The Best That Billion$ Can Buy

When protection is the number one reason for spending money, only the world’s best will do. For example, let’s take a look at one of the world’s largest lockable safes—A BIG safe for BIG guns.

One of the most massive safes in all the world is built inside Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was a joint U.S.-Canada project to construct an early warning and defense system in the event of nuclear war. The facility is called NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).

The entrance to the NORAD mountain fortress
The entrance to the NORAD mountain fortress (All NORAD photos courtesy of NORAD and U.S. Dept. of Defense)

In the early 1960s, massive caverns were carved deep in the interior of the granite mountain. These bunkers were large enough to accommodate little clusters of 3-story steel-plated buildings that rested atop some 941 super-duty massive springs. Should an attack occur the springs would absorb the shock and jarring of nuclear detonations, and staff would be protected long enough to do their jobs.

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These 3-story buildings inside the NORAD complex were made of the same sheet steel used to construct ships and submarines. The interior of the mountain remains a constant 58 degrees all year around. Some fresh water comes naturally from seepage through the rock. The main supply of water is pumped from Colorado Springs.
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The 15 NORAD buildings rest on 941 heavy-duty springs that would absorb the violent shaking during a nuclear attack on the mountain. The buildings together weigh more than 14,000 tons.

 

How long could people inside that mountain survive?

The buildings inside the mountain are separated from the outer tunnels with enormous 43-ton blast doors. These stand in tandem 50 feet apart and are designed to withstand all but a direct hit from a nuclear weapon. During the cold war, experts estimated the girth of the mountain above them and the heavy protective doors would let crews survive for about 30 minutes under direct nuclear assault.

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The two 43-ton blast doors, measuring 10×12 feet and 3 feet thick, protect the people working inside the NORAD complex. The air-tight gap between the two doors is dangerous to personnel, and no one is allowed between them when both are closed because of the risk they would eventually suffocate. Notice the hydraulic bolts that secure the doors. Liberty Safe adds bolts on the top and bottom for added strength to its home safes.

Thirty minutes is a lot of time during a nuclear war. That half hour could mean the difference between winning or losing the worst nightmare humanity has ever invented. NORAD’s “eyes” on the world would alert defense forces about which enemy missile silos and launchers still had missiles. The facility is also equipped to pass along knowledge of anything new that leaves the atmosphere and enters space as either a ballistic missile, satellite or satellite destroyer of some kind. This information allows defensive actions to be taken, to fire the BIG Guns that can destroy enemy missile silos or air bases that have not yet been launched.

And that’s why spending money for the best protection available makes such good sense. It’s all about security.

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The main control room of NORAD is equipped to display all known nuclear missile and aircraft activity on the screens in front so split-second decisions may be rendered. The entire structure and associated equipment is designed to survive and function while powerful detonations are raining down on the mountain outside.

Liberty builds its safes with the same objectives—to make the best safes possible at prices people can afford. No, the safes are not as sexy as the massive NORAD blast doors, but for home and office, they are beautiful works of craftsmanship—and the best safes that money can buy.

Only the best steel goes into the fabrication of Liberty safes. The doors and door frames are brilliantly reinforced to defeat thieves. The door bolts are extra large and extended for maximum protection. Like NORAD, the idea is to keep thieves from penetrating the safe for as long as possible. Humans and their bags of robbery tools are more easily defeated than the mega tonnage of nuclear weapons, and those deterrents are built into every Liberty safe.

