Gun Safe Security Test - Liberty Safe's Head to Head Pry Test Featured on Guns & Gear TV

  • Published: 05 August 2014
  • Gun Safe Security Test - Liberty Safe's Head to Head Pry Test featured on Guns & Gear TV

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    When it comes to your own safety, and security, there are a number of reasons many households are choosing to keep a gun for protection. Properly storing your gun in a proper safe cannot only add more safety for your loved ones but can also provide a secure place to keep other valuables. A gun safe can be a highly ideal way to keep your guns and valuables secure, but choosing one can take a lot of thought and consideration, especially with many makes and models in the market. There are specific ratings and tests done to ensure that the gun safe you chose to keep in your home will do the job you need it to and can be crucial for gaining additional coverage from insurance companies.

    What You Need To Know About Gun Safe Security Tests:

    In the United States the only safety ratings that most insurance companies will accept are ones given by the Underwriters Laboratories' or UL. When looking to buy a gun safe it should display a UL rating, ones that do not should be avoided. There are a number of UL tests that are done and ratings are giving out accordingly to the tests performed.

    UL Tests Include:

    RSC- The Residential Security Container is typically the lowest rating test done by the UL. For the safe to pass this rating it must come with a resistant force door, meaning it cannot be pried open with a screwdriver, crowbar or other objects. It must remain resistance to the pry test for at least five minutes of this outside force. It should be noted that the way the test is performed does not require this resistance to be a continuous five minutes. The individuals, who are trained and experienced at breaking into safes, can start and stop the resistance applied to the safe to review and recalculate where to try and open it. These safes DO NOT require a locking system.

    When it comes to keeping your guns secure and safe, as well as your other possessions and valuables, you want to be sure to find the highest quality. One of the easiest ways to know if the safe you chose is reliable from the safety ratings it has been given.

    Liberty Safes are proudly made in the USA and we are the #1 manufacturer of gun safes, fire safes and commercial safes in the US. When you buy a Liberty Safe you will receive Liberty’s #1 rated lifetime warranty. If your safe is ever subject to an attempted break-in, or fire, Liberty Safe will repair, or replace, your safe for free!

    Liberty Safe and Security Products, Inc.
    1199 West Utah Avenue
    Payson, Utah 84651
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Comments • 75

  • Tom Kissinger
    Tom Kissinger  1 days back

    I don't believe it.

    • Gys Seacord
      Gys Seacord  4 weeks back

      Show them use a 4 inch cut wheel on and grinder and threw back top or side

      • The Armed Realtor James Tiberius

        They should have just either A, put a rare earth magnet on front to pop the electronic solenoid or B pushed it on the front and worked on the back... that back will open up like a tin can. That is why you bolt them to the floor when you get it home.

      • Charles Hicks
        Charles Hicks  5 months back

        Hahaha.. That last test was soooo fake...

        • reelnative01
          reelnative01  6 months back

          What a joke they didn’t want to work on that bottom corner, that safe sucks did you notice how the side wall was crushing and they stopped prying on it when it started to open it makes you know they are liers

          • pieceof chit
            pieceof chit  6 months back

            LMFAO this is more of an AD than an “independent” test. Such bs! This was totally defeatable.

            *conflict of interest* why would workers/employees of THEIR own company actually try and defeat their own product. I wouldn’t, and they sure didn’t (intentionally)

            • Liberty Safe & Security Products
              Liberty Safe & Security Products   6 months back

              Hi thanks for watching. The same force and "try" was used in all examples. We did not; not would we, go "easy" on a Liberty Safe vs. a competitors.

          • Steve Hansen
            Steve Hansen  12 months back

            Bolt your safe to the floor and/or the wall studs and place your safe in a closet. Less chance to get any leverage to pry it open.

            • camjamsdad
              camjamsdad  1 years back

              Call me stupid but if I were you I would have done a little editing. According to the clock running it was just at or before 3 minutes 38 seconds the door was open several inches. I replayed it several times. The other thing was safe 2 you commented how the corner was the best spot to start then it popped right open. Then you moved to your brand and started at the corner but as it was beginning to bend they moved to the middle. That's OK because I've already seen your brand destroyed in several different ways so we know it's not a safe safe. Bolt any of the 3 shown here solidly to the wall or floor and your pry time would decrease dramatically. BTW with all the videos out there, why would a thief waste time prying when a simple circular saw, with a wood blade, can chop these cheap rolled thin guage boxes open in seconds?

              • Gab Mar
                Gab Mar  1 years back

                I was skeptical until I heard him said that they promised to try really hard on the Liberty safe. I’m sold.

