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Best Browning Gun Safe Reviews

Keeping your weapons in a safe place, free from the dangers of theft, fire and misuse is an essential part of owning them. If you want the absolute best in terms of weapon storage, what better place to look for a gun safe than a manufacturer with a history of developing and innovating top-notch weaponry itself?Browning ProSteel gun safes are exactly that, but since their diverse lineup has well over a dozen offerings, it may be hard to pick the right one for yourself, especially if you haven’t purchased a gun safe before. I’ve created this guide to get you up to speed on the features present in these gun safes, and I’ve also included some popular Browning ProSteel gun safe reviews, to help you make an informed choice with this manufacturer.

Top 5 Browning Gun Safe Comparisons

Model

Volume

Gun Capacity

Fire Rating

Steel Thickness / gauge

Price

Our Ratings

Platinum Plus-59

66 / tall extra wide

59 gun

120 Minute / 1750F

7

$$$$$

Medallion-40

40 / wide

43 gun

110 Minute / 1700F

10

$$$$

Hunter-37

37 / wide

43 gun

90 Minute / 1680F

11

$$$

Sporter-9

9 / compact

N/A

60 Minute / 1400F

12

$$

Mark IV-26

26 / wide

29 gun

100 Minute / 1680F

11

$$$$

Value Section

History

Browning is a company famous for their iconic firearms - founded in 1879 by John Moses Browning, the company expanded from a single shot rifle to several different weapons and eventually to a whole range of outdoor and indoor gear such as knives, flashlights, shooting garments, and (you guessed it) gun safes.

The gun safes are manufactured by a division known as Browning ProSteel, and true to the parent company’s 137 year old reputation, they have superb strength and fire protection features, and come with aesthetic and practical customization options that can’t be matched by industry competitors.

Features of Browning Gun Safes

Fire Safety

Browning has focused on fire safety to an unrivaled degree - the Thermoblock technology found in their gun safes, combined with other flame resistant features, ensures up to 3x better fire resistance as compared to the competition.

Even with their lower-end products, a fire safety of around 1200F for an hour is guaranteed at the minimum. Personally, any product that guarantees a fire protection rating for that long is good enough in my book. Features that enable these safes to have such decent fire resistance include:

High Gauge Steel

The manufacturer has used high thickness steel to ensure that the body doesn’t distort under heat, which would result in heat entering the safe through gaps. Continuous welding is employed to minimize flexing.

External Hinges

Another unique feature of Browning Gun safes is their external hinges, as opposed to the internal hinges used by most other manufacturers. The latter require the removal of fire safety material to be attached, which can leave gaps in the fire protection of the product. By employing external hinges, these gun safes ensure that your precious weapons will be unscathed in a fire for that much longer. 

In case you’re worried that these external hinges may be more exposed to attacks from intruders, don’t be: special door locking bolts are in place to secure the door in case the hinges are cut off.

Thermoblock Interlocking Design

This technology utilizes layers of thick fire insulation that are arranged in an interlocking pattern so that gaps that could lead to rapid temperature rises inside the safe are minimized.

Construction Strength

As far as core security goes, ProSteel gun safes are certified by Underwriters Laboratories (R) to hold their own against tool based attacks, performed by professional safe crackers. Their ability to withstand these attacks stems from their thick steel body, special Pry-Stop Locking Bolts, and advanced lock protection:

12-Gauge Steel Or More Guaranteed

Compared to the competition, which occasionally resorts to 14 Gauge steel to keep things economical, all ProSteel gun safes utilize 12 gauge steel at the lowest – this is considerably thicker than 14 gauge, and enables the products to achieve the Residential Security Container certification by UL; for you, it means unbeatable protection against brute force attacks.

 Other features found in Browning gun safes include Duo Formed Door (which means the safe doors are fabricated from different steel layers to enhance strength), 1’’ Formed Door (a door designed with a robust steel face as well as reinforcement panels to keep your weapons safe from blunt attacks, and Reinforced Door Frame (a return flange is incorporated into the door opening to secure it against pry attacks).

