Gun safes can be installed virtually anywhere. Available in a wide range of sizes, weights and styles — you might consider placing one in a closet, bedroom, behind a curtain or in a den. However, one of the most popular places to install a gun safe is in the garage.
Advantages of Garage Gun Safe
Hands down, one of the biggest advantages of installing a gun safe in the garage is size. Those who want a large gun safe often choose to store it in the garage because that’s where they have the most available space.
This is particularly an advantage if you want a safe big enough to store a variety of items, including weapons, money, important paperwork, and valuables. In addition, you might find storing your gun safe in the garage is:
- Gun safes can be aesthetically pleasing but for many, the garage can offer space for a larger safe.
- The garage is where most clean their guns and prepare them for shooting or a hunt.
- Closer to load into a vehicle for a hunt or to go shooting
- Bolting to concrete can provide more security that bolting to a wood floor.
How to Properly Install a Gun Safe in Your Garage
While the garage is one of the most popular places to install your gun safe, you will want to take some precautions. These include:
- Bolting your safe to the floor to reduce the chance of theft.
- Using a dehumidifier and a desiccant to limit moisture from damaging your valuables.
- Space your safe off the concrete to allow airflow underneath
- Level your safe to allow for proper door swing and safe door operation
Top 6 Garage Gun Safes
The following gun safes all offer large interiors, allowing you to store multiple firearms and valuables. Each is made in the USA, which not only means your purchase supports American jobs, but gives you additional peace of mind as to quality.
Built Liberty tough, the USA 48 can store up to 48 long guns, which makes it a substantial size for its price point. It has a fire rating of up to 40 minutes at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. The door is equipped with 2-sided military-style locking bars — making it extremely pry-resistant.
And, it is powder-coated on all sides — even the bottom — meaning you don’t have to worry about the finish failing and your safe rusting.
The Fatboy Jr. offers all the size and capacity advantages of a USA 48, with a few key upgrades. The most coveted of which include:
- 4-Sided Locking Bars
- Dual Stage Fire Seal
- Thicker Body
- 60-Minute Fire Rating
The Colonial 50 is another Liberty safe. It’s made with the same structural upgrades at Fatboy to deliver that elevated security, while also offering more storage space. With an additional 5-inches of depth and 12-inches of height, the Colonial 50 can store up to 64 long guns.
Liberty’s Lincoln 50 gun safe has an extended fire rating of 90-minutes. This additional time gives you added protection in the event of a house fire or forest fire. The locking bars at 15⅜-inch thick. And, it comes loaded with a variety of popular accessories, including:
- Jewelry Drawer
- LED Interior Lights
- Dehumidifier Rod
- Accessory Door Panel
Though not as well known, the BF7250 offers the best pound-for-pound value in the industry. It utilizes a commercial construction design, featuring inner and outer layers of steel, filled with fire insulation and a solid plate door. This impressive combination makes this safe extremely hard to breach and delivers a 2-hour fire rating. But unlike most commercial safes, the BF7250 has a gun safe interior, including:
- Door organizer
- Long gun and assault rifle storage
- Mirrored back for added visibility
- AC power outlet
The RF series made by AMSEC American Security is the best high security safe on the market. These walls of these safes are constructed with 12-gauge steel, cement and ceramic nuggets. They have a 2-hour fire rating at 1,850 degrees Fahrenheit. The X6 options have been tested to withstand a six-sided tool attack. Additionally, we order all our RF safes equipped with a glass relocker, which prevents even professional thieves from drilling into your safe to gain access.