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Dan in MI

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I got annoyed at the stack of guns outside my safe and decided to scour the want ads for another small safe. Within the first five I find this gem. Liberty 18 gun safe, locked, do not know the combination. It came with my new house. $200. Exactly what I am looking for and only 10 minutes from me. Of course my head starts spinning on what's inside. I know a safe specialist locksmith (worked for Diebold) so being locked didn't really concern me.

I contact the guy. It's not ten minutes from me. It's 45 minutes from me, BUT it is close to my daughters. Due to scheduling (deer season) we can't connect for three days, but he is holding it for me. The day finally arrives.It's been three days, I am no longer anxious about the possibilities, but hey hope springs eternal. Now he can't meet like planned, but will take $25 off if I come to his house. Ok, I can handle that. Neither of us had correct change so I got $30 off.

I immediately jokingly say "I assume you rolled it around and it doesn't make any noise." He said "No, but it is quiet." We slide it in my truck and I do hear something, but small enough that it may just be a piece of brass. I talk to him a little and he says, "I've been getting bombarded with texts on this thing and shows me at least 40 responses." I am in complete shock he held it and thank for doing so. Then he says, "The original owner gave me the comb, but I can't get it to work. Do you want it?" Well, yeah. DUH.

I get home and try the combination a few dozen times. No luck. I look up the owners manual to make sure there isn't anything trick to it. Nope, but the troubleshooting section says try a number off in each direction as the dial may have slipped. I'll try that in the morning.

First try I bump the initial number by 1 and IT OPENS! The treasure is the two bolts to bolt it to the floor. RATS! Well now that it is open I test run the combination again. No luck. I remember that I was a little sloppy on the last number when it opened. I try the new 1st digit and add one the the last digit VIOLA! I now have the correct combination.

The cabinet was completely gutted, so I had to make an interior today, but that was easy. I would have probably customized it anyway.
 

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My Pony Express safe lock quit working after 25 years, so I tried the “add a number” to each of the originals. It has worked just fine for the last two years.

Glad you got yours going. At least you did get two free anchor bolts!
 

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When I was the Postmaster of a tiny village down the road, the PO was in an old bank building. Of course we were expected to use the combination lock on the 100 year old(maybe more) vault door. Not much confidence was instilled by the torched out and welded back cutouts in the door due to a malfunction 40 years earlier. After one near cat -a$$-trophy that I managed to resolve after 3-4 hours of combination juggling, we stopped using the combination lock. We'd just turn the handle to 'LOCK' but not spin the combination knobs. Heck there was a 1/2 thick secondary door with a double key lock behind the gigantic external hinged vault door anyway.
 

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I got annoyed at the stack of guns outside my safe and decided to scour the want ads for another small safe. Within the first five I find this gem. Liberty 18 gun safe, locked, do not know the combination. It came with my new house. $200. Exactly what I am looking for and only 10 minutes from me. Of course my head starts spinning on what's inside. I know a safe specialist locksmith (worked for Diebold) so being locked didn't really concern me.

I contact the guy. It's not ten minutes from me. It's 45 minutes from me, BUT it is close to my daughters. Due to scheduling (deer season) we can't connect for three days, but he is holding it for me. The day finally arrives.It's been three days, I am no longer anxious about the possibilities, but hey hope springs eternal. Now he can't meet like planned, but will take $25 off if I come to his house. Ok, I can handle that. Neither of us had correct change so I got $30 off.

I immediately jokingly say "I assume you rolled it around and it doesn't make any noise." He said "No, but it is quiet." We slide it in my truck and I do hear something, but small enough that it may just be a piece of brass. I talk to him a little and he says, "I've been getting bombarded with texts on this thing and shows me at least 40 responses." I am in complete shock he held it and thank for doing so. Then he says, "The original owner gave me the comb, but I can't get it to work. Do you want it?" Well, yeah. DUH.

I get home and try the combination a few dozen times. No luck. I look up the owners manual to make sure there isn't anything trick to it. Nope, but the troubleshooting section says try a number off in each direction as the dial may have slipped. I'll try that in the morning.

First try I bump the initial number by 1 and IT OPENS! The treasure is the two bolts to bolt it to the floor. RATS! Well now that it is open I test run the combination again. No luck. I remember that I was a little sloppy on the last number when it opened. I try the new 1st digit and add one the the last digit VIOLA! I now have the correct combination.

The cabinet was completely gutted, so I had to make an interior today, but that was easy. I would have probably customized it anyway.
WHAT?!?!?...............you didn't call the seller back, hooping & hollering when he answered........"I had a safe-cracker open it & THERE WAS $25,000 INSIDE!! THANK YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!" ?
 
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My son is a locksmith. He has had to drill safes all the way from civilians to NG Armories. None of them are easy. He recommends manual vs electronic. Good luck!
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I got annoyed at the stack of guns outside my safe and decided to scour the want ads for another small safe. Within the first five I find this gem. Liberty 18 gun safe, locked, do not know the combination. It came with my new house. $200. Exactly what I am looking for and only 10 minutes from me. Of course my head starts spinning on what's inside. I know a safe specialist locksmith (worked for Diebold) so being locked didn't really concern me.

I contact the guy. It's not ten minutes from me. It's 45 minutes from me, BUT it is close to my daughters. Due to scheduling (deer season) we can't connect for three days, but he is holding it for me. The day finally arrives.It's been three days, I am no longer anxious about the possibilities, but hey hope springs eternal. Now he can't meet like planned, but will take $25 off if I come to his house. Ok, I can handle that. Neither of us had correct change so I got $30 off.

I immediately jokingly say "I assume you rolled it around and it doesn't make any noise." He said "No, but it is quiet." We slide it in my truck and I do hear something, but small enough that it may just be a piece of brass. I talk to him a little and he says, "I've been getting bombarded with texts on this thing and shows me at least 40 responses." I am in complete shock he held it and thank for doing so. Then he says, "The original owner gave me the comb, but I can't get it to work. Do you want it?" Well, yeah. DUH.

I get home and try the combination a few dozen times. No luck. I look up the owners manual to make sure there isn't anything trick to it. Nope, but the troubleshooting section says try a number off in each direction as the dial may have slipped. I'll try that in the morning.

First try I bump the initial number by 1 and IT OPENS! The treasure is the two bolts to bolt it to the floor. RATS! Well now that it is open I test run the combination again. No luck. I remember that I was a little sloppy on the last number when it opened. I try the new 1st digit and add one the the last digit VIOLA! I now have the correct combination.

The cabinet was completely gutted, so I had to make an interior today, but that was easy. I would have probably customized it anyway.
At least you weren’t on live TV claiming there were $ millions in there! Lol
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