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Liberty’s exclusive state-of-the-art roll form process uses a unique and secure 2-piece design. The process precisely folds coiled steel into any one of 6 models.
—There are no seams on the front and sides of the top – the most vunerable place for prying or breaking of welds. Liberty’s roll-form process and robotic welding produces stronger welds and a more rigid box.
—The back of each 2-piece safe is robotically welded to the safe body, melting the seams to resist bending, prying, cutting, splitting and distortion. This is key to defending against security attacks and distortion during hot searing fires.
—Liberty’s UNI-BODY Construction bends with more accuracy and tighter tolerances for more consistent safes and performance.
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Liberty’s locking bolts interlock and secure the safe door to the body of the safe. The thicker the bolts the higher the security.
—The higher the number of bolts, the longer the bolts, and the more sides of the door the bolts are on, the tougher the door is to bend during pry attempts and distort during a fire.
—Easy Glide™ Bolt Protectors provide for a smooth, tight operation of the locking bolts as they glide in and out of the door.

While the bolts on Liberty safes don’t need to be moved hydraulically as in the NORAD blast doors, their action is smooth and solid, securing the doors with an easy to operate handle or wheel.

Also like NORAD, Liberty safes can include an early warning system that tells owners if somebody is jiggling the door handle or otherwise disturbing the peace and security of the safe.

SAFELERT is a wireless motion and temperature detection device that installs inside the safe. Any movement or change in temperature (such as from a fire) triggers a message that is sent to an owner’s cell phone or email, alerting them that questionable activity is taking place around their safe, and it should be checked.

Could Liberty build a pair of 43-ton blast doors with hydraulic bolts and a secure casing strong enough to withstand a 20 megaton super blast, such as those in Cheyenne Mountain at NORAD?

Of course they could—But nobody has asked.

In the meantime, with NORAD giving North America a massive sense of peace of mind with its BIG safe for BIG guns, you may get your peace of mind with a safe that fits in your house, built for smaller guns and smaller dollars. It’s the best disaster protection money can buy.

Liberty Safes, the best-built safes on the planet.

How Far would You Go for a Liberty?

Like any good Texan worth his grit and go, Matt Hillman wasn’t about to pay some driver a single silver dollar to wrestle his new Liberty safe over the 120 miles to his home, and especially not for a delivery charge of ninety-nine dollars.

Nope, bringing home the box should be worth pocketing that fee, and he was all set to handle the chore himself—a simple chore well suited for him, his truck, and a bunch of buddies built for the load.

“Going to pick one up seemed like a reasonable plan,” Matt said, but finding the Liberty he wanted was half the battle. “Apparently they are a rare and elusive creature in the Lone Star State,” he said. He called dealers in Abilene, Lewisville and the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the particular model he wanted—without success.

But Texan safe dealers are a resourceful lot. Where one store fell shy, another filled the bill. As perseverance would have it, Matt landed the very safe he wanted at a store on Forest Lane in Dallas. It was a beautiful Liberty Revolution—24-gun capacity with a reliable combination lock and 30-minutes fire rating. “Oh yeah, a Liberty would be awesome,” he told the clerk over the phone, “and all in my price range!”

He headed out for his safe on a Sunday morning, traveling with his girl friend and the dogs. It was a good plan they had—first, to drop the dogs off at the groomer’s in Fort Worth, continue driving for the safe, and retrieve the dogs on the way back.

With the dogs delivered to the groomer’s, the couple pulled into the parking lot in Forest Lane an hour later. Matt approached the first clerk in sight and declared he was there to pick up his safe. After some delay, the clerk came back with the store manager and some bad news: “The safe is in a condition that it cannot be sold,” is all the manager said. Matt just stood there with his mouth hanging open. “A truck hit it, right? That’s what it takes to hurt one of those things, right?”

The manager offered a competitor’s safe with a more options for more money. “You know what?” Matt replied. “I’m here for a Liberty, dang it.” He declined the offer and asked the manager to check other stores in the area.

Laredo and most of the towns around Houston had some in stock. It was at this point that Matt started thinking, “Suddenly that $99 shipping fee didn’t sound so bad.”

Matt and his girlfriend climbed back in the truck and headed for a Waco store that had three Liberty Revolutions on the floor. “Had I known,” Matt said, “I would have gone with that store first since it’s not as far as Dallas.” He had the strong urge sweep over himself to slap some sense into his forehead. He resisted.

