Breaking into a Gun Safe

Barron Barnett recently had the electronic lock on his Liberty Safe go TU, and had to have it drilled. He offers some advice on safes and what you can do if you ever find yourself in this situation. I’m glad to hear that it’s not an easy feat to get into the safe, especially since I also have a Liberty, though my lock is mechanical. One thing I’d point out though, is getting in can be an easier operation if you’re unconcerned about saving the safe and just want in.

4 thoughts on “Breaking into a Gun Safe”

  1. It took us over 3 hours with the proper equipment to drill into the lock case, total it was about a days worth of work to get it open given we were off in our measurements. That’s also given the detailed information of where to drill. Overall I’d say this was one tough nut to crack and isn’t going to be done by your average burglar.

    The only reason it took so long to open this box was because the owner wanted to minimize damage so he could repair and reuse the “safe.”

    This model (Liberty Presidential Series) is only certified as a UL Residential Security Container. That’s the lowest level of certification offered by Underwriter’s Laboratories, and it means the container can only withstand five minutes of penetration effort.

    So basically, the Liberty Presidential Series is a glorified firebox with $5,000 worth of sparkle and marketing.

    For more info on safe ratings, see

    1. I’ve heard people suggest that about RSCs. But real safes are pretty damned expensive aren’t they? I seem to recall when I was looking, a TL-30 safe was 4x as expensive as an RSL.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about breaking into a gun safe. But in your article you only describe about mechanical lock. Please can you give me any information about electrical and standard lock

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