There are a ton of storage options for guns of many shapes and descriptions, but if you’re serious about protecting your firearms from theft and damage, you’ll want to invest in a good quality gun safe. You can search suggestions until you’re ready to go blind on reviews of everything from glorified filing cabinets to lunchbox sized biometric handgun safes. When you’re ready to get serious, it’s time to limit your search to find the best fireproof gun safe for your money.
The majority of the safes included in our fire rated gun safe reviews have a lot in common, but you’ll find that some options cost a little more. While you might find a perfectly serviceable safe at a conservative price point, a little extra investment may be worth considering if you’re particular about how things are organized, interior visibility or have non-standard firearms in your collection.
We’ve spent some time kicking the tires to help narrow down the field for you. In the end, we like the Amsec BF7240 Gun Safe best out of the models we inspected.
OUR BEST CHOICE
Top Fireproof Gun Safe Reviews 2018
Amsec BF7240 Gun Safe2 Hours
Mesa Safe MBF7236C All Steel Gun Safe1 Hour
Winchester Evolution 551 Hour
Steelwater Extreme Duty Fireproof Long Gun Safe2 Hours
Blue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun Safe1 Hour
Stack-On FS-24-MG-C Fire-Resistant Gun Safe30 Minutes
Stack-On FS-14 MB-E Fire-Resistant Gun Safe30 Minutes
What Makes a Great Gun Safe?
While there are a lot of criteria that go into choosing the perfect gun safe there are some common points to keep in mind: Solid Construction, Fireproofing, and Storage, as well as your desire for more Advanced Options will all point you in the direction of the perfect fireproof gun safe for your needs.
Construction Materials and Fireproofing
The best choice for most gun guys is a solid, fireproof safe built to accommodate long guns like rifles and shotguns. Fireproof safes should include heat activated seals that expand to keep smoke and heat at bay when things go wrong. Insulation materials may be layered sheets or more expensive foam fill fireproof insulation.
Steel construction is an absolute must for a truly secure fireproof gun safe. Polymer fabrication has its place, in tactical accessories, not in the outer shell of the safe you trust to protect your valuable guns and family treasures.
Most fireproof gun safes feature spaces designed for storage of ammunition, handguns and other odd valuables. The best fireproof waterproof gun safe will include modular internal racks and shelves that allow the owner to customize the safe to accommodate his own collection.
Modular components for organization, ready to wire electrical access points, desiccant supplies, and interior lighting options, as well as bolt down installation kits, are all extras we like, but wouldn’t lose sleep over. It’s not likely anyone’s going to actually take off with the entire 600-pound safe, and while it’s nice to have choices, a lot of unneeded equipment ends up as clutter.
Some gun safes offer premium upholstery inside while others are lined with a simple grey carpeting. Top of the line safes might include a mirrored interior, tilt out racks, or in-door shelving, while their competitors require you to poke your head in to look around for things. Choose an electronic combination or an old-fashioned dial locked safe. Many options are a matter of personal taste and luxury, rather than real security.
Best Fireproof Gun Safe Reviews
1. The Amsec BF7240 Gun Safe
Our top fireproof gun safe is the Amsec BF7240 Gun Safe. Theses safes are made by American Security. As the name implies, they’re an American safe building company, and they’ve been in the business for more than 75 years.
Amspec seems to understand what we’re looking for in a gun safe. The BF7240 offers quality steel construction, and a variety of high-end details that aren’t found in competitors’ offerings.
High-End Touches Make Amsec an Easy Choice
Features like interior mirroring and solid, in-door storage compartments aren’t strictly necessary for security, but they make it easier to find and neatly store necessities as well as the extras we like to keep locked away.
Other manufacturers include soft bags and pockets on the insides of their doors or even require the consumer to buy additional accessories to accommodate those family heirlooms and extra magazines.
E-Z Slant-Out Interior fixtures allow easy access to long guns stored in the Amsec BF7240. The Amsec’s pin dot upholstery puts the competition’s carpet coverings to shame. This safe is rich from the inside out.
