From the Classroom to the Range

Shooting is one sport that is not very common amongst students, but it is interestingly fun. In most cases, you don’t have to own a gun, and can usually hire one from the range. The thing that makes shooting on the range interesting is struggling to hit the target. The more experienced people wouldn’t have a problem with this, but as a learner it could prove to be quite a challenge. I’m going to jog all of you students on how to quickly load and shoot a handgun. The first thing to do is to load bullets into a clip. You then push it up into the gun and turn off the safety catch. With two hands, take careful hold of the gun, aim and shoot. You will not believe the amount of adrenaline rush that passes through the body when you see the bullet passing right through the center of the target.

Remember, guns are fun to shoot, but they can also be a danger. It is estimated that in the United States alone, 33,000 people die from firearms. That is why it is hard to understand how people celebrate these deadly devices and carry them around while shopping, picking up their children from school or working. People that go to shoot on the range, oddly enough never think of violence. To them this is a hobby that they enjoy, and one that could save their lives if they ever encountered danger. With that said, we are now going to look at gun safes that you can get to store your guns. Remember, if the guns are not stored properly, they could pose a danger to us and those around us. Remember, we have heard stories of children accidentally firing their parent’s guns and causing harm.

From the Classroom to the Range

Ultimate Guide to The Best Gun Safes

While some can say that any gun safe will do to store guns, they are wrong because they come made for different purposes. Gun safes can be designed to keep your weapons safe from 3 main threats:

  • Children
  • Intruders
  • Natural damage like fire and water.

If you just want to keep the gun away from children, you might consider wall mounted gun safes or biometric gun safes that only open to your fingerprint. For thieves and intruders, the priority is being discreet and secure. Go for:

  • Hidden gun safes
  • Under the bed gun safes
  • ​Concealable gun safes
  • Finger print gun safes

To keep your gun safe from the elements, you would want to look at fireproof gun safes or waterproof gun safes.

The 5 Top Rated Gun Safes Under $100

Below we are going to review some affordable gun safes that you might consider buying.

Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe with Electronic Lock

Great security for pistols, ammo and valuables at home, on the road or in the office. Solid steel, pry resistant, plate steel doors, steel live action locking bolts and concealed hinges provide greater security. The electronic lock includes a dashboard faceplate that makes it easy to view the status of your safe. The key pad will “beep” when a button is touched- letting you know you have pressed a key. The “beeps” can be turned off or on with the press of the megaphone button. There is a time out period after 3 incorrect combination attempts.

Your safe includes a backup key should your batteries lose power or if you forget your combination. Combinations can be changed easily by pressing a button located on the back of the door and entering a new combination. There are pre-drilled holes for mounting the safe to the floor/shelf and wall. Fastening hardware is included. Safes should be mounted to a solid surface to ensure the security of their contents. These safes are California-approved Firearm Safety Devices that meet the requirements of Penal Code section 23655 and the regulations issued thereunder.

Features

  • Perfect size to fit inside of a drawer
  • 2 Live action steel locking bolts and concealed hinges for greater security
  • Easily programmed electronic lock
  • Time out period after 3 incorrect combination attempts
  • Pre-drilled holes for mounting the safe to the floor/shelf and wall, fastening hardware is included

First Alert 5200DF Portable Handgun or Pistol Safe

Quick entry handgun safe is the ideal portable solution to safeguard your pistol and ammunition. Constructed of 18-gauge steel with black powder-coat finish and electronic keypad with programmable 3 to 8-digit “no see” passcode, this safe provides secure theft protection. Spring-loaded door locking mechanism opens quickly upon entry of the passcode to allow fast access to contents in the event of an emergency. Foam padded interior protects contents during storage. Includes steel cable (1500 lb. test) to lock down in car trunk and pre-dilled mounting holes to secure to floor or shelf for added security. Item measures 10″L x 12″W x 3″D and weighs 4 lbs.

