best gun safeLooking for the best gun safe? After a lot of research and reading a lot of gun safe reviews I have put together a list of the top rifle and handgun safes that won’t break the bank. I was amazed at all the different models out there and then you also have to split it between rifle and pistol safes. Well, don’t worry!

Way Too Many Hours Researching And Gathering Data!

So I am a bit of a research freak and when I started looking at buying a gun safe the Excel spreadsheet came out!

I created this list as I was looking to buy my first gun (a shotgun) and needed to keep it someplace safe, where it is inaccessible to children and also protected from potential burglars. So I thought I would quickly pop unto Amazon and buy a safe, but like everything else, with gun safes you get what you pay for so my supposed quick analysis turned into a very complex data gathering exercise…

Do I want to rifle or pistol safe – easy one! What security features does it need to have? What about construction? Number of bolts securing the door? Tamper proofing, Whether it opens with a code, key, combination, fingerprint or all of them? Does it need to be fireproof? Length of warranty? What size do I need? How much can I afford to spend? And the important one: can I get a good deal for the safe I eventually choose?

As you can see my research quickly spun out of control and my spreadsheet filled up with rows and rows of different criteria, characteristics, etc.

Finding The Best Gun Safes

The interactive charts of rifle and handgun safes below will help you zero in on a good one with the functions you require. The analysis and reviews below the chart will ensure that you pick the best gun safe for you.

So whatever your budget and whatever type of gun safe you want, have a look below and find your perfect safe!

We have broken up the matrix into the following 6 most important columns:

  • Gun Safe Name & Picture
  • Price
    • Rifles:
    • $ = Under $100
    • $$ = $100 – $300
    • $$$ = Over $300
    • Handguns:
    • $ = Under $100
    • $$ = $100 – $150
    • $$$ = Over $150
  • Security
  • Size
  • Weight
  • Average Rating – Average rating from Amazon buyers. A high rating normally indicates buyer satisfaction


Rifle Safes

Ave Rating
SentrySafe HDC11E ReviewSentry Safe HDC11E Home Defense Center$$$Programmable electronic lock with override keys8.8 x 8.8 x 46.9108.44.4
Stack-On 8 Gun ReviewStack - On 8 - gun Security Cabinet$$Double butted, key coded lock10 x 21 x 5560.64
HOMAK HS30103660 ReviewHOMAK HS30103660 8-Gun Security Cabinet$$Key10 x 21 x
Stack-On GCB-8RTA ReviewStack-On GCB-8RTA Security Plus 8-Gun Storage Cabinet$$Double butted, key coded lock17 x 11 x 5351.43.7

Handgun Safes

Ave Rating
GunVault MV500-STD Microvault ReviewGunvault MV500-STD Microvault Pistol Gun Safe$Patented no-eyes keypad11 x 8.5 x 2.244.2
Stack-On GCB-500 ReviewStack-On GCB-500 Steel Pistol/Ammo Cabinet$Double butted, key coded lock10 x 17 x 1519.84.4
Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 ReviewGunvault SpeedVault SV500 Gun Safe$$Quick access digital keypad6.5 x 3.5 x 138.24.2
GunVault MV1000 MicroVault XL ReviewGunVault MV 1000 MicroVault XL Handgun Safe$$Patented no-eyes keypad10.2 x 12 x

sentrysafe g1459eHelping You Choose The Best Safe


The first thing you need to consider is the size of the safe that you want to buy. A good safe will do more than just hold your guns, it will probably end up holding other valuables too. It may be tempting to purchase a small, simple safe at first, but this could be a false economy. A good safe will last a lifetime, and during that lifetime your gun collection is probably going to grow – so, buy a bigger safe than you think you will need.

Fire Resistance

It is a good idea to buy a gun safe that is fire resistant. Do not skimp on this protection. Some “fire proofing” is fairly ineffective, so do your homework before you hand over any money. Some people prefer to purchase two safes, and to keep their guns in the main safe, then place other valuables – such as licenses and ownership documents, in a second, smaller safe that has commercial grade fire protection. This double layer of protection is usually sufficient to ensure that essential documents are well protected.


There are many different brands of gun safe, and each one has its own benefits and downsides. Browning is popular because of its proprietary door-mounted rifle rack, and is the obvious choice for rifle owners. In contrast, Ft. Knox and Amsec are both renowned for their high quality fire protection, so are a good choice if you think that there is a fire risk in the area you will be storing the safe. Brown’s safes are very luxurious looking, and offer commercial-quality burglary protection, and Zanotti’s modular design means that it is easy for the safe owner to move the safe around. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to choosing a safe brand. It is up to you to do your homework and make your own decisions based on your personal priorities.

Tamper Protection

Many cheap safes are not particularly secure, and really act as a theft deterrent rather than an actual anti-theft mechanism. While this is OK if you are keeping a safe in a concealed area in your own home, and simply want to stop your children from accessing your guns, it is not OK if the safe is going to be located in a visible area of your property, or on a non-residential site. If a safe can be opened using simple hand-tools, then there is almost no point in using it. A high quality safe will be equipped with relockers that will keep the safe locked if it is attacked. Relockers are sturdy pins that will activate if the safe is tampered with, and cannot be unlocked unless the thief spends hours drilling into the safe. A small safe may have two relockers in it, while a bigger safe could have as many as ten.

Keeping The Safe Secure

One thing that many people fail to consider when they purchase a safe is how easy the safe will be to move. If someone decides that they want to gain access to the contents of your safe, then there is always the possibility that they could simply steal the safe and open it at their leisure. To prevent this, be sure to remove the pallet from the safe. If you do not do this, then a thief could simply use a pallet jack to pick the safe up. Do not make the mistake of assuming that the safe cannot be moved because it is heavy. Bolt it down properly to keep it secure.


Don’t Know Which Safe To Choose? This Will Help

1. Do you want a rifle or handgun safe?

Rifle: Sentry Safe HDC11E Home Defense Center, Stack – On 8 – gun Security Cabinet

Handgun: Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault Pistol Gun Safe, Stack-On GCB-500 Steel Pistol/Ammo Cabinet

2. Which is more important to you: safe security or saving money?

Rifle – Security: Sentry Safe HDC11E Home Defense Center

Good Balance Between Security And Cost: HOMAK HS30103660 8-Gun Security Cabinet

Saving Money: Stack – On 8 – gun Security Cabinet

Handgun – Security: Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 gun safe

Handgun – Saving Money: Stack-On GCB-500 Steel Pistol/Ammo Cabinet

3. Need a fireproof safe?

Blue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun Safe