Stack-On Gun Cabinet – A Safe That Makes You Feel Secure
The Stack-On gun cabinet is a small safe made by Stack On Inc. which was founded in 1997. They are manufactured from steel with a glass fronted door and have a built in lockable drawer that opens into it. The price range for the stack on gun cabinet ranges between $300-$500 depending upon the size of the cabinets and features like locking mechanisms, security features, etc..
You may ask yourself if you need a gun safe at all? Is it really necessary to store your valuable items inside one? If so, why would you want one anyway?
Well, there are many reasons. For starters, having a gun safe will make your life easier when buying or selling things. Having a secure place where you keep your valuables makes it much safer to handle them during transactions. There are other benefits too. One of the most obvious ones is that you’ll save money because you won’t have to pay for a professional gun safe installer. Another benefit is that having a gun safe will help protect your possessions from theft. While guns aren’t exactly cheap, they do tend to get stolen quite often and if someone does manage to steal something, then it’s not going to be easy getting it back since thieves usually don’t care about the value of their loot.
Why Go With A Gun Safe?
The first thing you need to decide is why you are buying a gun safe and what your specific needs are. For example, if you own a few expensive rifles or shotguns, then you’re obviously going to want a bigger gun safe compared to someone who just wants to store their pistol in one. Don’t forget that the bigger the safe, the heavier it becomes and the more difficult it is to steal. So if you have the space, then you may want to go with a bigger safe. Even if you don’t have that much to store, it’s better to be safe than sorry since you can always move into a bigger house later on and get a bigger safe then.
How Much Should You Spend?
If you’re reading this article then you’re obviously thinking about getting a gun safe, but how much should you really spend?
If you’re a serious gun fanatic or you own a number of valuable firearms, then you may want to save up and buy a really nice Liberty Safe, but for most people the stack-on gun cabinet will do just fine. You can pick one up for under $500 which isn’t too bad considering what you get. The main thing to remember is the bigger the safe and the more fireproof it is, the heavier and more expensive it’s going to be. If you have the money, then by all means go for something like that, but if you’re on a budget, then your best bet is probably to get a stack on gun cabinet or something similar.
What Kind of Gun Safe Do You Need?
When it comes to gun safes you really have three main choices: You can either buy a big heavy steel gun cabinet, buy a small lighter weight safe, or buy a fireproof document safe. The first type is by far the most popular as they’re cheap, easy to move around (if necessary), and can be used to store more than just guns. All gun cabinets are built pretty much the same so it all boils down to size and weight mainly. The second type are small light-weight safes that are great for storing a pistol or two and little else. These are usually sold under the dictates of being “fireproof” but in reality they are not really all that safe from fire and are better used to protect paper documents. The last type are the fireproof document safes which are great for protection against fire, but don’t really offer much protection against theft or burglary. The doors on these are really only as strong as the walls so unless it’s filled with bricks or locked inside a vault, a thief can still take it with little effort.
What Should You Look For in a Gun Safe?
After deciding what type of safe you should buy, it’s time to look at some specific models. The first thing you’ll need to look for is the thickness of the steel as this is what really counts when it comes to protecting your guns from theft. Most gun cabinets have a minimum of 14 gauge steel, but you can find some with 10 gauge which is even better. If you’re buying a small fireproof safe, then 10 gauge is really the minimum you should look for. Another important feature is the thickness of the door as the door tends to be the first place burglars attempt to get in (hence the term “crack open the door”). The usual minimum thickness for a gun safe door is four inches, but you can buy ones with up to seven inch thick doors. You usually have to pay more for these extra thick doors, but it can be well worth it if you’re worried about theft.
Buying Used Can Save You Money
If you’re on a tight budget, then you may want to consider buying used. You can usually find gun safes for sale all over the place and many people are selling them off for cheap right now since they are no longer worried about their old home getting broken into. Just make sure it hasn’t been “liberated” of its contents already. You can also try checking with local pawn shops and gun stores to see if they have any used safes in the back, sometimes they get trades in and just end up selling the safe instead of keeping it in the back.
Another option is checking out your local classifieds or even Ebay as people sell used safes all the time on there.
Sources & references used in this article:
Door for security safes and gun cabinets by PF Lynch, CP Paris, SW Osiecki – US Patent App. 29/176,713, 2004 – Google Patents
Entire lock box with 3D front panel by S Nelson – US Patent App. 29/513,423, 2016 – Google Patents
Firearm safe by TE Miller – US Patent App. 29/517,374, 2016 – Google Patents