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It's OK..but a few things..
on March 8, 2014
I got mine from COSTCO, free shipping. It's a lot more robust than I imagined and very spacious inside. I was looking all over for a decent safe I could keep in my cabinet/closet. I really like the Fort Knox CAB, but didn't like the simplex buttons. I'm not a fan of the biometric as there are too many moving parts. The Honeywell 5105 is a bigger version of the hotel safes you see and it did the job for me.
-It is heavy and thick enough gauge to be a decent gun safe (my purpose).
-There is no flex at all..very sturdy. Quite possible stack them on top to increase your safe size.
-Very spacious on the inside, 14(D) X 19(W) X 6.5(H) - internal dimensions. Be aware though the initial opening at the front is 16 X 6.
-It can easily accommodate 4 guns in their own plastic cases and room enough for ammo, mags, knives.
-It comes with anchor bolts. I anchored mine to the wall. There are four pre-cut holes on the back (diamond configuration) and three on the floor. I used plastic anchors in the wall and then bolted from the inside.
-The master keys are solid. (Do not place these inside the safe)
-You can turn the "beeps" and numbers OFF (or vice versa). You can set codes from 3-6 numbers.
-There is NO RESET button on the inside..nothing to slim-jim to manually reset anything. If you enter the code incorrectly 3 times, the safe will shutdown for 5 minutes each time.
-Seems to forget the current code..happened twice now! I swapped out the cheapo batteries with some fresh Duracells..I'll update to see if that was the problem.
-The battery compartment door is hard to open. (I accidently snapped the locking tab on mine..just rigged it with same tape for the time being). The arrow indicates to push in that direction, but the door would not release. BE GENTLE (not like a caveman..me)
-The upper left corner of the door and the safe was rubbing/stuck. Hopefully overtime it will break loose, but needed some pulling pressure to break free.
** Be carefully using the same code to lock the safe. It is designed to lock with any "new" combination EVERY TIME. I don't agree with this process as if you accidently lock it with the wrong code and don't realize it, you will not be able to open it - you will have to do the override master-key function AGAIN.
-I wish the handle/security code open handle was metal and not plastic.
There seems there are 2 version..the 5105 and 5105DS. The one I got was the 5105DS (COSTCO). The 5105DS says it's 1.1 cubic feet and the 5105 is 1.0 cubic feet..I think this is a typo as they both weight the same and same dimensions. The one I have has the red Honeywell emblem on the upper right corner, the one on this page has the bigger Honeywell emblem in the upper right hand corner. They look the same to me.. The 5105DS has a 1-star review here, but mine came with everything as advertised. I would venture out to say the 5105DS is the "newer" version..?
I highly recommend this safe if you are looking for decent guns safe from the kids and general overall simple security. It is hefty and does the job.