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5 Best Bedside Gun Safes for Quick Access [Hands-On]

Want the quickest access gun safe to protect yourself and your family?

Vaultek Opening with Finger
Vaultek Opening with Finger

Learn the top criteria I used in selecting my personal bedside gun safe so you can apply it to your home situation.  Then followed by recommendations for all budgets.

Then see the safes in action with my actual home defense and CCW pistols.

LifePod 2.0, Camo
LifePod 2.0, Camo

And now we have a full YouTube video on our favorite safes that we cover in the article:

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Safe Selection Criteria

Selecting a gun safe might be actually harder than what you went through selecting your handgun.

Best Handgun Safes
Best Handgun Safes

There’s so much stuff out there across so many price ranges.  I’ll try to make it easier by going through my top criteria when selecting my actual bedside gun safe.

  • Quick Access: My home defense pistol will be going in this safe and in a defensive situation, I want to be able to access it in around 1-2 seconds.
  • Reliable: I’ll likely be groggy and fumbling around in the dark.  Is the safe 100% reliable and easy to use in that state?
  • Adequate Protection: Expensive and less used guns go into my larger and more secure safe.  This bedside version is just to deter smash & grab burglars or to stop a nosy guest.  I’m not looking for extreme child or fire protection here.
  • Space: Enough of it to hold a full sized handgun like my Glock 17.
  • Mountable: I make sure that the safe is small enough to be mounted high the closet or nightstand drawer so it’s harder to access for small children and won’t just walk away with someone.

Best Bedside Quick Access Gun Safes

1. Fort Knox FTK-PB

Through all my research and asking around, I ended up with the Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe after a less than optimal buy or two.

Fort Knox handgun safe
Fort Knox Pistol Safe

It met and exceeded all the criteria I had set out for myself.  I do not regret my decision and I tell all my new gun owner friends to get their own.

And each and every one loves it after install.

Quick Access

“Simplex” means that instead of electronic keys, a rotary dial, or biometrics, it uses mechanical buttons that provide good feedback and allow me to open the safe in around 1.5 seconds.

*2021 Update*: 5 years worth of usage and going strong for my simplex safe.

All I do is put in my 2-stage code and turn the knob clockwise.  An example of a 2-stage code would be pressing the 1st and 3rd button simultaneously, followed by pressing the 5th button.

I also like that I can previously input the code and turn the knob clockwise but not actually open the top.  This means you can have super fast access to it at night if you open it before you go to bed.

Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Open
Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Open


I wanted something that, like my self-defense gun, would “always go bang.”  The Simplex lock is American made (as is the entire safe) and does not need batteries, like so many of the popular safes out there, need for electronic keys or biometrics.  Also, no beeps and reading errors that could get you killed.  There’s a lifetime warranty too.

2 years in of nearly weekly use…it’s still going strong with no messups.  Plus the foam is still good even after some oil dripped out from my gun.

Adequate Protection

The safe is really heavy (~20 lbs) since it has 3/16″ steel doors and 10 gauge steel bodies.  I feel confident if it ever fell off a truck, or got attacked by a crowbar, it would put up a good fight.  I also like that the corners and sides are folded in to make prying much harder.

Fort Knox FTK-PB Corner
Fort Knox FTK-PB Corner
Fort Knox FTK-PB Inner Corner
Fort Knox FTK-PB Inner Corner


Plenty of space for my full-size Glock 17 and extra mag.

Inside Fort Knox FTK-PB Handgun Safe
Inside Fort Knox FTK-PB Handgun Safe

There’s also two layers of foam underneath my gun and I feel confident that you could put at least one more full sized pistol in there if you wanted.

Fort Knox FTK-PB Double Foam
Fort Knox FTK-PB Double Foam


4 pre-drilled holes on the bottom for easy mounting.

Fort Knox FTK-PB Fastened
Fort Knox FTK-PB Fastened


It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close.  The first few things I don’t like are nit-picky but the last one can be a deal breaker for you.

First is that it’s susceptible to water damage.  My wife left a cold cup of something in the top left which formed condensation and left a pattern.  I’m just glad it’s kind of cool looking.

Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe
Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe

The foam around the hinge gets in the way of closing but is easily addressed by just cutting it off.  Here’s the finished product.

