When it comes to buying a gun safe, there are a lot of factors to consider. You want something that’s going to be big enough to store all your firearms, but not so large and cumbersome that you can’t move it around or store it in your home.
You also need to think about the security features of the safe, as well as its price tag. With so many different gun safes on the market, it can be tough to know which one is right for you.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of the 12 best gun safes for 2022. We’ve looked at some of the most popular models on the market and weighed their pros and cons, so you can decide which one is right for you.
|Our Picks||The Product||Rating|
|Best Modular Gun Safe||Snapsafe Titan XXL||4.5 / 5|
|Best USA Made Gun Safe||Browning Silver 33||5 / 5|
|Most Accessible Safe||SecureIt Answer 8||4 / 5|
|Best Pistol Safe||Vaultek VT10i||4 / 5|
|Best Biometric Safe||Vaultek RS500i||4.5 / 5|
- 1. Snapsafe Titan XXL Double Door – Best Modular Gun Safe
- 2. Browning Silver 33 – Best USA Made Gun Safe
- 3. SecureIt Answer 8 – Most Accessible Safe
- 4. Fort Knox Protector – Best Premium Gun Safe
- 5. SecureIt Agile 52 – Best Closet/Small Gun Safe
- 6. Vaultek VT10i – Best Pistol Safe
- 7. Liberty Fatboy
- 8. Zanotti Armor X1 – Best Home Safe
- 9. Tactical Walls 1420 Sliding Mirror Bundle – Best Diversion Safe
- 10. Vaultek Slider – Best Desk Safe
- 11. Snapsafe In-Wall Safe – Best In-Wall Safe
- 12. Vaultek RS500i – Best Biometric Gun Safe
- Your Complete Guide To Buying A Good Gun Safe
1. Snapsafe Titan XXL Double Door – Best Modular Gun Safe
This is made with heavy-duty materials to protect your possessions against any attack and features a one-hour fire protection rating of 2300°F. Plus, the internal panels are nearly impervious to fire, moisture (of which here are some great ways to handle this), insects, and mold – so you can rest assured that your valuables are in good hands. And for added peace of mind, the EMP Lock offers electronic or mechanical opening operation.
It’s no real secret that I’m a big fan of modular gun safes. No, they aren’t the best safes out there. No, they don’t offer all of the bells and whistles. However, what they do offer, is the ability for almost anyone to own a gun safe. They can easily be put together, and easily taken upstairs.
When it comes to modular safes, the Snapsafe Titan Double Door XXL is my favorite option. This thing is huge, has 9 gauge steel, an awesome fire rating and so much more.
The biggest benefit? It can also be purchased and moved into a home without anyone even knowing you now own a gun safe. There are of course other options for a modular gun safe, but none give every option you need for a price like the Titan Series Double Door XXL does.
- Lock: SecuRAM EMP-proof Electronic lock w/ mechanical key backup
- Steel Thickness: 9 gauge, achieved by 2 layers of steel
- Fire Rating: 1 hour at 2300 degrees
- Security Features: 3/16″ solid-steel door, 14 door bolts, re-locker, pre-drilled for mounting to the floor.
- Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: Double doors, modular interior, and more.
- Weight: 900 pounds
- External Dimensions: 59″ High by 46″ Wide by 30″ Deep
- Internal Dimensions: 53.5″ High by 41″ Wide by 26.5” Deep
2. Browning Silver 33 – Best USA Made Gun Safe
The Browning Silver 33 is the perfect safe for those who want all the features of a high-end safe, but don’t want to break the bank. With a fire rating of 100 minutes and a security rating of 11 gauge, this safe will keep your belongings safe and sound.
With over 30 customization options, you can make sure the Silver 33 looks and feels just right in your home.
For an American Made Browning gun safe, this is my personal favorite and offers one of the best values for the buck.
