Gun safes are invaluable when it comes to security and peace of mind for your firearms, and even more so in most cases valuables, keepsakes, and so much more. I have found with gun safes, that because it is securing so much of someone’s life, it is important to so many people that it is made in the USA.
These best gun safes made in the USA, are American made safes that allow for better steel, better quality, and better quality assurance than an import safe is able to have. It also allows for a lot more customization of your safe, as they are built to your specification in a factory right here in our country.
You are here though to see which safes I think are the best, so below you will find the best safes I can find for different categories like full size safes, pistol safes, home safes, vault doors, and even vehicle safes.
For the most part, these manufactures sell many lines of safes made here in the USA, however I have chosen the one I think is the best deal, and that I personally would look to purchase.
|Best Value Full Size||Browning Medallion||4.5|
|Best Styling||Rhino Medals CIWD||4.5|
|Best Pistol Safe||Fort Knox PB1||5|
|Best Portable Safe||Stopbox||4|
|Most Unique Safe||Rhino Metals Nightstand||4|
- Best USA Full Size Gun Safes
- Best USA Pistol Safes
- Best American Made Home Safes
- Best USA Made Vault Doors
- Best Vehicle Safes Made In America
Best USA Full Size Gun Safes
A full size gun safe is ideal for those people that want to store a decent amount of rifles, and if it is equipped (like most of these safes are), it will be able to store documents, valuables and anything else you want to keep out of a thieves hands.
1. Liberty Fatboy
This Liberty Safe may not be the most expensive, or overboard safe that Liberty has to offer, however it is one of the best value gun safes out here that is made here in the USA.
Liberty Safes is one of, if not the largest safe manufacturer in the country, so it is awesome to have your product backed up by a reputable company.
It also offers some class leading specs, such as 11 gauge steel, 75 minute fire rating, and a 60 firearm capacity.
There are of course so many other gun safes that Liberty offers, and I highly recommend you look into them all. If you are on a small budget, the Centurion might be a good option for you. Or if you are not quite so much on a budget, there are options like the Franklin, or Lincoln might be a better choice.
Regardless of which safe you choose, Liberty has switched all of their full size safes over to their Military Style Locking Bars, that take a bit of a different path for protecting the safe door than most other manufacturers.
2. Fort Knox Protector
The Fort Knox Protector is by far the best value Fort Knox gun safe that is offered by the manufacturer. It tends to have all the features that allow it to be one of the best safes, but does away with any of the frills that don’t have a ton to do with the actual security.
At 7 gauge steel, it is one of the thickest safes on the market today, and is backed up with a lifetime warranty by Fort Knox, and this even includes the locking mechanism. Not many people out there do that at the moment.
This safe is also a great starting point, if you really did want to get a really special safe. You can of course upgrade this with any color you want (or even their distressed finish), you can add the 2S Crane hinge, any interior you want, and so on.
The Protector series gun safe really is just an all around great premium gun safe that lets you have as little, or as much as you want, and will be extremely secure no matter what you choose.
If you want something a little more… extra, their Guardian Series is also a really cool option. It comes standard with their 5:1 gear ratio, that adds a little elegance to opening your gun safe.
To learn more about Fort Knox Safes, I recommend reading this article I put together. It goes in depth with all of the options, and all the different series of safes they have to offer.
3. Browning Medallion Series
The Browning Medallion series is one of the higher end Browning safes out there right now. One of its defining characteristics is the corner bolts you will find at each corner of the door.
However of course it also offers 10 gauge steel, a 110 degree fire rating, and a range of sizes, colors, and the flexibility of its axis interior shelving.
It also features one of my favorite door panels, being the DPX door system, which allows rifles to be added to the door, maximizing the interior of your safe.
Browning is also one of the few manufacturers out there right now that offers a biometric entry lock as an option for their safes. If this is something you need, this should be one of the few you should be looking at to purchase.
Want to learn more about Browning as a company? I wrote an article with Browning’s help here, where it features some things you may not have known about their founding.
If this safe sounds like something you would like, I would recommend building your safe on Browning’s website and getting a custom quote by clicking the button below.
