The suitably best gun safe reviews

The role of a gun safe in securing firearms

A gun safe is an essential storage container that every gun owner should own to secure and protect their firearms. Just like traditional safes, gun safes are used to prevent the theft of one’s valuables (in our case, guns).  However, theft is just one half of the role that gun safes play. The other role of gun safes specially the smaller safes are to prevent the access of unauthorized people, such as children and loved ones.

Many States and governments even have their own laws in place that establishes and ensures the proper storage of firearms.  These laws come in the form of construction material, design, and the safes ability to withstand damage and forced entry. The State of California is known to have the strictest gun laws in the nation. So, it is no surprise that they also have the strictest regulations for gun safes.

Gun safes come in a variety of different sizes and shapes and features. But unfortunately most of them fall short of the basic use that they are made for,ie security.Because of that you have to closely look at few important aspects in the safe that can eliminate a lot of them and help you find the perfect one for your price.Come check out out the list of safes that are not just shiny boxes,and really do offer what gun safe are for.

Rifle and shotgun storage guide-Best long gun safe for the money

Storing long guns has always been one of the more challenging aspects of ownership. These weapons are cumbersome and take up a considerable amount of space.In addition they are can also be a multipurpose and useful for storing your other valuables that you may not feel secure keeping in you handgun safe.But before we write some of the best rifle gun safe reviews we have to point out three things.

First-Gun safe industry is not similar to the true safes industry.There is much more competition.So in an effort to increase sales companies may advertise their product similar to true safes that are used for storing high end valuables like money,Jewelry etc.

Second-The size of normal home or office safe is usually smaller than the safe made for long guns.

Third-There is considerable difference in price of a true safe and a gun safe.So the ones that can be compared to a True safes comes with price. That’s why we say that in gun safe you get what you pay for.

Priority of selection-While selecting a gun safe for long guns that you can use to keep your collection for the long run,our priority of selection is as below.These priority is based on the statistical occurrence of the phenomenon that it protects its content from ,ie there are more burglary then fires.But since gun safes offer minimum fire protection(See section on Fire protection),dimensions will come next and last will be fire protection of a safe there fore the order will be.

Burglar protection > Dimensions > Fire protection 

Close to true safe models

Below we have listed the only companies whose selected models are most close in construction to a true safes in terms of burglary and fire protection.Some items do not have gun safe like dimensions but that can be traded off if you get the features of a true safe.

NameAmerican Security BF6032Amsec
(Height x width x depth)
60 x 32 x2172 x 35 x 29.5
Weight1118 lbs3455 lbs.
Max guns2235
Door typeSolid steelComposite
Door steel thickness1/2 " Steel thickness NA -but meets UL 687 Class TL-30 requirements
(thickness with concrete 6" l )
Body thickness11 gauge outside onlySteel-NA but meets UL 687 Class TL-30 requirements
Total thickness-3-1/2" (two sided steel with high densidty concrete inside)
Fire rating2 hrs @1275°F
Comparable to UL listed fire rating
2 hrs @1275°F
Comparable to UL listed fire rating
Burglar Security ratingRSC U.L. certified TL30x6
Price$2,888.00 $10,095.00
Remark Amsec BF series safe uses true fireliner unlike other gun safe company which uses Gypsum aka fiberboard aka sheetrock.

A smaller better option which is a true safe therefore more suitable for high end valuables has a B grade construction rating is BF3416. But its height is only 34 inch.
This safe is tested for forced entry on all four side rather then just the door side as in most rating specifications.
Pry tabsYes (Strong Steel plates)Yes
Relockers/Anti puch lockYes
2 relocker.
One inside lock (internal)for Physical tool attack.One glass (external)for drill attack.
One internal and one dual(Act on lock and linkage system) external relockers.
Four way dead bolts.No 3 sides,(Hinge side fixed)No 3 sides,(Hinge side fixed)
External hinges.YesYes
Anti punch bolts mechanism
Uses relocker for tamper detectionDrill resistant reinforcement plus dual relocker.

Slip clutch handle that but do not break from origional bolt moving mechanism.
UL 760 lockYesYes
Insulation typeConcrete amalgamate 2" ,1″ on door with inner fireliner of steel of 14 gauge.high strength concrete plus high-density high-strength ceramic.
Anti drill plate Near lockNAYes (patented hard plate)
Door sealYesYes
Continous weldYesYes

NameRhino Supreme AIW and A SeriesHeritage Ultimate Serious
Size VariesVaries
Max GunsVaries48
Door typeSolid steel
solid steel
Door steel thichness1/4" solid steel
1.5"(total) -CD
Body thickness
(Inc order)
10 Gauge1/8" outer body,1/16" inner liner(Total 7 Gauge)
Fire rating90 minute@1200°F
Not UL tsted
120 minutes@1400°F
Not UL tsted
Burglar Security ratingRSC
Recessed door for pry protection.
Anti-Tamper Clutch & Handle.
Anti-Tamper Linkage.
Dual relocker For more info see this
C class construction
PriceA $2589 to $3500
AIW $3500 to $5300
Remark Rhino company offers series A,AIW,CD,CIWD and big horn.While A,AIW CD and CIWD are american made Bighorn is not.
AIWD and
CIWD has more of a decorative value as it has an antique gun safe look.
Heritage safes fetaure a special bolt that clasp to safe on prying.2 layers of steel in body and
automatic four sleeve overcam relocker sytem.
Pry tabsYesYes
Relockers,Antipunch locksYes Dual relocker which acts on both,the deadbolt on lock and the linkage.Yes-Default(in lock) plus Glass relocker Protected by four layers of steel (door plate included) called the quad sleeve relocker design.
Four way dead boltYesYes
External hingesYesYes
Anti punch bolts mechanism
Steel reinforcement door frame and
Rigid, welded linkage
Special bolts with notch at end that clasp to door jamb in pry attack and 4 sleeve overcam design.
Shear pins clutchesNAShear pin
Ul 760 lockYesYes
Insulation typeFiberboardGypsum (fiberboard).
Anti drill plate near lockYes-plus anti Tungestan carbide Drill Resistant plate.Yes
Door sealYesYes
Continous weldYesYes