The mixture of customization options, being USA-made and of course one of the first safes in their lineup with the Axis Interior makes this one stand out as a great deal. Sure it isn’t cheap, but it is worth it.
- Lock: Electronic Lock or Mechanical Lock
- Steel Thickness: 11 gauge
- Fire Rating: 100 minutes at 1680 degrees
- Security Features: Name brand locking mechanism, 1 1/4″ locking bolts, Pry-Stop end bolts
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: LED Lights, electrical outlet, gloss paint, external hinges
- Weight: 730 pounds
- External Dimensions: 60″ High by 31″ Wide by 25.5″ Deep
3. SecureIt Answer 8 – Most Accessible Safe
This lightweight, the heavy-duty decentralized gun safe system is perfect for anyone looking for flexible repositioning and top-of-the-line security. With a CradleGrid Technology design and professional-grade craftsmanship, the Model 8 is perfect for keeping your firearms safe and sound.
One of the biggest stand-out features of this gun safe is the ability to access it quickly! With the modular interior, you can place your firearms facing forward in a line, instead of around a c-shaped interior like many others. This allows you to be able to open the safe, and quickly grab the firearm that you need at a moment’s notice.
These safes are extremely high quality and built for the long run. You should keep in mind, SecureIt doesn’t overly believe in fire ratings, which is why you won’t find this one with a rating. That said, it makes this a lightweight solution (bolt it down people), that is easily accessible and high quality for a good price.
- Lock: Name Brand Electronic Lock
- Steel Thickness: 12 gauge
- Fire Rating: None
- Security Features: 4-sided bolt work
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: Basic design, very utilitarian, best in market modular interior, door panel
- Weight: 299 pounds
- External Dimensions: 58 1/2” High by 23 1/2” Wide by 14” Deep
4. Fort Knox Protector – Best Premium Gun Safe
The Fort Knox Protector is my favorite Fort Knox Vault. Strangely enough, it offers great value for a Fort Knox.
The reason behind this, is with its 7 gauge steel, it is an extremely strong safe, however doesn’t add a lot of the more expensive features that may not be needed like the 5 to 1 gear ratio, or the insane bolt work that the Legend Series has.
It more or less is an awesome, no-nonsense Fort Knox vault. It has all of the great, needed features that Fort Knox has to offer.
It is heavy, looks great, has one of the best warranties in the industry, and is fully customizable to exactly what you want in a safe.
- Lock: S&G Group 2 Lock or Mechanical Lock. Upgradable to Redundant Lock.
- Steel Thickness: 7 Gauge
- Fire Rating: 90 minutes at 1680 degrees
- Security Features: Drill Deflector Bolt Guard, Foil Mechanical Back-Up Re-locking devices, remote re-locker, drill stop hard plate, bolt detent.
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: Fort Knox vaults are among the best out there. Can have custom colors, different door swings, or choose from many of their standard colors.
- Weight: 1,240 pounds
- External Dimensions: 66” High by 37” Wide by 30” Deep
5. SecureIt Agile 52 – Best Closet/Small Gun Safe
Yes, it doesn’t have a fire rating and is a modular safe that can be torn down. Make sure to keep the fire rating in mind when you are shopping for this safe, and if you do need one, maybe the Fort Knox Maverick may be a better option.
Other than the lack of Fire Rating though, the Agile 52 is an awesome option. It is easy to build up, easy to buy, and relatively inexpensive.
This safe would work great if you also plan on buying a larger safe.
- Lock: SecureIt Branded Lock
- Steel Thickness: 12 gauge
- Fire Rating: None
- Security Features: Quick access modular interior, key bypass lock, can be bolted down, modular design.
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: It definitely isn’t winning any awards in this department.
- Weight: 105 pounds
- External Dimensions: 52” High by 20 Wide by 15” Deep
6. Vaultek VT10i – Best Pistol Safe
Vaultek makes some of my favorite pistol safes on the market, and I actually have one of these VT10i’s that Vaultek sent out to me to review. It is awesome that they include every way to get into a safe that you would need. Don’t like biometrics? You can access it with keypads. Don’t even want to touch the safe? You can open it with your phone.
