I Tested And Ranked The Best Bedside Gun Safes In 2023
The best nightstand pistol safes this year are both biometric and affordable. I've tested and ranked the most popular options in America to help you find a safe that's perfect for you. Here are hands-on reviews.
FYI, prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.
1. VAULTEK Smart Station - Biometric Smart Safe with Built-in Wireless Phone Charger
Top-rated: 2,441 ratings | 103 answered questions
Highlight: LED backlit HD fingerprint scanner.
Helpful review: "For years I’ve followed Vaultek, as well as the products they’ve brought to market. This smart safe was a bit pricey for me, so I was skeptical about it. But then I finally bit the bullet and purchased it, and can report back that it’s really fantastic and worth the money.
- The safe came well-packaged. Trust me, you’re going to love the packaging.
- The setup is straightforward and clear. Following the instructions for fingerprinting was a breeze. I had no issues setting the combination or fingerprints.
- The quality is excellent. This is a very solid product. It’s really sturdy, very well-built and easy to use.
- The Bluetooth and biometric features are top tier.
- The phone charger works flawlessly. Just place it on top.
- With the extra USB, my watch charger is now also part of the system.
- It will hold most handguns. For instance, it can comfortably hold 2 Glocks. It can also hold my Sig 365 XL with Holosun optics and two 17 R clips with some extra room.
- Clock will set the correct time when the phone is placed on the charger.
- Opens swift for immediate entry.
- Incredibly quiet.
- Interior lighting is beautiful.
- The app has amazing features.
The advertisement does not do justice here. It's much better and advanced than argued. There are so many options featured with the safe: sound or no sound, lights or no lights… I know it sounds funny, but I feel that having such a neat product on my nightstand really upgraded my lifestyle. I love this safe so much, I want to buy another one.
Don’t buy a lesser safe to save a bit of money. This Vaultek really does worth every penny. They offer great customer service and excellent follow-up, so I'll be buying the Vaultek MXi as well based on this experience. Good Job, Vaultek!" — David P. McGillivray
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2. VAULTEK Slider - Best Auto-Open Sliding Door
Top-rated: 430 ratings
Highlight: Rechargeable Lithium-ion backup battery provides standby power up to 4 months.
Helpful review: "I bought two of these, one for each level of my home. They are incredible. Vaultek spared no expense to make these safes top-of-the-line. Yes, they are expensive, but simply amazing.
There are so many ways to open the safe quickly, and of course this model is WiFi enabled, so you can get push notifications from anywhere when your safe is opened or tampered with. With kids around this is helpful, because I know if they're messing with the safe (or if anyone else is "snooping"). Is it a tad bit luxurious to have a WiFi safe? It probably is:) But it's very cool.
So, If you're looking for the best, fastest, single-gun speed safe for your home defense firearms, look no further. This is what you want. ONE THING TO BE AWARE OF. There is a TYPO in the quick-start guide. To set your fingerprint you must hold PROGRAM and '2', NOT '1' like it says. This took me quite a while to figure out, and since the model is so new there were no YouTube tutorials available yet. I emailed Vaultek and they said they are aware of the issue, so hopefully anyone buying the safe going forward won't have to deal with this and waste any time getting their safe set up.
A FEW WORDS FROM A FRIEND:
I don’t regret shelling out money for this fancy metal box. It blends in with what’s in my room and I have it screwed in tight. That’s piece of mind that I don’t loose my pistol. The biometrics can be a little picky. If you don’t have your finger straight on the scanner, it won’t read it correctly. I’ve had to rescan my prints a couple times too to get it working perfectly. I thought it would be like the biometrics on the iPhone.
Also, keep in mind that it’s cut for a pistol without any attachments, but I keep a subcompact pistol with a mini valkyrie 2 flashlight on it, and it fits fine. The foam is forgiving and looks like it hasn’t lost its shape since I’ve used it. I’m fairly active at a local gun range, so I’m constantly putting in and taking out my pistol, and there's still no sign of foam deformation. The app is User Friendly, and the smart key (you have to buy this separately) is a huge plus for me.
