Gun Safe Reviews and Tips On Getting the Best Gun Safe Cabinet

Buying Tips For Finding a Quality Gun Safe Cabinet

When you buy a long gun safe, you want to be sure you’re not getting taken for a ride. Here are some qualities of high-quality safes that you should watch out for.

First off, you should expect to shell out about $1200 on up for a decent safe. Contrary to popular belief, the major makers know the best placement for hinges is on the outside (unless you’re buying a Grade 1 European safe – they place the hinges on the inside, and have solid construction, no complaints here). The reason American safe makers place the hinges on the outside is so that the thieves waste precious time attacking that area, as opposed to the lock itself. They’ll get nowhere on a quality long gun safe.

The interior should be, at the very least, 58-inches high. The reason for this is you’ll have clearance then for your 30-inch-long barrels, and will allow for shelving near the top for your smaller items. Other great features to watch for, though they may be installed after-market, are a rotational rack, and a stack of drawers for your smaller guns and other items. After all, if you’re going to shell out this much money, you may as well be organized to boot.

As to locking mechanism, the dials made by Sargent & Greenleaf®, whose parent company is Stanley Security Solutions®, are top-shelf according to many in the industry. They aren’t the only name in the industry, but if they were, your guns would be in good hands! If you want to go with a digital combination, make sure it’s a UL Listed Type II or better, or Type I (commercial grade electrical) lock. Anything less is risky business.

Do your homework as to fire-proofing material, and there are plenty of opinions on this subject. Many manufacturers are using the UL listing for fireboard (a.k.a. a thin layer of drywall) to list their safes as a fireproof gun safe. This isn’t exactly top of the line quality, so really inquire from your manufacturer of choice how they construct their fireproof gun safe doors, walls and floor. A thin layer of drywall sandwiched between two thin sheets of sheet metal isn’t a quality safe!

The weight of your fireproof gun safe – especially the fireproof gun safe! – should be at least 750lbs. The steel should be at the very least 8 gauge steel for burglary protection, the better models use fire cladding and solid steel plating. By the way, when buying a gun safe cabinet, the lower the gauge of steel, the thicker the material.

Security on your gun safe cabinet should be at least a UL-listed “RSC” (residential security container) rating – this is bottom shelf security and is not tested to withstand break-ins nor fire damage. This is the minimum rating, and should be able to buy you FIVE minutes under a theft attempt. Given minimal tools, in other words, a thief off the street will be able to crack open an RSC-rated safe.

Your better bet is to buy a European Grade 1, or UL Listed TL-15 or TL-30. There are other, higher ratings for safes that pass tests that UL conducts that include explosion endurance, impact resistance, 6-sided attacks, and torch attacks, but usually such ratings incur exorbitant fees and aren’t typical for residential use. For that reason they won’t be covered in our gun safe reviews, but know that if your gun safe cabinet has these ratings, you’ve bought a quality safe. One of the best fireproofing materials for fireproof gun safe construction is Palusol®. This material expands with heat and keeps out fire, smoke and usually water as well.

Be sure the exterior is rust-resistant as well – this safe should give you more than a lifetime of endurance. Also, gun racks, drawers, felt lined shelves, an interior lighting system, a bolt-pattern to secure it in place, and a dehumidifying system should all be included or at least installed at some point.

Gun Safe Reviews of Great Gun Safe Cabinets

Onto the gun safe reviews!

Ft. Knox “Legend” Series Gun Safe Cabinet

Ft. Knox “Legend” series is their top-level line of safes. They are made with a 3/16-inch steel body plate, and are also protected by a 10-gauge, reinforced steel lining. The doors on the Legend series are 1-3/4-inches thick, reinforced and fire-rated. Mind you, the 1-3/4-inches is an “overall thickness,” so it isn’t fully steel! Actually, the steel is only 5/16-inch at the door, so just a little over a quarter inch. In other words, a good measure of that thickness is drywall or “fireboard” as they call it – simply the same stuff you can punch a hole through with your hand in your home or office. The good news is that there is a qualified “hard plate” and ball bearings to foil drilling attempts.

Ft. Knox has their own locking mechanism – the “Rack and Pinion,” which is a multi-gear system. They do have a mechanical re-locking system, but reviews seem consistent that their construction is decent. Their locking bolts are 100% independent of one another, and are comprised of up to 55 gears which in turn operate up to (28) 1-1/2-inch bolts. That’s good security, as are the corner bolts in the door.

Other features are the UL Listing, and certified fire protection at 1680 degrees F, for 90 minutes. It should be noted that their fire proof method is simply 2 layers of drywall, so not necessarily the best way to go as far as options are concerned. A few nice touches are the lights package, carpet lining, “limited lifetime” warranty, dehumidifier, remote relocker, and optional biometric locking mechanism. A good start to our gun safe reviews, all told.

On a Budget? Try this on Offer From Granite Security®

Weighing in at under 600 pounds, and sporting an economic $599.99 price tag, Granite Security® (who makes Winchester® safes), makes a Sam’s Club product that is available when it’s available. This safe is better than the other bargain gun safe cabinet fodder on the market, though it doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles. Many would-be gun safes on the market are little more than sheet metal lockers, and set you back about $2-400.

Not this safe. This safe has a place on our gun safe reviews because it is a quality product for the price. It comes with 1-inch-thick bolts, 1-inch-thick door jamb, and the walls weigh in at 12-gauge steel. With that level of protection, it’s been given the bare essential UL RSC rating, which is the lowest you want for a gun locker. It isn’t as high as it should be – only 56-inches on the interior, which means you’ll need to either modify the top shelf to accommodate your 30-inch-long barrel rifles, or remove the top shelf. The exterior is 60 x 30 x 22 inches.

