Best Gun Safes: An Introduction to Choosing the Right Gun Safe for Your Needs

If you own a firearm or plan to buy one, it’s important to have a safe place to store it. But when it comes time to buy the right safe for your needs, you might feel a little overwhelmed. There are so many different safe brands, sizes, prices and features available. To help you save a little time (and headache), here are some of the best safes out there, separated by price, size, security and ease of use.

Price

There’s no getting around the fact that safes can be pretty pricey. But if you buy a quality one, it will likely last a lifetime. Since not everyone has a few grand to drop on a safe, here are some of the best models you can get for under $600 (yes, really!)

The Barska AX11652 is an entry-level safe that is made fairly well. It doesn’t have any fancy features, which is just fine if you’re simply looking to store your firearm safely. It offers a biometric lock, which may not work for everyone, but is a pretty cool option if we say so ourselves. There’s no fire rating for this safe, and the steel gauge isn’t listed (however, it seems like it’s probably somewhere between a 14- or 16-gauge thickness).

Size

If you’re not super concerned about price but you are concerned about size, here are some of the best large and small safes available. If you’ve got a lot of guns, including rifles, shotguns and other long guns, you can’t go wrong with the Liberty ProVault. It can hold 24 guns and stands at 59.5” x 28.25” x 22”. It’s also a pretty affordable option at around $700 at most gun and sports supply stores.

The Liberty brand is well-known for its durability. It’s also US-made, which is definitely a plus. Keep in mind that this large model will only work if you have space for it. So measure carefully before making the investment.

As far as small handgun safes go, the Fort Knox FTK-PB is a great option. It will keep your handgun securely tucked away while making it easy for you to retrieve it if things go “bump” in the night. It’s a pretty heavy safe at around 20 lbs., and it uses a Simplex mechanical lock, which is easy to use even in minimal light conditions. This safe is large enough to hold up to three pistols, depending on how large they are and how you stack them.

Security

There are a lot of very secure gun safes, so it’s difficult to say we know which one is the “best.” However, American Security gun safes have exceptional reviews. They are made with 12-gauge inner still and 11-gauge outer steel. They have a 2-hour fire rating and enormous, 1-1/2” locking bolts. They also offer a lifetime warranty for fire and burglary, which is a great feature.

Liberty is a step above American Security in terms of fire protection. Liberty safes offer 2 ½ hours of fire protection and are built with 7-gauge steel. Some models also come with fire-rated gypsum board insulation.

Ease of Use

When fast and easy access is of the essence, you don’t want to bother with a gun safe that has a complicated locking mechanism. For ease of use, you’ll love the Sentry Safe Quick Access Safe. As the name suggests, this safe is really easy to get into. It has a biometric lock (which means it scans your fingerprint to open). It’s ideal for  bedside use and has a pry-resistant door.

These are all great safes, but they may not be right for everyone. To determine which one is the best buy, consider what features you value most, then focus your search on those. Do you have another excellent gun safe you recommend? Let us know below!