Gun Safe from Costco - Good Value or Waste of Money?

  • Published: 17 February 2012
  • Costco sold this gun safe online, and here are my first impressions. I've been saving up for a gun safe for quite a while, and the type of safe that I needed was out of my budget until now. Here's some info from the Rhino Metals site:

    Bighorn Classic series gun safes, are hands down the best value you can find. In each Classic safe, in addition to outstanding security features, you'll find it has a high quality fit and finish you would expect to find in safes costing twice as much. The Bighorn Classic safes are built with 12 gauge steel.

    Bighorn Classic Safe Features:

    UL Certified Residential Security Container
    California DOJ Compliant
    Attack Resistant External Hinge System
    Drill-Resistant Armor
    Massive Doorbolts
    Thick Composite Door
    Plush Adjustable Interior
    Certified Protective Lining
    Seamless Continuously Welded body
    Excellent Protection for Your Valuables at a Great Price

    The 19ECB:

    Weight: 407 lbs.
    Rifle Capacity: 24 Rifles
    Fire Rating: 1200 degrees F./30 minutes
    Dimensions: H:59in W:28in D:20in
    Cubic Ft (Approx): 19
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  • Snomann
    Snomann  1 weeks back


    • dat ain't mine
      dat ain't mine  3 months back

      Though I haven't done it yet, I believe there's always ways to run power into a safe.

      • Kens Hobby
        Kens Hobby  4 months back

        Good video! I was looking at that safe at Costco awhile back but went with a Winchester safe. Great advice as well on getting a safe that you can go in to.

        • Daniel Guerriero
          Daniel Guerriero  4 months back

          Never buy a gun safe from a place that sells underwear. Two should not be able to lift a safe that size.

          • rmp5s
            rmp5s  4 months back

            You're better off finding a local locksmith and getting a good used safe. I am picking up a retired JEWELER'S VAULT today...real deal TL-30, UL listed vault...2200 bucks, installed.
            These big box safes are usually a joke. Like, this much metal is in the door? Do you even know?

            • Kenneth Aydt
              Kenneth Aydt  5 months back

              What most people don't realize is that ANY of these safes can be opened with a battery powered "angle grinder" using a steel cutting disk. I had to open a very similar brand and rather than cutting through the sides or trying to cut through the 1" bolts, I just cut a 6" hole below the combination and cut the drop in plug that is moved by the lock to block the movement of the mechanism that pushes the bolts out. This will work on any of them and took me 10 minutes total... LOCKS KEEP HONEST PEOPLE HONEST !! The only comment below that makes any kind of sense was the one by "BIG SHOW" who stated: "security can not be had by a safe alone. have an alarm system, get some cameras up outside your home. have a concealed location for the safe with it bolted down in tight quarters. don't tell people you have a safe full of guns or valuables and stay alert to activity in your neighborhood."

              • Mike Koffer
                Mike Koffer  5 months back

                Probably a good safe if you have a fire in your house. But a piece of junk for theft.

                • MRI Man
                  MRI Man  5 months back

                  Very nice safe and collection

                  • Clive Reddin
                    Clive Reddin  5 months back

                    Not the best but better than nothing at all.

                    • IMA FRIEND
                      IMA FRIEND  6 months back

                      I can open this safe with a coat hanger in about 30 seconds

                      • claude9250
                        claude9250  6 months back

                        Probably not with a coat hanger. However, this particular safe is made with 14 gauge steel both body and door. So lay it face up on the floor and use a good 5 foot pry bar and you would easily pop the door in about five minutes. Sadly this safe is not much better than a metal gun cabinet but it does give fire protection which is an important aspect of a gun safe.

                      • Robert Offerson
                        Robert Offerson  6 months back

                        Prove it!

                    • Kryptos
                      Kryptos  6 months back

                      Nice video. You make a compelling argument/review for this particular safe and price point. The reality is a safe of this caliber would serve most people's needs. In addition, this would deter your average burglar - most burglaries are quick strike, grab what they can and go. Again, nice review!

                      • J W
                        J W  6 months back

                        601 for a safe is cheap. Its a 12 g steel junk. In 4 min all your stuff will be gone.

                        • Cedric Chiu
                          Cedric Chiu  7 months back

                          Its a big container for guns...  if it is a "Gun Safe" you want, this is just a waste of money...

                          I know a lot of people has a budget of less than $500 in mind when considering a "gun safe"... but unfortunately everything at this price range is pretty much 12 Gauge steel warping around dry walls (the so-called "composite door and body").

                          It goes without saying 12 gauge steel doesn't offer any real security...  things from most people's garage can defeat it easily (torch, axe, pry bar, power cutters.. etc.).

                          Steel is expensive these days.. but it is the amount of steel used that really provides security and there is really no substitution for that...  the next step up will be Safe made by "Small Named" company such as Sturdy or Sun Welding... but the price they run is still $1200+...   "Big Named" Safe Company such as Graffunder offer really quality safe with a heavy price tag....