The mounting bracket allows for just about any mounting possibility. Thinking of getting another one to put in the truck.
If I could, I’d beat the crap out of this thing just to see how much punishment it can take before it opens up, but I’m not made of cash. Anyway, if I ever get another handgun, I’d consider buying another slider for sure." — Cody McPherson
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3. ONNAIS Iron SE - Large and Clear Buttons
Top-rated: 4,550 ratings | 76 answered questions
Highlight: The fingerprint lock can store up to 30 user fingerprints for access by multiple users.
Helpful review: "I will be comparing this ONNAIS safe to the Vaultek VT20 pistol safe, as I now own both. I will start by saying the value of this safe is excellent. It appears well-built and I could not find any visible flaws.
It came very well packaged. The buttons are large and the biometric feature works very well. I was actually very surprised at how well the fingerprint reader worked to open the safe. I was also pleased that it stores 20 different fingerprints. The inside of the safe is spacious and it is lined with nice padded material. It locks securely and positively, and it springs open very well.
Let me get down to the comparison; The VT20 was almost exactly twice the cost of this safe. And if I had opted for the biometric version of the Vaultek, the Vaultek would be nearly three times the cost. I can confidently say the Vaultek is better in every way. The Vaultek is nearly twice as heavy, has double walled construction. It has internal hinges, and two locks which appear twice as thick as this safe. The padding is thicker and better on the Vaultek, and it has rechargeable batteries, while this one uses 4 AA batteries (which are not included). It also has an internal light, lighted buttons, and an app which helps you change settings and reset the safe in case of tampering.
However, with all of that being said, If you are looking to have a quick access safe which will keep a firearm away from children at an inexpensive cost, then this will do the trick. If you want more features and a more secure safe, AND are willing to spend 2 to 3 times as much, buy a Vaultek." — B. Larson
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4. RPNB - Sturdy and Well-Built
Top-rated: 8,508 ratings | 228 answered questions
Highlight: Immediate access mode.
Helpful review: "We bought this safe with concern, having read a number of reviews reporting that the fingerprint reader allowed people who had never programmed their fingerprints to open the safe. So after reading the instructions thoroughly (they are short, well-written, and provide steps to ensure the accuracy of the fingerprint reader), we programmed each adult member of the family’s fingerprints (index and thumb of both hands), we tested the reader repeatedly VS programmed fingers, the same person’s other fingers, and the fingers of our unauthorized kids. If we discovered any inaccuracies, the safe would go straight back into the box and returned to Amazon. Results: ZERO failures! The programmed fingers opened the safe and the wrong ones didn’t. Regarding the other features of the safe, it’s heavy and solid, although I could probably pry it open with the right tools in 10 minutes. It holds a 6” revolver and a full size semi-auto with a little room to spare for ammo + 1 clip. The beep that sounds when you press a button is unreasonably *LOUD* so we disabled it by holding the '1' key down for 4 seconds. Why so loud? Pls fix! And the gas-assist door opens rapidly, almost violently, and can crash into the front of the cabinet if the drawer the safe is kept in isn’t opened enough. All these dings on the design are minor and tolerable for our purposes, especially at this price point. I recommend this safe." — Shawn
Trending review: "After trying several different gun vaults, I was prepared to be unimpressed with this one, but, boy, was I surprised! The inside is big enough to hold a lot of things. Mine has three pistols in it and plenty of extra room for other things. My mother has the same gun vault, and it has enough room for her pistol, case, holster, and several packages of bullets. The case looks roughly the size of a small VCR and is not an eyesore. This was a great investment! Occasionally, it doesn’t open the first time I lay my finger on the sensor, but that’s because I didn’t get the angle just right. The beeping sound that it arrives with can be turned off, and when it is, the whole process is very quiet except for a whirring noise as the top lifts. It sounds a little like a sneeze. By the time an intruder hears that noise, I’ll have my hands on my weapon. I love this because I’ve been searching for a long time for a vault that just works and now I’ve found it." — Donna Liz Baker
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5. AINIRO - Great for Both Home And Car
Top-rated: 439 ratings | 63 answered questions
Highlight: Anti-corrosion, solid steel construction for increased durability.