NameLiberty Presidential SeriesBrowning Home safe Deluxe 17Fort knox-Top
Legend series.
All other series also comparable.
(Height x width x depth)
Max gunsVariesVariesVaries
Door typeComposite plus inner solid steelSolid steelSpecial four Fold composite door
Door steel thickness1/4" 1/2" Plate
1 5/16" (total)
3/8" or 1/4" solid steel
plus 10 gauge inner folded steel metal.
Body thickness7 gauge1/4" (3 Gauge)10 Gauge
With stainless steel in legend series.Optional in other series.
Fire rating40 minutes@1200°F
Not UL tsted
90 to 120 Minute@1680°F
Not UL tsted
90 minutes @1680°F
Not UL tsted
Burglar Security ratingRSCRSCEquivalent to RSC though not Mentioned.
$2,999.00- Delux 17
Others $1000 to $9000
$2100 to $6100
Remark All other Liberty safe offer similar security for all its products but varying size and fire ratings.Based on that other safe that can be best value for the price is RV 23 and RV 30 Priced $1,289 and $1,419 resp.It is advisable if you go after browning safes that almost all models have similar door and body construction but varying size,Fire rating and capacity so you can opt for the best in lowest price range that meet your specs.

Only exceptions are
1.)Pinnacle pro series ($7,099.00 to $ 9500)

2.)Platinum plus series ($6,549.00 to$8,699.00)
Differentiating specs for each is only 3/16" (7 Gauge)
body which is not as impressive considering the cost.

For almost all Door is 1 5/16" Duo-Formed(Re enforced steel layes) or lighter and body 11 Gauge or lighter.
Fort knox uses a Special four fold door. First there is a thick steel (3/8 to 1/4 ")base over which is a thick fire board and all that covered bu a 10 gauge steel.

These safes allows you to further invest in them make it custom made from local dealers and add steel into its interiors (along body) and make it resistant to tool cuting or torch cut(using stain less
steel inner plates).

It also has special Gear bolt drive system.
It also comes with the option to add a redundant lock for those who have concern with electronic or mechanical lock(see locking mechanism)
Pry tabsYesYesYes
Relockers/Anti puch lockYes
Two one internal and one external.
One internal
No External-But Specially made steel plate (Omnni barrier system),a part of locking frame over the back of lock.
Two for drill and punch attack(Foil mechnical backup) and One for cut and Torch attack (Cabled remote relocker)(Not available on Maverick series)
Four way dead bolts.YesYesYes
External hinges.NoYesYes
Anti punch bolts mechanism
Relockers Steel reinforcement plus anti bolt punch locking system(uniforce) that don't transfer hammering force to lock.
Drill resistant Bolt gaurd plate inside near bolt areas.

Slip clutch handle that but do not break from origional bolt moving mechanism.
UL 760 lockYesYesYes
Insulation typeGypsum(Fireboard)Gypsum (fibreboard).Fiberboard
Anti drill plate Near lockNA two 1/4" hardened steel plates and features four 1/4" Yes Hardened steel pinsYes only in pro series home safes.In all other a Omnibarrier Frame of steel over the lock ,a par of lock protecting system Yes
Door sealYesYesYes
Continous weldYes (robotic)YesYes
NameSuperior safes
(Supreme and untouchable series)
Sturdy safe
Size VariesVaries
Max GunsVariesVaries
Door typeSolid steelsolid steel
Door steel thichnessUntouchable-5/8 " max Supreme- 1/2"5/16" Door to 3/8
Body thickness
(Inc order)
3/16" to 4g (0.22")
with stainless steel or extra steel reinforcement.
Fire rating110 minute@1865°F
Not UL tsted
Not specified.
Burglar Security ratingUntouchable-RSC plus Class B construction requirements.
Supreme-NA but easily exceeds RSC requirement.
No tested but exceeds all minimum standards for ratings.
PriceUntouchable-$4000 to $6400
Supreme-$3300 to $5400
$787 to $1580
All size offer equivalent
Remark The two series of superior gun safe may not be readily available at all online retailers but easily exceeds the security requirement needed at reasonable price and Fire rating Sturdy safe like to keep cost low so it do not actually got the safe tested by the testing agencies but from their demostration videos there safe easily exceeds the burglary attacks of all kinds.
Only downside is a they dont have any fire ratings which is optional ie by default not included in the safe but they claim
to have tested the fire resistance in real house burn down simulation taking into account the point of no return and cool down time which if added contributes to damage inside the safe.Other independent Oven test done by other companies do not take into account.So sturdy safe claims that such ratings are useless and offers no real comparison.
Pry tabsYesNo But a solid support work for bolts that seems much better.
Relockers,Antipunch locksYes Glass relockers with remote relocks(A type of relocker which is located a random place away from lockYes-
2 Independent Re-Locks
Smart patent pressure activated.
The other On the lock as normal.
Four way dead boltYesYes
External hingesYesYes
Anti punch bolts mechanism
Double steel door casement on body.Yes(extremely Resistant).
Shear pins clutches NANo
Ul 760 lockYesYes
Insulation typeFiberboardCeramic wool and fiberglass
Wool -2.5"
1" on walls and door.
2" on bootom and top
Anti drill plate near lockYes Diamond-Embedded Armor PlateYes
Door sealYesYes
Continous weldYesYes