Locking Mechanism

ProSteel gun safes incorporate one or more of the following features (depending on the price), to provide you with ultimate protection against physical, tool-based burglary attempts.

Uni-force Locking System

High end ProSteel gun safes utilize a locking mechanism known as ‘Uni-Force’, which employs strong cam locks as well as a diversion bar system to keep handle or bolt pressure from compromising the lock – they take on the brunt of the force applied by the intruder to keep the lock unscathed.

Omni-barrier Lock Protection

A combination of steel components and steel hard plate has been put in place to secure the lock from push, punch and drill based attacks.

Pry-stop Bolts And Tabs

Bolts are strategically placed around the safe door at the vulnerable corners to keep them safe from pry attacks. Furthermore, the end bolts are 2.5x longer than regular bolts and strengthened with steel angle iron to keep them from bending due to prying. 

Protective tabs are also present alongside the top / bottom bolts as well as the inside of the door to further enhance the safe’s resistance to pry attacks.

A Close Look At Browning Gun Safe Security

Locking Options

Browning lets you choose from three different locking systems: S & G mechanical lock, S & G electronic lock and SecuRam biometric lock, for most of their ProSteel safes.

4 Way vs 3 Way Bolt Direction

You may be a bit confused about these two features – 4 way bolts found on pricier ProSteel modes, and 3 way bolts present in their less expensive offerings. Basically, 4 way bolts are present on all four sides of the door: top, bottom, left and right, which provides greater security against burglary attempts. 

3 way bolts are present on the top, left and right sides of the doors to provide security to the most vulnerable points of the vault door, leaving the bottom side exposed. Still, a thief would find it incredibly hard to compromise the bottom side with a regular crowbar!It can be safely said that a burglar attempting to break into a Browning gun safe would have to get past nightmare-grade security, which may be deterrent enough for all but the most foolhardy criminal.

Warranty

Browning Gun Safes are covered by a solid warranty that states that the manufacturer will cover the cost to repair / replace your safe in case it gets damaged because of a break in or due to a fire. This includes covering shipping charges for a new safe if needed.

Storage

​The manufacturer has incorporated several patented interior designs into their gun safes to make them almost endlessly customizable, to suit your weapon collection.

Axis Shelving System

The most prominent among these innovations is the ‘Axis shelving system’. This is a modular storage system that allows you to modify the interior of the gun safe for maximum storage / convenience / protection.

Optional Shelf Add-ons

If you want to customize your gun safe even further, you’ve got the option to purchase separate shelves that are fully compatible with the Axis shelving system. I have to admit, I’ve seen this kind of modularity in weapons such as the AR-15, but never before in gun safes.

Duo-Plus Storage System

This modular expansion system consists of door mounted racks to provide extra space for storing longer firearms, as well as pockets and pouches to store handguns and ammunition. The DPX system comes built into most Browning Gun safes. 

A particularly nifty feature of the DPX system is the Scope Saver, which lets you store scoped weapons in a way that they don’t occupy the extra space they normally do. Since the scope goes into the door space, the actual firearm doesn’t take more room than an unscoped weapon. Plus, it keeps your scope from being damaged because of bumping that may occur while storing/removing it from regular rack locations.

Pricing

The manufacturer shows a clear understanding of the fact that their consumers have diverse financial backgrounds, and have created products to match a wide range of price points, ranging from $1000 to well above $7000. Even with their least expensive gun safes, they have maintained a standard of quality that few can match in the industry.

Winchester also incorporates a Palusol® heat expandable seal in all their safe doors, which expands to 6x its original size when exposed to thermal extremes. This means that in case of a fire, the contents of the safe are completely sealed off against the heat and smoke.

Aesthetic Customization

​As a gun owner myself, I understand how important it is that all your accessories represent your taste in firearms – gun safes are no exception: I was pleasantly surprised, then, when I had a look at Browning’s Custom Collection safes. Not only did they allow for a wide range of exterior colors / textures, but you could also choose from well over a dozen unique sceneries to have silkscreened on their front!

