A biometric gun safe only opens when scanning your fingerprint. This is pretty cool, because then no one can get into it except you. There are some disadvantages as well. Here are some things that you must consider when getting one of these.
There is no doubt about it: there is no type of gun box that you can get into faster than a biometric gun safe. You just put your finger on the scanner and it will open right up. These are ideal for those of us relying on our firearms for quick protection. They work well in your bedside gun safe drawer, so you can get right into it if you hear an intruder enter. Many install them under their desks at work, although I don’t think I need one of these at my job. Some people even use them in their cars. This is a great option for women who always want to keep their firearms safely in their car.
How many fingerprints can you program into it?
You probably want your spouse to have access to it. You would hate to have her alone when something happened without access to what’s inside. Just make sure you have complete control over who can and who cannot program their finger prints in to it. Some prefer to have only one person have access to it, where others want several family members to have access in case of an emergency.
Do you trust the electronic device?
Obviously, they work electronically. You need to be selective in choosing your firearm lockbox. Know how frequently you need to change the batteries. Know how to change the batteries. Some of these can be tricky. Gun safe reviews will tell you roughly how long these electronics will last. You don’t want to be locked out in a year or two, or have to get a replacement security box.
Is there a back up manual opening for your it?
Even if you totally trust the company, and think that it will last for 30 years without ever having a problem with electronics, it is a good idea to get one that can be opened manually as well. Look for a combination or a biometric gun safe that comes with a key. This is good insurance to allow you to get into it without having to break into it with a crowbar.
Why Are They So Cheap?
Browse Amazon and you’ll see the bestselling gun safes use biometric locks. But the technology behind them is even more common: throughout history, whole new industries have grown from innovations in older ones.
Like advances in bellfounding for medieval churches made the wide use of cannons in warfare possible (a real irony), they had to wait for developments in other technologies. Biometric locks have three components: a sensor, software, and the lock itself. A sensor creates an image software processes, which then signals an electric lock.
The same image sensors in camera-equipped cellphones scan fingerprints in the locks. Software for bar-code readers compare stored bar-codes to the one on the item you’re buying, the basic process in biometric identification. Devices that convert electricity into motion show-up in everything from flippers in pinball machines to fly-by-wire actuators on fighter jets. Battery-powered ones open and close latches in biometric gun safes.
The simple answer is supply and demand. The final piece of the puzzle was image sensors lately becoming widely-available and therefore cheap because we were all buying cellphones. Paraphrasing Shoeless Joe from that movie: “If you buy it, it’ll come in something else.”
Firearms are precious and at the same time dangerous. Every firearm-owner loves his firearms and would not like to lose it or see it damaged. Pistols are an investment for lifetime and need good maintenance and upkeep. Most pistol-owners do not use their firearms very frequently and they have to be generally stored for long periods of time in gun safes. However, dust, moisture and other environmental influences can wreak havoc on your beloved piece of weaponry and may seriously damage it. Pistol cases can help you prevent that from happening: they keep the pistol safe and clean and make sure your weapon works properly when used.
Gun carrying cases also have a number of other uses. There is a high risk of possible damage to your fireamr while traveling especially by air because then you have to necessarily keep your firearm with your luggage and how your luggage, and with it the firearm, will be treated, you can never be sure. These become very necessary in such a situation.
While stored at home, rifles can also be misused, especially by children, and some untoward incident might also result by their misuse. Though rifle cabinets with locks can prevent misuse, cabinets are costly and those who do not own many rifles do not consider them worth the investment. Gun cases with locks prove to be very useful in such a situation. Such also prevent illegitimate use of your weapon in the situation of loss or theft.
They come in a variety of sizes and designs. Some types are explained in brief below:
1. Pelican Gun Cases: These are waterproof and generally come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee. They meet military standards and are designed to withstand any amount of abuse. They come with stainless steel hardware and dual pad protectors for extra security and protection.
2. Tactical Gun Cases: These are suitable for rifles or even pistols. They also have features to protect accessories and ammunition. They are durable, water-resistant and some have exterior and interior molle-compatible panels.
3. Hard Gun Cases: As opposed to soft ones that are cheaper and do not protect your firearm that securely, hard are expensive and offer all-round protection to your weapon. If your have an expensive rifle, you should go for a hard metal case instead of a soft one.
4. Custom Gun Cases: As the name suggests, these are custom made for the firearms owners. The price depends on the complexity of the ordered case. These days, you can get one custom made for your weapons even online.
Some also come with chains, which you can attach to an immovable hard object. These are useful if you are having to temporary leave your weapon unguarded at an unknown place. They are available online as well as in weapons stores. They are worth your investment because no matter how expensive of one you buy, the cost will never exceed the investment you would lose in case your pistol is damaged or stolen. At the end of the day, firearms are dangerous and can be deadly if left naked. Get a gun case today for your weapon if you do not already possess one and help yourself as well as others.
