Anti-Pry Tabs

Dakota's Anti-Pry Tabs are made to stop the bolts from moving past a certain point during a pry attack. During a pry attack the bolts will bend and without any Anti-Pry Tabs will continue to bend until they are broken away from the inner door frame. The Anti-Pry Tabs on a Dakota safe stop the movement of the bolts. When the bolt begins to bend the Anti-Pry Tab attached to the back end of the bolt works will make contact with the door and effectively stop any further movement of the bolts. Effectively stopping a pry attack. Dakota Safes have the Anti-Pry Tabs attached to the bolt works on each end of the interior bolt works. The vertical length of the door is where it is most vulnerable to pry attack and that is where we place the Anti-Pry Tabs on a Dakota safe.

Slip Clutch

Dakota's Slip Clutch design is another security feature that isn't found on many safes in it's price range. The Slip Clutch essentially slips out of gear when the Handles are being forced in the opposite direction of the main functionality of the safe. Without a Slip Clutch, the handles could be force-ably maneuvered to then break the inner bolt works of the door and allow the bolts that secure the door to fall away or be pushed out of the way to gain access to the safe. With the addition of the Slip Clutch the inner bolt works are safe from this kind of attack. The Slip Clutch effectively "slips" out of gear and make a full rotation to "slip" back into gear, without any damage to the safe taking place. This is another way Dakota Safe Company can offer the most secure safe in it's market.


Dakota Safe Company installs a Re-Locker System in each and every safe it builds. The Re-locker System works by incorporating a plate of hardened steel in front of the lock assembly. This steel plate will chew up a drill bit to help slow down the process of a drill attack on the safe. Once the drill eventually makes it through there is still the matter of the Re-Locker pin. Once drilled the spring loaded pin will engage and lock the bolt works into place. Essentially a secondary lock that engages during a drill attack and thus properly named a Re-Locker System. Dakota Safe Company wants provides several layers of security into the construction of their door design. This just helps make Dakota one of the most secure safes in its class.

Bolt Works

Dakota Safe Company employs a 4 Way Bolt Works system into all of the Dakota line of Safes. We like to refer to these bolt works as "Active". The 4 Way Bolt Works are simply named after how they work. Each side of the door has its own set of bolts that are actively engaged by turning the handles on the front of the safe which engages the inner bolt works that simultaneously turns each mechanism moving the bolts in and out of the door and door frame. The "Active" phrase refers to the fact all the bolts on each side of the door "move". On lower range safes, the hinge side of the door only had dead bolts which are inactive. The 4 Way Active Bolt Works on a Dakota Safe is just another level of security that we offer.

1.5" Bolts

Dakota Safe Company uses massive 1.5" hardened steel bolts to secure their safes. Many safes use smaller bolts or no bolts at all and instead use flat pieces of metal to keep their door secure. The 1.5" hardened steel bolts on a Dakota safe are make help make the door more secure and pry resistant.

The Dakota safes incorporate up to 18 bolts around the door of the DS42 and no less than 14 on all other safes with the exception of the DS10 which is completely different. The thicker the bolts and the more bolts that are used in the construction of the door, the better. Dakota Safe Company believes that the more secure the door the more security you will have with your valuables.

External Hinges

Dakota Safe Company wanted to bring a bit more appeal to the look of our Dakota line of safes. So we added to our Black Chrome Hardware. The addition of decorative hinge caps adds to the overall feel of the safe and makes it more appealing in general. The Hinge caps are only decorative. The Hinges themselves are fully welded to the body and door giving it a better sense of quality. The External Hinges on the Dakota safe allows for a complete 180° degree opening of the door. This allows an ease of access you will not get with a 90° degree open door. The external hinges play no part in the overall security of the safe, just ease of opening.

Black Chrome

Dakota Safe Company has had its fair share of ups and downs when it comes to the look of our safes. The overall look of the safe needed to be just as appealing as the inner working and security of the safe. We decided to go with an all Black Chrome Hardware set on the Dakota and Black Diamond safes. Black Chrome has proven to be one of the most appealing and popular looks on most Safes. The Dakota safes feature a five spoke Black Chrome handle and Combination dial. The hinge caps are also black chrome to help bring the whole look together. You can't go wrong with a Black Chrome Hardware package on your safe. Dakota Safe Company gives you this luxury look at an affordable price.

