When it comes to gun ownership, you can never be too cautious. That’s why we think that if you choose to be a gun owner and keep a weapon in your home, a biometric safe is the most responsible and secure way to ensure that your gun does not get into the wrong hands.
Biometric safes use the owner’s fingerprint to open. While many biometric safes do still have the option for traditional access, including a key or a combination lock, users would still have to have access to the key or the code. By adding the extra level of protection with a fingerprint scanner, biometric locks add an extra layer of difficulty when someone who shouldn’t have access to the contents of the safe wants to open it, including children or an intruder.
In addition to added security, biometric safes also make it possible to quickly access the contents of the safe. While many people use biometric locks for weapons, they can also be used for the contents of a traditional safe, like money, passports, important documents, and medication. In the case of a medical emergency, having the ability to easily and quickly retrieve the contents of your safe, including a bottle of life-saving pills or an Epi-Pen, is faster thanks to the biometric safe’s fingerprint feature.
Most biometric safes allow for multiple fingerprints to be entered and recognized, making the safe and its contents available to as many or as few users as you want. Biometric safes mean you don’t have to worry about remembering a combination code or keeping track of a key, which intruders or children may find and use to open the safe.
If your home includes a small firearm or you want a safe that has an added level of security to keep essential items like medication, identification, money, or jewelry safe from young children or intruders, we recommend spending a bit more and getting a biometric safe. Here are three biometric safes that will keep you and your belongings secure.
1. Vaultek Biometric Handgun Safe
Upgraded with added anti-theft protection and featuring Smart Safe Technology that allows you to control your safe with your phone, the Vaultek Biometric Handgun Safe is one of the most advanced options in the biometric safe market.
Pros: The Vaultek features Smart Safe Technology which allows users to view their safe’s battery life, check for tampering, view a history log, manage pre-programed fingerprints (up to 20), toggle the sound and unlock feature, and more all from a smartphone. The Vaultek also includes physical anti-theft protection, including anti-pry bars, anti-impact latches, and interior security brackets that prevent against break-ins. The Vaultek is made with heavy duty 16-gauge carbon steel and runs on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which last up to four months on a single 2.5-hour charge through the included USB. The Vaultek is easy to access and view the contents thanks to a backlit keypad and interior LED light.
Cons: The Vaultek is the most expensive option on our list.
2. BARSKA Safe with Fingerprint Lock
Built to hold any small personal belongings, the BARSKA Safe with Fingerprint Lock has two solid steel locking bolts and a motorized deadbolt lock for added security.
Pros: Designed to sit inside a drawer, the BARSKA opens from the top and easily displays all the safe’s contents. Made with pre-drilled holes for easy mounting, the BARKSA also has a protective floor mat and emergency back up keys. With access in 2.5 seconds, the BARSKA runs on four AA batteries that last up to one year. The BARKSA can store up to 30 fingerprints, more than Vaultek’s 20 fingerprints and SentrySafe’s four fingerprints.
Cons: The BARKSA doesn’t have an interior light like the Vaultek.
Certified as gun safe by the California Department of Justice, the SentrySafe is a biometric handgun safe that features a pry-resistant door to keep your weapon safely stored.
Pros: With enough room to store one handgun, the SentrySafe uses a fingerprint scanner and is made from solid steel to keep your handgun safe and secure. The SentrySafe includes a manual keypad and override key for backup access and comes with a bolt down kit to secure the safe even further.
Cons: Unlike other SentrySafe models and the Vaultek, this option does not have an interior light.