RSC only gun safes

Here are some more economic(below two grands) models of gun safes.These safes just pass the minimum burglary protection of UL  RSC ratings and you would prefer it more if you just want to keep family members and children out and want them for their interior organizational features or exterior decorative feature like Living room suitability etc.Keep in mind most gun safe that just pass the RSC security ratings just offer security against pry attack on its door.While its not much but will still keep a burglar out for few minutes.

Snap Safe Titan Modular Fireproof Gun Safe Digital Lock:spsf

Snap safe has a unique line of gun safes called the Titan series gun safes and they are modular design safes.It can be assembled or dissembled at your will.Important impressive features of this safe are.

Modular design makes it easy to transport.

9 gauge steel on body and 7 gauge (3/16″) on Solid steel door,which is better than the other Companies with economic type models.

2300°F 1 hr fire protection (Independent rating) and fire seal.

UL listed mechanical or Digital lock option.

Life time warranty.

Varying Size 59″ Height ,22 to 46 ” wide and and 17 ” to 30 ” depth.

They come in from $1150 to $2500.Smallest has 12 long gun capacity.

Click here for more information price rating for available models of  titan modular on amazon (Currently unavailable but can be bought from other retailers online)

Winchester Ranger Deluxe Capacity Electronic:


wncgsWinchester was the first company to get a RSC rating for its safe’s brand .

While these safes are not not as strong as the above there are few key specs that you can take into account.

Four way bolt work,External Three spoke handle.UL Listed type 2 lock and also an auxiliary reloker .Drill resistant hard plate with titanium small nose just below the lock.Door jamb has reinforce steel and door has anti pry tabs and heat expandable Palusol seal with 1 hr@1400°F rating( For only relative comparison See Protection from fires.).

Things that are not so impressive is however is a composite door and 12 Gauge steel but it has a UL RSC tested rating so we guess you can rely on it for few minutes and also a Life time warranty on defects in material and damage from burglary and fire and two years warranty on Lock.

Check out Winchester Ranger 19 gun Capacity safe

Check out Winchester Ranger 51 gun Capacity safe

Steel water Heavy duty(HD) series


These series safe are good because for its price,you will get far better steel quality and thickness and construction features.The 39 gun capacity which we believe is optimum size for most gun owners can be bought for around $1900 dollars and offer much more security than other companies in this range.Key Specs of this safes are 1/4″ solid steel Door construction and 9 gauge body.Though it boast a  2hr@ 1875°F fire rating it is still relative.There are 4 1/2″ diameter anchor holes at bottom.Four holes are better features than two hole construction if you want to bolt it more securely on floor.Other features include UL listed lock and Expandable door seal.The LD and economy series safe have 12 gauge steel and composite type door so we do not recommend them.Warranty on them is One year on manufacturing defects and 90 days on electronic components,while life time on burglary and fire.

Liberty revere safe

lbrv2Liberty is a company that advertise its safe quite more heavily than it is made.Although the safe quality are not not bad they cannot be compared to a true safe except the presidential series safes.While there are many models of safe that they manufacture,they mainly differ in in the fire ratings and size and not much is the burglary rating or secondary features like fire sealing and lock and relocking mechanism.Based on that,we think the Liberty revere series fits the best option for the price of $1289.It is a UL listed safe with Body steel thickness 11 Gauge and a composite door weight around 550 lbs,Fire rating of 40min @1200°F,Door seal and 2 relockers (internal and external) with EZ glide bolt protector system.It comes in two (23 and  30) gun capacity.


Browning  Heavy weight standard 24  safe
brhv2Browning safe sells a number of models.There are various series from pinnacle to sporter.All boast  heavy duty and security.But if you want an economical model.You would be better off with Heavy weight series.While you can get a slightly better steel quality with medallion series(10 gauge,All others have 11 or 12 Gauge(sporter)) there will be a huge difference in price.Medallion starts at $2800 to $4000 while other like pinnacle starts from from $6000 to $900 and comes with 7 gauge steel body.Thats why this fits our the best value for the money choice.Here are its key specs.There doors are not composite type but duo-formed or formed type.Which is essentially Steel layers reinforced on top of each other to make it thick.Heavy weight standard comes with 80 min@1550°F and weight around 610 lbs and is priced $1969.

Maximum protection for the price models

In today’s economy everybody’s wallet is stretched. We do our best to save and budget for things we need and hope there’s enough left over for our hobbies and things we really enjoy doing.

So let’s say you’ve sat down and evaluated how big your future safe needs to be. Then you took a hard look at your budget, and decided on a certain price point for your future safe. You want to know what the best possible gun safe you can buy is for the money you’ve saved – what’s the best way to go about that?

Well, the first thing to consider is a used gun safe. No matter your price point, a quality used gun safe that’s in good condition is always going to be cheaper than a brand new safe. Folks have had good luck finding used safes locally on Craigslist and on eBay. Craigslist is going to be the cheapest option because you won’t have to pay to ship it across the country – however, it is more of a hassle because you have to arrange for a moving crew (be it your own family and friends or a professional crew) to get it to your house.