4. Champion Safes GR Series
This manufacturer is another one of the big names in the industry for American Made safes. They offer a really wide range of steel options, sizes, and even door styles. My personal favorite is the GR series of safes.
The GR series offers 12 gauge steel, a one hour fire rating, some great lock options, and and a door panel organizer as standard.
You won’t find a Champion Safe in too many different big box retailers, as they prefer to work with smaller shops that are able to train their staff correctly. The largest one is probably Scheels, and you can read about their private branded version here.
If you want to learn more about Champion Safes, you can read this article here about them as a company.
There of course are so many different safes that Champion has to offer. For an example, their safes range from the GR series with 12 gauge, all the way up to the Untouchable Series that offers a ¼” steel body.
5. Rhino Ironworks CIWD Series
Rhino makes a lot of different safes, including the Bighorn Safes you find at Costco (read about that here), as well as the Kodiak Safes. Both of these brands are import safes, however Rhino’s main brand is their Rhino Metals Safes.
These are split up into a couple different styles, however the on most people know are the Ironworks safes, and my favorite is the CIWD safes.
The Ironworks Safes can be found in a couple different places, including North 40, and are most well known for their distressed finish that gives them an old timey bank vault type feel. Most people buy these for how they look, however they back it up with some impressive specifications.
The CIWD series is the entry level Ironworks safe, and offers an 85 minute fire rating, 12 gauge steel, a ball bearing drill plate, and an S&G Locking mechanism.
Of course there are also some great interior options, and is even upgradeable to include their Swing Out Rack, that allows you to swing rifles out of the safe, and out of the way when you open it up.
You can read more about Rhino Metals USA made safes in this article I wrote here.
6. Vault Pro Golden Eagle Series
Vault Pro is well known in the industry to be one of the best fit and finish gun safes out there. Their door panel gaps are small, their custom paint is perfect, and there is an infinite amount of customization that you can have.
My pick has to be their Golden Eagle Series, because it offers a heavy 7 gauge steel body, and a 2 hour fire rating. It also comes with LED lighting on the inside, a plethora of paint styles and finishes, and so much more.
In the end though, if you are looking for a Vault Pro safe I would probably recommend calling Vault Pro, tell them what you are looking for in a safe, and they will probably be able to make exactly that.
They are also one of the few manufacturers that offer a corner safe, which you can read more about here.
All of their safes are made in the USA, so if that is something you have to have, you could basically blindly pick a safe, and you wouldn’t be able to go wrong.
7. American Security BF Series
While Liberty may sell the most safes, American Security, aka Amsec has the largest variety of safes. They offer safes ranging from deposit boxes for businesses, all the way to gun safes, and pistol safes.
Keep in mind though, not all of their safes are made in the USA, so if you are wanting a domestic made safe, make sure to keep an eye on that.
That said, my recommendation is going to easily be their BF lineup of safes. Its defining characteristic is its cement walls. Most safes on this list use a fire board liner for the fire rating, however this safe instead uses a cement composite.
Not only does this cement help with fire rating, but it also assists in making it much more difficult to cut through the body of the safe with a saw, or cutting torch.
Aside from that, it also offers a ½” steel plate door, tons of aesthetic options, tons of bolts and so much more.
This is a truly secure safe, and is definitely worth looking at. Keep in mind though, because of the cement, it can tip over 1000 pounds even on the smaller safes.
8. Ironman Safes Model 3000
If you are on a budget, but really want an American Made safe, Ironman Safes is going to be a great bet! They make some awesome safes, and keep them relatively inexpensive.
My personal favorite is the Model 3000, as it keeps with the inexpensive idea by keeping the price under $1500, but still being able to offer 10 gauge steel, a great 2 hour fire rating, and some customizations on the aesthetics end of things.
For the most part, these safes are rather bare bones, but they make up for it on price, and value to your dollar. If you want a show piece, something else might be the better option, but if you want American Made, high quality security for the right price, this is what you should be looking at for your next safe.
