Stack-on Gun Safes – Several Models Reviewed In-depth [2019]

Stack-On has been in the storage safety market for more than four decades now. With a long product line of good quality products, the company has a large customer base. When you’re talking about gun safes, you cannot leave Stack-On behind.

Here, we’ll learn a bit about Stack-On’s journey to becoming a pioneer in gun safe manufacturing, and what differentiates their gun safes from their competitors. We will also review the different gun safe series manufactured by Stack-On, and elaborate on their features. So if you’re planning on buying a Stack-On gun safe, keep your eyes pinned on this article.

Who is Stack-On?

Stack-On Product Company was founded in 1972 by John Lynn and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with its own manufacturing and fulfillment facilities in several different locations. Stack-On manufactures gun safes/cabinets, garage storage, tool boxes, and organizers. But the company’s primary and most sought after products are its gun safes, which are made for both handguns and long guns.

Stack-On may be considered the Walmart of the gun safe industry. It offers you quality gun safes at an unexpected and reasonable price, especially when compared with other players in the industry. The company has been a reputable manufacturer of products for more than four decades and has never failed its customers.

How Does Stack-on Compare to the Competition? 

Now we come to the point of this article. Why should you choose, or even consider choosing a Stack-On gun safe? We have compiled some features and facts, which will help you understand if Stack-On safes have an edge over their competition.

Price 

No other gun safe manufacturer can beat Stack-On where the price is concerned. Plus this difference doesn’t mean a compromise on quality. Stack-On Safe’s rock-solid durability, multiple locking mechanisms, and resistance qualities cost far less than other brands. The difference is always considerable.

Warranty

Stack-on gun safes have probably the best warranty coverage compared to the other brands out there. The company generally provides a five-year warranty for manufacturing defects and a lifetime warranty against fire, water, break-ins, and probably anything else that’s covered.

However, before you get too excited, take note that the warranty covers only the safe and not the contents. So you still have to keep the gun safe, safe. Read the conditions before you buy.

Fire and Water Resistance

Stack-on gun safes are fire-resistant and rated well by independent testing agencies. So if you want a fireproof safe, you’ll find your ideal product somewhere in the Stack-On product line. But the feature of focus here, is water resistance.

Sad day when your safe isn't fireproof (Source)

There are not many waterproof safes on the market. To be precise, Sports Afield is the only other company with a line of waterproof gun safes other than Stack-On. So the company has almost a total monopoly. If you live in a flood-prone area, you must have a waterproof gun safe. That’s where Stack-On comes in.

Security

A very important factor with Stack-On gun safes is the level of security they provide. Their safes are durable and all of them have locking bolts to resist pry attacks. Plus, their safes can also be trusted to withstand drilling and theft (due to the anchor points in all safes).

Stack-On gun safes are available in multiple locking options, which include combination locks, electronic locks, and biometric locks. All safes come with a backup key in case your battery operated lock fails.

Stack-On Gun Safe Review 

Stack-On has a wide range of gun safes for both handguns and rifles. The handgun variants are also available in portable models, so your carrying needs can also be covered.

Now we will take a look at the different gun safe series’ from Stack-On, and the different safes in each of them. The list is quite comprehensive, so you’ll surely find a safe to meet your needs by the end of the list.  

Stack-On Total Defense Series Review

Product

Price

Stack-On Total Defense 22–24 Gun Safe w/Electronic Lock

Stack-On Total Defense 22–24 Gun Safe w/Combination Lock

Stack-On Total Defense 36-40 Gun Safe w/Combination Lock

Stack-On Total Defense 36-40 Gun Safe w/Biometric Lock

Stack-On Total Defense 36-40 Gun Safe w/Electronic Lock

Stack-On Total Defense 51-69 Gun Safe w/Electronic Lock

Stack-On Total Defense Executive Safe

The Total Defense series from Stack-On features a wide range of gun safes ranging from a capacity of 22 guns to 69 guns. This series stands among the most durable and versatile gun safe series’ from the company, prominently featuring qualities like water resistance, fire resistance, and adjustability. All the safes in this series have been approved by California’s Department of Justice.

