15 Best Gun Safes for Pistols & Long Guns [All Budgets]

Need to keep your guns out of the hands of unauthorized family and burglars?

Then you need a gun safe.

There’s A LOT of them out there…from $30 to over $10,000.

Best Handgun Safes
Best Handgun Safes

We’ll cover the different types (handgun safes to bigger long gun safes) and give you a few options for going affordable, best bang-for-the-buck, or high-end.

Liberty Centurion 24
Liberty Centurion 24

Best Gun Safes For Pistols & Long Guns

Best Gun SafeCategoryPrice
Fort Knox FTK-PBBest Overall Handgun Safe$240
Vaultek VT20i & VT10iBest High-Tech Safe$229
Stack-On 8 GunBest Long Gun Starter Safe$129
Winchester Pony 19 GunBest RSC Rated Safe Around $1000$850
Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 GunBest Large Capacity Safe$1549
Amsec BF6032 18 GunBest Upgraded RSC Rated Gun Safe$3379
GunVault SpeedVaultBest Hidden Gun Safe$95
V-Line Drop Draw SimplexBest Car/Travel Safe$166

We’re covering a lot:

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How Much Should I Spend?

The best answer I’ve gotten for this question is “If you lost everything in the safe…how much would you spend to recover it all?

Guns are expensive.

Cash Cannon
Cash Cannon

But if you only have a few that are mass-produced…you can choose a smaller number that makes sense for some piece of mind.

But if you have heirloom items that cannot be replaced…I’d up the price even more.

Think of your safe as insurance for the stuff inside (plus it should lower your insurance rates too).

Electronic or Mechanical Lock?

I’m a little old school.  So for important safes I go strictly mechanical.  Important as is I hear a bump in the night and I need access NOW.

No batteries to replace and less potential for hacking.

But I still think there’s room for electronic locks (even Bluetooth & biometric ones) when ease-of-use is the primary concern.

Jurassic Park Quote
Jurassic Park Quote

You can set up multiple combinations, have a running log of access, and use your fingerprints.

Important Numbers & Ratings

You’ll see “gauge” come up soon and it’s a measure of how thick is the steel used in a safe.  Like shotgun gauge…a smaller numerical number is actually thicker.

More affordable safes are in the 14 to 12 gauge range for steel walls.

Steel Gauge Thickness
Steel Gauge Thickness

There’s also going to be talk of “RSC” (Residential Security Container) that is coined by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) which develops standards for consumer products.

There’s different categories within but basically…RSC means the unit was tested to protect against hammers, chisels, wrenches, pry bars, punches and screwdrivers for at least 5 minutes.

Still with me?

Best Handgun Safes

1. Fort Knox FTK-PB: Best Overall Handgun Safe

Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe
Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe

My personal “bump in the night” safe and what I recommend to all my friends.

Not the cheapest at $240 but it’s heavy (20 lbs, 10 gauge thickness), boltable, and uses the mechanical Simplex lock which is super fast and easy to use in the dark.

Plus it holds 2-3 pistols plus some mags depending on how you want to stack them.

Fort Knox FTK-PB
Fort Knox FTK-PB

One negative is that there’s only 1081 combinations so if you have a teen that knows how to Google and has patience…you need to work on concealing it or teaching them to respect your firearms.

See the full review and more choices in our Best Bedside Quick Access Safe.

2. GunVault GV1000C: Affordable Electronic Handgun Safe

If you want to go a little budget with electronic…GunVault is a big player in the field.  I like their GV1000 since it’s intuitive, large enough for two handguns, cable-securable, and decently strong (16 gauge).

Battery life with a 9V is about a year and you’ll hear a battery warning before it dies.

3. GunVault NV300 NanoVault: Barebones Handgun Safe

Another GunVault…I use this one for travel so it’s legal in the car…and an extra layer of security where I’m staying.

GunVault NanoVault NV300
GunVault NanoVault NV300

Tightly fits a full-size Glock 17 and two mags and has holes for securing a cable.

GunVault NV300 NanoVault

GunVault NV300 NanoVault

4. SentrySafe QAP1Be: Best Biometric Safe

Three ways to open up this highly rated safe…buttons, fingerprint scanner, or backup key.  Also pretty thick steel at 12 gauge.

