Gun owners in the United States have nearly as many options for quality gun safes as they do for firearms themselves, but some safe companies stand ahead of the pack. Stack-on has long been a reliable provider of home security and fire safes, but their latest line of gun safes is cheaper than anything else the manufacturer has offered in the past. Just how does the Stack-On 14 Gun Fire Safe stand up to its competitors? After a battery of tests and comparisons, this gun safe review found the Stack-On 14 Gun Safe to be comparable in quality and features to safes that cost many times the Stack-On’s purchase price.
Design – 4.2/5 Rating
For most hunters and firearms enthusiasts, the capacity of the 14 gun safe will be plenty. Rifles and shotguns balance between depressions in the safe’s floor, and they rest against the non-marking felt walls. Handgun owners may be dismayed by the lack of room for handguns, but the removable shelf makes it possible to double the total handgun storage area at the expense of the rifle rack space.
The safe can hold up to eight long-guns and six handguns, but larger firearms (such as double barreled shotguns) may take up more than one slot. Interior lighting makes it easier to organize the inside of the safe, so spare room can be utilized for storing ammo, documents, or other sensitive material.
Body Construction – 4.5/5 rating
What separates the Stack-on fire safe from the more security oriented counterparts is its relatively weaker construction. The Stack-On 14 Gun Fire Safe is designed to be portable, so it does not have the same ballasting and weighting as permanent safes are built with. However, this does not mean that the Stack-On is not a quality safe, it is tested to the highest Underwriter’s Laboratorystandards, and it has been rated as fire resistant for up to 30 minutes at 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit.
The safe weighs just over 300 pounds, and it stands 55″ high and 19″ wide. The safe is completely steel, with the interior lined in a felt material to prevent damage to firearms that are placed inside.