If you are someone that doesn’t quite need the size, capacity, and strength of a full size gun safe, however you still need that secure storage in your home, then a gun cabinet might be fore you!
Gun cabinets make up for the fact that they don’t have quite as much strength as a gun safe, by making up for it with portability, ease of access, and of course a lower price point. These also make for great options when you need to be able to fit your firearm storage solution into a smaller space than a traditional gun safe may not be able to handle.
|Our Favorites||The Product||Rating|
|Best Overall||SecureIt Agile Model 52||5 / 5|
|Best High Tech||Vaultek RS500i||4.5 / 5|
|Most Safe Like||SecureIt Answer 8||4.5 / 5|
|Most Compact||SecureIt Fastbox 47||4.5 / 5|
|Corner Gun Cabinet||Homak Corner Cabinet||3.5 / 5|
- 1. SecureIt Agile Model 52 & 40
- 2. Vaultek RS500i
- 3. SecureIt Tactical Answer Ultralight: Model 8 & 12
- 4. Stack-On GCDB-924 Gun Cabinet Double Door
- 5. SecureIt Fastbox 40 & 47
- 6. Format – GL07 – 7 Gun Capacity – Key Gun Locker
- 7. Hornady RAPiD Safe Ready Vault
- 8. Homak Security 10 Gun Steel Corner Cabinet
- 9. Moutec Large Rifle Cabinet
- 10. Stack-On Tactical Gun Cabinet TC-16-GB-K-DS
- What to think about when buying a gun cabinet?
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. SecureIt Agile Model 52 & 40
The Agile series by SecureIt is by far one of the best gun cabinets on the market today! It comes in two different sizes, the Model 52 which is 52″ high, and the Model 40, which is 40″ high. Outside of the height of these cabinets, there isn’t really any other difference between the two.
These cabinets offer 14 gauge steel, an incredible modular interior, and even a modular exterior. This means you can build the safe wherever you plan on using it, and then customize the inside to be whatever you want it to be.
You can easily fit 4 rifles if you use it all for rifle storage, or you can kit out the cabinet with plenty of handgun hangers, bins and more if you only need to fit one rifle at a time.
The locking mechanism may not be a name brand lock, however I am a huge fan of SecureIt as a brand, and tend to trust their quality over many other brands on the market.
- High quality
- Modular design
- Customizable interior
- Multiple sizes to choose from
- Higher price point
2. Vaultek RS500i
If you want a tech first gun cabinet, there isn’t a more technologically advanced gun cabinet on the market today! With a capacity of up to 5 rifles, this by no mean is a gigantic safe, however it does offer 14 gauge steel, a modular interior and about every access option possible.
This includes a panic button style… button, bluetooth, phone access (via an application), keypad, biometric, and of course an old fashioned key.
This safe will also alert you if it is tampered with, if the humidity isn’t right, and of course has interior and exterior lighting so you can access the safe whether it is day or night.
Just like the Agile 52 (and 40) above, it has the mentioned modular interior, which allows you to outfit the safe any way you like. Whether it be all shelving, to all rifles, or anything in between.
- Most high tech gun cabinet on the market
- Everything is high quality
- Many access options
- Tamper and humidity alerts
- Modular interior
- Display on safe for all needed information
- Very high cost for the size
3. SecureIt Tactical Answer Ultralight: Model 8 & 12
Did you like Agile Model 52 & 40 above, but wish they had thicker steel? Then the Answer series is going to be an awesome option.
They offer the same modular interior (allowing for full customizability), and everything else. However they have upgraded the steel to 12 gauge and now have a name-brand locking mechanism (SecuRAM) like a gun safe would.
It also has a larger capacity, allowing for up to 8 rifles in the Model 8, and you guessed it, 12 rifles in the Model 12. The model 12 is special in its own right, as it has a double door design, which allows for quick access to more rifles.
On top of all of this, you can either get an upgraded PRO version, or purchase separately to allow for a full door panel!
The biggest idea behind these heavy duty cabinets, is to give a good alternative to a gun safe, that allows for quick access, as they are not nearly as deep as their gun safe competitors.
