There are so many rifle safes on the market and like all things you get exactly what you pay for. In this rifle safe review I will be talking in generalities rather than focus on any particular brand or model. In Qld the Qld Weapons act sets out guidelines for storing different categories of weapons. The the vast majority of sporting shooters really try and do the right thing. Alas the act is fairly vague and so the playing field (from a sellers perspective ) is not very even. The huge number of safes available online really muddies the water and whilst there are few goodies the vast majority are RUBBISH.
So how do you sort the goodies from the baddies ? Well first of all you look at steel thickness which also determines the weight and the locking mechanism. We used to sell rifle safes that had 10mm thick walls and 12 mm thick doors. However there is a DIRECT correlation between the amount of steel used and the end sale price. Slowly we witnessed lots of the stronger safe gather dust. That was 6 years ago and I have since witnessed the “race to the bottom” and the cheaper safes soon pushed the front or the pack.
Weapons owners really fall into 2 distinct groups, those who are ONLY concerned about complying with the gun laws. They HOPE to do this the cheapest way possible. Plus those who want to also comply but additionally don’t want some punk to stealing their prized firearms. In the safe game we talk about “cash ratings” of safes. This is a measure of how hard a safe is to crack and generally the heavier a safe is the harder it is to crack. The more metal or engineering there is in a safe the higher the price. That said there is always a scale in any industry. Spending $250 for a gun safe is the bottom and $2000 – $3000 will be around the top.
By far the MOST important thing to look for is serviceability, which means that in 4 or 6 years time the safe can be repaired should it break down. Many of the cheapies use locking components that are UNAVAILABLE Should a cheapie safe need repairing it will require a lot of modification for a “standard” lock to be installed. Many cheap digital locks can also be “bounced” open or simply smashed off with even the most basic tools. Also the vast majority of key locks on many cheap gun safes will fail eventually and getting another spare key almost impossible.
As the sun comes up tomorrow I am sure Australia will get uniform gun laws and as you can bet the standard will fall to the toughest legislation. The cordless angle grinder is also a game changer in the break and enter industry. Light gauge steel is no match for them. We have a LARGE range to cater for most budgets although the bottom end is not where we want to compete. Call us of come in and get some valuable advice and we will even ship your gun safe Australia wide.
Honeywell Safe; This safe WILL fail and there is no easy fix ! Note the cheapie Bunning style keypad
Guardall G4E; This Guardall G4E weighs 220 kg and sells for around $1800 – designed for many years of service !
RS152 digital; This safe does not need to be bolted down; This gun safe weighs 152 kg – has 6mm door and 4 mm body – sells around $960
Lokaway Gun Safes; Lokaway gun safes have a patented locking system that makes prizing the door open – almost impossible.
The damaged safe images in the slider above, is the attempted break in of a Lokaway (5-7 gun safe), no rifles were stolen but the safe was severly damaged. The owner replaced the safe with the same gun safe.
Would you put your valuables in this safe?
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Hardware stores all around the world sell cheap safes from $50 – $200
They are easy to pry open and there are also VERY few spare parts available for cheapies !
Cheap safes are easy to crack open !