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Winchester Evolution 36-40 Gun Safe with Electronic Lock

Winchester Evolution Review

Updated On February 17, 2021

Winchester Evolution Overview

The evolution series of the Winchester Gun Safe sets a benchmark for quality, safety and great design. Designed and manufactured by professional engineers, the gun safes meets most peoples requirements without a hitch.

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The two products in the line include the Evolution 36 and Evolution 55. An amalgamation of a traditional yet partially modular safe makes it a perfect choice for storing your valuables.


Winchester Evolution 55

The Winchester Evolution 55 has amazing features and designs. But the major difference in the Evolution 55 is the storing capacity of the Safe. The Evolution 55 has enough space to keep 67 guns. Depending upon your requirement and valuables that you need to keep safe, you may opt for one over the other.

  • Measurements:
    • Exterior Dimensions – 59″(H) x 55″(W) x 29″(D)*
    • Interior Dimensions – 55″(H) x 51.5″(W) x 18″(D)
    • Volume – 55.4 cf
    • Weight – 1116 lbs


Winchester Evolution 36

Winchester Evolution 36 has excellent features and design. But the major difference in the Winchester Evolution 36 is the storage capacity of the Safe. The Evolution 36 has enough space to keep 40 guns.

  • Measurements:
    • Exterior Dimensions – 59″(H) x 38″(W) x 27″(D)*
    • Interior Dimensions – 55″(H) x 35″(W) x 16.5″(D)
    • Volume – 35.6 cf
    • Weight – 842 lbs

The Evolution Series

  • The major features that I found appealing and worthy of the price of these safes include:
    • Powder coated flat black finish with guaranteed durability.
    • Black chrome vault handle with 5 spokes.
    • P.A.L.S. military spec door storage system
    • LED digital kit to lighten up the interiors
    • 6 adjustable double- stacked barrel rest with rubber coatings
    • Traditional collector racks, 16 gauge steel modular panel system and adjustable shelving for better and safe storage of carbines, pistol conversions, and other Modern Sporting Rifles
    • S$G mechanical locking system which can be replaced by an electronic lock by paying few extra bucks.
    • Pre drilled for anchoring to the floor.
    • Deadlocking bolts of the size 1.25 inch on the hinge side of the door.
    • External strap hinges of durable steel.
    • Tested to bear the temperature of 1400 degrees for 60 minutes.
    • Fireboard protection provided behind the accessory door panel for safety from the fire accidents.
    • Replacement guarantee in cases of the damage caused by burglary or fire attacks.

The list of the features that come with the evolution safe is never-ending.

But What About The Cost?

You cannot get a better deal at such a low price. Every other major company promises you get what you are paying for. With the Winchesters evolution safes, you get more than what you pay for.

The Evolution 36 can be yours at a nominal cost of approximately $1,800 whereas if you wish to purchase the model evolution 55, you will pay approximately $2,300.

Indeed it is suspicious when you get such an exceptionally good product at such a low price. But the reason behind the low cost is its manufacture within American.

Winchester Evolution Safes Pros

The evolution safes are meant for those who are ready to pay a few extra dollars to get ensured security. It is better than the other safes like Bandit, big daddy, and ranger regarding the durability. These safes have a lesser number of locking bolts provided on the door which are relatively small in size.

Also, the capacity of the safe is commendable. If you are thinking of buying the evolution 55, you will be able to store much more of your gun collection than you would be able to in safes like the bandit, Silverado and tactical.

The safe pays for itself over time with the protection that it offers you. The decision of buying the Winchester Evolution could save you from the loss of those expensive guns and the family heirlooms that you have a responsibility to protect.

Winchester Evolution Safes Cons

This safe is very expensive and that is the significant con here. The shipping, as well as the moving cost of transporting such a heavy load, could be a burden.

Since it is available in only two sizes, you don’t have much of a variety. The safes are especially great for those who have aa large gun collection and need a large holding space.

Unlike the legacy safes, the bolts are active only in the three directions rather than 4.

What Makes The Evolution Series One of a Kind?

The multiple layers of the UL approved fireboards in the walls, ceilings and body makes it resistant to a temperature of more than 1400 degree F.

Also, safety is guaranteed against fires due to the Palusol Heat expandable door seal. On encountering heat, it expands 6 times its size to block the way of smoke that could harm your valuables.

The 11 gauge thick steel body props up the strength of the safe. ¼ inch plates are drill resistant. The auxiliary locker reinforced steel return door jamb, pry-resistant recessed door, anti-pry tabs, titanium disk are some of the notable features of the evolution safes.

The 3 way solid steel locking bolts are 1.25 inches thick. Moreover, the mechanical locks are UL certified and have no vulnerable solenoid or key override features.

The features to customize the shelves helps in creating enough space for the ever-changing gun collection of yours. The collector rack and the movable barrel rest to accommodate all the accessories as well apart from your guns.

The LED light kit helps in brightening up the interiors of the safe.

Wrapping Up. What Makes The Safes Trustworthy?

Well, the answer to this question is that the Evolution is a brand of “Winchester”, which is undeniably synonymous with trust. The US-based company believes in manufacturing every product in their homeland and hence do not compromise at any level, be it material, manufacturing or shipping to the buyers.

Since 1866, the company has been working to strengthen its pillars of integrity, reliability, and quality.

Using the latest technology in laser cutting, robotic welding etc, the company is rapidly dominating the market.

Our Top Choice Again


Winchester Evolution 55

More Reviews Of The Winchester Brands:

Big Daddy – Ranger – Treasury – Legacy – Silverado – Evolution – Bandit – Closet Safe – Ammo Safe

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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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