7 Best Fireproof Gun Safes (2020)

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Our top Pick: Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 Long Gun Safe


Our pick for the best fireproof gun safe is the Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 Long Gun Safe (pictured right).

It comes in at one of the more affordable price points for a secure rifle safe. It’s also UL fire rated for 60 Minutes fore protection at 1875 Degrees Fahrenheit. The 4 3/4” door is very secure, while inside it’s got really nice grey upholstery.

Steelwater claims this safe can store up to 16 guns, but we’d say you’d only be able to fit about 8 rifles comfortably.

You could also go down a size to the SentrySafe SFW082CTB if you’re just looking to hold pistols, or up a price point to the Steelwater 39 Long Gun Safe if you’re rocking a sizable arsenal.

When looking for a fireproof safe, you need to take into account safe size, security features, whether it’s waterproof, whether there is internal A/C power (great for dehumidifiers!), and of course what its UL Fireproof Rating is.

We’ve got a full buyers guide at the end of this article outlining our purchase considerations. But first, we’ll show you our favorites.

Here’s our full list of the best fireproof safes for guns:

  • Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 Long Gun Safe – Best Overall
  • Steelwater Heavy Duty 39 Long Gun Safe
  • Sportsman Buffalo 32 Long Capacity Gun Safe
  • SnapSafe Titan Digital Modular Safe
  • Blue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun Safe
  • SentrySafe SFW082CTB – For Pistols Only
  • SentrySafe EF4738E Fireproof & Waterproof Safe – For Pistols Only

Best Fireproof Gun Safes

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Quick Review

Our Rating

1. Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 Long Gun SafeRifles60 min 1875°FBest for rifles. This safe has an excellent fireproof rating and has amazing pry-resistant security features. Store your hand guns in the door. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

10/10

2. Steelwater Heavy Duty 39 Long Gun SafeRifles60 min 1875°FIf you’ve got more than 10 rifles, this is our top pick. It’s the same as the above safe, but for people who have acquired a ton of guns. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

10/10

3. Barska Fireproof Fire VaultRifles60 min 1200°FA nice looking safe for a large arsenal and tons of storage space. It’s got a good fireproof rating, but isn’t as secure as others. No electrical outlet for a dehumidifier either. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

8.5/10

4. SnapSafe Titan Digital Modular SafeRifles60 min 2300°FA small rifle safe with a good fireproof rating. Our main concern is that it’s more expensive than competitors. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

8.5/10

5. Blue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun SafeRifles60 min 1700°FA very nice quality safe at a more affordable price point than most. Strong security and fireproof rating, but no spare key or internal A/C power access. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

9/10

6. SentrySafe SFW082CTBPistols60 min 1700°FA small and affordable alternative for people only wanting to keep a pistol. It still has a good fireproof rating and locking mechanism. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

7.5/10

7. SentrySafe EF4738E Fireproof & Waterproof SafePistols30 min 1400°FA bigger and nicer pistol safe for a slightly higher price. We also like the carpeted interior of this one. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

7.5/10

1. Steelwater Heavy Duty 16 Long Gun Safe

Quick Review: We couldn’t rave more about this safe and its supplier, Keith. 1. Its fireproof rating is more than enough. 2. Its 5 inch door is resistant to prying and drill attacks. 3. It’s one of the most affordable out there, and 4. It looks really cool.


This 16-gun version isn’t just the most affordable in the Steelwater range, it’s also one of the most reasonably priced high-quality fireproof safes for rifles on the market today.

When it comes to fireproof and safety, the Steelwater brand tends to knock the other brands out of the park. The full Steelwater range goes from this 16 gun rifle safe all the way up to a crazy 45 gun safe for people with an arsenal (see below for the 39 gun version, which we also like).

The problem of course is the bigger you get, the more it starts to cost. So unless you’ve got enough guns for a small militia, this 16 gun safe will probably do the trick.

That said – it’s not realistic that you’ll fit 16 rifles in this one. I’d probably go for max. 8 rifles, then you can store your handguns in the door organizer. I’m a big fan of the look of the upholstered door organizer actually – it feels like something out of The Matrix.