All the gun safes listed below are available to buy online, and they are shipped to your door, so all costs listed include shipping.

Here we are talking about safes that are only useful to frustrate a undesired person or thief for few minutes which is to say that  if you want something imported with not much in security but just keeping your rifles locked from children etc.You can look into this list of in various price ranges.These are for multiple gun storage.

Under $2000

Snap Safe Super Titan

Hands down, the best gun safe under $2,000 is the Snap Safe Super Titan – no other gun safe available online comes close to the number of features that this safe offers. First, it’s modular, which means that you can set it up in nearly any room in your house (where there’s enough space of course!). Second, it features thicker steel walls than most other gun safes on the market. It’s rated as a residential security container by the Underwriters Laboratory, so you can rest assured knowing that it has been put through the paces to make sure it’s high quality.

Why this safe is a good value:

The most obvious reason this safe is a good value is because it’s modular. While this isn’t reflected in the initial upfront cost to buy the safe, it’s actually a long term savings. Moving a large, heavy gun safe is no small matter, and moving companies can charge a hefty sum to move your safe from one place to another. The ability to tear this safe down yourself and move it piece by piece can save you quite a bit of money if you ever decide to move. It’s also ideal for anyone in an apartment setting not only because it is more readily transported than a traditional gun safe when it’s time to move but also because it can be installed in a closet with a bit of space.

Also, the fire rating for the Snap Safe Super Titan is far above that of other safes at this price point.


This safe is a steal and usually runs at $1,500 to $1,700 with shipping. Keep in mind that if you don’t consider yourself a handy person, you may also need to include the cost of hiring a handyman to put it together for you – or the cost of a beer to pay your handyman buddy!

Under $1,500

Mesa safe

The Mesa Safe Company MBF6032E is our choice for a safe under $1,500 because it’s a solid, reliable safe that just works. It doesn’t have many frills or bells and whistles like more expensive safes, but if you’re on the hunt for solid quality then this is the safe for you. It also offers solid fire protection compared to other safes at this price point.

Why this safe is a good value:

The following features set the MBF6032E apart from other options at this price:

  • Weight – It weight in at over 600 pounds, which means that it would not be easy to tip over and pry open if it is bolted down properly.
  • Fire Rating – It has a fire rating of 1 hour up to 1,750 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Relocking Device – It includes a relocking device so that it will seal itself shut (and will have to be sawed or torched open) if it is tampered with.


You can typically find this safe running between $1,100 and $1,300. It’s not as convenient as the Snap Safe Super Titan because of its weight – the weight is both an important safety feature as well as a drawback when you have to move it. However, with the fire rating, storage space, and relocking device you get with the MBF6032E, you can’t beat it for its price.


Under $1,000


scndaOne great safe for your gun is the Second Amendment safe by Blue Dot Safes. This safe is of high quality and will protect your weapon even during a fire as it is fire resistant to 1700 degrees, which is . This is a critical feature of a gun safe because if bullets are exposed to a flame, they could become dangerous projectiles during a fire as the heat could ignite the gunpowder in the bullets and send them shooting in random directions. This safe also has a large amount of space and is large enough to hold 30 rifles, 8 holsters, and 5 ammo pouches. The interior is 55.18×32.25×20 inches and there are four shelves inside for storing firearms and ammunition. Also, the lock system is very high quality as well using 5 fixed bolts and 9 live bolts and a two way locking system. Most reviewers of this safe seem to be satisfied with the product, as they tend to give five stars. They mention that it is of high quality and some even go as far as to say that it is the “best safe for the price”. Not only is it a safe of high quality, but this safe can be purchased for 875 dollars plus shipping. The only real downsides to this safe are that the shipping is quite expensive at around 400 dollars and that it is quite heavy, weighing in at 650 pounds.

For more information price rating and reviews click here

lbgsAnother good safe for your weapon is the Liberty Safe Re24-bktf Revolution 24 Flex Gun Safe. This safe is also a high quality safe and is somewhat lighter than the Second Amendment by Blue Safe, as it weighs in at 360 pounds. This is the only non UL listed liberty safe but one thing different is that it does not  have round bolts but flat military style bars to give more area against pry bending of its door jamb.This safe also has a large amount of interior space, in fact, it is slightly taller than the Second Amendment safe. It is 22x29x60 inches. The lower half of the safe can be used for shelved goods, whereas the upper part is best for storing rifles and other long guns. The safe has gotten around 4 out of 5 stars. The negative comments about it were mainly that the shelf on the safe is not the sturdiest and that it does not have the special features that some safes have.

For more information price rating and reviews click here

asgsA third safe that also offers free shipping is the Amsec TF5517 Gun Safe 30 Miutes Fire. This safe has a 3 wheel combination lock, 14 gauge body, and a sizable interior capacity of 16x17x55.2 inches. Also, hence the name it is fire resistant, but not to the degree of the Second Amendment safe. This safe is fire resistant to 1200 degrees for as much as 30 minutes. Also, it comes in at 286 pounds, which is relatively lightweight for a large safe such as this. Many reviewers seemed to think well of this safe, that it was of high quality, etc. However, there were a few negative reviews, some of whom said that it arrived damaged and also that it is not American made. If you are interested in this safe, you can find it for 747.38 dollars with free shipping.

