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When it comes to gun safes, Browning and Liberty are two of the most popular brands. But which one is better? In this article, we will compare Browning Gun Safes and Liberty Gun Safes in terms of features, security, price, and more. By the end of this article, you will be able to make an informed decision about which brand and type of the gun safe is right for you.
So how do Liberty and Browning compare? If you are looking for customization, and a great interior, Browning Gun Safes is one of the best of the best. However, if you want to have one of the most popular companies (for good reason) and an easy purchasing experience, Liberty is the direction you want to go.
Browning Gun Safes: A Quick Look
There are three major things that I like about Browning gun safes. That would be their price, their interiors, and the external hinges.
Browning gun safes is one of the most veteran gun safe companies on the market today, and they have a huge variety of options, ranging from the entry-level Sporter series (an import safe) to some of their highest security, and highly customizable Platinum safes.
Their safes offer a great price, and a good value throughout their lineup, making them a better value (in general) than many other safes on the market, including Liberty.
If you are looking for something high quality, yet great priced, you can lean on their import safes. If you want to see what Browning has to offer in the way of interiors, thick steel gauges and high-quality locking mechanisms, any of their USA-made safes are an awesome option.
Quick Note: Browning has sent me out a PV500 pistol vault for review, but was returned afterwards.
Liberty Gun Safes: What should you know?
This company is the biggest in the nation, and every single one of their gun-safe models is made here in the USA! Their warranty is one of the best in the industry, and they take price in their work and quality.
While I am not a huge fan of their lowest-level Centurion Series, all of the rest of their gun-safe models are fantastic. That said, you can think of Liberty as the Apple of the gun safe world, where you know you are paying a premium for the Liberty name.
However, you have to remember, Liberty (of which we have a full guide of the company here) got to where they are by making quality products and standing by them, many times it is worth paying that premium for reliability and functionality.
Liberty Gun Safes offer some awesome features, such as their military locking bars, awesome fire ratings, and some of the nicest paintwork in the industry.
It should also be mentioned that Liberty has one of the largest networks of retailers, making it incredibly easy to purchase one of their gun safes and get it into your home. Much easier than Browning I would say.
Which brand would I look at?
I am a huge fan of Browning Gun Safes. While I don’t think they are just quite the quality that Liberty has, I prefer their external locking mechanisms, and their Axis Interior and DPX door systems are the best in the industry.
However, if you are someone that prides themselves in high quality, high strength steel, and old-fashioned build quality, Liberty is an awesome option.
In the end, both manufacturers do offer some of the best quality on the market today, and you can’t go wrong with either one. They are extremely comparable on pricing (with Browning just a bit lower), and are both comparable on quality standards.
Which safes would I buy specifically?
Now that we have talked in general about the brands, which safes would I personally look to buy from each one of the brands?
When it comes to Browning, if I was looking at an entry-level safe, I would highly recommend their Sporter Series in the 33 gun configuration (also known as the Ultra at this retailer) (Paid Link). This safe is affordable, offers 12 gauge steel, a 60-minute fire rating at 1400 degrees, and Browning’s Cantilever Interior (not quite as good as their Axis Interior, but close).
If I wanted a Browning but wanted USA-made, I like their Browning Silver Series 33 (which you can buy here) (Paid Link). It is the same size as the Sporter we mentioned above, but is American Made, has the full Axis Interior, 11 gauge steel, and a 100-minute fire rating at 1680 degrees.
On the Liberty Safes side of things, by far I think their best value product is their USA series of gun safes (also known as the Classic Series here) (Paid Link). With 12 gauge steel, high-quality fire rating, multiple color and lock options and more, it is a great value from one of the best manufacturers in the industry.
What are some other competitors to look at?
Did you know that Browning and Liberty Safes are only 16.9 miles from each other in Utah? Well, they aren’t alone there either. Within that area in Utah, you will also find companies like Fort Knox Vaults and Champion Safes. Both of these companies are direct competitors the Browning and Liberty and are also some of the best of the best when it comes to building quality.
If you are looking for a crazy amount of customization, Fort Knox is one of the best in the industry. They offer a wide array of colors, inner steel liners, bulletproof steel layers, interior layouts and so much more.
Meanwhile, Champion Safes offers good old-fashioned thick steel and some awesome innovations in the way of stepped door sills. They are also one of the only manufacturers on the market that can have a curved top to their doors, making it a unique statement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Browning safes imported gun safes?
Some of Browning’s gun safes are made outside of the USA. This includes lines of safes such as the Sporter, Rawhide, 1878 series, and the MP Blackout. Meanwhile, safes like the Silver, Medallion, and Platinum series are made right here in America.
Where are Liberty safes made?
All of Liberty’s gun safe models are made in the United States. If you are someone looking at their home safes, they do import some of their safes from outside of the USA, so it is worth paying attention to the nation of origin when shopping for one of those safes.
Honestly, Browning and Liberty Gun Safes are direct competitors. They each have their unique upsides and downsides, however, they are both some of the best gun safes on the market today in quality, steel strength, interiors, customizations and so much more. There would be no reason to wonder if you purchased the wrong gun safe if you bought either one.
When it comes to Browning vs. Liberty gun safes, there is no clear-cut answer as to which one is better. Both brands are high-quality and offer a variety of features that make them stand out from the competition.