Gun Safe from Costco – Good Value or Waste of Money?

Gun Safe from Costco – Good Value or Waste of Money?

Costco sold this gun safe online, and here are my first impressions. I’ve been saving up for a gun safe for quite a while, and the type of safe that I needed was out of my budget until now. Here’s some info from the Rhino Metals site:

Bighorn Classic series gun safes, are hands down the best value you can find. In each Classic safe, in addition to outstanding security features, you’ll find it has a high quality fit and finish you would expect to find in safes costing twice as much. The Bighorn Classic safes are built with 12 gauge steel.

Bighorn Classic Safe Features:

UL Certified Residential Security Container
California DOJ Compliant
Attack Resistant External Hinge System
Drill-Resistant Armor
Massive Doorbolts
Thick Composite Door
Plush Adjustable Interior
Certified Protective Lining
Seamless Continuously Welded body
Excellent Protection for Your Valuables at a Great Price

The 19ECB:

Weight: 407 lbs.
Rifle Capacity: 24 Rifles
Fire Rating: 1200 degrees F./30 minutes
Dimensions: H:59in W:28in D:20in
Cubic Ft (Approx): 19


  1. Benjimen Franklin on October 27, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Waist of money. Buy a Iron American safe.

  2. FreightDawg on October 27, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Have you upgrade to a bigger safe since this video?

  3. Chris Beekley on October 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Hate to burst your bubble but nothing about that safe is heavy duty. You could stick a 2×4 in the gap of the door and frame. I’m no professional thief but give me a couple crowbars and I could have that door open in no time. And 407 isn’t shit for a safe. I’ll bet the door on my liberty weighs more than that. You could of bought a USA series liberty for a little more money.

  4. Heisen berg on October 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    There’s a whole lot of people thread-crapping on this safe.

    Let’s play devils advocate. Instead of telling me it’s crap, show me. Many people are saying it can be broken into in less than 2 minutes (or less). Ok, post a video of it. I want to see someone breaking into this safe when it’s been properly bolted down in a corner. Don’t tell me to go look it up, you’re the ones thread-crapping on this safe, so it’s your responsibility to back up your claims. I want to see video proof, not just talk. Remember, you guys are claiming it can be done in under 2 minutes.

    Also keep in mind, I also have a full Ring system, the safe is in my garage, there’s a flood light camera on the front of the garage and one on the side of the garage, as well as sensors all over the house. No one is getting into my house or garage without one of the alarms going off and me being alerted with video notifications. My house is also equipped with a full fire sprinkler system, so if there’s a fire, it will be put out fairly quickly or at least contained till the fire department arrives.

    For many people, like me, it’s something like safe or nothing at all. Just like how your first car most likely was not a top of the line Lambo, it was probably a Pinto or Ford Taurus. But it got the job done didn’t it? There’s a price point for everyone as well. If I had over $100k in it, then sure, spend more on a safe. I don’t have anywhere near that, so even a $1500 safe is overkill for me.

    I am also not worried about the burglar that carries around a grinder or a torch. If they want in, they’re going to get into your fancy safes as well. Like most people, I don’t own either of these tools so if they’re going to use one, they’ll have to bring it themselves. For that matter, I also don’t own a fire ax or 5 foot pry bar either. I’m worried about the 99.9% use case scenario, not the 0.1% use case scenario.

    But in any case, someone post a link showing that this exact safe can be broken into in less than 2 minutes when it’s been properly bolted into a corner. I want to see proof! You telling me it can means nothing, I want to see it done!

  5. seais level on October 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Anyone who has had a little practice can knock off the cheep key pad, send a coat hanger through the nice big hole that’s under the key pad, and in less than 10 minutes be out the door with everything inside. Better to have some cheep guns in an old glass front wooden display case cabinet as a decoy, and have your important guns hidden in the trunk of a 50dollar junk car out back.

  6. war cat3 on October 27, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    What is the # key used for? Do you need to use the # key to open the safe, or is it just 6 digits, then turn??

  7. Red Scorpion on October 27, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Are you going to war with all them Guns😳

  8. Smasher Devourer on October 27, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Honestly, anything that’s going to make a burglar/robber work for what’s inside isn’t a total waste. It really depends how much you want to make them work to get what is yours.

  9. K Vogel on October 27, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    UL doesn’t even classify this as a safe. It’s a residential container.

  10. William Penrod on October 27, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    While the poster had good intentions, he missed the mark. Here is what I have learned over the years and fell it is the best advice:
    1) The best way to keep your valuables safe is to not advertise them or the "safe" you keep them in.
    2) Most safes are nothing more than sheet metal boxes that an experienced thief can enter easily
    3) Keep your safe in closet or tight space where a thief cannot attack the sides with a sawzall
    4)Bolt the snot out of it to the floor and walls so it cannot be moved for attack or taken away altogether
    5) Biggest mistake made is not buying a big enough safe! Wish I had $5 for every person I know that needs a bigger safe.

  11. stealth_systems on October 27, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    It’s a piece of shit, the locks fail and their customer support is horrible… Stay away.

  12. rmp5s on October 27, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    You’re better off finding a local locksmith and getting a good used safe. I am picking up a retired JEWELER’S VAULT today…real deal TL-30, UL listed vault…2200 bucks, installed.
    These big box safes are usually a joke. Like, this thing…how much metal is in the door? Do you even know?

  13. Denis Pouliot on October 27, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    The 20" deep is with or without handle

  14. Kens Hobby on October 27, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Good video! I was looking at that safe at Costco awhile back but went with a Winchester safe. Great advice as well on getting a safe that you can go in to.

