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Locksmithing/Safe Manuals Vanguard 2.0 & Sentry 1235


Simple question (I think?): I have 2 safes in which I rarely open, but store family valuables. I actually have the combinations (!). The problem is the actual process of using the combinations. Vanguard is Right 4 times stop after the 3rd time passing the first number, etc. Sentry is the opposite but starts with 3 turns, etc. By any chance do you have the written process for these safes? Thank you so much, Nathan


Your Sentry safe should be fairly easy to get a manual.   Go to the following web page to down load a manual for your safe model.

The Vanguard not so easy.   These are imported safes, and generally the manufactures don't provide replacement manuals - if you can even contact them.

The dialing sequence (based on the info you have provided) should be as follows:

4 times right to the first number,
3 times left to the second number,
2 times right to the third number,
1 time left until the dial stops (should be around 10).

If this doesn't work, you might also try reversing the above instructions, or LRLR vs RLRL.

NOTE:  Left is counter clockwise, Right is clockwise.   DO NOT count the revolutions of the dial, count the individual numbers as they arrive at the 12 o'clock index mark.   Once you have dialed a number - FORGET IT - it has no bearing on any other numbers, and trying to use it will simply "screw you up"!

So if your first number is 50, you would turn the dial clockwise (right) stopping the fourth time the number 50 arrives at the index.   If the second number is 25, you would then turn the dial counter clockwise (left) stopping the third time the number 25 arrives.

Keep it simple and don't add any extra turning info.

Hope this helps,


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