                          • Jw R
                            Jw R  8 months back

                            Reinforce shelf with angle iron

                            • charles hetrick
                              charles hetrick  8 months back

                              Damn it, now I want 24 10/22s. Thanks for putting that in my head.

                              • J Bob 5150
                                J Bob 5150  8 months back

                                $899 now

                                • Sour Cream
                                  Sour Cream  8 months back

                                  This guy is a gun nut job!

                                  • bboy
                                    bboy  9 months back

                                    Love ur videos sir..

                                    • MITS _
                                      MITS _  9 months back

                                      Stick with a real safe. Superior is the brand and Master class.

                                      • Tom V-dog
                                        Tom V-dog  9 months back

                                        I read more BS comments than anything else. If you are happy with the safe so be it, no need for the video. I have many more guns than it showed in 3 different safes. Ammo is all in Flambeau cases (4) locked in another case. Also have other weapons all over the house just in case. As a Veteran of 2 conflicts and 2 wars I like to be prepared for the worst. That includes food and water. Buy what you can afford at the time, then upgrade...

                                        • Richard Sanchez
                                          Richard Sanchez  9 months back

                                          Dude as soon as you said mosin/nagant I was sold. That's the biggest rifle I have so if that fits I know my others will fit I'm getting it

                                          • Richard Sanchez
                                            Richard Sanchez  9 months back

                                            601. Damn that's cheap. I'm looking at it now at 799.99

                                            • Stathi Vanight
                                              Stathi Vanight  9 months back

                                              Liberty safes have been hyped by Lars Larson and are a local company to me. That said, I have been looking at other safes and discovered these at Costco. I am looking at the Bighorn 31.41 Cu Ft. - Thanks for the review! I would love to see a review of the one I am looking at, in particular the swing out rack feature.

                                              • Robert Offerson
                                                Robert Offerson  6 months back

                                                They're of excellent quality and should an issue arise there tech support and customer service are top notch

                                            • Hans Anderson
                                              Hans Anderson  9 months back

                                              Do NOT buy any "gun safe" that weighs less than 800 lbs. To light and easy to haul away.
                                              Do NOT buy any "gun safe" that doesn't have at LEAST 1/4 inch of hard steel on the front of the door. 3/8-to 1/2 inch is better.
                                              Do NOT buy any "gun safe" that doesn't have at least a 10 gauge steel body. 7 gauge is better.
                                              Do NOT buy any "gun safe that doesn't have at least 1 hour of high temperature fire protection.
                                              90-120 minutes is better.

                                              • Hans Anderson
                                                Hans Anderson  9 months back

                                                JUNK. 407 lbs?? Two people can easily roll this out of a home, with minimal effort, and it won't take very much to break into it. Electronic lock? JUNK.

                                                A complete waste of money and effort.

                                                • Cire Soprano
                                                  Cire Soprano  9 months back

                                                  BIG THUMBS UP FOR THE
                                                  M1 CARBINE & THE
                                                  MOSSBERG 500. TWO OF MY FAVORITE.

                                                  • taz Man
                                                    taz Man  9 months back

                                                    this is a good safe for the money buy it paid 400$ for mine and no Tax

                                                    • YTRulesFromNM
                                                      YTRulesFromNM  11 months back

                                                      It's good for fire protection. Mediocre for burglary protection, because if they have time they will cut a hole in the side with a cutting wheel. Put it in a closet and bolt it to the floor. For the price, that's as good as you will get.

                                                      • Mike Loder
                                                        Mike Loder  11 months back

                                                        That door gap...faaaaaaaaark. Sorry dude.

                                                        • bill adams
                                                          bill adams  11 months back

                                                          Any safe is better than nothing

                                                          • Danny Snyder
                                                            Danny Snyder  11 months back

                                                            Shelf your ammo is is not supposed to bend like that.......too much weight

                                                            • Saju Joseph
                                                              Saju Joseph  12 months back

                                                              This is a strong filing cabinet. No more.

                                                              • Joe Pitt
                                                                Joe Pitt  1 years back


                                                                • Seth Gonz
                                                                  Seth Gonz  1 years back

                                                                  Henry 45-70-used with price

                                                                  • Black Bart
                                                                    Black Bart  1 years back

                                                                    I saw a video on U tube guy opened a safe like this with a magnet in 1.6 seconds.  This safe is one of the worst that you can buy.

                                                                    • Doug Thompson
                                                                      Doug Thompson  1 years back

                                                                      This is an imported safe. Made in China. Good enough to keep the kids out which I think was this guys goal. No It won't keep a thief out. But how likely is that? Not very in most homes. Good purchase.

                                                                      • John Donaldson
                                                                        John Donaldson  1 years back

                                                                        I came to the conclusion that buying a really good safe for perhaps $4,000 didn't make sense to protect $2,000 worth of guns and ammo. I opted to buy the same bighorn as in this video. It keeps the guns and ammo away from the kids which to me is more important than theft. I bolted it to the concrete floor and the wall behind the safe. It may not be as secure as a more expensive safe but it does the trick for us.