                • Frank The Rabbit
                  Frank The Rabbit  1 years back

                  Good luck even pushing my safe over.. And most safes have locking lugs all the way around the entire door

                  • Tony Smith
                    Tony Smith  1 years back



                    • jon b
                      jon b  1 years back

                      Most thieves are lazy and don’t want to put in all that effort

                      • Ham ster
                        Ham ster  2 years back

                        I see a few flaws in your pry test. First of all, most people that have a gun safe, have it bolted to the floor or wall or both so, there would be no tipping it over to get more leverage. 2.........if you're like me, you have it tucked in the back of a closet and the open side is near a wall so that the door has plenty of clearance when you swing it open. So again, no room for a pry bar.

                        • Bill Fast
                          Bill Fast  2 years back

                          If it's not bolted to the floor just take it with you.

                        • Troy Daggs
                          Troy Daggs  2 years back

                          Dont test vs a sturdy safe lol better stick with the cheap bimart junk.

                          • John Abbey
                            John Abbey  2 years back

                            Sure hope you bolt this light "safe" down....its easier to take out then to break in. A entry level RSC....not a safe. Just make sure you know the difference. Makes me cringe how easily that 12G steel flexes.

                            • Alessio Iacovoni
                              Alessio Iacovoni  2 years back

                              The two guys with prybars should take some acting courses... you can clearly see that they are faking the attack with the last safe (liberty). On the other 2 they focused the attack on the same corner until 1 bar broke up and then moved up to the following. In the last one they are doing random attacks, effectively distributing the surface on all the door and not focusing strength on one point...

                              • Alessio Iacovoni
                                Alessio Iacovoni  2 years back

                                Force is not everything.. you can clearly see in the previous two safes that they are not just using force but using it with intelligence. They follow a technique... (1) the smaller pry bar makes its way into the crack leaving space for the larger one, (2) only one bolt is attacked at a time, when it breaks they pass on to the next one. On the third safe, on the contrary, they seem to be proceeding randomly.

                            • Keltingr
                              Keltingr  2 years back

                              i noticed when they 1st started on the liberty the bottom corner was starting to give and they immediately moved to the middle and started slipping like people trying to sell you something on an infomercial do.

                              • Travis Pitt
                                Travis Pitt  2 years back

                                What about cutting the side with a $20 harbor freight grinder?

                                • Kevin M
                                  Kevin M  3 years back

                                  I find it odd that there are no videos of any safes that are bolted down being attacked with pry bars.

                                  • D.j. B
                                    D.j. B  3 years back

                                    BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT ANYONE TRUELLY TRYING TO GET IN A SAFE WOULD USE A GRINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                    • LifeInSpace
                                      LifeInSpace  3 years back

                                      Nice try. Go through the side with a cheap electric saw. Of course all the 'armor' is on the front door. Go through the side or back.

                                      • rajvader
                                        rajvader  3 years back

                                        Better hope you're not sending a shower of sparks from your electric saw into a stockpile of gunpowder stored in the safe (to protect it from humidity and house fires)...

                                    • IAN DUCAO
                                      IAN DUCAO  3 years back

                                      Made in U.S.A.

                                      • Bo
                                        Bo  3 years back

                                        i noticed when they 1st started on the liberty the bottom corner was starting to give and they immediately moved to the middle and started slipping like people trying to sell you something on an infomercial do.

                                        • chublez
                                          chublez  3 years back

                                          Neat test. I think it would have been better to let them work it open and have a solid number for how much longer or x times better yours was for the price. When they stopped at 5 minutes it looked like they where seconds from opening the door...but if you let them continue it may have taken another 2 or 3 minutes. Point is I think it would look more honest in a manufacture sponsor test to let them finish the job and openly admit "hey you can get in our safe if its not bolted down with space to work in 6:27 a best in class protection time and a great value".

                                          • MONEYBAGS603
                                            MONEYBAGS603  3 years back

                                            if you bolt it to the floor next to a wall they will have no leverage to open the safe

                                            • ZIPPER
                                              ZIPPER  3 years back

                                              most thieves are weak muscle depleted crack heads looking for some quick cash. They sure as hell dont have 4 foot pry bars

                                            • Jeff Stoops
                                              Jeff Stoops  3 years back

                                              What about using a saw, and a good blade cutting into the side or door

                                              • Joe V
                                                Joe V  3 years back

                                                If you're going to store tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stuff in your safe, get a graffunder.

                                            • mrelectron62
                                              mrelectron62  3 years back

                                              What I find amazing is how the company who is sponsoring the test safes always does the best. I'd really like to see an independent group do the test this way there is no conflict of interest or least the appearance of it. Sorry I'm just been around too long and skeptical of what I see.

