- Stores up to 8 guns
- 18-gauge solid steel
- Interior locking cabinet
- Pre-drilled anchor holes
SIZE: 19.8 x 12.5 x 55 inches
WEIGHT: 106.3 pounds
For the true gun enthusiast, sometimes owning a gun safe is simply about having a place to keep their guns stored somewhere, and very little else. Every safe should include all the major features, like prying resistance, solid steel housing, and a reliable locking mechanism that does what it’s supposed to do, but you might be surprised at how very few safes can actually deliver on these features. The Paragon Lock and Safe Company’s 8 Rifle Safe may not function as a typical “safe” in the technical sense, but it still does what it’s supposed to do, which, at the end of the day, is all that matters.
What We Liked
- Great Value
With the amount of security this Paragon safe has to offer, it’s definitely a bargain for the price. After a few minutes of using the safe, it’s pretty apparent that it was built with the gun owner in mind. Although it doesn’t have all the fancy features that many safes come with these days, such as biometric fingerprint scanners and digital keypads, it does what it’s intended to do. The safe holds up against moderate attempts at prying and is heavy enough not to get outright stolen, both of which are pretty important.
- Good spacing
Gun safe manufacturers are usually pretty generous about the amount of guns you can fit into their safes, but Paragon definitely delivers. This safe features adequate spacing for up to eight rifles, and even includes an interior rack to rest the gun barrels on. You might run into problems if your guns are heavily modified with extended rifle butts or scopes, but even being able to fit six guns would still make this safe worth the investment.
- Heavy door construction
One of the most important features of a gun safe is the door construction. The generally rule of thumb is that the door should be about three times the weight or thickness of the housing to adequately protect the safe from prying and other attempts at unwanted entry, and the Paragon is no exception. The safe door is so heavy, in fact, that you’ll need to be sure to proper anchor the safe down to the floor or against the wall so that the entire safe doesn’t fall forward.
- Interior Lockbox
The safe features a small lockbox along the top of the interior housing, and includes a separate set of keys for access. Although it’s relatively small compared to a typical lockbox, it’s still able to fit a few handguns and some small personal items, and is a worthy addition to the already spacious design of the safe.
What Needs Improvement
The problem with the design of the Paragon safe isn’t all that specific, but rather its overall appearance. Considering that the safe is meant to fit up to eight rifles, it’s understandable that it should be a behemoth of a safe, but that still doesn’t excuse the fact that there is a certain lack of discretion about the Paragon that isn’t worth mentioning. The color of the safe, along with its gaudy decals on the door, actually give more attention to the safe than we were comfortable with, and we certainly weren’t too fond of the idea of the safe being rolled into a home or business during the day.
- Functions as a gun cabinet rather than a safe
When you compare the Paragon vs. other safes, the distinctions between gun cabinets and safes tend to be more subtle, but if you consider that the Paragon only features a single mode of entry and would still acquiesce to a persistent prying attempt, we would probably categorize it as a heavy duty gun cabinet rather than a conventional gun safe. The exterior housing can succumb to dents pretty easily, lending to the notion that this “safe” isn’t as secure as it promises to be. Still, a heavy duty gun cabinet for the price is still worth consideration, but you might want to opt for an actual safe for the peace of mind.
The Paragon is a worthy investment if you’re a casual gun owner who just happens to own a lot of guns. The interior spacing allows for a good amount of firearms, and the interior lockbox certainly gives it a feel of organization and efficiency. The safe doesn’t include all the major features that come with most safes these days, but sometimes you’d prefer to have a safe that simply does what it’s supposed to do without any added gimmicks. However, we wouldn’t recommend this “safe” for the true gun enthusiast, considering that it functions more as a gun cabinet. The simple lock design and heavy door construction can still keep your weapons secure, but you’ll probably want a safe that can withstand even the most determined prying attempt. Still, the Paragon isn’t a bad choice if your goal is to simply keep your firearms in a safe place, and away from children, although you may also want to look at other Paragon safes as well.