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I am trying to find info on a safe that I bought several years ago. I am thinking of reselling the safe but do not know current value or any specs on safe. It is a McGunn Untouchable Safe TL-30 Plus 6. The outside dimensions are 41" Wide, 71" Tall, and 28" Deep. I have lost the combo to the safe so I am unable to open right now but trying to seek someone in area for manipulation of the safe. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Hi Sterling,

I would have to see what you actually have.    While McGunn was a manufacturer, much of their stuff was either imported or relabeled, so while it may have their name, that may not be what you actually have.

Having the TL-30 label on the safe is worth something, but bottom line it WILL depend on what you have as there were some crappy safe makers out there.

Second item - if the safe is locked up, then it currently has a negative value - that being the cost to open the safe.    While Manipulation "MAY" be possible (depending on the lock) it isn't a guaranteed method for opening the safe.    You WILL be paying for the service and not necessarily the result.

If the safe needs (or has to be) drilling, charges generally are a "PER" lock rate, and can start as high as $1500 per lock.    If the container has glass, and/or due to its location relocks have to be disabled - each of these is considered a lock.

"CURRENT" value will be dependent upon its condition AFTER it is open AND repaired.

If you can't find someone "SKILLED" in manipulation and/or opening high security safes in your area, then let me know where you are located (zip code), and I'll see who I might know or recommend in your area.

Just because someone says that they will try it, doesn't necessarily mean that they are skilled, and as mentioned - YOU will be paying for the service and not necessarily the results!  

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

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44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2015 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service area is Northern California - Fresno to Oregon, including western Nevada

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