Helpful review: "I own 5 small gun safes all around this size or smaller. My purpose of use (POU) ranges from in-vehicles, to various quick access points in different rooms of the house. Brands I use include Ainiro, V-Line and Gun Vault. All of these safes cover different price points, features and quality.
For the money, this safe offers a lot of convenience features: biometric, combination and key, which makes it the most feature-driven out of all my small safes mentioned above. Programming is extremely easy, and the included instructions are very clear. The interior is generously padded, and includes a substantial cable and notch for securing the safe to something. The biometric reader is very good, and I’ve been able to unlock it with both dirty and scuffed up fingers. I’ve tested and had at least a few dozen successful unlocks, while the rest of the house has tested for false-unlocks (which no one has been able to trick the safe into unlocking).
What about limitations of the safe? There are some things you should be aware of. Safes are subjective and are a tool. Like other tools, the right tool depends on the job at hand. If you are looking for a quick and convenient way to secure small belongings, needing to keep curious kids out, or helping honest people stay honest, Ainiro excels.
If you need bullet proof protection from a motivated person, this safe is unlikely to hold up for 30 minutes with a screwdriver and hammer. Unlike V-Lines, this safe has exposed cracks and utilizes a non-piano style hinge. V-Lines however cost 2-3x as much, weigh a ton more, and lack the bells and whistles.
Conclusion: this safe is excellent in a vehicle or RV, if your POU is for quickly storing valuables that you need access to regularly (for example: a gun, keys, phone, wallet, and so on...).
The safe is super convenient and more than adequate to prevent and deter any crimes of opportunity. If you’re looking for something that will withstand a fire or motivated burglar, you will need to look elsewhere. While probably the least bulletproof of my small safes, this safe will no doubt see the most usage due to the myriad of convenience features. If this too is your POU, buy with confidence!" — Glen Katzmarski
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6. RPNB Travel - Best Portable Design
Top-rated: 2,230 ratings | 59 answered questions
Highlight: Sturdy 16-GAUGE carbon steel construction.
Helpful review: "This safe checked all the boxes I wanted in a replacement safe. My previous safe had a biometric scanner and push buttons for a code. Those were OK, but limited to two fingerprints.
In addition, the door release had a piston to fully lift the door to access the weapon, and the piston has worn out so now the door doesn’t spring open enough to quickly open the safe. That's why for my NEW safe I wanted a better biometric scanner, the ability to store more than two prints, and, most importantly, little to no spring to be able to quickly open and access the contents. This safe hit all those points.
The scanner is very similar to an iPhone fingerprint scanner. As I did with my old iPhone, I changed scan positions drastically to ensure pretty much any finger position would unlock the safe. I also scanned different parts and positions of each finger, since I wasn’t getting a good read on the middle pad scan.
Now, I'll a couple of issues brought up in other reviews. This version of safe does have a silence button to turn off beeps or chimes while scanning or accessing the safe. Prior versions of the safe may not have had this feature.
Second issue was the scanner reading any fingerprint from another person after a print has been programmed. As stated above the scanner is defaulted to read any print upon unboxing. When a custom print is added this default is turned off. If the safe is reset to remove all finger prints, then the default would be any print can unlock the safe. I had other people test the fingerprint scanner after I programmed my fingerprints, and no one else was able to unlock the safe.
The only negatives I could find is the padding inside. It's pretty thin and not well attached to the safe. And also, the key type used for unlocking is pretty easy to defeat. Other than that, I think it's a great portable gun safe." — Steven L. Byron
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7. HOLEWOR - Most Popular Portable Safe
Top-rated: 112 ratings | 30 answered questions
Highlight: LCD Display of time, temperature and humidity.
Helpful review: "I purchased this safe as a gun safe for my sub-compact pistol. I have 2 young children who need to be safe not only from intruders, but also from the dangers of a firearm in the wrong hands (mainly their own).
