Best Home Defense Gun Safe

Owning a gun will provide feelings of safety, but the truth is, as soon as you brought it into your home, it’s more of a dangerous place than ever.

It doesn’t bear thinking about what would happen if it fell into the wrong hands, which is why a home defense gun safe is the only real way to go. It’s not as simple as buying any old design though. 

A good gun safe is as secure as it is accessible to the right people. The last thing you need in an emergency is a wrestling match with a complex locking system when the adrenaline’s pumping. It also needs to be practically sized so you can store it in a close-by tactical location.

So, in this article, we’re going to be discussing five of the very best home defense gun safes around at the minute. We’ll even shoot through an in-depth buyer’s guide and brief FAQ section, giving you all the information you need to find your own little personal Fort Knox.

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Top 5 Best Home Defense Gun Safes

OUR TOP PICK

Our top pick is a super sleek and compact safe perfect for tucking into a drawer or under the bed for quick access should the worst happen.

Despite the Awesafe’s deceptively diminutive appearance, it has the capacity to store two regular-sized handguns or one larger handgun and extra ammunition. This is perfect if you and your partner have your own preferred firearms that you’re accustomed to using.

Both will fit nicely into this one lockbox.

Let’s take a look at the build quality. This little tank is made completely out of heavy duty solid steel, and the door folds in underneath the front panel making it pretty much impossible to pry open with tools.

You can also expect a high strength pry-proof locking system specially fitted and concealed to make this thing impenetrable. The lock is controlled by fingerprint recognition for the fastest possible access in a time-sensitive situation.

There’s also an LED-lit four-button digital keypad to set up a backup code that will override the finger recognition technology. You can also gain access through a hidden keyhole.

One of the things we love about this safe is the gas-powered strut that softens the sound of the door opening to near silence, so you can arm yourself discreetly, giving you the element of surprise in a nasty situation.

The interior is also lit by blue LEDs giving you great visuals in the dark.

Pros

  • Solid steel construction
  • Gas strut makes opening the door silent
  • Can be operated single-handedly
  • Keypad and interior lit with blue LEDs so you can gain access in the dark
  • Fast access fingerprint recognition
  • Simple digital password backup
  • Hidden keyhole
  • Affordable for the quality
  • Pry-proof lock and door
  • Compact design will fit anywhere
  • Large enough for two handguns

Cons

  • Portability means it could be easily taken unless secured

EDITORS CHOICE

Bringing the final touches to your home defense setup at number the number two position is a rugged brutalist design. You could drop it out a 30-story and it wouldn’t have a scratch on it.

This safe has a 10-gauge unibody alloy steel construction which means it doesn’t even have any welds. It’s one piece of solid steel. As strong as some welded joints can be, they’ll never be as secure as whole metal.

The interior is heavily padded on both the roof and floor, and there’s room enough for two regular size handguns and a small amount of ammunition.

The door is a tamper-resistant, heavy duty wrap around design that prevents any prying and may even stop hydraulic attempts to a certain degree.

Granting you access instantaneously and quietly using a gas-powered strut, you’ll be able to prepare yourself in an emergency in seconds flat.

So, how do you get into this thing? Well, we’re happy to tell you it keeps things simple and efficient. You have a five button keypad, and a push button. That’s it.

It’s called a Simplex lock and it’s reliable, fast, and easy to use, perfect for lightning quick impromptu entry.

Pros

  • The whole body is made from one piece of 10 gauge alloy steel
  • Anti-tamper lid will stop forced entries
  • Simple, single, quick access design
  • Impenetrable brutalist aesthetic
  • Heavily padded to keep contents in perfect condition
  • Gas strut assisted door for fast, silent, and effortless opening
  • Compact design is perfect for a draw or under the bed
  • Most secure safe on our list

Cons

  • Expensive
  • A secondary entry would be good

BEST VALUE

Securing our number three spot as another amazing safe with an innovative design and solid construction.

This is another safe specifically designed for holding a gun. This one only has room for a single firearm and a few important documents, but the deployment function is second to none. As soon as it’s opened, the dropbox design falls open presenting your handgun in a primed position.