But first, the dogs. “Dropping them off an hour away suddenly didn’t sound like as good of an idea,” he said.

So, back on the road 50 miles west for the dogs so he could drive another 100 miles south for the safe.

Three hours later, he pulled into the Waco store. Sure enough, there was his safe, just as promised. But just to make sure, they removed the box to see that all was well. It was, and the crew loaded it into the truck. By 8 pm that night, Matt pulled up in front of his home, exhausted, worn out, but awfully glad.

His buddies got off work that next afternoon and gathered to unload the safe. Matt dropped the tailgate and suddenly noticed something he hadn’t seen before. The Waco crew had loaded the safe face down, on its combination and handle. Did it matter?

“As we slid the safe over the tailgate,” Matt said, “there was this blood curdling POP and the truck was shaking a little.” Matt thought the safe too sturdy and heavy for any popping sound. Did somebody get hurt? “We did a quick check on everyone to make sure there wasn’t a body part that was involved in making that sound.”

Upon closer examination he found the problem. “The portion of the box covering the combination dial and the door handle looked like a wild animal made an escape,” Matt said. “There was a black piece of something sitting on the tail gate and the door handle looked awfully short.”

He called the Waco store and they were very understanding and offered the last remaining safe in exchange—if he would return the damaged safe to the store. Matt gritted his teeth and climbed into his truck for the long long long trip one more time. The store compensated for the added fuel costs and gave Matt a generous discount off the original price.

The enduring lengthy trip finally ended at home later that night. It was too late to unload as planned, so Matt had to wait until the following afternoon for his friends’ help. Gathered once more, the crew grimaced and groaned and carefully off-loaded the safe and delivered it into the house with no additional issues.

“I was starting to wonder,” Matt said afterward, reflecting on the adventure that had exhausted himself, his girlfriend, his dogs and his truck, “what a guy has to do to get a Liberty safe around here … After 579 miles and four days, I finally have a safe!”

With his guns and valuables safely stored within the best-built home vault in the world, Matt reflected on what it took to get what he wanted, prompting him to ask, “How far would you go for a liberty?”

When Something Goes Bump In The Night

It’s everybody’s nightmare, that bump in the night that sits you up listening and wondering. Is it a break-in, a home invasion, the crazies looking for drugs or money, or one of the kids headed down the hall to the bathroom?

There is no better peace of mind than protection for whatever concern might wake you in the night than Liberty’s new 9G Inprint handgun vaults.

Programmed to accept up to 15 separate fingerprints, you and your responsible family members may access protection should that need arise.

No fumbling through the dark to that unattended shoe box in the closet or having to scurry downstairs to where your full-sized safe is located. No scrambling in your car for the key to open your glove compartment. Just put your finger on the fingerprint reader and the lid pops, and there’s your gun. A smart move is to keep a small flashlight there as well; you don’t want to trip over your shoes or the dog on your way to the light switch, that makes a much bigger bump in the night.

Liberty’s handgun safes use 9g’s 5th Generation Biometric finger swipe technology, the most reliable biometric entry system available, with supreme accuracy and the lowest fail-rate on the market. That’s one of the reasons we give all our 9g smart vaults a 5-year replacement warranty on any defects.

Speed counts too. Entry through the finger swipe system can be obtained in under 2 seconds (1.63 to be exact) and accommodates 15 different fingerprints. They are portable, can easily fit in a drawer or automobile, and you can bolt them down, secure them with a cable, and brings the wonderful peace of mind that Liberty Safe has been offering for more than 25 years.

Features:

Security cable included. Optional AC adapter also available.

The most reliable biometric system available

Quick and Secure finger swipe access

15 Fingerprint Memory

Tamper Resistant Design

Sturdy Steel Construction

Fits most handgun sizes

Key Backup

Portable, security cable included

5-year warranty

 

It Tried To Take His Family

It was like a scene from that horror movie Poltergeist, where in the night, something reaches in and grabs a child. But instead of a tree limb, this was far more deadly, and  played out for real during this past April in the quiet bedroom community of Louisville, Mississippi.

