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Armory 64 Gun Safe Review
Cannon Safe makes the Armory 64 gun safe. When I was preparing to write this review, I thought it was justanother big safe, similar to the Fatboy gun safe. It is indeed a big safe, but it is much more than that.
In fact, the Armory 64 is the LARGEST gun safe I have ever reviewed. This beast holds up to 80 long guns! The nearest competitor only holds up to 68 guns. So, if you have 80 guns and you are not a small city police force, this safe has your name written all over it.
I find that the key to evaluating these big behemoth gun safes is to look at three variables: Size, Strength and Price. If you need storage for up to 80 guns, this is your main (only?) option (assuming you do not want a gun cabinet). Thus, size is the only variable that matters. Buy the Armory.
BUT, if you are in the 60-70 gun capacity need, then the other two variables come into play (strength and price). I do not want this review to be a comparison of all big gun safes.
However, do yourself a favor and look at my Fatboy review the Heritage Regal Series, the Browning Platinum Plus and Gold Series and even the larger model in the Scout Series, also from Cannon. These safes are all big. Some are more expensive and offer more protection, while others are less expensive and offer less protection.
Also, if you are not familiar with the terms and phrases I use in this review, please see my comprehensiveGun Safe Buying Guide. It goes into over 20 pages of detail.
Cannon Safe Key Advantages:
- Size: Nobody that I am aware of has a larger gun safe. Storage for 80 long guns is a lot.
- Height: The Armory 64 is 72 inches high. This should accommodate almost everyone’s height needs. If you only need a safe that is 60 inches high, then go with the Armory 54. It has the same capacity (except for height) and is about $700 less).
- UL Rated Lock: The safe has a UL Type 1 rated electronic lock.
- Price: The retail price is approximately $2,800. Better security options are more than double this price. However, (as discussed below) you can save a significant amount of money if you do not need to full height or the full capacity (maybe go with a 64 gun capacity).
Cannon Safe Key Disadvantages:
- Locking Bolt Sides: There are locking bolts on two sides only.
- Fire Rating: You get a independently verified fire rating of 30 minutes. This is okay, but if you have 80 guns to protect, my humble advice to you is to save up for a safe with a better fire rating. If you are a municipality looking at this safe and you have a fire suppression system, then you can probably ignore this advice.
- Steel: This safe has 12 gauge steel. I like to see at least 10 gauge steel, but understand that not everyone can afford to pay the extra price for the thicker steel. Again, if you can afford 80 guns, maybe save up a little to get a little better protection?
Fit and Finish
This Cannon Safe comes in either black or gray. The interior is standard. What makes this safe standout (and all Cannon Safes) is that it has electrical, USB and RJ45 connections already built into the safe.
No one beats the Armory 64 when it comes to gun capacity. Nobody. From a fire and security perspective, if you have lesser capacity needs (like 60-68 guns), then there are many more options to choose from. I do like this gun safe a lot more if you have some type of fire suppression system that would help with the lower fire rating. You would hate to lose all 80 of those weapons!
Also, if you have a large collection and want to keep kids or curious houseguests at bay, this is also a good reasonable options for the money.
Cannon Armory 64 – By the Numbers
|Security Features:||Armory 64|
|UL Security Rating||RSC|
|Steel Thickness||12 Gauge|
|Inside Bolt Holes||Yes|
|Locking Bolts – No.||Unknown|
|Locking Bolts – Sides||2|
|Locking Bolts – Size||1″|
|Lock Rating||UL Type1|
|Fire Rating Agency||Intertek-ETL|
|Fire Rating||30 min. at 1,200° F|
|Door Seal||Triple Fin Palusol|
|Exterior Measurement||72″ x 48″ x 32″|
|Weight (lbs.)||944 lbs.|