Is there any good gun safe under $1000 ?
Before going into discussing some of the safe under 1000 we like to inform you that the word best is relative and is should be used in different context when looking for gun safes in various price ranges.So we recommend yo read selection guide for large gun safe here to know what makes a good gun safe.
When discussing 1000 under gun safe we are talking of preventing unauthorized access and children.Many of these may not even be RSC certified but may be CDOJ passed.Even so you cannot say you are secured against any strong attempt of forced entry.
We couldn’t understand there purpose to be exact because the main purpose of a gun safe is to be secured against theft or burglars.These safe will fail if those burglars have sufficient time and tools like a pry bar,hammer,power cutter etc to do that.
So you have a container that allows you to keep your guns and tell other people that unauthorized person are not allowed to touch them.
Only a person who respect or fear that boundary would not do that.
But the problem narrows down to budget.What if you have a budget of only $1000.Here one can assume that you must be having decent collection of guns if want a large size gun safe.
For that purpose you can just place it in a gun cabinet or gun case on condition that you don’t fear anything happening to them.They will cost you much less.Again if you want no one to touch them you may have to keep a sign that says Don’t touch my guns.
These safes will at most save you that effort,if we review them most critically.But still these safes are being sold and people are satisfied with there purchase even when they know that these safes are not safe against forced entry.
So if you are one of those person we have few of the safes shortlisted and reviewed below.We tried to point out everything that may seller have tried to highlight and is of any value to you.
We just want to alert you as much as we can that these safe are not secured as advertised.They will most probably be made in China with relatively thin steel and composite door.
We have chosen most safe that are made of 12 gauge of steel.
The fire rating is also not of much use as they use gypsum/dry wall for insulation which we have already discussed are pretty much useless for major fire incidents as mentioned in fire protection in the selection guide here.
Other that that its your choice.
Liberty Safe Liberty Safe USA 30 Gun
Steel thickness-12 gauge
Dimensions-28×15.5×57.5 inches (interior width x depth x hieght)
Purpose-To store decent number(30) of guns away from unauthorized people and to keep average thief outside.
The first thing that we liked about the safe is that it is at least UL- RSC rated so it can thwart rigorous attack with pry bar , drilling,punching etc for about 5 minutes.
The body and doo is made of 2 mm(12 gauge steel) and the door is of composite type.Also steel is claimed to be treated to prevent rust.
It is also claimed to be made in USA and has US based customer service.It also comes with life time warranty and liberty claims to replace the safe in case of attempted burglary or fire.
The fire rating is 40 minutes @ 1220 degree F.The fire protection is claimed to be using 3 layers of gypsum in ceiling and door.
The side is single welded at one corner and at the back is welded on with a single bead.
The locking bolt in this safe is of military style plates that give more surface area against prying and so can be a deterrent when prying door with a pry bar.
Has a shiny outer texture and the door has a three Chrome three spoke handle and additional door panel storage pockets and pistol holders.
Has a hard plate behind the mechanical lock to protect against drilling and also has a an external re lockers for added security against lock picking.
It can be bought at major online outlet for about $999 to $1099.
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Steelwater Heavy Duty 20 Long Gun safe
RSC rated -No, CDOJ rated
Steel thickness-12 gauge (2mm)
Dimensions-interior ( W x D x H) : 27.75 x 19.5 x 53
Purpose-preventing children and unauthorized people accessing your guns.
Steel water is a new entrant in gun safe industry.
In higher ranges it has introduced some better gun safe than its competitors in terms of steel thickness and overall strength you can find it in this list of best long gun safe for the money.
This model though is not like that it has steel thickness of 12 gauge and CDOJ passed for residential security containers.It can store on an average 12 to 16 guns and at most 20 long guns.
It claims fire rating of 60 min at 1875 degree F and and EMP(Electro magnetic pulse) attack proof electronic lock and also has a bypass key to prevent being locked out of safe.
Security-in terms of security it can thwart a drilling and punching attack on the lock as it has a hard plate behind the electronic lock and also a internal re-locking mechanism
Warranty-it has life time fire and burglar warranty and 1 year warranty for manufacturing defect.
