Gun ownership in the USA is a legal right, national heritage and an institute protected by law. The 2nd amendment guarantees our right to bear arms, and though anti-gun lobbyists are entitled to their opinion, our legal right to gun ownership allows us to protect our family and our properties.
Let’s face it, the reason the we respect our right to bear arms is because we know importance of being responsible with our weapons. For sport, hunting, and recreational activities, gun ownership poses little threat to anybody – it's making sure that only you have access to your guns that's imperative.
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Naturally, we don’t want our kids to have access to our gun cabinet. They’ll reach an age where they can learn how to be truly responsible, but while they’re still too young, we’d rather they stay well out of harm’s way. On the other hand, criminals or intruders will have little respect for your gun responsibility wishes.
To help you keep your guns secure, we’ve reviewed what we think are the top Cannon gun safes, based on the following factors that can help you evaluate a safe’s safety and protection capabilities.
We all know that buying a gun safe is a smart investment. Sure, it might seem like you’re preparing for the worst case scenario, but isn't that one of the big reasons for gun ownership in the first place? Buying a low-quality safe is like the purchase of a car without an engine – utterly pointless.
If you're looking at gun safes for the first time or have previously bought gun safes without real knowledge of what factors to take into consideration, purchasing the most secure safe at the best value price can be a challenge.
We believe that there are well-known brands out there that have earned their reputation for assuring safety, and to avoid rambling on about every gun safe on the market, we've reviewed a few of our favorite safes manufactured by Cannon. But first, let’s delve into what factors affect the security potential of gun safes.
Let's deal with the simple things first: one of the most important factors that are going to affect your purchase decision is the safe's size. The obvious solution is to procure a safe that's measurements will accommodate your current gun collection. But what if your gun collection grows?
The reason we mention this first is because one of the most common complaints following a purchase is that the safe didn't turn out to be big enough. As you can probably imagine, there's a small saving to be made by buying a smaller size, but it's not going to serve its purpose very well if you can't fit all of your guns inside or your collection slowly increases in size.
If you’re going to make an educated decision on which gun safe is for you, you’re going to have to decide exactly what purpose you want it to serve. On the low-end of the scale, where prices are lower, you'll find plenty of safes made with 14, 16 or 20 gauge steel bodies.
Thin bodied safes will probably do just fine to keep your kids out, but they could be relatively easy to break into with basic tools for those who are less interested in catering to your demands. 11 to 7 gauge steel bodied safes are likely to cost a little more, but at least they'll be harder for unwanted hands to breach.
To assist gun owners in making an informed decision about which safe to buy, they're usually assigned a security rating – though that's not true for all. While high-quality safes without a security rating can be found, you'll have a much better idea of what your safe is capable of when its rating is clearly labeled.
As a brief guide to ratings, RSC is on the lower end of the scale with a proven ability to survive a five-minute attack test, suitable for assets valuing $5000 in the eyes of an insurance company. U.L. TRTL-30X6 rating can stand up to a 30-minute blow torch and tool attack on all six sides of the safe. There are many ratings in between those and should be taken as largely subjective, but they do provide a basic guideline as to which safes provide the most resistance against fire and criminals.
Gun safes have the primary purpose of keeping your firearms out of other people's hands, but you still need to remember your weapons are valuable assets; if they can't stand up to a fire, you risk losing some expensive possessions.
Consider how long it would take for help to arrive in the unfortunate event of a fire. If you're just around the corner from the emergency services, you might be tempted to save cash on a lower fire-rated safe, but we recommend – as a minimum – buying a one-hour fire rated safe just to be sure.
Just to add to the confusion of what makes a safe secure, you're going to have to decide which type of lock you'd prefer. If U.L. security is rated at a minimum, dial and electronic locks offer excellent protection.
Cheaper dial locks could be penetrated quite easily, and electronic locks could be incapacitated with by a device that causes an EMP event (electromagnetic pulse – such as a lightning strike). To be extra secure, you could always choose a redundant lock, which is a combination of both an electronic and dial lock. We think this is the ideal choice for security, and you'll have two ways to access your lock in case one or the other function fails.
A floor safe has five of its sides surrounded by concrete, making them hard for thieves to penetrate. However, they often put up little resistance against fire. Hidden safes – or wall safes – are designed to be concealed, though they’re easy to pry out of walls for burglars who know a thing or two about professional theft.
