The 10 Best Gun Safes

Updated October 05, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

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We spent 35 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. It seems that hardly a day goes by without another tragic news story of a child getting hold of an adult's gun and hurting or killing himself or someone else. So, whether you keep a gun at home for security or you simply enjoy the liberty of gun collecting, keep your arms out of the wrong hands with one of these gun safes, which come in both individual weapon and cabinet-style vaults. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best gun safe on Amazon.

10. Paragon 7501

The Paragon 7501 has room for up to five rifles, plus numerous handguns and ammo. It features a digital lock with a classic spoke style crank for opening the door, and it's backed by a ten-year warranty, so you can rest easy after you buy it.
  • codes can be changed infinitely
  • solid steel body and door
  • beeps when inputting key code
Brand Paragon Lock and Safe
Model 7501 Paragon Rifle Safe
Weight 118 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Stack-On PDS-1500

The Stack-On PDS-1500 drawer safe stores multiple handguns, and is one of the most affordable safes of its kind. It is nicely padded and features an easy-to-program digital keypad and a 3-point locking system with a cylinder lock, all for a great price.
  • includes adjustable barrel rests
  • dual access options
  • not a suitable theft deterrent
Brand Stack-On
Model PDS-1500
Weight 13.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Sentry Safe QAP1BE

The Sentry Safe QAP1BE pistol safe provides quick, one-hand fingerprint access for a single handgun. It opens silently and recognizes up to two fingerprints, so you or your loved one can get to the gun covertly in case of an emergency situation.
  • whisper quiet hardware
  • pry-resistant top lid design
  • doesn't come with a security cable
Brand Sentry Industries Inc.
Model QAP1BE
Weight 13.1 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Gunvault MV500-STD

The Gunvault MV500-STD is the perfect size for one pistol and an ammo clip. It wouldn't be good for a gun collector, but makes a great choice for somebody who likes to keep a single firearm handy in case of an emergency. It weighs just 5 lbs. and can fit in a drawer.
  • rock-solid heavy-gauge steel
  • includes a security cable
  • makes a loud clank when it opens
Brand GunVault
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Stack-On SS-22

The Stack-On SS-22 is a 22-gun combination safe approved by the California DOJ. It features 6 locking points and drill-resistant plating to ensure your guns are safe if somebody tries to crack it, and it has beautiful chrome accents and silk-screening on the door.
  • fully carpeted interior
  • shelves are adjustable
  • not fire resistant
Brand Stack-On
Model SS-22-MB-C
Weight 253 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. BARSKA Quick Access

The BARSKA Quick Access is a biometric safe with room for up to three long rifles. It's capable of recognizing up to 120 fingerprint identities, so you can ensure that every mature family member can access it when they need to.
  • includes 2 backup keys
  • backed by a 1-year warranty
  • can fall over if not wall-mounted
Model AX11652
Weight 67 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. First Alert 5200DF

If you don't like to go anywhere without your gun, then the portable First Alert 5200DF is a good pick. It allows for quick entries with a three to eight digit keycode, and includes a steel cable to secure it in your car trunk or under your seat.
  • foam padded interior
  • durable black powder-coated finish
  • silent when inputting entry code
Brand First Alert
Model 5200DF
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Mesa Safe MBF6032E

The Mesa Safe MBF6032E has a vintage look with its large, decorative brass spoke handle. It is made from 1.5" thick steel that can keep out even the most determined thieves. It is also fire-resistant to 1,750 degrees, and can hold as many as 20 rifles.
  • electronic locking mechanism
  • nearly 15 cubic feet of storage
  • four pre-drilled anchor holes
Brand Mesa Safe
Model MBF6032E
Weight 650 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Gunvault SpeedVault SV500

The problem with most gun safes is that it takes too long to get to your gun in an emergency. The Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 has solved that problem with a slim, quick-access model that can be mounted just about anywhere, and is available with digital or biometric entry.
  • 18-gauge steel housing
  • good for under-desk gun storage
  • spring-loaded opening
Brand GunVault
Model SV 500
Weight 8.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Blue Dot Second Amendment