Feature

  • Quick entry with three to eight digit “no see” keypad, constructed of heavy 18-gauge steel, Foam padded interior protects contents from scratches or dents
  • Durable locking mechanism with spring loaded open/closure for easy operation, Includes, steel cable to secure in car trunk and mounting holes to secure to shelf or floor
  • Interior Dimensions: 9.0″L x 10.9″W x 3.3″H, Exterior Dimensions: 9.2″L x 11.1″W x 3.5″H
  • Weight: 7, Batteries: 2AA
  • Warranty: 5 Years

Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault Pistol Gun Safe

GunVault MicroVault Standard or Biometric Handgun Safe. Lock-down protection that goes where you go. “Notebook-style” Safes for pistols or valuables, incredibly lightweight and compact, but still hugely protective! Available in standard keypad of biometric styles, MicroVault Safes easily fit inside a briefcase or daypack, providing security and quick access everywhere you go. Both styles feature: Rock-solid heavy-gauge steel construction; Soft foam interior protects handgun or valuables; High-strength locking mechanism performs reliably; Precise fittings are virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools; Conveniently located No-Eyes keypad (Standard) or fingerprint locking mechanism (Biometric) with room for up to 120 fingerprints; Measures 2 x 8 x 11″. Weighs 4 lbs. Override key and security cable included. State Model. Order yours today! GunVault MicroVault Handgun Safe

Features

  • Dimensions: 11 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches Interior dimensions: 10 3/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches by 2 inches
  • Weighs 4 lbs., 20-gauge steel exterior construction
  • Learn buttons make it easy to program more than 12 million user selectable access codes
  • Foam lining inside to protect the firearm or other valuables
  • Country of origin: China
  • Does not include 9v battery user must unlock via key first

Fortress Alarming Quick Access Pistol Safe

The P2EA pistol safe features Alarm-U, the tamper and motion sensitive alarm that deters theft and keeps your family safe. The whisper quiet yet quick button key pad provides easy access. With a programmable e-lock and spring loaded drop down door this unit is easy to use as well as very secure. Made of heavy steel and will hold 2 pistols as well as being DOJ approved. As always it carries our 10-year product warranty and lifetime attack warranty.

Features

  • Alarming safe with quick button key pad
  • DOJ approved
  • Heavy steel construction
  • Programmable e-lock
  • Spring loaded drop down door

AmazonBasics Security Safe 0.5 Cubic Feet

Keep your valuables carefully locked away with the AmazonBasics Security Safe. The compact safe offers a 0.5-cubic-foot capacity that nicely accommodates a wide range of items, including legal documents, passports, jewelry, cash, and more. Whether leaving for a long vacation or simply heading to work for the day, experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your prized and important possessions are protected.

Features

  • 5-cubic-foot security safe with electronic lock and 2 emergency override keys
  • Steel construction with carpeted floor to protect against scratches and damage; Safe is not fireproof or waterproof
  • 2 live-door bolts and pry-resistant concealed hinges; adjustable/removable interior shelf
  • Reprogrammable digital access; uses four AA batteries (not included)
  • Four bolts included to mount safe to wall, floor, or shelf
  • Exterior measures 13.8 by 9.8 by 9.8 inches (L x W x H); Interior space measures 13.5 x 8.75 x 9.5 inches (L x W x H) and door is approximately 2 inches thick

The 5 Top Rated Gun Safes Over $100

These higher end gun safes feature a biometric fingerprint reader.

BARSKA Top Opening Biometric Fingerprint Safe

Rest assured knowing your valuables are stored securely in Barska’s Biometric Top-Opening Safe. The biometric fingerprint security system can store up to 30 unique fingerprints and will only open when a stored print is placed upon the biometric lock. When the biometric lock mechanism is activated by a stored fingerprint, the hydraulic door system opens the safe’s door for easy access to stored items. The safe can also be opened using the supplied special-access keys. Security features include heavy metal construction and a motorized deadbolt lock. The safe also has pre-drilled holes for mounting into the floor, or on a shelf or counter top for extra security.

Biometric Technology

A biometric safe is the most secure means of keeping valuables stored safely in the home. Peace of mind is possible with the use of a safe that has a biometric lock and can only be opened with up to 30 specific fingerprints of your choosing. The smaller dimensions of the safe mean that it can be kept out of reach of small hands, but still accessible to the owner.

Features

  • Top-opening biometric drawer safe. One-year limited warranty
  • Fingerprint control can store up to 30 users
  • Pre-drilled holes allow safe to be mounted into the floor, a shelf, or counter top
  • Two solid steel locking bolts; motorized deadbolt lock
  • Includes protective floor mat, emergency back-up keys, and mounting hardware
  • Kindly refer the user manual under the product description for installation instructions and trouble-shooting steps
  • Outer Dimensions: 14.75 by 11.25 by 5 inches (L w X x H)
  • Inner Dimensions: 14.5 by 11 by 2.5 inches (L x W x H)

Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe

Get protection as unique as your fingerprint. The SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe allows you to program a fingerprint in addition to your combination for quick, reliable entry. The whisper-quiet gas strut allows for quick, single-handed access to your firearm. So, when seconds count, you can quickly defend your home and family.

