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Special Gun Rights For Those Who Own Safes

With Congress attempting to take away gun owner’s rights, one of our customers made a great suggestion. While doing research, he concluded many accidental gun deaths and high school shootings were due to gun owners not locking up their weapons. You know the story… troubled kid gets a hold of his step dad’s pistol and a nightmare ensues. So our customer thought, “I’ll do my part and buy a gun safe.”

So we started thinking… why don’t gun safe owners have more gun rights than citizens who don’t lock up their weapons? It makes perfect sense! If no one has access to your weapons, the likelihood of an accident is greatly reduced. It’s the responsible thing to do. Weapons are dangerous in the hands of people without experience using them.

What do you think—do you think that gun safe owners should have more gun rights than citizens who do not? Let us know in the comments below!

Special Forces Gun Safe by Sportsman Steel Safes

Also, if you have some time take a look at these New York Times articles that touch on many gun law issues we thought were interesting.


Keep Your Home Protection Guns Legal with a Small Gun Safe: California’s AB 231 and AB 500 Gun Laws

Image of: California Republic flag with bear on grass.

Regardless about where you stand on gun laws, there’s a reality we all have to face as gun owners living in the state of California: the state is passing a series of laws that require you to store your guns in a safe.  These laws mainly apply to gun owners living with children and anyone else without a gun license.

One gun bill signed into law, AB 231, is an extension of the existing law that makes parents liable for actions of their children when they stray from home with a gun.  With AB 231, children no longer have to gain access to guns for a parent to be held liable.  Under the new law, if a gun is in any place that’s accessible to children, the parent who owns the gun is breaking the law.  Essentially, you’re breaking the law even if your child doesn’t touch the gun that’s in an “accessible” location.

This bill does not require you to buy a gun safe.  It’s primarily a warning that says “Keep your gun out of your children’s reach, or else.”  Bill AB 500, on the other hand, DOES require you to buy a gun safe.

According to’ Overview of 2013 California Gun Legislation, “AB 500 requires any gun owner residing with a person who is prohibited from owning firearms under state or federal law to either: 1) keep the firearm within a locked container, locked gun safe, locked trunk, locked with a locking device, or disabled by a firearm safety device; or 2) carry the firearm on his or her person.”

Note: Bill AB 231 and AB 500 take effect early 2014.

These bills, specifically AB 500, give California gun owners living with children or “prohibited” people a choice: buy a gun safe or something else like a locked trunk or container.

The reason we suggest you buy a small gun safe is because small gun safes are best for home protection.  Most likely, if you’re a hunter or gun collector, you already have a safe in your basement or elsewhere for your guns.  But what you probably don’t have is a small gun safe to store the guns you use to protect your family – shotguns, handguns, etc.  These guns are most likely located in your bedroom or a closet.  They give you peace of mind and allow you to protect your family.

With a small gun safe from Sportsman Steel Safes, you can keep your home protection guns legal in a safe, stylish and easily accessible way.  Our state-of-the-art safes are built from the finest materials and impenetrable to date.

Even if you don’t agree with the new bills, it’s important to keep yourself out of legal trouble.  Dealing with unnecessary legality issues due to disagreement is just a waste of time.  As a respectable and responsible gun owner, you know better.  Therefore, try looking at the positives of buying a gun safe.

With one of our small gun safes, your home protection guns will always be secure when you’re not at home.  If you ever worried about burglars stealing your guns in the past, that worry is no longer an issue.  The gun safes from Sportsman Steel Safes have a 33-year track record of never being drilled open, defeated, or penetrated.  Plus, if you’re worried about accessibility issues, our gun safes quickly open and readily present your guns. Protecting your home and family at a moment’s notice will never be a problem.

If you have any questions about our small gun safes, please contact us online or call 800-266-7150.

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.

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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.

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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.

Never Lose Your Guns to Fire Again

Image of: two handguns around a fire icon.

When it comes to assets that are valuable, both financially and personally, it’s important to do everything you can to protect them.  This especially applies to firearms – assets that protect you AND your family.  Many believe a gun safe’s main purpose is to protect your family from unwanted accidents and theft. But it’s also smart to invest in a fireproof gun safe.

In addition to buying a fireproof safe, you should also follow our advice below to ensure your most viable source of protection is never compromised.  Although most guns are replaceable, the guns you currently have may be special and worth protecting.  They may have sentimental value, your father gave them to you or they’ve been custom fit to your body and gun skills.

