Importance Of Steel Thickness and Gun Safes Broken Into
10 Gauge Safe Body 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.
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" (7 Gauge) Safe Body PerformanceHere is a video of an axe attack on a Sturdy Safe vs. an 11g body safe. 12g, 11g, and 10g perform almost the same when it comes to non powered tool attacks. Even with a light "cement" composite insulator and a 16g liner.
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."