Best Gun Safes & Best Home Safes – LockPickingLawyer Recommendations

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LockPickingLawyer Safe Recommendations

So we have done our best to find the safes that the LockPickingLawyer would recommend. We have combined his recommendations with other recommendations from BosnianBill and industry certifications to find a list of safes you can trust to be secure and high quality that will meet any need.

We have also included a buying guide for choosing the best safe at the end of the article so be sure to check that out before making your decision.

Burglaries in the US

There are around 1.1 Million burglaries in the United States every year. Obviously, some areas are better than others but this is still a huge number and one of the best ways of dealing with this is to get a safe to put all your valuables in so that they are safe in the event of a theft or a fire.

Burglary Statistics in the United States

  • 88% happen in residential homes
  • Average breaking only lasts 8-12 minutes
  • The average loss is $2800 
  • 85% of Burglaries are done by non-pro thieves
  • 87% of burglaries are never solved so you will most likely not get your belongings back

Top 5 Items Stolen in a Burglary

  1. Cash 
  2. Jewellery
  3. Electronics (phones, computers, televisions, etc.)
  4. Medications
  5. Guns

Best Safes for Handguns (Best Lock Boxes)

There are very few safes that the LockPickingLawyer says anything positive about and we understand that. He is trying to find the safes that have major issues and stop people from buying them. And while he does find major issues with a lot of safes there are almost none that he has given a clean bill of health. For what it’s worth we have gathered the few that he has spoken less negatively about for you here.

Stealth Swiftvault 2.0

This great little portable gun safe has been tested by BosnianBill a veteran lockpicker that worked in the military for over 30 years. He gave this one his approval and we agree with him.

With its great digital combination lock on the front, it’s a strong sturdy box that will keep someone out for a decent amount of time. Perfect for use in a car or as a quick access box anywhere in your home. Secure enough to keep kids out and if secured to something so it cant be taken it would keep a thief at bay for quite a while.

We think this is the best small lockbox on the market right now!


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American Security Hide-A-Safe Handgun Safe

If you just have a handgun that you want to keep protected from the kids and have available easily then this could be what you are looking for. What it loses in overall security it makes up for in being discreet.

With a combination lock, it’s going to keep out someone who is serious for a long period of time but that’s not the point. It will keep your kids and most people from getting in.


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Hornady TriPoint Gun Box

This is from the LockPickingLawyers video [456] where he picks this lockbox open, surprise surprise… But he does mention in the video that the box is quite strong and has some good features for being relatively secure.

It passes his litmus test for a curious teenager not being able to gain access easily. So we think this one earns a mention here on this list.


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Best Gun Safes

Gardall 11 Gun Fire Safe

The Guardall 11 fire gun safe is perfect for keeping a few of your guns secure. while it’s not the largest out there it has a great level of security and looks good too.


  • Locking: 5 locking bolts
  • Capacity: 11 long gun capacity
  • Fire rating: 30-minute


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American Security TF Series Gun Safe

For someone that needs a bit more space but also doesn’t want to compromise on security, this is the one to go for. With a lot of different setup options, this safe will suit many different types of gun libraries. Also with a 30-minute fire rating will protect all your guns in the horrible event of a house fire.


  • Locking: 14 locking bolts
  • Capacity: 8-8-16 Gun
  • Fire rating: 30-minute


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Stealth Safes UL28 Gun Safe

This gun safe is the one that BosnianBill bought to use in his own home. He featured this safe in this video. It has a number of security ratings and a 60-minute fire rating.

It has a great modular system inside so you can modify the shelving and storage easily to suit your needs. It also comes with a large number of pockets on the door.


  • Locking: 12 solid steel locking bolts
  • Capacity: 28 Guns (Pistols and Long guns)
  • Fire rating: 60-minute


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Steelwater Extreme Duty 45 Long Gun Fire Protection

The Best for a gun collector or gun enthusiast

If you are a collector and have some guns that are very rare and need a lot of protection from all kinds of risks this is the safe you should get. This is the ultimate in gun safes before you move to a dedicated strong room. And with a 2-hour fire rating, this safe will keep even the most precious rare weapons safe.

For the ultimate peace of mind, this one is the one to go for.


  • Locking: 20 locking bolts
  • Capacity: 45 Guns
  • Fire rating: 120-minutes


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Best Safes

So we have done our own research for some of the best safes you can get and here is our list. All the safes below are recommended by the lockpicking community and we have included independent security ratings for all the safes that have them. Rest assured all the safes below are high-quality and very secure as tested.

Amsec UL1511 2-Hour Fire and Impact Proof Safe

While not the cheapest safe around this one is big enough that you will be able to store all your valuables and important documents in it. Really this is a safe that will last you multiple lifetimes. One that your kids will be able to use and their kids too.