As for the fire rating, this safe is 60-Minute Fire Rated at 1875°F. But the coolest thing is the heat activated door seal. When things start heating up, the door seal expands to keep out heat and smoke so your guns can live through a fire attack.

Safety wise, this one also takes first prize. It’s got a 5″ thick door to resist prying attacks, punch attacks and drill attacks. The electronic lock is EMP Proof or you can bypass it yourself with a key lock (1 Key Included). While it comes in at a heavy 380 pounds, you might want to also bolt it down for added security. So, it comes with 1/4 Inch steel plates in all 4 bottom corners for more security when bolted down. Just a quick note: don’t bolt it to a wall – you’ll ruin the weight distribution of the safe over time, so stick to floor bolts.

As you probably know, all fireproof safes have huge humidity issues. Kieth, the distributor for this safe, sends out a free silica dry pack which is a temporary stop gap for your humidity issues. But if We were you I’d take him up on the offer to install a dehumifier before shipping it out. He’ll install one for a reasonable price so all you need to do is plug it into a wall when the safe arrives.

In terms of the looks of this safe, I’m a fan. It’s got an internal LED light and, as mentioned above, there’s a very cool door organizer. The whole internal area is fully upholstered in grey, including the adjustable & removable shelves. Lastly, we love the tri-spoke handle which makes you feel like George Clooney in Ocean’s 11 every time you open the door.

Why this Safe is our Favorite:

  • Affordable: It’s one of the most affordable fireproof rifle safes on the market.
  • Great Fireproof Rating: The 60 minute 1875°F rating is more than enough.
  • Great Safety: Its 5 inch door is resistant to prying and drill attacks.
  • It looks really Cool: We love the internal LED light, grey internal upholstery and door organizer.

Keep in Mind:

  • Ask the Supplier about Delivery: It doesn’t deliver everywhere. Check with the supplier about whether it can be delivered to you.
  • Ask the Supplier for a Dehumidifier: I’d recommend contacting the supplier and asking them to install a dehumidifier for you. He does it for a small fee and it saves you a ton of hassle.

2. Steelwater Heavy Duty 39 Long Gun Safe

Quick Review: The bigger version of the 16 gun safe, this one’s great if you’ve amassed too many rifles to fit in the smaller version – still with the same security and fireproof ratings as our favorite.


This safe is the big brother to our favorite (above). If we had a bigger arsenal of rifles I’d definitely go with this one.

It’s got a classy interior design. It is well upholstered with tons of shelf space. If you want to fit all your rifles inside you’d have to remove the shelves. The door has seven sports for pistols and tons of space for supplies and ammo. The interior LED light adds to the classy feel, as well as the flywheel handle (you can see it in the picture above).

It’s also got amazing safety features, as you’d expect of Steelwater. The door has 20 x 2″ bolts covering all four sides of the door. It’s equally as strong against pry, punch and drill attacks as its little brother. The digital keypad is EMP proof, or you can upgrade to a biometric thumbprint entry system. As you’d expect, there’s also a backup key.

One thing that’s a big step up from the 16 gun version is the internal A/C electrical outlet so you can install your own dehumidifier.

Lastly, the fire rating. It’s got the same 60-Minute fire rating at 1875°F as the 16 gun version, which is plenty. It also rocks the same heat activated door seal which adds to the fireproofing. This also helps to block out smoke during fires, which would otherwise seep into the upholstery.

Why this Safe:

  • Best for Big Arsenal: Get this one if you need a lot of rifles. It won’t hold all 39, but maybe 20 rifles max.
  • Awesome Interior: I love the upholstery and LED light.
  • Unrivaled Safety: EMP proof keypad and 20 x 2″ bolts on the door to prevent pry and drill attacks.
  • Great Fireproof Rating: The 60 minute 1875°F rating is more than enough.
  • Internal A/C Outlet: Great for personalizing the safe, or plugging-in a dehumidifier.

3. Barska Fireproof Fire Vault

Quick Review: A nice looking safe for a large arsenal and tons of storage space. It’s got a good fireproof rating, but isn’t as secure as others. No electrical outlet for a dehumidifier either.


