I am in the process of purchasing a new gun safe and wonder if the
digital lock is better than the dial type. They are both S&G with the
digital being a $200 upgrade. Also, is the Omega fire rating a better
indicator than a factory rating. The reason I ask is I almost had a lockout
on my old safe (more like a cabinet and not really worth the cost of a
service call). I was able to get it open and found that one of the tumblers
had moved one number. After I reset the combination and got it working I
realized that it was all too easy to open with a few tools, therefore a more
secure safe is in order.
They are both S&G with the
You have made my point. Mechanical locks will die over time, but usually
die a slow death giving you plenty of warning and a competent safe man can
usually get one open if it does fail without drilling it.
With the digital locks they tend to die with no warning, they tend to
require major surgury to open and then you get to buy a whole new lock and
have the box repaired.
Digital has advantages if you need:
- multiple users, possibly with different access privilages
- frequent combination changes
- time delay before opening
(possible in mechanical locks but costs more and may
have some reliability issues of its own)
- high security against tampering
(manipulation-proof, and many digitals respond to
a series of wrong combinations by disabling themselves
for 15 minutes or so to make opening by guess harder)
The main downside, as others have noted, is that when a digital lock
fails (which isn't all that common, but nothing's perfect), it fails
suddenly and fails hard.
A *good* gun safe will have a decent lock and provide some protection
for the lock -- but let's be serious here: gun safes are designed to
have large storage volume _at_the_expense_of_ high security. If you need
tamper-resistant storage of large items like long guns, they're great.
If you need serious burglary protection, then something that large is
going to co$t $ome $eriou$ buck$... so what you may want to do is let
the gun safe keep the guns, and buy a smaller but more serious safe to
protect real valuables.
I'm thinking that upgrade should only be about $100.00. If your spending a
lot of $$$ and you want the digital lock (It is more convenient), try to
negotiate the price.
A mechanical lock should last forever with proper maintenance.