The Takeaway:

1. Our Pick: Liberty Gun Safes

2. Runner-Up: Rhino Metals Inc.

3. Also Great: Browning

When you’re in the market for a new gun safe, there are a lot of choices to wade through. Many manufacturers offer a large selection, and competitors present models that look very similar.

Since no one knows exactly what kind of gun safe you need better than yourself, in this review, we’re going to focus on the top gun safe brands.

To give you a better idea of what kind of quality to expect with each of these best gun-safe brands, we’ll be looking closely at one of their best-selling products.

Our pick for the best gun-safe brand is Liberty Gun Safes, for their commitment to manufacturing nearly indestructible gun safes. We’ll explain why right below.

Our Pick: Liberty Gun Safes

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Liberty Gun Safes

Liberty Gun Safes has developed over the years and has become one of the most famous gun safe companies throughout the US. The brand began producing high-quality safes in 1988 when it built a maximum of six safes per day. Now, almost thirty years later, it produces up to 250 unique safes daily and distributes them to a wide range of clients nationwide.

The company manufactures for various uses, including gun safes and handgun safes, as well as other storage units for weapons, such as cabinets, cases, and racks. Liberty has developed in popularity thanks to the high-quality products they produce. The Liberty Lincoln LX35 is a great example of this and one of their most popular products.

Every safe comes with a lifetime warranty. This means that you can get free replacements for your safe, as well as free delivery. All of their products are also designed for an incredibly high level of security and are tested to ensure superior fire ratings. Many of them can withstand fires for up to two and a half hours.

Clients regard Liberty Gun Safes to a high level, as the company always focuses on reliable performance and consistent and dependable service. It is also valued for its focus on producing the cleanest, greenest set of standards.

There is an aim within the company on environmental hazards, and these are avoided when the safes are created. For more information concerning the Liberty Gun Safe company, visit their website and browse the wide range of available safes and units.

For those who need to see how reliable these safes are when they’re put to the roughest set of tests, here’s a video that shows their reliability:

Runner-Up: Rhino Metals Inc.

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Rhino Metals Inc.

Rhino Metals Inc. is the maker of both Rhino Safes and Bighorn Safes. While Bighorn Safes are outsourced and designed to be an affordable gun safe that will keep your guns and family safe, it’s the American-made Rhino Safes that make Rhino Metals Inc. one of the top gun safe brands on the market.

The Rhino Series is a tough line of gun safes made to take a beating and still keep your firearms secure. We can’t help but love the Ironworks series, which is comprised of five gun safes of varying long gun capacity and the most badass-looking tool chest we’ve ever seen.

While each of these gun safes shares the same rugged features, we chose the 50-long gun capacity Rhino Ironworks CIWD7242X as an example of the quality you can expect. Both the body and door are constructed of 12-gauge steel with reinforced corners and an exterior ring on the door. The body is externally and internally welded in a single continuous weld. It features an F-4 locking system that is tamper resistant and anti-drill and anti-punch bolt work.

The exterior is hand distressed to give each safe a distinctive antique look and to make each gun safe truly unique. The interior features two fixed full-width shelves at the top with three adjustable shelves along the right side. The interior is fully lined with plush faux suede and rivet accents that give it the look of well-worn leather.

This gun safe is fully fire line and has a fire rating of 75 minutes at temperatures up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gun safe that your wife won’t have any problems letting you install in the living room, then this is the gun safe for you.

Also Great: Browning 

With a commitment to the needs of hunters, Browning offers a range of gun safes that are both beautiful and functional, with features that a hunter truly needs. Their gun safes are all proudly made in America, with a portion of sales from certain gun safes going to help preserve wildlife habitat.

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We especially like the 2016 Medallion series and will be taking a closer look at the Browning M28F Gun Safe. This model has a long gun capacity of between 7 and 29, depending on shelf configuration. The body is made of heavy-duty 10-gauge steel with 18 locking bolts and a 1 5/16 inches thick door. This gun safe has a fire rating of 110 minutes at temperatures up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. The interior offers space for long guns and adjustable shelves that can be arranged in several configurations that allow you to customize the interior of your gun safe to your precise needs.

