Anyone who owns weapons should have a safe place to store them.
Gone are the days when grandpa hung the rifle over the door, and dad kept the revolver next to the bed. These days, we are more worried about safety and security, and we need to take steps to keep our weapons out of the hands of children and people who don’t have the purest intentions.
Many states have laws regarding how your weapons must be stored to prevent children from gaining access to the gun. Even if you don’t have your own children, it is important to keep your weapons locked away from young visitors to your home. Tragedies involving children and guns can be easily avoided if they are safely stored away.
There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to handgun safes, and there is something for everyone. Many gun safes offer fire and flood protection, which has the added benefit of protecting other valuables and important paperwork in addition to your weapons.
You can select different sizes and specifications of handgun safes to suit your needs. There are also different lock types (mechanical, keyed, electric, biometric) to choose from.
Today we will be taking a look at the 10 best handgun safes to help you determine which is right for you.
This BRUTE handgun safe boasts many of the features that have made V-Line a trusted supplier of quality gun-storage solutions for over 20 years.
The BRUTE is made from sturdy 10-gauge steel which is quite a bit stronger than some of its competition. The lid fully wraps around all sides of the safe which makes prying it open a hopeless endeavor. The hinge for the lid runs the full length of the safe and the pin has been welded in a way that makes it non-removable. Because of these design features, the safe is nearly impenetrable.
To open and close this lid, the BRUTE safe uses a gas-powered strut. This helps to support the weight of the steel and allows the lid to open quickly. This feature also lowers the risk of you smashing your fingers when closing the lid.
The interior of the BRUTE safe is spacious and lined with foam including a customizable double layer of foam on the bottom. The safe also comes with 4 pre-drilled holes on the bottom for mounting to a solid surface.
When purchasing a BRUTE handgun safe from V-Line Industries, you can be sure you are getting a quality product that is tough, heavy-duty and absolutely secure.
This handgun safe has been manufactured from tough 16-gauge steel. This thick housing acts as a great deterrent for thieves.
Instead of relying on a key or passcode to unlock the safe, the GVB1000 harnesses fingerprint recognition. The safe can store the fingerprint information for up to 15 different users allowing you to provide access for a spouse or another trusted adult.
The biometric lock boasts an algorithm that quickly learns and adapts to the user’s fingerprint variations. Because of this feature, this biometric safe has a very low False Reject Rate (FRR) for a given False Accept Rate (FAR).
When there have been consecutive unsuccessful attempts at accessing the safe, the safe will prevent any further attempts. To alert you of this situation, there will be a flashing LED light on the safe. If this happens, the only way to regain access to the contents of the safe is by using one of the two provided backup keys.
The door to the safe fits tightly, making it fully resistant to prying. Once unlocked, the door easily opens for quick access due to its spring loaded nature.
The safe’s functions can be powered by a single 9-volt battery or by the supplied power jack.
The safe is mountable using the 4 predrilled holes or 2 precut slot holes.
GunVault has spent 25 years setting themselves apart from their competition and, looking at the MiniVault GVB1000, it’s easy to see why they have become an industry leader.
This PB1 Handgun Safe from Fort Knox is strong and durable. It’s constructed from 10-gauge steel and featuring a sturdy wraparound door to protect the contents.
Instead of placing the hinge on the exterior like most manufacturers, Fort Knox has chosen to put their tamper-resistant hinge under the heavy-duty door protecting your handgun safe from intruders.
The PB1 handgun safe also contains a gas strut opening mechanism to help life the heavy lid of the safe. This allows the lid to remain open while you access your handgun and other contents of your safe. It also helps to prevent you from catching your fingers under the weight of the lid while closing the safe.
The safe has a small footprint and can be easily concealed in a drawer or cupboard. You can also opt to use the predrilled holes to mount the safe to a solid surface.
Even though the safe looks small, the interior is still quite spacious and it’s lined with an “egg crate” style foam that will keep your handgun safe from scratches.
Fort Knox stands firmly behind their products, and backs all of their handgun safes with a limited lifetime warranty.
V-Line brings us another great choice in their 2912-S Locking Case for handguns.
This handgun safe has been made with 16-gauge steel to ensure its strength and durability.
The lid to this safe opens from the top rather than the front and the lid wraps completely over the top of the safe on all sides. The hinge for the lid is a full length piano style hinge, and the pin is welded in place so that a thief is unable remove it. These features make it incredibly inconvenient for an intruder to try to gain access to your handguns.
With 1081 possible combinations to select from for your password, the Simplex style 5 button mechanical lock offers an additional layer of security. You won’t need to fumble for keys, worry about dead batteries or try to position your hand correctly. Simply press the buttons in the right sequence and you will gain access to the contents of your safe.
If you wish to mount this safe to a solid surface, you can do so using the predrilled mounting holes, or by purchasing the mounting bracket sold by V-Line.
You can be confident that you are getting a top-notch product when you buy a handgun safe from V-Line.
Another option at your disposal from V-Line is their 2597-S Desk Mate Handgun Safe.
This safe is manufactured with rugged 16-gauge steel making it strong and durable. The hinge runs the length of the safe, and is welded on one end to prevent the removal of the pin.
There are no batteries, no cords, and no keys here. The safe is protected by a keyless mechanical lock. The lock uses 5 buttons, and there are over 1000 different combinations making it easy for you to set and remember a combination that will work best for you.