This safe is also a great size, not too big, not too small. They of course offer other options if you do want a large safe with their VT20i or their Pro Series.
I do wish it had a bit thicker steel than 18 gauge, but it would add significant weight to do so and would hurt the portability.
That said, this isn’t a great way to permanently store a firearm, and you really should have a full-size safe to compliment this one.
I did a video review of this one a while back, make sure to watch this video to learn more.
- Lock: Unknown Lock (Common for Pistol Safes)
- Steel Thickness: 18 gauge steel
- Fire Rating: None (Common for Pistol Safes)
- Security Features: Keypad, biometric (handles 20 fingerprints), phone access, and key backup locking mechanism. Included Security Cable.
- Warranty: 2-year warranty (3 years if verified registration)
- Aesthetics: Comes in quite a few different colors, the finish is very nice, and it looks cool.
- Weight: 5.2 pounds
- External Dimensions: 10.5″ High by 8.5″ Wide by 2.125″ Deep
- Interior Dimensions: 9.875″ High by 5.375″ Wide by 1.5″ Deep
7. Liberty Fatboy
Liberty Safes is super well known in the gun safe industry, and for great reason.
With the Fatboy safe, they have been able to bring down the price by just their sheer massive buying power and have created a great safe for the price.
Even better, it’s made in the USA.
It features one of their better locks, a great fire rating, and an awesome warranty to back it all up.
Still, questioning if Liberty is good? Might want to look into their customer reviews, it’s pretty good.
- Lock: SecuRam Backlit Electronic lock
- Steel Thickness: 11 Gauge
- Fire Rating: 75 Minute w/ Palusol Heat Activated door seal
- Security Features: DX-90 MONSTER MECH Over-Center cam mechanism, slip-clutch handle, 12 – ¼” thick military style locking bars
- Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: 3 spoke handle, Marble finish, 6 in 1 interior
- Weight: 896 pounds
- External Dimensions: 60.5″ High by 42″ Wide by 32″ Deep
- Interior Dimensions: 56.5 High by 28” Deep by 20″ Deep
8. Zanotti Armor X1 – Best Home Safe
This safe comes in a pallet and can be put together wherever you need to put this safe.
It has a super respectable steel thickness and a mechanical lock.
For a home safe, this is rather desirable, because you generally don’t access a home safe as much as a gun safe, so not having a battery present is perfect.
These safes are also completely made in the USA.
- Lock: Mechanical Lock
- Steel Thickness: ⅛” Sides, and 3/16” top, bottom, and door
- Fire Rating: Unknown, but it does have one
- Security Features: Thick steel, mechanical locking mechanism,
- Warranty: Unknown
- Aesthetics: These are rather simplistic safes, there are a couple of color options though
- Weight: 375 pounds
- External Dimensions: 30” High by 31” Wide by 25” Deep
9. Tactical Walls 1420 Sliding Mirror Bundle – Best Diversion Safe
Tactical Walls specifically builds diversion safes (including the Issue Box), and all kinds of them.
One of my favorites is their 1420 Mirror. This mirror is recessed into your wall, and then has a sliding mirror on the face of it.
While this product may not fully out lock, it can only be unlocked with a magnet.
It isn’t as secure as a normally safe and I wouldn’t recommend using this if you are away for extended amounts of time, however, it is super quick access, and keeps your firearms relatively safe.
- Lock: Magnetic lock
- Steel Thickness: N/A
- Fire Rating: N/A
- Security Features: Magnetic lock, diversion style product, hides behind mirror face
- Warranty: Unkown
- Aesthetics: Being a mirror, this is something you can “see yourself” owning. These look to be made well and are customizable.
