What is the best safe for me? 

The internet is great resource for researching safes, but the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming. Tons of factors can influence your safe purchase: brand, size, fire rating, security, aesthetics, delivery/installation, and warranty are the most common. Below, we will address all of these common factors and hopefully give you the tools to make an informed decision. 

Safe Brand

There are countless brands to select from. We sell all of the top brands in the industry, with selections ranging from good to better to best in all of them. The top brands offer higher quality US made safes and have the most comprehensive warranties and customer service. We typically recommend avoiding brands that only offer overseas import safes. These often come with inferior steel, welds, interior components, and locks. If you suffer a lock malfunction, it’s crucial that the manufacturer stands behind their product and can offer the customer service and parts you may need. 


Usually, customers come to us with a size in mind. It can be to fit in a certain location or to fit a certain amount of valuables. Anywhere you research gun safes, you will read that you should get a safe bigger than you think you need. We absolutely recommend this to all of our customers. It’s very common for our customers to buy a safe specifically for gun storage and then fill it with ammunition, important paperwork, jewelry, coins, and countless other valuables. We also offer a trade-in program for our customers who outgrow their safes. It will always be more efficient to buy one large safe than slowly upgrade to a large safe over time. This will be a possession that you own for longer than almost anything else, assuming you purchase one big enough to grow into over the years. 

Fire Rating

Almost all modern gun safes come with some sort of fire rating. Those ratings can range from 30 minutes to over 2 hours. For most residential uses, a fire rating of at least 1 hour is usually sufficient. However, if you live in an area with higher chance of wildfire or are storing a large amount of extremely sensitive valuables we always recommend getting as much fire protection as you can. We’ve seen safes with 2 hour fire ratings survive forest fires with all of their contents intact. 


All of the brands we sell offer safes ranging from good to better to best. We’ll ask you what your security needs are to determine the level of safe you should consider. If you are just looking for something CA DOJ compliant to keep your firearms in, we may suggest something entry level but from a reliable brand. On the other hand, if you are looking to secure an exceptionally valuable collection or your home is in a very remote location, we may suggest something high end or even of a commercial level. Whatever it is you’re locking up, we have a safe of the right caliber for you!


Safes come in all different kind of finishes, from plain textured to automotive gloss. The textured finishes are typically more durable and more cost effective. Those are right at home in a garage, shop, warehouse, or business. If your safe will be inside your home or you just want something nicer to look at, you can select a higher level gloss finish from almost every brand we sell. 

Safe Installation

If you select a safe on the lighter side, you may decide to pick it up and install it yourself. You can pick up any of our safes at our Ontario, CA warehouse. We can also drop any safe off curbside for a reasonable charge if you don’t have a truck. If you would rather have our professional installers handle everything for you, we offer a full range of installation options that you can read about HERE


When considering a safe to purchase, a comprehensive warranty can be a huge deciding factor. All of the brands we sell offer full replacement warranties for attempted break-in damage as well as fire damage. Lock specific warranties vary depending on brand and can range from 1 to 5 years by default. Some brands (Champion, Superior, West Coast, Liberty, National Security, and Rhino Metals) offer extendable lock specific warranties for an additional charge. 

Where should you buy your safe?

If you find yourself asking, “What is the best safe for me?”, you’re in the right place. You can buy a safe from a big box store but you may find their knowledge, customer service, and after-purchase support to be lacking. We have been selling safes for over 30 years and we are always happy to discuss your needs. Unlike most companies these days, we actually answer the phone and are happy to speak with you. If you do not have a local dealer, Liberty has a very useful quiz that recommends a few of their models based on your answers. Liberty also has a dealer locator if you’re not sure where to shop near you. Furthermore, Fort Knox has a great vault builder that allows you to build a safe to your unique specifications and get a detailed quote. Let us point you in the right direction!

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