A nice touch is that the interior is adjustable, so you can store 24 guns inside if you use both sides, or 12 on the left side. You can also opt for shelves throughout, but just plan on around 8 or 10 guns on each side. There is an access port for the dehumidifier, and this brute is heavy enough that a thief would have a difficult time walking away with it. The lock’s UL approved, as well, so you’d be good to go with this one.

Stack On® 36-Gun, Fire Resistant, Waterproof, and Convertible Gun Safe Cabinet with Electronic Lock – GSXW-836-DS

Stack On® has been around since the early 1970’s, producing quality gun safe cabinets, too chests, file cabinets and a host of other storage products. They have become a well-trusted name in making quality steel products, and this is the top-line, largest gun locker. This particular model is part of their “Total Defense Safes” line of products, so-called because they are rated from the ETL labs as fire-resistant as well as water resistant (according to their spec’s, these safes can last in up to 2 feet of standing water for 72 hours!). The unit has a rubber-like gasket along the door, as well as other water-proofing measures.

If you want to keep your guns secure, this safe comes packed with 7 very large live-action bolts, as well as 3 dead bolts on the hinge-side of the door. The door is pry-resistant, making sure nobody gains access to the contents. The locking mechanism is a 3 number combination for simplicity, opened by an austere, 3-spoke handle covered with rubber grips. If you forget the combination and are timed out after 3 incorrect entry attempts, there is also a trouble-key included. And don’t worry about replacing batteries, there’s an alarm for low battery life, the batteries are simple to replace from the front of the safe.

Stack On safe’s gun barrel rests are a patented feature, allowing your scoped guns to be neatly filed in place, using the carpeted gun racks. The gun safe cabinet comes with 6 fully adjustable shelves, so you can store 36 rifles or split the difference and use the safe for storage of other valuables in half of the space. The powder coated, silver and black motif with chrome hardware makes for a pretty sight, as well. At little over $1500, this is a rugged piece of equipment that will give you years of enjoyment.

That’s the last of the gun safe reviews, you can’t go wrong with these brand names at your disposal. Just remember to check the warranties, the independent lab certifications, and you’re on your way to owning the gun safe cabinet of your dreams.

How to Buy and Sell Firearms in the USA – Things to Consider As a Gun Merchant

One of the most lucrative business in the USA today is the firearms business. Not only because Americans have always been obsessed with guns but because with this business you know you will have returning customers. People who buy firearms also need ammo and other gun parts or materials, so they will return to your gun store if you treat them as professionally as possible (true merchant).

In order to acquire a firearms license (also called FFL), that is the license to buy and sell guns, you need to file your application to the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (also called ATF).

After you submit your FFL application it might take 6-7 weeks before your application is reviewed and processed by the ATF. If everything goes according to plan and all the requirements are met, then your application will be accepted and stored.

Finally you will be issued your firearms license and you are ready to buy and sell guns from then on. The basic license costs around $200 for the first 3 years as of writing this (pretty cheap). Then it’s around $100 for every 3 years.

Let’s see some important notices that you should consider before applying for gun merchant and file your FFL application:

1. First of all you must intend to start a firearms business before applying. The ATF officers will easily identify whether you truly want to engage to this business or not.

2. After you send your application, an ATF officer will contact you so you better watch for their call. It is important to get a good recommendation from them.

3. While in business, every single firearms transaction must be recorded and you are responsible for the integrity of the records (required by law).

4. The ATF has the right to access your transaction records (required by law)

5. The ATF will notify other authorities about your FFL application.

6. USA States might have certain laws that require extra licenses or/and permits to obtain an FFL. You must always have a good knowledge of the State laws governing the firearms industry.

7. You should consider other firearms business requirements as required by State laws. For example collection of sales taxes, zoning restrictions, cash bonds, liability insurance etc. Also, that you will be required to provide genuine fingerprints and pay an application fee to the ATF.

To avoid denial of your FFL application make sure it is perfectly completed (you might need some expert advice on that).

If successful, you will acquire the firearms license and become an FFL Holder. And you can begin selling guns.

Owning a Gun Shop

Having your own gun shop is a distinctive business but both the federal government and state laws strictly regulate it for security reasons. But what’s good about this business is that it is highly profitable.

Any person, who has a passion for guns, collects guns or joins gun shows may be the perfect owner to a gun store because you should be knowledgeable about this business to run it well.

Before you put up your business, there are necessary requirements that you should submit and follow. You have to fill out a Federal registration and follow the rules for reporting sales to the letter. This should be followed very strictly as all those who obtain guns should be listed and must acquire licenses. Local laws and city rules must be obeyed and enforced, as well. Once these are all complied, you may start your business right away.

Even a small shop is profitable because aside from selling a wide array of guns and ammunition, you can also offer gun repair services and gun accessories. And the best thing about this is that you can put up your business just about anywhere.

When buying your stocks, you should contact some of the most reputable manufacturers. The more knowledgeable you are about the guns you sell and their availability, the more gun enthusiasts will frequent your store. Customers usually ask a lot of questions regarding guns and you should be able to satisfy their queries. Knowing how to answer your customers is very big factor.

The other great responsibility owners hold is that they should be very careful as to whom they will sell a gun to, as they want to do right by their customers. It is a standard operating procedure to see legal proof of the identity of the person who wants to purchase a firearm and in some states you can also ask the buyer to show either state or locally issued proof that the buyer is authorized to buy a firearm. Upon purchase, ask the buyer to show photo ID and fill out Form 4473 needed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Depending on what firearm you are going to buy, the dealer will tell you when to come back to finish processing your paperwork. Once the sale has been cleared, that is the only time that the firearm will be released to the buyer.

It is also very important to purchase a security system for your store – be cautious at all times. You are dealing with deadly weapons and your wariness is needed.