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Winchester Gun Safe Reviews

A gun company that produces its own line of gun safes shows its commitment to providing its customers with complete solutions for caring for their firearms. Winchester is a gun maker that has a reputation for quality when it comes to their firearms, but their gun safes are also worth a look. I’ve put together this guide to familiarize you with the features of their incredibly affordable product line, along with some relevant Winchester gun safe reviews.

Top 5 Winchester Gun Safe Comparisons

Model

Gun Capacity

Volume / cf

Weight / lbs

Bolt Configuration

Price

Our Ratings

Legacy 44

51 long gun

43.8

1387 lbs

4 way / 16 / 2’’

$$$$$

Silverado 26

26 long gun

26

869 lbs

3 way / 12 / 1.5‘’

$$$$

Big Daddy

48 long gun

36.5

803 lbs

3 way / 14 / 1.5“

$$$

Ranger 19

22 long gun

19.4

506 lbs

3-way / 12 / 1’’

$$

Tactical

34 total (12 long guns / 22 hand guns)

30.5

730 lbs

3 way / 13 / 1”

$$$$

History

Winchester is a name that any gun collector will have heard of - starting out in 1866 in New Haven, Connecticut, it was named after the company’s biggest stock owner, Oliver Winchester. Soon after its formation, the company’s name became tied intrinsically to the stories and legends of the American Frontier thanks to its revolutionary repeating rifle, and it earned the title of ‘The American Legend’. From its humble beginnings, the company has gone on to produce several famous firearms and ammunition lines, as well as survival gear such as knives, scopes, binoculars, and of course, gun safes.

Winchester gun safes have had a rocky history - their original offerings were marginal, their website was broken, and their customer service was non-existent on telephone lines. 2011 saw them act on consumer complaints to improve their service, but the safes still left something to be desired. By 2012, they had improved their safe designs to better steel gauges, and had added generally spruced up their website.

Now, in 2016, both their website, and their incredibly large lineup of safes, exude an incredibly solid, professional aura, and the features they offer in their gun safes, and the prices they offer them at, are some of the best in the industry.

Features

Here are some features of Winchester’s products which stand out in particular:

Industry Standard Burglary Protection

Winchester Gun Safes are made from 12 ga. or thicker steel, with large dead locking bolts, pry-resistant tabs, steel hinges, and strengthened doorjambs to give burglars a really hard time getting to your prized gun collection. 12 gauge is, incidentally, the standard requirement for weapon safes. Continuous seam welding, instead of spot welding, is employed to ensure structural integrity.
Every Winchester safe is certified as a residential security container (RSC) from Underwriters Laboratories - in fact, Winchester was the first manufacturer to secure this prestigious certification. Furthermore, the Sargent & Greenleaf locks used in their safes are also UL certified to be mechanically secure or EMP-resistant, as applicable.The gun safes have also been certified as a California DOJ firearm safety device.

Fire Protection

Winchester gun safes are fire resistant up to 1400F temperatures, for a 45 minute to 2.5 hour period, depending on the exact model. I always recommend that you stick with a minimum of 60 minutes of fire resistance - thankfully, most of the products from Winchester fit this criteria.

To achieve their robust fire resistance, Winchester uses thicker fireboard layers, in greater numbers. The door hinges on the gun safes are external, which means the fire insulation doesn’t have any breaks in it (this is required by internal hinges). The presence of breaks results in direct heat transfer to the inside of the safe in the event of a fire, which can compromise the prized possessions stored inside.

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.

Made In The USA

Winchester has recently started producing several (but not all) of their gun safes at Fort Worth, Texas. To do so, they revamped their manufacturing process to meet the highest standards of quality, through advanced automation.In their own words, this required the investment of millions of dollars into state-of-the-art facilities and machinery. The end result: it takes around 2.2 minutes to get a Winchester gun safe ready for use, from scratch!

Affordability

Winchester gun safes are quite cheap for their features (advanced fire ratings, thick locking bolts, UL rated steel construction and locks, lifetime warranty and curbside delivery), as compared to the rest of the industry. While this may have something to do with the fact that they don’t use steel thicker than 10 gauges (which is still quite thick by the way), the fact that they manufacture a considerable portion of their products in the US also plays a major part in keeping their prices down.

