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Trigger Trunks: 15 Best Gun Safes

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Jun 5, 2018

Category: Gear

Undeniably, firearms are a hot-button issue. And we understand that; they’re dangerous tools in the wrong hands. But one thing we’re certain of – no right-minded person thinks that gun safety is a bad idea. And while that includes proper handling, it also extends to when you aren’t using your gun(s). Which is why we believe everyone who owns a firearm should also own a secure safe.

That being said, it can be pretty difficult to make heads or tails of the vast number of safes on the market. But that’s why we’re here. We scoured the web and pared down a selection of the absolute best gun safes on the market that are available for purchase right now. Whether you’ve got a solitary sidearm for home defense or you’re collecting all manner of rifles, you can find a secure storage unit on this list that will suit your needs.

GunBox 2.0

Sidearm Storage

Suitable For Handguns

As compact as they are, handguns are still just as dangerous (if not more) than their longer counterparts. As such, they should be kept in secure storage when not in use. However, if you have one of these compact firearms, you probably don’t want a floor-to-ceiling safe taking up space in your house. Luckily, there are quite a few different options to lock away your handgun. And these ones are the best of the best.

Zore X Core Smart Gun Lock

Okay, so the Zore X Core isn’t technically a safe, per se, but it does serve the same purpose: keeping a functional firearm out of the hands of anyone who isn’t the proper owner. The system is actually quite clever; you see, this lock actually works kind of like a Chinese finger trap, but for your handgun’s chamber. Without unlocking it with the proper combination (which is tactile-based, not numerical like a padlock – so you can unlock it even with zero visibility), a plunger expands inside the gun to prevent it from being loaded. And if you’re worried about accessibility, this one also comes with a smartphone app that will let you practice getting up to speed with unlocking it.

Capacity: 1
Access: Combination
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $100

GunVault SV500 SpeedVault Handgun Safe

Both as a discreet and accessible firearm storage solution, the GunVault SV500 SpeedVault excels. Easily mounted under a desk, table, or headboard, this single-gun safe – which is made from 18-gauge steel – is the perfect unit for home defense. Plus, it is accessible in one of three ways: an electronic keypad code, a biometric fingerprint reader, or an emergency backup key. The whole thing is powered by a single 9-volt battery, and it even has a small light to illuminate the interior if you’re trying to access your pistol at night or in a dark room.

Capacity: 1
Access: Combination, Biometric, & Key
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $100+

Stanley Gun Safe

We’re starting to wonder if there’s anything Stanley doesn’t make. Whatever the case, this gun safe is another example of something the lauded brand has done right. With enough internal space to fit two pistols and some ammunition, this electronic lock box is a handsome and secure storage solution for the handgun owner. The solid steel low-profile construction also makes it both easy and discreet – perfect for hiding away in a closet or under your bed. Just remember to make use of the mounting system, so nobody can carry the whole thing away.

Capacity: 2
Access: Combination, Biometric, & Key
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $100+

Fort Knox Personal Handgun Safe PB4

Not only is this personal safe made in the USA, but it also comes with a lifetime warranty. And that makes up significantly for its low-tech locking mechanism. Though, honestly, a combination lock that doesn’t rely on electronics might be a boon for some folks – especially those who don’t trust everything high-tech all the time. While there’s enough room for two handguns inside, the format appears to be more suitable for just one plus some ammunition and/or other small items. It’s also made from 10-gauge steel and has a 3/16″ plate door – so it is plenty tough and secure.

Capacity: 2
Access: Combination
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $249

Vaultek VT20i Biometric Handgun Safe

One of the more high-tech solutions on our list, Vaultek’s VT20i has a huge number of benefits that might bump this one to the top of the must-have gun safe list. For starters, it features both biometric and key-pad combination access, as well as smartphone compatibility. But it also has a number of anti-theft benefits that range from anti-pry bars, to anti-impact latches, to interior-mounted hinges, to interior security brackets. If hardcore security is your number one concern, this is one of the best options.

Capacity: 1
Access: Combination & Biometric
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $255+

The GunBox 2.0 Smart Gun Safe

Another really excellent high-tech gun safe, the GunBox 2.0 has a number of really cool features that set it apart from the rest of the pack. For instance, the biometric fingerprint scanner works in 360-degrees – meaning you can put your finger down from any angle and still open it up. It can also store a number of different fingerprints, so you can scan in your whole hand if for some reason you might not be able to use your index finger. If fingerprints are out of the question, it can also be opened by RFID tag or, in an emergency, the included key. It also comes with a tamper alarm that will go off should the case be bumped or moved. And it features two USB ports for charging you other electronic gear. It’s also FAA approved, if you want to use this to transport your firearm by vehicle.

Capacity: 1
Access: Biometric & RFID Tag
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $289

Steel Patriot Smart Pistol Safe

Like the two prior safes, this one from Steel Patriot boasts some pretty handy high-tech features. Where it excels, however, is in the realm of accessibility. While it’s plenty secure when you’re not around, this one has a handy smartphone integration that allows you to unlock it upon approach – meaning you’ll waste no time trying to get into it in a pinch. It’s also built from 16-gauge steel, features anti-pry bars, and a whole lot more. Oh, and if you’re worried about hackers potentially breaking into it, it also features 128-bit encryption, so this thing is locked up tighter than Fort Knox.