- Fully welded design
- 12 gauge steel
- Modular interior
- Name-brand locking mechanism
- Larger safe is double door
- Less depth to safe allows for quick access
- Door panel organizer available
- High cost
- Not super lightweight
4. Stack-On GCDB-924 Gun Cabinet Double Door
I’ll be honest, I don’t know why I like double door safes and cabinets like this! It likely is because they are much more unique than other safes on the market. Regardless, this double door cabinet from Stack-On offers some great usability!
The left door gives you great storage fro ammunition, or just other valuables in general, while the right side offers storage for your long guns.
Unfortunately Stack-On doesn’t advertise the steel gauge on this safe, however my best guess would be in the 16 gauge range, which is right in line with many of the other cabinets on this list.
The doors both do offer 3 points of contact to the frame for locking, and there is a hard plate in front of the locking mechanisms to help out with drill attacks.
Remember, don’t store your ammo and you rifles in the same container! While this isn’t a perfect solution in having the two doors, its better than the alternative of keeping them together.
- Two doors and containers to separate items
- 10 gun capacity
- Thinner steel
- A bit higher price than it should be
5. SecureIt Fastbox 40 & 47
By now, you are probably tired of hearing about SecureIt and all of their products, however to be fair… they specialize in gun cabinets, and offering a good quality gun cabinets solution to the gun safe.
These Fastbox 40 and 47 cabinets are actually a really cool concept! The 40 is only able to lay horizontally, and is generally considered an under bed safe. However the 47 can be used horizontally, or vertically with an additional accessory.
Being able to make the 47 go vertical, makes this a true gun cabinet, but a very thin one that can be placed easily between dressers, behind doors, in closets, etc. It also is easily able to handle 2 long guns with the help of the modular interior on these safes.
It also offers all of the great quality, customer service, warranty and more of the more expensive and larger gun cabinets and safes that SecureIt also offers.
- Fastbox 47 can be used vertically or horizontally
- Very flexible design
- Works as an under-bed safe as well
- Small long gun capacity
- 16 gauge steel
6. Format – GL07 – 7 Gun Capacity – Key Gun Locker
Format is a really cool company that offers a lot of actual gun safes for a great price, and that has trickled down into their gun cabinet as well.
If you are looking for a heavy duty gun locker, it doesn’t get better than this, as it has 11 gauge steel, which is quite frankly insane for a gun locker.
On top of this, it also offers a lifetime warranty for fire and break in, and also handles up to 7 rifles.
Its electronic locking mechanism is backed up with physical keys, and these are attached to 7 locking bolts that are distributed across 3 different sides.
I would compare this cabinet as being a much heavier duty SecureIt Agile 52, just without any of the other cool features that the SecureIt cabinet has to offer.
- Very heavy duty for a gun cabinet
- Reasonable pricing
- Great security features
- Good capacity
- Very basic interior
- Not great aesthetically
7. Hornady RAPiD Safe Ready Vault
Hornady may be an old name in the firearm industry, however it is still trying to make a name for itself in the gun safe industry! I must say, it’s not doing a bad job at all.
This gun cabinet is unique on this list, as it is the only one that offers and RFID entry option! Basically you are able to tap a sticker, ring, or whatever RFID tag you have programmed to the cabinet and you are able to open it up with that. This makes for an incredibly fast access!
If you don’t like the RFID entry, it of course also has a keypad for easy access, and a key backup on top of that.
It also has a modular interior that allows you to put pistols, long guns and more all around the safe to your taste.
I personally also really like the way it looks! With its somewhat futuristic, but also reminiscent of the traditional gun safe past.
- RFID and keypad entry
- High quality
- Modular interior
- Hornady name
- High price point
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8. Homak Security 10 Gun Steel Corner Cabinet
I really like corner safes and cabinets! I think it is cool that you can find any ole corner in your house, and put a gun cabinet into it. For many people this is easier than trying to find a good place in the middle of a wall, or having to put a normal safe in the corner, which just doesn’t work very well.
Anyways, this Homak cabinet is awesome, because it is a corner gun cabinet! It is able to handle up to 10 guns, and 16 gauge steel.
The locking mechanism is interesting, where you have two key locks on the same door. This has added security, but on the other hand also lengthens out the time it takes to access the cabinet itself.
Thankfully, if you don’t like the capacity of this safe, they do also have larger, and even smaller version available as well.
