If there’s anything you have to be careful with it’s guns. Guns should only be used by the licensee. That’s the whole point of the license. Even in your own home, you should act to keep your gun safe, and locked up out of sight.
The safest gun safe you can have is not one with a password or a combination lock that anyone can take a guess at, but a biometric safe.
A biometric gun safe will only unlock when the intended user only displays biometric information, such as, as is more commonly used at the moment, the gun owner’s fingerprint.
There are many biometric gun safes out at the moment. We’ve had a good look at many different ones, and after much deliberation we were able to handpick our top 5 favorites. Our reviews on those are coming up very shortly.
Our top 5 picks are taken from the retailers’ best seller lists, and are all highly rated by customers. We’ve included some gun safes for handguns and some for rifles.
Spoiler alert: biometric safes designed for rifles are more expensive than those designed for handguns.
Following that we also have a handy buying guide for you, which highlights some of the key things (pun intended!) for you to think about before you buy your biometric gun safe.
Later on, we’ll then top that off with a brief rundown of answers to some of your most commonly asked questions on the subject.
And without further ado…
Top 5 Best Biometric Gun Safes
OUR TOP PICK
This particular biometric has been sold in it’s thousands.
On the Amazon page alone you can see well over 2,800 individual customer ratings on this safe. Better yet though, the customer feedback is impressive. After so many individual ratings, the average customer rating comes out at a whopping 4 and a half star out of 5.
The one for 1 gun, which is what we’re concentrating on here, can actually fit 2 standard handguns. Or alternatively one larger handgun, plus some ammunition.
It has a rather compact size, and will fit in small drawers. And, depending on how you store it, it may not look too obvious what it is. It could even fit on a bookshelf.
It’s also portable, so you could put it in your trunk or possibly your vehicle’s glove compartment.
In addition to the fingerprint access, you also have the option to set up a four number passcode for access, or use manual keys.
As we said these functions are optional. You could chuck the keys in the trash on the day the box arrives for all the manufacturer cares.
It may be in an unassuming black color, rather than silver, but we can assure you it’s made of solid steel. It has a very reliable locking mechanism, and the whole thing is fitted in such a way that it’s virtually impossible to pry open.
The safe even features blue LED lighting to provide great visibility, should you ever need to get your gun out quickly. And speaking of getting quick access, this is really helped along by the gas strut.
You can either buy one designed for 1 handgun, or one big enough to store 2 such guns. Both are worth the price, but the latter is more expensive than the former.
It comes with a set of AA batteries, so you can stash your handgun away out of sight on the very day your safe arrives. Especially given how easy it is to set up.
It comes complete with a full year’s warranty, but we don’t think you’ll need it.
- Compact and portable
- Blue LED lighting
- Comes with batteries
- Full year’s warranty
- When you’re initially setting it up, it only has you reposition your finger once, which can mean you may need to make several attempts before you can open it.
One thing we like about this biometric is that it can be mounted in place, and therefore be difficult for anyone to move elsewhere. Once secure it will remain where you want to keep it.
It has a slim, discreet and unobtrusive appearance. Most people wouldn’t guess at what’s inside. It’s total dimensions are compact enough that it could be easily stored under a desk or a night stand. And you can choose between having it mounted from the right, left or the top.
The high resolution fingerprint sensor will detect a fingerprint match in less than a second, so you can access your handgun quickly when you need it.
In addition to the fingerprint access, you also have the option to set up a four number passcode for access, or use manual keys. These additional functions are entirely optional.
When the safe opens, your handgun will be pointed downwards, with the handle within quick reach of the opening, and will be accessible from either the left or the right of the safe. (Depending on how you’ve got it mounted of course.)
It has a good, sturdy all steel construction. It has a smart black finish, which not only looks good amongst all sorts of decor, but is also corrosion resistant, for real durability.
We love that this safe features a low battery warning. The last thing you’d want is to not be able to access your handgun when you need it, due to the safe’s batteries running out.
We also like the protective foam lined interior. Nice touch.
It comes complete with a full year’s warranty, which is very reassuring.
Please note, if you head over to the Amazon page, there is also a non-biometric option. If you decide to buy please be careful that you select the one you want. We recommend the biometric option.
- Can be securely mounted in place
- Low battery warning
- Full year’s warranty
- Easy to access when opened
- Discreet & unobtrusive appearance
- Not really designed to be portable
Moutec, is a good, well established brand in the world of gun safes. And this beauty comes highly rated by customers, earning an average Amazon customer rating of a whopping 5 stars out of a possible 5.
It’s rather compact and discreet. You can decide for yourself whether or not to mount it in any particular place, or to keep it unmounted to make it portable to take with you when you go on any travels.
To keep it securely in place, you can make use of the pre-drilled holes and included hardware to mount it to the floor.
There are a total of 3 means of access. There’s the biometric fingerprint, emergency manual keys, or by way of passcode that’s anywhere between 4 and 8 digits long.
It can fit 2 handguns at the same time, and allow additional room for you to get your hands in. And the interior is nicely padded.
It has a good, solid construction, with reinforced solid steel walls, and maximum prevention against break-ins. It has dual-layer steel housing which is seamlessly welded and pry-proof.
We like that it has a backlit keypad, which ensures that you’ll be able to see it in the dark.
It also has a silent mode, so you can access your gun without alerting anyone.
It comes complete with a 2 year warranty, which is good for a gun safe, normally they’re just for 1 year.