Mesa safe MBF5922E
RSC rated-NO,CDOJ rated
Steel thickness-12 gauge body
Door type-Composite 12 gauge with additional 1/4″ steel plate.
Dimensions-55⅜”H x 18¼”W x 13″D (Interior)
Purpose-Prevent Minor break in effort and unauthorized access.
Heavy for its size(528 pounds).You can anchor it to ground with four anchor points.
So at least difficult to move by burglars or tip it over on the ground and use pry bar etc.
Also its door has additional protection of quarter inch plate inside the 12 gauge composite door design.
For that reason it has a detachable door to carry it to floor above the ground level.
The safe is made in USA and has a Life time warranty.
A hard plate and internal re locker is also included for drill or punch attack on lock.
Powder coating-The safe in painted with powder coating which is known to be scratch resistant,chip resistant,water resistant and corrosion resistant.
You can have two codes in electronic lock for secondary access.
You can get this safe online for $900 to $1200.
RSC rated-NO,CDOJ rated.
Steel thickness-Not available
Dimensions-(W x D x H) : 27.75 x 19.5 x 53
Purpose-If you have large number of guns and want to prevent easy hands on access and don’t have enough budget to buy heavy duty gun safe.
Frankly speaking we don’t recommend stack on safe.Simply because they are not safe.They are just lock boxes similar to gun cabinet.Burglar can easily get into this safe.
Main reason for having this gun safe in our list is the capacity.It has a large capacity of about 40 guns.So you can keep all your collection at one place away from children and unauthorized persons.
In comparison of gun cabinets it is heavier and also has some fire rating of 30 min for upto 1400 degree F.
One customer has rightly said is that it is high end of low end safe.So don’t expect much in terms of safety.
The door comes with sewn in pockets and pistol holders.
Some customer complained about the keypad digits not working though iyt has a backup mechanical key.
But aesthetic wise and for small fire hazard protection this safe can be of some use.
You can buy this safe on amazon for about $800 to $1000
Blue dot second amendment gun safe
One good safe for your gun is the Second Amendment safe by Blue Dot Safes.
Steel thickness-12 gauge
Dimensions- 55.18H×32.25W×20D (Interior)
Purpose-To thwart off children and frustrate an average burglar for few minutes using small tools.
This safe is of acceptable quality for the price.It is rated fire resistant to 1700 degrees .A 5/16″ thick drill-resistant Plate behind lock for drill attacks and one year free warranty.This safe also has a large amount of space and is large enough to hold 30 rifles, 8 holsters, and 5 ammo pouches. The interior is 55.18×32.25×20 inches and there are four shelves inside for storing firearms and ammunition. Also, the lock system uses 5 fixed bolts and 9 live bolts and a two way locking system..It weighs around 650 pounds.
- Manufactured in the United States
- Good Customer Service
- Does not come with a backup key
- Electronic lock-but they offer installation of a mechanical lock if it’s requested when the safe is purchased
Door Type-Solid steel 3/16″
Body thickness-14 gauge
Purpose-Store few rifles away from children and hinder average breaking in effort with small tools.
Another safe that also offers free shipping is the Amsec TF5517 Gun Safe 30 Miutes Fire. This safe has a 3/16″ solid steel plate door 3 wheel combination lock, 14 gauge body, and a sizable interior capacity of 16x17x55.2 inches and a life time warranty against theft and fire.A four way bolt mechanism and CDOJ burglar rating.. This safe has a fire rating for upto 1200 degrees for 30 minutes from mercury and claim to maintain an internal temperature around 350°F. It weighs 286 pounds, which is relatively lightweight for a large safe such as this. Many reviewers seemed to think well of this safe, that it was of high quality, etc. However, there were a few negative reviews, some of whom said that it arrived damaged and also that it is not American made.
There is a removable shelf and a 2 tray organizer and lights inside the safe. It’s interior is carpeted and it uses an electronic or combination locks with a drill resistant plate behind the lock.Reviewers say that the set are good safes of decent quality. However, some complain that the design is not as it is shown and one reviewer complained of a chemical smell inside. Also, they are not fire rated, so if there is a fire the contents will not be protected.
If you are interested in this safe, you can find it for 800 dollars with free shipping.