So your firearms collection is growing on the scale of both inventory and value, and you want to protect your investment. Bravo – consider yourself applauded. Before you go diving into a major purchase, however, there are a few key factors you’ll want to consider. Gun safes, see, may appear to be massive, dumb blocks of cavernous steel, but there’s a lot more that goes into them than that, including a whole lot of your money.
Top Rated Safes
As inferred, a quality safe, like many discussed on this site (Fort Knox, Browning safes, Big Horn…) is the product of mechanical engineering, tested trial and error, hundreds of man and machinery hours, and like any successful selling commodity, the fruit of a well executed business and marketing plan. All that said, you surely can’t be expected to know the ins and out at every unit you come across. But there’s no reason you can’t have someone else point out the well-made ones for you by reading gun safe reviews. Premium safe manufacturers typically apply their own signature touches to ensure that their product protects your valuables, but there’s one common goal that they all share, and that’s security.
Level of security is about the closest to a universally measurable characteristic you’re going to find when shopping for a gun safe. The most common unit of measurement used is the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) mark of approval. UL is a world renown product testing company which other companies hire when they want to put their claims to the test. And ‘test’ they do. UL doesn’t fool around. They have a staff of professional crackers to try to pry, drill, and punch their way into the safe. Not only do they have free reign over how they break in, but the manufacturers are required to give them the blue prints ahead of time. If UL endorses the one you’re looking at, you know it’s built to hold up. Underwriters Labs gives very specific ratings on everything from small office safes to commercial bank vaults. In the interest of simplicity, you’ll want to look for a safe with some level of their RSC (Residential Security) burglary rating.
Unfortunately, unlike burglary protection, fire protection isn’t universally measured. As you browse the many on the market, you’ll encounter any number of fire safe certifications. Whether its a Phoenix seal (Champion), a BTU rating (Liberty), or a third party endorsement like that of Intertek ETL (Cannon and Stack On), make sure you look a little into where you’re putting your money. The fact is, most safe companies make up their own fire ratings, and we’re more or less expected to believe them. Interior dimensions, environmental elements, contents of it; a huge number of factors make it difficult to consistently measure the effectiveness of fire resistance claims, but you can keep your eye open for a few key features.
One, a fire safe isn’t going to protect very well without insulation. Regardless of whether it’s sheet rock or fireboard, generally speaking, the thicker the better. Also important is how it’s distributed. One weak point can cause the whole thing to burn up in a hurry. Make sure that whatever material was used to insulate the safe, was applied equally everywhere. On top of that (literally), you want to find a safe with a tight, continuously welded seal. ‘Stitch welding’, a method often employed on cheaper safes give hot gas an opportunity to make its way through the interior, and once it does, it’s over. The general structure of it is also important. It’s very common for one to cave in during a fire, especially when the ceiling above falls on top of it. To combat this scenario, Liberty constructs the body of their safes out of just two massive pieces of composite steel for unmatched reinforcement. Other manufacturers like Browning and Fort Knox employ very similar methods.
A direct reflection of a safes’ quality, whether it be in regard to fire protection, burglary resistance, or resilience to the wear and tear of time is the accompanying warranty. Call me snooty, but I wouldn’t even consider purchasing a gun safe that didn’t offer some level of lifetime coverage. Of course, there’s a lot of reading of fine print involved. The three or four companies discussed in this article, all cover repairs, replacement, and the freight charges required to win over your customer satisfaction, but it’s not always the case. Some companies will cover anything and everything that goes wrong, whether it be floods, fires, crooks, or manufacturer defects. Others may offer lifetime protection on fires and burglary, but no protection on floods, and five years on wear and tear. One more thing to investigate when shopping for a safe, particularly if you’re looking for used units, is whether or not the warranty transfers to new owners. If you plan on handing this down through your family, and peace of mind is a big concern, make sure they’ll be covered too.
I’ll leave you with that knowledge. If you take a little bit of extra time, read all the fine print, talk to the experts, and find the right product that fits your needs, you’ll wind up with a safe that will keep your valuables protected for generations. Keep reading the Gun Safes Guide for more information on security storage products or make a trip out to.
There are fireproof gun safes that are portable, and then there are fireproof gun safes for home. Plenty of these safes can be bolted to the floor or installed between 2 wall studs, to ensure that a thief or burglar does not run off with your gun safe to pry it open in a more convenient location, in his own time.
This Sentrysafe 14-Gun Safe is fire-resistant and has a 4 way interior for easy storage and separation of your prized possessions as jewelry, important documents, and digital camera from your handguns and other long guns as rifles and shotguns. For locks, it offers 2 options: combination locks or electronic locks. This gun safe features a matte finish for the exterior, a solid steel door that is resistant to prying, as well as a total of 3 dead bolts for maximum safety, protection and security. On top of all that, this gun safe is ETL verified, and can protect your precious possessions for up to 30 minutes, in fires with temperatures measuring 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. Consider this fire-resistant gun safe if you are looking for a cost-effective solution for protecting your guns and valuable resources. In using this gun safe, you can rest assured that you only get the best in protection and security.