Build Quality: Consistent with what I read in other reviews, this safe is hefty. It's made of thick metal, and I have no concerns that there is any easy way in (aside from the 3 entry methods: code, fingerprint, or key). This will work perfectly to keep my children out and also anyone quickly rummaging through my house if I were not home from easily accessing my firearm.
Setup: I have yet to look at the instruction manual. Based solely on the reviews I read/watched prior to purchase, I did a full setup of my prints, setting a new code, and silencing the safe in under 5 minutes (easily). Couldn't be easier.
Sound: When I received my safe, the first thing I did after putting batteries into it was hold down "1" for a few seconds to silence the safe. Even when silenced, you can still hear a fairly quiet mechanical release of the locking mechanism when opening with the fingerprint scanner or the code. The key entry just has the "click" that any spring loaded item that is released should be expected to have (due to surfaces of multiple components changing how they are interacting). All the sounds I hear are what should be expected, and give me confidence in the quality, rather than concern or a feeling that it is "too loud," etc. If an intruder were close enough to hear this, they would already know you are there, and sound would not be a concern. These noises only occur when the safe OPENS, meaning you now have access to your means of protection, so things are about to get loud anyway. (It's still very quiet, just addressing the nay-sayers, if any exist)
Key Entry: Key feels solid, slides in super easy due to the rectangular shape with grooves rather than being a jagged edged key. As I said, it is the quietest method of entry (even when the safe is silenced). This being said, I plan to hide the keys pretty well and do not intend to use the key except if I fail to keep up on the batteries. Keeping a key nearby is asking for trouble with kids IMO.
Code: Code was easy to setup. As some have said, if you choose a shorter code (I did 4 digits for now), it will make it clear when an incorrect 4 digit code is entered--so someone will not needlessly try to guess 8 digit passwords. Unless someone has extended access to the safe, I don't see this ever being an issue--and if you are concerned about someone with regular access continually trying to enter, it may be a good idea to have a longer code, or more likely--not keep a firearm in the house.
Fingerprint scanner: I set up all 10 of my prints super fast. I only did one per finger. When placed square-on like when I registered, there is almost never a time when it fails. Registering multiple angles/areas of the fingers I will actually use is something I will probably do in the future (rather than including my pinkies, which is super awkward to even setup, much less use in a real life scenario. I haven't tried tons of unregistered fingerprints. I am curious to know if unregistered fingerprints have a failure rate (opening the safe). If this is a concern you have and you expect people to regularly try to open your safe that shouldn't, you can just not setup any fingerprints and rely on the other methods (or not keep a firearm, if there is cause for concern).
Battery life: I haven't had it long enough to speak to battery life, but the batteries I put in it are not high quality, and I haven't had any issues yet. I plan to monitor battery life and then setup a regular replacement schedule based on how quickly it seems to get low, rather than letting them get close to dying before replacing every time.
Space: This safe easily fit my 2 sub-compact pistols with an extra mag each and a kydex holster. I since sold one of the pistols, but its a large safe, I believe it would be hard to find 2 (modern) pistols of any size that would not fit in this safe together. The foam on bottom and sides protects your firearms from scratches. The foam on the bottom is easily lifted to anchor the safe to another surface. You can also remove it, line the bottom of the safe with cash, place the foam back on top and still have room for your firearm(s). The safe has plenty of height to allow for this.
Customer service has already reached out to me, and seems like they will be phenomenal if any issues do arise. Super pleased with this purchase. 5/5 all day." — Jon
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8. ONNAIS Iron Plus - Best for Single Pistol with Magazines
Top-rated: 1,136 ratings
Highlight: Can hold up to 30 fingerprints for multiple users.
Helpful review: "I am happy with this ONNAIS safe. The construction is sturdy, and the textured powder coating is perfect. The safe came with clear and easy-to-understand instructions, which made setting up the keypad lock and fingerprint biometrics a breeze, in under 2 minutes.
