Best Gun Safe Guide

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What Is The Best Gun Safe?

Before you can find the best gun safe for your needs, there are many things to consider.  Obviously your main concerns will be to keep an unauthorized person from getting to your guns.  It could be a thief, a crazy person bent on destruction, or it could be just keeping your children or neighbor’s children away from your guns.  Maybe the disturbing issue with a newspaper in New York publishing maps of homes with guns (and the break-ins that happened after that map was published) or the Android apps that will mark your home as having a gun have motivated you to find the best gun safe for your lifestyle.

Best Gun Safe

Gunvault MV500

Whatever the reason, you will want a safe that will make it extremely difficult for someone to get into, but you also have to be able to get to your guns as quickly as possible in an emergency. Other concerns will be price, weight, size and location for your gun safe, as well as whether or not you want to be able to move your gun safe from time-to-time. If the gun safe is going to be kept in your home and you don’t want a burglar to steal it then a gun safe that can be bolted to the floor is a good option.  If you need to transport your guns then a smaller safe that is not permanently affixed to your home will be right for you. In that case something like the Gunvault MV500 might work well for you depending on how many guns you need to store.  The gauge is light but as long has you have control of the safe it is quite suitable for safe gun transporting. If you have a basement then your problems are easily solved by storing your safe in that location.  It is a more difficult location for a thief to get in and out of.  Most burglars want an easy access area because they know the more minutes they spend in your home the more likely they will be caught. But if you don’t have a basement the next best place is a closet.

Best Gun Safe Chart

I’ve created a chart that shows some of the best gun safes on the market.  I’ve listed their specifications, such as size, gun capacity, weight, materials used, ratings and a link to the best deals.   When I was searching for the best gun safe I finally found the Titan Gun Safe as I’ve mentioned in a review here on Gun Safe Reviews ~ The Best Gun Safe.   It took me a long time to sort through all the details and I was very frustrated.  So I decided to create a chart that will give other people a comprehensive listing of the details of all the best gun safes all in one place.

Gun Safe Brand
Dimensions
& Weight
Lock Type
Material & Gun Capacity
Rating
Price
Stack-On 22 Gun Safe

Exterior:
23 13/16" W x 17 5/8"D
x 5' H

Interior:
26 5/8" W x 14 7/8" D
x 4'7" H

Weight:
241 lbs
3 number combination
lock with a drill resistant, hardened steel plate behind the lock.

14 gauge steel

22 long guns or
11 long guns and storage for other
valuables
4.5 out of 5 Click Here For Best Price
Barska Biometric

Interior:
16.25" x 7" x 14.25"

Exterior:
16.5" x 7.75" x 14.5"

Weight:
31 lbs
Fingerprint locking
system with 2 emergency back up keys
16 gauge steel

2 full size handguns, ammo plus room for other valuables & documents
4.5 out of 5 Click Here For Best Price
V-Line Closet Safe

Exterior:
5.8" x 16.8" x 53"

Interior:
N/A

Weight:
58 lbs
5 button key pad combination lock. Plus 2 tubular keys for the top and bottom for extra security when you don't need easy access.

Steel

2 long guns (with pistol grips, large magazines and scopes) plus extra room for other valuables
4 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
First Alert Waterproof, Fireproof Gun Safe



Exterior:
24.13" x 17.63" x 23.38"

Interior:
19.69" x 13.50" x 13.88"

Weight:
145 lbs
Digital lock and emergency override key.
Six locking bolts (four live, two dead) and pry-resistant concealed hinges
Steel w/ plastic cover. UL listed. Withstands external temperatures of 1,700 degrees F for one hour. Waterproof seal along the opening keeps valuables dry, even when safe is fully submerged

Can hold several handguns and other valuables
4 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
GunVault MV 500

Exterior:
11" x 8-1/2" x 2-1/4"

Interior:
10-3/4" x 6-1/2" x 2 "

Weight:
5 lbs
Patented No-Eyes Keypad with 12 million selectable access codes



16 gauge

1 handgun and some magazines
4 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
GunVault SpeedVault SV500

