Colonial 50 vs. Fatboy Extreme 64

If you find yourself reading this article, it’s probably because you are having the same question as a HUGE portion of our customers… “Should I buy a Colonial 50 or a Fatboy Extreme 64???” These are two of our best-selling safes, and because they are so similar in price and capacity, a lot of our customers have a hard time deciding which one of these gun safes may be best for them. The good news is, we are here to help you decide!

If you’d rather see the movie than read the book... check out our product comparison video below, on the Colonial 50 and the Fatboy Extreme 64.

(Edit: In 2022, Liberty Safe updated the Fatboy Extreme 64 to a 110 minute fire rating.) 

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So let’s start with the Colonial 50. The biggest selling point of this Colonial is its size. Simply put, the Colonial 50 is the BIGGEST Liberty safe for the lowest price. At a staggering 72.5” tall, chances are, this safe is taller than you! The Colonial 50 is also going to come with 

  • A UL listed electronic lock
  • Four-sided locking bolt coverage
  • Plated drill protection
  • A factory installed door panel (no cool pockets)
  • A single plug power outlet
  • Adjustable flex interior
  • A 75 minute fire-rating
  • Several exterior finish options

If you’d like to learn more about what sets the Colonial series by Liberty apart from their other models, check out our article on “Is a Colonial Safe right for me?”

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Now on to the appropriately named Fatboy Extreme 64! This safe is specifically designed for a larger gun collection...however its upgraded features and fire-rating make this safe attractive to customers who also want to use their safe for valuables, documents, or anything they want to protect that is heat sensitive. The Fatboy Extreme is going to come standard with

  • Upgraded PRO LOGIC lock (free upgrade from Spartan Safe)
  • Four-sided locking bolt coverage
  • Plated drill protection
  • A factory installed door panel (WITH cool pockets)
  • Adjustable flex interior
  • Upgraded deluxe power outlet
  • A 110 minute fire-rating
  • Monster Mech locking mechanism

If you're interested in reading more on "What makes a Fatboy a Fatboy," check out our blog that dives deeper into the Fatboy series by Liberty Safe!

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So which safe is right for me? 


This is where we can help, but you have to make the final decision. There is generally only a $400-$500 difference in the price of these safes, so to us, it all comes down to what your priorities are. In our opinion,  if...

  • You need the most capacity on a budget
  • You value having eye level storage
  • You aren’t storing heat sensitive items


The Colonial 50 is your best bet. HOWEVER, if...


  • You value better fire and security features
  • You like dipping your toes into some upgrades (but without getting into the pricing territory of the Lincoln series and above)
  • You have more heat sensitive items to store (such as documents, cash, photos, etc)


The Fatboy Extreme 64 is the way to go!


Again, there’s really no wrong decision when it comes to buying a safe as long as you are answering these four questions…

  • Does the safe fit my budget?
  • Does the safe fit my use?
  • Does the capacity allow for future expansion?
  • Will the safe fit in my space?


If you have a hard time answering any of the above questions, check out our helpful series on “How much does a safe cost.” We dive into how use, capacity, features, etc. all affect the cost of your safe.

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As always, we are here to help. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or give your local showroom a call.

Click HERE to find the nearest Spartan Safe showroom, and we hope to see you soon!

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