- If you've got a vehicle plastered in gun guy stickersthat you regularly use as a meansto poorly store your unsecured firearms,stay tuned, because today we're taking a lookat the best bedside handgun safes.
Seriously though, stop doing that.
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When it comes to safely and securelystashing your home defense hand blasters,nothing beats a bedside safe.
But what separates the top tier gun safesfrom the bargain bin garbage?Let's start by defining some criteriathat we'll use to judge the safes moving forward.
My home defense pistol will be going in the safe,and in a defensive situation, I want to be ableto access it in around one to two seconds.
I'll likely be groggy and fumbling around in the dark.
Is the safe 100% reliable and easy to use in that state?Adequate protection.
Expensive and less-used gunsgo into my larger and more secure safe.
This bedside version is just to detersmash-and-grab burglars or to stop a nosy guest.
I'm not looking for extreme child or fire protection here.
Enough of it to hold a full-size handgun like my Glock 17.
I make sure that the safe is small enoughto be mounted high in the closet or nightstand drawer,so it's harder to access for small children.
With all of that out of the way, let's get into it.
Up first is our personal favorite handgun safe,the Fort Knox FTK-PB.
It uses a Simplex lock, which means that insteadof electronic keys, a rotary dial, or biometrics,it uses mechanical buttons that provide good feedbackand we can usually open the safein approximately 1.
The locking mechanism utilizes a two-stage code,such as pressing the first and fifth buttons simultaneously,followed by pressing the third button and turning the knob.
The Simplex lock is American-made,as is the entire safe, and does not need batteries.
Also, the entirely mechanical naturemeans that there are no beeps or reading errorsthat could get you killed in an emergency.
And there's a lifetime warranty to boot.
This thing is an absolute monster in terms of heft.
Weighing in at about 20 pounds,we're confident that it'd put up a hell of a fightif it ever fell off of a truckor ran up against a determined crowbar wielder.
The Fort Knox Simplex is quite spacious,allowing for the stowage of two full-size pistolswith some room to spare for magazines.
The safe's also got four pre-drilled holesthat make it readily mountable to a secure surface.
We don't have any major gripes about the Fort Knox Simplex,outside of the foam having a tendencyto catch in the hinges,but that can be solved by just cutting it out.
More importantly, the locking mechanism only allowsfor 1,081 unique combinations,which any smart child might crackin a relatively short amount of time.
However, if you don't have kids yetor plan on concealing this safe,it shouldn't be that big of a deal.
If you're looking for a less pricey optionthan the Fort Knox that still offerssecure stowage and quick access, you may want to considerGunVault's SpeedVault or NanoVault lines,two of our favorites in the realmof electronic locking safes.
Because of the angle of the SpeedVault,it is the front runner for mountingunder a desk or a nightstand, and access is usuallysomewhere in the two second range.
(beeping)Though we generally feel that electronic lockssimply cannot be as reliable as mechanical Simplex locks,tons of folks still swear by them.
We do like that the keypad beep boopscan be turned off for a stealth mode if noise is a concern.
Tight fittings and thick steel meet our requirementsfor protection against interlopers and nosy villains,and there are a total of 12 million combinations.
However, it does still have a key override,so be sure to keep them hidden.
This safe's capable of fitting full-size pistolsaround the size of a 1911 or Glock 17,and other GunVault models are availablefor smaller or bigger storage needs.
The SpeedVault is easy to mount, and in our opinion,defines what it means to be a bedside safewith its ingenious opening mechanism.
Want a reliable fingerprint and Bluetooth accessible safethat looks like an Apple product?Of course you do, you gun-wielding hipster.
Look no further than the Vaultek VT10i.
The VT10i includes four easy ways to access your firearm:key, number code, fingerprint, or via their Bluetooth appif you need to feel like a Bond bad guy.
The fingerprint scanner was a little iffywhen our fingers were wet,but the other options were mostly good to go.
We appear to have a little bit of an issueusing the Bluetooth app on some modern Androids,but had no issues with an iPhone.
If you're using this for your bedside gun safe,we'd probably stick with the number code.
The VT10i is very robust, and absolutely feelslike it would sustain a tonof blunt force damage and pry attempts.
Space is a tiny bit limited,but there are other Vaultek models with the same featuresif you need to stash a larger gun or more magazines.
The VT10i also comes with mounting hardwareand a steel cable lanyard if that's your thing.
Lastly, if keeping your gun secure while on the roadis a consideration for you, you may want to take a lookat the GunVault NanoVault 300.
Secure, non-electric, and affordable,the NanoVault 300 is portable and lightweightwhile still maintaining a feeling of robustness.
The NanoVault 300 utilizes a three-digit combo lockand 18 gauge steel, making it a fantastic choicefor securing your pistol in a briefcaseor travel luggage on the road.
All in all, our number one choice and what we recommendto both friends and family is the Fort Knox Simplex,for its quick access and reliability.
If you're looking at some storage options for rifles,be sure to head on over to the websiteand check out our ultimate guide to gun safes.
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