Gun Safe Security Test – Liberty Safe’s Head to Head Pry Test Featured on Guns & Gear TV

Gun Safe Security Test – Liberty Safe’s Head to Head Pry Test featured on Guns & Gear TV

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When it comes to your own safety, and security, there are a number of reasons many households are choosing to keep a gun for protection. Properly storing your gun in a proper safe cannot only add more safety for your loved ones but can also provide a secure place to keep other valuables. A gun safe can be a highly ideal way to keep your guns and valuables secure, but choosing one can take a lot of thought and consideration, especially with many makes and models in the market. There are specific ratings and tests done to ensure that the gun safe you chose to keep in your home will do the job you need it to and can be crucial for gaining additional coverage from insurance companies.

What You Need To Know About Gun Safe Security Tests:

In the United States the only safety ratings that most insurance companies will accept are ones given by the Underwriters Laboratories’ or UL. When looking to buy a gun safe it should display a UL rating, ones that do not should be avoided. There are a number of UL tests that are done and ratings are giving out accordingly to the tests performed.

UL Tests Include:

RSC- The Residential Security Container is typically the lowest rating test done by the UL. For the safe to pass this rating it must come with a resistant force door, meaning it cannot be pried open with a screwdriver, crowbar or other objects. It must remain resistance to the pry test for at least five minutes of this outside force. It should be noted that the way the test is performed does not require this resistance to be a continuous five minutes. The individuals, who are trained and experienced at breaking into safes, can start and stop the resistance applied to the safe to review and recalculate where to try and open it. These safes DO NOT require a locking system.

When it comes to keeping your guns secure and safe, as well as your other possessions and valuables, you want to be sure to find the highest quality. One of the easiest ways to know if the safe you chose is reliable from the safety ratings it has been given.

Liberty Safes are proudly made in the USA and we are the #1 manufacturer of gun safes, fire safes and commercial safes in the US. When you buy a Liberty Safe you will receive Liberty’s #1 rated lifetime warranty. If your safe is ever subject to an attempted break-in, or fire, Liberty Safe will repair, or replace, your safe for free!

Liberty Safe and Security Products, Inc.
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Payson, Utah 84651


Josh Saintz says:

how does the revolution series compare to the cabelas provault 24?

mrelectron62 says:

What I find amazing is how the company who is sponsoring the test safes always does the best. I’d really like to see an independent group do the test this way there is no conflict of interest or least the appearance of it. Sorry I’m just been around too long and skeptical of what I see.

Liberty Safe says:

bobwatters, you can get into any safe if you have enough time. What we are doing here is showing a common scenario and how the Revolution safes by Liberty are far superior to the competition being sold at similar pricing. This shows that the Revolution provides amazing security for the price.

rockey balboa says:

ok, i have a legitimate question. Liberty please answer. This is one of the most common questions I here all the time and am curious about myself. If these military bars are better, why not include them on the revere and higher safes. The revere have traditional bolts, do y our anti pry tabs make up for this? And if the bars are better, i dont understand why you would charge more for less, being bars for bolts on higher priced models.

Arbhall McDougall says:

I would like to see if the safe opens after the pry test. Assuming its protected the weapons inside and the robbers give up, can the owner of the safe enter the combination and open it?

Kevin M says:

I find it odd that there are no videos of any safes that are bolted down being attacked with pry bars.

Bryan S. says:

Then there’s me with a $20 angle grinder that gets in it in -3 seconds.

studinthemaking says:

So all I need to open your safe is two 4 foot long pry pars, and ten minutes of work.  Sounds like you guys need to make a better safe

HunterSmith69 says:

Just a note for those who are whining about how a minute or two longer and they would have gotten into the safe; all safes can be opened with enough time. Many extremely high-cost safes, such as safes the government and military use for locking up firearms or secure documents, are rated by how long it will take for them to be accessed. The actual safe says it can withstand “X” minutes or hours of serious penetration attacks. No matter how much you spend, enough time will mean the safe is open. The goal is to make it take too long to be worth doing so. Just bolting the safe down will add a lot of time for penetrating the safe.

UOYtaLOL says:

angle grinder? most safes aren’t that thick on the sides. I’ve seen angle grinders make short work of steel.

Joseph M says:

Most of the comments are a little ridicules, as any safe of the caliber of those tested can be opened. However, even a cheap
safe bolted down inside a closet with limited access will be very hard to defeat..

Beertruck85 says:

some of these comments….

I don’t care what safe you own, you’re buying time. Plasma cutters will get through anything. 99% of all thefts are smash and grabs. A safe like this one will do the job 99% of the time.

Thats why you beef up your other defenses. Alarms, guard dogs etc.

Your average middle class gun owner will not need more than this.

caseymaples19xx says:

Hey liberty I’ll put my cheap safe up against yours if you will replace mine with a nice new liberty that i can improve check out the video of my stack on

chublez says:

Neat test. I think it would have been better to let them work it open and have a solid number for how much longer or x times better yours was for the price. When they stopped at 5 minutes it looked like they where seconds from opening the door…but if you let them continue it may have taken another 2 or 3 minutes. Point is I think it would look more honest in a manufacture sponsor test to let them finish the job and openly admit “hey you can get in our safe if its not bolted down with space to work in 6:27 a best in class protection time and a great value”.

studinthemaking says:

I am sure after 5 minutes the bad guys will quit and go home for the day. Every time!

Jeff Stoops says:

What about using a saw, and a good blade cutting into the side or door

Keltingr says:

i noticed when they 1st started on the liberty the bottom corner was starting to give and they immediately moved to the middle and started slipping like people trying to sell you something on an infomercial do.

Shawna Graham says:

Hmm If I was going into a house a cheap torch would get into this in no time. Nice exposed hinges you got there.

ZIPPER978 says:

most thieves are weak muscle depleted crack heads looking for some quick cash. They sure as hell dont have 4 foot pry bars

Photios Pantzos says:

Just like shot placement is key in how you stop a bad guy with your gun, Its the same concept for a safe.
1. Bolt it down. that defeats smash and grab if they cant haul it away quickly. And defeats all those videos where they knock the safe on its back to work on it and open it in minutes.
2. Don’t expose the sides which are the weakness of affordable safes. Put it in a closet, of better yet, do what i did. Basement. Corner where two sides are up against thick foundation walls and then build a wall on the exposed side. Only way to a BOLTED DOWN safe is the front door which is the hardest to defeat if you cant get leverage with prying tools. Even sawsaw and angle grinders will need a lot more time to defeat the door than cutting the thin single wall of the sides.
4. you did invest in an alarm system for your home, right? No time for that burglar to even THINK of cutting open the safe. He’s a man in a hurry and that clock is ticking to the cops arriving.
5. I have dogs. Good luck trying to get to my alarm fast enough to disable it with two cocker spaniels tripping you up and biting you as you try to beat the dialer on the alarm before it summons help.

Did you cut the phone lines? pffft! too bad its a cellular link. Get to the breaker box? It has battery backup.

Get my drift? don’t spend thousands on the safe. Layer your security. Be smart. then any safe will do the job.

I still opted for a Liberty Franklin for the warranty and support and the fact that its MADE in the USA. The fire rating of over an hour is more than meets my requirement. If It burns or gets damaged by a thief who tries his luck at quickly prying to see if he can get in in a hurry. I get a new one.

Hope this helps.


Made in U.S.A.

Juan Marcos Mendez says:

ok now lets put them in a closet with with barely any room bolted to the ground. the way normal people have there safes

collin bienvenu says:

pardon me for saying but it seemed like a few more minutes on the last one and it would have opened

Trevor Jentzsch says:

I want to see a fire axe attack on your safe. Pry attacks are not the only way to break in. If the body material is not think enough, a few swings from a heady duty axe will go straight through. 

Wone Freeman says:

Well… Thank you for the quality information. I own more than $10,000 in firearms and I live in a state where I can no longer purchase most of them (MD ;/), which greatly increases their personal value. I was looking at the Liberty’s, but something told me to keep looking.
Any recommendations for something in the $1,000-$1,300 range that will hold 3 AR style rifles and 4 pistols? I prefer something in a “sister size”, as it will be concealed.
Oh, and it has to be a dial, no electronics.

Spartan536 says:

I wonder why Liberty, Fort Knox, American Security, and Superior have not done a direct head to head with their mid range $3000 USD safes?

xcvsdxvsx says:

But will it blend?

MONEYBAGS603 says:

if you bolt it to the floor next to a wall they will have no leverage to open the safe

Travis Pitt says:

What about cutting the side with a $20 harbor freight grinder?

LifeInSpace says:

Nice try. Go through the side with a cheap electric saw. Of course all the ‘armor’ is on the front door. Go through the side or back.

Brian W says:

why can’t they just say that was a stack on “safe”? is it legal reasons? Is it still legal reasons to say they make crap products. What people should be made aware of is stack on is DOJ approved…. what a load of crap

Bill S says:

Is the Centurian the Revolution?

SoCalHunter says:

Just purchased the Liberty Revolution and I am quite pleased.  I think we all need to remember it’s an “entry level” safe…not Fort Knox…for the price I paid, it keeps my kids out and a burglar would definitely think twice…not to mention I bolted it to the foundation 🙂

D.j. B says:


smokinC5 says:

bolt your safe down people! notice how all of them were on their backs. put it in a closet and bolt it down….now try prying. cant get as much leverage. liberty did best….but any safe is vulnerable on its back.

Bo says:

i noticed when they 1st started on the liberty the bottom corner was starting to give and they immediately moved to the middle and started slipping like people trying to sell you something on an infomercial do.

R L says:

I have the same safe in the video but with mechanical dial. What I like about it is that it is made in the USA, does not hide the type of metal used and has a decent fire rating. Now to all those complaining it’s a low cost safe so don’t expect bank vault security. But if you look at actual crime stats most break ins are smash and grab. If you secure the safe to the floor and wall in a small closet it will defeat almost all would be thieves. It’s not the movies guys don’t come armed with cutting torches. Most usually only use a very small pry bar if that. When it comes to safes unless you are spending $2500 and up there is not a huge difference in materials used.

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