There are many, many different ways to store a gun. There are full-size gun safes, pistol safes, even a tissue box.
However one of the coolest out there are gun safes that are installed into the wall. These safes are installed in between the studs of a wall, and can come in many different shapes and sizes.
So what are the best wall safes? Brands like Tactical Walls, Barska, and Amsec dominate the industry as some of the best wall safe manufacturers out today.
Here are my favorite options in the industry today, and why I like them, and maybe some things I would even change about each.
|Our Favorites||The Product||Rating|
|Best Mirror Wall Safe||Tactical Walls 1420||5 / 5|
|Highest Quality||Amsec WS1214E5||5 / 5|
|Best Value||SnapSafe In-Wall Safe||4 / 5|
- 1. Tactical Walls 1420 Concealment Mirror
- 2. Amsec WS1214E5 Wall Safe
- 3. Stack-On In-Wall Safe 22″
- 4. SnapSafe In-Wall Safe
- 5. Barska AX12038 Wall Safe
- What should you look for when buying a wall safe?
- Quality of locking mechanism
- Is the value there
- What brand are you buying?
- Dimensions of the safe
- Why should you own a wall-safe?
- Why you may not want to own a wall-safe
1. Tactical Walls 1420 Concealment Mirror
Tactical Walls is one of my favorite companies when it comes to diversion safes, and even more so their wall safes.
The Tactical Walls 1420 Concealment mirror is one of the best of the best when it comes to wall safes. Not only is it usable as a mirror, it also is a quick access safe.
Once you open this wall safe with the included magnet (or with another upgraded lock type) you are greeted with a spacious interior with two different sections for storage. If you are smart, you can also upgrade one of the two different storage pockets to a lockable storage safe as well.
Don’t want a mirror, you can always order it as a chalk board, custom canvas artwork or even a picture frame. This way you can make it work for any room!
That said, these aren’t cheap, so make sure to save up a bit before you make the splurge on this!
If you want this wall safe, but wish it was a bit taller for more items, you might want to think about buying the Tactical Walls 1450 right here!
- Lock Type: Magnetic
- External Dimensions: 20″ high by 14″ wide by 8″ deep
- Internal Dimensions: Unknown
- Weight: 25 pounds
- Steel gauge: N/A
- Great quality
- Awesome aesthetics.
- Good magnetic locking mechanism
- Lower security
2. Amsec WS1214E5 Wall Safe
While most people aren’t on the hunt for a crazy high security wall safe, and instead opt for a full-size gun safe, this Amsec is for that minority that wants just a little more out of their wall safe.
It offers a 3/16″ plate door, a name-brand electronic locking mechanism, and even has a handle to make opening the door easy to open.
If someone tries to attack the safe by going after the locking mechanism, it even is equipped with a hard-plate, making it much harder to drill open the safe.
You won’t find another wall safe quite like this one, as most safes cater to the lower end, or diversion safe territory! This one is able to take the brunt force head on.
- Locking mechanism: ESL5 Electronic Lock
- External Dimensions: 12 5/8″ high by 14 1/8″ wide by 10″ deep
- Internal Dimensions: 12″ high by 13.5″ wide by 5.5″ deep
- Weight: 86 lbs.
- Steel gauge: ¾” solid steel plate door
- Incredibly heavy duty
- Well made and high quality product
- Still a wall safe that can be cut out, regardless of how heavy duty
- Rather high price
3. Stack-On In-Wall Safe 22″
Stack-On most definitely is a budget brand, I realize that, and doesn’t show up on my lists all that often I understand. However when it comes to their Wall gun safes, they definitely shine.
This is because they make a great price, for a simple product.
The addition of both an electronic lock, and a biometric makes it easy for anyone to be able to use the safe if they have the right credentials. Don’t like either of those ways? You also have a backup key for just in case.
Want something a bit larger than a 22″, they also have a longer 55″ safe as well, and you can find that here.
In the end, if you are looking for a simple solution to store some items that aren’t of high value, then a Stack-On Wall safe really could be a great option! Just don’t leave your valuables in it for long term. Think about something a little tougher and more reliable if that is the case.
- Lock types: Biometric and electronic
- External Dimensions: 22.25″ high by 15.5″ wide by 4″ deep
- Internal Dimensions: 20.5″ high by 13.5″ wide by 3″ deep
- Weight: 35 pounds
- Steel gauge: Unknown
- Offers 3 different ways to access the safe
- Bice black finis
- 2 shelves
- Only offers a 1 year warranty
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4. SnapSafe In-Wall Safe
You will probably note that this safe looks extremely similar to the Stack-On we talked about earlier, and you would be right!
In-Wall safes, outside of what Tactical Walls is doing, all look very similar, and have similar quality and styling.
