Gary Docktor, owner of Gun & Reel Sports, says people should think about the value of what they are going to put in a safe when they’re buying one.

“Not all safes are created equal,” he said.

Gun & Reel Sports carries Champion safes, which are made in America. They are a high quality safe and popular with customers, he said.

“It’s been a good line,” Docktor said.

The safes have more locking bolts than safes made in China, which have only three, he said. The steel plate is thicker in the Champion safe so it can’t be pried open, he said. In 10 door tests in which Champion safes and other brands were bolted together and a pulling force used against them, the Champion safe doors did not fail in any of the tests.

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Firearms aren’t the only use for safes. They can be used for important documents such as wills, passports, deeds, coins and other items, he noted.

Champion Safe Co. recommends not purchasing a safe that retails for less than $750. The company says the “break-in resistance” is key in choosing a safe. The amount of steel and strength of boltworks determines the break-in resistance of a safe.

Docktor said the price for the safes range from $999 to $2,200 and they are available in varying sizes. The shelves are adjustable.

In a promotional booklet by Champion Safe Co., a testimonial from Terry “Andy” V. Andreasen of Security Safe, Hayward, Calif., said the Champion Safe Company’s Crown Series was the only standard gun-type safe to preserve the contents that were in it following a destructive fire in California in 2017. Andreasen said Security Safe opened 40 safes for residents as a service after the Oct. 8, 2017, fire in Santa Rosa, Calif., that killed 22 people and destroyed about 5,300 structures. In the standard gun-type safes, the contents were intact only in the Champion’s Crown Series safes, he said.

Champion safes come with Phoenix Fire Protection and a premium lifetime warranty.

This story is advertorial content that appeared in the 2020 Progress Edition of The Jamestown Sun.