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Do you live in LA, DC or *gulp* Austin? How are you dealing with the knowledge that you’re now on Kim Jong Un’s nuclear hit list? If a new gun safe’s in your future, you need to be damned sure you can help fight off the Hermit Kingdom’s hordes of invaders after the red dawn breaks, even if the electronic innards are frazzled. No worries. Cannon Safe has you covered with their new dual access EMP Locking System. It “combines the day-to-day simplicity of an electronic lock with the long-term assurance of a manual combination lock.” Reassured? Press release after the jump . . .

San Bernardino, Calif. – Safe buyers no longer have to choose between the speed and convenience of an electronic lock and the unfailing reliability of a mechanical lock. With the all-new EMP Lock, Cannon Safe is now the only safe company to offer a dual-access locking system that combines the day-to-day simplicity of an electronic lock with the long-term assurance of a manual combination lock.

The EMP Lock comes standard on all Armory, Cannon and Commander series safes in 2013.

The day-to-day advantage of an electronic lock is that opening the safe is quick and requires the owner to simply enter the combination on the keypad for immediate access.

The long-term advantage of the mechanical lock is that it is impervious to power outage. In the event of an electromagnetic pulse or any disaster that prevents the owner from getting new batteries for the electronic lock – the manual dial on the EMP Lock will still provide access to the contents inside.

“Cannon’s EMP lock is the cutting edge of high security lock technology. It allows the ultimate user experience with the ease and security of a Type 1 high security lock with the peace of mind of a mechanical override, all of this rolled into the ultimate UL Type 1 rating,” said Aaron Baker, president of Cannon Safe.

“At Cannon Safe we have been the drivers of safe innovations and technology advancements since 1965. This is a huge step forward for safes and for the experience a safe owner will have in the future. The EMP Lock will provide the peace of mind you want and deserve but will only find being a member of the Cannon Family.”

Cannon is proud to be the only safe company to offer a lifetime, hassle-free, zero cost warranty on their safes. If a customer’s safe is ever damaged due to a fire, natural flood, or burglary Cannon will cover all costs including locksmith, freight, parts, etc. to repair or replace the safe, even if the owner is not the original purchaser. To learn why “A Safe Family is a Cannon Family™,” visit

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    • This product will be “known to the State of California to cause cancer”.

  1. EMP my stuff all you want; my safe is opened by a key and I’m too cheap to afford electronic optics so no harm done to my guns really

    • Purchased new 2010. 13 years later the electronic keypad started eating 9 volt batteries in as little as 15 minutes. I contacted company due to having a lifetime warranty on th keypad. Of course I had to do the dance with a rep. Told me new parts were going to come in from Mexico. But they were back ordered. 6 weeks later a box with parts came in. Not the same and weighed 1/3 of the original part. NOTHING WAS THE SAME . Very cheap plastic, not correct in any way. No instructions, no assistance with issues. Told me to go buy a metric drill bit. Holes to mount were not correct. The keypad is too thin so it won’t stay on door. Falls off and hangs by the wire. They also sent a different design latch inside the door. Built incorrectly so it would not set flush. Latch hangs up. I now leave the door open with the lock in closed position do the door doesn’t close and lock shut. I was lucky . When this problem of eating batteries occurred the door was opened. To get a locksmith to come drill my safe open it would cost $350-$500. I luckily didn’t have to go that route. At this point I feel that a Cannon safe would make a good boat moring. I get emails weekly from Cannon but all they ask is if I’m satisfied. Apparently they don’t read the return emails. SO IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A QUALITY GUN SAFE ——RUN AWAY AND DONT LOOK BACK. GOOD LUCK PEOPLE !

  2. I might be totally wrong here, but doesn’t just about every electronic lock come with a key back-up anyway?

    • None of the electronic locks from Liberty have a key backup.

      In my experience (admittedly these are “professional safes,” like in jewelry stores I’ve worked in), when a combination lock has a key lock in it, the key lock is only designed as a “day lock.” The big combination is only used at night; it’s opened once in the morning, and then the key is used during the day so the safe can remain secure from open access, while still allowing people to get in and out for business without having to dial the combination every time. It also allows multiple people to have daytime access via the key, while only a select one or two have the actual combination.

    • No safes come with keys but they are not to open or close the safe, they are only to prevent the dial from being turned so for example someone doesn’t accidentally lock the safe during the day when you want it closed but not locked.

    • Back up override keys mean your safes are cheap. Do you even research a product before you buy it?

      A high quality safe comes with an electronic lock with NO OVERIDE key. If you got an override key it is cheap.

      Do some research people.

  3. When faced with an EMP attack, place your valuable electronics in your microwave. They are shielded.

    Good luck getting your gun safe in the microwave though.

  4. aren’t safes made of metal and therefore should provide at least some protection from emp? (as in a Faraday cage)

    • But the electronics for the lock at at least partly out of the safe and still vulnerable. Not that it matters given that a purpose built EMP device is designed to deal with military grade shielding your safe or microwave is unlikely to provide the needed level of protection for anything.

    • Exactly what I was thinking. I don’t know how much EMP protection safes afford, but I’m pretty sure Faraday cages come in forms as simple as a metal mesh bag.

  5. Interestingly, there seem to be two schools of thought on EMP.

    The tiny bit of real world experience we have is with the Starfish Prime high altitude nuke test from about 40 years ago. (Obligatory wiki link below)

    Net net, even 900 miles away a tiny-ish (1.5 megaton) at high-altitude will wreak havoc on even primitive sturdy electronics of the early 1960s. This we know to be fact. Nukes can be deliberately designed to output heavily one product or another, one of those products is EMP.

    Now the theory side comes in. The US Mil has long since discontinued it’s EMP hardening program, and lots of weapons systems are built under exemption certs. The only branch that has maintained any semblance of a EMP protection program is the Navy – and it’s only for core systems. Best part? There never really was much of a “program” at all outside the Navy, and some Congressional wonks are still attempting to legislate the Mil into addressing the issue.

    Even more muddling is some of the data in an Oak Ridge Nation Labs report from Metatech – basically it says that much of our fear is just imaginary – sorta like Y2K. The thing is, we spent billions and actually did something about Y2K, so that’s a bit of a bad analogy. Anyway, here’s a link to an easy summary on that….

    All in all, I would never have something so (relatively) cheap as a home safe rely solely on electronics.

  6. Hay if you have a Type1 Electronic Lock on your safe with a Mechanical override don’t you really have an inexpensive mechanical 2 or 3 wheel lock on your safe that is not manipulation resistant and can be over ridden or manipulated open easily.
    The lowest security you have on your safe is the security you really have. Regardless of the value or how wonderful the Electronic lock is the safe can be opened by manipulating the simple Mechanical lock? Food For Thought !!!!

  7. I have the EMP lock on my Cannon safe and it has not worked well for me. I have to enter the combination many times for it to open. I can dial the digits quicker manually which defeats the purpose of the electronic lock. I plan to contact Cannon concerning this issue.

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