Yes, It’s Safe and Secure
The Amsec BF7240 uses a virtually assault-proof UL listed group II lock. The dial features the extra protection of a keylock function that stops the dial from turning.
The Amsec BF7240 is pry proof, features hard plate to prevent drilling and features relocking devices that kick in when a breach is likely to have occurred through lock punching attempts.
Fireproofing Like No Other Manufacturer
Amsec wasn’t skimpy with the fireproofing on this safe either. The BF7240 has two fire seals. A silicone seal protects from the door jamb side while a Palusol expanding seal is attached to the door side.
The Amsec is rated to 1275 degrees for 90 minutes thanks to the fully insulated body and a door that features ½-inch plate and an inch of poured DryLight insulation. The insulation and integrity of the door are uninterrupted by hardware thanks to quality exterior type hinges.
2. Mesa Safe MBF7236C 32 Rifle Gun Safe
This 32-gun safe is from Mesa Safe Company, they’re an American Company that’s been around for decades.
We think that’s a bonus since we expect a fireproof gun safe to be a long-term investment and want to know we can get help if there’s ever a problem.
Security to Spare
Mesa’s offering features a number of quality security features. Their UL listed combination lock resists attempts to open it by force as well as heat. The safe door is secured by a total of 14 solid steel bolts that measure a hefty 1-1/2inches in diameter.
The locking mechanism is protected by a hard plate to resist attempts to drill the lock as well as a relocking system that activates in the event that someone attempts to punch through the lock to disable it.
3. The Winchester Evolution 55 Gun Safe
The Evolution line of fireproof gun safes is made by Winchester, one of the most recognizable names in the firearms industry.
The Evolution is a pry proof, secure, fireproof gun safe that features modular interior structures.
It is available with either a mechanical lock dial or a push button electronic lock to suit your personal preferences.
Fire Rating and Fireproofing
The Winchester Evolution 55 is making a pretty good run for the top of the list. It’s got a fire rating good for 1400 degrees and includes a quality Pal Sol expanding door seal that expands to six times its original size when exposed to heat.
That creates an effective barrier for smoke and heat, protecting your valuable investment pieces and personal treasures.
Size and Flexibility
This is where Winchester is trying to get into the premium lineup. Instead of creating a completely stationary interior, the Evolution features 12 modular barrel rests and 11 quick access pins for handgun retention. Those are in addition to the 44 traditional long gun places. Winchester's modular barrel rests are just what the doctor ordered for carbine and pistol conversion weapons that don’t fit standard rifle rests or handgun slots.
The size of the Evolution 55 is intimidating, probably too much for many homes, so we can’t say this one's for everyone. If you’ve got the space for it, the Evolution 55 will take care of your storage and security needs, with a little room to grow.
4. Steelwater Extreme Duty 2-Gun Fire Resistant Safe
Steelwater isn’t a domestic manufacturer, or we might have been a little more generous with their placement on the list. They’ve packed a lot of extra features into this safe, and we’re excited to see more of their products in the future.
We like the value-added upgrades that are available for their standard locking mechanism, an option we’d like to see other manufacturers offer.
Better Than the Rest
Steeelwater manufactured this gun safe for a longer, higher temperature fire rating than we’ve seen in any of our other offerings. It’s good for 1875 degrees for a full two hours. They’ve reinforced everything from the bolt down holes to the interior shelves.
The protective hard plate in this safe prevents not only attacks on the lock itself, but also the gear drive, re-locker, and linkages. This is an 8x hard plate, an additional ¼-inch steel plate over the entire safe door.
Steelwarer’s standard lock is a mechanical, dial-type combination lock with a keylock to limit use of the dial. Those of you who prefer an electronic lock pad can order identical safes with that option too.
5. Blue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun Safe
Our Blue Dot was a 56-inch model, designed to accommodate 30 rifles plus ammunition, handguns, and sundry items in on-door pouches.