Because of this value, these safes also found their way onto my list of best gun safes under $2000, that you can read in this article here.
Best USA Pistol Safes
Owning a pistol safe is perfect for those that may only have a single handgun, or may need something to be able to keep your pistol in on-the-go. It can even act as a controlled access box that is kept inside of your full size safe.
If you are shopping in particular for a USA made gun safe, then these are the ones I would recommend, and why!
9. Fort Knox Original PB1
Fort Knox is by far the most well known USA made pistol safe company (of course they also have their full size safes as well). Within their pistol safe lineup, the most well known is going to be the Original PB1.
This handgun safe offers 10 gauge steel, a simplex lock, pry resistance, and just a crazy amount of heft.
This by no means is what I would consider portable though, and is more of a bedside safe that sits on a night stand.
I think the best part of this safe, is going to be the Simplex Locking mechanism. This gives you the ease of access that an electronic lock gives, however it doesn’t use a battery that has a tendency to fail.
If you want to learn more about Fort Knox’s pistol safes, I have full article detailing all of them in depth here in this article.
10. American Security PS1210HD Heavy Duty Handgun Safe
If for some reason you don’t like the Fort Knox PB1, then this is probably going to be one of your best alternatives. It offers the same simplex locking mechanism, 10 gauge steel, and design of the Fort Knox version.
It also looks almost exactly the same as the PB1 as well. With one major change. A handle has been added to the front of the safe, which allows for this to be over so slightly more portable.
If you are looking to take this with you, then this might be your best option. However if you prefer to keep this bolted to a night stand, I would recommend you stick with the PB1, as that handle on the Amsec version does take up some room, and won’t be necessary in your case.
Also, if you want to learn more about all of the best Simplex gun safes, this would be a great article to read through.
11. Stopbox Handgun Retention Device
This Stopbox is on the exact extreme of the spectrum to the first two, this one is actually made of an ABS plastic, but allows for incredibly quick access, like really quick access.
I have gotten a chance to spend a good amount of time with one of these, and can attest that they are really a great little pistol safe.
This pistol… safe? Is more meant to be a retention device that is meant to be the in between of your home safe, and your office or car safe that you also have. It means when you need it most, you have quick access to your pistol, but buy yourself just enough time if it is stolen off of you to be able to act on it.
It also works awesome to keep firearms away from children, and is able to be strapped to seats or other stationary items with a cord.
Best American Made Home Safes
I’m not really quite sure why it is, but there really aren’t a ton of different USA made home safes out there right now. A home safe is perfect for those that may not have as much room as a full size gun safe, or want to use it as a night stand, or fit into a closet.
It wouldn’t be great for those that need to keep rifles in… because well… it won’t fit them.
12. Rhino Metals LNS2618 Nightstand Safe
Alright, so this isn’t your normal home safe, and that is probably why I have to add it to this list! This nightstand safe has outlets to plug things in, 14 gauge steel, a fire rating of 60 minutes, and an electronic lock.
What obviously stands out about this safe is two different things!
Firstly, it acts as a night stand. It would be perfect to sit next to your bedside and keep your clock, drink or really anything you would normally put on your bedside.
Secondly, it follows the Ironworks styling of its big brother full size gun safes.
This could be a really cool safe for those wanting to have a safe in their bedroom for quick access at night.
If you don’t want a night stand, there is of course quite a few other home safes that Rhino has to offer, including ironworks styling as well as normal paint styling.
13. Fort Knox Luxury Home Safes
Now, if you have a crazy amount to spend, and want the best out there, Fort Knox recently released their Luxury Home Safes lineup of safes.
They are all essentially the same thing with varying levels of steel gauges. The Marquise gives a 3/16” body, the Legacy adds an inner steel liner of AR500 bullet resistant steel, the Treasury then adds a 10 gauge liner of stainless steel.
If you want to learn more about these options, I detail them a bit lower down in this article here.
Make sure to review all of the different interior options including drawers, as you will be keeping a ton of your valuables in there.
Best USA Made Vault Doors
Alright, so for those that have everything, there is of course a vault door! This basically is able to turn any room into a vault, by replacing your standard door with a vault door.
