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Why You Don’t Buy Gun Safes from Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is great for simple things.  Toiletries, vitamins, holiday cards and motor oil.

One thing it’s not good for is theft-proof and fireproof gun safes.

Part of Wal-Mart’s branding strategy involves offering low prices on all of its products.  This approach works well for toothbrushes and toothpaste, but it doesn’t always extend these low prices to high quality products that are best of the best.

Image of: Wal-Mart showcasing why you shouldn't buy their gun safes.

The bottom line is: some products are just too good for Wal-Mart.  Nothing is too good for you – the shopper – but some things are too good for Wal-Mart’s market strategy.  Some of these things include the theft-proof and fireproof gun safes from Sportsman Steel Safes.

The Kind of Gun Safes Wal-Mart Sells

The most popular gun safe Wal-Mart offers customers isn’t popular among people who really care about keeping their guns safe.  Many gun owners mention that the popular Wal-Mart safes made by Stack-On are adequate for preventing home misuse but fall short during fires and acts of thievery.

A senior member of says about the Stack-On safes, “I have heard of thieves using a 4-1/2″ grinder to grind through the top corner of thin safes, then roll back the top like a sardine can, and take the guns out the top.” Since thievery is the exact thing you’re trying to prevent, these gun safes fail to deliver in the presence of a common crook with a common tool.

The senior member goes on to say that you should save up for a high quality gun safe and not waste your money on the kind of safes at Wal-Mart.  “The time you spend modifying a cheap safe could be put into overtime at work, or a second job to buy a better safe.”

If you read the thread on, you’ll see that many people use the safes they get from Wal-Mart to keep “the kiddies at bay.”  Gun owners recognize that they’re not intended to provide a strong defense against burglars and fire.  While many of them do succeed in preventing children’s access to guns, they fail in many other areas.  This is why it’s wise to save up for a gun safe that offers defense on several levels and lasts forever.

The Kind of Gun Safes We Sell

For 33 years, none of the doors on our gun safes have been drilled open, so if you’re worried about common thieves, worry no more.  In addition, our fireproof gun safes last longer in the heat of the moment than the safes of other leading manufacturers.  For longer lasting fireproofing, you can also get the 2300º ceramic fireproofing option.

Because our safes are burglar-proof and fireproof, they’re also child-proof.  If a burglar can’t get in, no child can get in either.  Our 2″ step door allows gun owners to sleep well at night, leave the home carefree and rest assured their guns are safe from criminals and careless child activity.

If you’re looking for an exceptional gun safe to protect your guns and family, a Sportsman Steel safe is what you need.

What Size Gun Safe Should I Buy?

Different people with different hobbies, interests, and careers require different gun safes.

First and foremost, the gun safe you buy should be well equipped to hold all the guns you currently own and ones you plan to buy in the future.  How do you know how many guns you’ll buy in the future?  Just take a look at what you’ve bought in the past.

On average, how many guns do you buy per year?  If you buy one or two, plan on buying a gun safe with 10-20 extra slots.  If you buy five or more, get a safe that with 20 or more extra slots.

Image of: small, medium and large gun safe.

Ideally, you’ll want to get a big gun safe that holds 100+ guns if you’re someone who likes to keep your guns all in one place.  However, there’s always the option of diversifying your collection with more than one safe.  At the end of the day, it’s about what you like and feel most comfortable with.

Now we’re going to look at what gun safe is best for some different types of people.

Guns Safes for Professionals

The kind of professional we’re talking about is someone who carries a gun for their job.  This includes cops, detectives, government agents and military men.  All of these different people can also be hobbyists and collectors, but, here, we’re going to assume they aren’t.  Instead, we’re assuming that these professionals only carry the guns they’re issued in addition to old guns passed down from family and one or two additional firearms for target shooting.

Assuming this is the kind of professional we’re dealing with, a small gun safe that holds 8 guns would make the most sense.

Guns Safes for Hobbyists

Hobbyists are people who use guns for hunting, recreational target practice and non-lethal sport (skeet, trap, etc.).  Because their collection usually contains an equal amount of handguns and larger guns, they often require a medium-sized gun safe that holds anywhere from 20 to 40 guns or more.

