Owning a handgun is one of the most important steps a person can take to protect their home and family. However, as any responsible handgun owner knows, it is crucial to keep
your weapons locked away in a safe place when they are not in use. Apart from mitigating the serious risks posed to curious young children, keeping your handgun in a locked
box also keeps it safe from theft. Yet, in order to choose the best pistol safe for your needs, it is important to understand the differences between the various
types of gun safes available today.
Gun safes are generally divided into two basic categories, rifle safes and pistol safes. While pistol safes are categorized on the basis of the locking mechanisms they
employ, the best pistol safe, regardless of its locking system will have a few basic features – it will be small, compact, easy to open, and tamper resistant. While the
vast majority of pistol safes can only house one handgun, there are a few on the market that have the capacity to hold two firearms.
Pistol safes are divided into four main categories based on the locking mechanism they employ.
Keyed Gun Safes:
As old-fashioned and outdated as it might be, the traditional keyed gun safe is still considered by some to be the best pistol safe around, despite the many
advances in safe technology over the years. A keyed gun safe is typically installed in the floor or in a wall and is opened with a key. It doesn’t rely on an
external power source to function nor do you need to remember a code, but the disadvantage of the key safe is, of course, that the key can get lost or stolen.
A step up from the lock and key gun safe of yesteryear, the dial safe is opened by turning a dial left and right to a set combination. A familiar locking mechanism
to anyone who has ever used a school locker, the dial safe is considered by some aficionados to be the best pistol safe in terms of the locking mechanism. This is
because it has the distinct advantage of not relying on any form of battery or electronic power to function. As such, it will always be easy to access your handgun, as
long as you remember the combination. However, as with the keyed safe and the electronic lock safes, the dial safe might not be the best pistol safe to have when
confronted with an emergency for the simple reason that in the face of fear, it can be easy to panic and forget the combination or struggle with dialing it in. And in
the event of a home invasion or other crisis where you need to get to your handgun quickly, every second counts.
Electronic Lock Safes:
Of the types of safes discussed so far, this is perhaps the best pistol safe type as it uses an electronically based locking system – the owner uses a keypad to
enter the code and has the discretion to change the code as many times as needed. Keep in mind that it is advisable to change the code itself from time to time as
most electronic lock safes feature keypads or dial pads that wear over time. If you never change your code, anyone who gets a good look at your safe can easily
figure out your code by noting the numbers on the keypad that seem the most faded. While electronic key safes are easy to open quickly, they do have the drawback
of running on battery power – most electronic lock safes need to have their batteries changed each year.
Biometric Pistol Safes:
By far the best pistol safe around, biometric pistol safes operate on biometric recognition software. All you have to do to open the safe is use your fingerprint – press
or swipe it over the safe's biometric pad and you have instant access to your handgun in the event of a serious emergency. These types of safes do require an external
power source. Many models also allow you to program multiple fingerprints into the system so that you can give others access to the safe, yet tightly control who has that access.
There is a wide and ever-growing array of handgun safes to choose from these days, and in trying to determine which is the best pistol safe for your needs, there are many
issues to consider, including size, locking mechanism, and ease of accessibility. Following is a list of some of the best pistol safes on the market today – while this
list is not exhaustive it can certainly point you in the right direction if you are looking for a safe and reliable way to securely store your handguns.
Fort Knox FTK-PB Pistol Box Handgun Safe
Weighing around 24 pounds, the Fort Knox FTK-PB pistol box handgun safe is considered by many in the industry to be the best pistol safe on the market when
it comes to electronic safes. With a concealed interior door hinge and an eggshell lined compartment for safer storage, the Fort Knox handgun is as impregnable
as its famous namesake. It comes equipped with pre-drilled holes in the base for easy floor installation and features a heavyweight door, the opening of which is
facilitated by means of a gas strut. Operated by an electronic keypad with a numbered code, this handgun safe gives you easy accessibility along with
Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault Pistol Gun Safe
Although the Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault pistol safe weighs just under 5 pounds, it is known by industry experts to be one of the best pistol safe options
for those in the market for a lightweight, portable gun safe. Constructed with heavy-gauge steel, the Gunvault MV5OO-STD features a foam-lined interior
compartment, as well as a patented electronic lock mechanism which allows you to accurately use the keypad even in the dark. Tamper resistant and durable, the
Gunvault MV500-STD informs users when incorrect entries have been made into the keypad and shuts down the opening mechanism if too many erroneous codes
have been entered in sequence. Price: $79.99
Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe Model
The SentrySafe Quick Access Pistol Safe is the most secure pistol safe we have ever produced. It keeps little hands off of your firearms while at the same time allowing quick, quiet, single-handed
access when you need it most. This safe has a biometric lock in addition to the digital lock and override key. The reader reliably detects the user’s fingerprint allowing for quick, single-handed access to the firearm.
Quick access to your firearm does not have to mean putting your family at risk. The Quick Access Pistol Safe is not only a powerful solution for home defense; it is the most secure pistol safe Sentry Safe have ever designed. Solid steel construction and pry resistant door hinge help keep your family and home safe from unauthorized access to your firearm.
Gunvault GV2000S Multi Vault Standard Gun Safe
Like all Gunvault products, the Gunvault GV2000S Multi Vault Standard Gun Safe is well known for its durability, ease of operation, and tamper resistance. Battery
operated and featuring the same No Eyes keypad as other Gunvault safes, this safe can be easily opened in the dark and resists attempts to break into the system
by shutting down altogether when incorrect codes are entered in a repetitive sequence. Constructed of 16 gauge steel, with cushioned foam interior dual
compartments, this safe can hold up to two hand guns and is one of the best pistol safe options for those in the market for a secure and reliable multi
vault gun safe. Price: $109.00
Gunvault GV2000C-DLX Multi Vault Deluxe Gun Safe
Similar to the Gunvault GV2000S, the Gunvault GV2000C-DLX Deluxe gun safe, thought to be the best pistol safe in Gunvault’s inventory, is also a multi vault
safe. It has many of the same features including a solid 16 gauge steel exterior construction and dual foam lined compartments, as well as the patented Gunvault
No Eyes Keypad. And like many Gunvault products, the Gunvault 2000C-DLX also has a high strength tamper proof locking mechanism, backed up by a sophisticated
computer system that locks out users when too many incorrect keypad entries are made. However, the Gunvault GV2000C-DLX comes with a few unique features that
set it apart. These include interior vault lighting, an A/C adapter option to save on battery power, a low battery warning signal, and most
importantly, a motion detector with an audio alarm. Price: $139.00
Figuring out which is the best pistol safe for you will probably take a little bit of time and research. However, it is never an option to go without one. By
taking the necessary precautions to keep your hand guns secure, you can rest easy knowing that you have done everything in your power to keep your home and family safe.