Exterior:
6.5" x 3.5" x 13"

Weight:
8.2 lbs
Digital KeyPad with override key. Interior light.18 gauge

1 handgun
4.5 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
Premium Drawer Safe

Exterior:
11.75" L X 8.75" W
X 4.5" D

Interior:
11.5" L x 8.5" W
x 2.5" D

Weight:
13 lbs
Digital locking system1/8 inch steel

2 handguns
4.5 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
Sentry Safe Defense Center

Exterior:
8.8" x 8.8" x 46.9"

Weight:
108 lbs
Programmable electronic locking systemSteel

Shotgun and handgun
4.5 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
Fort Knox Personal Handgun Safe

Exterior:
4-1/4" H x 12-1/2" W
x 10-3/8" D

Interior:
N/A

Weight:
19 lbs
Mechanical lock with over 1,000 combinations10 gauge

2 handguns
4.5 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
Titan Gun Safe - Fireproof

Inside the Titan Gun Safe

Exterior:
17.5" x 22" x 59"

Interior:
N/A

Weight:
365 lbs
UL Security Listed SecuRam digital lock.-Eight chrome steel live locking bolts.-Spring-loaded relocker3/16 solid steel door and 1/8 steel panels Fireproof for 1 hour 2300 degrees F

6-12 long guns depending on their configuration and with the shelves you can fit a handgun and other valuables
4.5 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
Cannon Safe P40 Patriot Series

Exterior:
49" W x 59" H x 24" D

Weight:
600 lbs
Commercial grade Group 2 lock with key-locking dial with Active-locking bolts Surefire multiple re-lockers12 gauge

18-36 guns depending on the configuration of your guns
4 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
Liberty Explorer

Exterior:
59.25"H x 28"W x 22"D

Weight:
440 lbs
Electronic lock with override key12 gauge

30 min fire to 1200 degrees F

Up to 22 long guns
4 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
American Security Defense Vault

Dimensions: N/A

Weight:
75 lbs
Electronic lock with illuminated keypad14 gauge

Shotgun, an AR-15 type rifle and a handgun or two
4.5 out of 5Click Here For Best Price
Paragon Gun & Rifle Safe

Exterior:
55'' H x 19.75'' W
x 12.5'' D

Interior:
55'' H x 19.5'' W
x 8.75'' D

Weight:
118.5 lbs
Uses secret PIN code or included 2 keys codes can be changed infinitely. Also has a separate Interior locking cabinet with a different set of keys11 gauge

8 guns up to 47.5" long
3.5 out of 5Click Here For Best Price

As you browse further on this page you will find more information on specifications that will help you to make the right decision on what safe is right for you. A gun safe is a personal decision.  There really is no “best gun safe” because each person has different needs.  But there are gun safes that are better than others.  That is what the above list represents – the better gun safes available on the market for the needs most requested by customers. So you need to determine what type is going to work best for your lifestyle. The following will guide you to determining what features will work best for your life and safety. I hope this list helps you with your decision to purchase the best gun safe for your needs.

Steel Gauge

For top security a heavy gauge steel safe (with multiple locking bolts) is what you will need.  Keep in mind that the lower the gauge  the stronger and thicker the safe will be.  Good thickness gauges run from 12 to 7, with seven being the strongest. Any gauge higher than 12 is one you should stay away from if you think you will be vulnerable to someone hacking away at the safe. A 12 gauge steel safe is lighter and you can move it around more easily – but then so can the thief.  And a 12 gauge can reportedly be hacked away at with an axe on the sides and bottom.  So try to get a heavier gauge if you can afford it. While a 10 gauge will be stronger and heavier, thereby making it extremely difficult for a thief to hack open, it will be more expensive.  So you have to figure out how vulnerable you are, that depends on your neighborhood, who is living in your house, etc.   You also need to figure out how much you can reasonably spend on a good gun safe.  If you think you need a 10 gauge steel gun safe then keep in mind it will cost about $1500 and up.  I would actually recommend 8 gauge but it all depends on your needs and budget. The upside to spending more on a gun safe is that you will have it forever.  It’s not like this is an expense you will have over and over.  A better safe is a good investment in your safety and peace of mind.