Made In The USA

​Many of us are particular about where our purchases get manufactured. Sometimes this is purely superstitious, while at others, it does make sense. In the case of critical (not to mention pricey) products such as weapon safes, I’ll have to say it’s the latter. China may be improving its industrial quality assurance practices, but there is still a chance of defects there. This why it’s a huge plus that Browning ProSteel products are guaranteed to be made in the USA, according to standards that can be relied on.

Browning Gun Safes Reviews

Browning safes are divided into several categories, based on aesthetics, functionality and price. Within each safe series from Browning, there are several different models available based on size and gun storage capacity. While all of Browning’s offerings offer exceptional strength and fire safety, I’ve chosen a few that are the most meaningful for the modern day gun owner.

Custom Collection Safes

The Custom Collection Safes are, according to the manufacturer, their most popular category of gun safes. They incorporate all the top features offered by ProSteel, with additional customization options primarily focusing on aesthetics.

Platinum Plus

Platinum Plus-59

  • Volume (cf) / form factor66 / tall extra wide
  • Gun Capacity: 59 gun
  • Fire Rating: 120 Minute / 1750F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 7

Platinum Plus -52

  • Volume (cf) / form factor52 / tall wide
  • Gun Capacity: 43 gun
  • Fire Rating: 120 Minute / 1750F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 7

Platinum Plus -43

  • Volume (cf) / form factor43 / wide
  • Gun Capacity: 43 gun
  • Fire Rating: 120 Minute / 1750F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 7

To this end, it packs all of ProSteel’s premium technologies such as ThermoBlock, Pry-Stop Corner Bolts, DPX, Axis shelving and so on. But what’s more, you’re also able to choose from a wide range of coatings, and graphic scenes to make the product your own. Besides the standard mechanical and electronic locking options, you can also opt for a biometric locking system for added security.

The Platinum Plus line comes in a 66 cubic feet tall extra wide size that holds 59 guns, a 52 cubic feet tall wide size that holds 43 guns, and a 43 cubic feet wide size that holds 43 guns.




Pros

  • Best in terms of features and looks.
  • Customize safe appearance by adding graphic scenery to the face.
  • Wide range of sizes to accommodate any kind of gun collection.
  • Luxurious interior.

Cons

  • Extremely expensive.

Recommended For:
This line of Browning safes is designed to give you the best in terms of fire safety, theft protection, and utility, as well as a plethora of options to customize its looks to suit your taste.

Platinum Plus

Medallion

Medallion-62

  • Volume (cf) / form factor62 / tall extra wide
  • Gun Capacity: 59 gun
  • Fire Rating: 110 Minute / 1700F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 10

Medallion -48

  • Volume (cf) / form factor48 / tall wide
  • Gun Capacity: 43 gun
  • Fire Rating: 110 Minute / 1700F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 10

Medallion -40

  • Volume (cf) / form factor40 / wide
  • Gun Capacity: 43 gun
  • Fire Rating: 110 Minute / 1700F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 10

Medallion-28

  • Volume (cf) / form factor28 / standard
  • Gun Capacity: 29 gun
  • Fire Rating: 110 Minute / 1700F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 10

Featuring a 10 gauge steel construction, Medallion gun safes have a 110 minute fire rating at 1700F, and come with Thermoblock, DPX, Axis, Duo-Formed Door, 4-way bolt direction – the works. By bringing the steel thickness down from 7 to 10 gauges, ProSteel has made the product affordable for consumers, providing a sweet balance between reliability, economy and customization.

If you were tempted to buy a Platinum Plus gun safe because of its customizability, but couldn’t find the dough for it, the Medallion line is definitely worth a look. It has all the customization options of its pricier sibling but at a significantly reduced cost. In fact, Browning Medallion gun safe reviews from buyers have praised the value they’ve got for their money, in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.

