How to Open a Sentry Safe With a Combination Lock

You can use a Sentry home safe, such as model numbers 1230, 1250 and 1330, to store a variety of valuables, such as money, guns, coin collections, heirlooms and fine jewelry. The safes are water- and fire-proof, and can withstand most of the elements. The safe's combination lock will keep your possessions even more secure, as long as you keep the number sequence private. Sentry safes come with either 3- or 4-digit combinations, which you'll find printed on the front of the owner's manual.

How to Open a Sentry Safe with a 3-Digit Combination Lock

Step 1

Turn the dial so that the pointer is on zero to start.

Step 2

Turn the dial left, or counterclockwise, passing the zero at least three times before stopping at the first number of your combination. You'll end up going past your first number two times, and stopping on it the third time around.

Step 3

Turn the dial to the right, or clockwise, stopping the second time you reach the second number of your combination.

Step 4

Turn the dial to the left, or counterclockwise, again, stopping on the third number of your combination the first time you reach it.

Step 5

Pull the safe's handle down to open.

How to Open a Sentry Safe with a 4-Digit Combination Lock

Step 6

Turn the dial so that the pointer is on zero to start.

Step 7

Turn the dial left, or counterclockwise, passing the zero at least four times before stopping at the first number of your combination. You'll end up going past your first number three times, and stopping on it the fourth time around.

Step 8

Turn the dial to the right, or clockwise, stopping the third time you reach the second number of your combination.

Step 9

Turn the dial to the left, or counterclockwise, again, stopping the second time you reach the combination's third number.

Step 10

Turn the dial to the right, or clockwise, stopping the first time you reach the fourth and final number of your combination.

Step 11

Pull the safe's handle down to open