Best Gun Safe Reviews of 2018 – A MUST Read Guide!

Check out our In-depth Gun Safe Reviews, comparison charts and top picks to help you find the Best Gun Safe for utmost safety and security.

Best Gun Safe for Rifle Owners

Steelwater Heavy Duty 39 Long Gun Safe: This top of the line long gun safe means serious business. It’s the biggest in our roundup, both in volume and in weight, and is our top choice for long gun safes. It can store up to 39 rifles and shotguns in its interior. The safe body and door are made of 9 gauge steel, ¼ inch plate on the door and 8x drill/ballistic resistant hard-plate on the combination dial, re-locker, gear drive, and linkages for unmatched durability

Barska Quick Access Biometric Rifle Safe: This Barska safe is the top pick in this roundup for the long gun safe budget category and is an excellent choice if you’re tight on cash. You can fit a maximum of four long guns, which may be more than enough for a lot of people, and it comes with high-end safety features at a bargain-basement price.

Best Gun Safes Handgun Owners

Verifi Smart Biometric Safe: This is our top pick and by far the best safe for handguns in our roundup. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a quality, value-laden handgun safe that will keep people from getting a hold of your firearms while giving you quick, secure access.

Stealth Handgun Hanger Safe: This is our top value for money pick for handgun safes. The Stealth Handgun Hanger Safe is a great value choice if you’re budget conscious and still want to have a safe that will keep handguns secure and at the ready. You can have up to three guns ready to grab in a hanging position and have the door drop down through a quick acting push button, illuminated keypad.

Gun Safe by Type:

If you own a rifle, shotgun or handgun, you know that it’s not only smart and safe to keep them locked up, but in most states, it’s the law. A good safe will keep your weapons safe from thieves and potential fire damage and keep children from accessing them.

Here we take a look at the best long gun safes, for storing rifles and shotguns, as well as handgun safes, with different price points and feature sets. We compare them and discuss the pros and cons of each one, and finally recommend top, and best value for money picks in each category.

Best Gun Safe Reviews of 2018

 

  
 
Safe Type
Capacity
Budget
Rating
Safe Type : Long Gun Safe
Capacity : 24-30 Long Guns
Budget : Premium
Rating: 4.9/5
Safe Type : Long Gun Safe
Capacity : 8-10 Long Guns
Budget : Premium
Rating: 4.7/5
Safe Type : Long Gun Safe
Capacity : 4 Rifles
Budget : Budget
Rating: 4.5/5
Safe Type : Handgun Safe
Capacity : 4 Guns
Budget : Premium
Rating: 4.7/5
Safe Type : Handgun Safe
Capacity : 5 Hand Guns
Budget : Budget
Rating: 4.5/5

In-Depth Long Gun Safe Reviews

#1 Pick: Steelwater Heavy Duty 39 Long Gun Safe

The Steelwater Heavy Duty 39 is our top choice and is safe for serious gun owners. Like its name implies, it’s designed to hold up to 39 long firearms in its interior and is very heavy, so it’s not likely that anybody will ever walk away with it. In fact, to get it delivered you’ll need easy tractor trailer access to your house.Steelwater Heavy Duty 39 Long Gun Safe

The safe body and door are made of 9 gauge steel, ¼ inch plate on the door and 8x drill/ballistic resistant hard plate on the combination dial, re-locker, gear drive, and linkages.

Three layers of fireboard on the door and two on the walls, ceiling, floor and door jams, make this safe fireproof for 60 minutes for exterior temperatures of up to 1875 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has an expandable door seal that’s heat activated to seal out smoke and water.

The gear driven lock system and 18 1 ½ inch diameter solid locking bolts, add strength against drill attacks and other intrusion attempts. It comes standard with a reliable UL listed group 2 combination lock with two internal re-lockers, which will secure the safe in case the lock is attacked or punched.

It has an adjustable carpeted interior to prevent damage to your guns and valuables, a top shelf with two double steel reinforced u-channel plates and steel shelving clips that prevents sag or breakage.