This gun safe from Stack-On Total Defense series is meant to store 22-24 long guns, along with some ammunition and other items. The safe is fire-resistant for 75 minutes up to 1400° F and waterproof in up to 2 ft. of standing water for 72 hours. It has eight locking points which make it resistant to prying attacks.

The safe has five adjustable shelves that offer customizability. Plus, the entire interior is upholstered and has factory-installed electrical sockets for adding accessories. The safe has a programmable electronic lock and an extra backup key.

2. Stack-On Total Defense 22–24 Gun Safe w/Combination Lock

This gun safe is just a different version of the above-reviewed gun safe. It has the same storage capacity, fire rating, and water resistance, along with exactly the same interior and exterior design and adjustability. The only difference is the presence of a combination lock. If you like to keep things slightly old-fashioned and less technical, you can choose this variant.

However, always remember that the combination code cannot be changed, so if it gets spread, your safe will become prone to unauthorized access. The safe has an emergency backup key, so you’ll never really get locked out of this gun safe.

3. Stack-On Total Defense 36-40 Gun Safe w/Combination Lock

This safe from the Total Defense series is larger than the above-mentioned models. It can store a maximum of 40 long guns at a time or 16-20 long guns along with ammunition and other valuables. The safe is fire-resistant for 75 minutes up to 1400° F and waterproof in up to 2 ft. of standing water for 72 hours.

However, the water resistance warranty is valid only if the safe is anchored. The safe is good for people who have a large assortment of weapons to store. You can centralize your overall valuable storage using this safe.

It is secured by a combination lock with one access combination and a backup key to prevent a lockout. The shelves are adjustable, and the safe also includes three barrel rests for better management.

4. Stack-On Total Defense 36-40 Gun Safe w/Biometric Lock

This safe is a biometric lock version of the above-mentioned 36-40 gun safe. The advantage of having a biometric lock is, you can gain quick access to your gun safe whether it is an emergency or not.

Plus, having a biometric lock doesn’t require you to remember any codes or combinations. The safe can be programmed with one or multiple fingerprints at a time, in case you want multiple people to have access.

5. Stack-On Total Defense 36-40 Gun Safe w/Electronic Lock

The 36-40 Total Defense gun safe series has an electronic lock version as well. Having an electronic lock lets you program your own code, so you might choose this one if you prefer dialing codes. The safe has a five-spoke, chrome accent wheel which makes it look fabulous.

The included extra barrel rest is also of good use, as you can store long rifles without them tipping off as you work your way through the safe.

6. Stack-On Total Defense 51-69 Gun Safe w/Electronic Lock

The 51-69 gun variant of the Total Defense series is for people who are preparing for a war (pun intended) or for gun shop owners who like to store their expensive rifles and stuff in a secure gun safe. The gun safe is made from thick gauge steel and has a 75 minute, 1400° F fire rating and 72 hour, two-foot waterproof rating. So no matter what, your guns are safe in there.

The safe has an electronic lock which can be programmed to accept a 3-8 digit code. The lock can also be silenced if you want to stay discreet. The interior of the gun safe is fully upholstered and has five adjustable-position barrel rests and six adjustable-position shelves to help you get the most out of it.

Plus, a factory-installed pocket door organizer also comes in handy. The factory-installed power outlet lets you add dehumidifiers and lights with ease. Frankly speaking, this safe is a foolproof bunker for your guns.

7. Stack-On Total Defense Executive Safe

As the name suggests, this safe is useful for storing some guns, along with other office or personal items. The safe has a 90 minute, 1400° F fire rating and 72 hour, waterproof rating so your contents stay safe. The safe is 37.5 inches in height on the inside, which may allow you to store rifles.

It also features four adjustable shelves which may hinder your ability to store long guns. The safe is secured by an electronic lock,  protected by a drill-resistant plate. It also has a factory-installed electrical outlet, and the company also offers a lifetime warranty. Considering its price, this will certainly be a nice small gun safe for you.

