Stack-On’s New Armorguard Line

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Stack-On announced a new line of rifle safes called the Armorguard series. The new safes come in four sizes with stated capacities up to 64 guns. The largest safe is 72″ high while the others are 55″ tall. All of adjustable interiors.

Each of the safes uses an electronic lock and four way 1.5″ live action locking bolts. The company states that all of the safes are fire resistant for 30 minutes at 1,400˚F.

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Stack-On is known to many people for its lines of competitively priced gun storage solutions. For some, this may cause concern that these safes do not offer protection as good as other brands. While that may or may not be true, my research and experience suggest that any lockable container is substantially better than none for protecting valuables.

Last year, I spent quite a bit of time researching safes and the fire and theft resistance ratings that are claimed by different manufacturers. My conclusion was that very few of the ratings listed by all of the manufacturers could be relied on, and comparisons of one company’s rating against another’s were nearly useless.

However, as a practical matter a gun or other valuable is less likely to be stolen when locked up. Additionally, firearms and valuables in a heavy box that is difficult to carry away (such as a safe properly bolted to the foundation) are even less likely to be stolen. Unless you are a high profile target that has garnered the attention of professional thieves, it is unlikely that one brand of safe will provide more protection than another. All of them should work as a solid deterrent.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Nick

    For pistols and small NFA goodies (suppressors/SBR) I have a floor safe. It goes beyond bolting to the floor. It is part of the floor. When properly installed (and hidden) a good one is nearly impossible to break into without some serious tools, and likely ruining the contents.

    Mine is installed into 3000lb of concrete. It’s also in a cramped location that would be extremely difficult to get to with tools. While it lacks fire rating, I don’t ever worry about theft. Most safes like these though (pretty much required for long guns) are easily opened with a mere circular saw. They are made of cheap sheet metal and type X drywall.

    • Vhyrus

      “Most safes like these though (pretty much required for long guns) are easily opened with a mere circular saw. They are made of cheap sheet metal and type X drywall.”

      This is only true if you can gain access to the side panels, since no residential safes are rated for anything past their door strength. Even very expensive gun safes can be defeated from the side. That’s why I have 2 safes stacked together in a closet, with one side against an exterior wall and the other against fixed wooden shelving. It will take considerably more work to get to the side of even one of them.

    • Ethan

      ^^THIS.
      Can’t steal what you can’t locate. I’d rather have stack-on cabinets in fake walls than a giant Liberty safe in my living room.

      Unless you run your mouth, no one will ever know where it is. Remember – its for concealing your valuables, not upping your “super secret agent” status, so KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT about it. No “hey check out my awesome secret room” to your buddies. There’s no good enough reason for anyone but you and your spouse to know where it is.

  • Marc

    Oh great, more cheap metal boxes pretending to be 19th century bank vaults.

  • Edeco

    I like the company. I have one of their things for my collection of military-capacity assault-magazines, 30-caliber clips*, tools, parts, etc. When I got it one of the shelves was bent, but they were very cool about it. Surprising performance from a company that is also competitively priced. Would do business with again.

    *facetious

  • USMC03Vet

    I wish I had 64 guns to go in one.

  • TangledThorns

    I was researching into safes for more than two years and was close to buy a Stack-on till I saw they were made in China. I ended up buying a Liberty tactical 24 safe and love its quality.

    • Marc

      Security Rating: Non-UL (aka nothing). Body Steel Thickness: 14 Gauge.
      You may like the powder coating, but judging by the specs it doesn’t appear to be much of a safe.

      • rob in katy

        sturdysafe looks interesting. if there is any bonus money this year I am getting a big one to load up the ammo too. Shoot, that is almost more valuable.

  • Wingbert

    Unless you are a high profile target that has garnered the attention of professional thieves, it is unlikely that one brand of safe will provide more protection than another. – I love this quote. Will be using it from now on everytime someone tells me I need a $10,000 safe

    • Marc

      But it’s wrong. It’s the non-professional thieves who can be deterred by a safe which can endure more than a few minutes of manual violence. If they can hammer or lever their way into your “safe” in no time you’d do just as well with a cabinet. The professional thieves will get into any consumer-grade safe anyway.

  • micmac80

    Like most safes nowdays China made