How Sturdy Gun Safes Are Built

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Rugged Bodies And Inflexible Doors
Sturdy Safe's Economical Line 3/16" thick steel safe bodies, including the top and bottom, measure out to a shy 6 gauge or heavy 7 gauge. We now offer many packages that beef up our bodies beyond 3/8" thick. Our inflexible doors come at a minimum of 3/16" thick with packages that can beef them up beyond 1/2". Inside the door is a frame made with nearly all 3/16" steel plate. This frame brings the total door depth to 3" which helps maximize interior space. Some of our competitors have door depths to the tune of 5" or more. Only American steel is used and it's always A36 to grade 50 in quality.

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Hot Welding For More Strength
Hot welds are common for commercial gun safes, however, most safes use cold welding to minimize cosmetic problems. There are no skip welds in the bodies of Sturdy Safes. There are also more welds holding the lock assembly to the door than any gun safe on the market.

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How thick is thick enough?

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 gun safe axe video 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.

Watch as Terry pulls on the door of this standard Sturdy Safe with a 10,000lb. forklift! Only real safes can withstand this amount of pressure.

Exposed Hinges/ Removable Door

Exposed hinges allow the door to be removable so it's lighter to move.  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. Like most safes with external hinges, there are deadbolts to hold the door in place if the hinges were removed. Only the doors on our 6028-6 cannot be removed since they have 3 hinges.


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Crowbar Resistant Fully Recessed Door

Sturdy Gun Safe's doors will not accept a crow bar because of how deep they are recessed and how tight the tolerances are. Please note: Tolerances vary 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.

12 Bend Uni-Body Construction With Quadra-Formed Door Seat
Sturdy Gun Safe's uni-body is a single piece of steel completely formed with twelve bends.  This eliminates the need for ugly vertical seams in the body and weak splicing at the door seat. It actually forms the body itself into a door seat. When compared with the few gun safes on the market who employ this uni-body construction, you will find Sturdy Safes actually have two more bends at the door seat, making it more rigid by providing a large and positive surface onto which the bolts can be forced down.

Door Shelving
For your convenience, shelves have been built right into the door. Perfect for storing smaller items. However, do not stack the items in a fashion that can block the deadbolt's swing. This feature is not available on fire lined safes.