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Fort Knox Pistol Safes Series Review
Here we review the most popular Fort Knox pistol safes marketed towards handgun and revolver owners.
The Personal Box (PB), Compact Auto, and Controlled Access Box (CAB) Series of handgun safes have approximately 6 main models that range in size. These models come in your basic box shape, top opening, front opening and drawer.
Fort Knox Handgun safes are the strongest around. They are high quality and built in the US. Because they use a mechanical lock rather than an electronic one, they open quickly with just a simple push of buttons using your own combination. These safes feature a Simplex© mechanical lock which has a built in gas cylinder shock to speed opening of the safe. And the great thing is there are no batteries to change.
The original Fort Knox Pistol Box (PB1) is a top opening safe, whereas some of the newer models featured here open from the front.
FYI – I have not reviewed all of the Fort Knox Pistol Safes models, only the more popular ones.
Here are links to the best pricing on the Fort Knox pistol safes product line. Make sure you factor in shipping costs. Amazon.com typically does not include shipping. By comparison, Gunsafes.com has free shipping on orders over $50.
Fort Knox PB1 Handgun Safe
Fort Knox handgun safes are quickly becoming a go to for homeowners to secure their home protection pistols. It’s built with quality from its inception, Made in the U.S.A., with 10 gauge steel. Constructed from a single sheet to ensure its reliability and tamperproof fabrication.
The PB1 is built with a 3/16” steel wrap around door. The hinges are engineered inside the box making it a frustrating endeavor for any would be intruder. With the quality of materials used and the design construction in place, when this box is secured to your foundation you have created a hindrance to your uninvited guests. More importantly you have created an opportunity to slow them down in their tasks, because this is an impenetrable security device.
One of the first things we looked at when inspecting the Fort Knox PB1 was construction. Made from the finest 10 gauge steel, and designed with protection foremost in mind. Next we wanted a locking mechanism that went beyond satisfactory.
|Interior Dimensions||3″ x 10 1/2″ x 9″|
|Exterior Dimensions||4 1/4″x 12 1/2″x 10 3/8″|
|CA DOJ Approved||Yes|
An additional plus is this Simplex push button mechanical lock that offers up to 1,081 combinations. This allows you the freedom to update your code when you feel it’s necessary.
The PB1 offers a mechanical entry. Simply place you fingers on the push buttons in the combination you have created, turn your lock, and you have access. This system allows you to enter your safe as if you were fingering the frets on a guitar neck. Once you’re in, the PB1 offers abundant room. With two tier cushioning on the top and bottom, you have room to hold your best handguns. You may be limited with your higher calibers to just one gun. If you’re looking to house two smaller caliber weapons, such as .380, or a .38 revolver, this one box will do the job.
Once the code is applied, the pneumatic strut opens the lid and keeps it from collapsing on you during a critical time of need. The predrilled holes allow you the user to set it up where it’s convenient for you. Hammer drill it into the foundation in your closet for long term use. Nut and bolt it into your night stand drawer for easy access, or simply slide it under your bed so it’s ready to transport when you’re ready to leave.
The limited life time warranty gives you the comfort of knowing that this made in the U.S.A. product will stand with you during the long haul. We couldn’t be happier with this handgun safe from Fort Knox. An ideal gift anytime of the year, you can find the PB1 selling for just over $200.
Fort Knox handgun safes can be found in more and more homes these days. Discreet design, secure construction, and reliable locking mechanisms make this product a top tier item in today’s market segment.
Statistics are showing that more and more individuals are exercising their 2nd amendment rights. One of the most responsible actions that a gun owner must take when owning a handgun, is securing the weapon from unintended users. Fort Knox makes this possible with ease of use, secure construction, and affordable pricing.
The PB4 handgun safe, pistol box is just that. This safe looks similar in size to a shoe box. With ample room inside to hold your favorite pistols, or any other valuables. The design includes a carpet lined floor to protect all that it holds. It includes four pre drilled holes on the bottom to affix this to any spot that you deem appropriate. To optimize concealment, when mine shipped in, I nut and bolted it to the upper shelf in my closet. Then using an empty shoebox from a discount bargain store, I cut the bottom out, and was able to cover the PB4 with the cardboard box. When I invited my wife to locate the latest safe in our house she was unable to spot it, hidden in plain sight.
The PB4 was designed with convenience and security in mind. The hidden hinges create a deterrent for any would be burglars. The body is punched out from a single sheet of 10 gauge steel, and then welded to prevent any type of interference. The door is constructed from 3/16” steel, and the lock is tamper resistant.
The spacious interior is able to hold my .40, .38 as well as a bag of jewelry and an emergency stash of cash. The PB4 personal pistol safe is a sturdy device that is designed to prevent intrusion, but also capable of withstanding some serious blows with a 3 lb. hand held sledge hammer. Adding to the authentication of the PB4 is the beautiful antique powder coated silver textured finish. This really adds a touch of what you expect to see in a reliable lock box.
The locking device is mechanical. This was preferred by us over the biometrics, which rely on clean hands to enter. With the busy lifestyle we have around our house dirt, grime and, bandages are a common occurrence. Electronic mechanisms just don’t seem to be satisfactory. The keypads are fine at first, but after consistent use, they tend to wear down a lot and offer information to a safe cracker that I didn’t want them to have, my worn down digits. The PB4 offers a mechanical locking device. No numbers are present on the face of the safe. I choose the combination, 1,081 possibilities, set it, and when I am ready to open it, I can simply press the push buttons in my predicated order, as if I were playing a musical instrument, turn the lock, and we have access.
