If you’re looking to lock up multiple weapons, larger rifles, or other valuables, traditional standup versions are perfect for you. Some can get a little pricey, but with their large storage capabilities, and solid, secure build, the right one will be well worth your money.
We’ve compared and analyzed dozens of top models, and narrowed down the field to our Top Three:
The Mesa Safe Company MBF6032E 14.4 Cubic Foot 30 Rifle Safe with Digital Lock is our all-time favorite stack-on cabinet for many reasons. While it’ll cost you around $1,500, this stack-on cabinet delivers extremely secure storage with plenty of room for all your pistols, rifles, ammo, and other valuables.
It’s built like a tank, with completely steel construction that totals around 650 pounds. This isn’t going anywhere without a team of movers, so you can be sure that no thieves will make off with your valuables and weapons. You can also bolt it to your floor, with the pre-drilled holes.
This one is also one of the most secure on the market. The lock system is protected by an undrillable plate, to stop intruders in their tracks. In particular, we love the rugged bolts on this one, which are a full 1 1/2 inches thick!
It’s also fireproof, and is capable of withstanding much higher temperatures than the cheaper options. It’s rated for 1 hour at up to 1750 degrees!
We like this one because it combines the best of the old world and the new on one hulking package. The lock system is digital, with a programmable combination pad. That unlocks an elegant brass handle wheel, which cranks back 5 separate bolts to open it. If someone manages to damage the digital lock, a manual re-locker will kick in to make sure the system can’t be breached.
If you’re looking for the absolute best large safe, look no further! The Mesa is roomy, rugged, and backed by an unbeatable lifetime warranty. However, some previous buyers reported issues with glitchy keypads. Thankfully, that’ll all be covered by the warranty.
Priced a little lower than our #1 Stack-On pick at around $900 – $1,050, the Stack On Total Defense for 28 Guns (Model TD-28-SB E-S or C-S) proves to be a great alternative if you’re looking to get secure storage while saving a few bucks. One of our favorite features of this one is that it will hold large numbers of rifles and/or pistols, which means this one could be the only one you’ll ever need.
If you’re looking for a mid-range stack-on option, this Total Defense unit should be right up your alley. We love it because it’s almost as roomy as the Mesa, but costs a few hundred dollars less.
This one has room for up to 28 guns, and has customizable storage shelves and dividers just like the Mesa.
It’s protected against natural intruders as well, with fire and waterproofing. This model is rated to withstand over an hour at up to 1400 degrees. It can also handle up to 2 feet of standing water for 3 days. This makes it a good choice for people who have valuable heirloom weapons, especially if it’s going in a an area like a basement that’s vulnerable to water damage.
We love the door storage rack, which is a Velcro system for storing handguns and other small items without taking up shelf space further inside of it. There’s also a factory-installed power outlet at the back corner, which makes it very easy to install a humidifier or other equipment without drilling into it yourself.
We’d recommend the Total Defense to anyone who’s going to be keeping their firearms in a basement, as well as people who want a lot of room but don’t want to pay quite so much for the Mesa.
The Stack-On 14 Gun Combination Lock Safe in Matte Hunter Green is the cheapest model in our Top 3 Best Stack On Gun Safes List, priced around the $500 mark. This model delivers secure storage at a price that can’t be beat, and will hold a large amount of rifles and/or pistols. We like the simple, effective design, as well as the carpeted interior. While this is cheap, it certainly doesn’t look or feel that way!
This one is the most budget-friendly of our recommendations. It’s about half the price of the Mesa, and still gives you plenty of room for storing your weapons and other valuables. The Stack On has room for 14 guns, and uses a smart shelving and bracket system to help you customize your storage space.
The lock system is simple but effective. A big combination dial unlocks it, after which you simply crank the wheel to retract 3 big bolts. There’s no electronic system or biometric feature, so this one will please more traditional shooters who don’t want any technical details on theirs.
The entire interior is carpeted, to protect your rifles, and so are the shelves. It also has basic fireproofing, and is rated for up to 30 minutes.
However, you do sacrifice a few things by cutting costs. This model isn’t waterproofed, and it’s built more lightly than the other options. We also found that quality control is a bit lax on this model, so you’ll want to be sure to give it a once-over when it arrives, so that you can return it easily.