Gun owners must have access to secure, lockable storage for their firearms.
Which are the best gun cabinets around? We’ve investigated some options. The law says that guns must be stored in a lockable gun cabinet that meets British standards and is fixed to a secure structure.
What the gun cabinet (or gun safe) looks like however is up to you. You can opt for a traditional, metal safe-type cabinet or you can choose something that will blend in with the surroundings of your home. Some of the cabinets below are made from wood and don’t look like gun safes, more like pieces of furniture. In fact, the police prefer a gun cabinet to be tucked away somewhere discreet, rather than on obvious display.
Your gun cabinet needs to be lockable but that doesn’t mean it needs to have a traditional key. Some use biometric technology so you can use a fingerprint to open them.
We’ve picked out seven of the best cabinets around that will fit the bill. Remember that you can put as many guns in a cabinet as it will hold securely – so if you’re new to shooting you may want to allow for your gun collection to grow.
Seven of the best gun cabinets
1.Lokaway LB Range gunsafe
This new range of outstanding value safes is lightweight but offers the same build quality and secure locking system as other safes. Featuring the advanced, anti-pry, ‘Swing’n’Slide’ locking system, the ultra-secure LB range comes with a high security lock and removable shelf compartment. £225
2.Three gun/rifle cabinet
If you have just one or two guns and you’re looking for something small and secure, then the Ultimate Safe® 3 Shotgun Gun Safe Cabinet would fit the brief (and a narrow space too). At the time of writing you can pick one up on Amazon from £94.99.
- Fitted with two unique Triple Blade Lock®
- Height – 130cm, width – 24.5cm, depth 20.5cm (8″). Weight: 29Kg
- Suitable for up to 3 shot guns or 3 rifles. Made of 2.5mm steel
- 2 keys for each lock supplied, anti crowbar, bar or chisel door system
- 4 pre drilled holes in the back and base for securing into wall or floor, fixing bolts included
- Built to British Standard BS7558/92
3.Need a large cabinet?
If you’ve a big collection of shotguns and/or rifles you’ll want a gun cabinet with a greater capacity. The Lokaway LOKDD Double Gun Safe holds between 12-19 guns and is certainly substantial. It has a separate lockable ammunition storage area too. Available from McAvoy Guns £695.
- Double door – store up to 19 guns collectively
- Right side capacity – 10-12 guns
- Left side capacity – 5-7 guns
- Interchangeable key lock
- Carpet lined
- 4 mounting bolts for installation
- Built to British Standard
4.A gun safe that looks like a coat rack
If you’d like your gun cabinet to blend into your surroundings (and remember the police like them to be tucked away), this clever gun cabinet will do double duty in a cloakroom for coat storage. The company has several other designs too, all of which resemble furniture rather than a gun safe, although they all exceed police standards. From the Bespoke Gun Cabinet Company, from around £2000
- Built to British Standard, BS7558/92
- Height – 194cm, Width – 108cm, Depth 62cm.
- Incorporates metal 15 gun cabinet into a seat
- Ammunition safe as optional extra to replace baskets
- Available in cherry, walnut, oak, mahogany and other woods on request
If you’d like to stand back and admire your collection of walnut stocks and engravings from time to time, then the Lancaster gun cabinet shown here might suit you. It also comes with an optional blind to hide guns from view when necessary. Available from the Bespoke Gun Cabinet Company, from £8.995
- 16 gun capacity
- Police-approved 28mm triple laminated bandit proof glass
- Interior of safe lined with Cherry
- Lockable ammunition drawers
- Built to British Standard, BS7558/92
- Height – 214cm, Width – 114cm, Depth 57cm
- Pull out leather lined gun cleaning shelf
- Internal lighting
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6. Made to measure wooden gun cabinet
Who better to design a gun cabinet than a gamekeeper? Ex gamekeeping student Zak Case has turned his hand to furniture design and makes bespoke cabinets for clients to specific measurements. The pieces are created from locally sourced Scottish hardwoods and fit all security and British Standards. Crazy Hare Design POA
7. Biometric technology safe
You can also do away with keys altogether, with the new biometric technology out there.
The Stack-On SHD-SU-BG-B, 3 Gun safe from Shooting Safe costs £350 with delivery and has a biometric lock which scans your individual fingerprint, with a key override if required.
- External Dimensions Width 12″ x Depth 11″ x Height 55″
- Fully Carpeted Interior with Removable Shelf
- Moulded barrel rests
- Three Year warranty
And if you’re worried about having your gun cabinet keys stolen?
Keys are among the most commonly stolen items and you need to ensure that your gun cabinet keys don’t fall into the wrong hands. You might sleep better at night if you have a safe installed for keys, like the Vecta personal safe which fits securely to any solid wall, has police accreditation and opens with a personal 4-digit security code. £129 from Amazon.
Inventor John Fearnall comments: “My keys were hanging in a kitchen cupboard for anyone to find and I had this nightmare vision of my shotguns and car in Lock Stock-style gangster scenes,” says John. “It was then that the idea of a high security, easy-to-use safe came to me.”
What about a fireproof gun safe?
Q: Do you have any recommendations for the best gun cabinets that are fireproof?
Bruce Potts replies:
Many people go for the minimum-security requirements in terms of gun safes, but if you total the cost of your rifles, scopes and sound moderators compared with the initial cost of the safe, it makes sense to spend as much on the best gun cabinets as possible. I would recommend Shooting Safe, which imports Stack-On safes, and stock a large selection of gun safes and storage safes for rifles and shotguns of all sizes including fireproof status.
The SS16E model (RRP £650) weights 83kg, is 140cm high, 53cm wide and 51cm deep and can accommodate up to 16 guns or shotguns up to 54in tall, but of course you can also use it for laptops, jewellery and other valuables.
The fireproof model FS-14-MB-E (RRP £850) is slightly smaller and holds 14 guns but weight 139kg due to the heavy internal fire retardant material. It is fire-resistant at a temperature of 1,400ºF for 30 minutes. Smaller versions are available but a safe that size accommodates and keeps all your valuables safe is well worth it.