Resetting the lock options are also easy, simply by holding down the reset button for a few seconds. I love that the safe came with two keys, a metal cable for securement, and screws so the safe can be bolted down. It gives the option to save up to 30 fingerprints! That is fantastic! That way you can scan every finger on both hands, and have a spouse (or whoever might also need to access the safe) scan their fingers as well.
I like the option of being able to scan so many fingerprints because in a jam, you never know what finger might be hitting the biometric fingerprint reader. You can also use some of the 30 scans for multiple parts of your fingers, so no matter where on your finger you hit the biometric pad, it should pickup your print. I can report that after using this safe for a few months now, the biometric scanner has been incredibly quick to scan and open the safe.
The safe did not come with batteries, but I almost prefer it that way, as I can put new high-quality batteries in myself for both longevity and reliability. Regarding the size of the safe, it's perfect for me. It's big enough to keep all those certain things out of the hands of the people that should not be handling them. Now, ONNAIS advertises this as a pew safe, but you can keep anything of worth in it that you would want to keep hidden and secured.
I like that there is padding on the inside of the safe. It keeps the items more secure and less clunking around. Overall, it is a great little safe and I feel the price point is just right. So I highly recommend this product." — Jason Moore
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9. MAXSafes - Unconditional 1-Year Warranty
Top-rated: 316 ratings
Highlight: 3-Way Access and Portable.
Helpful review: "My dad always had a pistol safe/vault with a fingerprint reader, but just like my old fingerprint log-in laptop, it’s finicky. Dirt, dust or scrapes affect the reader negatively, and the finger always has to be 100% aligned, otherwise you’ll keep swiping your finger over and over and getting locked out. When it comes to accessing a gun, reliability is important. I’ve wanted to get some kind of mini safe for a while, but have been waiting for a better keyless entry method. Vein recognition technology intrigued me, and since it has PIN and key access as well, I figured I’d try it out. Let me report that it was easy enough to configure with the quick start guide. It opens quickly and reliably, with a hydraulic shock lift. Since the marketing materials claim it's working with damaged skin, and even with debris and wet fingers, I made sure to try it out. My guns aren’t safe queens. They’re handled rough and put through the paces. Any piece of hardware I get relating to my guns needs to be as durable. Dunked my finger in water, dragged it in dirt, and tried it multiple times each way. It worked every time. As long as you put your finger in straight and hold it down against the surface, it seems like it will definitely function in adverse conditions. Function is what it’s all about, but I must admit that also the form is fantastic. Love the rugged yet professional look. Even the box it comes in gives off a high-end feel." — Ari Levine
Trending review: "I ordered the MAXSafes Gun Safe and there was an issue with the lid coming open too fast and hard. The safe quality and associated features were and are outstanding. I reached out to MAXSafes via Amazon and was able to get a replacement that was delivered to our home in two days. The replacement safe worked like a charm to included the opening of the lid / top. We love this safe and intend to purchase another one for our jewelry. We will also upgrade to a bigger safe from MAXSafes once our gun collection grows. Great quality, great price, and a lifetime warranty. Basically, that warranty is why I will be coming back to MAXSafes when I need a gun safe of a bigger size to meet our needs." — Leon Gardner
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10. VAULTEK VT20i - Upgraded Rechargeable Battery
Top-rated: 1,733 ratings | 256 answered questions
Highlight: Upgraded biometric fingerprint reader.
Helpful review: "I found this safe after seeing it on Hickok45's YouTube channel. I was looking for a quick access safe, as we have an 8-month old daughter now who's starting to crawl and attempting to stand on her own. So we can't just leave our firearms out any longer.
Originally I was considering the SpeedVault Biometric, but then I saw this one which isn't bulky and heavy, and (unlike the SpeedVault) doesn't have to be fastened to something.
One feature immediately different is that this Vaultek, in addition to its fingerprint reader, has also a keypad, Bluetooth and keyed entry, where the SpeedVault (and many others) remove one of those options when they go biometric. It was important to have another option other than just the fingerprint reader, in case it were to fail in an emergency. That's why this one fit the bill.
