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Cheap Gun Safes Get Opened By Paperclips

We’ve been saying this for years. Cheap gun safes could burn you in the long run… with fire and theft!

open-gun-safe-with-paperclipThree guys tried to break into three popular online gun safes and discovered something wild: They could break into these safes with household items such as screwdrivers, knives and paperclips. This means a teen could break into his father’s safe and potential hurt himself or someone else.

And we have the same problem with cheap fireproof gun safes online. Many are only 20-30 min fire rated. But the average fire is 30-45 minutes. That means many gun safes won’t last in a fire.

So think twice before buying a low price gun safe. Spending a few hundred dollars more could be the difference between saving your family heirlooms and being left with ashes. Or worse.

Check out this Wired article for videos on how easy it is for a small child to open a cheap safe.

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.

HEAVY-DUTY FRAMES

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

CHEAP GUN SAFE PRICES

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.

GUN SAFE REVIEW

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.

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