FTK-PB Hinge Foam Cut
FTK-PB Hinge Foam Cut

And the potential deal breaker is that it only has 1081 combinations that any smart child could try in a relatively short amount of time.  However, if you don’t have kids yet, or plan on concealing the safe, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

Best Overall Handgun Safe
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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2. GunVault SpeedVault & 1000S

What I recommend to people who want pretty good quality but at a lower price point.  The GunVault SpeedVault and the GunVault 1000S are top sellers with great reviews for electronic locking safes.

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Because of the angle of the SpeedVault, it is the front-runner for mounting under a desk in a home office for example.

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Quick Access: Quick access in the 2-second range.  Video later shows slight speed reduction in taking out a handgun for the side opening models such as the 1000S.

Reliable: Not as reliable in my opinion as mechanical Simplex locks, but tons of people swear by them.  I’d be comfortable using them if I were to unlock them before going to sleep.  Can turn off the key entry sounds for “stealth” mode.

Adequate Protection: Tight fittings and thick steel meet my requirements for protection against burglars and nosy guests.  12 million combinations so the possibility of someone brute force trying all of them are much less likely.  However, it still has a key override so keep it hidden.

Space: If it can fit a full-size 1911 style handgun, it will fit my Glock 17.  Other GunVault models are available for smaller or bigger storage needs.

Mountable: Easy to mount and the SpeedVault defines what it means to be a bedside or desk side safe with its ingenious opening mechanism.

GunVault SpeedVault Under Desk
GunVault SpeedVault Under Desk

3. Stack-On PDS-500

What I first chose as my gun safe due to its immense popularity on Amazon and its great reviews.  The Stack-On PDS-500 is a great budget safe but just be aware of its shortcomings.

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Quick Access: Pretty quick access in the 2-3 second mark depending on your code.  However, I found the top opening door is smaller than the base, you can have occasional hangups of your gun.

Stack-On PDS-500 Open
Stack-On PDS-500 Open

Reliable: Not super reliable in my opinion.  I tested myself with late-night wake-up drills to try and open the safe and I found myself forgetting to hit the “*” key after my code.  The knob also sometimes does not work if you immediately turn clockwise…I found I had to turn counter-clockwise until it reset and then turn it clockwise for 100% reliability.  I’d only be comfortable unlocking it before I slept.

Adequate Protection: Decently heavy (~10 lbs) and seems pry-resistant.  Includes backup key access when you pry off the “Stack-On” nameplate on top to keep it hidden.  Older models seem to be easily picked with just a paper clip.  You can protect against this by getting a new lock or just super-gluing the plate.

Space: Fits my full-size Glock easily with extra space for a mag or two.

Mountable: Has bottom mounts.

4. Vaultek V20i & V10i

Want a reliable fingerprint and Bluetooth accessible safe that looks sweet?  Check out the Vaultek VT20i and VT10i.

at Vaultek Store

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

We conducted a full review, but here’s the gist:

Quick Access: 4 easy ways to access your firearm: key, number code, fingerprint, or Bluetooth app.

Reliable: Fingerprint scanner was a little iffy when our fingers were wet.  But the other options were 100%.  If using this for your bedside gun safe…I’d stick with the number code.

Adequate Protection: Very robust feeling that resists drops and hits.  Plus pry-resistant.

Vaultek Abuse, Greenlight Shooting
Vaultek Abuse, Greenlight Shooting

Space: The smaller VT10i will hold most handguns with a mag or two to spare while the larger VT20i will accommodate 4″ revolvers and full-sized handguns with 3+ mags.

VT10i with Glock 19
VT10i with Glock 19
VT20i with S&W 686+ 4-inch
VT20i with S&W 686+ 4-inch

Mountable: Comes with two pre-drilled holes and screws.  Plus cable attachment.

Vaultek Cable Attachment
Vaultek Cable Attachment

We’ve also reviewed their newest and biggest version…the MXi Handgun Safe.

Best Multi-Handgun Safe
at Vaultek Store

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want more fingerprint-activated gun safes?  We have our roundup of the Best Biometric Gun Safes.