- Backlit keypad
- Silent mode
- 2 year warranty
- Good, well established brand
- You can mount it in place or use it as a portable gun safe
- For the numeric passcode, you can only use digits from 0 to 6
What we like about this biometric rifle gun safe is the sheer size of it.
Not only can it accommodate 5 rifles with or without a scope, but it even has a separate lockbox above the rifle storage area where you can store away other personal belongings completely safe and secure.
The lockbox can come in very handy if you also have a handgun to keep secure in addition to your rifles. Or for storing ammo.
On detecting your particular fingerprint on the sensor, you will be able to turn the dial to open the gun safe.
Alternatively, in addition to the fingerprint access, you also have the option to set up a 3 digit passcode for access, or use the 2 manual spare keys. These additional functions are entirely optional.
The safe is made of thick, solid steel, and is both tamper resistant and pry proof. There’s a three point locking system that will keep all unauthorized hands out of the safe and away from danger.
One thing we like about this gun safe is that you can set it up for an alarm to go off when the wrong access information is submitted, which makes for excellent home defense. If you prefer though, you can choose to set a silent mode.
It’s easy to install, whether you want to attach it to a wall, the floor, or both. All the hardware you need will be included in the box when it arrives. As will 4 batteries, which are also included, so you can safely stow away your rifles on the very day your gun safe is delivered.
The after sales service is really good too, available right round the clock.
- Wrong access alarm
- Separate lockbox on top
- Can be secured to wall, floor or both
- The cabinet comes pre-programmed with two default digital codes of 111 and 123, and you will need to reprogram both, otherwise anyone can access the safe with these codes
As far as biometric rifle safes go, they don’t get much more affordable than this.
It can hold up to 5 rifles at a time, and is narrow enough to fit into a closet.
It’s made from good, solid, durable steel, and is durable, dependable, and very pry resistant. The interior is foam padded.
You can choose whether to mount it to the wall or the floor, thanks to the pre drilled mounting holes, and the included bolts.
To open the gun safe you can of course use your fingerprint. Alternatively you could enter a 9 digit passcode, which is way more difficult and time consuming for an unauthorized person to try to use to gain access.
The locking mechanism is very good, there are 3 solid steel locking bolts in place.
We like the addition of the LED sensor light, it gives you better visibility in the dark, but if you don’t like having it there, you can remove it.
If the batteries were to die, you could still be able to open the gun safe using the 2 emergency manual keys, which you can use via the hidden keyhole.
Speaking of batteries, there are 4 AA batteries included in the box, and there’s a battery holder in the door of the gun safe, so you have them right at your disposal when you need them.
There’s also a lockbox situated at the top of the gun safe, where you can store smaller valuable items, or maybe ammo.
There may not be quite so many peer reviews for this one online, but it’s still ranking as a best seller with online retailers.
- Good price
- The in number is made up of 9 digits, which makes it very difficult for unauthorized people to guess at
- No room for gun scopes on the rifles
- No low battery warning
Best Biometric Gun Safe Buying Guide
Ok, as promised, here’s a quick run down of the key things (pun intended!) that you might want to think about before you buy your biometric gun safe.
How Many Guns Are You Storing?
We strongly believe that you should ensure all of your firearms are kept securely.
Whether that means you have one large gun safe that will store all of your firearms, or whether you have two or more smaller gun safes tactically placed.
Where Do You Want To Store It/Them?
If you’re keeping a handgun for good home defense, then you may be interested in one that you can securely mount to one place. Whether it’s a night stand or attached to your desk. If this is of interest to you, then we can recommend our number pick, the.
Alternatively, if you’re always on the move, going from place to place, then understandably you’d want a more portable gun safe for your handgun. In that instance we can recommend our number pick, the.
Rifles however are a different story. They are quite inconspicuous due to their sheer size. However don’t be tempted to store your rifle/s under a bed. Rifles should be stored upright, muzzle up.
Rifle gun safes tend to mimic wardrobes in terms of their height, but are much narrower. They are usually black, which may suit some decor, and heavy, so they will not be at all portable, but can instead be mounted to a wall.
Other Means of Access
While using fingerprint sensors is a great way to ensure that only authorized users can access your gun/s, it would be nice to have a back-up means of accessing the gun/s. And most gun safe manufacturers acknowledge this, and have built in alternative means to open their gun safes.
To that end, all of the biometric gun safes in our chosen top picks can all also be opened by way of a numeric passcode and emergency manual keys. The longer the numeric passcode, the more difficult it would be for an unauthorized person to gain access to the gun/s.
There are a few brands that tend to dominate the best seller lists in gun safes at the moment, and they include Moutec, RPNB, and Hornady.
We tried to include some of these brands in our top 5 picks.
Some gun sensors feature a light within the gun safe that comes on when the safe is opened. This can be a handy feature if you ever wanted the extra visibility to quickly grab the gun for home defense at night.
Some rifle gun safes often feature a lockable safe at the top of the safe where you can stash other sensitive items, or ammo.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are biometric gun safes reliable?
We can confirm that biometric gun safes are indeed reliable.
But you don’t have to take our word for it, check out the customer reviews - there’s loads on Amazon.
Should you keep ammo in your gun safe?
Keeping your ammo in a biometric gun safe is a great idea.
You’ll always know exactly where your ammo is, and be able to get to it when you need it. And more importantly access to the ammo will be extremely limited, only available to those whom you’ve approved for access.
We also recommend that you keep your ammo in a sealed container to prevent the natural elements of the air from affecting the lead in the bullets.