As a responsible gun owner, you might be looking to buy a gun safe to store your weapon. Not only does this prevent your gun from being handled by children or curious people, but is also a way of keeping it out of site. As the old saying goes, opportunity makes a thief.
The problem is finding a good safe that won’t bleed your wallet dry. Sure, you can get state of the art safes that even Hulk couldn’t open, but that will cost you a few hundred bucks. If you’re on a tight budget, or simply want a quick solution to store your pistol, these are some great options that won’t cost more than $80 and will provide a secure storing space for your handgun or valuables.
Best Cheap Gun Safes
First Alert 5200DF Portable Handgun or Pistol Safe
Built from sturdy 18-gauge steel, this safe has a “no see” keypad to provide quick and easy access to its contents. Reading the instructions and programming the code or combination can be easily done in less than 5 minutes. The unit will lock up if the wrong combination is entered several times.
It comes with a strong security cable that enables it to be attached to an immovable object. If you don’t want someone to pick it up and go off with it this is a useful feature. There are also pre-drilled mounting holes for attaching it to a flat surface, like the floor or a nightstand. It is extremely compact and portable and can fit just about anywhere. It measures 9.2″L x 11.1″W x 3.5″H, and the interior dimensions are 9.0″L x 10.9″W x 3.3″H. and have a protective foam to keep your gun from moving around.
- Sturdy and heavy for its size
- Difficult to break into
- 5-year warranty
- CA DOJ approved
- Can fit a 1911 .45 with an extra magazine
- Not silent. Keys beep when they are pressed, and when the top opens a beep is also heard.
- The lid does not stay up unless you push it all the way back with your hand
FSDC Metal Lockable Gun Case & Lock Box
FSDC, or Firearm Safety Devices Corporation, is a manufacturer of a wide range of firearm safety devices. Their lockable metal gun case is designed for compact pistols since it measures 9.5” x 6.5” x 2.25”. A 35” steel cable will let you attach it to a fixed object to prevent theft. There are also four pre-drilled holes that let you secure it to any flat surface.
Two keys are included to lock the box and the interior is lined with convoluted foam to prevent shifting and add protection to the contents. The body is made from 20-gauge powder coated steel
- Lid has an internal hinge
- Affordable price
- Weighs only 2 pounds
- Ideal for storing a 9mm pistol
- The lock can get stuck sometimes
AmeriGun Club Full Size Handgun Safe Vault Security Pistol Case Key Lock Box
Built from heavy-duty steel with a black matte finish, the AmeriGun safe uses a key lock mechanism to secure your valuables. The available inner space measures 9.2″x6.35″x1.6″ and has a foam padding. A security cable is included to attach the safe to a fixed object.
- Weighs less than 3 pounds
- Can securely store a Smith & Wesson M&P .401 and an extra magazine
- TSA approved for traveling
- Brand is not very well-known
- The foam has a bad smell
Ivation Quick Access Pop-Open Door Safe
With its sturdy 16-gauge steel construction, this safe is built like a tank. It has a reliable, high-strength locking mechanism and is virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools thanks to its precise fittings. The interior is lined with soft foam and there is a removable shelf that lets you decide the best layout to store your items. There are pre-drilled holes on the bottom for flush mounting to the floor or wall.
To open your safe you have a set of override keys, but the main way to gain access is by using a keypad with three rubberized buttons to enter a three to eight digit sequence. The unit will block access if a wrong code is entered several times. It uses four AA batteries, and there is a low battery indicator. The door has a spring that will flip it open in an instant for immediate access.
- Mounting hardware and batteries are included
- Very well built, strong and durable
- Keypad beeping can be turned off
- Spring-loaded door opens immediately when unlocked
- Manufacturer is not a well-known brand
- Weighs 9 pounds, not exactly portable but perfect for mounting
- You need to remove the shelf carefully, or the foam can get ripped
Stack-On GCB-500 Steel Pistol/Ammo Cabinet
The Stack-on is built from steel and has a matte finish. You can get it on black or green color. It features an all steel three-point locking system. This means that the locking system passes behind the cabinet’s frame both at the top and the bottom of the cabinet. A large steel locking plate goes behind the center section of the door. This gives the cabinet three locking points for an extra level of security.
This cabinet is approved by the California Department of Justice as meeting their standards for firearm safety. It comes with a removable shelf for added storage space and has a padded bottom. Pre-drilled holes make attachment to the floor or wall incredibly easy.
Interior dimensions are 9.55” depth, 14.88” height, 16.83” width.
- Fastening hardware is included
- Can store several weapons, clips and ammo at once
- Full length welded and staked steel piano hinge provides greater security
- Door doesn’t seal tightly
- Shelf is not padded