5. Vaultek LifePod & LifePod 2.0

A relatively newcomer from Vaultek…the LifePod.

Vaultek Lifepod
Vaultek Lifepod

It’s what I use when I travel by car since it’s portable, discreet with its slingbag, and still able to be tethered down when you’re staying put at a hotel or Airbnb.

Lifepod and Slingbag
Lifepod and Slingbag

I leave it unlocked if it’s just me where I’m staying, but otherwise I unlock the latches and leave it still requiring a code to open.

Lifepod Latch Open
Lifepod Latch Open

Here it is in action!

It’s pretty compact but holds enough for my needs…a compact pistol with light and a mag on the side.

Lifepod Capacity
Lifepod Capacity

Quick Access: Have a little more protection with the latches, or leave it with just the key option.

Reliable: No problems with very wet fingers since the keys are capacitive and there’s no fingerprint option. Note you’ll have to

Adequate Protection: Heavy but not too heavy. Slingbag also offers some cushioning. Has survived quite a few falls. Older generations had a physical exploit but Vaultek quickly remedied it and sent owners retrofit kits. Fastest company response I’ve seen!

I highly recommend the Vaultek Lifepod for a traveling quick access case.

at Vaultek

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

There’s also the larger LifePod 2.0 now that can hold two handguns.

LifePod 2.0, Two Guns
LifePod 2.0, Two Guns

Or some other goodies if you use their tray instead of foam.

LifePod 2.0 EDC
LifePod 2.0 EDC

I use mine to hold my holstered CCW gun when not in use. The main purpose is to keep it away from the little ones or wandering eyes.

I had to go with the special edition camo version plus a regular black version

LifePod 2.0 Black & Camo
LifePod 2.0 Black & Camo

Check em out here:

at Vaultek

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing


Hopefully, I helped you out a little in choosing the right bedside gun safe for your purpose.  Here’s a video that compares the Fort Knox FTK-PB against the GunVault 1000S.  It was the final research that steered me towards the Fort Knox.

Need help selecting the gun to put in your quick access safe? We can help in our Best Handgun for Home Defense.  If you need home-defense ammo recommendations, we got you covered in 9mm and .45 ACP.

What did you end up choosing? Let us know in the comments! Or looking for larger safes…check out our Best Safes for Handguns & Long Guns.  Or how about our fav Gun Lock?

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  • Manny

    I always wonder, whats a good "road safe." What I mean is if you carrying and visiting family, I would like to lock it away in my luggage somehow. Something good enough for an EDC and two mags.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    July 23, 2021 7:36 am
  • Adam

    Handgun Safe Research did a youtube review on the Fort Knox PB1, showing it being easily broken into by knocking the lock through with a hammer and screwdriver. I was all for it till I saw how easy that was to break. However, I can't see any other handgun safes on the market with a physical combo entry (not electronic) that wouldn't have the same issue. I would go for a regular safe, but then you have humidity and rusting issues (in long term). For nearly $300, I just don't know if that Fort Knox is worth it if so easily gotten into.

    May 12, 2021 6:50 am
    • Billy

      checkout out "handgun safe research's" most recent video on the fort knox. They fixed that security flaw.

      June 15, 2021 7:19 pm
  • Jack

    I chose a StopBox. VERY few combinations. Difficult to open though because the spread of the buttons and the force required. Small children would be unlikely to have the strength to access it. INCREIDBLY fast access. I’d ask for Eric to take a peek at it, but I am not 100% that it will keep a full size. Fits my 19 well. Not sure about the 17.

    At only $90, it’s worth a look. Not perfect and made of polymer, not steel.

    May 2, 2021 5:15 pm
  • Jacob Moore

    Please review the Hornady Rapid safes that have touch free technology & I’m pretty sure they have a spring or hydraulic arm so it opens quickly as well. I also think it’s got security measures to make it more difficult for a thief to pry it open.

