BA Gift Guide: Single-Gun Safes For Quick, Secure Access

I’m no fan of mandatory storage laws, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep our guns as secure as possible given our individual situations, and for most of us it makes sense to keep our guns in a safe. At the same time, we want to be able to get to our guns quickly in case of an intruder, and these single-handgun safes make it easy to do both.

RPNB Gun Security Safe  You can get this safe with a biometric fingerprint reader or an RFID/keypad option, and both models do come with old-fashioned keys in case of a battery failure. Personally, I’m not a fan of fingerprint readers, so I’ve linked to the RFID model, which comes with both a key fob and a card that allows instant access to the safe. Additionally, a backlit keypad can be used to unlock the safe, which is actually large enough to hold two handguns if needed. The safe opens instantly with a spring-assisted door, and is both the body and the housing of the safe are made from dual-layer steel.

SentrySafe QAP1BE Gun Safe This single-gun safe comes standard with a biometric fingerprint reader, but also features a manual keypad override and a physical key as well. The pry-resistant door sits atop a body constructed from solid steel, and uses a gas strut that allows it to quickly and quietly open. The 12-pound safe is powered by four AA batteries and comes with a bolt down kit that will allow you to attach the safe to a table, desk, or even the floor.

Vaultek 10 Series Lightweight Handgun Bluetooth Smart Safe  No, the safe doesn’t actually use Bluetooth to allow you to open it with your phone, but the app does allow you to keep track of the battery life on the safe, which is a nice option. The non-biometric safe uses an illuminated keypad for access, along with a physical key as a backup, and the interior is lit with an adjustable red LED light for visibility in the dark without impairing your vision. The rechargeable battery should last 4-6 months, but can be recharged in a matter of hours via the included micro-USB cable.

SnapSafe Keyed Lock Box  If you’re looking for something simple without the biometric bells and whistles, SnapSafe’s lockbox is a perfect choice. Big enough to hold a single handgun and TSA compliant, the simple lock box uses a physical key to open, and also comes with security cables to anchor to immobile objects. At less than 4 pounds it’s the lightest safe on our list, which makes it a great option if you need a secure storage option while traveling.

Hornady 98210 Rapid Safe  Unlike the other options on our list, this safe isn’t designed for the home, but for your car. Gun thefts from vehicles are a growing problem, but the Hornady Rapid Safe will keep your car gun secure. The safe is designed to fit between the console and vehicle seat, and is secured with a commercial-grade steel cable. The safe uses RFID technology so there’s no fumbling for a keypad in the dark or having to take your eyes off of the threat to try to get access to your gun, though there are keypad and physical keys as backups.

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