When you are looking for a gun safe it is easy to get caught up in the world of electronic combinations and biometric fingerprint readers and all that technology. But sometimes you just want a reliable safe without the bells and whistles, a safe that will do one thing . . . keep people out. If that is you, then you should take a look at this product from Fort Knox, who are well known for making full-size, custom vaults.
You just have to lift this safe to realize that this was designed to resist attack. The main body of the safe is made from a single piece of 10-gauge steel, and a wraparound lid that is 3/16” thick, it weighs 22lbs and you could probably take a hammer to this thing without making much of a mark (I haven’t tried).
The heavy duty hinges are concealed inside the safe, and there are no gaps for any prying tools to get into.
Despite all this armor, the door is surprisingly easy to open because of the gas-assisted struts that help you.
Because the safe could be carried away, it should ideally be fixed in a drawer or to something heavy, and the bottom is pre-drilled to allow this.
No Electronics to Fail
A frequent complaint about gun safes is that the electronics or the batteries fail. This safe avoids this problem by not having any electronics.
The mechanical combination system is a set of 5 buttons and a knob that you turn when the correct sequence of buttons has been entered. No batteries. No buzzers and lights. As long as you remember your combination there is nothing to fail, and entry is as quick as it is on any electronic safes.
Once inside, you find that the safe is lined with a thick, egg-crate style foam that will prevent damage to the contents. Still, the interior is roomy enough (4.25” x 12.5” x 10.75”) to hold 2 pistols and some accessories.
As I write this review, there are 107 customer reviews on Amazon. And the average is 4.9 out of 5. That single negative review was because the user thought that having to push the buttons and then turn a knob was too fiddly.
It is actually quite difficult to find anything negative to say about this gun safe, and anything negative would probably come down to personal preferences. Buyers may prefer electronic systems or they may like lights and beeps. But for performing a particular function in as reliable a manner as possible, the Fort Knox Original does it as well, if not better, than any other safe I have reviewed.
At the price is not too bad either. And if you needed any more incentive, this safe does not offer a 1-year or 3-year manufacturer’s warranty; it comes with a lifetime warranty.
- Buy this gun safe on Amazon.com!