Dennis Taylor, with his wife and daughter, were waiting out a terrible storm, and had secured themselves in the middle of their house for safety. Suddenly, the roar of a thousand jet engines fell on them like an anvil and shook the house to its foundation. A massive crack opened in the walls of the hallway. Lights went out, darkness fell, and creaking, snapping, hissing forces suddenly ripped into the house with screaming wind and terror, turning their fears into a sudden and stark nightmare.

They stole glimpses to see half their house simply disappear into the black. It was the edge of a huge tornado that took it away, passing right through their home. The family huddled together, holding to anything nailed down to avoid being drawn into the pull of the 185-mph winds.

When it was over, only the hallway and a few uprights remained of their home.

The F4 tornado that struck Mississippi on April 28 was three-fourths of a mile wide and was tracked for 35 miles. It did untold damage, taking at least 16 lives and millions in property destroyed, a heart-wrenching tragedy by any measure of compassion and comparison.

For this family, however, there are two good pieces of news. First, the family was okay and survived.

Second, the family’s expensive possessions—jewelry, gold, guns, important papers—all survived just fine because they were kept safe, dry, unharmed and gratefully protected inside the armored walls of a Liberty safe.

It was an older Liberty, a Franklin 45 built in 1996. Standing on the carpet of a back room, the heavy safe was lifted by the tornado’s power and thrown about ten feet, leaving it buried beneath rubble.

In the days after the destruction, Dennis had a friend with a backhoe dig through the twisted remains of the house to find the safe and set it upright. He dialed the combination and the door opened right up. Though the paint took some scratches and things inside were tumbled around, “everything was taken care of,” Dennis said.

Once again, a tornado takes almost everything, but leaves behind a miracle of sorts—a family grateful to be alive, and their most valuable material belongings smartly protected inside the best insurance that money can buy—a safe made by Liberty.

Liberty Safe–the best-built safes in the world.

BELOW:  Click play to view a YouTube testimonial by Dennis Taylor and to see the remains of his family’s home after being hit by the April 2014 tornado.

Anchored to the ground as instructed, owners of this older Liberty safe found their valuable material possessions safe and secure after their house was destroyed.
Owners of this older Liberty safe found their valuable material possessions safe and secure after their house was destroyed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealers Who Make The Best-Built Safes Even Better

At Liberty, we do more than build safes—we improve and advance our customer’s lives. That is why enlisting the help of the best dealers in the country is so critical.

A recent example of great dealerships is H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, OK, a proud Liberty safe distributor.

In March 2014, the world-renowned business publication, INC Magazine, selected H&H from among 100,000 other medium-sized companies as one of the top 100 best-run companies in America. The magazine put H&H on its prestigious list called “The Build 100.”

The stature of this honor is greatly amplified by the fact that to even be considered, such companies must first demonstrate best practices and winning strategies, have CEOs with vision and responsiveness to market and customer expectations, and deliver outstanding products.

INC Magazine examined 22 million establishments to determine what qualities make a business great, and narrowed the list of best companies to 100,000. Landing on the elite “Build 100” means H&H has been recognized as among the best of the best. And, H&H happens to also be the only representative from the shooting sports industry to make the list..

Miles Hall, the founder and president of H&H, said the recognition was a huge compliment to his whole company. “INC is an impressive and important publication, so this is an honor to our team, operation, and the shooters of our area,” he said. H&H has been in business since 1981, and the honor shows how valuable H&H is to reshaping the way that shooting sports are marketed.

Today, H&H has more than 120 staff team members, and it continues to grow and expand even in these rough economic times.

And, for those in the Oklahoma area, H&H is a great place to purchase your next Liberty safe because quality and service is what H&H is all about. See the March issue of INC Magazine for the full review on “The Build 100.”

