Okay so you are looking for a gun safe under 500.Here we are assuming you have few long guns and maybe some handguns.Where can you keep them that will ensure they are not readily accessible ?
Good news is that there are gun safes available in all price range.But the bad news is as the price go down the safe do not offer same protection as the higher priced one.
You see the most expensive component of making a safe is the steel itself.It is also the same thing that make a safe secure or unsecure.
So if we are going down in terms of price,you can not expect steel to be thick as you need and a safe that is secure against burglars.So it is natural to expect that the seller will be silent about it.
Nevertheless buying a gun safe is a good step towards safeguarding your guns as it will prevent unauthorized access and also children locked away.Basically you will prevent any one getting hands on access to your guns.
Safe under 500 are either gun cabinets or something in between safe and a cabinet.They are not even heavy.So it is important that you anchor them on the floor or wall.They have some fire ratings but they are usually fluff ratings and you should not put much focus that.
top or beside each other as your inventory grows.It can be bought online for about $500 to $550.
Liberty Safe Cn12-bkt-e Centurion Safe With Electronic Lock
This is the lowest end model of liberty gun safe.
It is CDOJ approved and has a 30 minutes fire ratings.There are three layers of firewall inside ceiling and doors and Polusol seal to prevent smoke coming inside in case of fire.
It weighs around 229 pounds and dimensions of 19 x 18 x 60 inches.It can hold upto 12 long guns.
The same design is marketed by the name Provault by liberty at cabelas and other online retailers.
Liberty also mentioned the steel thickness which is 14 gauge in body and door.The door is of composite type.
Liberty claims that these safe are 6 times stronger against pry attack.Its because of 10 special 4″ wide locking bars instead of bolts that offer more surface to resist prying.
The safe in made in USA and has a life time warranty. A UL listed S and G mechanical lock.You can upgrade it to electronic lock later if you want.Extra hard plate to protect from drill and and and external re-locker for punch attack.
No other entry level safe offer all these features.It is available online for about $550 including shipping.
Stack-On SS-16-MB-B 16-Gun Security Safe with Biometric Lock.
First thing we look was that it is made like safe and not cabinet,second thing was that it could hold up to 16 rifles and is available online for about $550 and third it has it comes with a bio metric lock.
The safe is CDOJ rated for firearm safety devices and have dimensions of 20.08 x 20.86 x 55 in.
It weighs 168 pounds which is good for its size but it does not have any fire rating.
Biometric lock allows you to not memorize any code and also ensure that it will keep wrong hands out.
It can hold up to 20 different fingerprint and people don’t find any issue with biometric lock.It is easy to program and good recognition rate.Comes with a backup key in case of battery dying.
Barska AX13100 4.33 Cubic Foot Keypad Rifle Safe
This safe is of acceptable quality in this price range as it is CDOJ rated with dimensions (DxWxH): 11.5″ x 12.5″ x 52″ and hold upto 8 rilfles.
The interior is carpeted and come with two removable rack for rifles and two shelves for handguns and ammunition.
Bar ska have four other models with similar construction features but different size.
AX13100-13″ x 13″ x 52.25″
AX12760 –9.75″ x 8.63″ x 52.13″,
AX12752 –13″ x 13″ x 52.25″
AX11652-9.75″ x 8.63″ x 52.13″- Highest selling.(Hold upto four rifles)
We choose this one because it is the only model under $ 500 that can hold the largest amount of rifles If you don’t have that many guns you can go with other smaller models.All other models features bio metric locks.
If you want a bio metric lock with up to 8 guns you can go with Barska AX12760. It has biometric lock and is prices for about $650.
There are pre drilled holes at bottom and back wall so you can anchor it on floor as well as walls.The safe doesn’t weigh much (82 lbs) so it will be important that you secure it to a wall or floor.
The digital lock is easy to program and can store two unique pins or codes with backup access.
Secure It Gun Storage Agile Ultralight Gun Safe: Model 40
Secure it , a company launched by military veteran and a relatively new entrant in market boast of making ultralight gun safe.They also claim to be leaing supplier of firearm safe to the military.
Though we could not understand the purpose of making a safe that s ultra light.We have gun cabinets for the very same purpose.
But taking the price consideration into mind this is a good choice as it is somewhere in between safe and a cabinet..The door locks like traditional safe only with live in bolt action.
Another thing that Secure it highlights is its Cradlegrid technology.It basically is a better way of organizing your rifles.You can keep the rifles with scope attached and guns hold their position and don’t bump into one another and allows fast access in terms of crisis probably like in military.
The back panel is louvered for better visual straight line access reaching individual firearm without disturbing others.
This safe comes with keypad lock which sits in the lower end of the door and comes with a backup key.
It weighs around 90 pounds and have dimension 40.00″ H x 20.00″ W x 15.00″ D ( Outside).You can store up to six rifles up to 50 inch high with scopes in this safe.
It can be bolted to wall and floor as it has mounting holes on every wall except the front one.One peculiar aspect of these safes is that they can be stacked on top or side as your inventory grows
Sports Afield SA5524J Journey (30-Gun) Security Safe
Sports afield has been in the gun safe business since 1887 and has good line of models at reasonable prices.Though this is it entry level gun safe it has a capacity of about max 30 guns with dimension of 55″ x 24″ x 20″.
It is primarily made for keeping hunting rifles and its capacity may increase or decrease if you keep handguns or scoped rifles.
It comes for about $ 500 though you can buy a 20 gun models(not so popular) for less than $500.
It is made of 14 gauge steel which is usually the norm in this price range.t is also CDOJ rated for firearm safety devices and 30 minutes fire rating for up to 1,200°F.It also has expandable palusol seal to prevent smoke coming in.
It weighs 226 lbs and has four holes to anchor them on ground and comes with the bolt down kit.
The door of this safe is recessed making it pry resistant as it makes inserting pry bar difficult.
The lock is electronic keypad with two backup keys.
Though it does not have much reviews on amazon it has god reviews on other retailers like home depot,Cabelas,Costco etc.
Sports afield has a life time cover for all its long safes against theft ,fire or natural flood and even free locksmith service in case of lockout.
Cabela’s Mechanical Lock 10-Gun Safe
Cabelas is a go to destination for all outdoor needs like hunting,fishing,camping,boating etc.It also make its own line of gun safes from other manufacturers like liberty.
We have included this safe in the list only because of its price.It is remarkably cheap at $379.
It features a UL listed S and G mechanical lock and can hold up to 10 guns.
The body and door is made of 14 gauge steel and door is composite type and the construction exceeds CDOJ specification.It also has a fire rating of 30 min at 1200 degree F and comes with life time warranty.
We cannot find any other safe that has all these feature at this price.All others at this price are gun storage cabinets which we will be discussing next below.