For more information price rating and reviews click here


Near or Under $500

Buying a gun safe specifically the larger ones can be quite expensive.But if you want something good that is also affordable these safe will do the job.These safe are there are in near or under dollar 500 range.Below that the quality deteriorates.There also many in the lower range but they are more specifically gun cabinets.They can keep gun locked but will not do much in case of a break in as like a gun safe.
stnmeThis safe on the left that is significantly cheaper than the others and is available for 434.95 dollars with free shipping. This safe is the Stack-On SS-16-MB-E 16 Gun Security Safe with Electronic Lock. It has gotten 4 and a half stars by reviewers and features a 54 inch height and the ability to hold as many as 16 weapons. Also, it has a removable shelf and a 2 tray organizer and lights inside the safe. It’s interior is carpeted and it uses an electronic lock. Reviewers say that it is a good safe of decent quality. However, some complain that the design is not as it is shown and one reviewer complained of a chemical smell inside.

For more information price rating and reviews click here

stnmbAnother  safe is the Stack-On Full Convertible Security Safe. This safe features 4 adjustable shelves and a roomy interior of 20.71×17.27×54.96 inches. Also, this safe has a 3 number combination lock with a drill resistant plate behind the lock that can stop burglars in their tracks. Also, it has a 2 tray organizer inside of the safe. It is available for 587.67 plus 130.99 shipping.Reviewers give this an average of four stars. Some say that the safe’s plastic mounts are too high for some types of guns, such as AKs and others with a somewhat shorter length. Also, it is not fire rated, so if there is a fire the contents will not be protected.

For more information price rating and reviews click here

stnmgFinally, there is the Stack On Fully Convertible Security Safe with a combination lock. Also, this safe, unlike the others is not black, but green. This safe can hold up to 22 weapons and is 54 inches tall. It also has a drill resistant plate behind the lock and has four adjustable shelves. The product is similar to the black Stack On Full Convertible Safe and also gets an average of 4 stars from reviewers. Most give it pretty good reviews, but one customer said that she did not get what she ordered and another said that the interior was rusted. It seems though that most are fairly satisfied with the product. However, it also is not fire rated so that is a definite drawback. It is available at for 639 dollars with a 98.66 shipping charge.Read full review

For more information price rating and reviews click here

For the gun owner with only a few rifles or shotguns and no plans to buy any more in the near future there are gun safes that accommodate three to four long guns.These slim safes are a much cheaper alternative to buying a larger safe for your hunting rifle and shotgun

One such is the BARSKA Biometric Rifle Safe.Other good safe for the same purpose is Sentry Safe HDC11E Home Defense Center.Read full review here

Other accessories

If you like you can also consider the other items you may decide to store in your safe.We have made a list of items like dehumidifiers for protection from moisture and gun safe lights that may come useful in need.

Selection guide

Most of the larger safe in the market are directed towards the buyers who don’t want to spend much,Its alright except that you must not expect much from these kind of safes.For large safe that are available from $500 to $1500,most of them are not made in USA and are just big boxes for preventing unauthorized access and sometimes other features like easy access or for its decorative value.So before buying at look at following features to at least know what you are paying for.

Burglar protection

Undeniably the most important part when choosing a gun safe is the security that it provides.Security is measured in terms of tool attack for long guns or snatch and run situation for handguns(we will discuss them later in the article below).

But for the bigger safes it is important because you are condensing a large amount of your owning or value in a small space and that space has to be protected properly.

Before going into all the factors that contribute to the security of a safe you must know that the relative industry standards for measure of security of gun safes.There are mainly two standards

 Performance ratings by Underwriters laboratory Test for Residential containers-    minimum rating of UL 1037 is desirable

 Construction Rating made by Insurance Services Office. At least class C container.

And/or California Department of Justice (DOJ) has a set of Regulatory Gun Safe Standards

While we will not go much in its details But we will explain the bare minimum things to look in a safe to tell if it will pass above standards even if it is not tested,though most are.

1.) Safe DOOR and BODY steel thickness

There are two areas of steel of varying thickness on a safe.

Steel on Door-  is important because it will be the first way the burglar will get into a safe using a pry bar or two.Steel on is generally three times than on the body of a safe.Also don’t get carried away by the thickness of the door.Door are mainly made of two types-composite and solid steel.The composite door have much less steel than a solid steel and are much easier to pry open because it have much less steel and can bend easily.A composite door has thin steel folded over and filled with insulation inside to make it appear thick but actually is weaker than a thin looking solid steel built doors.

Steel on Body. Generally the body is much thinner than the door.Plus since most gun safes unlike true safes do not come with concrete fire liner and instead gypsum(fiberboard) they also don’t offer steel fire liner on the inside.Instead the inner side that hold the fiberboard is fiberglass or other non steel fire lining.The fiber board itself is no comparison to concrete amalgam mixture of true safes in terms of strength.Therefore gun safes are much easy to cut open.But it is relatively less in occurrence and there is a common assumption that while there is a vulnerability it takes much more effort to Axe or cut a safe.Plus it will take more time and make more noise.But yet its important.

If you don’t want to allow that-

1.)Look for safe that has thicker steel in its body too.

2.)Alternatively you  can also add additional steel and have it custom made from your gun safe dealers.Fortknox and Sturdy safes allows you the option of adding inner layer of steel inside the already built safe.There may be other safe company too.Ask a dealer for that option before buying a safe.

3.)To prevent it against Torch cutting add an addition layer of stainless steel inside.Stainless steel Dissipate the heat in it body and prevent from temperature of a spot to reach melting temperature relatively.

