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Philem Withlead
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Published Aug 26, 2021
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Our Top Picks for Best Cheap Gun Safes

Reviews of the Best Cheap Gun Safes from Our Research

Fort Knox FTK-PB

Fort Knox FTK-PB Pistol Box Handgun Safe
  • The strongest handgun safe on the market
  • Exceeds the CA Firearms Safety Device Requirements
  • Has a gas strut to assist when you open the door
  • Simplex mechanical lock - user friendly with 1081 user combinations
  • Made in the USA

One of the best pistol safes on the market right now is the Fort Knox FTK-PB and for good reason. This gun safe allows easy and quick access to your firearms. The simplex mechanical lock offers 1081 combinations which makes it pretty secure.

Interior space is great; you'll easily be able to fit two pistols with one or two magazines, or even three if the pistols are even more compact. The safe itself is fairly heavy at 20lbs but this makes it very durable. You'll also be able to bolt it if need be.

One downside of it (apart from the price) is that the safe isn't waterproof but considering everything else it offers, this isn't a big deal. All in all, a strong and secure gun safe well worth the $315 investment. Oh did I mention you get a lifetime warranty for this safe?

Features

  • $315+
  • 20lbs
  • 10 gauge thickness
  • Gas strut
  • Simplex mechanical lock
  • 1081 combinations
  • Lifetime warranty

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Features an anti-theft alarm
  • Fits 2 (or three smaller) pistols plus a couple of magazines
  • Boltable

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Somewhat expensive

ShotLock Handgun 200M Solo-Vault

ShotLock Handgun 200M Solo-Vault (Mechanical)
  • Secures full-framed handguns up to a 1911 size
  • Military grade 14 gauge steel frame with dual internal locking points
  • Carrying handle and cable holes (cables not included) for portability
  • The 200M Series lock is a unique 8 button, all-mechanical, programmable lock. It provides over 1,500 four digit combinations, and includes a key override
  • 2-year limited warranty

Coming in at an impressive $180, the ShotLock Handgun 200M Solo-Vault will fulfill all your handgun safe requirements. With military-grade 14 gauge steel, over 1,500 mechanical lock combinations, and a 2-year warranty, this gun safe is a great choice.

In fact, it's one of the most secure handgun safes in the world, easily being able to deter anyone who tries to open it forcefully.

You won't have to think twice about where to put it because it's versatile enough to be placed anywhere you wish. Pre-drilled cable holes are amazing because you won't have to do it yourself.

Unfortunately, the safe isn't fire-resistant nor waterproof so don't keep anything other than the gun and ammo within it. It's also somewhat small with space for only one handgun. Nevertheless, the ShotLock Handgun 200M justifies its price to the fullest.

Features

  • $180+
  • Military-grade 14 gauge steel
  • Cable holes (cables not included)
  • Programmable mechanical lock with 8 buttons
  • 1,500+ combinations
  • Master key override lock (or crutch system)
  • 2-year warranty

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Incredible security
  • No need for batteries
  • Comes with mounting hardware
  • Easy-to-change combination
  • Ability to lock the safe using a heavy-duty cable
  • California Department of Justice (DOJ) approved

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not fireproof
  • Space for a single pistol

Barska Desk Safe AX13094

Well, for $135 you'd usually expect a cheap knock-off or a mediocre gun safe but nope! The AX13094 is affordable for any firearm owner looking to keep their gun safe, hidden, and secure. Keep in mind though that it's a compact handgun safe and can fit a single pistol in it.

One attractive detail of this desk safe is its foam interior that'll keep your gun protected against notches and scratches. People often say this is their go-2 choice when they want to place a safe out of sight.

Because of its versatility, it's easy to mount it under any desk or surface. Accessing the gun is simple and quick; with a silent mode to boot if you end up in an emergency.