- Weight: Unknown
- External Dimensions: 20” High by 14” Wide by 3.5” Deep
10. Vaultek Slider – Best Desk Safe
Yes, yes I know I have Vaultek on here quite a few times for different types of safes.
That is because they really do make some great products.
The Vaultek Slider is super quick access and fits onto the side of your desk.
This means you don’t have to open a drawer like many safes. With its warranty, you don’t have to worry about it.
It also connects to your phone to open quickly, which no other safe in this style has. You can actually read a full write-up about the slider on this site here!
- Lock: Biometric lock, a phone app to unlock, keypad, and key bypass lock. Non-branded (normal for pistol safes)
- Steel Thickness: 16 Gauge
- Fire Rating: None (Normal for pistol safes)
- Security Features: Mounting hardware and holes included,
- Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: This is a futuristically styled desk pistol safe. Looks great for what it is.
- Weight: 7.4 pounds
- External Dimensions: 9.1” High by 10.5” Wide by 2.6” Deep
- Internal Dimensions: 8.125” High by 5.625” Wide by 1.625” Deep
11. Snapsafe In-Wall Safe – Best In-Wall Safe
There isn’t a ton of room for innovation in the wall safe industry, and most of them all look alike.
While this Snapsafe version looks the same as all the rest, it does offer a false floor and a great price!
Also, with a lifetime warranty, you should be pretty “safe” the whole time you own it.
These small wall safes are an awesome option for those people that need temporary storage, but don’t want to have a full size safe sitting around in the house.
- Lock: Unbranded Electronic Lock w/ key bypass
- Steel Thickness: 16 gauge steel body / 0.15″ steel door.
- Fire Rating: N/A (Normal for Wall Safes)
- Security Features: Can be hidden, the false floor on the bottom of safe,
- Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: It’s a wall safe, it’s meant to be hidden.
- Weight: 35 pounds
- External Dimensions: 16.25” Wide by 22” High by 4” Deep
12. Vaultek RS500i – Best Biometric Gun Safe
You will be forgiven if you haven’t heard of the Vaultek RS500i, mainly because it is so new. However, I believe this is the future of what gun safes have to offer.
There are so many things that this safe can do, including tons of different tamper alerts and it even lets you know when the temperature or humidity is not at the desirable levels.
While it is a smaller safe, it would go perfect near the entrance of your home or in your closet of the bedroom.
With so many insane features, I think a lot of manufacturers will follow suit on this very soon.
Also, if you are worried about all of the tech, it has a key bypass, meaning no matter how tech-savvy you are, this safe has an option for you. It should also be noted, they have a bigger version of this safe with the RS800i, and of course a smaller version with the RS200i.
- Lock: Biometric, Phone App, Keypad, Bypass Key, Nano Key
- Steel Thickness: 14 gauge
- Fire Rating: N/A
- Security Features: Temperature alert, tamper alert, lock tampering alert, power level alert
- Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
- Aesthetics: Modular interior, cool-looking electronics, very futuristic
- Weight: 93 pounds
- External Dimensions: 54″ High by 14″ Wide by 11.7″ Deep
- Internal Dimensions: 53.25″ X 13.75″ X 9.75″
Your Complete Guide To Buying A Good Gun Safe
Buying a gun safe is getting harder and harder over time. With more manufacturers being formed, and the ability to build overseas becoming increasingly less expensive, it is becoming easier for really anyone to build safes, whether they can back it up with great customer service and warranty.
That is why I have put together this buying guide, so you can keep an eye out for these features every time you are looking at a gun safe to buy.
One thing before we get too far into this article is that when you are buying a safe, you are buying time. If someone breaks into your home and is trying to get into your safe, the better the safe, the longer it takes to access it.
In the end, you do get what you pay for, so while a cheaper safe is still safe, it won’t keep someone out as long as a more expensive safe.
I mainly add this thought, because there are a lot of people out there that don’t believe you should buy a cheap safe, however, my thought on the matter is just to be aware of what you are buying, and think through it. Maybe for your purposes, that cheap safe is perfect for you.