A word on Steel gauges

sttkNow when researching safes it’s critical to understand that the when reading the gauge of steel the numbers go in reverse order. For example 10 gauge steel is heavier and stronger than 12 gauge steel. 10 gauge steel is the thinnest steel we suggest using. 10 gauge steel is relatively tough for the body, and without some serious tools, it is difficult to get get inside. 12 gauge steel is much cheaper. And for the budget conscious, and I can see where this would be a major factor. 12 gauge steel will keep most people out, but a determined thief with a hooligan tool or a strong axe could still break into your safe.

Weight-One commonly overlooked factor by new safe owners is portability. A safe that is easy to install is easy to steal! A  steel safe weighing over 1000 pounds is pretty tough to move. Some safes have holes at the bottom, which allow owners to anchor the safe down into your floor.

Secure against Drilling-Some safes offer drill resistant plate near lock and hard steel(drill resistant steel alloys) reinforcement inside door frame near dead bolts.Though not available on all safes it is still a up when you count on security.

Anti punch bolts-Another way to attack a safe is by first drilling a hole near a dead bolt and then hammering it via an inserted steel rod.Doing so may break  the deadbolt on lock and cause the door deadbolts to move inside thus opening the safe without cutting or breaking it.For this reason a good safe will either be hard to drill or have an additional relocker or other anti punch bolts mechanism that take all the attack and do not transfer it to the lock.Rhino safe and Browning claim to to do.


Linkage inside the door bolt work are generally made of Shear pins , clutches or weak linkage.All of which can be broken with little force applied to the shaft handle or pry bar attack or bolt punch attack.

A shear force on bolt in a pry bar attack a punch attack or using the door handle shaft with little force can damage the linkage between bolt and internal hinges.It can be prevented from breaking using a longer support system as in sturdy safes or pry bars as in most other safes.

But not many safes company offer much protection in terms of breaking of linkage system on handle.A broken Shear pins and linkage may render a safe permanently locked which might keep burglar out but it also make the safe useless for you.You will have to call a locksmith in that case.Sturdy safe company excel in this design to offer both strong welded linkage and strong deadbolt support system.We could not find much info for other companies listed here so ask your dealer about it before buying.Some company has a feature called slip clutch in which the door clutch get disconnected when a threshold force is applied and can get reconnected again for moving the bolts later.

Anti punch Lock /Relockers

They are anti theft device which prevent the breaking of locking mechanism on bolt work.The lock itself can be broken and punch through a pin to detach itself from the door body thus freeing the bolt work.Thus relockers are absolutely necessary in a safe the moment after you make sure that the door is tool bar pry resistant.Most safe that uses UL listed type 2 lock have built in relockers for locking its deadbolt.Other companies add an other external glass or remote relockers in its safes.

Locking Mechanism

Long gun safe mainly has combination locks.

elCombination locks uses either pin pad or mechanical combination to form security codes.Dial locks have been in use for over a hundred and fifty years.They are proven technology that is difficult to, if not impossible to crack. Pin pad combinations are electronic and susceptible to the batteries dying, but are much quicker and easier to open under duress than a spin wheel. Spin wheels are incredibly reliable, and never prone to failure, but are harder to open, especially in the dark or under stress.It also takes more time to open  in general.An electronic locks opens in about 10 sec while a mechanical opens in about 40 sec.

Combination lock ratings

Most long gun safe uses electronics locks(90%) or mechanical lock(10%).A good safe company uses at least UL 768 lock.Though it might seem unimportant but there is  a huge difference between UL rated locks and the cheap alternative in terms of reliability and pry resistance.A UL listed type 2 rated locks always have a default internal relocker.

Biometric Locks  are not common on the long gun safe mainly because if they use a even a medium quality biometric lock on a these safes it will further increase their cost.Plus these locks are still in beta and technologically improving and there aren’t any popular standards yet.

Protection From Fires

Gun safes are not exactly like true fire safes.There are three main difference

1.)A true fire safes will have a fire rating on it.Usually the most popular is UL 72 rating.While most gun safes will not.

2.)A gun safe do not use the same material as used by true safes.They generally use Gypsum firewall(fibreboard) which is very cheap.True safe uses concrete amalgam.

3.)Fiber board or gypsum looses its structural integrity after it looses it water content on heating and since Gun safe do not have inner steel plate that can hold the crumbled Gypsum a threshold long exposure to fire or any impact defeat their use as fire safe because there is no resistance between outside heat and safe interior.

Which means that its fire rating are pretty much useless.It can only give you a relative idea of how much a given gun safe is more tolerant to fire than other. Fire rating works two ways.Degrees and amount of time the safe can withstand that temperature. For example a safe that resist 1300 degrees for an hour means your items are guaranteed protection for an hour against 1300 degrees. Fire ratings also go hand and hand with the price of your safe.If you buy a safe with a fire rating that is below what you trust, consider buying a smaller box to fit in the safe with any irreplaceable items inside of it. In case of a fire you may be able to grab this box as you evacuate.

Door Seal-

While this is a must for for all safe rated as fire proof some safes companies are silent about it.Do enquire about it before purchasing.This seal is something that expands in case of fire making the outside hot smoke to not come inside which otherwise will definitely burn anything inside.

Warranty Lastly, consider checking the warranty that the manufacturer is providing you, because you can never be so sure as to how long the item will last. A decent warranty length would have to be at least a year, as there may be some basic malfunctions that can alter its superior system. Some gun safe manufacturers do provide you with the option to buy longer warranty, so if you’re given a lifetime warranty option, don’t hesitate on getting it.

Best handgun safes

Handguns safe are are alternative ways to lock your weapons but they are not real security device.Their main purpose is to prevent children accessing your guns or smash and rob situation.

