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.
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 review some of the best rifle gun safe 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
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.
|Name||American Security BF6032||Amsec
(Height x width x depth)
|60 x 32 x21||72 x 35 x 29.5|
|Weight||1118 lbs||3455 lbs.|
|Door type||Solid steel||Composite|
|Door steel thickness||1/2 "||Steel thickness NA -but meets UL 687 Class TL-30 requirements
(thickness with concrete 6" l )
|Body thickness||11 gauge outside only||Steel-NA but meets UL 687 Class TL-30 requirements
Total thickness-3-1/2" (two sided steel with high densidty concrete inside)
|Fire rating||2 hrs @1275°F|
Comparable to UL listed fire rating
|2 hrs @1275°F
Comparable to UL listed fire rating
|Burglar Security rating||RSC||U.L. certified TL30x6|
|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 tabs||Yes (Strong Steel plates)||Yes|
|Relockers/Anti puch lock||Yes|
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)|
|Anti punch bolts mechanism||Uses relocker for tamper detection||Drill resistant reinforcement plus dual relocker.|
Slip clutch handle that but do not break from origional bolt moving mechanism.
|UL 760 lock||Yes||Yes|
|Insulation type||Concrete 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 lock||NA||Yes (patented hard plate)|
|Name||Rhino Supreme AIW and A Series||Heritage Ultimate Serious
|Door type||Solid steel||solid steel|
|Door steel thichness||1/4" solid steel|
|10 Gauge||1/8" outer body,1/16" inner liner(Total 7 Gauge)|
|Fire rating||90 minute@1200°F|
Not UL tsted
Not UL tsted
|Burglar Security rating||RSC |
Recessed door for pry protection.
Anti-Tamper Clutch & Handle.
Dual relocker For more info see this
|C class construction|
|Price||A $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.|
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.
|Relockers,Antipunch locks||Yes 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 bolt||Yes||Yes|
|Anti punch bolts mechanism||Relockers.|
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 clutches||NA||Shear pin|
|Ul 760 lock||Yes||Yes|
|Insulation type||Fiberboard||Gypsum (fiberboard).|
|Anti drill plate near lock||Yes-plus anti Tungestan carbide Drill Resistant plate.||Yes|
|Name||Liberty Presidential Series||Browning Home safe Deluxe 17||Fort knox-Top
All other series also comparable.
(Height x width x depth)
|Door type||Composite plus inner solid steel||Solid steel||Special four Fold composite door|
|Door steel thickness||1/4"||1/2" Plate|
1 5/16" (total)
|3/8" or 1/4" solid steel
plus 10 gauge inner folded steel metal.
|Body thickness||7 gauge||1/4" (3 Gauge)||10 Gauge
With stainless steel in legend series.Optional in other series.
|Fire rating||40 minutes@1200°F|
Not UL tsted
|90 to 120 Minute@1680°F|
Not UL tsted
|90 minutes @1680°F
Not UL tsted
|Burglar Security rating||RSC||RSC||Equivalent to RSC though not Mentioned.|
|Price||$4,279||$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)
|Relockers/Anti puch lock||Yes |
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.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Anti punch bolts mechanism||Relockers||Steel reinforcement plus anti bolt punch locking system(uniforce) that don't transfer hammering force to lock.||Relockers.
Drill resistant Bolt gaurd plate inside near bolt areas.
Slip clutch handle that but do not break from origional bolt moving mechanism.
|UL 760 lock||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Insulation type||Gypsum(Fireboard)||Gypsum (fibreboard).||Fiberboard|
|Anti drill plate Near lock||NA||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|
|Continous weld||Yes (robotic)||Yes||Yes|
(Supreme and untouchable series)
|Door type||Solid steel||solid steel|
|Door steel thichness||Untouchable-5/8 " max Supreme- 1/2"||5/16" Door to 3/8|
|3/16" to 4g (0.22")
with stainless steel or extra steel reinforcement.
|Fire rating||110 minute@1865°F |
Not UL tsted
|Burglar Security rating||Untouchable-RSC plus Class B construction requirements.|
Supreme-NA but easily exceeds RSC requirement.
|No tested but exceeds all minimum standards for ratings.|
|Price||Untouchable-$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 tabs||Yes||No But a solid support work for bolts that seems much better.|
|Relockers,Antipunch locks||Yes Glass relockers with remote relocks(A type of relocker which is located a random place away from lock||Yes-
2 Independent Re-Locks
Smart patent pressure activated.
The other On the lock as normal.
|Four way dead bolt||Yes||Yes|
|Anti punch bolts mechanism||Double steel door casement on body.||Yes(extremely Resistant).|
|Shear pins clutches||NA||No|
|Ul 760 lock||Yes||Yes|
|Insulation type||Fiberboard||Ceramic wool and fiberglass
1" on walls and door.
2" on bootom and top
|Anti drill plate near lock||Yes Diamond-Embedded Armor Plate||Yes|
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 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:
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.
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
Liberty 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
Browning 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.
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.First you can you can look into our separate list of our under 1000 and near or under 500 dollar options.These are for multiple gun storage.
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
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.
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.
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
Now 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.
Long gun safe mainly has combination locks.
Combination 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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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
This 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.
Fort Know FTK-PB Pistol Box Handgun Safe
With 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
Titan gun safe
The 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.
V-Line Top Draw Security Case
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
The best place to keep your firearm is on your hip or in your 1100 pounds, fire proof safe with as high as 3/16 thick wall 1/2 thick door with 12 chrome plated bolts and electric lock.However you can’t haul this safe along everywhere.For that you need a safe which is compact, Lightweight and Inexpensive made to be able enough to keep your pistol.These type of locker can remain fix at a place eg.Under the seat of a vehicle in the trunk until you make use of it.Also these kind of safes serve only two purpose hiding you handguns and preventing smash grab and run situation.Not so much with prying or picking,given the robber have that much time in the first place.Visit this page to find a good car gun safe.
Tips on how to store a handgun safely
1. Buy a reliable and sturdy gun safe that no one can remove from your home and break into easily.
2. Store your gun in this locked safe at all times where children cannot reach.
3. Remove all the ammunition that you are not using from your gun. You may consider this a no-brainer but North America witnesses an inexcusable number of deaths that occurs because of the use of handguns when people leave ammunition in them.
4. Ensure the safety of your gun is on when you store it whether or not you have loaded it even if you have put it in your gun safe.
5. Lock your ammunition before storing it separately from your gun away from fire and heat in a dry and cool place.
6. Store the keys for the ammunition and your gun in a different place from the one in which you keep other household keys where children cannot reach them.
7. Keep your gun dry and oil and clean it while it is in storage.
All this may sound like conventional wisdom but a little reminder never hurt