With that comes the decision as to which one should be purchased. It also means that a buyer needs to be educated on what to look for when buying a safe!
Below are 7 things that I look for when buying a safe to keep things safe in my home.
Get a safe with a Quality Locking Mechanism
The locking mechanism is one of the most important parts of any safe, whether it be a full-size safe, a pistol box, or a gun cabinet. Without a quality lock, it can fail at any time, leaving your firearms on the inside, and you on the outside.
This isn’t a winning formula when someone is breaking into your home and you need to access your safe easily and quickly.
Some good brands of locks to keep an eye out for when shopping are SecuRAM, S&G (Sargent and Greenleaf), La Gard, Kaba Mas, and a few others.
A good rule of thumb is to keep an eye out for a brand, most locks that lack in quality do not display their name on them, and you will normally find this on lower-end import safes. Most USA-made safes tend to have a great lock on them, backed by some form of warranty.
So you may ask, what are the different lock options for a gun safe? Let’s talk about that for a quick moment, however, you can read more in-depth about it in my article here.
E-Lock (Electronic Lock, Digital Lock)
Best for if you need quick access into your safe, whether that be to access it regularly, or if you intend on using this for your self-protection weapons.
Mechanical Lock (Dial Lock)
Best for people that keep their self-protection weapons in a quicker access spot like a pistol box. Good for people that don’t get into their safe often.
This type of lock has both a mechanical and electronic lock built-in. It is great for those people who want the ease of access that the electronic gives, but also don’t want to rely on the battery, and then have the mechanical lock version included as well. A great example is the SecuRAM Xtreme lock that I wrote about in this article.
Biometric Lock (Fingerprint Lock)
This option still isn’t my favorite out there and is why it is later on in this list. Biometric locks also known as fingerprint locks (for the most part) are locking mechanisms that use your fingerprint to gain access to the contents, they also generally have a key or keypad backup for those times you need another way in.
I have this lower down on my list because even though it offers quick access, there is a small part of the population where this type of lock doesn’t work, as well as there are times when it can reject your fingerprint, even when you have done everything correctly.
Steel quality and thickness
The steel of a gun safe is what keeps thieves out of the safe and away from the contents, so is extremely important to pay attention to when you are buying your safe. The thicker and better quality the steel is the longer it will take to get into the safe, buying you more time and is more likely to make the offender give up and move on.
There are two different aspects of gun safe steel that I think you should keep an eye out for.
Where is the steel made?
I don’t have much evidence on this side of things. However, I have heard in the industry that Chinese steel can be softer, and easier to cut through steel. Meanwhile, USA-made steel can be more hardened than its Chinese counterpart.
As mentioned, I don’t have many facts to back this up, as everywhere I find that talks about it talk about how 14 gauge steel is many times easier to cut than American 12 gauge steel… well duh it’s thicker steel.
So take this with a grain of salt for sure, but just be aware of this aspect of the steel
How thick is the steel?
This is the much more important aspect of steel in my opinion, and there are quite a few different ways you can handle this part of the process.
The main way gun safe manufacturers handle this is by having a single layer of varying thickness of the steel. This is standard across the industry and is how most safes are made.
In my personal opinion, is that 12 gauge is going to be the start of a quality safe. You will find quite a few safes out there with 14, and 18 gauge steel, but those can be cut through, or dented easily.
12 gauge and better (lower numbers are good) tend to be where you start to see real security. These safes can also be purchased for a low price, as companies like Tracker Safe and Browning can be purchased for less than $1000.
Now the second way some manufacturers, which in my opinion can be arguably better than the main option is to layer thinner steels to give a more difficult way of cutting through the safe.