For the price, this handgun safe is absolutely perfect.. unless you're looking for interior space, in which case, it's mediocre at best. On the flip side, this gun safe isn't meant to keep a collection of firearms in it but rather, the option to pull out the gun in seconds.

Features

  • $135+
  • Digital keypad
  • Spring-loaded locking mechanism
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes for easy mounting
  • Foam Interior
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Silent mode

Pros

  • Flexible and versatile; can be fitted under almost any desk
  • Silent mode feature for accessing your firearm in case of emergencies
  • DOJ approved
  • Interior gun protection from dents and scratches
  • Tamper-resistant
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Can only fit a single handgun
  • Needs batteries to operate (4 AA)
  • Shorter warranty than others

GunVault SV500 Speedvault Series

One of the cheapest gun safes in the world, the GunVault SV500 offers a lot despite its price. Its main purpose is to allow amazingly fast access to the stored weapon, giving the owner a real advantage in emergencies.

You also wouldn't expect a gun safe as cheap as this to be strong but that's exactly the case. 18-gauge steel is no joke and can prevent unauthorized access. It isn't as versatile as the Barska Desk Safe (due to bulkiness and steel gauge thickness) but can be fitted anywhere regardless.

This gun safe is perfect for locations where you want both the gun and safe hidden ie. under the desk, in a drawer, or on the nightstand.

Instant access, great durability, and a cheap price mean that you can't go wrong with this gun safe.

Features

  • $80+
  • Combination lock
  • 18-Gauge steel
  • Foam interior
  • Fastening belt and mounting hardware
  • Single 9V battery needed

Pros

  • Dirt cheap
  • Unique drop-down design enables lightning-fast gripping of the gun
  • Tough and durable construction
  • Foam interior prevents scratches and notches
  • Impressive mounting versatility
  • DOJ approved

Cons

  • The Biometric version is somewhat expensive
  • The interior LED light can be too bright for some people
  • Space for only one gun

Hornady Rapid Safe Night Guard

Sleep safe and sound at night knowing the Hornady Rapid Safe Night Guard is there, ready to pop open at a moment's notice!

Although expensive coming in at $250, this little safe provides adequate protection against all prying attempts but its biggest asset is being disguised as an alarm clock. This automatically means that no one knows it's a gun safe unless they've dealt with it before.

An RFID lock allows faster access than a biometric lock or an electronic keypad mechanism. You also receive a mechanical key.

This gun safe does use batteries but luckily, it can be recharged with regular AC. Additionally, an interesting feature of the Hornady Rapid Safe is the ability to recharge your phones or other devices using USB-A or USB-C ports. Pretty convenient, right?

Features

  • $250+
  • RFID technology electronic lock
  • Spring-assisted drawer
  • AC and battery power
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes
  • Mechanical key
  • Camouflaged look (features a clock display)

Pros

  • Very tamper-proof
  • Inconspicuous thanks to the clock display
  • Easy to set up and install
  • Rechargeable
  • Rugged and durable
  • Hardened interior locking lugs

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Uses batteries
  • Cable attachment could be better

V-Line Slide-Away Security Safe

V-Line Slide-Away Security Safe, Semi-Flat Black
  • MADE IN THE USA
  • CA DOJ Approved
  • Pick and pluck foam interior
  • Genuine Simplex Lock
  • Oversized pullout drawer with ball bearing sliders

Considering this bad boy will set you back some $300, it must be one of the best gun safes around, right? Well, there's truth to that statement.

The V-Line Slide-Away gun safe has traditional as well as some extra protection to it. It can be mounted virtually anywhere thanks to the design whilst also boasting 12-gauge steel to prevent damage.

The best part? You'll find that the outside parts of the safe are coated in black powder which prevents corrosion and rusting. This makes it usable in various damp conditions without any issues.

Lastly, you'll be able to fit 2 handguns in it. It also looks great! Unfortunately, it is quite expensive and there could be better options if you're looking for a smaller gun safe whose guns can be accessed easier than here.

