HOW STURDY SAFES ARE BUILT:
A non-commercial safe body made of 10 gauge cannot stand up to an attack by fire axe, nor can a 12 gauge body safe. It cannot be any axe- it MUST be a FIRE AXE with a pike, because that is what starts the pierced holes and then you use the blade to connect the dots to create a hole large enough to get into. Using an inadequate gauge of steel saves on manufacturing costs, but those savings come with a steep price. See More Gun Safes Attacked
Exposed hinges make it so the safe door is removable, so it's lighter to move or ship. Unlike hidden hinges, exposed hinges allow the safe door to be accidentally slammed open without damaging the hinges; as well as, being able to open a full 180 degrees. The only advantage to hidden hinges is the cosmetic look of it. Exposed hinges do not compromise security.
Watch as Terry pulls on the door of this model 2723 Sturdy Safe with a 10,000lb. forklift! This really proves the importance of having a thick steel safe body, with deep penetrating welds in the door.
Sturdy Gun Safes' doors will not accept a crow bar because of how deep they are recessed and how tight the tolerances are. Please note: the top or bottom of our doors have a slightly larger gap than what you see pictured, allowing enough clearance for the door swing. Tolerances vary a little per safe, but few gun safes for sale come close to our tight tolerances. As you shut our doors, you can actually feel and hear a "whoosh" of air.