Our Security Industry Experts Choice for Best Gun Safes 2021

Why Do We Need Gun Safes?

One thing that we all absolutely firmly believe is that firearms should never be permitted to get into the hands of the wrong people.

Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia cites on their website “The security of each firearm is up to the individual in possession of it, but it is up to everyone to do the right thing. It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to properly secure your firearm safe and the peace of mind it brings makes it well worth it.”

And from our perspective, it doesn’t need to cost a fortune.

In our December 2020 blog post ‘Choosing the Right Gun Safe: The Definitive Guide‘ we went into considerable detail as to why, as a gun owner, you need a gun safe, how to choose a premium new or bespoke second-hand firearm safe, and the poorly worded gun legislation governing firearm storage. Captain Safe’s Managing Director, Nigel Henning, provided expert advice in his YouTube video ‘How To Pick A Good Gun Safe’.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment states, “In Australia, invasive species cause immense damage to our soils, native plants and animals, and annual production losses worth millions of dollars. Feral animals such as rabbits, goats, cattle, buffalos, pigs, donkeys, horses, and camels degrade natural habitats by intensive or selective grazing.”

According to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, introduced species and pest animals cost Australia up to $1 billion annually.

Conventional techniques for control of invasive animals include fencing, trapping, poisoning, and shooting.

Sporting shooters who help keep these feral animals and invasive species under control are fantastic for the environment, the economy, and their community.

Sporting shooters tend to be, as a rule, cashed up and community-minded. That is to say, they generously support local businesses, shops, sporting organisations, and their local community.

Responsible gun owners make up a sizable portion of our business here at CAPTAIN SAFE.


Where Can I Buy the Best Gun Safe?

There are quality wholesalers in every major town and city in Australia.

Wherever you are, there is bound to be someone near you where you can purchase high-quality gun storage products. And there are heaps of reputable online wholesalers to choose from.

The best place to start is to do your homework, as there are a lot of seriously inferior products that DO meet the minimum legal specifications but pose NO meaningful security whatsoever.

In your research, you have established that the gun safe where you are going to keep your firearms and most likely your ammunition is secure AND fire-proof.

When choosing the right gun safe, we recommend in your doing your research you speak with one of our onsite experts at CAPTAIN SAFE.


Best Gun Safe Brands & Features

There are many different brands and models to choose from.

From our prospective, the FOUR most important things to consider are:

  1. Build quality
  2. Fire-proofing
  3. Lock quality and configuration
  4. Are you getting value?

It’s normally a good start to go with a brand you know. If it’s a known and trusted brand, or researched, or perhaps you have prior experience, that brand is not going to ruin its reputation by selling rubbish to the consumer.

Some safes on the market look shiny and pretty but be wary. This does not necessarily mean they measure up to our CAPTAIN SAFE standards.

We stock and sell the following brands because they are extremely high quality, reliable, and come from high-security environments through refits and upgrades.

We list the following in order of safes that meet our criteria for BEST build quality, customer service, and bang for your buck!

  1. Lord Safes
  2. Chubb Safes
  3. Dominator Safes
  4. Victoria Safe Co.
  5. Australian Safe Co.
  6. CMI Safes
  7. Guardall Safes
  8. Diplomate Safes
  9. Platinium Safes
  10. Spika Safes


Our Top Choice of Best Pistol Safe for 2021

1. Body of the safe

  • Torch and drill resistant (TDR), or
  • Laminate Plate Steel (plates of mild steel, hardened steel, stainless steel)

Either of these options would have a concrete filling.

Nigh on impossible to cut through unless you have a thermal lance or some very specific safe-cracking tools. Either way, the pistols will be destroyed in the process of illegally opening the pistol safe.

These materials provide defense barriers resisting to:

  • Oxy-Acetylene attack
  • Drills and abrasive grinders
  • Explosives and force
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic tools

2. Lock type of safe

If possible, we’d recommend a mechanical combination lock every time.

A mechanical combination lock is incredibly hard to crack, takes an awfully long time to do so, and there are only a few people in the country that can illegally open the lock.

The plus side is, the lock will last forever. They hardly need any maintenance. And unless you are in a very calm state of mind, you can’t open the lock. You need to be absolutely calm and collected in order to open the lock using the sequence combination.

The build quality of older safes is comparably much higher than the build quality of a brand new safe.


Pre-Used Second-Hand Safes

For that reason, something like Australian Safe Company Used Safe is absolutely perfect for safely storing your pistols and/or ammunition.

_Australian Safe Company Best Pistol Safe


Best Gun Safes in Australia for 2021

Using our list provided above, this is a wonderful time to start learning all your can about safes, in consultation with a Security Industry Expert.

Any good quality firearm safe you are considering will have:

  • relockers inside
  • concrete lining / core
  • a good quality lock
  • a thick steel shell
  • a robust opening mechanism
  • security bolt work
  • needs to be heavy, and bolted down to the premises

For the same outlay of money, buying a high-security, second-hand bespoke safe means you get more value asnd security for your money.


Pre-Used Second-Hand Safes

We recommend our LORD Large Firearm Safe – a perfect example of a high-quality gun safe we can further customise to your specifications.

_LORD Large Bespoke Gun Safe


Speak to One of Our Experts

At CAPTAIN SAFE, we do not manufacture safes. What we do – and do it extremely well – is customise new and second-hand, pre-used safes to fit your unique firearm specifications. We can tailor-make a gun safe or pistol safe to include additional shelving space and locked ammunition storage. You may also require additional external locking devices.

Our purpose-built, high-end bespoke safes are engineered to meet and surpass industry standards.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can customise a quality firearm safe for you, speak with one of our Security Industry experts on:

1300 648 182 or you may contact us via email: contact us.

We look forward to your call.


Nigel Hemming - Managing Director, Captain Safe

~ Nigel Henning, Managing Director, CAPTAIN SAFE


Nigel Henning is the business owner, director, and driving force behind the success of Captain Safe, based in Geelong, Victoria. A security expert since 2000, Nigel has been a leader in the Australia Safe Industry since 2016.

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