                                                                        We like the electronic lock because we use the safe every day and it would be very frustrating and time consuming to have a mechanical combination.

                                                                        I put a 9W heater in the safe. I also keep a rechargeable dehumidifier in the safe.

                                                                        • David Sh331
                                                                          David Sh331  1 years back

                                                                          Is there no physical key to backup the electronic lock?

                                                                          • Jwhit
                                                                            Jwhit  1 years back

                                                                            Most criminals are nothing more than opportunists. They burglarize during the day when most people are at work, and get in and out as quickly as possible. 99.9% of these guys get in through unlocked or poorly secured garage man doors/ back doors, or unlocked windows. They are steeling to support their drug addition, and are generally not coming prepared with tools to get into a safe. They are mainly looking to quickly grab laptops, and other small electronics/ valuables. Which by the way, if you spend $3000 on a safe for your guns, but don't take the time to properly encrypt the data on your computer, you may want to consider what someone can do with all the info you have stored on it. Anyway, if they do find your safe, it may peak their interest, but as long as you have your power tools locked up, and your safe bolted to the floor, they have little to no chance of getting into a safe like this.

                                                                            Be smart and stop them from ever getting into your home. Like I said, they are opportunists. They don't want to have to work to get your stuff, or risk being caught. Make your entryway doors more secure by replacing the pathetic 1/2'' screws that are put in by contractors, with 3'' galvanized steel screws. Get a security sign off amazon for $10, and put it in your front yard, and install a doorbell camera. These measures cost very little, but will deter most burglars.

                                                                            If you are just the average Joe, locking up a few guns, don't stress about thickness of steel or how many bolts your safe has etc. Get a safe you can afford, put the safe in a discreet place in your home, bolt it to concrete when possible, and don't worry about it. If you have kids, please be responsible enough to teach your kids gun safety, and lockup your firearms.

                                                                            • Courtyard Bently
                                                                              Courtyard Bently  1 years back

                                                                              my local locksmith say they suck,,,,

                                                                              • Russell Condie
                                                                                Russell Condie  1 years back

                                                                                My safe is a barking dog. Thieves will make be on rather than contend with a barking dog regardless of size.

                                                                                • xfirehurican
                                                                                  xfirehurican  2 years back

                                                                                  I'd suggest that the hater/detractors include proof or validation of some kind to back up their "your Big Horn sucks because..." comments showing THEIR modestly priced wunder safe that didn't cost more than $601 incl delivery. Great vid.

                                                                                  • Jay Young
                                                                                    Jay Young  2 years back

                                                                                    Jesus, why do people spend they're hard earned dollars on a piece of Chinese crap? Double the cost of the safe for the amount of valuables you have inside and call it a day.....I swear I could be into that piece of crap in under 10 minutes.... do your research people.....say NO to cheap ass Chinese shit, rant over, you've been warned.

                                                                                    • Scott
                                                                                      Scott  2 years back

                                                                                      Hell yeah man that’s nice for the price! Fuck what everyone says about it being junk or it’s not a safe just because you didn’t spend 5k on it! Most people commenting pry don’t even own a gun! I have something similar and love it as well. It’s yours you own be proud of it!

                                                                                      • ruby kaufman
                                                                                        ruby kaufman  2 years back

                                                                                        This safe with a good home alarm system that detects motion will hold up plenty long enough for the law to arrive and stop the problem for most smash and grab crooks. Anyone with enough time and a good cutting tool will get in no matter what the name brand unless it's a Fort knox, they are durable but for 4 to 9 k they better be!

                                                                                        • MrMikesMondoVideo
                                                                                          MrMikesMondoVideo  2 years back

                                                                                          Calling this, and other big box imports like it, a safe is misleading. With 12 gauge steel it is a filing cabinet with a lock on it. If you’re using it to keep kids out, okay. If you’re using it for security, then you are far better off hiding your valuable throughout your house. Putting everything you have of value in something as insecure as this just makes it easier for the thief.

                                                                                          Any safe only buys you time. This container buys you a couple of minutes at best. If you hid your valuables throughout your house, it would take a thief far longer to find them than to get into this container. Its best role would be decoy.

                                                                                          • Scott
                                                                                            Scott  2 years back

                                                                                            MrMikesMondoVideo lol why even bother commenting? You’re watching safe videos to leave negative comments saying your better to hide stuff around your house? To funny. If ya don’t like it then don’t watch it. For 600 bucks it’s nice. Pretty cheap price to keep kids safe. Hiding a gun in the cookie jar probably isn’t the best idea dumbass

                                                                                        • Adam Rogers
                                                                                          Adam Rogers  2 years back

                                                                                          my good sir, if you gave me a hammer, crowbar and 3 minutes of uninterrupted time i could break into that safe

                                                                                          • YouDontKnowMe
                                                                                            YouDontKnowMe  2 years back

                                                                                            My safe is not as good as this... but I have a lock on my front door and the house is alarmed and I have a gun in my hand... Come break in my safe, go ahead