- Fits perfectly in a corner
- 2 key locks on same door
- High price point
- 2 key locks on the same door
9. Moutec Large Rifle Cabinet
This little cabinet has become increasingly more and more popular over time! This is mainly due to having a rather decent price to feature ratio. With the ability to handle up to 5 long guns, what appears to be a decent keypad, and an easy access physical key port, it definitely adds up considering the price.
It also just looks tougher than it probably is in the end, which if you don’t have the money to spend on a thicker steel safe, then you want to at least deter anyone from trying anyways right? That said, this does have 14 gauge steel, which is the same steel you would find on a Liberty Centurion, making this one of the thickest steel gauge cabinets on this list.
I will say, this is one of the brands I am not quite as familiar with, however the feature to price on this one is rather good!
- 14 gauge steel
- Quick access physical key port
- Looks strong (a deterrent)
- Awesome price for what you get
- Wish it had a modular interior
10. Stack-On Tactical Gun Cabinet TC-16-GB-K-DS
If you are someone that utilizes tactical style firearms, and want a gun cabinet, this should be on your short list! This Stack-On is built specifically to handle the build of a tactical firearm, and maximizes the storage of the safe around that.
It also doesn’t hurt that it looks cool, offering a little tactical flair to the front side of the cabinet.
That said, it is one of the few cabinets on this list that only offers a key lock as the only way of entering the safe, meaning it is not going to be nearly as quick access as other options on this list (I’m looking at you Vaultek RS500i).
As for steel gauge, it is hard to say, however I again am going to bet it is 16 gauge steel.
With all that though, this safe is an awesome value for someone that is looking for a cabinet like this!
- Tactical styling
- Great for tactical firearms
- Only a key lock option
What to think about when buying a gun cabinet?
Manufacturer of gun cabinet
When it comes to gun cabinets, the manufacturer of the product becomes much more important than when it is the safe! Why is this? Because gun cabinet makers don’t utilize industry standard locking mechanisms like SecuRAM, LaGard, etc. This means you have to rely on the reputation of the cabinet maker for the reliability of the lock, rather than the reputation of the locking mechanism itself.
That said, it also is always a good idea to buy anything from a reputable manufacturer, just for the sake of that!
Outside of just making sure you get a good quality cabinet with a good lock on it (like we just talked about), you should also make sure you are getting the right lock for you! This means thinking about if a key lock is good enough for your purposes, or if you want to upgrade to an e-lock, or even a biometric or phone accessible lock.
All of these different locks offer an array of quality, but also price.
Thickness of steel gauge
Gun cabinets are not exactly known for their steel gauge, and most sit in the 16 gauge range! This is mainly because cabinets need to be portable, inexpensive, yet still high quality, so having a thick gauge of steel just doesn’t quite make sense.
That said, get the thickest steel you can, while still being able to maintain the needs that you have for your purpose.
Do you need a fire rating?
Before you ever buy a gun cabinet, you should definitely consider if you need a fire rating. Why is that? Because gun cabinets inherently don’t have a fire rating associated witsh them. Due to their need to be portable, inexpensive, yet still secure means they have to ditch the heavy and expensive fire resistant materials such as cement, and drywall.
Capacity of the gun cabinet
Just like pistol safes and gun safes, you have to always be on the lookout for how big of a gun capacity you need! Unfortunately gun cabinets are not exactly the biggest of storage containers, and 10 guns is going to be about as big as it is going to get.
If you need more than that, you probably should think about upgrading to a full-out safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just because something is a gun cabinet, doesn’t mean that you are sacrificing all security. Many gun cabinets today do a great job of offering high security, with reasonable cost, while also being able to give a good capacity and quality.
I generally do not recommend keeping your gun cabinet in the garage, unless it is fully hidden from sight. I can’t say how many times I have seen an open garage door, where I see gun storage in plain sight. Not allowing people to know you own firearms is the first defense against theft.
Gun cabinets, much like most gun safes and pistol safes are made of carbon steel. This material does a great job of balancing cost, to ease of building, and strength against attacks. Outside of this, you likely will also find plastic in the locking mechanisms, paint on the body of the cabinet and more.
Gun cabinets can be an awesome addition for many people, in many homes! If you don’t need the craziest amount of security, and don’t have a huge budget, then a gun cabinet might be right up your alley.
Any of the safes on this list should work well for you, however I hope that being able to take a look at the differences, and what we like about each, points you in the direction of the right cabinet for your purposes.