This can be seen in its most extreme way, by looking at the SecureIt True Safe. They sandwich a proprietary cement filling between a 16 gauge steel outer steel, and a 14 gauge inner steel liner. Then there is the more traditional path that Fort Knox takes by having a standard outer liner, and then you can upgrade it by having 1, 2, or 3, additional 10 gauge liners.
One rather cool article that I wrote is a list of as many safes as I could think of listed out by their gauges of steel, you can read that article here and learn more about this.
A Fire rating that suits you
Fire ratings have become synonymous with gun safes. However not every safe comes with a fire rating, or may even come with too much!
If you were to live two minutes from a fire station, you may not need more than just the industry standard 30 minutes at 1200 degrees. However, if you live in a rural area 2 hours from a fire station, or any help, a 2+ hour fire rating may be called for.
To learn more about what fire rating you may need, I highly recommend you read this article I wrote here.
Not all fire ratings are created equal though, cement is a great way to keep the heat out (but crazy heavy), while certain cheap Chinese fire boards may not stand up to what they are advertised as due to lack of quality, gaps in the fireboard, and more.
That isn’t to say that fireboard is bad by any means, as many companies like Liberty and Browning (and more) use it extremely effectively. If you want to learn more in-depth how gun safes are fire-rated, this article I wrote would be a great one to read.
Also please keep in mind that fire ratings may also not be necessary for everyone, as you may have a fire suppression system in your house, or you may not even care if what is in it is burned up, instead you just want to keep it out of children’s hands, or possibly just for the burglary rating.
While not as common, there are also safes with a “waterproof” rating, however, most of those tend to sacrifice quality in other ways.
There are many different features that a gun safe may have to better enhance how well a safe will handle an attack.
I’m not quite sure why, but re-lockers are one of the harder gun safe concepts to understand. However, essentially they make it so that if a safe is tampered with, then a bolt will go into place, making it completely impossible to open.
An expensive but well-known version of this is where there is a glass plate on the inside of the door, and when accidentally drilled into, it shatters and closes the safe forever. I have seen this one in movies at least once.
Bolt shear pins
Shear pins are very similar to the above re-locker above and the slip clutch we will learn about after this one, where there is a pin between the bolt work and the handle of a safe.
If enough force is put on the handle, it will shear this pin off and make the handle move freely, making the safe impossible to force open.
This may sound like car terminology, however, it is another great way to keep someone from breaking into your safe.
Slip clutches are a part of the exterior handle of the safe, when too much pressure is put on the handle it will release and spin freely (it can easily be put back to normal by spinning it the other way), this makes it so that a thief can’t force your safe open.
Prying open a gun safe door is a well-known way to gain entrance to a safe, however anti-pry tabs site right on the inside of the corner of the door. This makes it so a pry bar can’t gain leverage to pry it open.
Bolt down kits
Not every safe even has bolt-down holes stock on the inside of the safe. However, this is a security feature that everyone should think about. Having this means that even if someone could carry your safe out of your home, they can’t because it is bolted to the ground.
Remember, you are buying time when you buy a safe, and this is a cheap, effective way of doing this. This also makes it so you can’t get the safe on its side to gain leverage on the door to pry it open as mentioned above.
This is where there are varying amounts of hard plates between the locking mechanism on the inside of the door, and the outside of the door. These varying thicknesses of plates will protect the lock from drill attacks that can harm the lock, and possibly allow access to the safe if damaged.
Sometimes this part of looking for a safe is what may set very similar safes apart from each other, and it is up to you as the consumer to decide which is most important to you.
Liberty has even launched some cool security features in the way of military-style locking bars that are a new development.
The USA-made gun safes are well known to have some of the best security features. Check out a list of manufacturers that make these.
Gun Safe Warranty
My wife can attest that I very much enjoy the idea of a warranty. Getting to have someone fix something for me, for free, that I otherwise would have to do myself is just awesome.
A personal favorite of mine is to have a lifetime warranty, because I know I don’t have to worry about the product for the lifetime of owning it.
