When discussing a Stack On 28 gun safe, the only real option available is their Total Defense model. It also happens to be one of our absolute favorite rifle safes that we have yet reviewed on boomstickboxes.com, and it’s a user favorite as well. In terms of bang for your buck, this safe is about as value packed as they come.
It’s not the biggest Total Defense safe, and it’s not the smallest, but don’t let that trick you into thinking that this isn’t a big time secure storage option. It is by far one of the most popular rifle safes we have looked at, not just from Stack On, but from all of the manufacturers.
Specs and Stats
As the title suggests, this is suitable for up to 28 regularly sized rifles or shotguns. If you plan on storing an AR-15 or something a little bigger, that will of course limit the total capacity a little bit, but the interior is very roomy.
In total, you get 17 cubic feet on internal space. You can use all of that room for rifles, or you can move some of the 6 adjustable shelves around to make some room for storage, for items like your ammo or other gear.
The actual internal measurements are 55.69 inches high by 26.89 inches wide by 19.29 inches deep; this allows for lots of room and configurations.
The outside of the safe is also rather large, but it’s still small enough to not be a total pain to find a good home for it. The external measurements are 59 inches high by 29.25 inches wide by 25.5 inches deep. Also, keep in mind that this comes with a 5-spoke handle that is not flush with the door, so if you want to lock this up inside a large closet, you may need to take that into account.
This Stack On Total Defense safe is also quite heavy. It weighs just over 500 pounds. That’s great for an extra level of security, because unlike a 60 pound gun cabinet, no one is walking off with a 500 pound safe.
This is not called the Total Defense for nothing. It really does offer a total solution for firearm security. In total, there are measures in place to protect it from internal environmental factors, external environmental factors, and foul play.
The Lock and the Door
This particular model uses an electronic keypad style lock that is only going to work if you know the correct sequential combination. The lock is also protected from being bypassed by drilling through it, because Stack On has made sure to support it with a hardened steel plate; too bad for the safe crackers looking for an easy score.
In case of any unforeseen electrical problems, or even if you are targeted and a thief tries to unsuccessfully drill through your lock and damages it in the process, a backup key is included. You can keep it with you, or store it off-site in a safety deposit box.
The door is also incredibly secure. It’s built like a vault and has a total of 8 locking points. It uses 5 live-action bolts and 3 dead bolts. There is no easy way to bypass all of these locking points, and it makes for a very solid and secure door.
Fire and Water-Resistance
Fear outside uncontrollable dangers no longer. Your rifles and long guns will be safe and sound while nestled away in your Stack On 28 gun safe.
High temperature fires will wreak havoc on many gun cabinets and safes, but this Total Defense model gives you more than just the basic level of fire-resistance that even many fire safes offer. Instead of the usual ½ hour of protection, you get up to 75 minutes of safety from fires reaching temperatures as high as 1400 degrees Fahrenheit.
And, if you plan to keep this in a basement, or you live in an area that has frequent flooding or even the threat of flooding, the TD14-28-GP-E-S is water resistant. There are limits to how much water it can deal with though. As long as you have bolted or anchored your safe, it will keep your secured contents free from water damage for up to 72 hours as long as the standing water does not rise above 2 feet.
External factors like natural disasters and burglars are not the only potential danger that your valuable arsenal has to fend off. One of the biggest dangers is an invisible one: moisture.
Excessive humidity can cause all sorts of problems on all the parts of your weapons. To prolong their life and conditions, it’s highly recommended to keep a close eye on the internal humidity levels of your safe. If it’s too high, the gun safe dehumidifier can keep things in check.
This safe comes with an internal power outlet to power such devices. You can of course use it for other options like lighting, but most user tend to use it for a dehumidifying rod.
Other Cool Features
The rest of the extras that really round out this long gun storage and protection safe are just the icing on the cake.
The interior is fully carpeted and meant to give your weapons a nice and comfy home, free from scratches and dings. The aforementioned shelves, all 6 of them, are adjustable and removable.
The interior of the door is full of extra storage too. It comes with a nice document folder for storing and warranties, like the 5-year limited warranty that Stack On gives you when you purchase this safe, or any other important paperwork you have.
There are also removable bags for your gear. And, if you want to keep some pistols or handguns in the safe along with your long guns, there are removable pistol holsters too.
You really get a ton of value with this secure storage solution. From plenty of storage room to loads of security features, it has a little bit of everything. There’s a reason that it’s one of the most popular mid-sized gun safes out their, with its 28 gun capacity. This Stack On Total Defense safe is worth every penny and more.