Sometimes a small entry level rifle safe is just too small, but a full-sized vault is way too much. That is where a Stack On 14 gun safe becomes a very relevant contender as far as choosing which secure firearms storage to settle on.fire-resistant safe while the other is not.
All About the GCB-14P
The Stack On GCB-14P is more of what you would consider a rifle cabinet than a rifle safe. It is a low-cost option to lock up your firearms and keep them safe from thieves as well as keep them out of the hands of children. But, don’t let the thin sheet metal siding fool you, it’s no simple task to try and pry your way in. This Stack on 14 gun cabinet is still a very safe storage unit for your rifle and other gear.
Dimensions and Weight
The GCB-14P is about 55 inches high. That allows for rifles and shotguns of up to 54 inches in length to comfortably fit inside. As far as the width and depth of the cabinet, it is 21 inches (w) by 16 inches (d). At under 2 feet in width and a little over a foot deep, it’s reasonably sized and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in most settings.
This cabinet is not very heavy. It weighs only about 85 pounds, so you won’t throw your back out setting it in place. Be prepared to possibly ask for a helping hand though due more to the shape than the weight, as it’s large enough to feel a bit bulky and awkward to move solo, though not impossible. Most people recommend mounting it once you have it placed to keep it from wobbling around, and it makes it a little more of a burden for a potential thief too.
What’s the difference between the two options?
We mentioned before that there are a couple of variations of this model. In regards to this specific cabinet, the only real difference in the model number and the color. The Stack On GCG-14P is hunter green while the GCB-14P is a glossy black.
Both the hunter green and black safes use the same style key lock, and all of the interior features are the same. Both come with one removable shelf and a piece of foam meant for the bottom to help prevent scratches.
Overall, both of these are very cost-effective secure storage options, and they will serve you for many years. For a lightweight gun locker with a good amount of interior space, you can’t go wrong with one of these.
The FS-14-MB-E Fire Safe
If the above safes are considered cabinets, than the FS-14-MB-E is a full fledged safe. It’s a pretty serious piece of hardware and it’s meant not only to protect your firearms from theft, but also from house fires. With lots of interior room, heavy fire-resistant materials, and two choices of locking mechanisms, this is for you if you want to make the next step in terms of secure storage.
The Size, Shape, and Weight
This long gun safe has a very nice matte black finish. The lock and handle, an well as the detailing of the door are accented in the chrome. It’s a good-sized safe, with external dimensions of 55 inches high by 19 inches wide by 20.25 inches deep. Pay special attention to the depth of this safe as it is much deeper externally than many cabinets with a similar capacity.
Internally, it has a very nice and roomy 7.6 cubic feet available for your rifles and other gear. The internal dimensions of 52.75 inches x 16.65 inches x 14.9 inches (H x W x D) are considerably smaller than the exterior due to the thickness of the steel used for the walls and the door. Stack On says this is suitable for up to 14 rifles or shotguns, but that number is for regular and unmodified firearms. If you have extended magazines or large scopes, your total storage capacity will be less.
Another aspect that you will not want to overlook is how much it weighs. All of that thick steel keeps burglars and fire out, but it also adds a lot of weight. This rifle safe weighs 280 pounds. Lugging this around your home by yourself is not an option, unless you are this guy. The good news is that it also keeps people from picking it up and walking it out of your house (it even comes with all of the hardware you need to bolt it to the floor in case you want even more assurance that it’s going to stay put).
As the name suggests, this safe is fire resistant. It is actually tested by the independent rating authority ETL for up to 30 minutes in temperatures as high as 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. The door is specially manufactured with fire retardant materials and a heat-activated expanding seal to prevent fire damage. It is a certified, genuine fire safe.
If all of that isn’t enough to convince you on how nice this particular rifle and shotgun safe is, maybe all the extras will push you over the edge. There are a few extras that are not the big focus on this safe, but they are nice. It comes with not one, but four removable shelves, so you can really customize them to suit you best. Also, the entire interior is carpeted, giving your firearm a nice comfortable home where they don’t have to worry about getting scratched up. And lastly, no matter which lock you choose, you can feel safe knowing its backed by a hardened steel plate.
Combination Lock vs. Keypad Lack
This matte black model comes with an electronic keypad lock. It also comes with a set of backup keys in case the batteries die or the lock malfunctions for some strange reason. If you aren’t bit on electronic locks and prefer something more traditional, don’t worry, Stack On has something for you too. The sister model to this safe, which comes in hunter green instead of black, is the FS-14-MG-C. The “C” in that model number stand for combination, so you can get all of the awesome features listed above with a combination lock instead.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a simple but effective, low-cost gun cabinet, or a more sophisticated fire-resistant rifle safe; there is a Stack On 14 gun safe that will fit you individual preferences. All of the models we reviewed are well built, and the fact that they are all California State DOJ approved gun safes is proof of that. And to top it off, Stack On even backs up their products with a limited 1-year warranty against defective parts or shoddy workmanship.