Features

  • $300+
  • 12-gauge steel
  • Black powder coating on outside parts
  • Simplex 900 mechanical locking mechanism
  • Heavy-duty sliders

Pros

  • DOJ approved
  • Easy-to-access slide-away design
  • Tamper-proof and durable
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Extremely versatile and mountable almost anywhere
  • Space for 2 firearms

Cons

  • Expensive

V-Line Compact Keyless Gun Security Locker

V-Line Compact Keyless Gun Storage Security Locker, Black
  • MADE IN THE USA
  • CA DOJ Approved
  • Genuine KABA Simplex Lock
  • No Batteries required
  • Steel Construction, pry resistant clamshell design

Keyless gun safes are generally frowned upon but this one escapes the usual prejudice associated with them.

The V-Line compact security locker offers great durability and protection against all forms of attack, including prying. The 18-gauge steel construction makes it so the safe itself is difficult to get into unless you know the combination.

This gun safe is arguably the best one for traveling because of its design; pop-open towards the top and boom - your gun's in your hand.

One negative that might cause some people to look away is that there's not a lot of space. You'll only ever be able to fit one handgun and maybe a mag and that's it. But considering it's a gun safe predominantly used for traveling, it's completely understandable that it'd be smaller than expected.

Features

  • $165+
  • Lightweight but strong materials used in construction
  • Simplex lock
  • 18-gauge steel construction; clamshell design
  • Foam interior

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Perfect for carrying while traveling
  • No batteries required
  • Pry-resistant thanks to the overlapping lid
  • Relatively quick access once you get used to opening it

Cons

  • Susceptible to corrosion after extended use
  • Gun safe doesn't lay flat on a surface thanks to the position of the cables

Agile SecureIt Ultralight Gun Safe Model 52 Pro

Secure It Gun Storage Agile Ultralight Gun Safe: Model 52 Pro - Holds 6 Firearms and Includes CradleGrid Tech, A Heavy Duty Cabinet with Keypad Control
  • ULTRALIGHT GUN SAFE – Don't let a traditional gun safe slow you down. The Agile 52 is strong and durable, yet lightweight so you can relocate around the house, or when you move.
  • KEY OVERRIDE - A keypad control panel with the addition of a hidden key override as back up, keeps all contents secured.
  • EASILY ADJUSTABLE - Comes standard with SecureIt’s CradleGrid Technology for organized and adaptable storage. CradleGrid system allows adjustment on the fly to store any long gun; no tools necessary. There is no need to re-zero, it stores any style rifle with a scope attached.
  • STEEL LOUVERED PANEL - Heavy-duty steel safe with louvered back panel grid for straight-line access which allows you to reach each firearm without moving others. To top it all off the organizational awareness improves visual inventory. The Agile Model 52 is the ideal size for both home and office.
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED - Comes with 6 Cradles with bungees, 3 Stock Bases, 1 door organizer, 2 magnetic hooks, 3 sm. bins, 3 med. bins, 1 Lg. bin, and more

Our first true long gun safe on the list! And boy, what a great one it is. The SecureIt Model 52 Pro is generally considered the best gun safe you can find to store long guns. Thanks to the abundance of free space, you'll be able to mount a maximum of 6 long guns (with scopes!) in any way you want.

Speaking of space, even with 6 rifles you'll find plenty of room to store anything else you might need including handguns, bags, magazines, and much more. You can also get a separate door organizer for even more flexibility when storing your firearms.

The price point is.. steep. Let's not kid ourselves, $800 is a lot of money to churn out for a gun safe. But, if you can muster it, you won't regret the purchase due to the abundance of features that come with the SecureIt Model 52 Pro.

