So you have bought a good-performing gun for hunting, shooting or home defense. You will need a gun safe for it to be secured. Guns are expensive, and it makes a target for thieves and burglars. A gun safe can protect it and the ammunitions from theft and forced access, as well as fire and water damage. A secure safe can also prevent potentially fatal accidents as it secures the firearm from your children, other family members, friends who come over, and all the people who don’t need access to it.
A gun safe can be expensive as well, but the good news is you can find durable, reliable and totally safe gun safes under $500 if your budget is a little short. When it comes to picking out gun safes for under $500, you have to still consider some key features.
You want your safe to be made from high-quality, strong steel so you can be sure that your guns are safe from anyone who tries to force their way into your gun safe. You also want a secure safe with a great security feature.
Here are some of the best quality gun safes under $500:
Designed with comfort and usability for gun enthusiasts, the Stack-On E-040-SB-E Elite Junior Executive Fire Safe doesn’t sacrifice cost for quality. It is a great safe for securing guns but at the same time, it also looks great. The strong construction of this safe means that you will end up with a top-quality product.
On the outside, this safe is sturdy and heavy. This weighs almost 250 pounds, which can be a challenge to move it around. It has a 3-point locking system with a key-corded cylinder lock. Inside, the shelves are adjustable, and you can partition it according to your needs. It also includes adjustable barrel rests that can be extended to accommodate the added depth needed to store weapons. Plus, the interior is fully-carpeted to prevent your guns from scratching.
This safe is approved by the California Department of Justice for meeting their standards for safely storing firearms. It’s also an ETL-rated fire-resistant safe.
- Sturdy construction
- No batteries needed
- Fully-lined interior
- CA DOJ approved
- Poor customer service
V-Line 31242-SA Quick Access Keyless Long Gun Safe is one of the best electric keypad lock safe that costs less than $500. This gun safe is made of sturdy 16ga. steel designed to fit primarily AR-15 type rifles. It’s a slim and long gun safe that measures 3.5” x 12” x 42”, so it can fit any gun that has this length. It weighs 11 lbs. so it’s easy enough to mount anywhere you want.
The security of this safe depends on the manual push-button lock with a back-up key system. There are 5 push buttons and the combination is easy to set and be changed at any time. This also offers a quick and easy access in case of emergency. It has two additional key locks you can use when quick access is not necessary.
You can easily mount this safe because it comes with pre-drilled holes. You will love the premium, powder-coated finish that will last for years.
- Can store large rifles
- No batteries needed
- Easy to mount
- Elegant finish
- The steel can be pried open
For only $320, you can own the Verifi Smart Safe with FBI Fingerprint Safe, which has the largest and only FBI-certified fingerprint sensor in a gun safe. This safe captures high-resolution fingerprint images to enhance recognition for quick access. It offer built-in 3D imaging, in which you can add up to 40 individual fingerprints. You can easily check its access log to give you a timeline of anyone who accessed the safe, and you can also delete users easily. With this safe, there’s no need for weak and often forgotten access codes.
This safe is loaded with technology. It features the Zvetco Biometric technology, auto-lock, LED night light, an LCD display, tamper alerts, self-diagnostics and stealth mode. The fingerprint safe is capable of running for years using just 4 AA batteries. This is used by the US Department of Homeland Security and State Department, and approved by the CA DOJ.
This safe measures 13.2” x 13.8” x 7.9”, so it can only fit pistols and handguns. It has a solid-steel construction, plus mounting holes for the floor and walls. It comes with a secret back-up key in case the fingerprint scanner fails.
- Biometric scanner that can record up to 40 fingerprints
- Auto lock mechanism
- LCD display
- CA DOJ approved
- Easy to mount
- Soft night light
- Secret back-up key
- Back panel is recessed, leaving the panels sticking out
BARSKA New Large Quick Access Biometric Rifle Gun Safe Cabinet is a sophisticated gun safe under $500 that also uses an advanced biometric fingerprint identification system. It quickly opens with the touch of a finger, plus, it can store up to 120 fingerprints! You may not need that much fingerprints to access your safe, but it’s just nice to know that the gun safe can handle it. It would be handy to store different positions of the fingers, as well as different fingers to make sure you can access the safe in panic, emergency situations.
The biometric mechanism needs 4 AA batteries, which is included in the kit. It comes with a programmable setting, including a silent access system. You can also use its two back-up keys, and a digital PIN code to use if in case the biometric fails. The locking system is made of deadbolt 5-point steel, making it sturdy and solid. This has been tested by the DOJ and is approved for firearm storage.
This safe comes with three removable shelves for accessories, plus the main storages: a position rifle rack and a position handgun rack.
- Solid construction
- Larger capacity over most safes in this price category
- Biometric scanner that can store up to 120 fingerprints
- Backup keys and digital PIN code
- Programmable silent access mode
- Easy to install
- DOJ approved
- Sometimes the biometric fingerprint reading won’t work so it’s best to store multiple fingerprint recordings of one finger (or more)
Do you prefer a safe that you can keep under the bed? The SnapSafe 75401 Under Bed Safe is a great choice considering the construction and product quality. This gun safe comes with a 14-gauge heavy duty steel construction, which should appeal to people looking for the best durability for a gun safe to last over the years. It has plenty of rooms for up to 7 guns, plus important documents and jewelry you want to keep secured.
With its size and under-the-bed design, you can install this gun safe in tight spaces. You can add it to a drawer, a nightstand, and even bring it on the trunk of your car. It has a slide-out drawer that makes access to a gun easier. The safe includes a built-in, pre-drilled holes for permanent anchoring, plus a three-foot long cable for anchoring the safe to stationary and heavy objects.
When it comes to security, you can rely very well on this gun safe. It features a digital door access wherein you can program a 3 to 8-digit access code. And if you’re not into that, you can use a key to open this safe.
- Heavy duty construction
- Large capacity
- Digital access and backup keys
- Can fit tight spaces
- Easy to install
- Comes with security cable
- A bit expensive
- Keypad produces loud beeps when pressed