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The pros and cons of concealed gun safe hinges vs full mortise or surface mounted gun safe hinges

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Most gun safe buyers would never think about or even notice the type of hinges that a safe manufacturer provides for their gun safes, however there are important differences. A concealed hinge is usually not visible because it is built into the safe door and frame or body.

Pros:

  • It may provide a sleek or clean look to the safe door and jamb. 

Cons:

  • It does not add additional security
  • It limits the travel of the safe's door to a 90° opening, making it difficult or impossible to access the contents within the safe on the hinge side of the safe.
  • It often create "hot spots" in the safe body. There may either be a lack of fire insulation protection or even no fire insulation protection around the hinge structures that may affect the contents in the event of a fire. 

A full mortise hinge is built into the door and the door frame. A full surface hinge is welded to both the door and the door frame.

Pros:

  • They generally allows the safe's door to open 180° providing full and unencumbered access to your the contents within the safe. 
  • They eliminate the "hot spot" and possible lack of insulation problem.
  • They can be used as a design element on the safe door and frame making the safe visually appealing in order to place it within a room rather than hiding the safe in a closet, in a basement or in a garage... thus giving you more immediate access to your firearms or valuables, if needed.

Cons: None

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