What is a biometric safe?

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There are so many gun safes out there, however one of the more popular style of pistol safe is one that opens using a fingerprint, also known as a biometric safe.

So what exactly is a biometric safe? Biometric safes are safes that are generally opened by use of a fingerprint, and not really any other means.

While technically, according to Websters Dictionary, biometric means:

“the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (such as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity”

Websters Dictionary
The RS200i is a full size safe for rifles that offers Biometric capabilities [Image courtesy of Vaultek]

The safe industry as a whole has pretty much considered the fingerprint as the main biometric lock of choice. As yelling at a safe to open may give a tactical disadvantage.

Are biometric safes reliable?

I do warn, that not all biometric locks are created equal.

I highly recommend reading customer reviews, and reviews online to see how you feel about the failure rate, or access rate of the lock on the safe you are considering.

The worst thing that could happen, is to not be able to access your safe due to a cheap biometric lock.

What are good biometric lock safes?

I highly recommend, if looking for a biometric safe, to only consider one with some form of quick backup, such as an electronic keypad.

One safe that I personally recommend is the Vaultek VT10i, I personally have this safe in my collection, and can’t say enough good things about it.

You can read my full review of the safe here.


I hope this article helped you understand what Biometric Gun Safes are and how they work!

To learn more about pistol safes, check out our buying guide. Also you might want to see my article about different types of locking mechanisms.

Editors Note: This article was originally released on October 16, 2018 but has since been updated for accuracy, and to further discuss the subject.

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