Buying a second hand rifle safe makes good sense IF you can find a good one.
Only 8 years ago the only rifle safes you could buy in Brisbane were made with 6 mm door and or body or 12 mm door and or bodies and then the flood of cheap (and nasty) Asian made rifle safes and cabinets hit the Australian markets. This has killed off those manufacturers producing quality rifle safes because they just can complete with the cheapies.
The Qld weapons act doesn’t define how thick the steel must be and as such the cheapies have dominated the market but what if you are not happy with the a cheapie and you want to but a quality rifle cabinet, well the answer is “not much” except look around for a second hand safe that is large enough to store rifles in. Now the second hand safe market is mainly made up of second hand business safes or commercial safes and these are mainly under meter tall. So where do you find second hand 5 foot safes ? Well they are around but fairly rare.
We have a large range of second hand safes probably numbering 70 or 80
However I only have 10 or so that are big enough for rifles and some of those are just too good for rifles as they weigh 2000kg and cost around $4000 (they are ex bank & jewelleres grade safes). I do however get a few ex bank “book safes” these safes weigh around 600 kg and sell for about $1500 which is close to the price of some of the so called top end Asian rifle safes.
In relation to the cheapie rifle safes that sell for around $400 I just don’t see ANY of these on Ebay or at the auction being sold as a second hand rifle safe. Its worth noting that the cheapie Asian rifle safes only have 2- 3 mm thick steel walls and or doors which are VERY easy to cut open with either a cordless angle grinder or the more common 240 V angle grinder.