The door inside features additional space to hold long guns, with a scope saver so that scoped long guns can be safely stored there. There are also two handgun holsters, numerous Velcro pouches, and mesh pockets for storing extra mags, ammo, and shells. This gun safe has an electrical outlet, factory-installed lighting packages, dehumidifiers, and additional shelves and organizers available at an additional cost.

Other Brands

AMSEC: American Security Gun Safes

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AMSEC has been proudly in business since the 1940s, starting out in California, where they continue to operate to this day. Since beginning manufacturing, they’ve established themselves as one of the top gun-safe brands due to their great customer service and commitment to producing strong safes. They offer a line of tough safes, including custom ones built to order.

We’ll be looking at the 22-Gun 2-Hours Fire Resistant BF6032 to give you an idea of what to expect from your AMSEC gun safe. This gun safe has a maximum long gun capacity of 22, with a door organizer that can hold two long guns and four handguns. The door organizer also has numerous pockets and pouches for holding flashlights, ammo, and accessories. The interior also features two small and two full-width adjustable shelves.

The body is made of 11-gauge steel with a 2 inches total thickness to all sides of the gun safe. The fire protection is rated Mercury Class III, with protection for 120 minutes at temperatures up to 1275 degrees Fahrenheit. Double fire seals, with a Palusol expanding seal on the door and a silicone seal on the door jamb, help to achieve this high rating and keep internal temperatures below 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Eleven 1 1/2-inch diameter bolts provide excellent security. This gun safe comes with a key-locking dial that protects against others spying on the combination and ensures that only you can access your firearms and valuables.

Fort Knox Vaults

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Fort Knox Vaults

An American-based company for over 30 years, Fort Knox Vaults has an impressive line of safes, gun safes, and even vault doors. Their gun safes come with an impressive range of standard features, with a number of options available in shelf configuration as well as extra feature packages that improve the already solid security.

For example, the Fort Knox Defender 7251 can hold up to 73 long guns or as few as four -depending upon the type of shelf configuration you choose. The attention to detail in this gun safe makes it very secure and provides excellent fire protection. It can withstand temperatures of up to 1680 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 90 minutes thanks to C-Rate fireboard on all six sides of the gun safe, including behind the hinges, a dead air space within the walls to create a thermal barrier and a reinforced fire door.

This door features reinforced ten-gauge folded steel, making it solid and providing more steel along the edges. The security of this gun safe is further improved with a triple relocker: two inside and one along the back. This ensures that your firearms will remain secure even if the tumbler is somehow tampered with or destroyed.

VaultPro USA

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VaultPro USA

VaultPro USA is based in Santa Fe Springs, California, and is very much proud of its American heritage. They offer a number of gun safes and custom safes and vaults.

We’ll be taking a closer look at their Silver Eagle series, which is their starter series, followed by the Golden Eagle Series and the American Eagle Series. This gun safe features a 5 1/2 inches thick door and ceramic fireproofing that can withstand temperatures up to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, fire protection is rated at 90 minutes at temperatures up to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. This rating is achieved by three layers of fireboard in the body with Palusol expanding heat seals.

The body and door are constructed of heavy-duty 10-gauge steel. There are 14 locking bolts 1 1/2 inches thick and 4 inches long, and a 1/2-inch-thick case-hardened hard plate that have this gun safe meeting and exceeding both the UL Residential Security Containers Specifications and the standards in place by the Department of Justice. It features a Titan relocker and comes with a lifetime warranty against break-ins and fire.

Winchester Gun Safes

Winchester has been in business since 1866 and began making gun safes in 1991. That same dedication to performance that enabled them to make the gun that won the West is found in all their gun safes.

The Ranger Deluxe is our favorite of their many gun safes and clearly shows Winchester’s commitment to quality products that make a difference in your life. This is a full-size gun safe, measuring 72 inches tall by 40 inches wide by 30 inches deep externally, and with internal measurements of 69 inches tall by 36 inches wide by 18 inches deep. It has the ability to store up to 51 guns and offers a fire protection rating of one hour at 1400 degrees Fahrenheit, with three layers of fireboard in the door and two layers in the body.