Security for handguns safes

Its should be obvious Hand gun safes are not secure,no matter how they are advertised.For handgun safes security can refers to following

Can it be accidentally opened by dropping(since it is easy to carry) or other inadvertent methods.

Although there are so many safes that seem to be strong and sturdy and are highly priced some fall behind basically for their locking mechanism and design.One such safe is 9G imprint safe,now acquired by liberty safe. Their safe is so unreliable that if you drop it sideways two times the door just pops right open,because of its spring latch design.Similarly biometric safes like Barska have scanner that needs to be wiped after an impression otherwise it can false open with any fingerprint.We have tried to avoid listing safes with such faulty design.So we do not recommend barska biometric or 9g safe although they are popular models.Also all electronic keypad type small safe that have front bolt type door only look strong but have major flaw that they all can be open by bumping it two three times as the solenoid in it is spring loaded which just unlock the bolt when it is receive a minor jerk. If you want more info you ca listen to the Defcon 19 talk and the Tobias analysis of popular small gun safes.

Can the lock be pried open like with paper clips or small screw driver etc without any trail marks.

Locks in these small safes are of very poor quality.They have either a pin and tumbler key lock or tubular key locks.They are so old and are very easy to pick.All these locks can be easily picked with a pin or clip or a tubular lock pick by looking at Youtube for few minutes.Even the biometric safes are only base level design.Also since all lock basically have a hinge or level or bolt that hold up hook in the door from opening.If any one can alter that reaching  with a peper clips or screw driver you basically have an open safe.Another way around is by reaching to the reset button inside the safe through holes,which just reset all the data in electronic and biometric safe so you can reprogram it with new data.So if you can look for wide gap in the linings or any holes in the safe it is a avoid that safe.An example of such cheap quality design is of all Stackon handgun safes.They have a rubber electronic or biometric cover pad which can be removed with bare hands leaving wide hole to pick open the locking mechanism inside.

Only mechanical locks with simplex lock (combination made by Fortknox,Titan,Vline etc are the one whose locks you can rely on against picking attack.

Can it be properly secured at a place so that it cannot be grabbed away.

This options is  provided by most of the safes.They either have rope to tether it to a place or holes for bolting in the floor desk etc.Rope option can be less secured but allow you carry it more easily.So..

What is the best child protection safe ?

Best safe models for child protection are mechanical safes with simplex locks.Below are the four best models.They are sturdy in design not prone to prying with clips or small tools and protected against opening by dropping or bumping or false reading.Also do not have key override so you don’t need to worry about the lost key or them getting into someone else hand and they do not require batteries so you can leave them forever without any maintenance.Only downside is if you forget the combination you have to go to the lock smith.

Shot Lock 1911 Full Handgun Solo-Vault Safe

stlkmThis is your go to safe if you are looking for something small, compact and light weight. Weighing in at only 7.5 pounds, this safe can be used vertically or horizontally. This safe does not however have any struts to keep the safe open so you must open the lid completely in order to keep it open. If you are looking for something with quick access to open this would not be a good fit because it comes equipped with a 5 button in line lock for all your combination needs.

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Fort Know FTK-PB Pistol Box Handgun Safe

ftxbWith 10 gauge steel all around and 6-7 gauge steel on top this safe is living up to its Fort Knox name. This safe is 22 pounds of security equipped with a simplex mechanical lock for those who do not want to fuss with keys or fingerprints and even has a gas strut to help with opening the door. Although this gas strut mechanism aids in opening the door it can also hinder your ability to do so in a quickly and timely manner. The only other downside that you may encounter with this safe would be the instructions that come with this particular model does not seem to always coincide with each other.Read full review

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Titan gun safe

tgnfThe Titan Gun Safe is loaded with many features that allow you to feel safe. This gun safe can be mounted in several different places to include your car, boat, or even RV. The safe allows you to draw your pistol almost instantly upon opening the safe as the door feature allows the gun to move outwards as you are opening the door. Weighing in at only 10 pounds, this safe features an all mechanical lock system without the use of batteries. The con in this particular model would have to be the price. This safe has a hefty price tag of $388.00 from the website but yet some may say you cant put a price on safety.

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V-Line Top Draw Security Case

vlgsThis 9 pound beauty has a much more pocket friendly price tag attached with its sleek design for added piece of mind for your safety needs. It does not need batteries and has a simplex lock system in place for to use. Although it is advertised as a Simplex locking system it is made in China and is therefore a look alike. The V-Line safe has a pry resistant shell with its clamshell design made of steel. The interior has nice foam padding and this safe is also used without batteries for the added piece of mind about not having to worry about dead batteries.Read full review

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What is the best safe for self defence

If home protection is what that concern you look for safe that can be brought in the bedroom and with quick access and may be with biometrics.

What is a best safe for protecting handguns from burglary?

Get a long gun safe as we have listed above or an in wall safe or  a hidden safe if you only have few handguns.

What is the best small safe in various price ranges ?

Under $500

The following safes are small ones that will safely and properly store handguns – in addition to any small valuables and important documents that should be stored in them as well.


If that’s enough storage for you, check out the GunBox Biometric version – it’s the latest in quick action technology, has great ratings, and a long list of high quality features.Gun safes under $500 tend to fall into two categories: quick release safes that are made to easily open in an emergency, and more traditional, larger gun safes that have more capacity. If you’re looking for good value, we prefer the larger gun safes simply because you can store more guns in them. The features of the small quick release safes are what make them expensive – typically you can only store one or two handguns in them.