Locking Systems

The locking system is what keeps thieves and children from getting your guns but the locking system mechanism is also where most thieves or children will start working first to break in.

Electronic or Digital Lock Gun Safes

There are electronic button locking systems but they do require batteries. There have been numerous complaints about them malfunctioning.  For example, if you are in a situation where you need to get to your gun quickly but the battery has died you are out of luck.  These electronic locking systems are only as good as your battery.  Some have the battery pack in an easily accessible location and some don’t.  Nevertheless, would you want to go find some batteries, put them in the safe battery compartment while you are under duress? But, if you are a diligent person and you check your battery life on a regular basis, then you should not have a problem with this type of locking system.

Mechanical Lock Gun Safes

Mechanical dial locks are better, or at least more reliable and longer lasting than the electronic systems.  These are commonly known as combination locks.  As long as you remember your combination and haven’t given it out to anyone, or written it down where someone can find it then this type of locking system is just fine. Just be aware that recent articles in Forbes magazine and others have proven that even a 3 year old can work on a combination locking mechanism and get into a gun safe. There are more expensive combination locks that will lock-up if someone tampers with the lock, so that is a feature that can be very desirable if someone breaks into your home to steal your guns or if you have curious and precocious children.

Biometric Lock Gun Safes

By far one of the safest and most reliable gun safe locking systems is the biometric locking system.  Basically the lock can only be opened and locked with your fingerprints.  All you do is swipe your fingers over the lock and you are in.  You can also have another designated person or persons have their fingerprints logged in to the locking system as well.  So if you are a husband and wife who use the guns you can both get into the safe but your children or a thief cannot. If they can’t get in through the locking system they usually start to pry at the corners of the safe and get the door to move away from the actual body of the safe. The door is locked with large steel pins.  The more pins and the heavier they are the less chance someone will get into your safe.  Look for a gun safe with pins in the corners, top and bottom.  Again, this will be more expensive but harder for the thief to open the safe.

The Fire Rating

 The fire rating of your gun safe is also something you need to consider.  The average fire lasts from 25-45 minutes and reaches 1200 degrees in that time. There are safes that can withstand a 1200 degree fire for 30 minutes, 60 minutes and some for 100 minutes to 200 minutes. You can also spend more and get a fire rating of 1400 degrees for an hour, two hours and two and a half hours.  Winchester Safes are the best for this type of fire protection.

Best Gun Safe

Winchester Ranger Deluxe Gun Safe

The Winchester Ranger is an excellent choice for fires of 1400 degrees for one hour.

So to figure this out a common sense approach would be …how far do you live from the Fire Department? If you live near a fire department maybe you don’t need 100 minutes, surely the fire department will get to you sooner than that.  It depends on what else is in your safe.  If you have other valuable items besides your guns then you might not want to take a chance that the fire department can put the fire out quickly enough to save your valuables.   For instance, if you live in any area of the country where you are subject to wild fires then you know it really won’t matter if you have 30, 60, 100 or 200 you probably are going to lose your valuables.  But if the odds are that you will get your fire put out somewhere within those 100 – 200 minutes then you decide how much of a chance you want to take and pick the rating that is best for you and your wallet.

Gun Safe Size

The internal size of the gun safe is important.  Depending in what type of gun you are putting in your safe you can usually figure that if the manufacturer says you can get 30 guns in the safe cut that in half.  That has been my experience and from what I hear it is pretty typical of any gun safe.  So prepare for a larger safe if you have various types of guns, for example if you have scopes on your guns or bolt action rifles, etc. You will find that buying a gun safe bigger than you currently need is a wise choice.  You may want to add to your gun collection in the future and you may want to put other valuable items in the safe besides guns.  You won’t be sorry that you have the additional room in your safe.