Winchester Gun Safes

It features an electronic lock, is made of 12 gauge steel, and has a four-way locking mechanism comprised of eighteen 1.25-inch solid steel locking bolts. This gun safe has multiple shelves and storage pockets on the door to hold handguns, ammo, and gun holsters. It weighs 985 pounds and has a 180-degree swinging door.

[Update: Although Winchester offers three distinct series of gun safes that are made in Fort Worth, Texas (The Tradition, Pony, and Bandit series), the Ranger is not one of them and appears to be made in China. Thank you, Cathy, one of our readers, for pointing this out.]


Steelwater Gun Safes is proud to be one of the most detail-oriented gun safe manufacturers in the industry. In addition to ensuring that the highest quality materials are used, they also check each and every safe for defects once they are received from the manufacturing plant.

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We love their Extreme Duty AMHD593024 Gun Safe, which has one of the highest fire ratings (of two hours and 1875 degrees Fahrenheit) we’ve seen. This gun safe is made of heavy-duty nine-gauge steel with an extra 1/4 inch steel plate in the corners to provide extra security. This safe will hold up to 22 rifles and shotguns, with four removable and adjustable shelves to allow you extra space to store handguns, ammo, and accessories.

A full-width steel shelf is at the top, and the entire interior, shelves included, features grey upholstery. There are eighteen 1.25 inches solid steel locking bolts, with eleven active bolts and seven inactive bolts along the hinge side. There is also a 1/4 of an inch thick steel plate across the door’s entire inside to protect the lock assembly from drill attack. Below you’ll see an exhaustive, thorough (and vicious) burglary attack test that the people from Steelwater Safes have performed on this model. Goes to show the confidence and passion they have for their product:

Affordable Gun Safe Brands


Since 1972, STACK-ON has committed to offering convenient storage solutions, and their Tactical Security series of gun safes do just that: providing secure storage yet with easy access.

Their Tactical Security Cabinet TC-16-GB-K-DS will hold two tactical weapons and up to fourteen rifles or shotguns. Seven rifles can be stored on either side of the tactical weapons storage space, but this section can be converted to storage space for handguns and ammo using the three included shelves. A fixed, full-width shelf along the top will not interfere with storing tactical weapons, rifles, and shotguns.

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This gun safe has a three-point locking system with a double-bitted key-coded cylinder. This gun safe measures 18 inches by 21 inches by 55 inches externally and weighs 90 pounds. Riveted steel tread plates with silver and steel grey accents are on the door to this gun safe, giving it a modern defensive look that adds a nice touch to any hunting room or man cave.


GunVault has focused primarily on producing the best handgun safes available, with extra attention being placed on your ability to access your gun quickly. They have been in business for 25 years and offer a wide selection of handgun safes, as well as a couple of safes for rifles and shotguns.

We especially like the Multi Vault GV2000C-DLX Gun Safe for its larger size that allows you to store even a large handgun easily -and still have room for plenty of ammo. This gun safe measures 15 by 10.5 by 8.2 inches and weighs 15.7 pounds. It’s made of heavy-duty 16 gauge steel and features a no-eyes four-button keypad that lets you choose from 12 million different key codes.

The no-eyes design makes it easy to open this safe, even when you need to keep your attention somewhere else but still need quick access. The Multi Vault also has a unique tamper indicator and even a motion detector with an audio alarm to discourage anyone from attempting to access it.

This gun safe will provide audio feedback when entering the correct key code. However, this feature can be disabled to allow you to access your gun in the event of the unthinkable stealthily. It also provides an internal light and can be connected to an external AC or DC power source.

What Is The Best Gun Safe Brand?

When it comes to keeping your firearms and your family safe, you can’t take your chances with that bargain-priced clearance-out gun safe at the large chain hunting store. You want something that will provide the security needed to ensure your guns don’t end up in the wrong hands.

Our choice for the best gun safe brand could only be Liberty Gun Safes. They don’t pull any punches regarding the quality of their gun safes, and certainly not when it comes to putting them to the test. What other gun-safe brands can say that their products can withstand a 200-foot drop or be hit by a car? You can be sure that a Liberty gun safe will protect against unwanted entry, fire, and the test of time.

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