It also allows you to store 2 administrators and 20 unique fingerprints in the safe biometric memory. I like that it's practically silent when opening, where others make a loud clank. I also love the inside LED light feature, whose brightness can be adjusted via the Vaultek Apple/Android app.
You can also use the app for other features, such as opening the safe, tamper alerts, fingerprint management, complete history log, and battery usage indicator, all via Bluetooth from the unit.
The unit itself still has ways to show most of these, but it's nice having the app on the phone. I bought the black unit because it blends in well almost anywhere, but they also offer white and camouflage, as well as some other colors. The safe comes with everything you need including the lithium ion battery, charger, cable that plugs into the side of the unit, mounting screws, security cable, screwdriver, etc...
Since my intention in purchasing a quick access vault/safe is not only to have it quickly accessed, but also to prevent our daughter or visitors to our home (including children), this is by far the best option on the market. I have nothing negative to say about it at this time. Even the packaging and presentation were super nice.
So, if you want a quick access nightstand safe, which can also perform as a travel safe, to keep guns or other valuables locked up but accessible, I'd highly recommend this one. Really guys, if you're leaving your guns sitting around the house or in/on your nightstand, this is what you need." — Aaron & Breane Dooley
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11. Awesafe - Great for Two Small Pistols
Top-rated: 12,877 ratings
Highlight: Secure storage for two standard handguns + ammunition.
Helpful review: "I was skeptical at first to buy a biometric gun safe from amazon, but I figured for half the price of the name brands I could at least check it out and return it if it wasn't what I wanted. I received it only 2 days after placing the order, and I was pleasantly surprised by its quality of build.
The directions were clear, and it was very easy to set up the fingerprints for the biometric reader, as well as the 4 digit code lock. I promptly registered ALL of my fingerprints and had my whole family try to get into it using their un-registered fingers. It only worked for my prints, and FAST! I mean it would open in less than a second 99% of the time. On the couple mis-reads, I lifted and placed the same finger and it would pop right open. I tried with wet fingers as well (dipped them in water and immediately went to the safe). Still worked great! The biggest surprise to me is that my finger didn't have to be in the same orientation when registered. I could place my finger 90 degrees from where I registered it, and it would still read it.
In the middle of the night, my trusty pup gave a bark that woke me up and sounded alarmed. I then heard my back door being rustled around with. I sprang into defense mode, and prayed that this safe would open properly, I reached over in the dark and found the fingerprint reader on the safe which was surprisingly easy given it's distinct shape.
It popped right open, and the internal light was a godsend in helping me safely locate my firearm. I walked to the hall and ran the slide on my firearm. I suppose that was enough for the would-be intruder to take flight and run away. If my firearm was less accessible, who knows how this may have turned out. This safe may have saved a life that night. Thanks again to the manufacturer for making such a reliable and affordable safe.
As far as quality, the biometric fingerprint reader is insanely accurate and responsive. Back-up 4 digit code lock is responsive. It has a physical Key in case the battery isn't replaced when prompted.
Battery life is great. I've had it for several months and it still hasn't shown Low Battery. Low battery beeps like a smoke detector, so you definitely won't forget to change the batteries! The blue internal light helps eyes to easily adjust in the dark. Soft interior is durable and doesn't scratch your firearms. So I highly recommend this safe. It's awesome!" — Justin
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12. SentrySafe - Best for Tech Dummies
Top-rated: 4,084 ratings
Highlight: Improved gas strut for long-lasting performance.
