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Importance Of Steel Thickness and Gun Safes Broken Into

12 Gauge Performance

This is an example of high tensile 12 gauge steel thickness after being attacked with a fire axe for under a minute. It would not take much longer to have a hole large enough to get inside. 

gun safe breached broken 
This 12g safe was smashed into by a sledgehammer. Not much information was supplied for this one.

We read this 12 gauge safe attack was done with the hammer pictured, in less than 3 minutes by beating on the top seam of the safe. The body was skip welded.



This is a 12 gauge safe that was involved in a home robbery. The robbers used a saw with a diamond blade and a pry bar to break into it. It is rumored that burglars used a sledgehammer or axe to break through this 12 gauge safe and it took about 5-6 minutes.


10 Gauge Performance

There is virtually no difference when it comes to the amount of time it would take to penetrate high tensile 10 gauge and 12 gauge. As you can see from the picture above, it only takes one blow of the fire axe to pop a hole in it this large.

pried open gun safe 10g

This is a 10 gauge safe pictured laying down on the left. According to the owner, the robbers started at the bottom of the safe and cut the frame. Then, they pried the lip out past the bolts in the door. They used a saw to cut the lip at each point till they needed to pry past the bolts to open it.

3/16" Body Performance


A firemen named Richard sent his old 3/16" Sturdy Safe to us for free repairs after a few burglars broke into his home and tried using his fire axe to open it for about 10-15 minutes. They beat off the handle and dial. They also tried to hack the top right hinge off, and pushed the safe down on it's side in further attempts to open it before they gave up.



The Following Was Posted In The CONTRA COSTA TIMES News Paper In Hercules CA: 3 Arrested After Hercules Robbery, Stand Off. By Karl FischerArticle Launched: 06/04/2007 01:49:09 PM PDT: "Police were called to a home at Lupine Road and Dogwood Court, where family members in the front yard told them that armed men had run into the home. The home is near Lupine Hills Elementary School, which was evacuated shortly before 2 p.m. Hercules Police Chief Fred Deltorchio said the incident started about midday on the 100 block of Golden Rock Drive, where a homeowner either came upon a burglary in progress or was the victim of a home- invasion robbery involving three armed men. One man put a gun to the woman's head and ordered her to open a safe that held guns as part of her husband's collection, Deltorchio said." ---- What wasn't mentioned in this article, was that the robbers attempted to break into the safe 2-3 hours before the woman came home, using various power tool methods. The safe they attacked, but failed to open, was our Sturdy Gun Safe. These photographs show the safe after Sturdy Safe employees had already removed the door to fix it. As can be seen, the safe body, though suffering comedic blemishes (after over two hours of being attacked), is structurally unfazed. The door (though not shown in these pictures) was in equally good shape.

The Following Was Posted In
Launched: 11/21/2009
Screen Name MITCHELL states: "So, my house was robbed. The (burglars) went at the safe with a crowbar that in retrospect, should have been in the safe. The (burglars) didn't thinks to use the impact drill or 3" grinder on the floor next to it, rather they tried to file down the hinge with a hand file. It seems they gave up after about 8.7 seconds...I couldn't get in and had to call a locksmith. One of the relockers had been activated by the (burglars) trying to pound on the combination shaft. This guy breaks safes every day and it took him 4.5 hours to get in. He said it was the best gun safe he's ever opened. He also opens jewelry safes and much harder things to open. It was entertaining to watch the opening and repair. To repair it, we replaced the hardplate and put bearing steel in the holes of the door."