    April 13, 2021 12:06 pm
  • Sarah

    Note on the Gun Vault GV1000C - I owned one of these and used it for about 6 years, then one day the spring opening mechanism stopped working. You could hear the click, but it wouldn't open. Gun Vault customer service stated it was beyond the ONE YEAR warranty and offered no help. I guess maybe to be expected at the price point but I am glad it did not fail in an emergency situation. I had tossed the key out (IMO what is the point of having a gun safe to prevent child access if you are going to have a key the child can find), so I had to pry it open with a prybar to retrieve my gun. Took about 2 minutes to get it open. I really loved the spring opening concept, when it worked for the first 6 years. Thank you for your reviews! Very helpful when trying to select my new safe.

    April 11, 2021 5:31 am
    • Steve

      Same issue with mine.

      June 4, 2021 3:46 am
  • WePWeP

    SecureIT FastBox

    April 7, 2021 3:56 pm
  • E Nicholas Mortimer

    Please review the Hornady Rapid Safe Noght Guard.

    February 23, 2021 8:41 am
  • Terence

    I am searching for a gun safe now. I REALLY want to love the Fort Knox safe, but just saw a video on youtube of a guy popping one open with a screwdriver and hammer in about 20 seconds. It is very disheartening.

    Having gone through a similar search for an effective motorcyle lock about a year go, "consumer-level" security products are one area where technology has not provided us any benefits in line with progress.

    Most of the safes in the review can be defeated with things like magnets and paperclips if you look around on the web. I am sure that thiefs do.

    Guess it's just a compromise between convenience and security.

    February 9, 2021 2:00 pm
  • Don

    I have an awesafe biometric 2gun safe. It has 30 fingerprint storage, 4 digit code and barrel lock key. It holds 2compact pistols (G43x + TP9 SC) with room for an extra for each. It weighs 14.3 lbs and has 2 holes for bolt down. So far, it is working well.

    December 6, 2020 3:39 pm
  • Paul G

    I have a Hornady Rapid Safe, I wear a RFID bracelet that will give me access to my firearm in a moments notice, works great for me and I feel it deserves a special mention!

    November 18, 2020 7:07 am
  • Rod Goelz

    Fort Knox is as close to perfect for me as it gets - I have several. To the comment about things being placed on top of top-opening - - I have mine bolted to heavy-duty drawers of just the right depth such that there is not possiblity to cover them. - RodG

    November 6, 2020 10:57 am
  • Rob Davis

    Another great choice along these lines is the Titan Pistol Vault from Titan Security Products. Their design has a mechanical lock, numerous mounting options, an optional magazine holder accessory, and it's built like a tank. Been very happy with this product.

    October 6, 2020 10:41 pm
  • Ivan

    I have had the Fort Knox for several years and it is well built and simple to use. Can't recommend though. Knob to the lock came off although product never mistreated and just sits in a drawer under my bed. No replacement parts available. Should be for this price or covered under warranty, which it was not after contacting manufacturer.

    June 25, 2020 10:01 pm
  • Phi

    I totally agree + highly recommend the Fort Knox is the best bedside safe, I have had 1 for about 4 years and have practiced opening it in total darkness and it has never failed. They also make 2 different models, 1 is top opening + the other is front opening. Great suggestion to open it at night so your not fumbling around when seconds matter!

    April 28, 2020 11:30 am


    April 4, 2020 1:32 pm
    • Tom N.

      I just received my Hornady Rapid Safe Night Guard, from Midway. Special rebate now available. It resembles an alarm clock. Front opening, spring assisted. I'm very happy with my safe, price and design. Comes with keys, digital keypad, 4 RFID openers-2 adhesive discs, 1 key chain fob(flat-nice!), and a bracelet style fob.
      Pro's- Sturdy, opens quickly and easily, roomy, good security features. LED functions NOT visible like some pics. show.
      Con's- HORNADY label is too visible on battery compartment, pretty large footprint for a clock. RFID on bracelet is on the CLASP side not the "fob" side? Doesn't make sense and awkward .
      Bottom Line: Fully recommend it! Love it.

      September 16, 2020 4:22 pm
  • David E Hough

    You may want to review a YouTube channel named "The Lock Picking Lawyer". He reviewed a couple of the safes you list here and you might change your mind when you see how easy safes such as Stack-On have their locks bypassed.

    March 25, 2020 10:55 am
    • Sean

      Almost every manufacturer has known about this for some time and either 1) fixed all more recent models of said safes, or 2)can send a special object to someone who purchased older models so that the ‘fork trick’ cannot work any longer. Most of those videos are pretty old actually.