Bolt It to the Floor If You Can

One sure way to make sure no one takes your gun safe out of your home is to bolt it to the floor. If you are buying a gun safe that you want to bolt to the floor make sure the safe already comes with holes drilled out on the bottom.  If you are able to bolt your safe to the floor we recommend you do so.  Not only does this stop someone from taking your entire gun collection but bolting it to the floor is an extra safety precaution. Another reason to bolt the safe to the floor is that the door to some safes is so heavy that it can topple the safe over when it is open.  And, some safes are so heavy that this could actually cause harm to you or a family member if it were to fall on someone.

Gun Safe Weight

The weight of the gun safe is determined by the weight of the gauge.  Gun safes can be a few hundred pounds to 500 pounds and over.   Check to make sure what weight your floors can realistically hold.  And, make sure you get the safe delivered to your home, whether curbside or actually placed inside your home for an extra charge.   How to Keep Your Gun Safe Dry

What To Consider About A Gun Safe Dehumidifier

Stack On Gun Safe Dehumidifier

If you keep your gun safe in a humid area and don’t use a gun safe dehumidifier, you risk having excess moisture in the air rust your valuable guns. You might find that adding a little silica to your safe is not enough because it gets waterlogged to fast. In that case, it is time to find a good gun safe dehumidifier. This is a very modest investment in a product that can keep your guns dry and protect your investment.

 

How Do Electric Gun Safe Dehumidifiers Work?

An electric gun safe dehumidifier might be a good solution if you have to store your safe in an area that is very damp or has no other temperature control. For example, lots of people use these when they keep their safes in the basement or on a porch.

Of course, not all products that are advertised as gun safe dehumidifiers work exactly the same way. But some good ones actually warm up, so they are several degrees hotter than the ambient temperature. This warms up the air around the dehumidifier and inside the safe. The warm air expands, and it forces moisture outside the same and into the surroundings.

What Else Do You Need To Use Your Electric Gun Safe Dehumidifier?

Some factors that will determine your best choice of a  gun safe dehumidifier will be the type of safe that you have, the outside environment, access to electricity, and how many guns you have to store. Before you start shopping for a product, think about factors that might impact your choice.

Now you understand that these warming units work because they force moisture outside of the safe. This means there has to be some ventilation inside the safe. Some safes have small vents, and other safes have doors that do not fit very tightly. If your safe is airtight, this type of solution might not be the right one for you.

Some of these dehumidifiers are powered by electricity, so you have to have some way to run the cord to an outlet too. If you only have a tiny hole, you need to have a way to disconnect the large end of your cord to get it through the hole too. Otherwise, you might have to clip off the cord and install a new one, and that will probably be more trouble than it is worth.

Of course, you can also purchase wireless units with rechargeable batteries. This saves you from having to worry about pulling a cord through a tiny home, but you have to remember to keep the battery charged or it won’t do you much good.

Additionally, remember that these units may get hot. You need to have a clear area to set your unit on, so it does not touch the walls or any of the items inside your gun safe.

Also, consider the size of your safe when you are looking for the right unit. Some popular models are long rods, but some are compact square units. The right choice really depends upon the size of your safe and the number of guns you store.

How Much Do These Products Cost?

There are a number of different solutions that you can try, and your choice will impact the price. You can buy some good products that will do the job in the average gun safe for about $25 to $30 online. This includes electric models with cords and with rechargeable batteries. If you own hundreds or even thousand dollars worth of guns, this is a pretty modest investment to make in order to keep them dry and in good condition.

If you choose to use a desiccant instead of an electric unit, your initial investment might be a lot lower. You can usually find boxes of this product online for under $10. Just remember that this might not be a long-term solution. If you have to replace the desiccant often, you might end up spending more than you would have spent on an electric unit in a fairly short time. Sometimes, desiccants might last for several months, but in very humid areas, you might have to change them every few weeks.

Should You Invest In A Dehumidifier For Your Gun Safe?

If you have concerns about storing your weapons in a very humid area, an electric or battery-powered unit can help keep your guns dry. This means you will not risk rust or mold. However, if you have a really bad problem with the humidity around the safe, you should know that an inside unit might not protect the outside walls of the safe that much. You might still have problems with rust or mold on the external surfaces.

One solution might be be to purchase a larger dehumidifier to keep the air around your safe dry. This will be more expensive, but it might be the only good answer if you suffer from really bad humidity.

Best Gun Safe For The Money | Canon Patriot P40 Gun Safe Review

Cannon Patriot P40 Gun Safe Exterior

If you are looking for the best gun safe for the money then the Cannon Patriot P40 is one you should carefully consider.   It is a big gun safe that can store from 18-36 guns depending on whether you are storing long guns or handguns or a combination of both.   Some owners of this safe have even reported that they have been able to store up to 48 guns.

Product Review – Fort Knox FTK-PN Handgun Safe or Pistol Box

Fort Knox Personal Handgun Safe

The Fort Knox FTK-PN Handgun safe is a small pistol safe with a secure lock and a sturdy body. The box measures 5″ high by 9.5″ wide and 12.5″ deep. The door is 3/16″ thick, and the safe has a ten gauge body. This compact handgun safe is the safest and most secure consumer-grade handgun safe on the market.

This sturdy and secure handgun safe is made in the USA, and is designed to be hardwearing and a joy to use. From the gas strut that assists you when you open the door, to the easy-to-use mechanical lock which allows users to choose from 1081 different combinations, you can be confident that this safe will keep your weapon secure.

Sporter Series Browning Prosteel Gun Safe Review

Browning Prosteel Sporter Series Gun Safe

The Browning Sporter Series Prosteel gun safe is an excellent choice when you’re looking to store your firearms, whether handguns, shotguns or rifles, in the best environment possible. You want to protect them from the wear and tear of being out in the open where accidents can happen and where they are exposed to the natural elements.  There are many different price points when it comes to gun safes, and there are also some pretty sweet deals but the Browning Sporter Series Prosteel gun safe is one of those top-notch gun safes that you can be confident about purchasing.

Stack-On 22-Gun Convertible Safe Review

Stack-On 22-Gun Convertible Safe

The Stack-On 22-Gun Safe Specifications

The first thing that you should know is that the Stack-On 22 Gun Safe has been tested and approved by the California Justice Department (CAL. DOJ). It is considered one of the firearms safety devices that meets the requirements of the California penal code. It is approved for use by government authorities, so it should meet the needs of most individual gun owners.

Paragon Eight Gun & Rifle Safe Review

Paragon 8 Gun and Rifle Safe

The Paragon eight gun and rifle safe is made by Paragon Lock & Safe, it is a company in Michigan that has been offering the best quality safes for over ten years now. In fact their safes come with a full ten year warranty.

They have small safes for jewelry and documents up to large gun safes. They are also there for you if you have any questions or concerns about their products and if any of their safes need repairing, they are happy to do it. Their safes come with a full ten year warranty. The company has a reputation for using the best materials as well as excellent workmanship.

They have several models of heavy duty gun and rifle safes which you will find are very good value. Whether you are business owner and want to protect your business or you have weapons at home, the Paragon eight gun and rifle safe is a great way to keep your weapons secure.

Sentry Safe Home Defense Center Review

Sentry Safe Home Defense Center Gun Safe

The Sentry Safe is one of the best ways of keeping your family safe if you own one or more personal defense weapons.  The fact of the matter is the police are not going to get to your house fast enough in the event of a break-in. They cannot be omnipresent in your neighborhood.  If someone tries to break into your house, then your firearms could be the only thing protecting your lives and assets from the criminal.  However, it is also important to make sure that your children do not accidentally get access to your weapons and injure themselves or others. For that reason a good quality gun safe  like the Sentry Safe is a necessity.

