FORTRESS Gun Safes
|Price:||$638.24 - $1,167.60|
- Weight: 226lbs
- External Dimensions: 55”Hx20”Wx17”D
- Gun Capacity: 14 Guns
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• Fire Protection: 30Min at 1200°F • Lock Type: UL-listed E-Lock with Override Key • Handle: Drop Handle • Bolt Size: 7/10” • Locking Bolts: 1/0/0/3
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I read the reviews prior to purchase and see that they run the gamut. Most of the negative reviews were from people who were comparing this unit to safes that cost three or more times the price. I have a high end safe at my business. It is bolted to the floor, has a three hour fire rating, high strength steel box, etc. also set me back over four grand twenty years ago. If you need something of that quality, go get your wallet and buy one. This isn't that kind of safe. Still, it works for what I bought it to do.
I plan several minor changes to the unit. It comes with eight plastic shelf clips to hold a shelf (that you supply) and the muzzle rest unit on the four slotted brackets that come half way down on the side walls. They are standard Knape and Vogt brackets. I am replacing the clips with metal ones. Plastic is probably OK, but I don't trust it to hold the pistols and heavy ammo. The door has a fabric covered panel with a zippered bag in the center and a small pouch at the top. I think I am going to replace the panel with a carpet covered one that I can use velcro on. They sell velcro holsters for hanging pistols on the door. I may wind up making those myself as well.
The safe arrived in pretty good shape overall. One of the door panel screws had backed out and was laying in the bottom of the cabinet. Half the shelf clips were found there as well. Why they didn't put them in one of the two ziplock bags inside escapes me. There is a minor rub on one top corner that will need a dab of black paint to touch it up. The packaging was actually pretty good but there is a limit to how effective any packing can be. The unpacking instructions call for a 9/16" wrench to get the safe off the shipping pallet. Actually, it now comes on two metal channels that serve as the pallet. They are held on with four 17 mm bolts. Three came out with no issue, but I had to side load the last one to unscrew it. Minor irritation is all. I guess the nut inside the box came loose. You cannot see it as the safe has a carpeted panel on the floor. I thought for a minute I was going to have to pry that up, but the side load worked. I took the door off, and brought it into the house and up the stairs using a medium weight hand truck and a strap. Two people could probably carry it in.
The documentation with this unit is poor, but mostly adaquate. The battery compartment on the edge of the door would have benefitted from a picture or two. In order to open it you need to pry up with a fingernail on a clip at the bottom of the plastic cover while prying out on the cover at the bottom as well with another fingernail. Not the best arrangement I have ever seen. The instructions only tell you to install the supplied batteries in the holder on the door edge opposite the keypad lock.
The instructions for setting the lock combination were straight forward and easy to manipulate. Works very well.
Overall this safe is a good value for the price point. It has a nice appearance and doesn't take up too much room. I bought mine at Wallmart.