Walmart makes this a tough value to beat. I've seen cabinets like this on other sites at $100 more, which probably explains why the item is often out of stock. Once I picked out what I wanted, and saw it on Walmart's website, I continued checking every few days until it came back into stock, and then ordered it, "site to store," right away. It was delivered to my local store within about a week, and here's what I got.
This is Stack-On's Model No. GCWB-18S ... the "S" is for "Sentinel" ... apparently a trade name used by Stack-On for this model ... just a little nicer than the lower cost GCWB-18 (also sold by Walmart, for about $30 less). The dimensions and function of the two cabinets are identical. The cabinet comes in a big cardboard box, with the cabinet, two keys, an instruction pamphlet, one top shelf, one center divider, four half-shelves and all the hardware you need to put it together and do a basic anchor to your floor and wall.
The cabinet is held in place inside the box by four of those expanding pads ... one at each corner. The pads do a pretty good job of protecting the corners of the cabinet, but not the sides between the pads. So, if the people moving the carton puncture the side, or drop the container so that it hits a hard edge somewhere in the middle of the box, the cabinet WILL get dented. That is -- flat out -- just a packaging error on the part of Stack-On ... something they really need to remedy. Mine had a pretty big dent on one of the rear edges ... certainly not something you should see on a brand new item (and the reason I took one star off in this review), but for me, not a big enough deal to haul the cabinet back to the store and request a replacement. Stack-On could completely eliminate this common problem by improving their packaging, at a minor increase in cost. Stack-On ... are you listening?
I specifically bought this cabinet because I currently have no rifles, and wanted a cabinet with maximum shelving options, for storage of pistols, ammo, reloading supplies, and the like. This cabinet comes with sufficient shelving to make the whole thing into shelving storage (a top shelf, center divider and two lower shelves, separated by the divider. Even with all the shelving installed, it still has enough room for a rifle or two in front of the shelves. The laquer finish is very glossy, and the pin-striping and "Sentinel" logo are a nice touch ... they make it look like a safe.
I was able to do the assembly by myself in an hour or two, but I really took my time, because I wanted to make sure everything was tight. The instructions were adequate, and I found that all the shelves and hardware fit together nicely. The three-point locking mechanism is solid, and is operated by a beefy key with a polymer grip.
If you properly anchor this cabinet to your floor and wall, you will have a very secure cabinet, but NOT a safe. A motivated thief with the right tools and adequate time WILL be able get into this thing. However, this cabinet will repel ALL smash & grab thieves, kids and nosy guests. At Walmart's price, it's an excellent value in low-to-medium level security for your firearms and related supplies.
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