The RPND is a very popular safe that can be mounted either on the left or right and from the top, with pre-drilled holes, which gives you many options for positioning.
The safe has soft foam on the inside for one gun, but it’s important to note that the foam is designed to hold a medium to full-size auto-pistol and you may have to trim the foam a little for revolvers.
Two different models are available, the traditional keypad version or the biometric. The biometric model is a bit more expensive, but the finger sensor is good and will consistently read fingerprints in under a second for easy access.
In the biometric option, up to 50 different fingerprints can be stored in its memory. Both models also come with a manual key which should not be needed unless you allow the battery to run flat. This should not happen because the safe has a low battery warning anyway.
The slim design makes it ideal to be mounted as a bedside gun safe or under a desk. The safe is light enough to be used in your car if needed and it has a tamper warning alarm. Due to the flip-down opening and the size of the internal compartment, the safe is a one pistol use-only option as you would not have the space to store other items in it.
The RPNB four-pistol safe is designed mainly to house four pistols but does have sufficient space for you to store other valuables as well, such as jewelry or cash. Its size dimensions are 6.3 x 12.2 x 13.78-inches which is still fairly compact and should fit in many bedside tables, certainly in a closet.
The safe can be mounted but only using two holes at the bottom, making it most practical to either not mount it or mount it to the bottom of a cupboard or closet shelf.
Some of the selling points of the safe are that it has both a keypad and biometric access function and a gas strut-style hinge on the safe door that allows for silent opening. RPNB has also been thought to have an internal light when you open the safe to make access easier in the dark.
The safe also has an anti-theft alarm and manual backup key. Considering the price, this RPNB safe has all the features you would need, plus four-gun capacity and some extra space.
It’s a pretty sturdy steel construction design and to be honest, I don’t see any major difference between these safes and other similar ones that retail for twice the price.
The Billconch is a slightly larger pistol safe that has a more robust door and locking mechanisms. It is available in two sizes, the 0.9 and 1.4 cubic foot versions of good steel construction.
Both sizes can accommodate four pistols stacked side by side, but the 1.4 size has an additional top-level that can be used to store other valuable items.
Standout features of this safe are that it can be opened with a smartphone and has a voice reminder function that can be turned off if you prefer. Aside from the smartphone function, the safe can be accessed by backup keys, keypad, and fingerprint recognition.
Other features are an internal light and a silent access option. Getting to grips with how all of the options and functions work may take a bit of time but are fairly straightforward.
If this safe has any flaw, the smartphone app could be better designed; otherwise, this is a good value-for-money purchase for people who want a more robust safe.
Due to its size, the Billconch is best suited for your closet floor or under a table.
The Barska biometric safe is designed primarily to fit inside a large drawer but could also be used elsewhere as it has two holes at the bottom for mounting. In terms of internal capacity, the safe can easily store two pistols plus other valuable items.
The safe opens from the top and has two solid steel deadbolts for its locking mechanisms to secure the door when it is locked. It would require such pretty heavy machinery to access the safe within a reasonable period of time.
The Barska can be accessed by fingerprint or backup keys. One thing that does need to be mentioned is that the fingerprint access takes about 2.5 seconds which is twice as long compared to most other biometric safes. This may or may not be an issue for you.
Another issue with the fingerprint reader is that you need to save the same finger from different angles to ensure that the biometric read your fingerprint consistently. I would assume that this would be the case with most biometric systems, as I have found that even top-end finger readers are not always perfect.
As with many other good safes, the Barska also has a silent access option but not an internal light. If you could add one thing to improve the safe, I would say that a simple keypad option combined with the biometric would be a plus.
The verify is a 0.8 cubic feet safe with a front side opening door. It has a locking mechanism that includes two hardened steel locking bolts. The door will lock automatically when closed.
Access to the safe is via a biometric system or backup keys. The main selling point of this safe is its additional safety features. The biometric system will record all attempts to open the safe, whether authorized or unauthorized access was attempted.
This means that when you use the backup key or an unauthorized person puts their finger on the biometric screen, it will record the time and date. You can check to see if any attempts have been made to access your safe at any time.
The interior of the safe is carpeted and it also has an LED light. In terms of space, you have enough room to store up to five pistols side by side. However, foam pistol racks are sold separately and without a rack of some kind, you can fit two handguns lying on their sides.