The Medallion series has the following sizes available: 62 cubic feet tall extra wide (holds 59 guns), 48 cubic feet tall wide (holds 43 guns), 40 cubic feet wide (holds 43 guns), and 28 cubic feet standard (holds 29 guns).




Pros

  • Customization and premium features, at a reduced cost.
  • 4 different sizes to choose from.
  • Cedar paneled and simulated leather interior for luxury.

Cons

  • 10 gauge steel is thinner than 7 gauge steel, hence less durable.

Recommended For:
Providing a sweet balance between reliability, economy and customization.

Medallion

Custom Collection Safes

The Core Collection series is geared towards gun owners who wish to have the basic features that make Browning gun safes so dependable, but not the extra bells and whistles which up their price.

Hunter

Hell’s Canyon-48

  • Volume (cf) / form factor48 / extra wide
  • Gun Capacity: 65 gun
  • Fire Rating: 90 Minute / 1680F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 11

Hunter-37

  • Volume (cf) / form factor37 / wide
  • Gun Capacity: 43 gun
  • Fire Rating: 90 Minute / 1680F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 11

Hunter-26

  • Volume (cf) / form factor26 / standard
  • Gun Capacity: 29 gun
  • Fire Rating: 90 Minute / 1680F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 11

The Hunter gun safe models have an 11 gauge steel construction, and all the fundamental protective / utilitarian features of Browning safes i.e. Thermoblock, DPX and Axis shelving. However, the manufacturer cut some corners to make them more affordable.

Instead of the 4 way bolts found in the more expensive gun safes, it has 3 way bolts - and the Duo Formed door has been replaced by the 1‘’ formed door. The Hunter series gun safes also lack most of the customization features found in other models, and you won’t have a biometric lock option. In spite of this, the Hunter Series carries 90 minute / 1680F fire rating which is more than enough. Basically, if you want sturdy protection at a reasonably affordable cost, this one is a fine candidate.

You can choose from a 48 cubic feet extra wide model, aka Hell’s Canyon (65 gun capacity), 37 cubic feet wide model (43 gun capacity), and a 26 cubic feet standard model (29 gun capacity).




Pros

  • Reliable protection at a very affordable price point.
  • Variable sizing lets you choose a model to suit the size of your collection.
  • Front of the gun safe bears exquisite logo / symbol.

Cons

  • Not as strong as pricier models.
  • Few customization options.
  • Can’t opt for a biometric locking mechanism.

Recommended For:
Basically, if you want sturdy protection at a reasonably affordable cost, this one is a fine candidate.

Hunter

Sporter

Sporter – The Beast

  • Volume (cf) / form factor40 / extra wide
  • Gun Capacity: 56 gun
  • Fire Rating: 90 Minute / 1680F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 12

Sporter- 41

  • Volume (cf) / form factor41 / tall wide
  • Gun Capacity: 56 gun
  • Fire Rating: 60 Minute / 1400F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 12

Sporter-33

  • Volume (cf) / form factor33 / wide
  • Gun Capacity: 40 gun
  • Fire Rating: 60 Minute / 1400F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 12

Sporter-23

  • Volume (cf) / form factor23 / standard
  • Gun Capacity: 25 gun
  • Fire Rating: 60 Minute / 1400F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 12

Sporter-20

  • Volume (cf) / form factor20 / standard
  • Gun Capacity: 23 gun
  • Fire Rating: 60 Minute / 1400F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 12

Sporter-15

  • Volume (cf) / form factor15 / closet
  • Gun Capacity: 19 gun
  • Fire Rating: 60 Minute / 1400F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 12

Sporter-9

  • Volume (cf) / form factor9 / compact
  • Gun Capacity: n/a
  • Fire Rating: 60 Minute / 1400F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 12

The Sporter series is the most economical solution across all of Browning’s long gun safe product lines. Made from 12 gauge steel, the fire safety rating is 60 minutes at 1400F (with the exception of the ‘Beast’ model, rated at 90 minutes / 1680F because of its huge size), which may seem a bit low compared to the other models, but is ample as far as fire protection goes in general.

