When you look for a gun safe it won’t take you long to realize there are a lot of different options. There are safes with keys, codes, and now there are even biometric safes. The latest offers many advantages over traditional safe options. But, before you run out and buy one you want to make sure you know what to look for.
What is a biometric gun safe?
Before we can dive too far into what makes a good biometric gun safe we first need to explore exactly what it is. If a safe is biometric it means that instead of using a key or code to enter the safe all you need is your finger or palm. These safes actually unlock based off of your fingerprint or palm print.
This is a very nice and efficient option. If you are keeping a gun as a means of protection you might need to access it quickly. Biometrics eliminates the need to fumble around with a key or try to remember a code when you are in a stressful situation. It’s also reassuring to know that you will always have the “key” to the safe with you.
What makes a good biometric gun safe?
Just because a safe says that it is biometric does not mean that you should automatically trust it. There are many safes that make big claims on the market but fail to deliver. So, if you are going to invest in a biometric gun safe you should look for the following features:
Number of prints that can be stored
If you are the only person that you want to have access to the safe then this won’t be a big factor to you, however, if you want additional people to have access you need to make sure they can. When you have a key or code you can make it easily accessible to anyone that needs it, but you can’t do the same with your fingerprint. Make sure you look to see how many prints the safe will hold before you buy it. Then, make sure you get all the prints stored as soon as possible so you don’t risk forgetting.
When you are relying on the scanner to let the right people in and keep the wrong people out you need a scanner that is going to work every time.
There are reviews of biometrics safes that either scan incorrectly and let any fingerprint in or don’t allow the right one in. Whichever way that happens could lead to a dangerous situation and someone being harmed. Read reviews to make sure you are purchasing a biometric gun safe with a reliable scanner.
You also want to make sure that the scan is quick and easy. Your print should scan quickly providing you fast access to your gun. Many people also prefer to have a safe that opens quietly when it does pop open. Some biometric safes have a louder pop sound as they release and open, which some want to avoid if using their gun for protection.
Battery and Override key
Most biometric safes run on battery power. There are some on the market that are hardwired, but the majority use battery. This means that you need to keep an eye on the battery life of your safe. If you need to quickly access your gun and the battery is dead you could be facing a real issue. If your safe is hardwired you want to make sure that you have a backup battery option with your gun safe in case of a power outage.
You will also want to consider having an override key. There are mixed opinions about override keys so it is going to be your personal opinion. Some people think it is necessary to have a backup key in case you run into problems with the scanner. Others feel that having an override key removes the safety of the key not falling into the wrong hands.
Other safe features
Other than the features mentioned above, you also want to look for high-quality features that would apply to any type of safe. This includes things like:
- Durable safe – If you have a safe that is not made of high-quality material it will be much easier for people to break into. Consider getting a safe that is at least 12-gauge steel.
- Placement of hinges- You want a safe that has interior hinges to avoid the option of someone easily cutting off the hinges and breaking into your safe.
- What does it hold- What type and how many guns or items are you wanting to keep in your safe? This is an important consideration when purchasing a safe.
- Size – Make sure you know where you are going to place your gun safe and how much room you have to work with. If you don’t, you could end up purchasing a safe that doesn’t fit in the designated place.
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