When deciding whether to choose the difficult-to-penetrate floor safe or the more fire-resistant hidden safe, you need to decide on what protection you want the most. However, whatever type of safe you choose, it’s a good idea to buy durably constructed safes that can stand up to both fire and criminals.
Now we've flooded you with information about what factors affect a safe's security; we probably should give you some insight into which specifics safes to purchase. For this article, we've chosen to review some top-rated safes manufactured by Cannon.
We believe that Cannon is a brand you can trust, and while it shouldn’t suggest that there aren’t other great brands out there, the following reviews will give you a good idea of what’s available. These reviews will help you choose what’s best for you, but we’ll also offer our personal recommendation based on what security features we feel are the most important while bearing the cost in mind.
This safe provides protection against both intruders and fires, though we’d argue it’s better for security against heat than criminals.
The CO43 has proven its worth with regards to its fire-resistance, having stood up to heat for 90 minutes to earn its ETL verification. The safe is also fitted with heat-activated and expandable door seals to protect its contents from heat and smoke.
This is also a top contender for its ability to resist criminal break-ins thanks to being manufactured with a ten gauge steel body (we recommend a minimum of 11 gauge – the lower, the better) and has a double reinforced door frame with 16 x 1.5-inch steel locking bolts. However, those locking bolts are fitted on just three sides of the door, and experienced criminals may know how to exploit that weakness.
The CA23 carries a significantly lower price tag than the CO43, and consequently – as you’d imagine – you will lose some of the high-quality security features that you’d get with the more expensive option.
For example, the CA23 is fire-resistant for up to 60 minutes rather than 90, and it has a maximum capacity of 24 long guns. At 567 lbs, it’s also less than half the weight of the CO43, which could make it easy to steal for experienced criminals.
It does, however, retain features such as anti-pry tabs, multiple re-lockers and patented Tru-Lock internal hinges and has been awarded the same security rating of UL RSC. We think this safe is great value for those who have a smaller gun collection to keep secure.
With this safe, internal capacity becomes a significant advantage, but the resulting consequences include less fire resistance and only a 12 gauge steel body. At 799 lbs, it's a little heavier than the CA23 but still doesn't provide the thickness of the CO43.
The A80 is capable of storing up to 80 long guns, and the lock is protected from drill and tool attacks with triple layers of reinforced steel. It also has four pre-drilled bolt holes so it can be anchored to the ground – though we feel experienced burglars could probably get around these with relative ease.
Its price tag is only almost on par with the CA23, making it another contender that is significantly less than the CO43.
The EX40 has a capacity of 64 guns, which is still pretty impressive even if smaller than the A80. Its light weight could make it a potential easy break-in for thieves, but it is fire resistant for up to 60 minutes.
While this safe maintains a sturdy design that makes it difficult to penetrate, its strength suffers due to being manufactured with a 14 gauge steel body. It's also worth pointing out that there's no power inlet or outlet installed inside – though we're mainly concerned with the security features of the safes we have reviewed.
It's the second most expensive safe on our list so far – though admittedly, it's still a reasonable price given its large capacity. At 510 lbs, this safe poses a small risk of being penetrated by experienced burglars.
Our final contender is the S19. While we’re a fan of this model, we feel many of its features are designed more for its visual appeal rather than optimized security.
It has a visually pleasing interior and a variety of electronic outlets, but its fire resistance is only verified for up to 30 minutes – and this safe is manufactured with a 12 gauge steel body. It can hold up to 28 guns; features drill holes for bolted anchoring and features anti-pry tabs which make bolts troublesome to bend.
It’s neither the cheapest nor most expensive safe on our list, with its main advantage – in our opinion – being its visual appeal and internal functionality (but as we say, we’re more concerned about security).
The Cannon Armory Series A80 – This safe was our winner mainly due to its price and capacity, especially given that a common complaint with gun safe purchases is that they're not big enough. 80 guns is an extensive collection, and even if you're not close to that amount yet, there's plenty of room for other valuables until you are. As a very quick re-cap, we recommend at least an 11 gauge steel body, a high-security rating, a decent capacity and dual mechanism/redundant locks.
Overall, we think this safe is a strong little beast that is likely to fulfill your needs without having to invest your life's savings. If you're looking for a great-value, high-capacity, and an overall durable gun safe, the Cannon Armory Series A80 may be the best cannon gun safe for you. You can find Cannon patriot gun safe reviews online if you wish to expand your research.
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