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While debated within the industry, the idea behind corner bolts is to secure the four corners of the safe door. Historically, this is the weakest point on any gun safe door, as this is easy for a pry bar to be placed.
The issue with the corners of a standard door is that if a pry bar can be inserted into the corner, it is much easier to bend the steel at that point rather than in the middle of the door.
The Solution To The Problem
With gun safe corner bolts, even if a pry bar is inserted, it is presented with a new level of security and keeps the corner’s steel from flexing.
This means the pry bar can’t reach the easiest part of the safe. Meaning they have to move on to the next thing. As always said, you are buying time, not something impenetrable.
What brands offer corner bolts?
Generally speaking, corner bolts are a premium feature, which means only a few manufacturers offer them. That said, the top two are Fort Knox and Browning!
- Lock: Electronic, Mechanical or Biometric
- Dimensions: 60" High by 46" Wide by 27" Deep
- Steel: 7 gauge
- Fire Rating: 120 min 1750 degrees
- Weight: 1425 pounds
- Impressive fire rating
- Tons of customizations
- Axis Interior (one of my favorite)
- Thick steel gauge
- Equipped with corner bolts
- Very heavy
- Very expensive
This is by far the most popular brand that offers corner bolts, and quite a few of their safes provide this as a standard feature. The Medallion series (33, 49, 49T, 65, and 65T) offers corner bolts. Meanwhile, if you upgrade to the Platinum Series of safes (the 49, 49T, and 65T) all offer this feature.
2. Fort Knox
- Lock: Mechanical, Electronic, Redundant, or Biometric
- Dimensions: 66" High by 37" Wide by 27” Deep
- Steel: 3/16"
- Fire Rating: 90 Mins at 1680 degrees
- Weight: 600 pounds
- Impressive amount of customizations
- Extremely high quality
- Much taller safe than competition
- Fantastic warranty
- Quite expensive
If Browning isn’t your cup of tea, you can drive down the street (yes, the factories are down the road from each other) and buy yourself a Fort Knox. This brand refers to its corner bolts as a Star Corner Bolt but is essentially the same idea as Browning. As Fort Knox is an incredibly customizable company, you can opt for these corner bolts on any safes on their Defender series or above.
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Does Liberty offer corner bolts?
Liberty Safes recently switched all their safes to their revolutionary Militar Style Locking Bars. While this was a great move, the downside is the loss of corner bolts as a feature on their gun safes. That said, they used to have corner bolts but no longer do anymore.
While corner bolts aren’t standard in gun safes, you should watch them. They offer excellent protection against pry attacks and could mean the difference between someone accessing your safe or not.