Browning Sporter SP33 Review: A Balanced Firearms Safe

Gun Safe Summary: The Browning 33 Gun Safe is designed for the home or business that has weapons and ammunition to protect from theft, mishap and moisture damage. It has a 5-inch thick door with 180 degree swing hinges that allow the safe to be opened fully for access. The interior is lined with a plush grey cushioned fabric and is customizable to your different storage needs. The rated capacity of the safe is 33 standard rifles, however there are different interior accessories sold to allow for pistol and other fire arm accommodations. The Browning 33 design has one of the high fire ratings of gun safes in its price range and comes with securing features that are not common in its type such as allowances for external accessories and bolt thru attachments. It is available with a standard manual lock with a 5 spoke spin handle, or an e-lock that runs off an internal 9 volt battery.

Size and where it fits: Before you order any gun safe, you have to know where to put it and that is about more than just the space it is going to take up. The Browning 33 gun safe weighs in at 830lbs without any weapons inside. A weight like that can only be placed where you are sure there is adequate floor support such as on a concrete floor or spanned directly over support joists for upper floor levels. It has a 32 cubic foot capacity and the outside measures 39”W by 27”D by 59”H. It is the size of a small person, just under 5 feet in height so you need to make sure that not only is there enough room for the height of the gun safe, but also that there is enough space to swing the door fully open to access the weapons. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can get by with only opening the door half way and be happy. The Browning 33 has full 180 swing hinges for a reason, the better you can access with interior without barrier, and the easier it will be to work with the weapons inside. One last comment about the measurements of this gun safe, it lists as only 24”D in the specifications, but that ignores the additional 3-inches of depth needed to accommodate the handle. I have never seen a gun safe without a handle yet so you better just plan on needing that extra room.

What it’s made of: This safe is made from 3mm, 11 gauge steel with a black textured finish and a drill resistant armor coating. All the bolts in the hinges and locking systems are chrome plated, which is essential as it reduces potential degrading from corrosion. Depending on the size of the 33 you order, the door bolts will be 1-inch or 1 ½ inch thick. The gun safe is also fire rated for 70 minutes at 1200 degrees. All the seams are welded continuously and there is a precast access hole in the back of the Browning 33 gun safe to allow for a dehumidifier to be connected.

Why this Gun Safe is good: What I like about this gun safe is it offers the more practical features than others in its price range and class that elevate safety and security in the home. I may not need to have a safe that is hardwired to a security system or that weighs three times as much, but I do like having the option to bolt through to secure footings if I want. The customizable interior is also a true bonus. Many people looking in this price range for a quality gun safe won’t have 33 rifles to store, but they will have a range of weapons that the Browning 33 gun safe can accommodate.

Conclusion: The Browning 33 gun safe is a best buy for some gun owners, but may not be for you. Part of the information we provide at here at our site is meant to help you determine what kind of safe you need that can grow with you and your collection. Before you jump to invest in a safe because of a price, careful consider all the pluses and minuses of the safe from the protection it offers, to its portability and installation, to whether it not it will be able to accommodate your dream collection.

Ed Hawkins is a long time recreational firearms owner, having owned many different firearms over his lifetime. While his trusty CZ 75B is his favorite, Ed also enjoys frequent trips to the range with his AR-15. Ed is part-owner and managing editor at ArmsBearingCitizen.