Every firearm owner knows the importance of protecting their investment. Whether preserving an antique gun from the elements or simply safeguarding your collection from theft, the need for secure firearm storage is universal. Gun safes have been used for decades; but some don't provide quick and easy access, leading to debate about their overall usefulness- especially in emergency situations.
For this reason, owning a biometric gun safe, sometimes called a fingerprint gun safe, has become incredibly popular in the last decade. Biometrics- the electronic use of physiological characteristics to identify individuals- have revolutionized locking systems. Items like computers, cars, and buildings have improved security with the addition of a biometric lock. By combining a fingerprint recognition feature with a gun safe, quick access to a weapon in any situation is only a second or two away. A biometric safe can give a gun owner the best of both worlds: the security of a safe with the accessibility of a fingerprint lock.
Biometric safes are available in a variety of sizes, from shoebox to medium-sized to 38-inch standing models. The buyer should evaluate their storage needs based not only on the number of guns they own but the types; obviously, rifles and shotguns require more storage space. A quality biometric gun safe will have removable shelving and a fabric or foam liner to prevent scratches. Some safes can be wall mounted, while others are designed for table-top or floor use. Almost every biometric safe is constructed of heavy gauge steel. Varying degrees of thickness, as well as models with hidden hinges, are widely available. The storage capacity, location, and construction material of your desired fingerprint safe will help you determine which model is right for your needs.
A fingerprint gun safe is almost always battery-operated. The reliability of the manufacturer, as well as that of the biometric lock, should be taken into consideration before making a purchase. Another component of a quality biometric safe is the option for multiple owners to be scanned into the memory of the fingerprint lock, a must-have feature for homes or businesses with more than one user or carrier. With a general battery life of approximately six months, a fingerprint safe with an emergency power backup is a good idea for owners who don't expect their safe to see much use. Finding a constructor who includes security keys is a necessity in case of an electronic biometric lock failure. A variety of warranty options are available for practically every fingerprint gun safe, and should be weighed as part of the overall purchase package.
With prices ranging from just over $100 up to and exceeding $1000, a biometric gun safe doesn't have to be a major investment. And the quality of a fingerprint safe isn't necessarily reflected by its price. A few minutes of internet research can help to determine the reputation of most manufacturers and save a customer from buyer's remorse down the road. Many established gun safe makers have added fingerprint lock technology in the last few years, giving the customer the assurance of a tradition of quality products.
The need to protect your firearms isn't going to go away, but the technology available to safeguard them has definitely improved in the last few years. Choosing a biometric gun safe can be overwhelming, but with a little time and diligence, every firearm owner can find one that suits their needs.