Many people tend to build this into their home during construction with cement blocks, or poured cement, however they can be added afterwards as well.
If you need one that the USA made, there are actually a decent amount of options for you!
14. Rhino V8240GL In-Swing Vault Door
Rhino is obviously most well known for their high quality Ironworks safes that we talked about earlier in this article. However for those that can’t fit everything into a safe, they have both a gloss, and an Ironworks version of their vault doors!
My personal favorite is the In-Swing versions. While it may take up some room on the inside of the room, it makes up for it by being able to double as a storm shelter door. This is because if something lands in front of the exterior of the door, it will still be able to open, unlike an out-swing door.
That said these doors feature a 12 gauge steel construction for the door, and 10 gauge steel for the frame. Unlike many doors out there, it also gives you a 90 minute fire rating, and an anti tamper clutch in the handle.
You can also have either a mechanical or electronic S&G branded locking mechanism, which is always a great option.
15. Fort Knox In-Swing Door
This manufacturer is, and probably always will be one of my favorite gun safe manufacturers. They also build some amazing Vault Doors, and have found their way onto this list because of that.
Just like their safes, you can fully customize your vault door to have anything you can think of.
You can have any paint you want, any hardware color you would like, and add things like inner steel liners, a 2S Crane Hinge, and it even comes standard with a Finial Pull Handle.
In it’s stock configuration, their doors come with a ⅜” steel plate. However as mentioned, you can add stainless steel, AR500 ballistic steel, or just more standard carbon steel in general.
I would say that these Fort Knox Vault Doors are one of the nicest looking vault doors you can buy today.
16. Liberty Safes Vault Door
Liberty’s Vault Doors are unique in the industry, as they are the only ones that utilize their military style locking bars that give more surface area for stress to be distributed to than their round locking bolt alternatives.
These vault doors also offer a lot of the same things you expect on their safes, like a Palusol seal, a gear driven door, and some really nice paint finishes.
You can have your choice of an S&G mechanical lock, or a SecuRAM electronic lock, both being great options regardless of your choice.
Oh, and did I mention it is sitting at a 7 gauge steel? That is rather impressive.
Even more recently, Liberty actually just launched an economy door, learn about that here!
17. Ironman Safes Residential Vault Door
Ironman Safes shows back up on the list as the budget USA made vault door. They offer custom options, however at a price of under $2500 it really allows for an easy buy.
For that price it gives you a ¼” steel plate door, fireboard for some fire protection, and an S&G lock.
This door really doesn’t have all of the frills that you find on many other manufacturers, but at almost a ⅓ of the price, you can’t complain too much when you are getting around the same steel, and security that you get elsewhere.
Best Vehicle Safes Made In America
Owning a gun safe obviously doesn’t just stick with your home. There are so many reasons you may need to take your firearm with you on the go. Because of that, there are 2 great options to choose from that turn your console into a safe!
18. Console Vault
I personally own this one, and it is in my truck! You can read the complete review, and how to install them by reading this article I put together.
The basic idea is that Console Vault makes a safe that will fit perfectly into your center console.
They tend to have different versions for every choice, whether your truck has a flow through console, or even a fold down seat.
For security, it features a 12 gauge steel body, and you can choose between a key lock, 3 digit lock, or a 4 digit locking mechanism.
19. Lock’er Down
Lock’er Down is extremely similar to Console Vault, and have almost identical designs to each other. If I were you, I would shop both to make sure you are getting the best price.
One thing that really sets Lock’er Down apart from Console Vault, is that it is available with 4 very different locking mechanisms. It has a 4 digit combo, tubular key, abloy key locking mechanism (high security like police use), and their metal cased electronic lock.
So there you have it, these are all of my favorite gun safes, vault doors, pistol safes, home safes and more that are made right here in the USA.
Buying a safe made domestically has a tons of upsides including quality, customization, and so much more. However, the only downside being price.
If it is worth it to you to buy a USA made safe, I would recommend the ones you find right here on this list.