      June 10, 2020 5:07 pm
  • Jack

    What are your thoughts on the GunBox 2.0 or GunBox Echo?

    March 25, 2020 10:51 am
  • John

    Great article, how about one on car safes.

    March 25, 2020 8:56 am
  • Joshua Barker

    Hornady rapidsafes are the best options I've ever seen. Rfid, battery backup, physical key, and a key code give it all the options. The 2600kp can hold an m&p 2.0 3.6, and the 4800kp can hold much larger guns or even two of them. I have their vehicle safe as well but haven't installed it. The rfid options are plenty and you can put the same tags to all your safes that they make in that line.

    March 24, 2020 5:53 pm
  • Ron R.

    What do you think of the Verifi S5000 safes? Expensive but you can find them half off on eBay. That’s probably why there aren’t many reviews yet

    March 8, 2020 6:04 pm
  • Rhemy

    What do you think about the new Vara Safety Holster gun safe?

    January 6, 2020 6:00 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      We have one in hand and are testing it!

      January 6, 2020 7:07 pm
  • Abc

    What about a safe that can take a pistol with a silencer? The silencer is needed to prevent deafening everyone that you are protecting. Also normally, a silencer would go on a full sized pistol. So there is a needed for a larger safe. Honestly, a heavy duty case is not that important. Most robberies are smash and grab. They don't have 30min to beat a case open.

    December 17, 2019 7:49 am
    • Coby galderise

      Even with a suppressor and no ear protection, you’ll still hurt your own ears and anyone within close proximity. And SUPRESSORS don’t make guns go pew pew

      February 1, 2020 1:05 pm
    • Glenn

      FAS1-SBD handgun safe for your suppressed handgun.

      February 17, 2020 6:42 am
  • XULU

    What about gun safes for long guns as rifles and shotguns?
    And for transportation on a plane?

    September 17, 2019 9:17 pm
  • Truth

    Check out rapidial. It’s not a safe , but a legal way to store your firearm(even in CA). It has a locking mechanism that fits in the barrel. To unlock, you can turn the dial either way to start. Oh yeah, the loaded magazine can stay in the Pistol, You can use it blindfolded and can feel the clicks. Once unlocked, rack the slide, the lock falls off, and a round is chambered. By far the fastest access to your firearm.

    May 9, 2019 8:40 pm
    • Eric Hung

      For sure, we included it in our Best Gun Locks article.

      May 9, 2019 9:49 pm
      • Brian you get a lot of dates with your last name?

        June 21, 2019 8:30 pm
        • Eric Hung

          That's Mr. Hung to you, Brian.

          July 18, 2019 4:45 pm
  • pcb

    I have owned the Fort Knox safe for years. I agree with Eric--In my opinion, it is the best safe of its type/class out there. I also have the Stack-on, which is far less satisfying. You get what you pay for.

    May 9, 2019 6:40 pm
    • Eric Hung


      May 9, 2019 6:57 pm
  • JAck

    Really? I have two of the safes mentioned and a Hornady Rapidsafe.
    The Hornady blows away the other two.. You can set it up with a wristband, keychain or even a decal(for your wallet) and open it in 2 seconds. Who’s gonna fumble with combination locks in the dark?

    May 9, 2019 6:23 pm
  • Terry

    I suggest you read and then comment on the various Amazon negative reviews that claim the Gun Vault Speed Vault locks are defective and allow unauthorized entry .

    May 9, 2019 5:52 pm
    • DND

      So does fort knox have issues too. 12 minutes to enter half the combos, and 25 minute to enter all possible combinations. And because it is mechanical and not electronic there is no way for the ft knox to stop or slow you from entering endless combos. And it is also one of the easiest to be opened with brute force (a large screwdriver). Every make and model has some issues.

      June 15, 2019 6:26 am
  • Rico de la Llama

    I have owned a variation of the first one since 1986 and it still is my #1 bed side safe. I also own 2 of the Stack-on safe in specific areas around the house. I have the tumbler style for my vehicle s if I have to go in a court house or post office I store my carry piece in my car. They are all good. I don't yet feel the biometric safes are fool proof as discussed. I would probably try a biometric for my defensive long gun which is usually a back up once the long gun safe prices go down.