Liberty Explorer 22 Gun Safe Review: Best Bang For The Buck

Liberty Explorer 22 Gun Safe

So what makes the Liberty Explorer 22 Gun Safe stick out above the rest? Liberty’s innovative and proprietary engineering not only affords you the best in style and design but also security and fire safety that is second to none. When it comes to protecting and storing your guns, you have many gun safe options for your most valuable assets. After looking at the price tag and continuing to read about the specs and features, you can definitely see how this product delivers peace of mind and superior quality at the most affordable price point.

The Gunvault MV500 Pistol Gun Safe Review

GunVault MV500 Pistol Safe

The Gunvault MV500 safe is a very popular model with a large number of positive customer reviews found online.  This is not the perfect safe for every customer, but for individuals who are looking for a simple firearms safe for one pistol or revolver they are going to like what this has to offer.  Unlike larger gun safes that are designed for resisting house fires or storing shotguns and rifles, this Gunvault model only weighs five pounds and is very portable, while remaining nearly impossible to break into or pry open.

Winchester Ranger Deluxe Gun Safe Review

Winchester Ranger Deluxe Gun Safe - 30 Guns

Why Buy A Winchester Ranger Deluxe Gun Safe?

The Winchester Ranger Deluxe Gun Safe provides a gun storage solution that is very secure, extremely functional, and attractive. If you are like many gun owners, you absolutely need your gun safe to meet the first two requirements, but the last requirement is a bonus too. Consider some reasons why the Winchester Ranger Deluxe Gun Safe delivers attractive features at a very reasonable price.

Are you looking for a safe that was designed with the right internal and external materials to keep your weapons safe from the weather, fire, and human threats? Do you need a solid safe that is roomy enough to store multiple weapons securely and is also flexible enough for your needs? The Winchester Company can offer you all that for a reasonable cost.

Fireproof Electronic Lock Titan Gun Safe Review

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My personal experience with the Titan Gun Safe

The Titan Fireproof Gun Safe with Electronic Lock is a panelized safe that can be put in any room or closet of your house.  I got it because I needed a way to keep my growing gun collection and other valuables safe, and it sounded much easier and more convenient than the traditional style of larger gun safes.

This secure, welded, panelized safe comes in a convenient, easy-to-assemble package that can be delivered to your door, then brought one piece at a time to any location in your home, and can be assembled without tools in minutes thanks to the Kwik-Lock System.  This is far preferable than needing two or three big guys and a heavy duty dolly to manhandle a pre-assembled safe up stairs and around tight corners!

First Alert 2-Hour Steel Fire Safe with Combination Lock Gun Safe Review

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Introduction to the First Alert Steel Fire Safe

The First Alert Gun Safe is the safe to use if you’re going to have a number of firearms in the home. This is doubly true if there are young children in the house or if you’ll soon be adding another little family member to the mix.

A great gun safe takes care of that.  The First Alert 2-Hour Steel Fire Safe with combination lock is a small gun safe that is perfect for storing ammunition, hand guns, cleaner, and even valuable documents and other important items that you want both safely hidden away as well as easy to get to as long as you know the combination.

Gunvault SpeedVault SVB500 Gun Safe Review

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The Gunvault SpeedVault SVB500 Gun Safe offers the SVB500 biometric version of the gun safe for around $200 and they also offer a four digit electronic keypad operated safe for around $150.Many safes have been developed for the customer who wants to keep their sidearm under lock and key, but still requires quick access. These include biometric and keypad operated safes. But don’t be fooled. Not all safes are created equal.

GunVault is a company that offers a very attractive choice in this regard. Their Gunvault SpeedVault SVB500 is unparalleled in offering both speedy access and total security.

Barska Biometric Gun Safe Review

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The Barska Biometric Gun Safe is set up to open based upon recognition of your fingerprint. It is very sensitive to the position and angle of your finger when going through the process of saving your prints. According to the instructions, you are allowed up to thirty different prints to be recorded and saved in its memory. It is easy to use, but one of the common mistakes people make is to swipe their finger rather than laying it down on the detector. You place your finger on it and wait. Within a matter of a few seconds the safe opens if it recognizes your print.