Personally, I think this places Winchester ideally as the brand of choice for the budget minded gun collector who wants a quality safe to keep their weapons protected from fire and burglary. However, it would be great if Winchester could offer an extra heavy duty safe line with 7 gauge steel thickness.

Warranty

All gun safes from Winchester come with a limited lifetime warranty - they will replace / repair your safe if it becomes damaged due to fire or burglary during its lifetime - this includes curbside delivery in case of a replacement. They also offer to send a free safe cracker to open your safe if it malfunctions.

The locks present on these safes also come with a 2 year warranty against flaws in workmanship and materials. If you’re willing to part with some extra cash, this warranty can be lengthened to 9 more years.

Customization

The interior of Winchester weapon safes are reasonably customizable, with the owner having the ability to adjust the compartments to suit their collection. You should know that this is pretty standard fare - not the kind of extreme modifications allowed by some high end brands. However, Winchester offers a wide range of add-on accessories including lights, dehumidifiers, silica gel cans, bolt down kits, door panel organizers and so on.

Top Winchester Gun Safes Reviews

The Winchester lineup in 2016 includes Bandit, Ranger, Defender, Tactical, Treasury, Silverado, Legacy, Big Daddy and a special 150th Anniversary Limited Edition.

Almost all of these categories are sturdy enough to provide ample protection to your firearms, but I’ve chosen some of their offerings based on factors such as construction strength, fire safety and pricing which makes them most relevant to the average gun owner’s requirements today.

Legacy

Legacy 44

Legacy 53

  • Gun Capacity51 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 43.8
  • Fire Rating: 2.5 hours / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 12
  • Weight: 1387 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 4 way / 16 /2"
  • Gun Capacity51 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 52.5
  • Fire Rating: 2.5 hours / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 12
  • Weight: 1616 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 4 way / 18 /2"

This gun safe line is as good as it gets with Winchester. Available in two models - the Legacy 44 and Legacy 53 (both with a 51 long gun capacity) - this line bears a whopping 2.5 hour / 1400 F fire safety rating, which is enormous even by the standards set by higher end brands.

This is possible thanks to the four layers of fireboard it has for its body and ceiling, and five for the door, as well as a double Palusol® heat seal layer. A 1/4‘’ inch steel outer plate composite door construction further enhances the safe’s thermal resistance.

As far as burglary protection goes, the 10 gauge steel outer body, the composite steel door, and 4 way locking bolt system with solid 2‘’ steel bolts (18 in total) provide ample fundamental protection. The lock is protected by a drill resistant hard plate and a titanium disk, and an auxiliary relocker system is implemented as backup.

The gun safe line has its own Power Docking System with 2x110V power outlets and 2x USB outlets. It comes with an LED light kit and an accessory door panel to further enhance its storage capacity. You can choose between an S&G Mechanical Lock, and a UL Listed Electronic Lock for these gun safes.

My only complaint with this product line is that it doesn’t come in more sizes - at present, it’s only suitable for people who have (or intend to have) a rather large collection of firearms.For its price, the Legacy gun safe line from Winchester offers some seriously cool features, which would cost you considerably more coming from other manufacturers.




Pros

  • Premium quality features at a very economical price.
  • Ultra high 2.5 hr /1400F fire rating.
  • Enhanced lock and door protection features.

Cons

  • Only available in two sizes, geared towards larger gun collections.

Recommended For:
Highly recommended if you want a robust, completely reliable safe that gives you great value for the money.

Legacy

Silverado

Silverado 26

  • Gun Capacity26 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 26
  • Fire Rating: 2 hr / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 10
  • Weight: 869 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3 way / 12 / 1.5‘’

Silverado 40

  • Gun Capacity48 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 40.3
  • Fire Rating: 2 hr / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 10
  • Weight: 1188 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3 way / 14 / 1.5‘’

Silverado 51

  • Gun Capacity48 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 50.8
  • Fire Rating: 2 hr / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 10
  • Weight: 142 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3 way / 18 / 1.5‘’

The Silverado is the next best thing to the Legacy line for a number of reasons: It’s a bit less expensive, it offers more variety in its sizes, and it retains most of the premium features of the Legacy series, so those with a smaller gun collection should consider it if they think it infeasible to splurge on its pricier sibling.

