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Steelwater 16 Gun Safe Review

Updated On April 9, 2020

Steelwater 16 Gunsafe Overview

The popularity of fire arms in the United states is at an all time high and more and more thefts are seeing criminals go after more than just valuables, guns are becoming a large target. That is why you need a safe that performs well in high risk situations.

When choosing a safe you look for a great fire rating, quality materials, and strong thick doors that keep criminals out or at the least deter them from even trying to break in. For all these features and all these reasons we recommend the Steelwater 16 gun safe as a phenomenal choice. This is one of our most recommended sizes from the brand.

Steelwater 16 Gun Safe Review

If you’re looking to purchase a gun safe and get the most fireproofing, security and reliability for your money, you have come to the right place!

The owner’s experience has helped them make Steelwater one of the most stable guns safe manufacturers in the industry. He has years of experience in law enforcement, coupled with twenty-two years of experience in servicing, repairing, and opening safes.

Steelwater safes are fireproof. The safes also come with pre-drilled holes so you can secure them to the floor for extra protection.

We know those words alone will not convince you, and they shouldn’t. So Check out this video.

That is why steelwater has performed rigorous safe testing they have a series of brutal tests that test its durability under different conditions. They completely batter the safe, starting from punching it, to breaking its hinges, to trying to pry it open.

They then move on to attacking it with an axe, and you’ll see for yourself that all this time, they only managed to just chip away the surface of the safe. They try to pry open the safe again, this time with a team of us trying, and still to no avail despite the box having suffered a lot.

For the ultimate test, they drop the safe from a height of over twenty feet, and again, video being your witness, you’ll find that it was still not possible for them to pry the safe open.

These safes have also been lab-tested to check their resistance to heat and fire. You’ll find that the safes can withstand scorching fires for a long duration.

Steelwater provides you with top-notch twenty-long gun safes, the best in the market for their price range. Unlike many manufacturers in the market, they know exactly what we are talking about.

They an insider’s perspective when it comes to the possible hazards to a gun safe today, and thus design their safes keeping practical and important considerations in mind.

Also, while many other companies come out with different model names and numbers every year, these often turn out to be the same old versions, but just marketed under different names and thus priced higher. Steelwater is honest with their products and relies on actually testing designs over time, rather than hollow marketing.

The Steelwater 16 comes in two models: The “Steelwater Standard Duty-EGS5922” and the “Steelwater Heavy Duty-SW592216.”

These safes can withstand high temperatures for a considerable period of time, and their interior is lined with grey carpet to keep the steel from damaging your guns or other valuables.

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Steelwater Heavy Duty – SW592216

The Heavy-duty edition comes armed with slightly better features than the standard duty one, and is hence priced a bit higher. While the lock system is the same as that of the standard-duty one, and so is the fire-protection durability, the heavy-duty version scores higher on all the other points. It contains a 12-gauge steel door and body, which is better than the 14-gauge one of the standard model.

Instead of a direct-drive linkage system, it has got a linkage system which is gear-drive-based, which is again, better. And the drill-resistant hard plate on the heavy-duty safe is a considerably larger than the standard-duty one-eight times larger, to be precise.

This model also contains four bolt-down holes like the standard one, but these are more reliable as they are steel-reinforced. And finally, from a safety point of view, the 20-long gun safe comes with a tri-spoke handle, which is much more difficult to pry open than the straight handle of the standard model.

Even on the aesthetic side of things, the Heavy-duty version is better than the standard-duty one, as it contains decorative external hinges.

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Steelwater Standard Duty – EGS5922

The Steelwater Standard Duty–EGS5922 model comes equipped with an EMP-protected digital lock or a mechanical one, depending upon your choice. The EMP-protection makes the safe resistant to harmful ionizing radiation.

Both the digital and mechanical locks have their own pros and cons, and neither one can be said to be a hundred-percent better than the other. We therefore leave the decision upon you the customer when it comes to figuring out which lock would be safer for your needs.

The Standard Duty safe can withstand high temperatures, and are guaranteed to be resistant to high temperatures up to 1550° Fahrenheit for a period of forty-five minutes. It’s built with a solid 14-gauge steel door and body. The gun safe contains a direct-drive linkage system, and comes armoured with hard plate which is impervious to a drill-bit attack.

The gun safe contains four ¼” bolt-down holes and a straight handle on the top-middle of the front facade.

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Our Pick Again

Steelwater 16 Gun Safe Review

Wrapping Up

The steelwater 16 is truly a great safe for anyone looking for something slightly smaller than the other steelwater offerings. This safe has a robust list of features and you would be hard pressed to find even an expert that can easily get into it. We highly recommend this safe. Please leave us a comment below if you have an opinion or just want to ask us a question were here to help!

More Reviews of the Steelwater Brand:

Steelwater 16Steelwater 20 –  Steelwater 22 –  Steelwater 39Steelwater 45 

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Richard Gabriel

Richard Gabriel has been writing in the combat sphere for 5 years now. He is a retired vet who fought in Iraq and now spends his days running his gym as an expat in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. An guns and safety enthusiast Richard brings his years of experience to product reviews and guides!


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