That being said, our top safe under $500 is the First Alert 2096DF safe. It offers a huge amount of storage for the price, an electronic keypad, and some of the strongest fire and water proof ratings compared to other safes at this price point. It’s received great ratings from those who actually own it and offers a reliable place to store not just guns, but also your other valuables.

First Alert 2096DF

Why this safe is a good value:

Bottom line – the space. It has over 2 cubic feet of storage, which is spacious compared to other safes at this price. It’s also fireproof for an hour up to 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, which is fantastic protection, because it will keep the inside safe at a maximum of 350 degrees. It’s also waterproof – an often overlooked and under appreciated feature. Water proofing really ought to come standard for any safe that’s fireproof because in the event of a fire, a massive amount of water will be poured into the house by firefighting efforts.


If this is the type of small safe you’ve been looking for, don’t hesitate – the 2096D is the bargain for you. One thing to keep in mind – one of the features of the safe is that it has an option for a handle and wheels to move it around easily. Keep in mind that a thief is looking to do exactly that – move your safe out of your house to his own place, where he can take his time working it open. If you choose to buy the handle and wheels option, you should come up with a plan for securing it so that it can’t just walk off. You may consider hiring a handyman to help you frame it in and bolt it down.


Under $300

One of the more common quick action safes at the $300 price point is the Gunvault GV2000S Multi Vault. It is a nice looking option, with a handprint on the top that helps guide you if you would need to open it in the dark. However, there are so many reports of being unhappy with this safe that we just can’t recommend it. First, there appears to be a problem with the electronic lock not being reliable over the years. Second, it can be defeated by “bouncing” it open – which is basically slamming it against the floor until the lock opens – so it offers poor protection against a saavy thief. Third, the door has a gap that would allow a pry bar through. Fourth, the safe is set by default to beep when you open it – hardly the type of thing you want when someone may have broken into your house.

Paragon 7775



Overall, though, our best value for best value for a gun safe below $300 is the Paragon 7775. What you get with this safe is a large amount of storage, a modern electronic lock, and a heavy 11 gauge safe that can’t just be picked up.


Why this safe is a good value:

Again, we highly value storage space in a safe, and this one has nearly 2 cubic feet total, and the safe includes internal hinges, which makes this even more impressive – internal hinges tend to reduce the amount of available space. It also comes with predrilled holes (which really ought to be standard on any small safe), and it can be easily concealed in a closet.

SentrySafe 1100

If you are looking to only store one or two handguns and don’t necessarily need the extra space, consider saving a bit extra for the GunBox Biometric version or even the First Alert 2096DF. These safes offer quite a bit more protection for just a bit more money.Paying less than $300 for a safe isn’t actually advisable. To offer a safe this cheaply and still turn a profit, manufacturers have to reduce the wall thickness of the steel, as the steel in the walls is the most expensive part of the safe. When the walls are thinner, it makes the safe feel cheaper – as many online reviewers have noted about this safe. It’s also not fire or water proof, so if you choose to go with this safe consider buying a small fireproof safe such as the SentrySafe 1100 for important documents. What it does well is offer protection against kids and the casual thief because of its lock and ability to be bolted down.

Under $100

For less than $100, the best gun safe that you can buy is going to be smaller and constructed of cheaper materials. To be honest, a safe at this price’s usefulness is that it keeps kids out of it. It won’t be fire or waterproof and will have thin metal walls that could be hacked through easily with an axe or hammer.

Consider following options but remember they are not reliable against forced entry or picking.
Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault Pistol Gun Safe

Made in the USA by  GunVault is the MV500-STD. The thing that makes this small gun safe stand out is its unique access system. Unlike it’s biometric counterpart (MVB-500), this MV500 keeps things simple with its really easy to use digital keypad. It’s trademarked No-Eyes system is designed so that users don’t have to be actually looking at their safe when trying to access it.

Note-Can be picked with tubular lock pick

Its also ok with size, which stands at 2¼” x 8½” x 11″, and weighing 4 pounds. The tamper indicator located on the front, tells you if someone tried (and failed) to access your firearm. This comes standard in most of GunVault’s larger safes. It can easily fit 1911 .45 ACP, with a bunch of room to spare.With some modification like replacing the tubular lock with pin and tumbler lock by Abloy lock(see this video by defcon 19)you can make it a something better than the others.

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GunVault NV200 NanoVault

GunVault NV200 is in this list for its affordability.It is made of 18-gauge steel. which is good as far as portable boxes go. It has a simple key lock system and all metal unlike combination counterpart nanovault 300 or its  stack on equivalent Stack-On PC-95C.

Note-Can be picked with paper clips,bump keys etc like all low quality pin tumbler locks.

Coming in at 3 pounds, and measuring 1½” x 6¼” x 9¼”, it cab easily hold 1911. Its simple light and and slim, which makes it perfect for those on the move. You can use it for your car, or with your luggage.However the cable though tested for 1500 lb tested can be cut with pliers.

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Online reviews are mixed for gun safe at this price. On the one hand, for people who were buying a safe with realistic expectations about how secure it is, were happy.

On the other hand, less positive reviews came from folks who didn’t understand what they were getting, and were expecting a high security safe to keep any thief out of their valuables. Keeping expectations straight at this price point is important!

If you choose to go with this option, our recommendation is to find a place out of the way and hidden and bolt it down well. You can more than make up for the cheaper construction of a safe at this price with a really good hiding spot! Also – consider buying a small fireproof safe for important documents to accompany it, as it offers no fire protection.