Keyed Lock

The line of Dakota Safes features a Keyed Combination Lock in its design. Each Dakota safe comes standard with a mechanical lock. The Dakota safes include a keyed lock as well. This allows you to lock the dial in the open position so that you may be able to open the door throughout the day without having to dial in the combination each time. The door will stay locked "open" until you then unlock it and the dial will turn freely. We would like to remind you that the keyed lock does not allow you to open the safe without putting in the combination first. All it does is lock it open once you have unlocked the combination. At that point it is open until you unlock the key and spin the dial back to the secured "locked" position of the dial.

Door Organizer

The Dakota and Black Diamond line of safes all include a fully installed Door Organizer on the interior door panel of each safe they build. Each Door Organizer is made of durable nylon and is fully attached to the inner door panel and fastened to the board with screws and screw caps for an added level of completeness. Each size of safe will differ in the number of pockets it will have available for your storage needs. Each will offer a number of pistol pockets, large zipper bag, open mesh bag and large document bag. These door organizer systems provide an extra amount of usable space to stretch out the, at times, limited space that is already available and gives you the means to organize your items in an even better fashion.

Shelf Support

A commonly overlooked issue with most safes is Shelf Support. Most shelving on Safes is made of particle board covered in a material. The underlying material has a problem of bowing out of shape when kept under constant pressure. Ammunition and guns can be very heavy in combination and bend your shelf over time. Dakota Safe Company installs steel under shelf supports on all their Dakota and Black Diamond Safes. The steel support fits on the the existing shelf support system and provides a never wavering amount of strength to the shelf, giving it the added capacity to hold more weight indefinitely. This feature is more important than most would think, but those of you who have had shelves with out this type of support you will know the result all to well. This feature comes standard on all shelves that span the full length of the safe. With this kind of feature your safe will hold more than you would have thought possible before.

Modular Interior

Every Dakota Safe comes standard with Beige carpet interior. Experience has shown that this is the most appealing type of carpet to have in the interior of our safes. While helping keep the price of our safes at a lower price point it also is appealing and versatile.

The interior on the Dakota and Black Diamond safes are also, what we like to refer to as, Modular. The Modular Interior of our safes means that they are customizable. Each safe will come with adjustable shelving heights. The Gun Storage capacity of your safe can double by utilizing each gun rack for guns. Each safe provides enough shelves to make the racks on the wall side of the safe into three separate shelves. The capacity and use of your shelves are completely up to your and your taste. We just make it possible for you to expand the interior as you see fit.

Power Strip

One of the most convenient features on the Dakota Safe is the use of a power strip right inside your safe. Most safes come with a small hole in the back of their safe so that you may run a cord through to power a light kit or dehumidifier. With the power strip already installed in the inside of the safe all you have to do is plug in your items without any fear of having to "move" your safe if you get a new item or one breaks down.

The Dakota safe power strip has three 110 plugs available with the addition of two USB power supply ports as well. Data back up and other computer related power source issues are resolved with this amazing power strip installed in your Dakota safe. This feature makes it easy to keep plugged in to more ways to keep your valuables safe.

Power Supply

Each Dakota Safe comes standard with its own power strip installed in the interior. Most safes come with a small hole in the back of their safe so that you may run a cord through to power a light kit or dehumidifier. The power supply on a Dakota safe is very similar to that of a computer. A simple plug installed in the back of the safe allows you to attach the power extension cord directly to the port on the back and into a wall outlet. No more running and cutting and installing plug heads on a piece of wire. This is a simple plug and play feature that Dakota is happy to offer to all those who choose to purchase a Dakota Safe.

10 Gauge Body

The security of every gun safe comes down to two things, the door and the steel in the body of the safe. The Dakota Line of safes uses a continuously welded body system made from 10 gauge steel. This thickness of steel has proven time and again to be a durable, secure choice for building a safe at this price point. It is common knowledge that safes can be built from many thicknesses of steel and the thicker the steel the more the price will go up. This will always be the case. Dakota safes provides the 10 gauge steel to secure your valuables and protect against theft.