Silverado gun safes come in three models (according to size): Silverado 26, Silverado 40 and Silverado 51. All of them are rated to withstand 1400F temperatures for 2 hours thanks to the generous use of fireboard and Palusol(R) insulation by the manufacturer. Note that this product line does not have a 1/4‘’ composite door construction like the Legacy lineup.

In terms of construction, these safes use 10 gauge steel, and come with the same lock and door protection as Legacy does. The bolts are a bit shorter though, at 1.5’’ and only effectively lock in 3 directions, but that’s about the only major difference. Both mechanical and electronic locking systems are supported, and accessories such as DPO, LED kit, and Power Docking System are all part of the package.




Pros

  • Provides premium features and choice of sizes.
  • Economically priced.
  • Excellent lock and door protection.
  • 1400F / 2 hour fire protection.

Cons

  • Composite door isn’t as strong as Legacy line.
  • Bolts are only active in 3 directions rather than 4.

Recommended For:
So those with a smaller gun collection should consider it if they think it infeasible to splurge on its pricier sibling.

Big Daddy

  • Gun Capacity48 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 36.5
  • Fire Rating: 75 min / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 12
  • Weight: 803 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3 way/ 14/ 1.5"

This gun safe is a pretty unique offering Winchester - it is only available in a single size: 36.5 cubic feet that holds up to 48 long guns, and is fire resistant for 75 minutes to a 1400F blaze, at a very cheap price. How does it manage to do so you may wonder, the answer to that lies in its thinner 12 gauge construction and a slightly reduced number of fireboard layers.

In order to provide a solution for gun owners who want a place to keep their firearms essentially secure without spending much cash, Winchester decided that it would be wisest to move a couple gauges up to save expenses on the steel construction.

This lets them keep other security features such as titanium disk and hard plate protection for the lock, auxiliary relocker, 1.5‘’ bolts and 3 way locking etc. It’s an interesting take, but I would like to point out that this decision effectively ensures that the Big Daddy isn’t a safe bet in situations where heavy duty protection against brute force attacks is required.

You can still choose between a mechanical and electronic lock, but the accessories also take a decided hit to keep the cost down, with only a single power outlet and a DPO provided by default.




Pros

  • Very affordable price.
  • Effective fire protection at 75 minutes/ 1400F.
  • Solid burglary protection features.
  • Suitable for large gun collections

Cons

  • Not recommended for heavy duty protection.
  • Only available in a single size.
  • Meager free accessories.

Recommended For:
Solution for gun owners who want a place to keep their firearms essentially secure without spending much cash

Ranger

Ranger 19

  • Gun Capacity: 22 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 19.4
  • Fire Rating: 60 min / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 12
  • Weight: 506 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3-way / 12 / 1’’

Ranger 31

  • Gun Capacity: 39 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 30.5
  • Fire Rating: 60 min / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 12
  • Weight: 700 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3-way / 13 / 1’’

Ranger 42

  • Gun Capacity: 42 long gun
  • Volume / cf: 41.7
  • Fire Rating: 60 min / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 12
  • Weight: 848 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3-way / 15 / 1’’

The Ranger series is the cheapest offering from Winchester that I would recommend as a safe to hold your valued firearms. It has been rated able to withstand a 1400F temperature for 60 minutes (thanks to the use of fewer layers of fireboard in its construction), which is the main reason why I say it’s as cheap as you should go to ensure reasonable safety in common thermal emergencies – anything lower than that will collapse rapidly if the temperature went higher than 1400F.

The 12 gauge steel body construction meets the minimum security ratings, and the bolts used are only 1’’ thick, which again, means that you shouldn’t employ it for securing ultra-sensitive items e.g. rare gun collections that could attract thieves. Still, it is impressive that the manufacturer manages to pack the same advanced lock protection features present in the pricier models, and you still have a choice between mechanical and electronic locks!

