The Best Combination Gun Safe in 2021

A combination gun safe is one of the most common gun safes on the market because it was a popular lock before we introduced biometric and RFID technology. The most famous lock when it comes to movies is a combination lock and I am sure you have all seen at least one movie where the thief listens to the clicking of the mechanical combination lock so it can break in it. In cartoons, they used stethoscopes to hear the wheels in the safe combination lock and I believe that it is the most vivid description of the safe and the lock.

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A combination gun safe today can have a digital and mechanical lock, but I think that the digital gun safe combination lock is more popular than the mechanical one. In digital combination lock, you don’t have to turn the mechanism. You have to press the right buttons which makes it easier to use and that is why it is more popular. The bad thing with the digital combination lock is that you need electricity for it to work. You have to have AC adapter or you have to have batteries. If you use batteries then you have to have a spare pair near the safe in case the batteries in the safe end up empty.

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The main thing with the combination locks is that you have to remember the PIN number so you can enter it and unlock the safe. Most pin numbers have digits, but there are locks that require 3-8 digits. The longer the PIN number is, the harder it is to remember and to break into. That is why I recommend you write the PIN number down in your phone or on a piece of paper and hide it somewhere so if you do forget it, you will be able to open the safe.

If you forget the PIN number you don’t have to worry as long as you buy a combination gun safe that comes with the backup key. A backup key is a key that will open the safe if you forgot the PIN number or if the digital combination lock can’t function because the battery is empty. Don’t buy a gun safe without a backup key because you might have to break into it to get your things and that can cause a lot of problems.

The Best Combination Gun Safe

The digital gun safe combination lock comes in two versions. The lock can have a keypad with numbers and you have to enter the right PIN number to unlock the safe, or it can have buttons. To unlock a combination lock with buttons you have to press them in the right order. That is more complicated to learn because there aren’t any numbers on it but you can learn the position of the buttons you have to press. For example, if the gun safe has 4 buttons, you can name each button one number; 1234. If you have to press the second, first, the second and third number to open the safe you can remember the PIN 2123. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be too complicated for learning.

List Of Top 5 Combination Gun Safe

Fort Knox PB1 Combination Gun Safe

The first combination safe I want to show you is a simple pistol box with impressive characteristics. The entire pistol box is made of 10-gauge steel construction and it has a special door on it that wraps around the body. That design prevents all pry-attacks on the gun safe. The safe is small, it is made to hold one handgun and a magazine, maybe tow handguns, but that actually depends on the size of the handgun. Interior is foam padded so it doesn’t have much room, but it keeps your handgun safe from scratches which is much more important.

Fort Knox PB1 Safe

The simple mechanical gun safe combination is fast and it works on the principle that you press the right buttons (without PIN number) and the gas strut door will automatically open when you unlock the safe. But, the best feature of this impressive little safe is the fact that it comes with a lifetime warranty.

SnapSafe Combination Lockbox

The SnapSafe combination lock box is made of 16-gauge steel housing which is more than some gun safes on the market so don’t get confused with the name “lockbox”. This durable and pry-resistant safe is a great solution if you are traveling all the time. It has room for one handgun and a magazine, but you can probably fit two handguns inside which depends on their size.

SnapSafe Combination Lockbox

The SnapSafe combination lock requires from you to scroll the 3-digits PIN code into a mechanical combination lock before you open the safe. This lock, for example, has only  3 digits, but there are more complicated locks that require 6-8 digits. The reason why this lockbox is great for travelers is due to its size and the fact that meets the TSA airline firearm guidelines.

AmazonBasics Security Safe

AmazonBasics is not a famous safe brand and you can only buy it on Amazon, but their safes are great. This digital combination gun safe is made of solid steel and it comes with two locking bolts on the door for extra security. The good thing about this safe is that you can pick the size – it comes in 3 sizes and, depending on the size, it comes with the adjustable interior.

AmazonBasics Security Safe - 1-Cubic Feet

The digital combination lock requires a PIN number to open the safe and you will need 4 AA batteries for it to work. There is a notification when the batteries are almost empty so you can change them in time, but if you miss that you can open the safe with two override keys.

GunVault GV1000C-STD Mini Gun Safe

The third type of combination lock I want to show you is the one that is incorporated in this (and most other) GunVault safes. It is a digital gun safe combination lock that you activate when you press the right buttons. The GunVault safes have a special no-eye design which means that you can enter the code without looking at the safe and you can easily see that by the shape of the hand on the safe and right between the fingers is a small light that lights up when the battery is almost empty.

GunVault GV1000C-STD Mini Gun Safe

The 16-gauge steel construction keeps the intruders away from the safe and the foam padded interior keeps the handguns and other valuables safe from scratches. This safe also comes with two override keys so you can open the safe at any time.

First Alert Combination Gun Safe

The First Alert gun safe has a similar lock as the GunVault above, but it uses 3-8 digit key which means you can choose the key and the number of digits. It has the similar no-eye keypad but I think that the one from the GunVault is better because it is easier to figure out which button is where. The interior of this safe is foam padded so you don’t have to worry about scratching the firearm which is great.

First Alert Combination Gun Safe

The 18-gauge steel construction keeps the intruders away and the spring-loaded door allows you a quick reaction. The digital combination lock uses 2 AA batteries and if they die, you can unlock the safe with two override keys.

If you aren't familiar with the gun safes on the market and you aren't sure which of the gun safe models is the best choice for you, I recommend you to read my Gun Safe Buying Guide so you can learn how to determine which gun safe suits your lifestyle best. I have made a detailed guide about the features you have to consider before you buy a gun safe and they are connected to the size, brand which made it, capacity, materials used during the production and special features like fire or water protection. If you are familiar with all those features, I suggest you visit my posts about best biometric, quick access or fireproof gun safes if you know that they suit your lifestyle best.