Exterior Finish

The exterior of all Dakota safe products have a durable textured powder coat finish that is sure to last the test of time. Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Powder coating creates a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. The Dakota series feature a rich "Gun Metal Gray" powder coat finish. The only exception being the DS10 which is a Black Silver Vein powder coat. This is the only color available with the Dakota series of safes. If by chance you scratch or gouge your powder coat finish we can provide touch up paint available (at an extra cost).


Dakota Safe Company will repair or replace, at our discretion, any safe broken into by unlawful forced entry, damaged do to an unlawful break in attempt or damaged in a home fire during the lifetime of the original purchaser. Provided the purchasers home owners insurance fails to cover the safe. Damaged safe must be returned to Dakota Safe Company or its authorized agent for evaluation, freight prepaid along with a full police or fire Marshall report. If claim is found to be valid, we will send a replacement or repaired safe to the customer, freight prepaid. We will repair or replace , at our discretion, any safe damaged in a home fire. Provided the purchasers home owners insurance fails to cover the safe.


Fire Rating

There are many safes out there that claim to be fire "proof". There is no such thing. The most any safe can do is "Resist" fire as long as it can. Many features on the Dakota line of safes helps do just that. Included in the Dakota safe construction is the inclusion of layers of fire material in the body and a composite door which contains more fire material along with the inner door panel and a Palusol Heat seal. All of these features combine to give the Dakota an impressive 1 hour 45 minute at 1250° degree fire rating. The only exclusion is the DS10 which has a 90 minute 1250° degree fire rating. Dakota Safe Company tests the fire "Resistance" by actually burning up a safe to see what the "FAIL" point is on the safe. This is how we determine the Fire Rating of our safes.

Door Seal

The Dakota series incorporates two types of seals. The "Cold Smoke" seal which essentially creates a vacuum seal for the interior of the safe. Even though the safe may not actually be in the fire the house will get smoke damage throughout. This seal helps keep most of that smoke from entering your safe and causing damage to the contents. The other type of seal is the Palusol® in-tumescent fire seal is a sodium silicate material surrounded in a thermoplastic profile. When exposed to heat Palusol® expands with the development of a fine-porous, compression resistant, non-combustible seal creating a foaming pressure up to 5 times its thickness. This foam then fills joints and gaps preventing the penetration of fire and/or smoke for up to 60 minutes with evaporating water producing an additional cooling effect.

Composite Door

Dakota Safe Company knows the importance of a secure door design. The ultimate security level of any gun safe starts with the. The thicker and more ridged the door, the better it will hold up against a pry attack. While keeping cost in mind Dakota Safe Company has come up with a design that is easy on your pocket book but tough on thieves and fire. Dakota Safes are built with two full plates of hardened 11 gauge steel throughout the full length and width of the door. This design is called a composite door system. The steel plates essentially create a clam shell around an insulated layer of fire material. The door on a Dakota Safe is built to withstand a brutal attack from either theft or fire. Accompanied with the 1.5" Hardened Steel Locking Bolts, Anti-Pry Tabs, Slip Clutch design and Re-Locker system this safe is one tough customer.

LED Light Kit

Dakota Safe Company had come up with a unique lighting system that comes standard with a Dakota safe. The Dakota brand Light Kit utilizes an ultra bright LED system with a motion sensor included. This light kit can be purchased separately and installed with ease in any safe. The LED light strips are backed with hook and loop and easily attach to a carpeted interior or just remove the adhesive strip and stick to a flat surface. The power supply works two different ways. You can have direct power to the light kit with the 110 supply included or if you are unable to access power our light kit also comes complete with a battery pack. The motion sensor works easily enough when the door is opened, it senses the movement and turns on the lights. This amazingly bright and efficient light kit makes even the darkest safe a bright place to store your guns and valuables.

Continuous Welds

The welds on Dakota Safe is one of the most important features. Most mid range safes use only spot welds and bondo to hold their safes together. You can read and watch many videos showing how easy it is to break open a safe with only a hand sledge. Dakota Safe Company puts particular attention to detail in the construction of their safes. Each safe features a fully continuous welded body. Each plate of steel welded together with one solid welded bead to join each plate at the seams and effectively make them one solid plate of steel. This process makes for a more solid constructed safe and makes Dakota Safes of of the toughest, most durable safes on the market. You won't find a single ounce of bondo in a Dakota Safe. The proof is in the welds and Dakota sports proof of fully continuous welds in every safe they build.