If you own a firearm, you need to own a gun safe. While full size gun safes do a great jobs of storage, they don’t do a great job of giving quick access when someone is breaking into your home. However handgun safes, also known as pistol safes, are a great alternative.
Handgun safes are able to sit on a nightstand, be attached to a desk, or easily accessible underneath of a bed. Manufacturers like Vaultek, Fort Knox, Gunbox, and Liberty make some great options.
They are meant for quick access of generally a single handgun for when you need access now, not later.
There are quite a few different handgun safes on the market today, and I’ll be honest, not all of them are good. There are knock offs of knock offs and so on. These are the top 10 best handgun safes on the market today.
Don’t have enough time to read through them all? Here they are:
- Vaultek VT10i
- Fort Knox PB1
- GunBox 2.0
- Vaultek Slider
- Liberty HDX-150
- Liberty HD-100
- Hornady Rapid Safe
- Stealth Original Handgun Safe
- Amsec PS1208EZ
- SentrySafe Quick Access Pistol Safe
1. Vaultek VT10i
This is a safe that I have a lot of experience with. Vaultek has shown over and over again with different types of safes that they are a thought and product leader in the industry.
They pack a ton of security and technology into their safes that allow for you to easily but securely gain access to your safe.
This top opening sage can be opened with the keypad, fingerprint, phone, and even key.
Make sure to read through my full review of the vaulted vt10i here.
- High quality
- Tons of options for opening the safe
- Phone access
- Built with the new user in mind
2. Fort Knox PB1
If you have done any searching online for a pistol safe at all, you likely have stumbled upon Fort Knox’s original pistol safe, also known as the PB1. This safe has extremely thick steel (for a pistol safe), and a simplex lock.
It’s an extremely simple, but effective design that gets you exactly what you need, when you need it.
Honestly, you really couldn’t go wrong with this safe. The only downsides to this safe that you should be aware of, is if your intention is to be taking this safe on-the-go, you probably should look elsewhere. Due to its gauge of steel, its best to be left bolted to a nightstand.
To learn more about these Fort Knox pistol safes, this article might be a great read.
- Heavy duty steel
- No electronics
- Is not portable due to steel gauge
3. Gunbox 2.0
If for some reason the Vaultek VT10i above doesn’t quite do what you want it to, but want something similar, the Gunbox 2.0 is another awesome choice for a smart gun safe. It offers many of the same features, but is made of aluminum (rare in the gun safe industry) and has a futuristic design.
Due to this futuristic design, it actually makes the safe look like it isn’t a gun safe, and many people leave it out on their counters because it isn’t quickly recognized as a safe. Do I recommend that? Probably not, but hey, it’s a feature.
For accessing the safe, you can gain access by keypad, fingerprint, phone access, and key! Making it easy for anyone to find the way that works for them.
It does also feature impact detection, so if someone tampers with it, whether it be your children, or a burglar, you are going to be notified of it.
To learn more, I have a full in-person you can read about here.
- Very cool design
- Many ways to access
- Compact design
- Kind of a diversion safe
- Aluminum design isn’t 100% proven
4. Vaultek Slider Series
Yes, I know I already have a Vaultek on this list, however I’ll be honest I probably could (and should) add more. They really are great products built to give a great experience.
The main reason I wanted to add this one to the list, is it is one of the best desk or nightstand safes out there right now. It packs many of the features from the VT10i into a sliding style safe.
Basically, you can anchor this to the inside of a desk (where you sit), or to the side of a nightstand (in between the bed and the nightstand), and then it slides open when you either use the provided keypad or fingerprint locking mechanism.
Reading through this article may get you the info you need about this safe!
- Has all the Vaultek tech
- Extremely usable
- If you need to attach the safe to the desk, this is it
- Is extremely specific
- Not portable
5. Liberty HDX-150
If you are wanting a gun safe from a well known brand, that you just don’t want to think about if it will work, the HDX-150 is probably the one you should go for.
Liberty Safes is extremely well known in the industry, offers great warranties, awesome customer support, and reliable products.
This HDX-150 is a part of Liberty’s Smart Vault series, and its primary means of access is via biometric access, however if for some reason you have issues with accessing it that way it does offer a key access as well.
- Backed by Liberty Safe
- Great quality
- No keypad access like many competitors
6. Liberty HD-100
If the Liberty HDX-150 we talked about a moment ago is just a bit too much tech, or just a bit too much money, the HD-100 is also an awesome choice as well.
It sheds all of the tech, and replaces it with a standard barrel key locking mechanism, but keeps the quality!
At a fraction of the price, it makes the HD-100 an awesome entry level safe from a respectable brand you can trust.
- Made by Liberty Safes, making it a great value
- Only one way to unlock
7. Hornady Rapid Safe
While you don’t see people talking much about these safes, I have found them to be great little safes! Their main mode of opening is via RFID bracelets, or keypad.
They are high quality, work well, have a great amount of room for their size and have a really cool look!
- Multiple modes of opening
- Looks good
- A bit expensive
8. Stealth Original Handgun Safe
We talked about the Fort Knox PB1 earlier this article, however if for some reason that one didn’t work for you but you like the idea, this Stealth Original Handgun Safe is extremely similar, down to the Simplex locking mechanism, gauge of steel, and styling.
One main upside to this one though, is it does come standard with a carrying handle, allowing it to be ever so slightly more portable than the PB1.
- High gauge of steel
- Great security
- Nice gloss paint
- Not backed by a company like Fort Knox
9. Amsec PS1208EZ
If you aren’t seeing a bit of a trend to these safes, you probably haven’t been watching too closely. The PS1208EZ is extremely similar to both the Stealth Original, and the Fort Knox PB1!
The defining difference? This one is 14 gauge. Now you may think that this is a bad thing, but it actually is a great alternative. Having that thinner gauge of steel means it is much more portable than the other options.
- More portable than competitors
- Backed by Amsec
- Not as secure as competitors
10. SentrySafe Quick Access Pistol Safe
This is the one safe that I hear about constantly! It seems everyone likes it, it works well, and is probably worth being your list of buying.
It is an extremely simple design!
- Nothing really special
With that, this is the list of best handgun (aka pistol) safes that I know of. I’m sure you will find what safe may work best for your application.
In the end, every safe has little things that make it better than others, so I tried to make sure to keep a variety of safes in mind when putting this together.