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Stack-On 36 Gun Safe

When I first saw this safe on sale at my local Rural King – I knew I just had to have it. It was a significant upgrade to the current series of safe’s I was using, and I would be able to fit nearly everything in there, including some of my ammo … or so I thought! Now, before I get into what I don’t like about this safe, let me start off with what I DO:

  • Lots of room! This thing can house upwards of 36 long guns, if you so choose, and some accessories/handguns on the door.
  • I actually really like the way it looks. It’s visually appealing for sure, at least for me. It’s large, bulky, and heavy as hell.
  • Digital keypad. This is big for me. I don’t want to be fumbling with a turn-dial when the Zombies invade.
  • Relatively inexpensive. Compared to other similar models, you can save hundreds of bucks. And since this was on sale – I saved even more.

But, for all the things I really did appreciate about this safe, there are still a few headaches that I wish would have been considered in it’s design. Minus these flaws, I would have been happy with my purchase. As it stands, however, I am rather disappointed with a smidgen of buyers remorse.

  • First up is the inside door pockets. I absolutely love the idea. But when I tried loading my zipper-pockets with P-mags, I found I could not close my door all the way with the additional shelving units installed. I’d have to run my safe in full-on “Long gun only” mode for it to work properly. I bought this safe to house some of my long guns, some of my handguns, and some of my ammo…sadly, it fell short because the damn door won’t close.
  • The carpet on the bottom is ragged. Perhaps it’s just the model I got from the store? I’m not sure. But when removing ammo cans or long guns stored on the floor, I constantly have to shove the carpet and padding back into place. I would have appreciated some carpet that was stapled/nailed/glued into place, but this seems to have been over looked.
  • I did not get a master-key. I’m pretty sure it was because of the dopes at Rural King, but I had to jump through hoops just to get someone on the phone at Stack-On, and after going through god-knows how much red tape, I still do not have my back-up key that I can use in the event I forget my combination. While that’s not likely to happen any time soon – I am still one hard knock in the noggin away from forgetting it and being locked out indefinitely.
  • The crank doesn’t always catch. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, actually. Every time I go to close the safe, I have to fidget with the crank-handle several times to ensure it actually locks. Eventually it does – it just seems to me that, for the price, perhaps it should lock the first time – every time?

In the end – if you’re in the market for a new safe – avoid my mistake. Don’t go for the one on sale. There’s probably a reason it’s on sale, and I’ll bet that reason has nothing to do with it being a hot seller. I’ve since seen several other safes that, for just a couple hundred more dollars, I think I would have been a lot happier with. But, who knows? I guess I’ll have to fill this one up full and buy another one to find out!

hen I first saw this safe on sale at my local Rural King - I knew I just had to have it. It was a significant upgrade to the current series of safe's I was using, and I would be able to fit nearly everything in there, including some of…

FINAL VERDICT

Value - 4
Ergonomics - 3.5
Capacity - 5.5

4.3

Pass.

A better design would have allowed better storage capacity. As it stands now, the door interferes with the shelves, and limits everything you can put inside.

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About Brandon P

I believe you can learn all you'd ever need to know about a person by listening to how they describe an individuals freedom to protect themselves. I'm politically incorrect (and proud of it) and when it comes to gun rights for law abiding citizens, I am NEVER neutral!

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