Stack-On Quick Access Single Gun Safe Review

Product

Price

Stack-On Quck Access Safe Single Gun with Biometric Lock

Stack-On Quick Access Safe Electronic – Single Pistol

This Single Gun Safe series, as the name suggests, is meant to store a single handgun at a time. The safes in this series are compact, and can be mounted under the desk, beside a sofa, or any other concealed. These gun safes are good for emergencies, as they give you a sort of tactical advantage.

1. Stack-On Quick Access Safe Single Gun with Biometric Lock

This Stack-On Quick Access gun safe features a solid steel body with a quick access, drop-out storage door. The safe can contain one full-sized handgun with a magazine at a time and is padded on the inside to protect your firearm from damage, and keep things silent as you draw it.

The safe is guarded by a biometric lock which can be programmed to accept 20 different fingerprints. The biometric lock is very quick and gives you a tactical edge. The bracket over the safe is removable and allows for a top, bottom, left, or right mounting, so you can decide where and how to mount this safe. The lock makes a beeping sound upon opening, but can also be silenced by changing the settings.

2. Stack-On Quick Access Safe Electronic – Single Pistol

This is the electronic lock variant of the above-mentioned gun safe. If you are in favor of using an electronic lock, this safe is for you. The safe also has a backup key in case you forget the code or the batteries dry out. The spring-loaded door drops out instantly as you unlock the safe, so you gain quick access to the weapon.

The safe also has a low battery warning system so you can stay informed about the status of the battery. The safe costs a bit less than the biometric lock because of the complexity of its locking mechanism.

Stack-On Armorguard Series Review 

Product

Price

Stack-On Armorguard

18 Gun Safe

Stack-On Armorguard

24 Gun Safe

Stack-On Armorguard

40 Gun Safe

Stack-On Armorguard

64 Gun Safe

The Stack-On Armorguard series is a collection of four different models with different storage capacities. The safes under this series are sturdy and fireproof. Plus, they include safes ranging from low to high capacity, so every type of user has something to choose from. These safes have a two-way locking mechanism to resist pry attacks. The safes in this category are quite heavy, so they also offer protection against theft.

1. Stack-On Armorguard 18 Gun Safe

This 18 gun variant of the Armorguard series is good for storing 2-4 rifles, along with ammunition and other valuables. The door also has a factory-installed organizer with sewn pockets and holsters which offer some extra storage space.

The safe features a two-way locking mechanism and is fire-resistant to a temperature of 1400 F for 30 minutes, meaning you can at least rely upon it for storing weapons and ammo.

The interior of the safe is fully carpeted, and the shelves are adjustable so you can manage the storage space. The safe is secured by a programmable electronic lock. Plus, it includes a backup key as well.

2. Stack-On Armorguard 24 Gun Safe

This is an expanded version of the above-reviewed gun safe. This one can store 24 long rifles at its maximum capacity. The gun safe has a tri-spoke handle with chrome accents to look somewhat classy. The safe is resistant to fire and has five locking points for extra security.

It is useful for people who own 5-6 rifles and several handguns. You can work around with the adjustable shelves to attain the most functional storage space according to your needs.

3. Stack-On Armorguard 40 Gun Safe

This 40 gun safe is a bit wide and large compared to the smaller versions in the Armorguard series, which is obvious because of its storage capacity. It has the same fire resistance, locking mechanism, and locking points.

The safe is useful for people who have a large assortment of weapons to store, along with other valuables. The door has a sewn-in organizer which also has six holsters to store handguns.

4. Stack-On Armorguard 64 Gun Safe

This is the largest model of the Armorguard series, with a maximum storage capacity of 64 long guns. The safe is quite heavy so it is almost immune to theft. Plus, the second full-width shelf has cutouts for extra long guns and it also offers some extra storage for other items.

This safe is not meant for the average Joe because of its size and capacity. But if you are looking for such a large gun safe at a decent price, this one is your answer.