 

 

Liberty Safe Announces Free Subscription for SafAlert

Liberty announced in January the subscription fee for the 24/7 monitoring service has been waved and is now included with the purchase of the SafAlert safe protection system. The monitoring service will now be provided free of charge to Liberty safe customers.

“There are many monthly service charges and subscription fees that are cumbersome for the consumer,” said Kim Waddoups, Liberty Safe CEO. “Customer satisfaction is our first priority, and offering free monthly monitoring was a priority goal that we set some time ago. We are pleased to announce that SafAlert now comes with a free subscription to the monitoring service.”

SafAlert is a wireless device placed inside the safe to detect motion, change in humidity, and change in temperature. It allows owners to monitor the status of their safes from anywhere in the world. And, should someone open the door, move the safe, tamper with it, or if a house fire breaks out, the SafElert system immediately sends an alert to the owner’s cell phone, email, and other electronic device, for up to a total of five contact points.

The subscription fee was put in place to offset the costs incurred for staff and equipment that monitored the nation-wide SafAlert network. Absorbing those activities into other company projects made possible the free subscriptions offer.
Existing SafElert customers who have already paid for the monitoring service may receive a full refund of the subscription fee by contacting the SafElert support team at 801-657-5352 ext.

 

With Rights Come Responsibilities

Our friends at Gander Mountain are running a great sales campaign right now about rights and responsibilities.

And it’s been a timely alert, too.

A recent Gander Mountain customer responded to that campaign after he inherited his dad’s gun collection. He found in a Liberty safe exactly what he needed.

“My two boys (9 and 12 yrs) are very excited about learning gun safety and hunting. I did not want their enthusiasm to get carried away to handling them without permission or to be influenced by friends to make bad choices, so locking them up is the safest way to keep them out of curious hands.”

He wasn’t disappointed and gave the safe a five-star review: “To my delight I stumbled across Liberty at my local gun store,” and made his purchase.

That’s why Liberty keeps building the best-made safes in the world at a rate of one quality job completed every 90 seconds. It’s the attention to detail that makes all the difference because at Liberty we firmly agree with Gander Mountain—”With rights come responsibilities.”

Be prepared by storing guns and ammo, Wall Street advisor says

What does chaos look like? People don’t have to go far to see examples of societal meltdowns in recent times:

In the last five years, massive riots involving millions of people in dozens of countries have hit the streets demanding changes in economic polices, austerity programs, race and religion issues, entitlement programs, and NBA finals. In total, thousands have died at the hands of police or military forces. Businesses, banks, homes and private property have been attacked, people injured, robbed, assaulted, and beaten to death. Governments fell in Egypt, Libya, Syria, with more teetering on collapse elsewhere as elections swing against incumbents.

These are no apocalyptic fantasies from a “last days” Hollywood disaster movie, it is a reality in today’s destabilized world.

Could America be next on the chopping block for massive social upheaval?

A Wall Street advisor sees similar explosions coming to America (click here for an interview of David John Marotta published in The Washington Examiner). Marotta says the culprits include the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), NSA’s spying, rising taxes, and unrecoverable debt and spending by the federal government. He calls it a “financial apocalypse” for which all Americans should get prepared.

“A bug-out bag is a good idea depending on where you live,” Marotta said,” even if the emergency is just power outages, earthquakes and hurricanes. And with your preparedness you will be equipped to help others,” he wrote.

It is a well established fact that such a tinderbox of rage will flare hot and fast in America should any national disaster or upheaval strike. Recent proof includes the hurricane damages along the Atlantic seaboard (not to mention Katrina, etc.) that triggered looting and crime, the rioting after the George Zimmerman trial, the flare-up over Detroit filing for bankruptcy, or any singular NBA or Superbowl championship. Imagine what a full-scale economic meltdown would create?

The financial apocalypse that Marotta warns of begs the question: What is the average American doing to protect his or her own valuables at home?

