it is definitely where you live, search outside the Bay Area in more gun friendly areas. Get the biggest, heaviest SOB you can find. Filling it up is easy.I looked on Craigslist for a very long time and only found cheap stack-ons or really old safes. It may be a reflection of where I live, but I couldn't find any deals. Eventually I shopped around online and settled on a Bighorn from costco. They go on sale a couple times a year, which really makes them a great value. I've been very happy with it. Service and delivery was excellent. Great value.
As everyone says, buy a safe bigger than what you need because you fill it. That advice is no joke. Once you have one you'll put all types of valuables in there. More than you might expect.
Do research on value of fire rating. Fire inspector once said the ratings are pretty pointless. Regardless of the heat the smoke damage makes everything useless. Kind of a long story, but he basically said they're not useful to protect against fire and having inspected a lot of them....nothing ever survived to they point the owner would want to keep it.
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