It’s a thin-line design with mounting capabilities that’ll fit perfectly under a desk, wardrobe, or bedside table. Docking this thing to a wall or furniture will also prevent removal of the whole box.

As a gun safe should be, it’s made from rugged, 18-gauge steel strong enough to resist massive amounts of force. You get three different ways of unlocking this safe.

There’s biometric fingerprint identification, a digital keypad, and an emergency key. The lock and door themselves are pry-proof designs to give you even more peace of mind.

A traditional lock and key has its benefits, but it also brings along its own risks. A key could be found by children or intruders who could then easily access your firearm. Moreover, a traditional lock is easier to break or pick using tools.

Internally your handgun sits comfortably in a memory foam surround, keeping it stationary and safe at all times. The fast-access whisper function single-handed entry will prepare you for an emergency in a discreet and timely manner. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Mounts to a surface preventing full box theft
  • Has fingerprint recognition for quick access
  • Whisper function digital keypad offers secondary access
  • Emergency keys if you forget your pin
  • Dropbox function delivers your gun in prime position to reduce scuffling
  • Has room for other documents or valuables
  • Solid steel construction will keep out any unwanted hands
  • Memory foam interior protects your firearm

Cons

  • Keys could be found and used to access the safe

RUNNER UP

Making our number four spot a safer place is this dauntless wall unit from Viking, perfect for maximum security.

It features a solid steel military-look construction and two steel 20 mm heavy duty motorized deadbolts as a locking system. There’s absolutely no way anyone can get into this thing without permission, which brings us to our next point.

This Viking safe is designed to scan and register up to 32 finger signatures, so you can grant access to as many trusted personnel as you feel comfortable with. This is a nice touch as means other trusted individuals can use firearms in an emergency in your absence.

As far as other access methods go, you get a 12 button keypad with numbers 1 - 9 and three characters, which is great for creating incredibly secure passcodes, but may slow down the opening process. There’s also a keyhole hidden behind the Viking pin.

The door fixtures are all laser cut which makes them fit so flush that they’re almost impossible to pry open.

This is the largest safe on our list, but still practical enough to fit in your bedroom or an office. At 19” x 14” x 4”, you should be able to fit a number of firearms or other valuables, with room to spare. The entire interior is carpeted saving your valuables and firearms from scratching against a hard surface.

Pros

  • Large capacity
  • Fingerprint recognition for fast access
  • Secondary pin access
  • Hidden keyhole
  • Laser Cut door makes it hard to pry open
  • Carpeted interior keeps your firearm in good condition
  • Inner door has key hooks

Cons

  • Keypad is a quite fiddly
  • Harder to fit
  • It’s pretty expensive

RUNNER UP

Locking things up at our final spot is another small suitcase style design that will fit neatly pretty much anywhere, allowing you to keep your firearm secure and close at hand.

It’s a dual-layer steel design finished with a corrosion preventing black coat. This gives it a very professional aesthetic that would fit in discreetly anywhere.

The door is an anti-pry, spring-loaded design that opens quickly and silently, which is exactly what you need from a compact home defense gun safe. Although this is a highly portable design, it comes fitted for floor-mounting, so this thing isn’t going anywhere.

It’s the same sort of design and capacity as our number two pick, so you can expect to fit one large handgun or two regular size handguns. The flooring in the interior is padded for soft-touch storage.

We were a little bit disappointed that this RPNB safe doesn’t have any internal lighting, but it’s still a lovely design.

You get three entry points here: biometric fingerprint recognition, four-button keypad, and key entry. The keyhole is pretty covert in this case, hidden by a black cover.

Pros

  • Silent, spring-loaded door
  • Dual-layer steel construction
  • Anti-pry design
  • Corrosion repelling black satin finish
  • Large enough for two handguns
  • Padded floor
  • Fingerprint recognition for quick access
  • Simple keypad option
  • Covert key backup
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No internal lighting

Best Home Defense Gun Safe Buying Guide

It can be difficult to really put your finger on what it is you’re looking for when it comes to buying your first safe.

There are a lot of factors to consider, and it’s an incredibly important decision.

A decent safe in many cases could be the difference between life and death.