*We are currently looking for a new supplier for this safe. We will update you when a reliable new supplier is identified*.

This is a nice looking well organized safe. You can fit a lot of supplies in here including all of your biggest rifles. Its upholstery and door organizer are well designed and look great.

The safety standards are okay, but not as good as some. It opens with a keypad and tri-wheel handle. It’s secured with six deadbolt locks and is certainly going to keep you safe from most petty thieves trying to pry their way in. But it would have been good to have seen significantly more deadbolts and it’s disappointing that it isn’t an EMP proof locking mechanism.

The other thing that puts this safe a little behind the others is the lack of power connectivity. We prefer a safe with a power outlet to install a dehumidifier and some internal lighting. Without this, you’ll have to get a rechargeable dehumidifier, which is a lot more hassle and requires ongoing maintenance.

The fireproof rating for this one is 1 hour at 1,200°F, which is plenty.

Overall, it’s a very nice large safe that’s got a great look and decent enough fire protection, but not our top pick due to the lack of A/C power and lower security rating than others.

Why this Safe:

  • Really Nice Interior Design: The upholstery looks good and the shelf design is excellent. The door organizer provides a lot of extra space for storing pistols and ammunition.
  • Very Spacious: Lots of room for many rifles and pistols as well as your supplies and tools.
  • Good Fireproof Rating: The 1 hour, 1,200°F fireproof rating is good.

Keep in Mind:

  • No Internal Power: I prefer safes that have an internal power socket for installing LED lights and a dehumidifier, which is pretty essential.
  • Safety not as Great as Others: The 6 deadbolts are good, but other safes do provide better safety measures.

4. SnapSafe Titan Digital Modular Safe

Quick Review: A nice small rifle safe with a good fireproof rating. Our main concern is that it’s more expensive than competitors.


This is a good fireproof rifle safe for someone who doesn’t have much space. It could serve you well in your hunting cabin. You could even store it in a cupboard discretely.

The fireproof rating is fine. The independent fireproof rating of the safe is 60 minutes at 2300°F. It also has heat activated door fire seals, much like the Steelwater safes. So, the fireproofing is solid for this safe, that’s for sure.

It also ticks our boxes in terms of safety. It’s rocking eight 1-inch steel locking bolts, which by the numbers is actually better than the much larger Barska volt. There is an electronic keypad with backup key which is used by removing the keypad and accessing the lock in behind it, which is nice and discrete.

But there are a few things that made me rank it a little lower than competitors.

First is the lack of A/C power connectivity. We probably wouldn’t need LED lights in a little safe like this. But it would be nice to be able to plug a dehumidifier into the wall. So you’d have to get a rechargeable battery operated dehumidifier for this. That means ongoing maintenance.

But the main sticking point for me is that the Steelwater 16 Long Gun Safe (my top pick) is just as good – if not better – for a much lower price. So, this one is just massively undercut in terms of affordability by a direct competitor.

Why this Safe:

  • Good for just a few Rifles: It’s a good small safe that could fit in a small space.
  • Great Fireproof Rating: The fireproof rating of 60 minutes at 2300°F ticks that box.

Keep in Mind:

  • The Price: Not sure why you’d buy this one when you can by the Steelwater 16 for less.
  • No Internal Power: I prefer safes that have an internal power socket for installing LED lights and a dehumidifier, which is pretty essential.

5. Blue Dot Safes Second Amendment Fire-Resistant Gun Safe

Quick Review: A very nice quality safe at a more affordable price point than most. Strong security and fireproof rating, but no spare key or internal A/C power access.


This safe is very appealing. If we hadn’t seen the Silverwater 16 on the market, this would have been in the running as our top pick.

The ‘Second Amendment’ emblazoned on the safe is very cool, as is the tri-wheel handle. When you open it up you can fit about 4 rifles comfortably, 8 at a stretch. The door organizer can fit a few pistols as well.

Safety wise, this is impressive and above average. You’ve got protection against drill and pry attacks built-in. There are bolt holes in the base to bolt it to the floor, though at 482 pounds it’s a heavy unit as is. It would have been nice to have a EMP proof keypad for added security.