Helpful review: "My husband and I have a toddler, and we really wanted a way to secure our firearm to make sure it stayed out of his wandering hands. We also wanted to still have it close by with easy access. My husband read tons of reviews on a lot of options, and despite rumors of bad battery life, we wanted to give this safe a try. I can say that at least for us, if you put in good quality batteries (we used Energizer Max ones) it has been holding up and lasting great in that department, and that’s with our toddler coming on and poking the buttons all the time because he likes to see the lights on it. On that note, it’s also been great because no amount of random poking by our toddler has caused it to open. It does lock you out for a few minutes after enough failed tries, which caused us to think at one point the batteries were dead since my husband was trying to use it and it wouldn’t unlock and was all flashing red. BUT there is a different flashing pattern and he soon realized it was just locked out from our toddler for a short time. We have a Springfield XD Mod 2 which is a small compact 9mm pistol, but this box could easily fit larger pistols and ammo! We fit the gun, the extra clip, an ammo box, AND an LED motion detector light in it. It’s easy to set up the fingerprints, and it's never failed to open yet either. You do have to wake it first with a button or thumb swipe BEFORE starting your combo, so that can be confusing sometimes. BUT it keeps it from dying, always being awake and waiting for input. Love it and would definitely recommend this safe." — Samantha Kingsley
Trending review: "This is my first small gun safe purchase of any kind. We have children so having weapons locked up is fundamental to me. However, ease of access is equally important, otherwise what's the point in having a weapon if you can't get to it? I use the fingerprint slide several times a week and am only on the second battery of the year since I bought this. Setup was pretty easy, despite my "normally intimidated by new technology" perspective. The fingerprint technology works very well. I am able to get it open on the first try, but every once in a while I have to try it twice, and one time I had to switch hands (I have it set to my index finger on either hand). I forgot long ago the pin code that I set it with, but I have the key and instructions for it in our large gun safe, while this quick-access safe stays in my nightstand with my weapon. I try to make sure the weapon is in the safe when I am sleeping, with me when I am awake, or else in the big safe (that no one will be able to walk off with) should I need to leave my weapon at home without me being there. I would not call it quiet to open, as it clicks and makes a little whine as it automatically opens, but it is quiet enough to not wake a sleeping baby. Said baby enjoys touching the keypad or fingerprint pad to make it light up. That's a bit annoying, but beats the alternative of not being able to see the lights when you need to. Overall, I love this safe. Does exactly what I need!" — Merv Cohen
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13. BlackSmith - Swiss Fingerprint Technology
Top-rated: 289 ratings
Highlight: Fastest 0.1 second unlocking.
Helpful review: "I recently received the Blacksmith high-precision fingerprint two (2) pistol safe and, so far, am extremely pleased with this sturdy and well-built pistol gun safe. This is my first time using a fingerprint-opening gun safe and I would say the bar has been set high.
The safe was very well-packaged, which can sometimes be an indicator of the overall quality of the product. The contents included everything you will need to get your safe up and ready for use:
- The keys to open the safe up in the event of dead batteries, no power, or a forgotten code
- The needed 4 AAA batteries, screws, and dry wall anchors to mount to a wall if desired.
- Instruction booklet.
- A cable tie down for securing this safe to an immovable object and finally an external power cord that can be used to supply power in the event of dead batteries.
I set up my personal code and fingerprint identifier and found the process relatively simple. I just took it one step at a time and made it through without much issue. I would recommend storing the instruction booklet with the safe keys in a safe place for future reference.
Setting the personal code and the fingerprint is just challenging enough that you are likely to not be able to remember the sequence of beeps and prompts in the event you want to change the code or fingerprint at a later date.
The construction of the safe appears to be very solid. The door locks in nice and tight with no gaps or looseness to the fit. The piston for opening and holding the door open when in use is very quiet, smooth, and fast in its operation but still I was able to shut the door with minimal effort. There is good foam along the interior sides and bottom of the safe as well as some good padding on the interior of the door.
The keypad illuminates upon touch, showing you the numbers to type in your personal code and, subsequently, when opened, there is a small light that illuminates the inside of the safe which is a very good feature to have. Other battery powered safes I have had in the past did not have integral lighting and I always thought that would be a good feature to add.
This safe will hold two pistols but if they are both full size options, the fit will be a little tight. I will keep a full-size H&K .45 with attached light and an extra magazine in the safe and I have mounted it to the wall under a shelf by the front door of my shop. The pistol fits great and the safe looks good on the wall. Without compromising durability or quality of craftsmanship, the safe is slim enough and has a sleek appearance that will help it blend into the wall.
For the value in price and the many positives of this pistol safe I would highly recommend this safe to anyone in the market for a small pistol safe." — David P. McGillivray
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