Marotta suggests storing guns and ammo for protection. That’s where Liberty comes to the rescue.

“Be prepared,” he wrote. “Especially because it keeps you from being scared.”

To keep your guns and ammo out of the hands of rioters or thieves, and to keep all other valuables safe in the event of storms and fire, look to Liberty Safe for real peace of mind. That’s what Liberty sells better than anybody on the planet—Peace of mind no matter what happens.

Bash In The New Year: Watch the Liberty Safe Drop for 2014!

No celebration of New Years is complete without the dropping of the ball in Times Square at the stroke of midnight.

And now you can celebrate the New Year with another family tradition: The dropping of safes at Liberty!

At 11:58 p.m. on December 31, have your family and friends gathered together in front of your computer screen. Have some popcorn, cheese ball and crackers, and pour some beverages of your choice, and then bash in the new year with a thunking, smoking, crushing crash of safe against safe, a scene of free-fall dynamics never before witnessed by New Years revelers in the history of quality safe manufacturing. It’s a wonderfully new family-safe New Year’s tradition!

 

1. At 5 minutes before midnight, click here or go to www.libertysafe.com, click on the window “200 FT Drop! WATCH 200 FOOT DROP TEST VIDEO!”

2. After the video loads, wait for 1 minute 36.8 seconds before midnight, and then hit the play button.

3. For the first minute and a half, you will enjoy the amazing survivability of a Liberty safe enduring the horrific collision of a free-falling competitor safe being dropped on top of it from 200 feet. And then it’s Liberty’s turn.

If your Internet connection speed isn’t suffering a hangover, and you’ve hit play at the exact right moment, you will enjoy at the strike of midnight the Liberty Safe Drop of The New Year!

Witness the exhilaration of a Made in the U.S.A. Liberty safe smashing its equally weighted and sized imported competitor and ripping it to shreds, proving once again that Liberty makes the best-built safes on the planet.

May you and yours be Liberty safe for 2014.

Happy New Year!

 

 

How to Stay Cool When the Heat’s On

Is your home safe going to let you down in the event of a fire? That depends on how much you understand about the basics of fire protection.

When a safe displays a sticker saying it is rated for “60-minute” or “90-minute” protection, it means it will prevent the inside temperature from rising above 350 degrees F. for the stated time period, even if the house around it is blazing away at temperatures as high as 1200 degrees F.

Why 350? Because testing by Underwriter’s Laboratory found that standard paper will start to become unreadable around 350 degrees, chars at 400 degrees, and will ignite at 451 degrees F. (remember reading the book “Fahrenheit 451”?). The 350-degree standard is used because many people use a safe to store a variety of valuables, but especially important paper items such as cash, stock certificates, wills, legal documents, contracts, etc.

What about things that would be ruined at temperatures below 350 degrees F., such as that stash of Swiss chocolate, your original 8-track tape of the Beach Boys, or grandma’s 80-year-old photograph collection?

For items sensitive to temperatures below 350 degrees F., the prudent safe owner will purchase a firebox or media cooler to put inside the home safe. These containers offer additional temperature protection for things like diskettes, CD/DVDs, backup hard drives, photographs, etc. There are several on the market that will do the job.

Be careful that you don’t fall for the trap your neighbor steps in with, “Hey, why buy a big Liberty safe when I can get all the fire proofing I need with a much smaller and cheaper fire box?”

The answer is simple: For every house fire, there are 5 burglaries. Thieves really appreciate home owners who put their valuables in fire boxes, even those that are bolted to something. Why waste valuable time beating, whacking, cutting, torching and prying at the mighty armor of a Liberty safe when you can pop a fire box off the floor with a crowbar and walk out with it in your arms?

When you shop for the right fire rating, always buy more fire protection than you think you need, especially if you live far from the fire department. Also, placing your safe on a cement floor or against cement walls improves the performance of your home safe in a fire.