It had internally attached hinges, which might hurt its fire protection potential, but it’s still far more secure and protective than many of the glorified filing cabinets offered by a lot of more famous names.
12 Gauge steel panels, expanding door seals, and fireproof insulation make the Blue Dot Second Amendment Gun Safe fire resistant to 1700 degrees according to the literature we were provided. That falls well within the standards set by the Department of Justice.
The Second Amendment is manufactured with a proprietary 5/16-inch drill resistant hard plate to protect the lock assembly. The Blue Dot also includes a relocking mechanism for punch attacks and a quality four-way bolted locking system.
Storage Options and Interior Finishing
Door storage in the Blue Dot Second Amendment gun safe is nothing special. While our model had a lot of storage potential in cubic inches, the on-door options are limited to plastic and fabric pouches. While there is plenty of space for handguns, magazines and the like, we don’t see those pouches standing up well over time.
6. Stack-On FS-24-MG-C 24-Gun Fire Resistant Safe with Combination Lock
Okay, let’s be honest, we like the options Stack-On offers, and the price point at which they offer them. In fact, we didn’t hesitate to bring two Stack-On offerings to the list.
This one is a little larger than the first and offers storage for another ten guns over what the FS-14-MN-E could handle. Still, it’s not the behemoth the Winchester Evolution is, so it’s appropriate for modestly sized spaces and does a good job of utilizing interior space.
Security and Fire Resistance
Like our first Stack-On safe, the 24-Gun version offers California compliant security features and one-inch, two-way locking bolts. It’s been independently tested for fire resistance up to 1400 degrees.
To be honest, what’s placed this Stack-On lower on the list than the other offering is the manual dial-type combination lock. The dial on our model just wasn’t as smooth to operate as we would have liked, and that can be an issue for people who aren’t combination-lock friendly.
7. Stack-On FS-14 MB-E 14 Gun Fire Resistant Safe with Electronic Lock
While you might not find the Stack-On name terribly exciting, you should know that they’ve been in the storage and security business since 1972. They are part of the Alpha Guardian Security products company which also includes Cannon Safe, and Gun Vault. There’s a lot of security under one banner and Stack-On is just one of the nameplates they use.
A Secure Choice with a Smaller Footprint
The Stack-On FS-14-MN-E Is a 14-gun safe that measures 20.2 x 29.2 x 55-inches. That requires a considerably smaller chunk of real estate than some of our other choices, making it much more suitable for those who have smaller homes or who might be looking for a secondary gun safe for frequently used firearms.
Stack-On Safes are California Department of Justice Approved for safe firearms storage, so you know they’re secure. Three one-inch live bolts and two back side deadbolts keep your valued firearms secure.
This model offers an electronic lock that self-monitors for battery life, and offers a backup key feature. While the backup key may be an Achilles’ heel to some, those who aren’t necessarily comfortable depending on electronics may find it a plus.
Fire Resistant Construction
The Stack-On 14-Gun Safe is fire resistant to 1400 degrees, as verified by the independent testing firm ETL. Stack-On’s quality steel shell is backed by layers of fireproof insulation.
Expanding door seals keep heat and smoke out of the storage space, saving your guns and valuables from damage.
This is where Stack-On puts their best foot forward. Stack on has done a very good job of utilizing the space inside the small footprint of this gun safe.
Patented Stack-On barrel rests are manufactured to retain their usefulness over a long service life, and won’t compress or break down over years of use. Stack on Barrel rests is designed to handle fine profile rifle barrels and husky side by side shotguns equally well.
The Fire Resistant Winner
Every safe we've included in this review will serve well to protect your firearms from theft and damage, but we think that the Amsec BF7240 Gun Safe is the best fire gun safe for our purposes.
It has a reasonable capacity, luxury interior, and flexibility we can really put to use.
This safe will keep your guns and valuables safe and offers enough extras to make it feel a little indulgent.
After all, we gun guys don't spend all of our time in the mud, we like the finer things too.