Features

  • $800
  • Lightweight but durable materials used in construction
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes
  • Knockdown Technology
  • Programmable digital keypad
  • Hidden key override
  • 12-gauge steel construction

Pros

  • Spacious (can fit 6 long guns with scopes)
  • Heavy-duty and durable construction
  • Easy to disassemble and reassemble
  • Pre-drilled holes to improve security by bolting the safe down
  • Visually pleasing
  • CradleGrid technology; features adjustable shelves and multiple mounting options

Cons

  • Somewhat expensive
  • Quality control is not the best
  • 90-day money-back guarantee is weak

GunVault NV300 NanoVault

GunVault NV300 Fits Full Size 1911 Style Pistols Black
  • Easy to operate three number combination lock
  • Interior top and bottom lined with 1/2" thick memory fitting foam
  • 18-gauge steel construction
  • Meets TSA airline firearm guidelines

The NV300 is basically what you'd want to get when you're in a hurry. This is a surprisingly cheap gun safe with relatively good characteristics. It's not perfect in any way and can be considered worse than other gun safes but what this one has going for itself is its size and price.

Coming in at a measly $40, the NV300 nevertheless features 18-gauge steel construction, a foam interior, and easy access. This is definitely the smallest and cheapest gun safe on our list but one that does come in handy on certain occasions.

Don't expect some otherworldly protection from it though; the 3-number pin code for this safe can be somewhat easily cracked by skilled people. But in the end - its size means concealment is a major advantage over other, similar gun safes.

Features

  • $40+
  • TSA Airline firearm guidelines
  • 18-gauge steel construction
  • Three-number locking mechanism
  • Foam interior

Pros

  • Exceptionally cheap
  • Incredibly easy to access firearm with simple 3-number combination lock
  • Perfect for use when traveling
  • Takes virtually no physical space due to size

Cons

  • Can fit a single 1911 style handgun
  • Very small
  • Less resistant than others in the class

Vaultek VT20i Pistol Safe

Whilst this gun safe can't hold a long gun but rather, only a handgun, it is still extremely effective at keeping your firearms safe. The Vaultek VT20i can be opened through a variety of methods so if one fails, there are many others that will work.

It looks fairly futuristic and feels like it too with the keypad proximity sensor and Bluetooth phone app access.

I consider safes with batteries wasteful and potentially less secure than gun safes that don't use batteries. However, this Vaultek model can last a long time and takes only 2.5 hours to charge using the included micro-USB charging kit. Pretty nice of them to also include the charging kit!

Overall, the $270+ price tag is somewhat disappointing and unacceptable to beginner gun owners but - it is a sound and safe investment.

Features

  • $270+
  • Key lock
  • Digital keypad
  • Fingerprint access
  • Bluetooth phone app access
  • Sturdy construction
  • 16-gauge carbon steel construction
  • Keypad proximity sensor

Pros

  • Durable and strong
  • Can fit one large or two medium-sized handguns with some mags
  • Wide variety of access types
  • Great anti-tampering mechanisms
  • Futuristic design
  • Ability to store up to 20 fingerprints
  • Interior LED light

Cons

  • Relatively expensive for a gun safe
  • Uses a battery (4-6 months until depleted)

Stack-On GCB-908 8-Gun Safe

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Stack-On GCB-908 Steel 8-Gun Security Cabinet, Black
  • Holds 8 rifles or shotguns up to 54" tall
  • Top shelf provides additional storage or is removable - Stack-On's patented contoured non-marring barrel rests and standoffs for scoped guns allow for one position storage.
  • Shelf is positioned in the front of the cabinet so longer guns can be stored along the back wall of the unit - Foam padded bottom reduces scratches
  • Full length welded and staked steel piano hinge provides greater security - 3 point locking system with key coded, double-bitted lock for greater security
  • Flush mount bottom for easier fastening to the floor. Fastening hardware is included.

If you're looking for a gun safe to store a big number of guns - then this is the perfect safe for you. You'll be satisfied to know that experts recommend this gun safe to beginners that are just starting out with their gun ownership journey.

The GCB-908 is extremely affordable and can fit around 6 rifles. Some have described it as a simple cabinet for guns. Which.. is partially true.

