Thinking about a biometric handgun safe? Interestingly enough, many pistol owners love them, while others curse them. When scouring the various reviews of fingerprint pistol safes, I am struck by a huge divergence of opinion about any given safe. The same safe seems to be perfect and crap depending upon who bought it.
After speaking with various safe manufacturers, here’s my opinion. Like anything, there are various classes of biometric locks. Even the more expensive biometric locks ($200-$300), which you see on full size gun safes, are not completely trusted by industry insiders for reliability. They are good, but still experience issues.
On handgun safes, the lock is as little as $20-$40. Whether you have thought about it or not, intuitively you obviously know this is true given the price of the handgun safe itself. A $200 pistol safe, does not have a $300 biometric lock in it.
I like biometric safes. I think for the money, they offer some great features. However, you must understand that, just like an electronic lock, a biometric lock can fail. Maybe it’s the battery, maybe it’s the circuitry. Nonetheless, it can fail. You simply have to balance this risk with what you envision the safe being used for. You also need to try and pick the best biometric safe you can.
Here are my TOP Rated Choices
Hands down my best rated fingerprint pistol safe is the LockSAFE PBS-001. This safe is not widely available
or even all that well known. However, it is arguably the highest rated biometric pistol safe on the market today.
Steel: This safe has 9 Gauge steel. Are you kidding me? Most companies brag about 16 gauge steel, which
is paper thin compared with 9 gauge steel. The vast majority of FULL size gun safes do not use steel this thick.
Tamper Resistance: The old saying goes “proof is in the pudding”. In this case, the company actually let’s
you see the California Department of Justice report detailing the tamper resistance of this model. It passes
with flying colors. Click here to see the report.
Biometric Lock: I have found no other biometric handgun safe that reports more customer satisfaction with
the fingerprint lock than this safe. It is not even close. There is a key lock in case the unit does malfunction.
Mounting: The safe is “top” opening, but can be mounted (pre-drilled holes) to any flat surface (drawer, wall, floor, etc.).
The safe retails for approximately $350, but can be purchased for much less. This safe is one of my top choices.
|Exterior Dimensions||13.98″ x 10.24″ x 4.57″|
9G Products Imprint Biometric Handgun Safe
9G claims that it has the most accurate biometric safe in the industry. Its False Acceptance Rate is
1 in 100,000, suposedly the best in the business. This figure is HUGELY important because you don’t want the
safe opening for anybody but you! I do not know of anyother manufacturer who will actually tell you this figure.
Besides its accuracy, this safe has a number of very good features. Like others, it can be mounted on any flat surface. There is an optional
AC adapter, but it also has a back up battery. I also like that you can get the unit in many different colors. While this feature does nothing
for performance, it is still a great option. I do not like that if you want to have a storage shelf in the unit, you have to buy this seperatly.
All in all, however, arguably one of the TOP choices on the market.
|Exterior Dimensions||12″ x 11″ x 7″|
GunVault Biometric Handgun Safes
Gunvault, along with Barska, is the most well known name in fingerprint pistol safes. While a vocal
minority of customers claim dissatisfaction with GunVault, I still think that the company makes some
of the best biometric safes in the industry.
Moreover, it has a much more diverse product line than LockSAF, so if the LockSAF PBS-001 doesn’t work for you,
then GunVault has other size options that may.
Typical GunVault safes use 16 gauge steel (MicroVault is 18 gauge), which is obviously thinner than LockSAF.
What allows GunVault to garner a top recommendation is that its biometric technology, while not foolproof, is still
some of the best in the business. In particular, the quickness of the locking mechanism is top notch.
Also, you have three different size models to choose from.
|MiniVault GVB1000||MultiVault GVB2000|
|Weight||5 lbs.||8 lbs.||14 lbs.|
|Interior Dimensions||10.75″ x 6.5″ x 2″||na||na|
|Exterior Dimensions||11″ x 8.5″ x 2.25||8.1″ x 4.9″ x 12″||10.1″ x 7.9″ x 14″|
|Attachment||Cable||Bolt Holes||Bolt Holes|