HOW STURDY SAFES ARE BUILT:
Sturdy Safe starts out with 3/16" plate because it keeps out non powered tools, such as pick axes, crow bars, and sledge hammers. Any 12 to 10 gauge safe on the market can't say that, even if they have a light weight "cement" composite fire liner - like this thread proves. Actual cement insulators are amazing security barriers and are only found on TL safes. Don't let our competitors fool you with their axe on 10g video. The proper way to axe steel is to use the pike to pierce holes. See More Gun Safes Attacked
Exposed hinges allow the door to be 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 if the safe is fire lined.