So, we’ve composed this buyer’s guide to give you an insight into the things we considered when we composed our best-of list.

No Budget

As this is a matter of security and keeping your family and home safe, we recommend you go into safe shopping with an open mind and an open wallet.

You can’t put a price on the safety of your loved ones.

Access

This is one of the most crucial aspects of your home defense gun safe.

You need your safe to be incredibly easy and quick to access in case of emergencies.

Number of Access Points

Having a safe with multiple access methods is preferable to having a traditional single access design. A small selection allows you to choose what you’re most comfortable with as your primary access method.

That said, too many access points and it will render your safe more vulnerable.

We recommend having at least two types of entry. This means if there are any problems with one of them, you can still access your firearm quickly. 

Types of Access

This is going to define how quickly you can arm yourself.

A lot of modern safes come with biometric fingerprint recognition systems. This is a super cool and extremely fast way to access the inside of your safe, but probably not the most reliable. Just think of your phone. That too has print recognition, however, it doesn’t always work.

The second most reliable and fastest way to get into your safe would be via a small keypad. The buttons should be tactile, easy to find, and well spaced. In dangerous situations, your hands may be shaking and you need large definite targets to get your code right first time round.

Avoid safes with large pads and small buttons. The more complex the system, the harder it’s going to be to navigate under stress.

The most reliable opening function is a simple lock and key. We prefer other methods of access as we see the traditional key method as being quite flawed. For instance, using a small key in the dark is going to be noisy, time-consuming, and nearly impossible.

Another reason you should be careful with a key is that it can be found by anyone, giving them easy access to your firearm. That said, if the keyhole is covert, a key entry is a really good backup.

You should definitely avoid safes with any hokey old-timey metal ring combination access methods. These are okay for a backup, but they’re far too time-consuming.

Volume

This is something you might not have thought of before, but a silent door is imperative for a home security gun safe.

If - god forbid - there is an intruder or intruders in your home, letting them know you’re aware isn’t always the best course of action until you’re fully armed and prepared. 

A silent door gives you time to think your strategy through.

Interior

Secure Hold

A safe is all about security, but not all safes will keep your handgun secure inside.

Finding something with secure fixtures or specially designed spaces will keep your gun in tip-top condition for the day you may need it.

Size

It’s good to be aware of your firearm(s) dimensions so you can get an appropriately sized safe.

Wedging a gun into a too small compartment is dangerous and will slow you down in an emergency.

Padding

A padded safe is a must when it comes to your weapon and valuables.

You want it to come out primed and ready for action. Decent padding will also help when relocating your safe. You won’t have to empty the contents first.

One-Handed Access

Single-handed access is another practical way you can increase your home security set up.

This means you’ll be able to access the contents in a discreet manner or if you’re leaning on the other hand.

Material

All the best safes are made out of steel, but not all steel is the same. Try and find out what kind of steel it is, what makes it special.

It’s also a good idea to check how this material has been put together.

Does the welding seem strong? If you can find a safe made from one piece of steel like our number two spot, even better.

Door Design

Equally as important is the door design. It has to be heavy duty but fast opening.

The best safe doors on our list are gas assisted and open silently. Check what measures have been taking to secure it against prying.

Lock

Another fundamental here, you need to know what sort of locking system is in place. It should always be a hidden mechanism.

No one can try and break it if they have no idea where it is. It also needs to be reliable.

Read up on customer reviews to see if anyone had any troubles with its functioning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I keep my home defense gun loaded?

As long as it’s deemed legal in your state, it’s up to you. There are benefits to having a pre-loaded gun.

It’s going to save on valuable time in an emergency, but even in a safe, a loaded gun in a house poses a huge risk.

It may even be a good idea to keep your firearm and ammunition in separate locations.

Should I bolt down my gun safe?

Yes, you absolutely must secure your safe. Thieves don’t know it’s a gun safe.

They’ll think it holds money and valuables. Rather than crack it right then and there, they’ll take the whole thing to deal with in a safer location.

Safe and Secure

So, there you have it, five of the very best home gun safes available at the minute.

Any one of them is a responsible way to bring the safety a gun provides into your home while reducing the inherent danger that comes along with it.

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