Besides the thinner 12 gauge steel, the Sporter line does away with 4 way bolt direction in favor of 3 way, and has a 1’’ formed door instead of a duo-formed door, just like the Hunter line. The Axis shelving system is replaced by a Cantilevered Modular Shelving system, which is still quite functional.

The great thing about this economically priced offering is the variation in sizes it provides: there’s a 40 cubic feet extra wide ‘Beast’ model capable of holding 56 guns; a 41 cubic feet tall wide model that holds 56 guns; a 33 cubic feet wide model with a 40 gun capacity; a 23 cubic feet standard model that can hold 25 guns; a 23 cubic feet standard model which can contain 23 guns; a 15 cubic feet closet model that’s able to hold 19 guns; and a 9 cubic feet compact model designed to contain pistols and ammunition.




Pros

  • Vital protection from theft and fire.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Huge range of sizes to choose from.

Cons

  • Considerably weaker than higher end ProSteel models.

Recommended For:
All in all, an excellent choice if you want crucial fire and theft protection for your weapons at an exceptionally affordable price, and/or a healthy number of options in terms of gun capacity.

Sporter

Black Label Safes

These safes are geared towards customers who favor tactical firearms over standard weapons, and intend to use them frequently instead of keeping them locked most of the time.

Mark IV

Mark IV-37

  • Volume (cf) / form factor37 / wide
  • Gun Capacity: 43 gun
  • Fire Rating: 100 Minute / 1680F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 11

Mark IV-26

  • Volume (cf) / form factor26 / wide
  • Gun Capacity: 29 gun
  • Fire Rating: 100 Minute / 1680F
  • Steel Thickness / gauge: 11

The Mark IV is one of the two tactical offerings from Browning ProSteel (the other being the cheaper Mark III). This gun safe sports an 11 gauge body and has Pry-Stop End Bolts instead of the stronger Corner Bolts, but other than that, it is pretty much as strong as most of the pricier gun safes from the manufacturer.

The gun safe features a tactical handle that allows you to rapidly access its contents when they’re needed most. There’s also a gear loft atop the safe to store items that you’ll frequently use. Staying true to its minimalistic theme, the safe has few customization options and only supports an electronic locking mechanism.

The Mark IV is available in a 37 cubic feet wide size that accommodates 43 guns, and a 26 cubic feet standard size that accommodates 29 guns.




Pros

  • Economical, reliable and surprisingly spacious for its size.
  • Tactical handle for easy access.
  • Top mounted storage system for holding frequently used items.

Cons

  • Not as strong as top-of-the-line models.
  • Limited size options.
  • Limited customization options.

Recommended For:
The gun safe features a tactical handle that allows you to rapidly access its contents when they’re needed most.

Mark IV

Conclusion

The Browning gun safe reviews in this guide don’t cover half of what ProSteel has to offer - doing that would only make things confusing since the manufacturer tends to play around with their feature mix to create products to suit many different consumers based on many different factors. I’ve covered the ones I found most relevant to today’s gun owners, and hopefully, you’ve got a better idea after going through them, about the kind of features to expect from ProSteel gun safes.

I won’t go so far as to claim any specific product to be the best Browning gun safe on the market right now; ultimately, the quality of a gun safe can only be measured in terms of how well it caters to the needs of the gun owner, since those needs can be quite subjective, we can’t crown any one model as the universal best.

That being said, in my opinion, the Medallion lineup from the Custom Collection seems to be the most balanced in terms of the features it provides and the price-tag it comes with. The 10 gauge steel it’s made out of isn’t the thickest used by Browning but it does bring the price down, while maintaining a 110 minute / 1700F fire rating which is still more than decent.

The Medallion line incorporates most other top-end ProSteel features which further enhance its performance with regards to theft prevention and fire protection. Besides having a nice range of sizes to match your arsenal, whether big or small, the Medallion lineup also supports all the customization options the Custom Collection is famed for – including a variety of finishes and silk screened sceneries.

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