In the gun safe world, there are many different types of warranties.
- Lifetime warranty on craftsmanship and for fire, break-in, and locking mechanism. – This is reserved for the best gun safe manufacturers out there. Fort Knox is one of the few that offers this warranty.
- Lifetime warranty on craftsmanship and fire and a break-in. However, only a specified warranty term (generally 1-5 years) is on the lock. – While this is still an awesome warranty, this raises a red flag that this company doesn’t trust their lock. Make sure to look further into that.
- Lifetime warranty on fire and break-in, but only 1-5 years on craftsmanship and lock. – Yes, strangely I have seen this warranty before, and it worries me. They are questioning their craftsmanship, and betting your house won’t get broken into or burned down.
- 15-year warranty. – I think I have only seen one gun safe manufacturer with this warranty term on it. It’s respectable, however still would like to see a lifetime.
- 5 Year Warranty. – Most full-size gun safes tend to have a lifetime warranty on them, however, a few do have lesser terms for their warranty. You will also find this warranty as common on electronic pistol safes.
- 1 Year Warranty. – I would steer away from any manufacturer of gun safes that only offer a 1-year warranty on their products. Safes need to be accessed after that 1 year is up… so they really should be built, and warrantied for that.
Some of my favorite manufacturers that offer awesome warranties are Liberty, Fort Knox, and Browning. Yes, I know, big-name companies… but there is a reason they are big names.
Aesthetics of the Safe
Yes, I know, gun safes are just for storage. However, they can also look awesome as well. These are just some of the aspects to think about when buying a safe, and shopping for the right aesthetics for your safe.
There is a huge amount of difference between manufacturers in the quality of paint they use on their safes. Some of the safes have a rough texture, like some of Browning’s safes (This is a good paint), then there is your powder-coated finish, which is good quality.
Then, there is my favorite, which is a true automotive quality finish! Fort Knox and Vault Pro are great examples of manufacturers that use this automotive paint finish style. This is a paint you can buff just like a car, and it will end up extremely nice afterward.
Alright, so not everyone wants decals on their safe. However, there are tons of different types of artwork that can be added to a safe. Browning has 11 different scenes you can add to your safe, and Liberty has a cool modern style artwork you can have on the Lincoln series.
Of course, every manufacturer has their own thing they have, but you want to make sure you get a safe that looks the way you want it to.
You probably didn’t even think about the cloth on the inside of your safe huh? Nope! Well, there are tons of different types out there.
Fort Knox is a great example, they have 6 different carpet styles, including 2 carpets, and 4 velours. Browning on the other hand even allows for wood in the back of the safe on their Platinum series safes.
Gun safes have quite a few different things that are included in their hardware. These are things like the handle, the lock, and the hinges. Some manufacturers allow you to adjust the colors of these to match the color of the safe or even your decor in the home. As for the hinges side, Fort Knox has a cool 2S Crane Hinge you should look into.
Gun safe doors are huge and crazy heavy. Because of this, as a safe gets too heavy, you don’t want to put that much pull on the handle itself, so a finial pull handle solves that issue!
This is a handle that goes on the non-hinge side of the safe and allows you to pull on that, instead of the spin handle that can damage the door. Also, they look cool, and your safe should have one just because of that.
Many safes come set with how the interior is going to be put together, however some manufacturers (mainly USA-made) will allow you to order it with different styles.
Regardless of if you can adjust it, just make sure you look at the safe interior, to see if it will fit what you need. Also, make sure to look into Browning’s Axis interior, it is my personal favorite and is completely adjustable.
Have you ever been to a cave? It’s extremely dark. Now keep that in mind when you are shopping for a safe. They tend to be rather deep, and everything in the back of the safe will be dark and difficult to find. So make sure you have a lighting kit to help out with that!
Strangely enough, some manufacturers will have an option to add a mirror in the back of it to reflect light there as well.
