Locksmithing/old safe


We bought a house and it has a sentry safe #5250 with no combination. can we find it out ? thanks Phil


You have four options -

1.  You can contact the manufacturer with the serial number for your safe to see if they have any records for it.   Warning - They WILL require proof of ownership, and they do have a record search fee.

2.  You can test all of the possible combinations for your safe until you figure it out and open it.

3.  You can have it opened by a safe technician from a local safe company.   Note:   cost to have it opened and the combination recovered will probably cost more than the safe is worth.

4.  Save the money that it will cost for the record search or to have it opened by a safe technician, and use it to buy you a new safe, though if you are going this route I would recommend you get a much better quality safe.    Sentry safes tend to be on the low end of cheap scale.   They "meet" the basic minimums for fire resistance, but little else.

As far as the previous owners abandoning the container with "stuff" left inside, your chances of hitting the lottery are probably better.    You can spend the money to get the container opened, but don't be surprised if it's empty.   If you are lucky there might be a paper clip and an old comb.    Remember the internet story of the guy who traded a red paper clip up for a house???   http://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/
So having it opened might not be a bust after all.

Hope this helps,


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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 40 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of two Tilton & McFarland safes from the 1860'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.


40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. 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. 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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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 - 2014 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert 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 and Western Nevada)

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