                                              • Spartan0536
                                                Spartan0536  3 years back

                                                I wonder why Liberty, Fort Knox, American Security, and Superior have not done a direct head to head with their mid range $3000 USD safes?

                                                • rockey balboa
                                                  rockey balboa  3 years back

                                                  ok, i have a legitimate question. Liberty please answer. This is one of the most common questions I here all the time and am curious about myself. If these military bars are better, why not include them on the revere and higher safes. The revere have traditional bolts, do y our anti pry tabs make up for this? And if the bars are better, i dont understand why you would charge more for less, being bars for bolts on higher priced models.

                                                • HunterSmith69
                                                  HunterSmith69  3 years back

                                                  Just a note for those who are whining about how a minute or two longer and they would have gotten into the safe; all safes can be opened with enough time. Many extremely high-cost safes, such as safes the government and military use for locking up firearms or secure documents, are rated by how long it will take for them to be accessed. The actual safe says it can withstand "X" minutes or hours of serious penetration attacks. No matter how much you spend, enough time will mean the safe is open. The goal is to make it take too long to be worth doing so. Just bolting the safe down will add a lot of time for penetrating the safe.

                                                  • Juan Mendez
                                                    Juan Mendez  3 years back

                                                    ok now lets put them in a closet with with barely any room bolted to the ground. the way normal people have there safes

                                                    • firebirdude2
                                                      firebirdude2  3 years back

                                                      Ummmmm all the better?

                                                    • bang zoom
                                                      bang zoom  3 years back

                                                      Exactly Juan...what I was thinking

                                                  • Tex Patriot
                                                    Tex Patriot  4 years back

                                                    Is the Centurian the Revolution?

                                                    • Photios Pantzos
                                                      Photios Pantzos  4 years back

                                                      Just like shot placement is key in how you stop a bad guy with your gun, Its the same concept for a safe.
                                                      1. Bolt it down. that defeats smash and grab if they cant haul it away quickly. And defeats all those videos where they knock the safe on its back to work on it and open it in minutes.
                                                      2. Don't expose the sides which are the weakness of affordable safes. Put it in a closet, of better yet, do what i did. Basement. Corner where two sides are up against thick foundation walls and then build a wall on the exposed side. Only way to a BOLTED DOWN safe is the front door which is the hardest to defeat if you cant get leverage with prying tools. Even sawsaw and angle grinders will need a lot more time to defeat the door than cutting the thin single wall of the sides.
                                                      4. you did invest in an alarm system for your home, right? No time for that burglar to even THINK of cutting open the safe. He's a man in a hurry and that clock is ticking to the cops arriving.
                                                      5. I have dogs. Good luck trying to get to my alarm fast enough to disable it with two cocker spaniels tripping you up and biting you as you try to beat the dialer on the alarm before it summons help.

                                                      Did you cut the phone lines? pffft! too bad its a cellular link. Get to the breaker box? It has battery backup.

                                                      Get my drift? don't spend thousands on the safe. Layer your security. Be smart. then any safe will do the job.

                                                      I still opted for a Liberty Franklin for the warranty and support and the fact that its MADE in the USA. The fire rating of over an hour is more than meets my requirement. If It burns or gets damaged by a thief who tries his luck at quickly prying to see if he can get in in a hurry. I get a new one.

                                                      Hope this helps.

                                                      • SuburbanHobbyist
                                                        SuburbanHobbyist  3 weeks back

                                                        Nothing is fool proof and nothing is unbeatable but buying a good safe is always a great idea. Even if you put it in a corner and everything else, that door is exposed and a good safe is the only option if you really want to delay a theft. Out of everything you said the one thing that jumped out at me, and the one thing that is probably more useful than all the rest, is your dogs and the fact they are small. Small dogs are only good for the bark they provide and even that is less useful than larger dogs because people are used to hearing cocker spaniels etc bark all the time. It is what they do even if yours don't do it people expect it and pay little attention to them. Your cocker spaniels would most likely be kicked across the room/killed in an actual robbery so I think you are a bit optimistic at the security they provide. I always tell people that having dogs are your best home security option but try and have at least one large intimidating/capable dog like a German Shephard, Pitbull, Mastif, Rotty etc. People pay attention to their barks and thieves are worried they can't guard against an attack by them (because they can't really) so they are as much a deterrent than anything else.

                                                      • NLINE7
                                                        NLINE7  8 months back

                                                        Ok Photios Pantzos don't beat around the bush, tell us what's on your mind lol. Good post, I'm looking at getting a Liberty safe soon.

                                                    • Brian W
                                                      Brian W  4 years back

                                                      why can't they just say that was a stack on "safe"? is it legal reasons? Is it still legal reasons to say they make crap products. What people should be made aware of is stack on is DOJ approved.... what a load of crap

                                                      • Joseph M
                                                        Joseph M  4 years back

                                                        Most of the comments are a little ridicules, as any safe of the caliber of those tested can be opened. However, even a cheap
                                                        safe bolted down inside a closet with limited access will be very hard to defeat..