And when it comes to a safe like this it’s more like buying insurance for theft and fire for whatever goes in it for the rest of your life. On top of that it looks great with its great finish and stylish design while still being functional and with that, 2-hour fire rating your valuables will be safe from anything.


  • Locking: 2 locking bolts
  • Capacity: 2,139 cubic inches (35L)
  • Fire rating: 120-minutes


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Gardall LC1414-G-C Light Commercial Safe

Looking for something a little larger with even more security than the Gardall LC1414 will be good. unless you are a serious safecracker then you are not getting into this box. with a burglar B rating, it will be keeping all your stuff safe from all but the very best.

This is the kind of safe that the military uses for day-to-day operations.

Unfortunately, this safe has no fire rating.


  • Locking: 3 locking bolts + Locking bar on the hinge side
  • Capacity: 2744 cubic inches (45L)
  • Drop Resistant


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Amsec CSC1413 Light Commercial Safe

Now we are getting to the safes that you hear about in the movies… this one is equipped with a tempered glass re-lock device to make drilling the safe extremely difficult for those without specific training.

While it is possible someone could get into this by choosing this you are going to some of the highest levels of safety available without getting a safety deposit box in a bank.


  • Locking: 4 locking bolts
  • Capacity: 2,139 cubic inches (35L)
  • Fire rating: 120-minutes


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Amsec B1500 Super Brute Floor safe

For something that is very strong but also can be hidden to make it even harder to get to this is a perfect choice. Floor safes are awesome for protecting some items not just in a secure way but also by hiding them at the same time. A floor safe installed well can be extremely hard to locate and even if you do locate it you still need to get into it.

Perfect if you are building a new house and you want to build in a safe for even more security.


  • Locking: 3 locking bolts
  • Capacity: 1,377 cubic inches (22.5L)


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Amsec BF3416 UL Listed Burglary Fire Safe

For those that just want something very large to be able to store everything in them, this is the one for you. this is a high-security replacement for a filing cabinet or just a huge safe that can have many things inside. with an internal capacity similar to that of a small fridge you really can put anything of value in this and be confident that it’s not going to go anywhere.


  • Locking: 3 locking bolts and locking bar on the hinge
  • Capacity: 8,976 cubic inches (147L)
  • Fire rating: 60-minutes


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Best Key Safe

Squire Stronghold Keysafe

From the LockPickingLawyers video [1171] he was able to open this key safe relatively fast. But in the video, he does praise this as being one of the better key safes that it is available due to its stronger construction and this is really the point. there are not many people that will have the know-how or patience to bother trying to find the code for the lock.

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Safe Accessories

Rechargable Magnetic Motion Sensor Safe Light

Something that is very useful in any safe is light. this is something that so many people overlook and it’s one of the most useful items that you can get.

Buying a Safe

Choosing a safe is a hard thing to do. They are expensive and you will most likely purchase them once, so you want it to be the right one to last you a long time.

Here is a guide and some questions you can answer that should help you choose the best one for your needs without breaking the bank.

Tips for Choosing a Safe

  • Buy a Safe with a Security Rating – Underwriter Laboratories
    The first UL rating is RSC or TL5 for 5-minute protection against power tools in the hands of a professional.
  • What fire rating do you need? When looking for a fire rating call your local fire department and ask them their response time and what they would recommend for your area and home. The more remote you live and the more difficult it is to access water for your home the better fire rating you will want. This will allow the safe to protect your contents long enough for any fire to be put out.
  • Stay away from keyed locks on safes. These are the lowest quality and will not put up much defence.
  • Find a safe with a security rated lock. Again Underwriter Laboritories have ratings for these, so thats always a good option.
  • Locking bolts, more and bigger is better. There should also be bolts on all 4 sides of the door.
    Bolt size starting around 12mm or half an inch thick is a good place to start. Also, you want a minimum of 3 bolts around the sides of the door and additionally a fixed bolt on the hinge side.
  • Weight, the heavier the better. While it makes it harder to install and move that is exactly what you want when trying to keep a thief out.
  • Hard plate protection on the front door, is for drill and cutting resistance on the door of the safe.
  • Check the gap around the door and make sure it’s equal all the way around.

LockPickingLawyer Safes that are NOT Recommended

  • SentrySafe SFW123GDC
    This safe was featured in the video [756] and is still a top seller and recommended on Amazon.
  • Amazon Basics Steel, Security Safe Lock Box
    Well in this case you get what you pay for, the Amazon basics safe is one of the ones that was opened in seconds with a very low skill attack. See video [859] for that one.
  • Honeywell Model 5101 DOJ
    Stay away from this safe this one is a horribly bad model, as seen in video [1176].
  • Homak Gun Safe
    This one was opened simply with a piece of plastic, very bad design, see it in the video [1022]


I hope you found this list of the LockPickingLawyers recommended safes, best gun safes, and best home safes useful. we did our best to put together a list of the best ones we were able to find that should fit most people’s needs. If you have any comments or questions please comment or send us an email.

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