When you find yourself in a situation where you need to access a gun safe but don't have the key or combination, a locksmith can be your best bet. Locksmiths are trained professionals who can use a variety of methods to open safes without damaging them. They can use spare parts, manipulate the dial, or drill points to access a safe. In some cases, they may even be able to obtain an override code for electronic locks or dial combinations.
Before the locksmith does any work on your safe, it's reasonable to ask for an estimate of the cost. Because of their experience and training, and often because a merchant's license or membership is required, you can expect to pay more for a locksmith who opens safes compared to other locksmith services. In order for the safe company to provide the information, the use of a locksmith is generally required to verify that you are the owner and to verify the ownership of the safe. Once the locksmith is sure that you are allowed to access the contents of the gun safe, he can proceed to unlock it.
The locksmith will usually try to obtain an override code for electronic locks or dial combinations before drilling. If this isn't possible, he will use his knowledge and pierce the safe (possibly several times) in an attempt to find a place where he can use the sight to see the mechanisms and be able to open the safe. He may also drill a small hole in the safe for him to insert a small instrument inside and see how to open the lock. It may seem impossible to open a locked safe, but locksmiths have some tools they can use to assess the problem, release the lock and repair it, or, at the very least, allow the owner to access and retrieve the contents.
The good news is that a locksmith can help you access a gun safe, as long as you can prove that you're the owner. You can show your local locksmith proof of purchase or proof of residence if the safe is in your home or workplace.