Can hold up to two guns but I think one full-size and two mags might be the realistic max without stacking.

I like that it’s pretty quiet when opening.

Best Drawer Safe
SentrySafe Pistol Biometric Gun Safe

SentrySafe Pistol Biometric Gun Safe

Prices accurate at time of writing

Fingerprints your thing?  See more in our Best Biometric Safes article.

5. Vaultek VT20i & VT10i: High-Tech Handgun Safe

We’re moving up in tech!

Vaultek VT20i and VT10i
Vaultek VT20i and VT10i

These Vaultek bad-boys have key, electronic button, fingerprint, and Bluetooth phone app ways of opening up.  They look and feel great too if that matters to you.

Vaultek Opening with Finger
Vaultek Opening with Finger

We tested the biometric reader and had a rough 90% reliability factor.  Good for when you don’t need it 100% in a hurry.

The VT10i ($229) holds a full-sized pistol and two mags.

Vaultek V10i
Vaultek V10i

While the larger VT20i ($255) can hold even larger guns (maybe 2 compacts).

VT20i with S&W 686+ 4-inch
VT20i with S&W 686+ 4-inch

Check out the full review with plenty of gifs.

Plus an overview of their other models which don’t have biometrics (saving you money) and their new flagship…the PRO MX Series.

Vaultek Pro MXi
Vaultek Pro MXi

Best Long Gun Rifle Safes

These are what you probably traditionally think of as “gun safes.”

Liberty Centurion 24, Open
Liberty Centurion 24, Open

They can hold long guns and are much bigger (and more expensive) than their handgun-only counterparts.

You also don’t need to spend TOO much to get everything you want.  After a while you just get better aesthetics.

Fast Five Vault
Fast Five Vault

How Big of a Gun Safe Should I Get?

When looking at a traditional safe…the rule-of-thumb is double what you think.

It’s not because you’ll likely buy more (ok…it’s a little that), but because the number of guns that manufacturers quote a safe can hold is for un-scoped rifles stacked on top of each other.

You should also definitely measure wherever you’re going to be placing that thing.  It’s likely a couple hundred pounds and hard to move without a bunch of friends and some extra maneuvering space.

Now let’s get to it!

6. Stack-On 8-Gun Cabinet: Best Starter Long Gun Safe

What I would suggest as a starter “safe” since it’s technically a cabinet with a lock.  No RSC rating on this one.

Stack On 8 Gun Cabinet
Stack On 8 Gun Cabinet

It has a keyed lock, but with 18 gauge steel sides and weighing in at 64 lbs…it’s not going to resist a lot of prying (even with it bolted down).  10″ x 21″ x 55″ dimensions.

I had a 5-gun cabinet as my starter safe when I only had a handgun and rifle.

5 Gun Cabinet, Open
5 Gun Cabinet, Open

It quickly became too small to hold more than 3 rifles with AR’s.  So if you have any inkling to buy more guns…start with an 8 gun safe at least unless space is the primary factor.  A few of my buddies really like theirs.

Stack-On 8 Gun Cabinet

Stack-On 8 Gun Cabinet

Prices accurate at time of writing

7. Liberty ProVault or Centurion: Best Safe Around $500

I opted for the largest 24-gun (59.5″ x 28.25″ x 22″) since it was going to be an overflow safe of my newer guns.  Mechanical lock since I didn’t want to deal with batteries.

Liberty ProVault 24
Liberty ProVault 24

There’s also the 12 and 18 gun models which is what I actually recommend after my experience.

The ProVault version is a special color edition made by Liberty (probably the largest safe manufacturer) for Cabela’s.  It had awesome reviews so I wanted to see for myself.

Flex means an upgraded interior that can hold other stuff and be re-configured.

Cabela

Cabela's ProVault 24 Flex Safe

Prices accurate at time of writing

The problem was that the combo didn’t work.

I gave Liberty a call and they had great customer service.  The guy walked me through everything and even called me back when he said he would.  But in the end the combo didn’t work.