    April 5, 2019 1:29 am
  • garyZ

    Thanks for this article. Was looking at the top two, and checking out reviews. Now, I know you're going to get negative reviews of everything - personal choices vary, but if you see a fair number of negative reviews with the same complaints, it lends weight.
    I'm leaning heavily towards the Fort Knox. I like the fact it doesn't require batteries, but there are several 1-star reviews saying the lock mechanism is cheap or faulty, and the customer service if/when lock fails is horrible. Gives me pause.

    For the number two product, there's a GunVault customer video on Amazon that shows it's pretty easily broken into:

    Doesn't mean these safes are wrong for you, but do please do your own research before buying. Eric's reviews give you a terrific list to start from. He's narrowed things down and saves a lot of work, especially when there are so many overwhelming choices out there.

    March 23, 2019 11:05 am

    I'm appalled that you included the Stack-on safe in your list of 'best' bedside safes, when stack-on is considered one of the worst made, and even you have it a lackluster review. GunVault, Hornady, GunBox, SentrySafe all make better products than Stack-On by large margins.

    February 13, 2019 4:34 pm
  • Mark

    So I wondering what your thoughts on the Hornady series of quick access safes, such as the Hornady RAPiD Safe 2600KP L Pistol Safe Electronic RFID Safe for instance?

    December 19, 2018 8:00 pm
  • Eugene Ray

    Seeing as you prefer mechanical vs electric or key (as do I) I'd love to get your review of the stopbox. I like the access time, but a little concerned with child access. They've added some not so obvious safety features to keep unwanted people out.

    December 5, 2018 9:22 am
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Eugene, I quickly checked it out and there's only 6 possibilities so it's probably not the best for keeping a child out.

      December 5, 2018 11:59 am
  • Marc

    Great article. I'd like to mention a quality safe that I thought for sure would make your list. The Hornady Rapid Safe4800kp. It uses electric and has several methods of entry. You can use a code using numbers1-4 in a 6 digit number. Or, you can use RFID on ur keychain, on a sticker you stick to the bottom of something close by, or a barrel key. It also has a battery backup. We have lost power 5 times since I bought this safe a year and a half ago and I always try the safe and it works Everytime. You can text it by simply unplugging it. Also has a cable that you can use so the safe can't be taken.

    I really love it and they have a rebate right now.

    December 4, 2018 7:31 pm
  • John

    FAS1 - Piston assist door open (with holstered gun attached and ready to go), simplex lock and a ton of sizes as well as holster options.

    What you reviewed was off the shelf big box store only.

    October 20, 2018 3:51 pm
  • Rudy F.

    I have two that has the combination system...have both for more than twenty years, I mounted one under my truck seat anywhere I went, it placed in that safe, and it was really handy that location.

    October 6, 2018 10:18 pm
  • Jon

    I realize this article has been around a while, but I am just starting to look for a safe. I really appreciate the information here Eric, and I have read and enjoyed a few of your other articles. Thanks!
    I did want to warn people that the GunVault SV500 - SpeedVault Handgun Safe can be opened with a gum wrapper! Please see the video by Handgun Safe Research (it should be the first one in the Reviews on Amazon). It is pretty amazing. While doing research on other gun safes his videos have steered me away from a number of otherwise impressive looking products.

    [Edit] By the way, I did settle on this one Hornady 98172 RAPiD Safe 2700KP, its quick open NFC was a good selling point and it fits in my Harley's trunk :)

    Kind Regards,


    September 9, 2018 1:53 pm
    • DND

      That "handgun safe research" person is a bit of a crank. He is a lock expert who takes apart safes to find exploits,
      ALL of those handgun safes can be opened with either an exploit or brute force.
      That Hornady you got as a result of that "research" now also has easy exploit with a PAPERCLIP. The Ft Knox he recommends can be opened with a curved sewing needle

      The Fort knox in fact is a low number of combination, and because it is mechanical and not electronic, there is no way for it to slow or stop you from just going through every combination sequence. In 20 minutes it can be opened with no tool at all.

