The Centurion 17 is Liberty Safes smallest entry level safe. The entireCenturion Series is to provide basic fire, burglary and safety performance at the lowest possible price. The lowest possible price is not necessarily a bad thing.
In fact, this safe is typically one of the best selling gun safes onGunSafes.com. Nonetheless, for paying the lowest price, you are sacrificing some key gun safe features.
Please Note that the Centrion 17 is different than current models of the Centurion Series. The other safes in this series actually are being designated as Centurion Deluxe.
This is important because if you only read this review, you may miss out on the better features of the bigger safes.
- Value Priced: Let’s face it; this safe has a really attractive price. If budget is your primary concern, this safe is a good place to start.
- Company Recognition: Liberty Safes has a strong reputation in the industry of producing great quality safes.
- UL Listed Burglary Classification: Even though it is inexpensive, the safe has a UL RSC rating. This is very good considering the price. Many safe manufacturers do not seek this level of rating for their lower priced lines.
- UL Listed Lock: Again, having a UL listed lock Group II S&G lock is a bonus for a lower priced safe.
- Fire Proofing: This safe has the bare minimum of fire protection, 30 minutes at 1200 F. However, the safe door does use Palusol for its seal. In the upper priced safes, this is pretty standard, but a little usual for a lower priced model.
The Centurion 17 also has a lock protector plate and a clutch mechanism.
For this price, you knew it all couldn’t be good. But you will ultimately have to decide if it really is bad for you or is it worth the value price.
- Locking Bolt Sides: There are locking bolts on only 1 side. This is not good. Locking bolts on only one side is not a huge deterrent to a professional thief.
- Number of Locking Bolts: There are four locking bolts. Like the number of sides, the lower number of locking bolts does not offer significant deterrence to the professional thief.
- High Gauge Steel: The Centurion 17 uses 12 gauge steel. This is fairly thin.
Obviously, this gun safe has some positive attributes and some real drawbacks. However, I think buyers of this safe understand this before they purchase.
If an amateur thief tries to break into the safe, odds are they will have some problems. The UL RSC rating is no joke and should deter a frontal assault on the door even from the motivated miscreant.
If bolted down, the average thief who is crunched for time may be forced to leave the safe behind. Thus, for $800 – $850, this safe has done its job.
More experienced thieves may have a field day with this safe. However, the risk reward decision with buying this product is that this type of thief will not be the one breaking into your home. If it is, well so be it.
Lastly, if you have kids and are limited to a very tight budget, this safe is a good step up from a gun cabinet or trigger guards.
Liberty Centurion 17 – By the Numbers
|UL Security Rating||RSC|
|Steel Thickness||12 gauge|
|Inside Bolt Holes||Yes|
|Locking Bolts – No.||4|
|Locking Bolts – Sides||1|
|Locking Bolts – Size||1″|
|Lock Rating||UL Group II|
|Fire Rating Agency||In-House|
|Fire Rating||30 min. @ 1,200° F|
|Exterior Measurement||59.25″ x 24″ x 20″|