Big Gun Safe vs Walk in Gun Safe : Which is Better?
1. Storage Size
A gun room provides much more space than a big gun safe. For example, suppose you have a 4 foot square closet. If you hide a gun safe inside, you have space for a few guns. If however, you instead add a gun room door to the closet, you have space for maybe 30 guns! Suppose we look at one of the largest gun safe, such as the Fort Knox Guardian 7261 Vault. This is designed to hold up to 100 weapons, depending on weapon size. This giant gun safe only provides internal space of about 5 feet height, 4 feet width, and 1 and a half feet depth.
By simply adding a door you can create an entire secure room for your guns. You don’t want to buy a large gun safe and then realize in a year it’s too small! We have clients all the time who works with us because year after year they realize they are running out of space in their gun safe and want to construct a walk in gun safe instead.
While counter-intuitive, big gun safes can cost significantly more than creating an actual gun room – despite being much smaller. This is because a walk in gun room leverages the space that is ALREADY in your home! With a gun safe, you are paying a significant amount for the material to simply encompass air.
How much does the big 100 gun safe mentioned above cost? Over $7,000. How much does one of our secret doors cost? Starting at just $1,600. On top of that, this same Fort Knox Guardian 7261 Vault weighs 1660lbs. Imagine the cost of shipping that to your home! What about the cost of just moving it from one room of your house to another?
Look at this giant safe – This must be a good house to rob!
3. Fire Safety
This is where a big gun safe can succeed. Gun safes can be rated to different levels of fire safety, which indicate how long it can withstand a burning room before taking damage. However, one can relatively easily provide fire retardant sprays to increase the fire protection to their gun room. But there is an additional very easy solution. Those with high value firearms can simply keep their most valuable firearms in a fire-safe container within the walk in gun room.
What you’ve been told by your local safe salesman is wrong – security is not about buying the bulkiest gun safe. Security is of limited value without secrecy. A giant safe tells people that your home has something worth stealing. Unfortunately, even with basic tools, a criminal can usually break in to a safe in just a few minutes – just do a quick search of Youtube to see. That’s why secrecy is a critical aspect to security.
And this is is where the biggest value of a walk in gun safe comes in. Rather than have a giant safe out in the open causing visitors imagination to run wild, by simply using a secret vault door your valuable guns will never be located. That is why it is important to not just buy a standard vault door, but rather a SECRET vault door. This is what our company has been specializing in, for 12 years.