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    Legacy 53 Review

    The best Winchester Gun Safe is arguably the . It is the largest model they make, up to 54 gun Winchester legacy gun safecapacity, and offers the most protection. This is one big gun safe!

    Winchester Safes offer a very good solution for the value conscious and the Legacy 53 is no different. Retail pricing is $4,700, but you can find them for as low as $4,200. Not bad!

    The Legacy Series is the top of the line offering that Winchester offers in 2012. It has been vastly improved in 2012. Most notably, it has better steel (10 gauge vs. 11 gauge) and an improved fire rating (2.5 hours vs. 2 hours).

    Other 2012 IWinchester Gun Safe mprovements:

    1. Interior Upgrades
    2. Reinforced Steel Door Jam
    3. Increased Sttel Thickness
    4. Power/Internet Jacks Added
    5. Recessed Door
    6. Upgraded Door Hinges

    Key Advantages

    1. UL RSC Rated: Basic rating that any decent home gun safe should have.
    2. Steel: The steel thickness is 10 gauge. This is a massive improvement over 2011.
    3. Locking Bolts: The Legacy 53 has 20 locking bolts on all four sides of the door. Each bolt is 2 inches wide, one of the largest sizes in the industry.
    4. Two Hour Fire Rating: This safe has an impressive 2 hour fire rating at 1,400° F. (Please see disadvantages below as well).
    5. Big and Inexpensive: For a safe this size (up to 54 gun capacity) is very reasonably priced.

    Key Disadvantages

    1. Made Overseas: This safe is not made in the USA. Normaly, I do not bring this up, but many readers of this site have asked about it, so here it is.
    2. Fire Rating: While the fire rating is very good, it is done in house and there is no discussion on the Winchester website about how the testing is done. Again, I like to see an independent lab do the testing, or at the very least, more detail from the company about how it derives its ratings.

    Fit and Finish

    This safe is rugged looking. I really like it. However, it is not a fancy safe with many different colors and designs. There are only two different glossy colors, black and granite. Not fancy, but good looking nontheless.

    The Legacy 53 comes standard with a door storage system. There is no lighting and Winchester does not make a lighting kit. So, if you want lighting, you will have to add a third party kit to make this happen. A dehumidifier hole is pre-drilled, but the dehumidifier itself will cost you an additional $30 or so.


    Bottom Line

    The Legacy Winchester gun safe is a solid choice for the money. You will need to ask yourself if you can live with higher gauge steel and uncertainty of the fire rating. In exchange, you get a very large safe for a very low price. You also get some great security features, such as the UL RSC rating and the large and numerous locking bolts. All in all, not a bad choice for the large gun collector looking for value.

    Winchester Gun Safe – Legacy 53 – By the Numbers

    Security Features: Legacy 53
    UL Security Rating RSC
    Steel Thickness 10 Gauge
    Inside Bolt Holes Yes
    Door Hinges External
    Locking Bolts – No. 24
    Locking Bolts – Sides 4
    Locking Bolts – Size 2″
    Re-Lockers Yes
    Lock Rating UL Type 2
    Lock Type Electronic
    Lock Manufacturer Varies
    Lock Protection Yes
    Clutch Mechanism CAM
    Fire Protection:
    Fire Rating Agency In-House
    Fire Rating 2.5 hours at 1,400° F
    Door Seal Palusol
    Insulation Type Fiberboard
    Other Considerations:
    Interior Lighting 3rd Party Kit
    Water Resistant No
    Dehumidifier Kit
    Basic Features:
    Exterior Measurement 72″ x 42″ x 33″
    Weight (lbs.) 1,600
    Capacity 54
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