You won't get exceptional security and fire prevention from this one and it doesn't come close to some of the best gun safes around. However, due to its price and value-for-money, it is a great choice if you're just starting out.

Also, keep in mind that it isn't fire-resistant so don't keep your paper documents or valuables within it - just in case.

Features

  • $240+
  • Different colors to choose from
  • Mechanical key locking mechanism
  • Pre-drilled holes for attaching to the wall
  • Fastening and mounting hardware
  • Foam-padded bottom

Pros

  • Acceptable durability and strength
  • Tamper-proof
  • Ease of mounting
  • Foam padding that prevents scratches and notches
  • Plenty of space for multiple guns
  • Fairly affordable

Cons

  • Not one of the fire-resistant safes
  • Acquiring extra keys for this safe is difficult
  • Doesn't offer too much protection

Stack-On SS-22-MB-E Gun Safe

Stack-On SS-22-MB-E SS22 Gun Safe, 22, Black
  • Holds 22 rifles or shotguns up to 54 inches tall, or 11 firearms and storage, or all storage
  • 4 Adjustable shelves
  • Exterior has a black epoxy paint finish with chrome accents and silk-screen on the door
  • Electronic lock includes operational lights for open, low battery warning and incorrect entry
  • Fully carpeted interior

Although it doesn't feature a biometric lock or anything fancy, the $500 Stack-On gun safe will hold all your rifles and then some. A member of the more high-quality gun safes, the SS-22-MB-E has a locking system perfectly capable of deterring any potential break-ins.

There's no interior light on this one either but there's no need for it - it's so big that you'll easily be able to make out your rifles in a dark environment.

Another reason why it's so popular is that you can freely adjust the interior to fit whatever you want or remove some of the clutter. The electronic lock system makes the SS-22-MB-E equipped to prevent any tampering as well.

Along with your rifles, you'll be able to place other valuables within it as well - but just remember that it isn't fireproof nor waterproof.

Features

  • $500+
  • Black epoxy paint
  • Adjustable interior shelves
  • Electronic guns safe
  • Light-up display of the digital keypad
  • Heavy-duty steel

Pros

  • Electronic lock system keypad lights up in the dark
  • Ideally fits 18 rifles and/or shotguns under 54 inches
  • Carpeted interior to protect guns from scratches
  • Gun and valuables safe
  • Steel walls to prevent tampering and break-ins

Cons

  • Not fireproof
  • Not waterproof
  • It's very difficult to fit 22 guns as advertised

Buyer's Guide for Best Cheap Gun Safes

Gun safety and theft prevention should be a priority for all gun owners. After all, you never know what might happen; protecting your firearms means that they'll be able to protect you.

As a firearm owner, you need to pay close attention to what you're buying for gun storage. Some gun safes are much worse than others and are prone to be broken into.

Luckily, there are a couple of great affordable gun safes that will keep your firearms safe from the wrong hands. Also, word of advice - after a certain price point, gun safes typically do not offer any new level of protection. The most expensive ones do look futuristic and aesthetically pleasing, but they aren't any better than those half their price.

Mechanical, electronic, or biometric lock - these are the 12 best cheap gun safes that you'll have peace of mind with, knowing your guns are safe in a safe - totally pun-intended.

 

Getting a valuable and efficient gun safe for cheap can be daunting considering the amount of terrible and knock-off products on the market. However, as long as you know what to look for, this shouldn't pose too big of a challenge.

That's exactly why we're here - to help you make the correct choice.

Now, you might want a safe that can fit up to four rifles and such, but after a while, this safe would become obsolete as you'd have more guns. They are a good starting choice but be careful when investing in them; if you plan on getting more guns quickly, then it's best to wait for when you have a higher budget.

