Budget-Friendly Gun Safes: Top Picks Under $500

To create this guide, we got our hands on a number of these long gun safes and spent hours researching and testing them and their security features.

We also interviewed gun safe experts who know a shocking amount about how to break into (or otherwise destroy) a gun safe.

Here’s our advice on everything from door locks to keypads to the right gauge of steel, with trustworthy recommendations that can keep your firearms and loved ones safe.

We also relied on gun safe experts’ first-hand experiences recalling their customer’s losses – both in terms of theft and fire – which helped shape the recommendations.

Gun safes are an essential part of any gun owner’s collection – even if you don’t own high-end or expensive guns – it’s critical that you are prepared to safely house the firearms you do own.

Those of you who are accustomed to using a handgun safe – either for bedside quick-access or as your lone gun storage – might now need a reliable home for your long guns – without breaking the bank.

Luckily there are quite a few options for the budget-conscious – which we detail below.

Note: all prices accurate at the time of publication.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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