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Old 10-30-2015, 07:05 PM   #1
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Electronic safe lock users....warning!

I thought I would share a recent incident with my gun safe. The past few years I have sometimes had to enter my combination several times to get the lock to open. I was unaware this was a sign the lock was failing. The other night I changed combinations thinking one of the numbers on the key pad was going bad. After changing the combination it took about 20 tries to open it. I finally got it to unlock and left it open. Little did I know this was the last time the lock would work and fortunately my door was open when it totally failed. I talked to a lock smith and he suggested I bring him the lock and key pad to determine which was bad. We tried different key pads and locks and realized something in the wiring went bad. I replaced the lock and key pad and all is good now. To make a long story short be advised if you have to enter your combination multiple times to open your safe it is failing and time to replace it. I was told 10 years is the average life of an electronic lock, whether it is a S&G or AmSec.
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I have the older style combination lock like our old locks that we used on our school lockers...

I still mess up once in awhile when I think it's 4 left 3 right 2 lefts instead of the 3L-2R-1L correct way...
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I guess I'm old school, I've never trusted or wanted electronics on anything important to me.
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Mine has tumblers.
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Mine has tumblers.
Mine has numbers that I forget every so often....
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I like mechanical things because they don't have circuits or electronics that can fail.
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Electronic safe lock users....warning!

There is nothing wrong with digital combo locks as long as there is some sort of key backup. On my Patriot safe, you must enter a password, turn a key, then rotate main wheel to open. The digital is battery operated. Now if there is digital failure, there is a second key that you can insert. Only then by turning both, (like getting ready to launch a nuke), can the digital be bypassed. You can turn both at same time and turn wheel to open.
So no, I'm not liking safes with just a digital combo or bio. It must have a backup system or just have an old fashion combo with tumblers.





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