They are meant to be hidden behind something, so aesthetics aren’t exactly top of mind.
That said, this Snapsafe In-Wall safe really is a great product!
It is basic, with only an electronic lock, and key bypass, but makes up for it with a great price and availability.
Inside of the safe you will find two shelves! At the bottom of the wall safe you will also have a false floor, meaning you can hide small items that might go un-noticed by a hurried thief.
- Locking mechanism: Electronic
- External Dimensions: 22″ high by 16.25″ wide by 4″ deep
- Internal Dimensions: Unknown
- Weight: 35 pounds
- Steel gauge: 16 gauge
- Inclusion of false floor
- Great for small items
- Wish there was a larger version
5. Barska AX12038 Wall Safe
If you are looking for a wall safe that looks cool, and only offers a fingerprint scanner as the primary access point, then this safe is for you.
I personally don’t trust biometric locks a ton, unless they are extremely high end, however if I were to go with a lower end, a Barska would be near the top of my list. Barska makes most of their safes with a biometric option, meaning they have plenty of experience in this arena.
Much like some of the others on this list, it is rather basic, but does continue to offer a 2 shelf build.
- Locking mechanism: Biometric
- External Dimensions: 20.75″ high by 15.5 wide by 3.73 deep
- Internal Dimensions: 19″ high by 13.75″ wide by 3″ deep
- Weight: 28.8 pounds
- Steel gauge: Unknown
- The rare biometric wall safe
- Key backup
- No advertised steel thickness
What should you look for when buying a wall safe?
Quality of locking mechanism
Wall safes tend to be relatively inexpensive products! Due to the fact that they can technically be cut out of the wall and taken with an intruder, most manufacturers don’t tend to go towards the high end customer with their wall safes. That said, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a lock that is reliable!
Make sure that when you are buying a wall safe, that you recognize the brand of the safe as a reputable brand. Much like pistol safes, you won’t find brands like La Gard or SecuRAM on these safes, so doing your research into good brands of wall safes can mean the difference between a good and a bad wall safe.
Is the value there
You really should never have to over pay for a wall safe! Make sure to compare the features of each safe you are interested in, figure out what features you need and buy the one that gives you everything you need for the best price. Don’t fall for the fancy named products that say they are all-that, but don’t live up to it.
What brand are you buying?
I have already mentioned this a bit, however make sure you are buying a reputable brand wall safe! The manufacturers on the list above are all from great brands.
However if you are looking at buying one off this list, make sure to check for reviews of that safe, whether that be on the retailer site, or by searching online for them. Some safes make big promises, but fail in the end.
Dimensions of the safe
Most all wall safes are built to the same width, so that they can fit in between the standard wall studs in a USA build home. However the depth, and height of the safe can differ quite a bit! You will find small wall safes for just basic items, or you can find safes that are long enough to fit a long gun! Make sure to buy the one that fits your lifestyle the best.
Why should you own a wall-safe?
There are a couple great reasons why someone would want to own a wall safe. Here are just some of them:
- Not easily seen or known about by intruders.
- Doesn’t take up much space.
- Generally is also something else that can be used, like a mirror
Why you may not want to own a wall-safe
- Wall safes are not fire resistant
- Generally not super secure
- Have to cut into your wall, which is difficult for those that rent a home
- If a thief has spent any time looking into these types of products, they will be able to recognize the most well known versions
- Can be found by children in the home, and without a great lock can be easily accessed
- Can be cut out of the wall easily
Frequently Asked Questions
Wall safes should be somewhere that they are easily accessible, yet somewhere that is also hidden! Something like in the back of a cabinet, or behind a picture frame would be a perfect place to keep your wall safe.
Wall safes in general are not the most secure safes out there. If you are looking for something secure, keep an eye out for a higher end pistol safe, or even better yet a full-size gun safe. Wall safes tend to be made of thinner steel, and can be easily cut out of a wall with simple tools.
Hiding a wall safe is simple! Generally the best way to do this is by covering it up with a picture frame that makes sense for the space that it is in. Alternatively, you can hide a wall safe in cabinets, or inside of a closet.
Gun safes in the wall are a very specialized version of safe. They won’t work for everyone, however these safes will temporarily keep things out of reach of someone that is just visiting.
I may not plan on keeping anything in these safes when you are gone for prolonged amount of time. I also wouldn’t keep my firearms in these safes permanently.
However for quick access, a hidden safe, and the other Pro’s of these safes it could be a great option for some!
Also… the cool factor is great on these! Only issue is… you don’t want to tell anyone about them, because they wouldn’t be hidden anymore.
Editors Note: This article was originally published on June 3rd 2019 but has since been updated for formatting, to remove and replace discontinued products and to further discuss the subject.