The door to the safe is recessed to prevent intruders from gaining access. It also opens to the front, using gravity assistance to drop down and give you quick access to the contents within the safe.
On the interior of this safe, there are anti-pry brackets to give you additional security. You will also find a felt-lined tray inside which makes it easy to remove your handgun and other valuables.
As always, with V-Line you know that your handgun and valuables are safe nestled within this high-quality gun safe.
Since the 1930’s, Sentry Safe has been bringing quality products to consumers.
The QAP1E Handgun safe is made from durable solid steel. The door to the safe is angled downward making it pry-resistant.
The safe features a gas-strut opening mechanism to allow the door to raise up quietly and stay open while you are accessing the contents of the safe.
The interior of the QAP1E safe is lined with foam to protect your weapon from scratches, and can comfortably hold one revolver or pistol.
The safe has been predrilled with mounting holes so that you can mount your safe to a solid surface.
When purchasing a SentrySafe for your handgun, you can have peace of mind for your home defense needs.
Another offering from GunVault on our list is this SpeedVault Handgun Safe.
The body of this safe is manufactured from 18-gauge steel. This handgun safe has a unique shape and novel design. Due to the design of this safe, it takes up much less room than a conventional handgun safe. Instead of being hidden in a drawer or on a shelf, this design of this safe allows for upright mounting as well as many other mounting options. Mounting instructions and hardware are included with purchase.
The door of the safe is a drop-down drawer, and it is made to enable quick access once unlocked.
The lock is very strong and can be accessed using the digital keypad. This keypad offers millions of possible combinations making it virtually impossible for someone to gain entry. After 24 consecutive unsuccessful attempts at entry, the safe will block access. An alarm will sound if the person tries to gain access again. The safe will also alert you that someone has tried to gain access by illuminating a red light on the safe.
The safe is large enough to hole one pistol or handgun and is lined with foam to protect your weapon from scratches. There is also an interior light so that you can see the contents of the safe while accessing them.
As always, GunVault stands behind their products and provides a 5 year limited warranty on all products.
Our final choice from GunVault is this Multi Vault Deluxe Gun Safe.
The GV2000-DLX is made from tough 16-gauge steel. The door of the safe is close fitting making the safe almost impossible to pry open.
The contents of this safe are protected by a battery operated electronic keypad. The keypad has over 12 million user-selectable access codes to choose from – making it impossible for a casual intruder to crack the code. If someone repeatedly enters the wrong code trying to access the safe, it will prevent anyone from gaining access. The safe will indicate that someone has tried to tamper with it by activating the motion sensor sounding an alarm.
The door is spring loaded for quick access. This safe is larger than most on our list, and it has 2 shelves for storage inside. The interior is lined with soft foam to protect your weapons and other valuables from damage and there is a light so that you can see the contents of the safe.
Should you wish, you can mount the safe to a solid surface using the predrilled holes.
GunVault is a trusted company when it comes to handgun safes, and they always back their products with a 5-year limited warranty. You can rest easy knowing your handguns and valuables are stored in one of the best options on the market.
This AX11556 gun safe from Barska is made with strong, durable steel to protect your firearms and valuables.
The door to this safe opens from the top rather than the front like most handgun safes. Because of this, you have the ability to conceal this Barska safe in a desk or a drawer. The hinge for this safe is operated with a dual hydraulic pressure mechanical system which allows the top to easily lift and remain open once the safe is unlocked.
The motorized deadbolt locking mechanism for this safe uses two solid steel locking bolts. This protects against prying and they are difficult for an intruder to bend.
The safe is mountable using the predrilled mounting holes and mounting hardware. Because the safe opens vertically, you can pop it just about anywhere.
The interior of the safe is lined with a soft foam floor mat to protect your weapons and valuables from scratches and other damage.
Barska has provided a quality product with several benefits over other options. This handgun safe is a good choice.
Titan is a smaller family owned company, and they have been able to focus on their customers and their products. They work hard to ensure they are creating a small selection of products that will meet the needs of a wide variety of people.
This pistol vault has been manufactured using Hardened to Military Spec Alloy 14-gauge Steel.
The lock is a mechanical Simplex combination lock that requires no batteries. This is a great option for people who want to avoid electronic locks that can fail right when you need them. You will never have to worry about a power outage, dead batteries, or a failed biometric reading with this safe. The locking mechanism has over 2000 combinations to choose from, and you can easily change the combination should the need arise. Unlocking the safe will not alert an intruder to your location with loud beeps, as it is silent. The safe can be unlocked and opened in just 1.5 seconds.
One design feature about this safe that really sets it apart from competitors is Titan’s patented elevator holster rack. The safe holds one gun in a provided holster, and when the lid is opened, the elevator mechanism rises to bring the gun right to your hand. This feature also helps to prevent accidental discharge.
After reading this guide, we hope you have learned more about handgun safes. While reading about the sizes, different types of locks, portability options and other specifications, hopefully you have begun to think about which type of handgun safe is right for you.
We reviewed our top 10 gun safes in this list, but there are two standouts that deserve our recommendation…
Our number one pick is the Titan Gun Safe Pistol Vault. The unique elevator holster rack, the portability options, and the fact that it requires no batteries or electrical components puts it at the top of our list.
The GunVault Multi Vault Deluxe Gun Safe is our second choice. The additional storage capacity, 12 million choices for access codes, and GunVault’s 5 year warranty make this gun safe a winner in our book.
Thank you for reading our guide and get the right safe for the job at hand!