Cannon’s Two Innovations for the Classic Safe – SHOT Show 2020

Cannon’s new safes are better-looking and more secure.

Safes have changed little in the last 200 years, but Cannon has found two ways to make your gun storage a little better. The first makes the user interface better, while the second makes the safe a little more secure.

Commander 24, 40, & 64

Historically, you’ve had two options in safes: Those whose doors open 180 degrees, or those with a flat front. Opening 180 degrees for wide-open access required mounting the hinges on the face of the safe, which makes them stand out into a room and much less appealing. Flat fronts are much better looking, but it’s hard to access the inner corners.

The NextGen Hinges lie flush with the safe, but still open 180 degrees. The 45-degree chamfer looks good, too.

Cannon’s NextGen Hinges are built flush with the face and sides of the safe but still open 180 degrees. They look modern and give you all the access you need. If you build cabinets around the safe, it needs less than two inches of relief to let the door open all the way.

The 40-gun model comes with 5 pouches and 7 stretch pockets.

Along with the new hinges, the edges of the face are all chamfered and the whole thing looks modern and will be stylish for a long time to come.

Military-Grade Locking Plates

Most safes use round bolts that engage around the door frame to keep it secure. The Commander series now has plates instead of round bolts. The plates offer much more surface area and resist prying better than round bolts. There are nine plates that lock around the door.

Nine plates around the door are less susceptible to prying than round bolts.

Accessories & Features

The Commander series comes standard with two 110-volt outlets and two USB outlets. There are fully adjustable shelves and gun slots, too. They’ve also got various stretch pockets and pouches on the door. This is the 40, and it’s got six pistol slots and five pouches. One of the large pouches is big enough for documents and features extra insulation for fire-resistance.

The largest pouch has extra heat resistance.
There are shelves and gun slots as well as power outlets.

These safes are guaranteed water-tight for 72 hours in 24″ of water. The 24″ exception is because of the power outlet.

Door-mounted pistol pockets come standard.

The lock can be opened with a finger scan or a keycode, and there is a backup key opening. MSRP for the 40-gun model starts at $1499. Keep an eye on Cannon’s website for these brand new Commander safes.

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  • Steve Hollingshead January 29, 2020, 11:40 am

    Just clicked on the link to Canon in this article and started a “chat” with representative Naomi from Canon. She said the Commander series was an old discontinued model. Looks like Canon might need to have a talk with its people and let them know they have a new series of safes?

  • Notsure January 27, 2020, 7:18 pm

    The most important feature a safe has to offer is the steel used in it’s construction. Particularly, the gauge of steel used throughout the safe body. Most Big -Box safes feature 10-12 gauge steel, which is quite easy to defeat with a pick axe. Actual safes, as opposed to strengthened steel cabinets, employ 7-9 gauge steel, along with extra steel around the locking mechanism. Expect to pay well in excess of $3,000 for a safe, which quite frankly, is overkill for most homeowners.

  • Bill S. January 27, 2020, 12:06 pm

    I’ve owned a Cannon safe with a battery operated touch pad lock for 20 years. Don’t have the big wheel sticking out in the way. Changed the battery maybe 3 times and never had a problem. Would certainly buy another one.

  • Irish-7 January 27, 2020, 10:40 am

    I prefer manual dials. Anything with a battery is prone to failure.

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