  15. P F on October 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! Looks like you all set for the zombie apocalypse.😂 American made is all good, but people must realize if they don’t want to buy stuff made in China then they’ll never buy anything at all. Let’s be real.

  16. Kenneth Aydt on October 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    What most people don’t realize is that ANY of these safes can be opened with a battery powered "angle grinder" using a steel cutting disk. I had to open a very similar brand and rather than cutting through the sides or trying to cut through the 1" bolts, I just cut a 6" hole below the combination and cut the drop in plug that is moved by the lock to block the movement of the mechanism that pushes the bolts out. This will work on any of them and took me 10 minutes total… LOCKS KEEP HONEST PEOPLE HONEST !! The only comment below that makes any kind of sense was the one by "BIG SHOW" who stated: "security can not be had by a safe alone. have an alarm system, get some cameras up outside your home. have a concealed location for the safe with it bolted down in tight quarters. don’t tell people you have a safe full of guns or valuables and stay alert to activity in your neighborhood."

  17. Snomann on October 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm


  18. john metyk on October 27, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Excellent for the money and today you would never touch that price.

  19. Fluffy Meatball on October 27, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    how do you lock it again?

  20. Scott.gallant Ssn646 on October 27, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    absolute garbage. Cannon won’t stand behind their product. won’t open year and a half after purchase.

  21. HD 114 UL on October 27, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    The more that I learn about CHINA the more I will only be buying products made in USA and by AMERICANS.

  22. Old ironsides on October 27, 2021 at 5:47 pm


  23. Mike Koffer on October 27, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Probably a good safe if you have a fire in your house. But a piece of junk for theft.

  24. Chuck on October 27, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    You have to have an entry hole for a dry rod or your safe will sweat and rust your guns. That’s junk.

  25. Myrtle Beach Wolfman on October 27, 2021 at 5:50 pm


  26. Jack Kannon on October 27, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Costco has this back for sale in 2021. On sale for $550 during the month of February. Considering… thanks for the video!

  27. CurtisDrew1 on October 27, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Put some round dowels rods under your shelf to the rack below like a table leg. That’s how I solved my weight problem on my shelves.

  28. John Dough on October 27, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Make sure you change the board on the inside. If it’s Chinese sheet rock it will have formaldehyde in it and I’ve been told that that chemical is a brutal corrosive. U.S. made plywood is way better.

  29. C Exotic-Man on October 27, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    I would not buy a safe, that you can just lift the door off….. Means the weak point is at the hinges

  30. Craig Monteforte on October 27, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    They probably stacked guns in both directions to call it that many the reasons they say not to get the electronic keypads are because of how easy they are to get into and if the batteries go dead on you. You are screwed. Unless you wire a way to energize them from the outside Ive been told not to rely on the low battery warning beeper on those electronic Warnings ? Is this one Fire rated ?

  31. tom magnum on October 27, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    This safe can pried open in about a minute and a half. JUNK. Good choice Duffus. One more thing duffs, show your address public. Ca-ching.

  32. milsurpJoe on October 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    So how much was it?

  33. Sean Brown on October 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    You can open that safe with a rare earth magnet in under 10 seconds.

  34. john metyk on October 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    I bet you moved that AR to the front now days.

  35. Big Ern’ McCracken on October 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Nice and informative video, but maybe clean your room prior to recording?

  36. Jaren Nelson on October 27, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    That’s a glorified gun cabinet. That’s ok for most cases, but you should know that’s only a speed bump for a professional criminal.

  37. 2Xcitizen on October 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the video. It is very helpful.
    For most people, If you have 20+ guns, you’re most likely a poser. Like the admin dweebs in the military that always have 50X the gear compared to the grunt that actually patrols….

  38. Jeff in TD on October 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Bighorn and Kodiak I think are just different badging of Rhino’s import line? Anyway, they seem decent and a good value.

  39. CLplusP on October 27, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    The door gap looks to large.. likely making it pry-able

  40. Fluffy Meatball on October 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    how do you close it?

  41. Grandpa Dave's Woodworking on October 27, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve had mine since 2011, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I did buy it when they had it available in-store.

  42. Peter Graves on October 27, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I bet a fire axe could poke a hole in that safe…check it out

  43. A B on October 27, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Very nice video just concerned about the doorgap it might be the shadow i m looking at door gap means someone can put a crowbar in and pry it open

  44. Froggy Dog on October 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Made by the ChiComs? No thanks.

  45. jason lommen on October 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Big box store ‘safes’ are pure junk and nothing but a glorified storage locker. If you want real security and piece of mind, get Amsec, Fort Knox or Brown safe. Buy once, cry once!

  46. Bear Jones on October 27, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I could chop right through that safe with a fire axe. Please don’t recommend this safe for anything but as a gun cabinet. Its using spot welded 12 gauge metal. Like I said, fire axe or pop the seams with a maul. Game over.

  47. Daniel Guerriero on October 27, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Never buy a gun safe from a place that sells underwear. Two should not be able to lift a safe that size.

  48. david reingold on October 27, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve ordered 4 safes (3 x 47 cubic ft & 1 x 27 cubic feet) & all 4 times the R&L carrier driver was kind enough to wheel them into the garage.

  49. Philip on October 27, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    fuck china.

  50. Wonder Nine on October 27, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    This is a reasonable starter safe for a low price. The problem is that you think the way to break into it is through the front door. A pick axe will go through the 16 gauge steel on the sides and back, like a can opener. If they have enough time to cut the hinges off, they have enough time to gut it.