The manufacturer provides a lifetime warranty for fire and burglary and a 1-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Other Specs:

  • Exterior Size : 59″ (H) x 39”(W) x 24” (D)
  • Interior Size: 55 ½”(H) x 36” (W) x 17 ¾” (D)
  • Space Provided: 23.70 cubic ft.
  • Usable Space: 20.52 cubic ft.
  • Weight: 687 lbs.
  • Composite Built 5 1/8” thick door
  • 3 fire-board layers add durability
  • Door Opening Dimensions:49” (H), 29” (W)
  • 3 AC outlets
  • 2 USB charging ports

#2 Pick: Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 Long Gun Safe

If the 16 gun capacity of the Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 model is enough for you, then this is a great pick and should be more than enough to satisfy the needs of even the most paranoid of gun owners. It’s not likely that anyone is going to burglarize this safe, at least not successfully. It pretty much has the same features as our top pick, the Steelwater Heavy Duty 39, except that this model has a little less than half of its bigger brother’s carrying capacity: 16 guns vs 39.Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 Long Gun Safe

You’ll still need tractor trailer access to your home to get this delivered. This definitely a heavy safe, with all the added security that it entails, as far making it very difficult for a potential thief to abscond away with it. So, besides the dimensions and weight sections, the specs are pretty much the same as the Steelwater Heavy Duty 39.

A safe body and door made of 12 gauge steel, ¼ inch plate on the door and 8x drill/ballistic resistant hard plate on the combination dial, re-locker, gear drive, and linkages.

Three layers of fireboard on the door and two on the walls, ceiling, floor and door jams, make this safe fireproof for 60 minutes for exterior temperatures of up to 1875 degrees Fahrenheit. It has an expandable door seal that’s heat activated to seal out smoke and water.

The gear driven lock system and 10 1 ½ inch diameter solid locking bolts, add strength against drill attacks and other intrusion attempts. It comes standard with a reliable UL listed group 2 combination lock with two internal re-lockers, which will secure the safe in case the lock is attacked or punched.

It has an adjustable carpeted interior to prevent damage to your guns and valuables, a top shelf with two double steel reinforced u-channel plates and steel shelving clips that prevents sag or breakage.

Steelwater provides a lifetime warranty for fire and burglary and a 1-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Other Specs:

  • Exterior Size: 59″(H) x 22″(W) x 16″ (D)
  • Interior Size: 55 ½” (H) x 19 7/8”(W) x 10”(D)
  • Max Capacity: 16 (8/8)
  • Weight: 351 lbs.
  • Composite Built 4 3/4” thick door.
  • Door Opening: 53 1/4″ (H), 15 7/8″ (W)
  • 1 Full-length shelf, 3 small shelves
  • Package Includes: Dry Pack 200-gram silica gel

#3 Pick: Barska Quick Access Biometric Rifle Safe AX11652 (Budget Pick)Barska Quick Access Biometric Rifle Safe

This is a budget safe that can only fit a maximum of four long guns, but with some high-end features that make it a top value for money pick. It’s not fireproof or waterproof, and not at all heavy, so it will fit unobtrusively and snugly in a small closet or constrained space.

The safe has a biometric reader that will let you open it securely in seconds, and can store up to 120 registered fingerprints. You can also open it with a backup key system

The Barska Quick Access Rifle Safe features all-steel construction with six pre-drilled mounting holes on the back and mounting hardware for securing it to a solid surface. It has a pry-resistant front door with 3 solid-steel locking deadbolts on the top, bottom, and side.

It has a padded 4-position barrel rack and a carpeted bottom on the inside to organize and protect your guns. It also has a shelf for keeping handguns, ammo, and valuables.

Other Specs:

  • Exterior Dimensions: 8.6″ x 9.8” x 52.17”
  • Internal Dimensions: 6.3” x 9.7” x 52”
  • Weight: 66 lbs
  • Volume: 1.83 cu. ft.
  • 1/16” thick build
  • Package Includes 4 AA Batteries, Mounting Hardware, 2 Back-Up Keys,
  • External backup battery pack in case fingerprint sensor fails
  • California DOJ approved
  • Warranty:1 Year Limited Warranty

#4 Pick: Stack-On SS-22-MB-E 22 Gun Safe with Electronic LockStack-On SS-22 Rifle Safe

The Stack-On SS-22-MB-E is a good pick if you’re looking for a basic, not too heavy, mid-level safe that intruders will find difficult to get into and to move.

It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles: no fingerprint biometrics, and it’s not fire or waterproof. It’s sturdy and rugged, with its inset hinges, a 2-way locking system with 1” steel live action locking bolts, with up to 6 locking points.

The electronic keypad lock works with 9-Volt batteries and has warning lights for low charge. It also comes with two physical backup keys.

It will hold up to 22 long guns if you don’t use the installed shelving, and 11 if you do. The provided convertible interior shelving is great for organizing handguns, ammo, and other valuables.

It has fully carpeted interiors, molded barrel rests with scope standoff inserts and a variety of locking options. The four horizontal shelves can be adjusted or removed.

