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Top features of secure gun safes

Features of secure gun safes include: A good size and weight, a secure lock, resistance to fire, quality construction, and plenty of space for all of your weapons and ammunition. The usefulness of some of these features will depend on your individual needs, which is why it’s important to think about whatyouwant from your gun safe.

Features of secure gun safes to consider


Do you own an arsenal, or just a single handgun? If it’s the former, a large handgun and rifle safe such as the GS592820 Second Amendment Gun Safe may be most suitable for you. If it’s the latter, you may only need a small pistol safe that you can store underneath your bed.

A good rule of thumb for size? An optimal size for a gun safe is one that can hold your entire gun collection without being cluttered and with some room to spare. You may grow your collection in the future so you want to leave room for those future guns.


Weight goes hand-in-hand with size, but gun safes with similar amounts of space may have very different weights. What are you looking for when it comes to gun safe weight? Typically, the greater the weight, the more secure the safe, since it will be more difficult for burglars to steal the entire safe, carry it away, and break into it elsewhere. It also means that the heavier the safe, the more steel is used making it more difficult to break into. 

Lock security

Lock security is what most people think of when they consider how well-protected a safe is against intrusion. When it comes to safes, there are two main options: Dial combination locks and digital electronic locks. Electronic locks are faster to use, but dial locks are more durable and reliable. Neither is really more secure than the other, it’s just a matter of individual preference.

Fire resistance

You aren’t just buying a safe to protect your weapons from burglars and other prying hands. Fire protection is also very important.

A fire rating will be expressed as the number of minutes the safe can hold out at a certain number of degrees. These figures usually sound impressive, but it can be difficult to put them into practical context. One rule of thumb? A good safe will hold out against a typical house fire (1200 degrees) for 1 hour or longer.

Quality construction

Thick steel plates, interior hinges, and very secure bolting system are hallmarks of the highest security. Steel thickness is measured in gauge - the smaller the gauge, the greater the thickness. Gun safes are generally 11 or 12 gauge in the body and 1/8", 1/4" or 1/2" in the door.

The bolting system plays a very similar role to the lock in ensuring security. More bolts mean better security because it makes the door harder to pry open.

Choices for a quality gun safe

We sell a huge number of different gun safes, with different prices, sizes, construction, fire rating, and so on. Whether you’re looking for a quick and affordable way to secure your weapons, or for high-security storage for your entire selection, you’ll be able to find what you need.

Browse our selection of gun safes, and if you have any questions, feel free to chat with Dye about different models. You can also call us at 800-207-2259 with any questions!