So he found a local dealer to come pick it up (free of charge) and swap it with their Centurion.  Which is the same exact thing except in a different color.

Liberty Centurion 24
Liberty Centurion 24

Which…did work.  The Liberty rep said this was the first time the combo didn’t work for the ProVault…and same with the local dealer.  I really am the best at breaking stuff.

Liberty Centurion 24, Open
Liberty Centurion 24, Open

Here’s the inside (with Flex Interior that you can somewhat reconfigure).  With scoped rifles I’d estimate I could fit maybe 12 total in both of the long gun segments.

375 pounds so it’s not walking away…but determined people with a dolly can still move it.  I’d recommend bolting it into the concrete which is what I did.

Plus…there’s fire protection.  30 minutes at 1200 degrees with heat activated Palusol on the door seals.  And did I mention it’s US made?

  • Exterior: 59.5″(H) x 28.25″(W) x 22″(D)
  • Interior: 57.4″(H) x 26.7″(W) x 15.6″(D)
  • Weight: 370 lbs.
  • Fire: 30 minutes at 1200 degrees

Overall it’s decent for the price…but a potential deal-breaker is that Cabela’s has a ~$180 delivery charge.  If I had to do it again…I’d get the 12 ($429) or 16 gun ($549) models so I could fit it into my closet.

ProVault 18
ProVault 18

Or simply up my budget a little higher to get something RSC-rated (up next)…which the ProVault/Centurion is not.

8. Winchester Pony 19 & Ranger 26: Best RSC Safes For Around $1000

The Winchester Pony 19 Gun ($850) is a really popular mid-sized safe that can hold most collections and isn’t TOO heavy to deal with on your own.

Winchester Pony 19 Gun
Winchester Pony 19 Gun

It’s almost the same exact dimensions as my Liberty above.

Mostly available in electronic format but is RSC rated and uses 12 gauge steel.

The interior is great for not only storing long guns but also handguns, valuables, and magazines.  I personally don’t like storing ammo in a tight confined space.

Free shipping to your curb from Gunsafes.com so that gives an edge over Cabela’s.  You can also upgrade your delivery service for placement and up some stairs.

  • Exterior: 60″(H) x 28″(W) x 20″(D)
  • Interior: 58″(H) x 26″(W) x 15″(D)
  • Weight: 470 lbs.
  • Fire: 60 minutes at 1400 degrees
Winchester Pony 19 Gun Safe

Winchester Pony 19 Gun Safe

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For a little more, another very popular larger safe is the Winchester Ranger 26 ($1050) that comes in both mechanical (UL rated) or electronic models and either black or gray.

Winchester Ranger 26 Gun
Winchester Ranger 26 Gun

When you already have a good collection (or are thinking about it).

  • Exterior: 59″(H) x 30″(W) x 25″(D)
  • Interior: 55″(H) x 27″(W) x 17″(D)
  • Weight: 602 lbs
  • Fire: 60 minutes at 1400 degrees

9. Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 & Winchester Big Daddy XLT 56: Best Large Capacity Safes

Now we’re getting serious…

The Fat Boy series by Liberty is the #1 selling line of safes in the US.  The Fat Boy Jr. ($1549) is what I recommend for large collections of 48 long guns.  Or realistically half of that if you’re going with optics.

Fat Boy Jr. 48 Gun
Fat Boy Jr. 48 Gun

Made from thick 11 gauge steel…it is RSC rated along with its locks.

Here’s my buddy’s current load out…he’s working hard on filling it up!

Fat Boy Jr. Inside
Fat Boy Jr. Inside

Everything feels quality and if you don’t have a place to put it…it’s pretty enough by itself to be a decoration piece!

Fat Boy Jr. In Its Natural Habitat
Fat Boy Jr. In Its Natural Habitat
  • Exterior: 42″ (W) x 25″(D) x 60.5″(H)
  • Interior: 38″(W) x 14.5″(D) x 56″(H)
  • Weight: 760 lbs
  • Fire: 60 minutes at 1200 degrees
Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 Gun Safe

Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 Gun Safe

And the Winchester equivalent is the Big Daddy XLT 56 ($1800).  There seems to be some preoccupation with body weight at the higher end of safe capacity.

