Given the growing gun culture in the United States, having a gun safe is not an option — it’s a necessity. As the name suggests, a gun safe is a container where you can keep your guns, and also the ammunition, safe and well protected, thus preventing them from falling into the wrong hands or accidentally being fired. In fact, US federal law necessitates a lock of some sort to be provided with every sale of a gun.
Unfortunately, not all gun safes are really as safe as they should be, or are claimed to be. Incidents of even 3-year-olds successfully opening gun safes, and with total ease at that, are often read and heard about. This simply means that as a gun owner you need to be extra careful about the gun safe you choose to store your weapon in.
Here’s a rundown of the top 10 gun safes for you to choose from if you want to be sure that your gun is really in a safe place.
GunVault SV 500 SpeedVault Handgun Safe
With this safe, you’ll never be found fumbling in an emergency. The digital keypad and the fast activation drop down drawer ensure quick and easy access, while the 18-gauge steel construction makes it a sturdy affair with a protective foam-lined interior.
The safe, with its revolutionary design, comes with a backup override key to help you remain gun-ready at all times. So whether it’s at home or office, the GunVault SV 500 SpeedVault will keep your firearms safe and secure, yet close at hand to give you the sense of protection you need.
Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe Model # QAP1BE
This no-noise safe is designed to hold at least one J & K-size revolver and a full-size semi-automatic hand gun. Despite its single-handed access, this solid steel safe won’t open to any prying hands, thanks to its pry-resistant top lid design and sturdy construction. The biometric fingerprint lock or electronic lock comes with a zero-feedback feature, which rules out the possibility of any unauthorized person gaining access to the firearms in the safe. The override key provides a convenient back up for an emergency.
BARSKA Quick Access Biometric Rifle Safe
If you’re a rifle lover, the biometric BARASKA, with up to 120 identities and two back-up keys, is just the safe you need.
Designed to hold up to three rifles, it has pre-drilled anchor points for securing the safe to the floor or a wall. Additional security is provided in the form of a manual 3-point solid dead bolt locking system that can be opened with one hand. Crafted for quick access, it is powered by four AA batteries that enable two years of fool-proof use.
Stack-On GCB-908 8-Gun Steel Security Cabinet
Approved by the California Department of Justice, the Stack-On is built for one-position storage on account of its patented contoured non-marring barrel rests and standoffs. The safe can hold eight rifles or shotguns (up to a height of 54 inches).
The removable top shelf provides extra storage. With its foam-padded bottom, the safe keeps your guns scratch free. Increased protection is ensured with a 3-point locking system with key coded, double-bitted lock. It can be fastened to the floor for added security.
SnapSafe Lockbox with Key Lock for Handgun Storage of Full Size Pistols
An extremely affordable gun safe, the SnapSafe Lockbox is ideal for permit holders needing safe and secure storage for their firearm at home or while traveling. Its 16-gauge heavy steel construction with a 1,500 lb. test steel security cable makes it a solid affair. The interiors, across the top and bottom, are lined with thick memory fitting protective foam to keep your weapons safe.
First Alert 5200DF Portable Handgun or Pistol Safe
This battery operated quick entry gun safe is light and portable, despite being constructed of heavy 18-gauge steel. Easy operation is ensured with a durable spring-loaded locking mechanism. With its three to eight digit “no see” pass code, you can rest assured of keeping the safety system out of the sight of prying eyes.
Your guns are well protected from dents and scratches with its foam padded interior. A steel cable is provided to fix the safe in a car trunk or on the floor or a shelf of your house.
Paragon 7501 5 Electronic Lock and Safe, Cabinet Secure Lock Firearms
This is a premium gun safe system with the provision to change codes infinitely, making it ideal for long-term use. The safe, which is made of solid steel, is easy to operate and program. It opens with a secret PIN code or the two free back-up keys provided with the package.
The internal mechanisms of the safe, which has a 5-gun rack, are robust and provide total protection against forced entry. Concealed hinges provide added anti-theft protection.
American Furniture Classics 502 Gun Concealment Storage Bench
This is a cleverly designed gun safe that allows up to five long guns to be well concealed against possible theft or misuse. The locking concealed gun compartment, made of an attractive stitched brown poly-urethane with cushioned covering, is ideal for home and office use.
A removable accessory tray provides extra storage capacity for handguns and other accessories. The safe also has an upper compartment for storing blankets and other sporting accessories.
Ivation Electronic Gun Safe w/Mechanical Pop-Open Door
This all-steel gun safe is ideal for small weapons such as revolvers and pistols. Its safety mechanism entails a 4-button code or key for unlocking. The ease of programming your personal code in seconds makes using this safe a breeze. Quick access is built in with a spring-loaded door, while hidden pre-drilled holes make it easy to secure the safe to the wall or floor.
The GunBox Echo
A smart-looking affair, The GunBox Echo is a biometric, RFiD and Bluetooth enabled gun safe, designed for quick access. The 360-degree Biometric Fingerprint Scanner can hold multiple fingerprints, making it suitable for multiple users. This compact and portable safe emits a loud siren if it’s moved or bumped, on account of its audible motion and tamper alarm features.