Steelwater Standard Duty 16 Long Gun Safe Review

Steelwater has produced some fantastic quality gun safes that are both durable and attractive. This is the case even with the base level safe. The Steelwater Standard Duty 16 long gun safe offers some of them the best protection of the safes that can store a modest amount of guns.

Below you will find an in-depth discussion on the Steelwater Standard Duty’s best features.

Features of the Steelwater Standard Duty 16 Gun Safe

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Steelwater Standard Duty 16 Gun Safe

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The Steelwater Standard Duty 16 Long Gun Safe is accessed by use of a combination lock. This combination can be set from 3 to 8 digits, which should cover most peoples regular pin code. The more digits you use, the harder the combination will be to crack.

For backup, this safe includes a double bitted key which can be used to bypass the keypad.

Once the handle is turned the safe releases six bolts to lock the door into place. These bolts are strong and the door is drill resistant offering the best protection in case of attempted intrusion.


Designed to hold up to 16 guns, attempting to actually fit 16 guns into the safe can be a challenge. The safe fits around 8 to 10 guns comfortably. The two section gun rack included can store 8 guns.


The safe sits at 59 inches tall with 55 inches of interior height, which should be more than sufficient for most long guns. 22 inches wide with 19 inches interior space and 9 inches deep, you can see why fitting 16 guns could be a tight fit.

The safe is also heavy at 305 lbs.

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Summary of the Steelwater Standard Duty 16 Long Gun Safe

Steelwater safes look intimidating in themselves, and it is unlikely that anyone would try and bypass their security system. But just in case they do try, they will surely fail. Of course, this comes with both some positives and negatives, which we will do our best to list below.

The positives of this safe are undeniable. Firstly, it is strong. It is fire resistant with up to 45 minutes of protection in the event of a fire, with the door expanding to seal the contents of the safe.

The interior shelves are both removable and adjustable, allowing you to comfortably position 8 long guns. Without shelving, you can fit up to 16 guns, although this is a tight fit.

The drill resistant door is secure and the 14 gauge steel leaves the safe looking tough.

There are some negatives as well. The safe is heavy. Whilst not the heaviest large safe on the market, at 305 lbs, it is anything but portable. This is both a pro and a con, as the heavier the safe, the more likely it is to stay in position.

It is definitely recommended to lock this safe into position using the bolt holes. The safe is heavy and the last thing you need is for it to fall and damage the contents or you.

The safe is costly, but it is important to differentiate value from cost. This safe is worth every penny.

Even from the standard range, Steelwater offers a fantastic safe on all levels.

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