It also ticks our fireproof rating boxes, with an independently certified 60 minutes at 1700°F fireproof rating.

I don’t like that there isn’t a backup key for when they keypad inevitably fails and you don’t have spare batteries. We also prefer the upholstery of the Steelwater safes. Lastly, there’s no internal power access so you’ll have to get a rechargeable dehumidifier, which as you know is something that annoys me to no end.

Why this Safe:

  • Affordable: Its price is on par with our favorite safe, the Steelwater 16.
  • Good Fireproof Rating: The 60 minutes at 1700°F fireproof rating is solid.
  • Very Secure: The drill resistant hard plate, 10 deadbolts and 2 anchoring holes for securing the safe to the floor are quite good for this size safe. It’ll do a decent job of resisting attacks.

Keep in Mind:

  • No Backup Key: It makes me a little uncomfortable that there’s no backup key for secure entry when the locking mechanism fails.
  • Mechanical Lock Option: It comes standard with an electronic keypad lock. You can message the distributor and request a mechanical lock instead, which I’d prefer.
  • Interior not Upholstered: The interior doesn’t have the nice upholstery of some competitors.
  • No Internal Power: I prefer safes that have an internal power socket for installing LED lights and a dehumidifier, which is pretty essential.

6. SentrySafe SFW082CTB – For Pistols Only

Quick Review: A small and affordable alternative for people only wanting to keep a pistol. It still has a good fireproof rating and locking mechanism.


This is our pick for the best safe for pistols. It’s one of the most affordable smaller fireproof safes that still has decent security against break-in thieves.

The fireproof rating of this one is 60 minutes at 1700°F which is equal to many of the larger rifle safes.

I particularly like the combination code lock in this one which doesn’t rely on batteries to operate. But you can also grab this one with a digital keypad instead of the combination code. We personally prefer the combination code because it feels really secure. But the digital keypad knocks a bit off the price, so if you like keypads don’t forget to switch over to the keypad model before adding it to your Amazon cart.

One thing I’m not a huge fan of is the interior which feels plastic and not all that classy. But, if fireproofing is your main concern, there aren’t many options for super classy looking interiors.

Why this Safe:

  • Affordable: You save a lot of money if you step down to a small safe rather than getting a full-length rifle safe.
  • Fireproof: The fireproof rating is 60 minutes at 1700°F, which is as good as the larger safes.
  • Nice Combination Code Lock: I really like the locking system which feels sturdier than an electronic keypad.
  • Nice Key Rack: I like the internal key rack for storing keys/

Keep in Mind:

  • Only for Pistols: Clearly this won’t fit a rifle.
  • No Secondary Key: It really annoys me when a safe doesn’t come with a backup key.
  • Interior feels Plastic: I’d personally try to class up the interior when we get it as the plastic feel isn’t too nice.

7. SentrySafe EF4738E Fireproof & Waterproof Safe – For Pistols Only

Quick Review: A bigger and nicer pistol safe for a slightly higher price. We also like the carpeted interior of this one.


This safe is a bit bigger than the other pistol-size safe and the internal is also much more nicely presented with its carpeted walls and shelves. It feels a lot nicer to open – the other feels more like you’re opening a refrigerator.

This safe also steps up in terms of providing two backup keys, which is important in our decision making. If a fire did rip through your building, the keypad would burn up and you’d have to get in using the backup keys.

The fireproof rating is 30 minutes at 1400°F. That’s less than the other safes on this list, but it’s still not terrible. Most fires pass through within 30 minutes. It’s also got a solid 72 hour waterproof rating to protect your pistols from water damage as well.

Why this Safe:

  • Nice Carpeted Interior: The interior feels much nicer in this one than the other small safe above.
  • Backup Keys: I like that it comes with two backup skeleton keys for opening it when the key code fails.
  • Good Size: I like that it’s not huge but would fit most things you want to keep safe like pistols, but also all your ammo and even goods like laptops.

