Browning Theftgard TG33F Gun Safe

The Theftgard TG33F is part of the revamped Theftgard series from Browning. In 2011, Browning divided the

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series into Grade 1 and Grade 2. Grade 1 has two models the TG15F and the TG20F. Grade 2 has three different models TG23F, TG33F and TG41F.

What the heck is the difference and who cares? Well, if you are on a budget, maybe you?

The key difference is that the Grade 1 models DO NOThave any door storage and only have locking bolts on 2 sides, not 3.

Now that we have this out of the way, the Theftgard TG33F has the largest amount of storage for this entry-level series. You can keep up to 30 long guns in the gun safe and an additional 10 long guns hanging on the door.

The TG41F has the same capacity, except it is 12 inches taller (72″ versus 58″) than the TG33F. So, if you need a taller unit, go with the TG41F.

The suggested retail pricing on this model is approximately $1,880. Obviously, you can get it cheaper of you look around.

If you are not familiar with gun safe terminology, please review my gun safe buying guide. It is the place to start when choosing the right gun safe for you.

Key Advantages

Remember, this is an ENTRY LEVEL gun safe, so keep that in mind. Obviously, I cannot judge the safe like it is a $5,000 model.

  1. UL RSC Rated: For an entry level model, this is very nice to have.
  2. UL Group II S&G Lock: Again, this is a great feature on an entry level model.
  3. 30 Minute Fire Rating: Under no circumstances am I going to tell you that a 30 minute fire rating is the bee’s knees. But, again, on an entry level safe, with this much capacity, it is better than nothing. It also has a Palusol door seal which is the same you get on much more expensive models.

Key Disadvantages

  1. Steel: The unit has 12 gauge steel. This steel gauge is standard on most low cost gun safes. Deal with it, or ante up more money!
  2. No Lock Plate: I am a little surprised that there is no lock plate protecting the locking mechanism.
  3. No Interior Bolt Holes: You have to drill your own bolt holes. For those of you who are “tool challenged” this means paying someone to install it for you.
  4. Shorter Interior: This safe is 58 inches high.

Fit and Finish

The nice thing about the Theftgard TG33F (and all of the Grade 2 options) is that you get a choice of two different colors (hammer grey and brown). For an inexpensive, safe, it is nice to have at least a couple of choices.

You can also get an electronic lock, (by Lagard) for an additional cost. Also, the Grade 2 Theftgard series has the better door storage option that Browning is famous for. The Grade 1 Theftgard series does not.

Bottom Line

The Theftgard series is a very popular entry level series. This particular model has storage for up to 40 long guns for less than $1,900. This is a lot of storage for the money. You have a decent looking safe and locking bolt protection on 3 sides. All in all, this is not bad for the money.

However, realize that there are some deficiencies with this series and make siure you are comfortable with them before purchasing.

Browning Theftgard TG33F – By the Numbers

Security Features: Theftgard TG33F
UL Security Rating RSC
Steel Thickness 12 Gauge
Inside Bolt Holes No
Door Hinges External
Locking Bolts – No. 14 (approx.)
Locking Bolts – Sides 3
Locking Bolts – Size 1″
Re-Lockers Yes
Lock Rating UL Group II
Lock Type Combination
Lock Manufacturer S&G
Lock Protection Pin(No Plate)
Clutch Mechanism Yes
Fire Protection:
Fire Rating Agency In-House
Fire Rating 30 min. at 1,200° F
Door Seal Palusol
Insulation Type Fiberboard
Other Considerations:
Interior Lighting Kit
Water Resistant No
Dehumidifier Kit
Basic Features:
Exterior Measurement 58″ x 36″ x 27″
Weight (lbs.) 600 lbs.
Capacity 20-30 +10 (door)