In a perfect world we all have enough secure storage for all of our guns, and not only do our homes offer us ample space for giant safes, those safes also magically appear with no conspicuous delivery and team of installers. For the real world, there is the bolt together, take apart Snap Safe. It still arrives by truck freight, but the box does not resemble a safe, and you can take the pieces in one by one, inconspicuously, up the stairs, whatever, without advertising your safe to the neighborhood.
My test safe is the smallest model, called the Titan ($1,148 Shipped). As you’ll see in the video, it fits 12 long guns and has some top storage for ammo and handguns, or there is an alternate interior that fits 6 long guns and some smaller storage shelves. All of the Snap Safes are rated at 2300 degrees for one hour, and they are made of 9 gauge steel. You can order either an electronic or mechanical lock, and the door is 3/16ths solid steel, with real bolts holding the safe closed. I don’t see any disadvantage to the Snap Safe as compared to a welded safe, and I would challenge anyone to get into it with a sledge hammer and pry bar.
As of this writing there are now Snap Safes all the way up to 56 long guns ($2,499 Shipped), so no matter the size of your gun accumulation, no matter where you live or what floor you live on, it is now possible for you to own a truly robust and high quality, fire-rated gun safe.
It took me about an hour to put together the Snap Safe Titan you see in the video. As with any push together box, you have to kind of angle the parts together, catch the bolts, then tighten everything up. It’s fairly simple, and the parts are clearly labeled as to direction and location. The safe comes with all of the hardware in a nice plastic box, along with a half inch ratchet and socket to do the actual assembly.
The directions say to assemble the safe laying down, but I had space issues so put it together standing up. Perhaps it would have been easier had I followed the instructions, but it wasn’t hard anyway, so eh. Getting the door back into its drop in hinges was probably the most taxing part of the job, and a second set of hands would have made that a lot easier. I did want to show you that it is pretty easy to do with one person.
It looks to me like the larger sizes of the Snap Safe use the same door, and the same sides. The door panel, back panel, and top and bottom are larger, but the door, the heaviest part, is still the same weight as the one you see here, so it is manageable by one person. To me that is an important distinction, and I’m sure why they designed it like that.
As I took delivery of the Snap Safe and unboxed it, put it together, and tested the function, I asked myself along the way if there was any downside to the design, as opposed to a welded safe. The only thing I could find was the lock mechanism. As you can see in the video, the control pad of the electronic lock pops right off of the front of the safe. There is a spin lock you can get instead, but the dial on the spin lock is also plastic. If someone came at the safe trying to hammer it open, either of the locks will smash handily. Then you are the one who will have to break into your own safe, and I don’t think that will be particularly easy.
Therefore, my best answer is the purchase the safe with the electronic lock, unlike what I said in the video, and when you go away, remove the electronic lock from the front and tuck the cord inside the hole. You could take the handles off of the bolt mechanism too, and let them try to figure out how to get into the box without any external controls.
Other than that, I just can’t find a deal killer on the Snap Safe versus a standard welded safe, regardless of whether you live on the first floor or the fifth. We would all prefer a more discreet delivery option. We all would prefer to not have 4 guys in our homes rolling the safe towards its berth on wooden dowels. And we would all prefer to not have our neighbors see the truck that says Joe’s Lock and Safe delivering the thing to our door. Let them think your safe is a go cart kit for your kids that you never got around to building. I think the Snap Safe is the answer that many of us have been hoping to find for a very long time. I wish I had invented it first.