Keep in Mind:

  • Strange Price Point: For just a few hundred more you can get a rifle safe, so it’s almost worth just stepping up to the Steelwater 16, especially if you think you might like a rifle in the future.
  • Only for Pistols: Clearly this won’t fit a rifle.
  • Lower Fireproof Rating: The fireproof rating is lower than others, but still good enough for me.

Buyers Guide: What to Look for in a Fireproof Gun Safe

Independent Fireproof Rating

The premier company for independent fireproof ratings is Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

UL does standard fireproof ratings for safes as well as thin materials (e.g. on fire resistant bags) and typical home fire extinguishers. It even provides the official standards for the US Coastguard’s fire extinguisher (for vessels) regulations.

So, UL certification carries some weight.

When it comes to safes, UL will give a rating for the amount of time the safe is fire resistant and at what heat.

The time rating will usually either be for 30 or 60 minutes. A wildfire may pass over a house within 5 minutes and leave it in tact, in which case a 30 minute safe may survive the onslaught. But, the house may catch and let the fire burn for well over an hour (albeit at a lower heat after the first 20 minutes). For us, either 30 or 60 minutes was fine.

The heat rating will usually be between 1400°F and 2000°F. A house fire will usually burn somewhere between 1550°F and 1850°F.

(Note that UL ratings for lightweight fireproof bags follow a different testing strategy).

Security

Security varies widely. Things to look for are drill resistant plates and nice thick 2-inch deadbolts on all four sides of the door. We think the best security comes with the Steelwater 39 Long Gun Safe but all the Steelwaters are good.

Another great addition in the Steelwater range is EMP resistant keypads which is another layer of security.

Locking Mechanism

You’ll generally get one of three types of locks: electronic keypad, combination code, or key. We personally go for combination codes and keys because they don’t need batteries, so We feel more secure. It also means We need to do less maintenance. Nonetheless, I’m aware keypads are very popular these days.

You’ll also want a set of backup keys in case the combination code or electronic keypad fail. This is particularly important for electronic keypads which are prone to failure eventually, e.g. due to the battery running low.

Water Proof

Some safes also come with 72 hour waterproof ratings. To learn more about waterproof ratings for safes, see here.

Interior

I really like an upholstered interior. It makes the safe feel a lot nicer and classier. But this is obviously personal preference.

Other great options for the interior are a door organizer with pouches for handguns and ammo, as well as removable shelves. If your arsenal grows, you might find yourself needing to take some shelves down or needing to rearrange them to fit your rifles neatly.

Internal A/C Power

Internal A/C power is good for a few things.

The most important is that you’ll want to fit a dehumidifyer into any fireproof safe. The fact that it’s fireproof means moisture won’t be able to get in or out. In other words, moisture build-up from the air that’s already inside the safe is inevitable.

You’re definitely going to want a dehumidifier in your gun safe.

The best option is to have a dehumidifyer that you can plug into a wall. It means you don’t need to replace or recharge it once it runs out of puff. This will decrease maintenance issues, especially if your gun safe is in your hunting cabin that you only go out to intermittently.

The other thing A/C power is good for is internal lighting. We love how the Silverwater range have internal LED lighting, which adds a touch of class to your safe.

Size

You’re going to want a safe in one of three sizes.

The smallest is pistol-only. A safe just for your handgun usually just needs to be a regular house safe (check your county and sate requirements). So, you could save a lot of money doing this – look for a price range from $150 to $700 for a fireproof safe of this size.

The next size is a regular rifle safe such as the Blue Dot Safe in this review. They should hold between 4 and 8 rifles comfortably These safes vary in price from $750 to $2000. I’d lean to either the Steelwater 16 or Blue Dot.

If you’ve got a big arsenal, you’re going to be paying $1500 plus for a good fireproof rifle safe. The one we really like is the Steelwater 39.

Final Thoughts

Safes come in a range of sizes and prices. Personally, we think the Silverwater safes are the best fireproof safes for guns. They’re comparatively affordable and also have a really good range of features. When looking for a good fireproof gun safe, make sure you look for key features like a UL fireproof rating, internal A/C, and strong protection from drill and pry attacks.

I hope this review has helped you with your selection!

– Chris & Rosie