Big Daddy XLT 56
Big Daddy XLT 56

RSC rated and UL listed mechanical lock.  12 gauge steel which is thinner than the Fat Boy Jr. but still plenty thick.  Comes in at over 1000 pounds so you’re going to need some upgraded delivery service.

Interior is well designed to hold a lot of rifles, handguns, and other valuables.

  • Exterior: 72″(H) x 42″(W) x 27″(D)
  • Interior: 66.5″(H) x 39″(W) x 17″(D)
  • Weight: 1080 lbs
  • Fire: 75 minutes at 1400 degrees
Winchester Big Daddy XLT 56 Gun Safe

Winchester Big Daddy XLT 56 Gun Safe

10.  American Security BF6032 18: Best Upgraded RSC Safe

Research enough and “Amsec” will keep coming up.  They are one of the best in the biz for higher security and beautiful safes.

Amsec BF6032 18 Gun
Amsec BF6032 18 Gun

One of their most popular is the BF6032 18-Gun Safe ($3379) which is RSC rated with thick doors (.375″ solid steel), body, and bolts.  Also the longest fire rating yet.

And like a fine 1911…there’s tons of options to customize…so it’s likely to cost you even more.

But what price can you put on peace of mind?

  • Exterior: 59.25″(H) x 30″(W) x 21″(D)
  • Interior: 52.8″(H) x 26″(W) x 14″(D)
  • Weight: 913 lbs
  • Fire: 120 minutes at 1200 degrees
American Security BF6032 18 Gun Safe

American Security BF6032 18 Gun Safe

Long Gun Safe Upgrades

We’re done with our list of long gun safes…but what if you didn’t get the $5000 safe with all the fixings?

I would recommend getting a Gun Safe Panel Organizer that fits your door.  One of the best upgrades that let’s you store a lot of handguns and miscellaneous items.

Spika Panel Organizer
Spika Panel Organizer

If you’re only wanting to expand your pistol storage…get some Handgun Hangers.

Handgun Hangers
Handgun Hangers

If your safe doesn’t come with lights…I really like the new LED Light Switches.  I’ve put them in my safes and my car so I’m not wasting the car battery when I’m rustling through stuff at night.

LED Light Switch
LED Light Switch

And if you’re in even a semi-humid area…I highly recommend getting a dehumidifier.  I use this renewable Mini-Dehumidifier.  But there’s also plugin models that are less of a headache and stronger powered.

Mini Dehumidifier
Mini Dehumidifier

You can see it along with the light and handgun hangers too in my Centurion.

Liberty Centurion 24, Open
Liberty Centurion 24, Open

Now…let’s move onto some hidden safes…

Best Hidden Safes + Job Site Boxes

Sometimes you don’t want your safe to be easily found…we’ll cover a few options.

11. Tactical Walls 1450M: Best Long Gun Concealment

Want to feel like you’re out of a spy movie?

Take a look at Tactical Walls’ concealment mirror.  Useful day-to-day…while also harboring some awesome firepower when needed.

12. Tactical Walls Coffee Table: Upgraded Long Gun Concealment

Another offering from Tactical Walls that gives you access to your long gun in the middle of your home.

Pricey…but opens up via a nifty RFID key and silky smooth dampened pistons.

Tactical Walls Concealment Coffee Table

Tactical Walls Concealment Coffee Table

Prices accurate at time of writing

13. GunVault SpeedVault: Best Handgun Concealment

If you’re at a desk most of the time…this nifty safe from GunVault doesn’t need RFID keys or biometrics.

After inputting your code…your handgun drops down easy to grip.

SpeedVault Opening, Steve Jenkins
SpeedVault Opening, Steve Jenkins

One downside is that it won’t hold a revolver or extra magazines for your semi.

GunVault SpeedVault
GunVault SpeedVault

I’m using one right now…somewhere…

Best Hidden Gun Safe
GunVault SpeedVault SV500

GunVault SpeedVault SV500

14. Trinity 36″ Job Site Box: Best Large Capacity Concealment Box

Large, boltable, affordable, and less conspicuous than a full on safe…enter job site boxes.