Stack-On Elite Series Review

Product

Price

Stack-On Elite Series

27–30 Gun Safe


Stack-On Elite Series

36–40 Gun Safe


Stack-On Elite Series

51-69 Gun Safe

Stack-On Elite Series

62-90 72" Tall Gun Safe

The Elite Series features some of the best gun safes from Stack-On. It has safes ranging from small to large capacities, all with amazing features. The safes are fire-resistant for 30 minutes against temperatures of up to 1400 F and have a four-way locking system which makes them even more secure.

These safes have door storage with molle-compatible strips, zippered pouches, and handgun holsters. Plus, each of these safes has three adjustable-position barrel rests and three adjustable-position shelves.

1. Stack-On Elite Series 27–30 Gun Safe

This gun safe from the Elite series is good for storing 27-30 long guns at once, along with other valuables and ammunition. The safe has a beautiful black finish with a three-spoke chrome accent handle and a frame painted over the door.

The safe is secured by an electronic lock which can be programmed easily. The adjustable barrel rests inside the safe can be used to manage space properly. The four-way locking mechanism keeps these guns secure.

2. Stack-On Elite Series 36–40 Gun Safe

This safe has a bit of extra space compared to the above model. If you have around 10-15 guns to store, along with other valuables, go for this one. The safe is protected by an electronic locking system and a four-way locking mechanism.

The interior of the safe is grey carpeted and has adjustable barrel rests and shelves to assist you with space management.

3. Stack-On Elite Series 51-69 Gun Safe  

This is a large gun safe from the Elite series. This safe is probably meant for range owners and firearm collectors who have a lot of guns to store. The safe has all the features prominent in its series, with the best part being its price, which is far below what other manufacturers charge for such a gun safe.

The pocket door organizer with molly strip compatibility, zippered pouches, and handgun holsters will be of extreme help when storing a large assortment of weapons and valuables.

4. Stack-On Elite Series 62-90 72" Tall Gun Safe

Technically speaking, you can store the weapons from an entire gun shop inside this gun safe. The safe has a storage capacity of 62-90 weapons, its most prominent attraction being its height.

The safe is 72” tall so you can store the longest rifles in it without any issues. Plus, the extra barrel rests will also help you with organization. The pocket door organizer has a lot of space to store handguns and other stuff.

Stack-On Woodland Series Review

Product

Price

Stack-On Woodland

24 Gun Safe

Stack-On Woodland

40 Gun Safe

The Woodland series from Stack-On features a backlit electronic lock and a flexible interior to store weapons and valuables efficiently. The safe is fire-resistant for 30 minutes against temperatures of up to 1400 F.

These safes have a four-way locking system to resist pry attacks effectively. The pocket door organizer has a camouflaged finish, with zippered pockets, pouches, and holsters, along with being molly compatible. The batteries of the electronic lock can be accessed from the front and the keypad can be silenced for a discreet entry.

1. Stack-On Woodland 24 Gun Safe

A mid-sized variant of the Woodland series, which is helpful for storing 16-24 guns at a time. The camouflaged pocket door organizer looks classy and the adjustable barrel rests allow you to keep your rifles standing upright.

The five adjustable shelves can be arranged to attain the necessary space for storing weapons and valuables. The safe can also be bolted down to the floor for extra protection. It is covered by a lifetime warranty from the company. Considering its price, it is a complete win-win.

2. Stack-On Woodland 40 Gun Safe

This safe is another large capacity gun safe from the Woodland series. It can hold a maximum of 40 long guns at a time and has an internal height of 56.5 inches, so you can store long rifles as well.

The safe has two row-shaped inserts and one u-shaped insert to use as barrel rests, allowing you to better organize your weapons. The brown hammertone finish with a gold accent, tri-spoke handle adds to the aesthetics of this gun safe.

Conclusion 

Stack-On is a renowned manufacturer of gun safes and has been in the business for more than four decades. Their safes are sturdy, durable, and formidably overshadow their competitors where the price of the gun safes are concerned.

Stack-on covers the majority of its gun safes with a lifetime warranty which is an added benefit. There’s a long product line of gun safes from Stack-On, so you have a lot of options to choose from. 

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