Other Specs:

  • Weight: 245 pounds
  • External Dimensions: 27” (W) x 17.75” (D) x 55.25″ (H)
  • Internal Dimensions: 26” (W) x 14” (D) x 54.75″ (H)
  • Interior Volume: 11.82 cu. ft.
  • Low battery and wrong entry warnings
  • Backup keys
  • Heavy 1/8” steel build
  • California DOJ approved
  • Not fireproof
  • No seal or protection from humidity
  • Warranty: 3 Years Limited Warranty

In-Depth Hand Gun Safe Reviews

#1 Pick: Verifi Smart Biometric Safe with FBI Fingerprint Sensor S6000

Verifi Smart Biometric Safe S6000

The Verify S6000 Smart Safe is a quick-access handgun safe with a biometric fingerprint scanner. It’s our top pick in this category because of its long list of “smart” convenience and security features that make it stand out from a crowded list of competitors.

It will give the gun owner great piece of mind because of its rugged construction and an LCD display with ease of programming and monitoring, as well the one-finger, fast-opening, and secure fingerprint scanner. For backup access, the safe comes with high-security cross-cut keys.

The safe uses quality 3D fingerprint sensing technology, resulting in quick-opening when you might most need your gun. The LCD display is one of the most interesting features of the safe. It shows, at a glance, information about its event logging system, which monitors any accesses to the safe, battery life, and tampers information.

It also makes it easy to add and delete users and their fingerprints. The tamper alert system uses various sensors to detect if blunt force is being used to try to open the safe, and emits a loud, noisy alarm.

It’s solidly built with steel doors and walls with black industrial powder coating and has 2 ¾” Locking Bolts. The door is motor actuated and the interior has soft foam padding.

Other Specs:

  • Outside Dimensions: 17.4″(W)  X 16.1″(D)  X 7.9″(H)
  • Inside Dimensions:  17.1″(W)  X 11.8″(D)  X 7.3″(H)
  • Door Clearance: 14.0″(W)  X 5.7″(H)
  • Weight: 31.4 lbs.
  • Volume: 0.85 cu ft
  • Not fireproof
  • FBI approved fingerprint sensor
  • Wall or floor mountable
  • Fits 4 guns with mounting rack (optional)
  • Up to 40 users supported (with 1 finger per person) or 10 (with 4 fingers)
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty

#2 Pick: VAULTED VT20i Biometric Handgun SafeVAULTEK VT20i Biometric Handgun Safe

The Vaultek VT20i is an excellent budget safe if you need on the go security for your handgun. It’s large enough to store a nightstand and yet slim enough to fit under a car seat. It meets TSA security guidelines, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

The safe uses a quick access biometric scanner with a fingertip sensor storing up to 20 different user IDs, an illuminated keypad combination lock, and has a laser cut, key backup mechanical lock.

You can use Vaultek’s smartphone app that uses encrypted Bluetooth to remotely unlock your safe, as well as to check power levels, view safe history, detect tampering, and customize your safe preferences.

It comes with a steel security cable, and mounting hardware and is built with a rugged 16-gauge steel body and carbon steel construction with a durable powder coat finish to prevent corrosion.

Other Specs:

  • External Size: 11.5″ (W) X 9.0″ (D) X 2.75″ (H)
  • Inside Size: 11.0″ (W) X 5.75″ (D) X 2.0″ (H)
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs
  • Not water or fireproof
  • Capacity: 1 gun
  • Micro USB Rechargeable Battery
  • Anti-pry bars, two-point anti-impact latches, interior mounted hinge for added safety
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty

#3 Pick: Stealth Handgun Hanger Safe (Budget Pick)Stealth Handgun Hanger Safe

The Stealth Handgun Hanger Safe is a great value choice for gun owners who want to have their handguns at the ready.

You can have up to three guns ready to grab in a hanging position and quickly have the door drop down through a 4 push button, 6-digit illuminated keypad.

The safe’s illuminated blue electronic keypad has an audible feedback and optionally operates in silent mode. The quick access spring loaded drop down door has red interior lighting and optionally also has a silent mode.

The door is very heavy and incorporates a speed reducer that “catches the door just before it slams onto a hard surface for a soft finish.”

Its extremely pry-resistant, made from solid steel sheeting and has anti-pry tabs and a high strength locking latch with 4 bolt down holes, and a high strength security cable is included. The door is recessed from the frame adding to the difficulty in prying it open.

The interior has high-density foam and scratch resistant rods for holding your guns’ barrels. They’re coated with heat shrink tubing to ensure that the barrels won’t be scratched, damaged or marred.

