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Cleaning up the bureau

It’s often joked that alcohol, tobacco and firearms should be a convenience store and not a government agency. I call my basement the bureau because it’s where I keep my beer fridge, humidor, ammo locker and gun safe. Anyhoo, spent the last couple of days getting organized:


After my safe bleg, I settled on a Browning. I like it. Two things, first being I should have spent the extra $500 for the next size up. Everything fits but it’s snug. Second, they make rifle racks or the door with a cut out for scopes. These are not set up for 16 inch ARs. I had to move the rack because I mostly have AR-15s.

Picked the safe up at The Knoxville Safe House. Good people and do recommend. They answered my questions on fire ratings and explained the pros and cons of interior and exterior hinges.

Speaking of mostly having ARs, if one is none and two is one then this is some number. Math is hard:


Top to bottom: Colt 6920 FDE, Colt 6920 Gray, Junior’s Gun, the 12 incher, and a 7 inch dedicated 22LR suppressed.

12 Responses to “Cleaning up the bureau”

  1. guffaw Says:

    Should’ve gone with Fort Knox!
    Regardless, make certain it’s bolted into the floor and the wall! (learning from my sad experience).


  2. Sebastian Says:

    Two things, first being I should have spent the extra $500 for the next size up.

    You and me both. I guess you should buy the safe for the collection you want, not the collection you have 🙂

  3. Kevin Baker Says:

    When I bought my safe, I stood looking at two Brownings, side by side. My wife walked up and said “Get the bigger one. You’ll fill it up eventually.”

    Truer words….

  4. rickn8or Says:

    Junior’s Gun (Or it’s Hello Kitty variant) is the reason I want a granddaughter.

  5. JTC Says:

    I had suggested a used jeweler’s safe which would be the size of that fridge, far more secure and some patience would have paid off in scoring one for cheap.

    But as to size/capacity, another jeweler/pawnbroker technique is to get two smaller identical safes bolted down side by side. Spreads the risk, doubles the difficulty of theft, and creates additional fire/theft barrier on the side where they touch. So when you outgrow this one, just get another just like it.

  6. Garrett Lee Says:


    If I got a safe for the collection I want, I’d have to turn my walk-in closet into a safe.

  7. HL Says:

    Good choice on Knoxville Safe House. They make it easy, don’t they? I suspect they bolted it to the floor for you.

    I too, went with the Browning, except I did go bigger. It didn’t matter…I should have gone bigger still, but the next model up would have had to live outside. The Fort Knox they have there are very nice, but the interior design of the Browning sold me on it.

    Also, I did the same with my Sentry as you. Ammo locker now. In fact, I had to look twice because your setup looks just like mine.

  8. Laughingdog Says:

    If it has an electrical pass-through to plug in a dehumidifier, I highly recommend covering the outside of the hole for the plug with some 3M Fire Barrier Putty. My guns probably would have been in perfect condition if I’d had that. Instead, the seal around that plug melted, which let smoke and moisture get inside. Restoring guns is cheaper than buying them all over. But it’s still a lot more expensive that a block of that putty would have been.

  9. Brad Says:

    What model is it?

  10. Matthew Carberry Says:

    If Two is One, and One is None, then Two is also None.

    You need Three or more guns to be actually armed at all.

  11. James Brack Says:

    Nice little collection of AR’s you have there. Glad to see you bought a safe even if it is a little small. It’s amazing at how creative you can be to add more firearms even when it looks full. The only problem with that is getting them out!

  12. SayUncle Says:

    Model is Gold 26 (or 29) gun.

    Thanks, Laughing. Good advice.

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