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Old February 21, 2019, 11:46 PM   #1
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Stack-On Cabinet and Home Defense--What gauge steel?

Hello,

Might anyone know for a fact, no guessing, what gauge steel Stack-On cabinets are made of?

On the lesser model safes (ie https://www.amazon.com/Stack-Defense...TD4/ref=sr_1_5), what is the gauge on the body of the safe, not the door?

I emailed Stack-On but no response.
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Old February 22, 2019, 08:12 AM   #2
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Old February 22, 2019, 08:30 AM   #3
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I don't think this true. But I have seen that posted before. Here's why I don't think it can be 14 gauge steel:

My Ridgid job box at 32x19z18.25 = 11K cubic inches and weighs 77lbs. I know that it is made of 16 gauge for the box and 12 gauge skids

The 18 gun Stack-On cabinet at double the cubic inches weighs only 10lbs more?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-3...-300748555-_-N
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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Stack-On-...binet/19216477
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Old February 22, 2019, 01:00 PM   #4
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Not sure on the gauge of steel on the body, but i'd be willing to bet it wouldn't take me too awful long to cut a hole in it with a flat blade screwdriver and a hammer.
Noisy, yes, but i'd have whatever you put in it.

I was checking pricing on them a few years ago. Cheap.
Then actually checked them out in person.
Impression... Cheap.

Save up a few more dollars and get a decent Sports Afield or some other manufacturer.
Well worth the money.
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Old February 22, 2019, 01:25 PM   #5
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What 7mag said. If all you want is a lockable box to honest people honest any Stack On will do just fine. But why store thousands of dollars worth of guns in a $399 safe? I had a cheap stack on like safe years ago. Any teen with a pry bay could get into in.

After a house fire and nearly loosing my guns I bought a Liberty and never looked back. I do, however, have a Stack On I built shelves into and store my ammo in.
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Old February 22, 2019, 01:32 PM   #6
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Cabinets?
Or Safes?

You say "cabinets" but link to a safe.
Then link to a cabinet.


The safes might be 14 ga. I don't know about them.

The cabinets - if the design hasn't changed - are about 16 ga for the bodies and about 18 ga for the doors. I say "about", because thick paint would bump the steel to a thinner gauge. ...But I'm not going to scratch the paint off just to get a better measurement of the steel.

(I measured the two I use for parts storage - one, about 13 years old; the other about 5 years old.)


87 lbs...?
Only if it's full of guns and bolted to a pallet!
I kid. But they are very light for a 'secure' storage container.
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Old February 22, 2019, 10:20 PM   #7
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I asked for both their cabinets and the less "safes" (ie, not the Elites)

I'm almost 100% sure the cabinets are in no way 14 gauge and might start at 18...
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Old February 23, 2019, 10:03 AM   #8
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May as well go to a used office supply place and get a metal cabinet.
Save you some money too...
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Old February 23, 2019, 01:55 PM   #9
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That's not a terrible suggestion.
I have three locking filing cabinets that were formerly used by a state agency. They're probably more secure than the Stack-On cabinets...
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Old February 24, 2019, 08:02 AM   #10
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Stack-On never got back to me.

I think their cabinets are 18 gauge to possibly 22. I picked one up and returned it after looking at the seams. Easily defeated by hitting the seams with a regular hammer.

Home Depot sells 1/8 steel plates (11 gauge) which I will reinforce the Ridgid jobsite box. I'll line the box with Durock, which adds 1 hour of fire protection vs sheetrock's 1/2 hour which is what safes use. Strange so many expensive safes don't uses cement board with it being so much better than sheetrock for fire protection.

Interesting, my Ridgid box came with a paper still attached that confirms it came from and is made by Knaack, even though Home Depot owns the Ridgid line. To me this means the $500 Knaack boxes are now entirely pointless $$$.

This has been a depressing step of research to only finding how impossible it is to store stuff from my kids who have all the tools any home owner's garage. None of the safes out there are even tested against physical attacks against the body with the simple claw of a hammer or any other sharp edge tool, they are all just attacks on the door without a mechanical saw (like a $40 Roybi sawzal).

If anyone thought for just a moment, no kidding the sides of the safe are easier than the door to defeat. It's just metal that a pry bar could go through.
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(...) None of the safes out there are even tested against physical attacks against the body with the simple claw of a hammer or any other sharp edge tool, they are all just attacks on the door without a mechanical saw (like a $40 Roybi sawzal).

If anyone thought for just a moment, no kidding the sides of the safe are easier than the door to defeat. It's just metal that a pry bar could go through.
I believe you may have accidentally omitted the word "cheap" in that statement.
"None of the [cheap] safes out there..."

There are plenty of real safes designed to handle physical attacks on the body.
This is a bit of an extreme example, but... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWSWXUrNc2Q

You are very correct, however, that low end cabinets and "safes" are often marketed with all of the hype on the door and/or materials - not how its put together, or what protection is offered.
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Old February 24, 2019, 04:08 PM   #12
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Even the expensive Liberty can't withstand a fire ax blow.

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Old February 24, 2019, 06:21 PM   #13
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grinder and a wafer wheel will get through a stack on or any other rsc.
at least with the stack on you aren't out an additional thousand.
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Old February 24, 2019, 07:26 PM   #14
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Stumbled upon this this afternoon. Great info and perspective

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltK-bDbADa8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRPz6IKdiK4

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RlwGkO0hxE

"Security on sale"
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Old February 25, 2019, 08:18 AM   #16
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Yep.

No "safe" on the market would hold up for 1 minute with a sawzall blade placed on any corner of the safe.

No safe would hold up to a claw hammer to the body.

But RSCs are all tested by door attacks. Makes zero sense. Makes you realize they spend so much time on the door and bolts looking good, it's all just to make the consumer feel good.

Ugh.
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Old February 25, 2019, 08:32 AM   #17
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Even those videos are kinda silly.

If a person had a battery powered sawzall, it wouldn't require any effort to get in, without knocking the safe over.
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How much are your guns worth? If your total collection is worth $500, then no need to buy a $2K RSC
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Stack-On never got back to me.

I think their cabinets are 18 gauge to possibly 22. I picked one up and returned it after looking at the seams. Easily defeated by hitting the seams with a regular hammer.

If anyone thought for just a moment, no kidding the sides of the safe are easier than the door to defeat. It's just metal that a pry bar could go through.
Never buy from a company that is embarrassed to disclose what their "safes" are made of. "Heavy Steel Construction" doesn't do it. If they were proud they would be bragging about how it is constructed.

Safe placement is something to consider. If you can bolt is down and protect the sides with walls, etc. it will buy you a little more time no matter what safe you choose.
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Old February 27, 2019, 10:52 PM   #20
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Their gun cabinets are 20 gauge. The safes are 14.
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