      June 15, 2019 6:35 am
  • Jimbo

    The Hornady 2700 with card reader. Key or code is supper fast also has cable lock and stew down holes inside if you want to use them. Comes with key fob. Phone stickers, and a card that you program. Also key lock is a barrel type! The key code can be up to Six numbers if need be. Around $ 130 dollars on sale at optic plantic

    June 13, 2018 1:31 pm
    • Josh O

      I have this model as well and very happy with it!! <1 second opening with RFID!

      August 29, 2018 4:43 pm
  • Iklwa

    I personally chose the bedside bolt-on Gun Vault (two, large handguns) with finger placement coded buttons. The key is in the big safe and I don't have to worry about unauthorized access with an RFID key fob or bracelet.
    The Gun Vault also alerts the owner to tampering with a flashing light and locks down for a specified period of time.
    Another advantage because it completely encloses the handgun, an intruded will not know if it contains a weapon or not. Mine is literally bolted to the side of my bed.

    Easy access and secure can't be beat

    March 28, 2018 3:59 pm
  • George

    Thanks for a very informative article. How about one on bedside/under bed safes for an AR-15? Consideration would be enough space to put in a handgun eliminating a separate safe for the pistol

    December 30, 2017 6:51 pm
  • Michael

    I like your initial selection of the Fort Knox Handgun safe. As a firearms instructor for GreenOps, we get questions all the time about quick access gun safes. I've had several over the years and within less than a year, they have all become unreliable. Most folks drop their handgun in a safe and don't have reason to access. Because I use mine daily, I tend to find the flaws in them. Thank you for suggesting "Simplex" to your readers!

    December 21, 2017 3:37 am
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Michael!

      December 21, 2017 11:34 am
  • Lenny

    Nicely written, easy to follow article; informative and to the point. Thank you for your research and for sharing.

    December 14, 2017 1:58 am
  • Mark Wynn

    Useful information on various models, thanks. I like the concept of a mechanical button lock ... but $230 for a one-pistol safe is not cost-effective for me. I did buy a GunVault 1000 on sale. My concern is grandkids, not thugs with crowbars. If my home were broken-into and they found the safe, it means we weren't at home and the gun wouldn't do me any good.

    November 8, 2017 10:53 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Great to hear various solutions, thanks Mark!

      November 19, 2017 2:01 pm
  • Tim Lange

    Just started shooting. Plan to get a pistol to use at the range. Many choices for home safes, but what about the car? Even if I have a CCW I think I want to be able to secure the pistol in my car so even if someone got in they could not take the pistol. Been looking for under the seat type safe, but have come up empty so far. The trunk is not an option, hatchback, with no steel to mount to. Any thoughts? Thanks, Tim.

    May 16, 2017 5:45 am
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Tim, we'll have a car safe article soon. I use a smaller simplex safe with a thick cable that attaches to my chair rail. My G26 fits nicely with 2 mags. A 19 will probably fit as well.

      June 5, 2017 12:48 pm
  • Paul

    Should I leave my gun cocked and loaded in the safe, just loaded and uncooked or none at all?

    January 29, 2017 7:55 pm
    • Eric Hung

      That's really up to you. I leave mine uncocked.

      February 7, 2017 7:45 pm
  • splortz

    Unsecured guns take a terrible toll each year on innocent children and adults. Thank you for offering a path to greater firearm safety for your readers.

    I don't know how many guns are stolen and delivered to the criminal markets each year, but a good weapons storage system can help to keep criminals from getting their hands on our firearms.

    Thanks for your article.

    January 21, 2017 8:58 pm
    • Eric Hung

      You're welcome!!

      January 25, 2017 10:02 am
  • Jay M Newberger

    As a relative new shooter I found the Handgun Caliber Guide to be interesting and informative. This is a meaningful subject for all of us. With Appreciation, Jay M. Newberger

    September 17, 2016 4:37 pm
    • ehung

      Thanks Jay, glad it helped.

      September 18, 2016 1:29 pm
  • korey

    Thank you for your very informative articles. I can't tell you how much time you saved me.

    May 12, 2016 7:45 am
    • ehung

      You're welcome and glad I could help!

      May 12, 2016 8:01 am
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