Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why Buying a Gun Safe from Lowe’s Might Be a Bad Idea

A lot of our customers come to us saying that they have purchased gun safes from big retailers, chain stores or sporting goods stores in the past and have only been disappointed. They thought they were getting a good quality gun safe for a good price. Little did they know that these gun safes simply didn’t live up to their needs. Here are some reasons why buying a gun safe from a big retailer like Lowe’s might be a bad idea.

Most of the big retailers gun safes have minimum quality. The steel is not only thin, but so are the frames that protect the bolts. Usually 1/8 or 3/16″. That means they can be pried by two men with 3 foot long crowbars. You can actually see this all over the internet. But Sportsman Safes are different. Because we don’t sell to middlemen, we can spend more $ on your gun safe; offering you 3/4″ steel frames, which are nearly impossible to pry.

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Most big chain stores like Lowe’s have gun safes with 1/8″ bodies. That’s pretty thin. Many devices can cut through these walls. At Sportsman Safes you can get gun safes with 1/4″ steel bodies which are twice as thick. We’ve never had a 1/4″ steel body cut through in 35 years!

Plus, our prices are only 300-400 more than the generic chain store gun safes. You’re going to have the gun safe for the rest of your life. $300 more isn’t a lot to spend. That’s only $10 more a year for life. It’s worth it, especially if you experience a fire or attempted break-in.

Also keep in mind that standard gun safes at chain stores like Walmart and Lowe’s can’t be custom ordered. Maybe you have expensive guns that need more protection. It’s impossible to order more fire protection or thicker steel and hard-plate. At Sportsman Safes we can make your walls 1″ solid steel if you want or 2 hour fire resistant. For not as much money as you’d think.

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Lastly, when you’re out of state, you pay NO SALES TAX on our gun safes. Most times chain stores in your state will charge your tax. In the $100’s. Not here.

Still considering buying a Lowes gun safe? Give us a call first: 800-266-7150.

Gun Safe 101: What to Look For in a Gun Safe

If you’re searching for a gun safe, then you know that all of the options can be a bit overwhelming. By purchasing a safe, you are making a responsible and important investment; it’s important that you select the best one for your needs. Here is some essential information to consider so that you make an educated decision and purchase.

  • Why Are You Purchasing a Gun Safe?  There are many different types of gun safes available on the market. If you’re looking to secure your firearms from children and nothing else, then a locking metal cabinet will do the job nicely. However, if you want to safeguard your guns from fire, then you’ll need a safe that can withstand high temperatures for an extended period of time. On the other hand, if your primary concern is theft by savvy people who are able to pick a lock, then you’ll want a heavy gauge steel safe that is weighty and hard to remove from your home. Once you are able to identify your needs, you will be better able to shop for a safe.
  • Bolt Coverage – This term is used to describe how many sides of the door have bolts that lock. Cheaper gun safes will only have bolts on one side of the door, while others can have bolts on every side. Better bolt coverage makes it very difficult for a thief to be able to pry the safe open. In addition, the more bolts a gun safe has, the tighter the seal, which means it will help protect guns in the event of a fire.
  • Lock Type – When purchasing a gun safe, you have the option of a mechanical, biometric, or keypad lock. Mechanical locks are the most popular and are opened by dialing the combination on a hand-turned wheel. These do not require power and are considered to be the most reliable. A biometric lock is new technology that uses fingerprint recognition to unlock the safe. Since this is a new and sophisticated type of lock, these gun safes are the most expensive. Lastly, keypad locks require entry of a numeric combination on a keypad. This type is battery operated and will open when the battery is dead, leading some consumers to avoid it.


  • Thickness of Metal – Good gun safes range in metal thickness from 12 to 7 gauge; the smaller the gauge, the thicker the metal. As a result, 12 gauge safes are the minimum that you should get — anything less should be avoided because it will be thinner and offer limited security to your firearms.

When purchasing a gun safe, it’s important to pay attention to the above features so you get the best product for your needs. Learn more about our gun safes and get a gun safe quote. Call us today with any questions at:  800-266-7150.

20/20 Special Discusses the Importance of Gun Safes

In one of our previous blogs, we wrote about gun safety programs for children across the United States. These programs are becoming more and more popular, as statistics show that 40% of households in America contain guns and, further, 30% of those guns are loaded and not secured.


ABC News must have had the same thing on their minds because on January 31st, they aired a 20/20 special called “Young Guns.” The special was hosted by Diane Sawyer and David Muir, and covered the hot topic of kids and gun safety across the United States. A large emphasis was placed on the importance of keeping guns in safes and how some families who hide their guns don’t think that they’re necessary. The special also talks to families who believe that teaching their children how to properly shoot a gun is a big part of gun safety. Here are a couple of the main topics that the special covered.



Are Your Children Safe at a Friend’s House?


Diane Sawyer visited a neighborhood in New Jersey and talked to families about their feelings on gun safety in the home. Specifically, she asked them about guns in the homes of their children’s friends. Sawyer questioned parents about whether they ever asked if there were unlocked guns in these homes. Every parent that Sawyer talked to said that they had never even thought to ask. Parents normally talk to other parents about things like their children’s food and animal allergies, but not about guns in the home. According to ABC News, roughly 85% of accidental child shootings between 2003 and 2006 were committed by another child. With statistics like that, perhaps we should start talking to each other about how our firearms are stored when having our children’s friends over.


Hiding the Guns Doesn’t Work


One of the most shocking parts of the special was when the news team visited the homes of parents who didn’t have gun safes and who simply hid their weapons. All of the parents that 20/20 visited said that their children didn’t know where they kept their guns. The children surprised their parents by leading them straight to the hiding places. Sawyer and Muir gave a quick update after the show and gladly reported that the parents who hid their guns had since gone out and purchased safes to store their firearms.


It may be no one’s right to tell someone how to educate their children about gun safety; however, after watching the special and hearing the stories of the two families that lost a child because of unsecured firearms, it is clear that storing guns correctly is crucial. Parents can protect everyone by investing in a gun safe for their firearms to keep them out of the hands of their unsupervised children.



Gun Safe Colors – What’s Your Favorite?

Did you know that you have your choice of color when you buy one of our gun safes?

Sportsman Steel Safes - Gun Safe Color Chart

Take our poll – let us know your favorite gun safe color!


Is there another color you don’t see here that you’d like to see on one of our gun safes?