Some of the characteristics you should look out for when searching for gun safes are:

  • Lock system (biometric lock, electronic lock, etc.)
  • Fire rating (cheap ones won't have a fire rating most likely)
  • Type of material used (solid steel, steel gauge thicknesses, etc.)
  • Access speed (instant or almost instant access is best)
  • Ability to store other valuables (jewelry, documents, etc.)
  • Security features (alarm, construction security features, etc.)
  • Price

The best high-quality gun safes cost a lot. But they're also somewhat overpriced; you're essentially paying for a prettier safe.

It's best if you compare all of these features and pick out the ones you need the most. Each of these gun safes offers specific things and functionality - it's down to your preference and requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions for High-Quality Affordable Gun Safes

How much should I spend on a gun safe?

Depending on what you're looking for, even a $100 gun safe is a good investment. The cheapest ones that are worth the bang for your buck are often small gun safes, able to fit only one gun.

Cheap gun safes are usually lacking in the features department though they are usually fairly safe. Gun safe companies don't generally look to sacrifice security when lowering the price of a product, although one should be wary of potential scams.

Your best bet would be to spend anywhere between $100 and $750 for a beginner-to-slightly experienced gun owner. The locking mechanism on these safes might seem basic but is acceptable.


Are affordable gun safes worth the investment?

Yes, affordable or cheap gun safes are worth your investment as long as you don't blindly purchase an advertised product without doing the research yourself (or having someone else do it for you like we're doing here).

Technically, even the cheaper gun safes can provide incredible security and quality, though these are commonly found to be small gun safes (less size, smaller price). The larger rifle safes are more expensive but again - it's all about what exactly you're looking for.


How much protection does an affordable gun safe provide?

Cheap gun safes can be seen with a wide variety of security features such as a fingerprint scanner, electronic keypad, pin code protection, and a specific locking system (ie. steel cable). In most cases, these safes don't have a fire protection rating as this is the most common feature to be left out to keep the price low.

The best gun safes have a huge number of features but - they're stupidly expensive after a certain degree for no other reason than aesthetics.

In short, even affordable gun safes such as the ones we mention in this article provide adequate unauthorized access prevention meant to keep all your valuables nicely locked away from the wrong hands.


Are affordable gun safes fire resistant?

Sadly, most low-priced gun safes are not very fire resistant and any paper valuables within the safe would not be saved. Some safes do come with a 30-minute fire-resistance rating, however, this isn't enough time to prevent damage to said paper valuables.

A general rule of thumb when it comes to gun safe fire resistance is that they should be able to withstand 1 hour of constant heat.


Why don't cheap gun safes have a reputable fire rating?

It's a rare sight to find affordable gun safes with good fire ratings mainly because this feature is the one that is sacrificed to lower the price. It also makes perfect sense - the more money you spend, the more features you'll get from a rifle gun safe or a pistol one.


Can guns rust in a gun safe?

Unfortunately, the humidity found in gun safes does cause gun rust to appear. This is a common occurrence; one that you should both expect and be prepared for. Other valuables within a gun safe most likely won't be affected, but the guns themselves are susceptible to some rusting.

You can find safe accessories for some gun safes to combat this, however, we recommend you follow the method mention in the following Frequently Asked Question.


How can I stop my guns from rusting?

The best method to prevent your guns from rusting is by using a dehumidifier. It will take care of all the moisture present in your gun safe and thus, your guns won't rust.

Use the dehumidifier every few days by keeping your gun safe open and extracting all the moisture out of it.


Final Thoughts

If you're short on cash or just don't want to spend too much on a gun safe, affordable options do offer some forms of useful and necessary gun safe features. The main point is that they secure guns; most are capable enough to prevent an intruder from breaking into your safe and stealing the content inside.

Whether the safe comes with a master key for a mechanical lock or forms of electronic locks, the ones we mentioned are great value for money. You can rest easy knowing your investment will be worthwhile no matter which one you choose - in the end, it's a matter of preference and what type of gun safe you're looking for.

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