Biometric & Electronic Keypad

The Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe allows you to program a fingerprint in addition to your combination for quick entry. The reader reliably detects up to two programmed fingerprints and allows single-handed access to your firearm. The safe also has a programmable digital keypad with zero audible feedback and an override key. With multiple ways to enter the safe, you can feel confident that in the event of an emergency you’ll have quick access to your firearm.

Single Handed Access

The SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe features a compression gas strut that opens the lid and holds it in the open position. This allows for single-handed access to your firearm without having to move the safe or make any sounds that may alert the intruder. You can be dialing 911 with one hand while you retrieve your firearm with the other.

Features

  • Internal storage space: minimum ability to hold1 J & K size revolver; full size semi-automatic hand gun
  • Whisper quiet hardware, Pry-resistant top lid design, Single handed access
  • In or out of drawer usage. NOTE: Please refer to the ‘Sell Sheet’ on our website for detailed information on product dimensions.
  • Dimension: Exterior-Height x Width x Depth: 3.2 in x 12.0 in x 9.9 in
  • Interior – Height x Width x Depth :2.2 in x 9.7 in x 6.6 in
  • Internal storage space: minimum ability to hold1 J & K size revolver; full size semi-automatic hand gun
  • Whisper quiet hardware

GunVault SV500 SpeedVault Handgun Safe

Keep your handgun safe, secure and ready for action with the speed vault. Offering a revolutionary design, the speed vault is equally as fast as it is discreet. It is the ideal choice for a home or business looking for added security.

Features

  • Quick access Digital keypad
  • Fast Activation drop down drawer, for quick access
  • 18-Gauge steel construction, with protective foam-lined interior
  • Multiple mounting options, hardware included
  • Backup override key included

Gunvault MicroVault XL MVB1000 Safe

Gun vault pistol safes are truly premium products that set the standard for the rest of the industry. Our patented no-eyes keypad and biometric pad provide lightning-quick access, even in the dark. Choose the Micro, Mini, multi or bio Vault when you need quick access storage for your handgun. We know that security and reliability are prevailing priorities when you need our products, and that’s why gun vault pistol safes have the features you want: improved high strength lock mechanism. Precise fittings virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools.

Over 12 million user selectable access codes available. Audio feedback instantly confirms correct keypad entries. Audio disable feature allows “Stealth” mode operation. Battery power for maximum security and easy portability. Tamper indicator notes invalid entry attempts. Built in computer blocks access after repeated invalid keypad entries. Gun vault biometric technology: gun vault bio uses biometrics, specifically fingerprint recognition, to access the safe contents.

A high-performance Algorithm is used to achieve speedy identification of enrolled fingerprints; and at the same time has a very low false reject rate (for) for a given false accept rate (far). this self-learning Algorithm of the gun vault bio adds new minutiae to the fingerprint Templates each time a user touches the finger print sensor, which decreases the likelihood of for, updates slight changes that might occur over time to an enrolled fingerprint, as well as to help distinguish variations. System can handle a maximum of thirty fingerprint Templates between the enrolled fingerprint.

Features

  • The MVB 1000 can handle a maximum of 120 fingerprint templates and comes standard with a 4-foot security cable
  • 18-Gauge steel construction, with protective foam-lined interior
  • High-strength lock mechanism performs reliably time after time
  • Precise fittings are virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools
  • Mounts almost anywhere, in any direction
  • Patented No-Eyes Keypad with fingerprint scanner, which holds 120 unique fingerprints
  • 18-gauge steel construction, with protective foam-lined interior
  • Protective foam-lined interior, with convenient elastic straps with pockets for extra storage

BARSKA Biometric Safe

The Barska Biometric Safe sets the standard for biometric security technology, allowing you to safely store your valuables while having the ability to access them quickly with the touch of a fingerprint.

Features

  • Multiple Materials
  • Imported
  • Biometric closure
  • 8″ high
  • 16″ wide
  • Compact safe with unique fingerprint pad for easy, secure access. Kindly refer the user manual attached below for troubleshooting steps and instructions.
  • Opens with the touch of a finger; stores up to 30 fingerprints

Conclusion

If you are thinking of buying a gun for whatever purpose, whether it is for sporting activities or protecting yourself, make sure that you get a gun safe as well, to keep your gun in the right hands. The safes that we have mentioned are some of the best gun safes that you can find in the market, and you could want to consider getting one of those.

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