This product is proudly made in the U.S.A. and offers a limited lifetime warranty, which adds to your sleeping comfort at night knowing that you have consistent backing by the manufacturer.
Bottom Line: The PB4 surpasses the California Department of Justice firearm safety device requirements, and is an affordable option for your household, at just over $200.
|Interior Dimensions||3 3/4″x 8″x 8 1/2″|
|Exterior Dimensions||5″x 9″x 12″|
It shouldn’t be a surprise to gun owners that Fort Knox has really knocked it out of the park again with the CAB20. A leader in handgun home security, Fort Knox has built a beautiful safe that serves several purposes. For starters when I opened my shipment, and pulled out this safe, the first thought in my mind was should I use this in my house, my trunk, or in my gun vault? This handgun safe is small enough that it will fit in the trunk of my car without taking up very much space, or I can find a permanent location in my home to keep my guns and valuables secured. This model comes with four pre-drilled holes so it can be bolted easily into the foundation, or into a shelf in my closet.
Did I mention putting it in my safe? This unit is small enough that it could be bolted onto the top shelf of my gun vault. I share the vault combination with my wife, but if there is something that I want to keep hidden from her, like a birthday present, she can enter the vault without finding out my surprise for her. She has ordered one for herself for the same reason. Also my teenage son and daughter are in the room when the vault is open, and this CAB20 keeps certain things out of their sight. The mechanical locking system on the CAB20 doesn’t identifying numbers on its face. You choose a combination from over 1,080 options. Depress the buttons in the sequence you create, the lock is free to open. This is a purposefully developed strategy to make the CAB20 a bit more secretive to open if a stranger approaches it.
The next thing that is impressive is the construction design that is put into each unit. The CAB20 is stamped out of a single piece of 10 gauge steel. It opens with a hidden hinge along the bottom. This allows you total access with tamper free security. Once open, you notice that the floor is lined with carpet to avoid any scratching or marring on the weapons that you stow within its walls. The attached door is built from 3/16” steel, and houses a tamper free locking device.
Bottom Line: A strong, secure safe sells normally at just under $400, but several retailers are offering deals around specific holidays, so check for the best price.
|Exterior Dimensions||9″ x 20″ x 16″|
This model is the larger alternative to the CAB20. As you can imagine, it’s four inches wider than its counterpart, and just as secure. With dimensions of 9X24X18, my wife is capable of storing several weapons, plus jewelry, cash, passports, and other important documents and keepsake trinkets. Again the body’s constructed from 10 gauge steel stamped out of a single sheet, and contoured into position. Then they add a 3/16” steel door to this frame, attached by an inner hidden hinge. This extra component adds to the difficulty a would-be criminal finds when they try to illegally enter your inner sanctum. Blank push buttons mean that an uninformed, unauthorized user has little chance of even finding a starting point to gain entry. The Simplex lock also offers 1,081 different combinations to select from. You can order your CAB24 from Fort Knox with the code set to your predetermined choice.
Bottom Line: Like all Fort Knox Pistol Safes, the CAB24 is a top level option.
|Exterior Dimensions||9″ x 24″ x 18″|
The CAB28 is a 28” wide handgun safe that swallows up all that I have to put in it. Carpet lined to protect my weapons. Deep enough to turn and place several guns into it comfortably. I am able to store financial documents, family heirlooms and some of my favorite collectibles.
Pressing out 10 gauge steel to construct this 28 inch safe from one piece of material is a stroke of genius. Attached by a hidden hinge to a 3/16” steel door, the CAB28 is a force to be reckoned with.
The antiqued silver textured granite finish gives this a classic look, and it adds to the durability and functionality of this device.
Bottom Line: The CAB28 is similar to the other offerings from Fort Knox in the way of durability. This starts with the antique silver textured granite finish. The composition of the body with the finish allows the CAB28 to take a beating.
|Exterior Dimensions||9″x 28″x 18″|
Gun owners are putting gun safety right up there with ownership, and when you combine the offerings that come with the Fort Knox auto compact handgun safe, it’s easy to see how this brand is becoming the must have in security devices. Reliable, straight forward, and economical are the first three traits that come to mind when investing in a Fort Knox auto compact handgun safe.
The auto compact looks like the younger sibling to the PB4. It keeps up with all of the characteristics of the PB4, in a more compact size. The dimensions are equal, minus the depth. It’s cut from 12” to 6”. That makes this an ideal safe to transport your firearms in your vehicle. It is designed in the same manner as the PB4, with just half of the material.
The frame of the box is engineered from a single sheet of 10 gauge steel. It uses a hidden hinge to prevent tampering with the hinge device. That hinge is connected to a 3/16” steel door, with a tamper resistant locking device.
The only drawback is its capacity. That is the point to the smaller safe though. It holds one at a time when we placed a .380, or a 9mm in it. As well as a velvet pouch of trinkets that we stuffed in just to maximize its load.
Bottom Line: Tough and secure. Small size makes ideal for in-vehicle use. If you have a larger than average sized pistol you may want to measure it out prior to purchasing one for yourself, just to ensure that you are meeting your needs.
|Interior Dimensions||4″x 8″x 3 1/2″|
|Exterior Dimensions||5″x 9 1/2″x 6″|
There you have it, my TOP rated Fort Knox Pistol Safes. Did I miss any? Let me know.