying a gunsafe, I could use the entire closet as my gun safe (it pretty much only has guns stuff and ammo in it now anyway). I might even buy a combination doorknob so I need not worry about a key.

    But there is one problem - the hinges are on the outside of the door. In future years, as the kid gets older - hypothetically, one could knock out the hinge pins and take the door off the hook to get into it (with the doorknob still locked).

    Any ideas? I'd rather not screw in any time of locking hinge into the doorframe and door - and, this could just be unscrewed anyway.

    If there was such a thing as a locking hinge - I'd be set - something like a longer than normal hinge pin, and I could put a tiny padlock thru it to keep anyone from taking the pin out. I did a google search, but had no luck for such an item.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    I have a closet I keep my gun stuff in, and it has a lock on it. I have a kid on the way now.

    Instead of buying a gunsafe, I could use the entire closet as my gun safe (it pretty much only has guns stuff and ammo in it now anyway). I might even buy a combination doorknob so I need not worry about a key.

    But there is one problem - the hinges are on the outside of the door. In future years, as the kid gets older - hypothetically, one could knock out the hinge pins and take the door off the hook to get into it (with the doorknob still locked).

    Any ideas? I'd rather not screw in any time of locking hinge into the doorframe and door - and, this could just be unscrewed anyway.

    If there was such a thing as a locking hinge - I'd be set - something like a longer than normal hinge pin, and I could put a tiny padlock thru it to keep anyone from taking the pin out. I did a google search, but had no luck for such an item.

    Anyone have any ideas?
    Check your local hardware store, they do make hinges with the pins welded in and EXTREMELY difficult to remove,If they dont carry them have someone weld some hinges for you.

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    I think you would be way ahead just buying a safe.

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    Buy a safe would be the best way to go.

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    If I were you, I'd get a safe... Better "safe" than sorry....
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    Well, if I put a combination doorknob on the door, and solve the pin issue - its just as good as a safe - at least from the perspective of having kids. My wife is already hassling me that I should sell my guns to either buy a safe with the money from selling 1, or if I didn't have any, then I wouldn't need the safe.

    Neither of these things will happen - But, if I did get one, it would not be very big. And, with me having handguns, I'd have to build some shelves to put in. And, I'd also have to pit my ammo in there as well.

    Even with a safe, I plan to get the combination lock anyway - that way I have room to put anything I want in there. But, I'll admit that I wouldn't worry about the hinges if I did get a safe. But, I can go this route for about $100 - much cheaper than gettinmg a small safe for around $300 that won't be fireproof anyway.

    I got some suggestion on Glocktalk - not all that I wanna do. I guess I'll keep looking for similiar sized hinges that have a pin U cannot remove.

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    Buy a safe with a fire rating, cheaper and more effective than an insurance rider, better peace of mind too. You can still build it into your locking closet, then you can build shelves around and on top of it and lock the ammo up too. Use your tax return or save up to finance it, in the long run you will be happier. Your wife will have better peace of mind and be happier about it too with the kids just in the perceptual difference between a "safe" and a locked closet.

    My wife's been on me to sell some guns too, it's not going to happen, I made the fundamental decision that I will never sell a gun after I almost sold a shotgun to buy another one last year...I would have regretted it.
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    Well, I already have an insurance rider - it's only like $4 or $5 a year thru State Farm.

    But, I've got some time I guess. I just wanted to start getting in the habit of locking everything up now. I may go look at Home Depot or Lowes this weekend for a hinge I can use with a non removable pin.

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    Ship - there are such things as security hinges.. I felt like there was, and I found this:

    http://www.statefarm.com/learning/be..._burg_hing.asp

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    Yea, I found that. But, I couldn't find who made them or sold them. Then, I discovered that Hager makes these hinges - there is even a local distributor. I called - they only sell straight to builders, not the general public. Geeze....

    But, he got me another number of a different local vendor... And I called. I will be taking 1 hinge to them tomorrow to make sure they get me the right style hinge, but for less than $10, they can order me a double pack of hinges with a non removable pin.

    So, problem solved. I should have it in a week or so

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    Sure seems like a very economical "fix" to me. I'd also obtain those door lock reinforcements and long screws to prevent people from busting the door open. As it probably opens outward, it's a bit more difficult to bust it open from the outside, but it can still be done. Those door knob combo locks run about $100, I think. My gun safe cost me $1400.

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    Yes, I can get a combo lock for $100 or less. I'm trying to find one locally so I don't have to just order off the net - in case I have a problem. But, it seems like i have no luck. No hardware store carries these things - seems like they would. But, I'll deal with that after I get the hinge squared away.

    I want the combo lock so I don't have to worry about where I put my keys down.

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    By the time the kid is old enough to figure out how to remove the door you could have saved your money for a safe. hint, hint.

    I think the safe idea is the safest idea.

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    Well, I don't really want a safe. I'd have to make shelves in it since I have all handguns - and will probably only have 1 rifle (soon). Plus, I'd have to get a goldenrod or something to deal with moisture issues (no socket in the closet itself).

    I can keep all my extra ammo and guns on the shelves in the closet. I think this is easier.

    For burglary issues, a $300 safe ain't gonna stop them anyway - They can pry the safe off the wall and take it with them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Well, I don't really want a safe. I'd have to make shelves in it since I have all handguns - and will probably only have 1 rifle (soon). Plus, I'd have to get a goldenrod or something to deal with moisture issues (no socket in the closet itself).

    I can keep all my extra ammo and guns on the shelves in the closet. I think this is easier.

    For burglary issues, a $300 safe ain't gonna stop them anyway - They can pry the safe off the wall and take it with them...
    Have you ever felt how heafty one of dem der safes are? They may get it out of the house but then all you have to do is check hospitals for pateints with back and hemroid issues.

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    Actually, unless U spend a fortune, they are not eavy at all. I'd be getting one of those $300 or less Wal-Mart specials. The ones close to $1000 with the lined interior are the nice heavy ones...

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    For $500 you should be able to get a safe with enough weight that no team of two burgalers can remove it from your house unless you put it right by the front door. Theives are generally in and out and no-one's carting a dolly and a tailgate lift with them in a neighborhood. Put it down a flight of stairs and you're guarenteed to keep your guns...remember Fire proof too

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    Drill a quarter inch hole in top and bottom hinge use a steel peg 1" long and you will make your own security hinge for your gun room. Other things you can/should do, is line with half or 5/8s plywood walls and ceiling. My room is 16'x20' and have cabinets, safes, racks on the walls. hopefully next summer get to built a new vault.

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    Yea, I could do that - but I don't have a drill. Buying the hinges for less than $10 is good enough.

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    Your closet plan is more than sufficient. If your kid is going to be breaking down doors, you have a lot more problems on your hands than the way that your firearms are locked up. Could you really clarrify on that scenario?

    You all know there's no such thing as an impenetrable safe, right?

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