Biometric safe recommendations?

Discussion in 'Gun Safes' started by Hectocotylus, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    I would like to get a biometric safe for my wife. I know the code ones are awesome and all, but she doesn't want to remember a code in the middle of the night, and I don't want her to think about that either. What are your experiences? Any recommendations?
     
  2. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 New Member

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    For a hand gun? None. A safe slows you down in a emergency. Teach your kids about Safety around guns. My wife and I both have out CCW's on our night stand at night ready to go. First day of police academy they asked everyone where is you gun and how we keep it. Everyone that said in a safe or with a trigger lock got push-ups. Lol. Mine has always been ready to go.
     

  3. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    My 9 month doesn't have ALL the gun safety rules down. Any suggestions people?
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    You are a smart man. And even a gun safety educated 4 year old might just get curious.

    I have a Gun Vault with the four fingerpads and you design your own code. I don't know much about gun safes but I know I like my Gun Vault. I'm sorry I can't help you further.

    I mostly wanted to congratulate you on keeping your child safe. Continue to do that. Personally, I never leave a loaded gun unattended. If it is on my nightstand at night, it's put away in the safe in the morning unless one carries that gun.
     
  5. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Your method would be contrary to Florida statute. We are required to store firearms and ammo separately and the firearm must be inaccessible to the child if there is one living there. Please note the word "store" in the last sentence. If the firearm is under your physical control this is not necessary.
     
  6. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    I bought a Barska biometric safe from Amazon that I am very happy with. I was so impressed I bought my daughter one, too. They can be found for around $150 to $175. I will warn you, it is fairly large for a nightstand.
     
  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I keep my bedside safe on the floor next to my bed.
     
  8. kirbinster

    kirbinster New Member

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    I bought this one: Barska AX11646 Multi-Access Biometric Keypad Safe, new on ebay for $164 delivered. The specs are here: http://www.barska.com/Biometric_Safe-Standard_Biometric_Keypad_Safe_By_Barska.html

    Its large enough to hold four guns, and has a shelf. It is both biometric and keypad operated, with an emergency key to open it. It will store about 30 prints, so I have it set for both thumbs and index fingers put in several different ways. I have never had it not open with these fingers. The keypad is set by default for four numbers, but you can require it to take up to eight. I have it next to my dresser with an eight foot 2x4 bolted to its back and running the length behind the dresser to make it theft resistant. Did not want to bolt it into the floor, my wife would not like that.
     
  9. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    A key backup might be a good idea.

    As an aside, both of the Bersa firearms i have owned had a little lock integrated into them that disactivated the trigger. I never used it, but it would seem a handy tool for those with inquisitive kids.
     
  10. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    That is my view also. We have always had his and her guns on both sides of the bed. No problem until crawling and standing up started to scare me. I plan on keeping my shotgun out of reach (above bedroom door) but my wife's is on her nightstand currently.
     
  11. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    I like the quick access of a biometric safe but that is good otherwise.
     
  12. GaMatt72

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    I never leave a loaded gun unattended either. It is on my side or in sight.
     
  13. FAS1

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    Biometrics can be finicky, especially for some people. I would make sure it works to your satisfaction and test it thoroughly knowing that it could be returned if it didn't work as expected for you.

    I understand that your wife thinks it would be simpler than a mechanical combination, but I'm not sold on their reliability myself. I would rather pracice a little to where it is habit, just like if I ever need to use my gun. The reality is, many women are just not that interested in practicing as most odf us guys are.
     
  14. kirbinster

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    Yes biometrics can be finicky, that is why you should make use of the fact that the one I got can hold 32 different prints. By using my two thumbs and two index fingers that gives me room to store 8 of each prints. I place my finger right on the center of the screen and register it. I do it with it pushed all the way up, all the way to the left and all the way to the right for each finger. That way it will read it no matter how I happen to have it land. I have yet to have it not open with those four fingers, but it will not with any other finger. There is always the keypad just incase.
     
  15. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Yes practice is best but I don't think best in the middle of the night. Although I think if the keypad was the same layout as my iPhones lock screen I could do that anywhere blindfolded. Sad I know, but maybe that would work too.
     
  16. FAS1

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    The same could apply to your gun. Do you practice with it in the middle of the night? Most people don't practice shooting at night, yet with practice of any kind comes familiarity and calmness to where you hope it's second nature when needed, especially under stress.