At Sportsman Steel Safes, we have the best collection of gun safes to fit the needs of any type of hobbyist. Whether you’re a daily, weekly or monthly shooter, there’s a safe to meet your exact present and future requirements.

Next time you’re at your favorite shooting location, ask around and see what size gun safe other hobbyists have.  This will help you narrow down what size to buy.

Gun Safes for Collectors

Collectors are people who love shooting guns as much as they love buying them.  Many collectors find themselves in situations where they run out of gun storage space.  Because they buy so many guns per year, a small or medium-sized gun safe doesn’t fulfill their needs.

Depending on what type of gun (handgun, rifle, shotgun) the collector is most interested in, he or she will either need a large, extra large, or series of gun safes.

After considering what kind of gun owner you are, head over to our gun safe shop to find some of the finest gun safes ever manufactured.  Committed to impeccable quality and customer service, we’re here to help you with any of your firearm storage needs.  For assistance, contact our gun safe professionals online or call 800-266-7150.

Gun Safe Prying Videos & The Insecurity of Most Gun Safes

Recently, we compiled data from our gun safe customers and realized that during attacks, most gun safes are attempted to be pried open and not drilled open.

If you go to Google and search “gun safe prying videos” you can watch dozens of videos showing gun safes being pried open in less than four minutes. That’s a scary thought!  But it really drives home the point that most gun safes can be pried open and that is the preferred method of opening a gun safe.


The reason for these easy break-ins is the frames are super thin. Usually 1/8″ frames. That’s why we use heavy-duty 3/4″ steel frames in front of all our bolts. Those are virtually pry-proof.

image: steel gun safe

If you’re concerned about the security of your gun safe, you owe it to yourself to buy the most secure gun safes around. You never want to find yourself in the situation of a pried open gun safe.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about gun safe security or gun safes in general: 800-266-7150.

Gun Safe Review — Best Gun Safes vs. Typical Online Gun Safes

Many firearm collectors forego looking at gun safe reviews in favor of low prices. They have some fireproofing and seem to be good quality. Once you start researching gun safe reviews, you’ll realize that couldn’t be further from the truth. 99% of gun safes at these middleman gun shops only have flat surface doors, which only seal on one level. Sportsman gun safes have step doors that seal on five levels, just like a bank vault! Not only does it seal five times better, but it forces us to build our gun safe doors perfect every time.

Furthermore, our gun safe doors have steps that fit into counterpoint step frames like a puzzle. Because standard online gun safes do not have steps, their door alignments are almost always flawed. Having a good seal is crucial for stopping hot air during a fire. That’s why most bank vaults have step doors.


It’s important to understand that most gun safes are forced into by prying. You can watch endless videos online showing Gun Safe Reviews of people prying gun safes open in under 5 minutes. That’s because a typical gun safe only has a 1/8″ steel frame protecting the bolts. When pried, the thin 1/8″ steel frame bends back and the door is breached. We combat these types of pry-ins by putting a massive 3/4″ thick solid steel frame in front of your bolts. Have you ever tried bending a 3/4″ piece of steel? It’s near impossible. Imagine how strong our doors are when we have 18 bolts behind a 3/4″ frame.

image: steel gun safe


A lot of people see 60″ x 30″ x 28″ $999 gun safe and buy them, thinking it’s a great deal on a gun safe. But once you look at gun safe reviews you’ll realize a good quality gun safe is only $1299. For only $300 more and you get double the fire proofing, 200 lbs heavier product and heavier duty steel. Over your life time, $300 is not a lot of money to absorb especially if you have a fire. It could be the difference between losing all of your belongings to a fire and saving them. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. You wouldn’t trust the cheapest firearms. You buy the best. Protect your investment with a quality fireproof gun safe.


I’ve been in this business 34 years and here are my words of advice: buy a safe bigger than you need and don’t skimp on fireproofing. You should invest in the highest quality gun safe you can. Just a few hundred dollars can buy you the very best safes on the market today. Your guns are worth it.

Have a question about our gun safe or gun safes in general? Need help interpreting gun safe reviews? Give us a call: 800-266-7150.