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How to Open Gun Safes Properly: New Safes And Safe Lockouts

Have you lost the key or combination to open your gun safe? Perhaps you are trying random numbers or figuring out the best method to open the safe! The truth is that gun safes are designed to provide maximum protection to your guns. In case of emergency, they help shield them from fire, moisture, and forceful attacks.

As a result, it is usually difficult for a non-professional to open a gun safe. Even experts use highly destructive methods to open the safes for their clients.

Nevertheless, there are methods you can use to regain access to your gun safe without destroying the locks. After all, an experienced thief only spends five minutes opening some of these safes. So if you are still curious about opening your gun safe, read to learn more.

Note; this content is only for informative purposes. Using it to commit a crime will land you in jail!


This is a non-destructive approach to opening a safe without using keys or any combination. Fortunately, this method is only available to experience and trusted locksmiths that can never misuse it. Safe lock manipulation means picking the safe with a unique method. Both the manual and combination dial can be picked by a professional.

The procedure is complex but involves turning the dial to figure out the gate that will correspond with the wheel. You have to be focused and not distracted to succeed. While trying to open the safe, you might come across false gates which will increase the complexity of the process.

Picking the lock will not work if there are defects in the locking mechanism. Ensure that the lock is working before trying to pick or manipulate it.

Prying the Safe

Sometimes, prying a safe isn’t that easy because the bolts are hidden. You need to know the position of the bolts and how to use the prying tool effectively.

Don’t go prying the edges of the safe, aim at the ceiling of the safe. Then use your pry bar and wedges to get out the nuts. This method is not easy, but you will succeed if you know what you are doing.


This is usually effective when you are not working on a thick metal gun safe. It’s so difficult cutting a metal gun safe with an angle grinder. If you insist on using this method, then start with the walls because they are made with less metal. While cutting, you have to be careful not to damage the content.

Drilling Method

Using the drilling method to open a gun safe is quite different from drilling a residential lock. The best way is to create openings that will help you interact with or manipulate the actuator. Before using this method, you must have an in-depth knowledge of the locking mechanism and components of the safe. Do not try drilling the safe if you have minimal knowledge of the actuator because it will be a waste of time.


Many things come to mind when you are locked out of your gun safe. The feeling is entirely different when you have issues with other types of safes. It’s hard for an inexperienced person to use any of the methods described above in trying to open the safe. If you are locked out of your safe, your best bet is to contact an expert locksmith from Top Atlanta Locksmith. We have experienced and knowledgeable locksmiths capable of handling all kinds of safes. And our rates are quite affordable.