Naturally, with a product line this cheap, you wouldn’t expect lots of free accessories, and sure enough, the Ranger line comes with just an accessory door panel, adjustable shelving and auxiliary shelf covers. Thankfully, when it comes to size options, the Ranger series has three distinct models: Ranger 19, which supports up to 22 long guns; Ranger 31, which supports up to 39 long guns; and Ranger 42, which supports up to 42 long guns.




Pros

  • Extremely cheap.
  • Packs advanced lock protection features for its price point.
  • Decent choice of sizes.Made in the USA.

Cons

  • Fire protection won’t do in extreme thermal emergencies.
  • Bolt size and 12 gauge construction isn’t the most secure combination.

Recommended For:
I would only recommend this safe to you if budget is a major constraint, and you’re not going to be storing any high value item inside it. As an additional piece of advice, don’t get this safe if you live in a house made primarily from wooden / flammable materials.

Tactical

  • Gun Capacity: 34 total (12 long guns / 22 hand guns)
  • Volume / cf: 30.5
  • Fire Rating: 60 min / 1400F
  • Steel Gauge: 12
  • Weight: 730 lbs
  • Bolt Configuration: 3 way / 13 / 1”

The Tactical gun safe has been crafted specifically for modern gun enthusiasts. Its interior has been designed to be highly customizable, and it comes with several different modding accessories at a very reasonable price.

In terms of basic fire protection and burglary proof features, this gun safe is quite similar to the Ranger line, with a fire rating of 1 hour at 1400F, a 12 gauge steel construction and 1’’ steel locking bolts in a 3-way configuration. Furthermore, it has 16 gauge solid steel wall panels which lend it further strength.

It also has the advanced lock protection features, such as a hard plate and a titanium disk, found on its pricier siblings. An auxiliary relocker is in place to provide backup in case the original lock is compromised. A standout feature is the S&G Spartan lock that it incorporates – this lock has been certified as Electro Magnetic Pulse resistant.

In terms of storage capacity, this safe can hold as many as 34 guns: by default, the interior is setup to hold 22 handguns and 12 long guns. You can customize this setting with extra accessory mounts to enable it to store even more. The 24’’ x 43’’ PALS webbing door panel incorporated into the Tactical gun safe fully supports MOLLE-compatible accessories. By default, the safe comes with 12 laser-cut moveable rubber-coated barrel rests, 2 quick-grab pistol racks that can hold as many as 22 pistols, 4 single peg gear hangers and 2 dual peg gear hangers.




Pros

  • Superb tactical features at very affordable price.
  • Configured for readily accessible weapons storage.
  • Door panel fully supports MOLLE accessories.
  • Comes with various customization accessories.
  • Spartan Electronic Lock is EMP resistant.
  • Made in the USA.

Cons

  • Limited to a single size.
  • Fire safety and burglary protection is little more than adequate.

Recommended For:
Basically, this safe is for the modern day gun collector who wants an affordable solution for not only securing their collection, but also for having it ready for action at a moment’s notice.

Conclusion

Having gone through the guide and the several reviews I’ve included, you will have noted that Winchester is trying to send a very clear message to the gun safe industry: that you can pack solid core protection as well as a whole host of premium features into a gun safe without excessively bearing down on the end user’s pocket.

Now, I understand that there isn’t any perfect gun safe that will suit everyone’s needs, but as far as the Winchester lineup goes, the Silverado series comes pretty close to being the best Winchester gun safe around right now. It provides solid burglary and fire protection features, as well as premium security features such as titanium disk and hard plate lock protection, auxiliary relocker, and massive locking bolts, at a price that doesn’t hurt the average gun owner’s wallet. And not just that, it comes in 3 different sizes, so you can buy a product that matches your anticipated gun storage requirements.

All in all, it is refreshing to see a manufacturer actively addressing its clientele’s concerns to improve its products and services by enhancing diversity, affordability and customer experience year after year.

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