Capacity: 1
Access: Smartphone
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $300

Vaultek Pro MX High Capacity Smart Safe

The problem with most of the small safes on this list is that they don’t exactly cater to the handgun collector. And we’re pretty confident there are at least a few out there. For those folks, the top tier option is definitely going to be Vaultek’s Pro MX High Capacity Smart Safe. With enough space to fit a whopping 8 handguns, this beefy box can accommodate even the most enthusiastic collector. But it’s not just a big tabletop option – it’s also one of the most high-tech – boasting biometric scanning, smartphone integration, a combination keypad, an RFID smart key, and good old-fashioned machined key access. Better still, the inside boasts a modular format, so you can customize it to your collection.

Capacity: Up To 8
Access: Biometric, Combination, RFID, Key, & Smartphone
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $500

Rifle Repository

Made For Long Guns

Whether you’re a big-time collector or you just like to go target shooting, larger guns and larger collections require more storage room. For rifles, shotguns, and more, a bigger and more secure safe is probably your best option for storage. Best part is, a lot of these more cumbersome safes can accommodate not just long guns, but also handguns, and anything else relatively small that you want to keep… safe (like documents, jewelry, or gold). And some of them can even survive a fire.

Paragon Brigadier 7550 Long Gun Safe

Handsome, simple, and effective – these are all terms that accurately describe the Paragon Brigadier 7550 Long Gun Safe. Built from power-coated 18-gauge steel, this secure storage cabinet can fit a total of eight rifles inside of it – plus a few more smaller guns if you equip it with a door-mounted organizer or make use of the secondary smaller lock box. That secondary storage unit also requires a separate key for even more security – perhaps for your especially sensitive documents or gold bullion.

Capacity: 8+
Access: Key
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $241

SnapSafe Under Bed Safe 75400

Not everybody has a closet or corner they can dedicate to firearm storage. If you need a safe, but you want something a little more discreet and out of the way, SnapSafe’s Under Bed Safe is definitely a better option. Available in two sizes, this 14-gauge steel, pry-resistant security cabinet features a handy and convenient slide-out drawer, comes with a 3-foot tether cable for extra security, and can be programmed with a 3-8 digit custom code.

Capacity: 2+
Access: Combination & Key
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $322+

BARSKA Large Biometric Safe

Offering a lot of the same tech as its smaller handgun-friendly counterparts, this beefy cabinet has most others beat when it comes to programmable users. That is to say, it has the ability to store fingerprint data from up to 120 different people – or 12, if you put in all 10 of their fingers each. It also has a 5-point deadbolt system, meets the California Department of Justice’s rigorous safety standards, and comes with an internal removable 12-position rack for more organizational options.

Capacity: 8+
Access: Biometric
Fire Safe: No

Purchase: $503

Gunbox SK-1 Tactical Safe

Definitely the most high-tech and futuristic-looking of all our long gun safe options, the SK-1 Tactical Safe from GunBox is less like a storage box you might hide away and more like the centerpiece to your room. And, not only is it a handsome home furnishing, but it also has some other built-in features that will make you want to keep in on display. Besides being an effective rifle safe with biometric and RFID unlocking options, it also features a Bluetooth speaker system, so you can actually stream music to it from your smartphone. And, if you don’t want to use it as a stereo, the speakers double as an audible alarm system to discourage tampering.

Capacity: 5+
Access: Biometric, RFID, & Bluetooth
Fire Safe:

Purchase: $699

Rhino Big Horn 19ECB Gun Safe

With its internal racking system and beefy footprint, this no-nonsense gun safe is one of the best for anyone that doesn’t want to have to think about the who, what, where, when, why, and how of keeping their firearms safe and secure. And that includes a fire contingency, as this super sturdy safe can survive being engulfed in flames for up to 30 minutes – effectively keeping everything inside safe from harm – be that guns, ammunition, documents, jewelry, or whatever else.

Capacity: 8+
Access: Combination
Fire Safe: 30 min

Purchase: $1,100

Cannon American Eagle Gun Safe

With a price tag to match, this is one of the most fully-featured gun safes available anywhere (barring, perhaps, custom one-offs). In fact, it is designed to fit up to 48 firearms inside of it. For the hardcore collector, there is no better upright safe storage option. And if pure capacity isn’t enough for you, then maybe a 60-minute fire safety rating will do the trick. Seriously, this is one solid gun safe across the board.

Capacity: 8+
Access: Combination
Fire Safe: 60 min

Purchase: $1,658

SAS Couch Bunker

Gun safes are generally conspicuous. After all, it’s difficult to hide a 4-to-6-foot tall metal box with a big number pad and/or combination dial on it. And while most people are content to tuck theirs away in a closet or in the basement, some would rather have the utmost in regards to discretion. For the latter, there’s the SAS Couch Bunker. On any normal day, this is just a nice leather couch on which you can relax and watch your favorite sports team win. But when you need it, under the cushions there sits a massive gun safe capable of holding up to 30 rifles. It’s also fire-rated and, as an added bonus, the cushions double as shields that can stop a bullet from a 44 Magnum at point blank range. When it comes to gun safes, this one is simply the best of the best.

Capacity: Up To 30 Rifles
Access: Key
Fire Safe: 2 hr

Purchase: $13,399

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