The Blue Dot Second Amendment is a deluxe, fire-resistant safe with room for up to 30 rifles, so it's perfect for the serious gun collector. It features 8 holsters and 5 ammo pouches of varying sizes on the inside of the door.
  • drill-resistant plate
  • digital code entry
  • 5 fixed and 9 live bolts
Brand Blue Dot Safes
Model GS593625
Weight 669 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Choosing The Right Rifle Safe

A gun safe designed to hold rifles or shot guns, often referred to by the term "long guns," is by the nature of its size not easily concealed and not portable. Rather these large safes are designed to be fixtures in your home that can keep guns safe from the elements and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

There are many long gun safes available that embrace aesthetics along with security, so consider how a safe looks along with its function. Of course the primary function of a rifle safe is to keep your firearms secured, so its reliability is of greater importance than its looks. If your home can accommodate it, you should consider a safe that be mounted to a wall or bolted to the ground. That way a criminal can't simply steal your entire gun safe, waiting to get out the firearms within later.

The features to look for in a rifle safe include drill resistant plates, a decent fire safety rating, and a locking mechanism with which you are comfortable. Most modern rifle safes use keypad entered codes to as their unlocking mechanism, and these are great features for two reasons. First, they preclude your misplacing or losing the keys (or someone stealing the keys, which is a much more serious issue) and they allow you to change the entry code as often as you want or need.

Make sure to choose a gun safe that features a keypad lock rated as UL 768 Group II (or better). This is an industry standard term that denotes a lock only remotely connected to the actual locking mechanism of the safe. That means that, in event of a power failure or an attempted hot-wiring by a thief, the lock will not fail even thought the keypad is compromised.

Choosing A Safe For Your Handgun

Unlike with rifle safes, many handgun safes are designed to be concealed and/or portable. Before choosing one, consider whether or not you want a safe that will keep your gun locked up but close at hand when you're home or if you want to bring your secured firearm along with you.

If you are selecting a gun safe for use at home, then you should get one that can be firmly mounted to a wall, to the bottom of your bed frame, or to another stable surface. Many such safes can be rapidly opened by someone who knows the right code and are designed to be used without you looking at the safe. This is an asset in the darkness or when you need to keep your attention focused elsewhere.

Make sure to practice opening and closing your safe plenty of times, mastering its use so that the one time you need to get to your gun quickly during an emergency, you are ready. Another great option is a pistol safe that opens in response to a preprogrammed fingerprint. This type of access is quick, easy, and almost impossible to "hack."

When selecting a handgun safe that will come on the road with you, so to speak, look for an option that is compact enough to be tucked away into a suitcase or bag without drawing attention and that is generally nondescript; there is never a need to broadcast the fact that you have a firearm when someone with ill intentions might learn of it. It's a good idea to consider a gun safe that either comes with a security cable or that can be outfitted with a cable or a chain so that you can secure the safe inside the trunk of your car or to the bench at a shooting range. This will prevent a "grab and dash" theft.

For the ultimate handgun security at home, stash your pistols in a compact safe that is then housed in a larger safe beside long guns or with other valuables that you keep secured.

On The Necessity Of Responsible Gun Ownership

The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America is a brief and arguably inscrutable sentence. It reads, in its entirety: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Those twenty seven words have led to as much vitriol and saber rattling as any other sentence found in any American document, and the debate over the amendment and its implications is not likely to be settled any time soon. What is beyond debatable, however, is the necessity of safe, responsible practices by those who choose to own guns. A brief look at a few grim statistics will confirm this.

Each year, more than six hundred Americans are killed in accidental shootings. Firearm deaths overall are numbered at more than 30,000 victims in an average year, which renders a gun as one of top ten causes of mortality in America. For every instance in which a privately owned gun is used for self defense in the home, there are an average of four accidental shootings, seven criminal assaults, and as many as eleven firearm suicide attempts.

Simply put, unless a gun is stored safely and securely, it makes a home and its occupants much less safe, not more so. Too often, the victims of accidental shootings are children. In fact, the mortality rates for children are as much as 14 times higher in areas with high rates of gun ownership when compared to areas in which few people keep guns in the home.

Firearm ownership is a right enshrined in the Constitution, rather vague and equivocal language notwithstanding. Irresponsible gun ownership is not a privilege the founders of the United States had in mind, though.

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Last updated on October 05, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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