LockSAF got its start selling gun safes early 2008. The founder, Wall Street exec Richard Nguyen, had an epiphany about tragedies linked to firearms landing in unsuitable hands. After searching for reliable Asian manufacturing, Nguyen rolled out his first and so far only product, the PBS-001 Personal Biometric Safe.
I like how his website shows you the photocopied test results for firearms safety device certification in California, disclosure missing from most gun safe manufacturers.
Talk about something to hide: unlike competitors, who place the biometrics in a separate (and vulnerable) housing screwed onto the case door, LockSAF buries the optical scanner and its electronics inside the PBS-001′s case itself. Which is 9-gauge steel throughout, the heaviest I’ve seen in this product class.
Ten times out of ten the electronics fail first, so the (literally) built-in protection inspires confidence. It also makes the top-loading PBS-001 flat on all sides and easy to stow, even though it holds two handguns and their magazines. Simple but elegant, like the black finish.
$300+ on Amazon isn’t cheap, but you’re buying class-leading specs and better-than cookie- cutter thinking. You’ll still need a true gun safe especially for fire protection, but let’s hope LockSAF has ideas.
Its exterior measures 13.98 in (W) X 10.24 in (D) X 4.57 in (H). The foam-padded interior is spacious and can allow storage of items up to 12 inches long. It weighs 22 pounds.
The LockSAF is ideal for safekeeping of valuables. Easy to program and use, it gives its owner fast access to its contents. All it takes is for the person, whose fingerprint has been stored or programmed in the safe, to press the activation button once and then place his finger (the fingerprint of which has been previously stored) on the reader and the safe will open.
It can store up to 10 fingerprints. The fingerprint recognition window is located at the front panel of the safe. The unit functions on one standard 9V battery that is located within the said panel under an easy-access cover. Every LockSAF safe comes with a back-up key that is to be used to open the safe by a person other than by those authorized by the biometric system. The safe can be programmed to store up to 10 fingerprints into the memory. All LockSAF safes have a one-year warranty against product defects.
Made of 9-gauge heavy-duty steel, the LockSAF safe is a strong tamper-proof box. It is easy to mount inside a drawer, a wall, or to any flat surface, with its four pre-drilled holes in the bottom panel. This mounting feature keeps the safe away from danger’s way and from malevolent intentions.
If it’s a state-of-the-art, compact and convenient safe to keep your valuables in, Barska Biometric Safe is the one for you. It’s ideal for keeping your money, firearms, medicines, pieces of jewellery, passport, and other valuable items. It is convenient and state-of-the-art because it has a secure fingerprint pad and opens only with the touch of the finger. It can be programmed to store and recognize up to 30 fingerprints (authorized to access it) — no need for number combinations or keys to open the safe. But should anyone without approved access via his fingerprint need to open the safe, the emergency backup keys may be used.
Compact because it measures 16.5” x 7.75” x 14.5” (exterior W x H x D), it can be placed or mounted in any safe place. Its interior measures 16.25” x 7” x 14.25” (W x H x D). It comes with mounting hardware.
The Biometric Safe is designed to operate using four AA batteries (not included in the box). It weighs 31 pounds and carries a one-year limited warranty. The product box contains the Biometric safe, mounting hardware, and two emergency keys.
Barska Biometric Safe ranks no. 1 in the Amazon list of Best Sellers in Gun Safes and Cabinets. It is manufactured by Barska, a worldwide sport optics company with corporate offices in La Verne, California, and warehouses and distribution centers in Shanghai, China and La Verne. Barska offers an extensive line of precision sport optics products, and enjoys strong brand recognition within the optics industry.
It’s worth knowing more about these gun safes from one of the bestselling brands on Amazon. Barska gets most of its sales from binoculars and rifle scopes, so it isn’t a specialist like Cannon. Its safes share looks and features with models from Protex Safe Company, a Chinese OEM. The 30-fingerprint-capacity module resembles models widely-installed on doors, which is true for many biometric gun safes.
Door and body thickness are 7-gauge and 16-gauge with no UL rating and no mention of California firearms safety device approval. These gun safes won’t slow a thief who brought tools, and don’t miss Barska telling you they aren’t fireproof. That said, I like the one combining an optical fingerprint scanner with a back-up keypad.
Disclosure could be better. Buyers have a legitimate need for a clear indication of a product’s origins, especially one marketed for a job as sensitive as a gun safe’s. I own and love Cayin amplifiers and Usher speakers, but then I knew exactly what I was getting.