There are several levels of firearms storage and security products available to today’s gun owner and many of us own and use multiple combinations of different systems. Burglar resistant fire-rated safes can weigh hundreds of pounds and are usually bolted down to a hard concrete floor. At the other end of the spectrum is a lockable hard case that is portable enough to travel to the range and back, but can also be lightly secured with a security cable to prevent “smash-and-grab” scenarios. In between these two extremes is a category of firearms storage that is often overlooked – gun cabinets with safe-like properties that are also easier to move around and can be located in closest or other small spaces. Today we will be reviewing the SecureIt Agile 52 Gun Cabinet.
TFB REVIEW: SecureIt Agile 52 Gun Cabinet
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: the Agile 52 is not a hardened gun safe that will resist heavy, brute force attacks. It is a gun cabinet with safe-like properties that will keep firearms protected from “unauthorized access” scenarios. The good people at SecureIt aren’t trying to misrepresent the Agile 52 as something that it is not.
However, as an intermediate storage and security solution, the Agile 52 provides users with features that are useable, practical and not generally available from other companies in one package.
- Quick assembly and portability.
- Light weight.
The 52 in Agile 52 represents 52 inches tall and not a 52 gun capacity. This cabinet can hold six long guns comfortably along with accessory trays (sold separately) for pistols, silencers ammunition and gear. 12 gauge “goose” shotgun with a 24” barrel? No problem. Short sub machine gun? No problem. The back panel of the safe contains slots where the support system pieces can be moved around with ease.
For a product that weighs just over 100 pounds, the SecureIt Agile 52 comes expertly packaged in a heavy double boxed container. My only small complaint here was that my printed instructions seemed to be missing from the box. No big deal: the instructions can be found easily on the SecureIt website.
Opening and unboxing took about five minutes.
The Agile’s pieces are protected from shipping errors by a series of plywood slats.
Initially, I laid out all the pieces to inspect them for both completeness and quality.
As a part of the testing period, I have assembled and disassembled the Agile 52 four times. My initial run took about an hour, going slow, reading the instructions and taking pictures of the process. By the fourth time the entire assembly process took less than 20 minutes.
The intrustions are easy to understand and well laid out. Some steps call for two people, however I was able to build the Agile 52 by myself using a few pieces of wood to hold panels in place without issue.
First, place the cabinet base on the floor with the beveled lip at the front.
Making sure that the attachment slats are facing upward, place the back panel on the rear section of the bottom panel and hand tighten one of the nuts.
Now place the side panels in place, lining up the “teeth” with the back panel. Use a panel lock bar (see the parts list above) to hold both panels together. Secure the bars with the included nuts.
Place the front door panel in the bottom panel, aligning the teeth with the side panel. Secure it to the side panels using the panel lock bars and then holding it in place with a nut.
Place the top panel on top of the now four assembled sides, making sure the beveled edge is in the front.
The buttstock footings are interlocking and lay on the floor of the cabinet.
The cradles are slotted into the back panel simply by pushing downwards into the corresponding slats.
Accessory trays fit easily into the slats of the back panel and can be arranged in a number of different positions.
Long guns fit nicely into their cradle positions with plenty of room on either side for protection.
The cabinet is slim and compact allowing it to be used in small spaces.
The keypad is powered by a 9V battery and is easily programmable by following the included instructions.
The keypad is backed up by a skeleton key system that can open the cabinet in the event you forget your code or the 9V battery dies. To access the lock, unscrew one of the name plate screws and slide it out of the way.
As I stated in the beginning, the Agile line of gun cabinets provides an intermediate level of security that is more robust than a polymer case, but not as strong as a full blown safe. It is easy to assemble and disassemble, making it ideal for people who move around a lot or who are short on space. Assembly time is roughly 30 minutes with two simple hand tools. It is also light enough to be moved up stairs or room-to-room with just two people.
The Agile 52 also provides a generous amount of storage for its size with room for six long guns, pistols, ammunition, magazines and other accessories. The locking system and keypad are well made and easy to use.
Because of the inherently open nature of the cabinet, owners may want to invest in a dehumidifier that sits either inside or directly behind the unit. I’d also advise users to secure the cabinet to the floor to avoid accidental tipping and making it slightly more resistant to attacks from thieves.
In my opinion, the Agile 52 is an excellent value for a secure storage solution that gives users the ability to access firearms quickly, but also offers a portable solution not available in conventional safes. MSRP is $599 with accessories being sold separately.
The SecureIt Agile Model 52 Gun Cabinet is a premium, heavy-duty firearm storage system. The Model 52 can do everything a traditional gun safe can do without being overly heavy and difficult to move. With SecureIt’s patent-pending KnockDown™ Technology, the Model 52 is delivered disassembled for easy transportation and can be assembled in minutes. All assembly is internal, therefore inaccessible when locked. The Agile Model 52 also comes standard with SecureIt’s CradleGrid Technology for organized and adaptable storage.
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