Gun Safe Recommendations

Gun, shooting and equipment discussions unrelated to CHL issues

Moderator: carlson1

Post Reply
Senior Member
Posts: 308
Joined: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:13 pm

Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by Crash » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:15 am

I need recommendations for a gun safe as far as brand, fire rating, and locking system are concerned. This is for a friend and I don't know how many guns she has, so don't worry about capacity.

Thanks in advance,


User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 6074
Joined: Tue May 22, 2007 9:34 pm
Location: Seguin

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by ELB » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:23 am

This site has the best info on gun safes I have seen. ... -gun-safe/

On the front page are his recommendations for best cheap gun safe, best gun safe for the money, and best real safe for guns (he notes that vast majority of "gun safes" are not really safes, they are gussied-up residential security containers with safe-like features).
USAF 1982-2005
The Most Interesting Texan in the World. :txflag:

User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 5926
Joined: Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:16 am
Location: Hunt County

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by Pawpaw » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:36 am

Your friend's best bet is to go to a real gun safe store where he can see and touch the different safes.

I know you're not in the Dallas area, but I bought mine from The Safe Company in Garland. They took the time to explain everything to me with no pressure, so I could choose the one that fit my needs.

The site ELB posted would be a good place for educating himself before he goes.

One more thing. He should get a bigger safe than he thinks he needs. Gun collections have a way of outgrowing safes. :lol:
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams

NRA Benefactor Life Member

User avatar
Posts: 77
Joined: Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:17 am
Location: Cypress TX

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by rob777 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:58 pm

"Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Senior Member
Posts: 367
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:51 pm
Location: DFW (Denton County)

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by strogg » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:00 pm

May as well put in my $0.02. Simply put, there are two parts to owning a safe: the protection of valuables against thieves, and the protection of valuables against fire.

The former is actually easier than you might expect. Just bolt it down to the ground so the baddies can't just wheel it away. Make sure the door is nice, thick, and heavy so the baddies can't drill in, and most importantly, the four remaining sides of the safe (yes, top included) are inaccessible. The safe is only as sturdy as the sides, which can be cut through very quickly with a circular saw. If the safe is in a nook somewhere that requires a thief to spend over 10 minutes to access the side of the safe, that's enough time for the cops to arrive assuming they tripped the alarm entering the home.

The latter is, well, much better assuming the house has a monitored alarm. Think about the time it takes for the alarm to trip and the FD to show up and extinguish the flame. That's how many minutes worth of protection is necessary. Just make sure the contents will be fine for the rated temperature. It's not about the minutes as much as the internal temperature of the safe when it reaches that time.

I ended up with an el-cheapo Amsec safe. I figure I can get 3.5 years worth of monitored protection with the money I save, which I have anyway.

Posts: 158
Joined: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:26 pm
Location: TX

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by Revet » Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:51 pm

I'd like to mention a significant detail that most buyers, myself included, don't pay enough attention to; the interior.

I was very proud to have made a great deal on a premium safe. I chose an interior layout, but didn't notice how flimsily it was assembled. Like many others, it uses little shelf clips that bend, break or pop out. The vertical panels are so weakly attached to the floor and back that they will shift, allowing all the shelves to collapse on themselves. I bought some nice coated-wire handgun racks, but now I have to keep everything in gunsocks to protect from dings and scratches. Eventually I will use most of the parts to build a solid shelf/rack system with its own frame, but you shouldn't have to do that for a safe that cost over $3K.
Common sense is not common practice.
NRA Benefactor, TSRA life member.

Senior Member
Posts: 252
Joined: Sun May 10, 2015 3:44 pm

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by pushpullpete » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:35 pm

+1 on Liberty Safes, I'm a very happy guy. Nice safe.
Buying bigger than you need is a good idea, my guns seem to be procreating on their own. ;-)
:txflag: :patriot:

Senior Member
Posts: 229
Joined: Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:42 pm
Location: League City

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by twjones » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:53 pm

I have good experience with Liberty and Champion.

I was told the guy doing Champion was the same person that started Fort Knox and then sold it and started the Champion company.

User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 723
Joined: Sun May 03, 2015 12:31 am

Re: Gun Safe Recommendations

Post by Jago668 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Look at Brown Safe if you want an actual safe. Though you are going to pay for it.
NRA Benefactor Member

Post Reply

Return to “General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion”