Biometric gun safes are one of the more controversial gun safe styles on the market today. These safes can range from cheap knock-off safes to the much more expensive style locks. These locks are normally in the form of a fingerprint scanner that is generally placed directly on the keypad that is used as a backup to the scanner.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a lower end biometric safe. Why? Because the failure rate, and quality of these lower end biometric safes tend to be prevalent, as costs are cut to keep the price lower on these models. If you are going to own a biometric safe, do it right. The last thing you need is a safe that won’t open when you need it most.
That said, below are the top 3 biometric hand gun safes I would consider, as well as the top 3 full size safes I would consider!
Best Biometric Handgun Safe
Biometric handgun safes have a little bit different lock than a full-size gun safe. With these pistol safe locks you won’t tend to find any brand name like SecuRAM on them, so really you will only know how good the lock is by either using it yourself, or paying attention to reviews.
So with that! Lets take a look at my top 3 biometric handgun safes I would use.
#1 – Vaultek Gun Safe
Vaultek in my mind is one of the leading pistol safe companies. While they are a young company, they have built out some awesome products packed with great features.
While they may have a hefty price tag, as I had mentioned before, it is worth it if you are going to rely on a biometric lock in a life or death situation. I actually was able to do a full hands-on review of the VT10i specifically, and you can check out my review here. A year later, they are still one of my favorites.
A great thing about these safes, is there are many other ways to get into the safe if for some reason the biometric portion doesn’t work.
You can purchase a Vaultek safe on their website.
#2 – Gunbox 2.0 / Echo
GunBox has been around for quite a bit longer than Vaultek, Gunbox is a quality brand with a quality product. With the higher price tag, again comes higher quality locking mechanisms.
Much like the one above, the GunBox has a couple options, and the newer 2.0 actually addresses my main concern in my review, and includes both the keypad, RFID and the biometric to allow for some redundant options for access, instead of keeping the keypad and biometric as a separate unit.
You can purchase a GunBox directly off of their website.
#3 – Liberty HDX-150
Liberty is one of the best gun safe companies out there, and their pistol safes are no different. They have a great customer experience, and a great warranty.
I won’t put this one at the top of my list of best biometric gun safes, as it has the downside of only having a biometric and key access. So that leaves only one quick access option instead of having phone access, RFID, or keypad like the ones above have.
You can purchase this safe right off of Liberty’s website.
Best Biometric Full Size Gun Safe
Full size gun safes are a little bit different of an experience than the others. This more comes down to the brand of the lock itself, and not so much the brand of the safe.
When you are shopping around for a biometric full size gun safe, and don’t find a name brand on the face of the lock, I recommend passing it up… if you don’t know the brand of the lock you will have to rely on the manufacturer of the safe, and won’t be able to get secondary support from the lock manufacturer.
That said, there aren’t many full size gun safe manufacturers that have biometric as a “stock” option, however many biometric locks can be added after the fact by an experienced lock smith.
However there are some notable manufactures such as the below! There are of course others, however these are the ones I tend to trust.
#1 – Browning Pro Steel Safes
Browning is one of the few manufacturers that will add a biometric lock to a gun safe out of the box. They also use one of my favorite brands of locks being the SecuRAM Biometric.
SecuRAM makes many of the locks you find on safes, and they are a great product.
To purchase one of these safes, find your local dealer by visiting Browning’s dealer locator.
That’s about it
Yeah, that is correct… there aren’t many full-size gun safe companies making a biometric safe. There is of course Barska, who makes everything with a biometric lock on it, however they haven’t quite proven to me that they are quality. With their low price point, I’m worried about the quality of the lock