Job Site Box, Open
Job Site Box, Open

Though not RSC rated…they have space for big padlocks and can be secured a variety of ways.

One downfall is that they are normally full of valuable tools…so it might still be a target for thieves.

Trinity Job Site Box

Trinity Job Site Box

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want more?

Check out our full review of Best Hidden Gun Safes.

Best Car/Travel Safes

If you’re going bare bones…I like the NanoVault from earlier.  A couple of the electronic safes fare well as vehicle safes too.

GunVault NV300 NanoVault

GunVault NV300 NanoVault

But if you want quicker access…

15. V-Line Top Draw: Best Lightweight Simplex Safe

Enter V-Line’s lightweight entry into the Simplex lock category.

I have one in my car when traveling that is chained to my car seat.  You’ll have to practice a little since it’s top open…gravity is working against you.

V-Line Drop Draw Simplex Safe

V-Line Drop Draw Simplex Safe

Prices accurate at time of writing

Last Line of Defense

We’re almost done!

Your gun safe should be the last line of defense against unauthorized access to your guns.  How do you make it harder to reach that last line?

This advice is after talking with some police officers that see a lot of stolen guns…

  • keep your home/car doors locked
  • get an alarm system (or at least a sticker)
  • don’t advertise you have guns (I’m sorry…this means stickers for NRA, gun logos, etc)
  • teach your kids not to touch your guns
Glock Car Sticker
Glock Car Sticker (don’t do this)

And keep in mind no safe is impenetrable given enough time and tools…you just want to make it annoying enough so that baddies give up or don’t even try.

To sum it up…here’s our best picks for each safe category.

Best Gun SafeCategoryPrice
Fort Knox FTK-PBBest Overall Handgun Safe$240
Vaultek VT20i & VT10iBest High-Tech Safe$229
Stack-On 8 GunBest Long Gun Starter Safe$129
Winchester Pony 19 GunBest RSC Rated Safe Around $1000$850
Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 GunBest Large Capacity Safe$1549
Amsec BF6032 18 GunBest Upgraded RSC Rated Gun Safe$3379
GunVault SpeedVaultBest Hidden Gun Safe$95
V-Line Drop Draw SimplexBest Car/Travel Safe$166

Any other safe categories or info you’d like to see?  Let us know in the comments below.  Need to fill up your new safe…check out our Editor’s Picks.

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Seems to me, everyone always misses the obvious.. No matter what safe you have, HIDE IT as the first lie of defense, bolt it down, & don’t use easy combinations. The easiest way to get into a safe, is not through the door, it’s through the side, back, or top with a drill and a Sawzall or torch. Make these difficult to get to.
If they don’t see the safe, they may never even know it’s there. Don’t show ANYONE loose lips sinks ships.

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The speed vault listed as the best hidden gun safe actually holds a pistol, extra mag, and spare key to my main gun safe. Fits full size pistols just not revolvers.

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I strongly recommend the Stack-On 18 gun convertible cabinet. You can set up one side with shelving, and the other with room for (theoretically) 9 longguns. I say theoretically because manufacturers still build gun safes with traditional hunting rifles in mind, and ARs and the like tend to take up a bit more space. But it’s a great beginner cabinet to hold up to 6 rifles and a dozen pistols, as well as several thousand rounds of ammo, or set up to hold up to a dozen ARs. Best part is, you can find one for $150 without much shopping… Read more »

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Agreed.

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I’ve got a safe large enough to hold my complete rifles, but I’ve got nearly a dozen AR upper receivers that won’t fit in the safe. Since these are not complete firearms, I don’t need them to be super secure, but would like advice on storage around 25″ long.

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A dozen spare uppers is a good problem to have ;P I’m also interested in the answer to this question, since the length is so much less than what a safe/cabinet typically is built for.

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David Underwood

What do you think about the Secureit safes/stack-ons they have available?

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Depends on what you need, but keep in mind that they really aren’t safes – they are high school lockers with better locks. If you just need something to keep firearms out of reach of children, they are decent options. But any thief with even a modicum of will can break into them without a lot of trouble.

I use a Stack-On to store ammo, but I rarely keep firearms in one.