The safe has two pre-drilled holes for mounting at the bottom and back, and the overall quality is excellent. It certainly is a tough safe and if it was mounted in a good position, your average burglar would need quite a bit of time and some good tools to break it.
The Verify is easily the most expensive safe on our review list. You are mainly paying for a better quality biometric system and the extra recording and safety features.
Otherwise, it’s similar to the great many safes on the market that are perhaps half the price. Quality biometrics is expensive, so it is worth the money if those features are exactly what you want.
We have investigated the market for you once again to help you save some time. Our list of best pistol safes is a range of options to satisfy all pistol owners’ needs. We have a single handgun, two handguns, and four gun choices.
In addition, we have tried to cover your location requirements. Whether you want a safe for your closet, bedside drawer, or even on the side of your bed, you will find a pistol safe that is right for you.
When you think of a safe, you may think of the solid steel boxes that require industrial drills to break into. The types of safes marketed to banks or businesses that carry a lot of cash are graded from 0 to 6 in terms of their strength, fire resistance, and security.
Naturally, those safes are extremely expensive and are generally too large to fit in your closet. For example, a safe that offers fire protection for up to two hours at 1000 degrees Fahrenheit is something generally only a company would buy. I do not know of many pistol safes that have a fire rating.
Almost all pistol safes are not made in line with those grading standards. In general, pistol safes will be strong enough and secure enough to prevent children from accessing them, and any would-be thief would require time and tools to break them.
However, a determined and prepared burglar could break your average pistol safe or remove it and break into it once in a safer location.
When purchasing a pistol safe, bear this in mind. Your safe is meant to protect your children and make it unlikely that an opportunistic thief could access your gun. They are by no means “heavy-duty” safes, though they are not intended for that purpose.
To start with, many smaller handgun safes may be marketed as pistol safes but are really just general-purpose safes. A good pistol safe will either have specific gun racks inside or the interior will have a soft carpet or material to protect your guns.
Because the most likely emergency scenario would involve accessing your gun at night in the dark, most specific pistol safe designs will have an internal light that comes on when you open the safe.
Some safes have USB ports, but many will be battery-operated. Good safes will have a low battery warning and will also be able to last for a few years before your batteries die. Another practical feature that many safes have these days is a silent access option.
All handgun safes have backup manual keys but they differ in terms of the primary access method. Some safes will have both a keypad and a biometric system.
A four-digit code is pretty easy and quick to punch in. The potential benefit of a biometric system is that you don’t need to remember a code, particularly if you are under stress.
The problem with biometric technology is that it needs to be of good quality. Very cheap biometric systems are notoriously unreliable and will often take multiple attempts to recognize your fingerprint.
If you are looking for a pretty cheap pistol safe that will keep your kids away from your gun, choosing a safe with a keypad or keypad and biometric access would be best. The cheaper safes can be just as good in all other aspects except for the biometric system.
If you are going for a safe that only has biometric fingerprint scanner access, you should probably spend a bit more money to ensure that the biometric is decent.
This depends on whether you are looking for a handgun safe or a rifle safe. I will deal with handgun safes first. Most pistol safes are designed to be childproof and provide reasonable protection against break-in attempts from burglars.
They will typically be able to house between one and four pistols. Given that most of them are not designed to be like bank vaults, you can get a perfectly decent pistol safe for under 100 Dollars.
Rifle safes that can store four rifles are generally a bit more solid but are less expensive. A reasonable rifle safe would start at about 250 Dollars at 2021 prices.
I would not risk going below that. If you are looking for the safe that would give the Oceans 11 team a tough challenge, you are looking at a small fortune.
Your safe should be kept in a place that can give you the easiest and fastest access in the most likely scenarios. If your home is invaded when you are away on vacation or out shopping, then your safe location is not that important as long as it’s not in plain sight.
The main concern would be a break-in when you are home. This would typically take place at night when you are asleep or when burglars think you are asleep.
It would make sense to place a pistol safe close to your bed. Certainly, you would not want to leave your bedroom to access your gun. Under your bed, in a bedside drawer, or a nearby closet would be best.
That’s our list of top pistol gun safes. Remember, pistol safes are not vaults and even the most expensive ones are not impenetrable.
Choose a safe that suits the layout of your bedroom. If something goes bump in the night and it’s dark, where would be the most convenient place for your gun?
If it’s in your bedside drawer, then select a gun safe that would best fit that space.