Below, we’re going to cover some ways you can compliment your fireproof gun safe and give your guns the ultimate protection they deserve.  Whether you use them for protection, sport, or food gathering – all of these reasons are good reasons enough to invest into a quality fireproof gun safe to protecting your firearms.

Keep Your Gun Safe Near Non-Flammable Building Materials

After you buy your gun safe, make sure to place it near building materials like concrete or drywall that aren’t flammable.  If you have a basement made of concrete, this is a good place to put a fireproof gun safe.  Because concrete isn’t flammable like wood, it will never be at the root of a fire.  Most likely, it will become the last area to become engulfed in flame.

It’s good for your fire rating to place your gun safe farthest place away from flammable material.  Depending on the gun safe you purchase, there’s a certain time the safe can completely withstand the heat.  There are 40, 60 and 90 minute fireproof gun safes that all have varying degrees of fire protection.

For instance, if you get a gun safe that can withstand the damaging effects of a fire for 90 minutes, you have more leeway with where you put your gun safe.  On the other hand, with a 40-minute gun safe, you should strongly consider placing it further away from flammable material.  Perhaps in the corner of basement with a concrete foundation.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Close By

This is incredibly important if your gun safe is surrounded by flammable materials.  Although a fire extinguisher won’t do much in the wake of a huge fire, it can effectively put out the small fire near your gun safe.

Even if you don’t extinguish the fire completely, at least you’ve slowed it down and have given the fire department more time to respond.  This extra time gives fireproof gun safes with less fire protection a better chance of protecting the guns within it.

When you buy your gun safe, buy a large fire extinguisher – not one of those skinny ones.

The Best Gun Safe Manufacturer Offers Safes of All Sorts

When many people think of the word “safe,” they think of guns, cash, jewelry and other valuable articles.  At Sportsman and Pentagon Steel Safes, we manufacture and sell safes that protect these as well as other things.

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The core of our business is our gun safes, but we also have safes built to protect you!

That’s right.  Unlike other gun safe manufacturers, we look at the word “safe” in broader terms.  It’s important to protect your possessions, but it’s also important to protect yourself – the owner of those possessions.

To have the most secure form of protection, you need to protect your assets as well as your physical self.  Today, we’re going to explore how you can protect both with the high quality, impenetrable safes from Sportsman and Pentagon Steel Safes.

Protect Your Assets: Guns, Money, Precious Metals, Jewelry … even Wine!

Your assets provide you and your family with protection, wealth, security and satisfaction (a good aged bottle of wine, anyone?).  Therefore, in order to protect the well being of you and your family, you must protect your assets. Your assets come in many forms, in addition to guns that offer valuable protection and sport.  That’s why we offer the following in addition to our gun safes…

  • Jewelry Safes: Jewelry is precious.  Not just for personal satisfaction and enjoyment, but for financial reasons as well.  Because jewelry is made from precious metals, it preserves its wealth more than cash.  Therefore, protecting jewelry is imperative for personal reasons as well as financial ones.  To secure your jewelry in a fashionable manner, we offer doors of various colors including red, green and black.  All jewelry safes come with custom-built wooden shelves and are protected with drill-proof and fireproof steel.
  • Wine Cellar Doors: If you’re a wine collector, you know how valuable wine is.  Sometimes, a single bottle can be worth as much as an exquisite piece of jewelry.  With our wine cellar doors, you can protect your collection from criminal activity as well as harmful temperatures.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Now that your possessions are safe, it’s time to protect yourself … from criminal activity, harmful weather conditions, even terrorist threats.  With our variety of human protection safes, you’ll always have a place to protect you and your family from dangerous circumstances.

  • Safe rooms: These are built to protect you from everything!  They can be used as storm shelters, panic rooms, tornado shelters and even bank-level vaults and gun rooms.  With our custom options, you can get them as large or small as you want.  Protect your family or even your whole neighborhood!
  • Vault Doors – Our vault doors have an extraordinary track record. No break-ins, pry-ins or losses to fire ever. They’re American Made which means our steel is harder, our locks more reliable and our relockers are tested here at the factory before being shipped to customers. And the fireproof material isn’t just drywall. Our fire system is a combination of fireboard, 2300 Degree Ceramic and expandable gaskets. If you have a vault door opening that requires a custom vault door, please contact our vault door experts and we’ll give you a price with shipping direct to your home.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these valuable sources of protection for you and your assets, contact us online or call 800-266-7150.