Gun Safe Reviews and Buyer’s Guides

gun safe reviewHi there gun fans, my name is Marshal and I belong to the wilderness of Texas, a land marred with machine-gun gatherings out in the desert, feral-hog hunts and gun armories the size of a warehouse. Having grown up around guns and every conceivable kind of firearm, my experience with guns and gun safes, in particular, is nothing short of exhaustive. So, let me be the first to tell you – a gun safe is a critical investment if you are a gun lover like me. Personally, I keep three safes, two large safes and one handgun safe-box screwed securely to the underside of my bed. Hence, if you are looking at a new safe or interested in an upgrade, check out my buying guides and reviews. I have got plenty of information to get you started, make the right decision and feel secure knowing that your priced collection will never fall into the wrong hands.

Choosing a gun safe is all about safety and security. Regardless of how well it is furnished, whether it has high end technology, at the end of the day what matters is if it can keep intruders at bay and protect your firearms from fire and water damage. But how do you go about buying a gun safe? So many different brands to choose from, various locking mechanisms and loads of configuration – the answer lies in your needs. How many guns and what size do you own? Do you have kids around the house? And finally, are you in a natural disaster prone area? Such are the questions you must ask yourself before making any purchase. Once you shortlist a few models, all that remains is to find those which fulfill your criteria.

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SentrySafe GM3659E

SentrySafe GM3659E*Excellent Fire-Proof Safe *Stores up to 36 Guns *4-Way Interior Matte Finish

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Stack-On SS-22-MG-C

Stack-On SS-22-MG-C*Holds up to 22 Guns *Uses Combination Lock *17.6 x 26.8 x 55 inches

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Gun Safe Brands Reviewed On GunSafeCritics.com

While there are plenty of brands to choose from, not all are alike. Only the top few brands are trustworthy with a dependable customer service, long warranty and superior construction. I have shortlisted three major brands and highlighted specific models from others for those who wish to try something new.

GunvaultSentrySafeStack-OnBiometric Gun SafesNotable Others

Gunvault

GunvaultKnown for their adherence with latest technology, Gunvault makes dependable and well priced gun safes. Currently their line consists of biometric safes, small vaults, multi vaults, pistol holster safe, tac vaults and more. Operating for over 20 years in the United States, this company has secured a name for producing high quality gun safes in every conceivable size and shape. With many patented technologies, Gunvault is your perfect tech-friendly gun safe brand.

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SentrySafe

SentrySafeStarted as a family business 80 years ago, SentrySafe was also one of the first to introduce fire proof safes in the market. Today, its business caters to over 50 countries worldwide with more than just gun vaults among their product mix. With fire insurance, lifetime warranty and plenty other path breaking features, SentrySafe is your safest bet for a dependable vault.

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Stack-On

Stack-OnEasy to use, fire proof and approved by California DOJ, Stack-On does not rest on ancestry or past laurels. This vault maker excels at meeting customer demand through continuous innovation and redesign. All its safes are fire resistant up to 1400 degree F for 30 minutes, come with feature adjustable shelf designs and live locking bolt configuration.

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Biometric Gun Safes

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Notable Others

OthersOther than the big three there are many more brand names worth considering. Some are relatively new in this market while others cater to a very precise niche. A few notable names are Barska, First Alert and more.

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Why Buy A Gun Safe

marshal picAs Americans, our constitution grants us a right that few other countries give their citizens. We have the right to carry firearms for personal protection by law. But the law also speaks of being responsible for these firearms and a gun safe is as responsible as it can get. Be it antique weapons, concealed firearms, pistols or hunting rifles, a gun safe lets you explore the fascinating, and at times horrifying, world of guns without ever feeling threatened for the safety of your loved ones, pets or the community. Remember, owning guns is a constitutional right but letting them fall into the wrong hands – it’s on you, buddy!

Before Buying A Gun Safe Consider These Factors

You probably already have looked at a few or owned one in the past. But what about buying a new (or used) safe? We have outlined a few things for you to consider before you make any purchase. Consider this a crash course in buying gun safes. For a more detailed observation on buying factors to consider, you can check our exhaustive four page buying guide.

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Not all gun safes are made equal. Some can hold over 10 large rifles, while others are designed for a more compact solution. Remember, more the capacity, larger is the size and weight. So, it may pose a problem fitting into your doorway or moving to the top floor. You ideally must first decide on the location for your safe and how many guns you plan on storing in it before finalizing the capacity.
A gun safe is only as safe as its locking mechanism. There are plenty of choices in this regards, electronic and manual. Keypad locks are simple, quick and efficient but tend to invariably die over time. Key locks are easiest to handle but can be broken into by a skilled locksmith and it is possible to misplace the keys. Combination locks are grueling to keep up with but are possibly the most secure, even if technologically a bit prehistoric. Finally, modern day biometric locks are foolproof but depend on battery power.
It really does matter how well a safe is constructed and what material is used. Steel can be fragile to blasts and drills, if it isn’t hardened. Likewise, various alloys provide different grade of protection from fire, water and forced entry. Usually, the more you pay the better construction you get.
Most warranty covers exclude material damage or damage to the outer shell. Be careful of what is written in the warranty cover for your vault before you decide on investing big time. If you eventually have to spend from your pocket for the upkeep of your safe, it is better not to purchase it in the first place.
The brand name builds a lot of trust. And by brand name, I don’t just mean the brand of the gun safe but also the company that has made the locking mechanism. Cheap Chinese lock companies usually make generic locks or combination wheels that are easy to decode or break into. Likewise, cheap brands tend to cut corners in manufacturing and leave weak spots on the safe.
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