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Electronic Pistol Safes
Finding the best electronic handgun or pistol safes shouldn’t be all that hard. Nonetheless, I found it more than a little difficult given the VAST number of choices.
There are easily over a dozen manufacturers and well over several dozen model choices.
Depending upon who you talk to, one model is the second coming of security and simultaneously a hunk of Hong Kong garbage!
Which one is the best electronic handgun safe? Well, it depends on what you are looking for. Let’s look at some different thoughts, then get to my reviews and TOP recommendations.
For a detailed look at how to choose a pistol safe, take a look at
my handgun safe buying guide.
DOOR: Besides my buying guide, I would also throw in that which
safe you choose will depend on what type of door you want. For example,
will the door be on the top or will it open in the front, like a
standard or traditional type of safe. I have different recommendations
for either type, below.
Electronic Pistol Safe Reviews
On my main handgun safe review page, I have recommended top
manufacturers in general. These companies, on the whole make the
best overall product line of pistol safes, regardless of lock type.
Here, I go one step further and look not only at the
manufacturers, but also more closely at individual models.
For example, I like Gardall safes, but it was not a top overall
pistol safe recommendation compared with other manufacturers.
However, its electronic lock handgun safe is a top recommendation,
as discussed below.
Gardall only makes one smaller pistol safe, the PS915. The
PS915 is a TOP loading safe that can typically hold one gun
very comfortably with room to spare or even two handguns if
they are the right size. So, while most top loading safes are
relatively small, this one actually has a lot of storage room.
I also like this safe’s toughness. It is sturdier than many
other handgun safes. True, you will pay more for this
toughness, approximately $180. However, I think it is well
worth it. In fact, the safe has a UL Group II rated lock.
This is amazing.
This safe also comes with a mounting bracket AND a cable.
So, if you want to take it in your car, RV, etc., you have the
ability to cable lock it.
Despite its size, this pistol safe is not as big as your
standard shoe box style handgun safe. Thus, if you want to
store more than two handguns, or other valuables, then this may
be a bit small for you.
|Interior Dimensions||3″ x 8″ x 9″|
|Exterior Dimensions||4.75″ x 9.5″ x 14″|
GunVault is typically known for its biometric lock safes, but they make some great electronic lock models as well. There are three different Series (MicroVault, MiniVault and MultiVault) with a total of 5 different models.
This safe is really more of a portable option. It will hold
one gun and will fit in a backpack or under most car seats.
Some owners do not like this safe. They complain that it can
be opened easily and is a bit flimsy.
Personally, I did not find the safe flimsy. Maybe my
expectations are too low, but I do not believe this safe is
meant to stop a major assault from a determined thief. Very
few if any handgun safe will do this completely well.
Instead, I think that this safe will keep my young kids out
and offer a solid layer of protection during transportation. I
think this is a small, strong and portable storage option.
|Interior Dimensions||10.75″ x 6.5″ x 2″|
|Exterior Dimensions||11″ x 8.5″ x 2.25″|
MiniVault GV1000C-STD and GV1000C-DLX
These pistol safes are the same size and are the shape of
your average shoe box. The difference between the two models is
that the deluxe has the following features:
- Interior Light
- Tamper Sensor with Alarm
- Low Battery Alarm
- AC Outlet Jack
The MiniVault Series is made with 16 gauge steel (decent for
a pistol safe) and has a very quick access lock, one of the
fastest in the industry. I also like that it can be mounted to
a shelf or there is an optional cable lock. It is too big to be
carried in a back pack but it would work well in a car trunk,
RV, boat, etc.
Overall, the MiniVault is a great safe for the money.
Remember, these safes are some of the best selling in the
industry. They have been tried and tested by thousands of
users and, overall, come away with very flying colors.
|Exterior Dimensions||8.1″ x 4.9″ x 12″|
MultiVault GV2000C-STD and GV2000C-DLX
The MultiVault series is essentially the exact same pistol
safe as the MiniVault except it is bigger. The differences
between the Standard (STD) and the Deluxe (DLX) versions are
also the same.
These models will hold several guns, or one gun with plenty
of space left over for other valuables. All in all, these are
very strong options with very good storage.
|Exterior Dimensions||10.1″ x 7.9″ x 14″|
This pistol safe could have just as easily been included in
the best rated safes above. It is very inexpensive, under $100,
and has good security. There is a removable shelf, which offers
great storage capabilities.
I don’t find it quit as strong as the GunVault products, nor
do I think the lock is as quick. These are the two drawbacks,
if you will to this product. Despite these, the PS515 is a good
handgun safe for the money.
|Exterior Dimensions||15″ x 11.8″ x 11.8″|
The AX11618 is the only electronic lock safe that Barska
makes. Like all Barska pistol safes, the reviews on this safe
are mixed. Some people love them, others don’t. I like the size
of the safe and its mounting options.
I think the fit and finish of the box could be improved.
Also, good luck finding this model. Most online retailers,
including Amazon, do not carry it.
|Interior Dimensions||16″ x 12″ x 6.25″|
|Exterior Dimensions||16.5″ x 14.5″ x 7.75″|