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#1 GAS3987

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 10:55 AM

Hello all!

 

With our daughter rapidly approaching walking age, and more and more kids coming to our home, I'm looking for a night stand handgun safe with some sort of combination and quick access but keeps the weapon secure in the meantime.  It would also be great to have one I could mount if I decide to, but could stand alone without that as well.

 

I'm checking here to see if there are any verified reliable safes like this that members would recommend. 

 

Thank you!

 


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 11:11 AM

I have the portable model I am happy with but my use case is diferent. Picked up at Home Depot over holidays almost 50% off.

https://www.sentrysa...rotect=Firearms

There are older threads here on small safes with posts on beefing up some of the security cables.

Hornady has an RFID model that responds to a bracelet/fob, etc instead of fingerprints like others.

https://www.hornady....ty/rapid-safes/

Edited by InterestedBystander, 16 July 2018 - 07:32 PM.

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#3 BigBL87

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 01:08 PM

I have the Sentrysafe Biometric safe, very happy with it so far.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 03:25 PM

This was my review of my SentrySafe in 2015.  It still works terrific.  Never a problem

 

1000.jpgI use the Sentry Safe gun safe for my close-by storage.  I tried a couple of other safes (made very chintzy) and saw a video of how easy it was to break in to some of them.  I then read reviews about the Sentry Safe, bought one and never looked back!  The Sentry Safe's reset button is under the battery plate and can't be reached without opening the safe.  The leading edge of the safe door is rolled down to make it very difficult to get a wedge in deep enough to pry it open.  Its 12" x 9-15/16" x 3-3/16" x 3" and it weighs 12 lbs!  I'm not saying you can't get into a small safe with a little extra effort, but this one makes it a little more difficult.  I have five Grandkids at my house almost daily (we have a pool and they live less than a mile away).  They range in age from 2 to 11 and I don't worry at all - that and the fact the safe is butted up to the ceiling of the wall (I'm 6-3 and reach it just fine). 

I would recommend the SentrySafe to anyone, and do it without reservations.

 

P.S. Now 6 grandkids with a 7th on the way :) :) :) 


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 04:55 PM

I have several models of Gunvault gun cases in my home for the same reason, small children.  I have found each of the to be reliable, effective ways to keep children away from my guns.  I have the Gunvault microvault, microvault xl and mini vault standard.  They are quick to open but there is no way a toddler will get it open.  Just not possible.  

 

https://www.amazon.c...ywords=gunvault


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 04:55 PM

I personally haven't tried any of these, but Lucky Gunner put up a review of pros and cons of certain quick access safes.

https://youtu.be/6C2-UPEQDTo

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 06:27 PM

be aware of strengths and weaknesses of quick access safes.   

 

with fingerprint access, you're all good when you're clean and showered and ready for date night.    when your hands are dirty from working outside, or in a previous altercation with an intruder, possibly involving blood, then that's a real test.

 

with battery operated systems, you're depending on the battery condition and your maintenance schedule for replacing that battery.

 

with almost all safes that have a keyed backup, that's the #1 or #2 weakest point.  

 

 

 

personally i run a gunvault minivault deluxe.   deluxe model has a hardwire power and a battery backup.  i wish i had gotten the multigun model instead for more space though.    it uses the 5 digit electronic push buttons for keycode entry.   

 

 

and it goes without saying, stay away from SentrySafe.  a 5 yr old can get into that thing with no tools.   

 

 

another avenue is mechanical combination simplex locks.  no battery needed and reliable.   
http://www.fas1safe.com/about.html

of course still weak at the backup key



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Posted 16 July 2018 - 06:50 PM

another avenue is mechanical combination simplex locks.  no battery needed and reliable.   
http://www.fas1safe.com/about.html
of course still weak at the backup key

I'm a huge fan of the simplex quicksafes. It's all the same simplex lock set, but in different boxes. I've had this one for a few years.

https://www.ftknox.c...icate-included/

Nothing in the quicksafes category is what I'd call theft secure, but the locking mechanism on the simplex locks is much better then a cheap electronic lock.

Once you practice opening them you'll have much quicker access to your gun. It also works with a combination of multiple buttons so there's no way a kid could guess the code unless they're much older and know how to crack a simplex lock.

Edited by chicagoresident, 16 July 2018 - 06:52 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:20 PM

another avenue is mechanical combination simplex locks.  no battery needed and reliable.   http://www.fas1safe.com/about.html
of course still weak at the backup key

I'm a huge fan of the simplex quicksafes. It's all the same simplex lock set, but in different boxes. I've had this one for a few years. https://www.ftknox.c...icate-included/
Nothing in the quicksafes category is what I'd call theft secure, but the locking mechanism on the simplex locks is much better then a cheap electronic lock.
Once you practice opening them you'll have much quicker access to your gun. It also works with a combination of multiple buttons so there's no way a kid could guess the code unless they're much older and know how to crack a simplex lock.
+1 on this. No electronics to fail and no batteries. Simple but secure.

I have 3 of these, never an issue in as many years.

https://www.ftknox.c...icate-included/

Edited by InTheAir, 16 July 2018 - 08:23 PM.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 07:34 AM

I have the Sentrysafe Biometric safe, very happy with it so far.

 

Same. I've got a pair of them, and the batteries last over a year, and there is a key backup. Just keep your key in a safe place, and out of reach of other people.






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