                                                        • smokinC5
                                                          smokinC5  4 years back

                                                          bolt your safe down people! notice how all of them were on their backs. put it in a closet and bolt it try prying. cant get as much leverage. liberty did best....but any safe is vulnerable on its back.

                                                          • Ryan L
                                                            Ryan L  4 years back

                                                            I have the same safe in the video but with mechanical dial. What I like about it is that it is made in the USA, does not hide the type of metal used and has a decent fire rating. Now to all those complaining it's a low cost safe so don't expect bank vault security. But if you look at actual crime stats most break ins are smash and grab. If you secure the safe to the floor and wall in a small closet it will defeat almost all would be thieves. It's not the movies guys don't come armed with cutting torches. Most usually only use a very small pry bar if that. When it comes to safes unless you are spending $2500 and up there is not a huge difference in materials used.

                                                            • Beertruck85
                                                              Beertruck85  4 years back

                                                              some of these comments....

                                                              I don't care what safe you own, you're buying time. Plasma cutters will get through anything. 99% of all thefts are smash and grabs. A safe like this one will do the job 99% of the time.

                                                              Thats why you beef up your other defenses. Alarms, guard dogs etc.

                                                              Your average middle class gun owner will not need more than this.

                                                              • ShinerBock2007
                                                                ShinerBock2007  10 months back

                                                                I usually carry a small tactical nuke when i break into safes...sad these safes are too easy to crack into....

                                                              • hotgab328
                                                                hotgab328  2 years back

                                                                the point here is bolt the goddam thing to the ground and build around so the side is not essay to access and pay for a good alarm. the safe is to slow the thief while cop are on the way!

                                                            • collin bienvenu
                                                              collin bienvenu  4 years back

                                                              pardon me for saying but it seemed like a few more minutes on the last one and it would have opened

                                                              • Arbhall
                                                                Arbhall  4 years back

                                                                I would like to see if the safe opens after the pry test. Assuming its protected the weapons inside and the robbers give up, can the owner of the safe enter the combination and open it?

                                                                • xcvsdxvsx
                                                                  xcvsdxvsx  4 years back

                                                                  But will it blend?

                                                                  • caseymaples19xx
                                                                    caseymaples19xx  4 years back

                                                                    Hey liberty I'll put my cheap safe up against yours if you will replace mine with a nice new liberty that i can improve check out the video of my stack on

                                                                    • Josh Saintz
                                                                      Josh Saintz  4 years back

                                                                      how does the revolution series compare to the cabelas provault 24?

                                                                      • MasterofNone
                                                                        MasterofNone  3 years back

                                                                        The Liberty Centurion is the exact same as the Cabela"s Provault series...

                                                                      • B P
                                                                        B P  4 years back

                                                                        +Josh Saintz They are the Same Safe, built to the same specs in the same factory by Liberty.

                                                                    • UOYtaLOL
                                                                      UOYtaLOL  4 years back

                                                                      angle grinder? most safes aren't that thick on the sides. I've seen angle grinders make short work of steel.

                                                                      • Shawna Graham
                                                                        Shawna Graham  4 years back

                                                                        Hmm If I was going into a house a cheap torch would get into this in no time. Nice exposed hinges you got there.

                                                                        • CadintheOG
                                                                          CadintheOG  3 years back

                                                                          Shawna Graham dumbass

                                                                        • smokinC5
                                                                          smokinC5  4 years back

                                                                          safes dont work on hinge security....hinges on the outside allow for full opening. interior hinges allow for only 90 degrees of opening. slice off the hinges and its still locked.

                                                                      • studinthemaking
                                                                        studinthemaking  4 years back

                                                                        So all I need to open your safe is two 4 foot long pry pars, and ten minutes of work.  Sounds like you guys need to make a better safe

                                                                        • Meatwaggon
                                                                          Meatwaggon  4 years back

                                                                          +studinthemaking I think if it was a 6 minute test, all three safes would have failed....

                                                                        • TobyTheBlackDog
                                                                          TobyTheBlackDog  4 years back

                                                                          +studinthemaking Think like a bad guy who doesn't know if the homeowner will be home soon or not. He wants to crack that thing open ASAP and put all the contents in his truck and get out. Any safe that takes longer than 30 seconds.. or is bolted to the floor, will immediately send him down the street to an easier target

                                                                        • Robert Brangan
                                                                          Robert Brangan  4 years back

                                                                          +studinthemaking It's pretty clear that you have no idea what you're talking about