This is also extremely important. You are going to want to have the maximum amount of space in your safe, and you don’t want that door to be just unused real estate! You can either buy a safe with one built-in, or you can get one aftermarket, it’s up to you.
Gun Safe Size and dimensions
Buying a gun safe with the right size and dimensions is incredibly important.
You don’t want to buy a gun safe that is too small when you could have bought a bigger one and stored more items.
You also don’t want to buy a safe that is too big and won’t fit where you want it.
I would recommend looking at these couple things to make sure you get the right safe, and also you should read this article where I go much more in-depth to help you find the right-sized safe.
- Height – The height of the safe is important because you need to make sure it will fit height-wise where you are putting the safe, but also because the taller a safe is, the more storage you are going to get in the top of the safe.
- Width – This is where you are going to get most of your capacity in your safe, so the wider the safe is, the more rifles you can store. However, you want to make sure it isn’t too wide where it won’t fit where you need it.
- Depth – Most safes are around the same depth, give an inch or two either way. This depth tends to offset the weight of the door so that it doesn’t tip forward, so the larger a safe is, the more depth you will have.
- Capacity – You are buying a safe to store your rifles and other items, so you want to make sure you are buying the right capacity. However be wary, manufacturers tend to advertise their safes can handle much more than they actually can. So if they advertise 40 rifles, you probably will fit 20-25 in it, when you account for larger rifles and scopes.
- Weight – There are quite a few reasons to keep weight in mind. However, the main reasons are for moving it and also making sure your home can handle the weight of the safe without damaging your home.
Additional Features when buying a gun safe
While corner bolts are available on many safes, star corner bolts are patented by Fort Knox [Image courtesy of Fort Knox]
Outside of security features like discussed above gun safes can come with a plethora of features. This may be things like:
- Rhino’s swing-out rack – This swing-out rack lets you swing 6-13 rifles completely out of the safe, making it extremely easy to access the rifles, as well as the remaining items in the safe. You can read more about it here in this article about their Kodiak line of safes.
- Browning’s Axis shelving/DPX Door system – I mentioned this a bit earlier, however, Browning has an awesome interior system that is completely adjustable. They also have maximized the door space that not many others can compete with.
- Mossy Oak’s sliding rack system – These are racks that slide in and out of the safe and allow for easy, but extremely dense storage of long guns in the safe. This is perfect for collectors.
- Corner bolts – Some manufacturers have corner bolts that can be added. They basically are those anti-pry tabs times 100. You can read more about them in this article I wrote.
- Modular assembly – While note is extremely popular yet, modular gun safes are actually one of my favorite styles of safes. These safes come in pieces in a crate, then you can put them together yourself one part at a time. This can save you money on moving companies, and they are of awesome quality. Here is an article about my favorites.
Non-Feature Related things to look for when buying a gun safe
When shopping, things may get kind of confusing. Make sure to keep an eye out for the below things.
- Manufacturers are constantly launching new products, and discontinuing old products. Make sure to compare their new line with the old one. Browning just launched a bunch of 2019 safes.
- Another great thing to keep an eye out for is a good value on used safes. There are upsides and downsides to this. Reading through this article may help you understand if this is a good idea for your situation.
- You should also keep an eye on where you are keeping them safe, as the garage may or may not be the best place.
Now that you know everything to look for when researching the safe you want to buy. Let’s sift through some of the things you shouldn’t listen to. Check out these myths about gun safes.
Make sure when you find the gun safe you are looking for to look into the best way to buy it.
I hope in this article, I have helped you understand there is a lot more to think about when buying a gun safe than the steel thickness. I just want to make sure you are buying the best safe for your needs.
Remember, you are buying time when you get a gun safe. While most all safes have a place in someone’s home, you need to decide for yourself what needs you have, and where each of these thoughts fits into your plan for protecting your home.
If you want to learn more about safes, this is a great post where I have links to most questions you may have about different brands, features, and common questions about gun safe