Other Specs:

  • Outside Dimensions: 9″ (H) x 9″ (W) x 12″ (D)
  • Inside Dimensions: 7-3/4″ (H) x 8-1/2″ (W) x 11″ (D)
  • Weight: 14.65 lbs
  • 14 gauge steel build
  • Max capacity: 5
  • Not fireproof or waterproof
  • California DOJ approved
  • 3/8″ thick 2-piece steel door

#4 Pick: GunVault SVB 500 SpeedVault Biometric Handgun SafeGunVault SVB 500 Handgun safe

The GunVault SVB 500 is an excellent single handgun safe with a budget price. It’s expressly designed to give quick access to your firearm with its biometric fingerprint scanner and activation button. The safe is really compact and can be attached to a nightstand or under a desk for quick, easy access.

The biometric fingerprint scanner holds up to 20 individual fingerprints and there’s a physical key for backup. The scanner has a green LED and the interior is illuminated with a white LED flood light. The electronic sound made when opening the safe can optionally be turned off.

The safe’s interior has a dense foam cavity and vertical slits which will accommodate different size handguns (only one will fit at a time), leaving the grip exposed when you open the door.

Other Specs:

  • Exterior dimensions: 6½” x 3½” x 13”
  • Interior dimensions: 2¼” x 5¾” x 8½”
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • 18-Gauge steel build
  • Capacity: 1 gun
  • Mounting hardware included
  • California DOJ approved

SentrySafe Biometric Pistol Safe

#5 Pick: SentrySafe Biometric Pistol Safe

The SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Gun Safe allows single-handed access to your pistol. It has both fingerprint and combination lock access with zero audible feedback, detecting up to two different programmable fingerprints.

It’s a budget safe with a pry-resistant door, fused, solid steel construction, with a compression gas strut that opens the lid and holds it in the open position. This gives you very quick access to your firearm.

It’s not designed for wall mounting, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for a theft-proof safe, although it does have holes on the bottom, so you could mount it on the floor or on a shelf.

 

Other Specs:

  • Interior Size: 2.2″ (H) x 9.7″ (W) x 6.6″ (L)
  • Exterior Size: 3.2″ (H) x 12.0″ (W) x 9.9″ (L)
  • Weight: 12 lbs.
  • Volume: 0.08 cu ft
  • Not fire rated
  • Heavy duty 12 gauge steel build
  • Pry-resistant door
  • California DOJ approved
  • Capacity: 1 gun
  • Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s limited warranty

#6 Pick: Fort Knox PB1 Handgun Safe with 13.5 Inch Dean Safe Pistol SockFort Knox PB1 Handgun Safe

The mid-range Fort Knox PB1 Handgun Safe is designed to be strong and reliable. It eschews any kind of biometrics and electronics and uses a “tried and true” Simplex one push-button mechanical lock, which is fast opening and easy to use. It’s made of heavy gauge unibody construction steel, and a 3/16” tamper resistant wrap-around hinged door.

It comes with a gas-strut-assisted heavyweight door that’s easily lifted and it holds itself open for easy access. The safe has an antique silver powder outer coating that gives it a classy look, and the interior is lined with foam to protect your guns from scratches.

The pre-drilled holes in the bottom make it convenient to be bolted down on any flat surface, like the floor or a shelf or drawer.

Other Specs:

  • Dimensions: 4-1/4″ (H) x 12-1/2″ (W) x 10-3/8″(D)
  • 10 gauge steel uni-body build
  • 3/16″ tamper-resistant wrap around door
  • Push-button for faster opening
  • Meets California DOJ standards
  • Capacity: 1-2 guns
  • Made in the USA
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty

Brief Gun Safe Buyer’s Guide

Here are few things you should take into consideration when buying a gun safe.

Besides protection from theft, or from tampering, keeping children away, fire and flood damage, and ease of accessibility, there are other important, but less well-known reasons for getting a safe. For example, you can also use the safe to store away valuables, like ammo, jewelry, cash and important documents.

A gun safe should have a minimum set of features, like that it’s built from toughened steel and is drill proof and can’t be damaged by sleds or hammers.

A fireproof long gun safe should have a fire resistance rating of at least half an hour, and you should take into account the storage space available so that if you have a large collection of weapons or other items, they should securely fit inside the safe.

Finally, safes can come with a lot of bells and whistles, some of which are just fluff, but others have very useful design features, like biometric fingerprint scanning systems, heavy-duty deadbolt locks, moisture and corrosion prevention, etc.


 

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