This is a discussion on BARSKA biometric gun safe within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by WHEC724 Whether you use bio or not, these micro/mini safes make total sense for those of us with kids in the house ...
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If you enter the incorrect code too many times, it locks out for a period of time. That should take care of any curious little ones. There is a version, IIRC, that will also sound an alarm if this happens.
It has holes in the bottom so you can bolt it into the floor.
I like it - I've even taken it with us when we've gone on vacation, for securing our guns at night in the hotel. Much quicker access than the typical hotel room safe.
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I ended up going with the GunVault Multi-Vault 2000 Deluxe Standard, due to some peoples complaints about: Battery issues, Slowness of bio-metric access, more space and the price I got on it.
I have it mounted to the night stand safe and secure. I also like the fact it has a built in courtesy light, tamper indicator, and jarring sensor....and will always work unless the power is out AND the batteries are dead.
I got it from LG Outdoors Sporting Goods online shopping for $98 plus shipping and handling which can't be beat. I'm very satisfied with the packaging and shipping, the safe is everything I hoped for as well. Quick to access and good for keeping the kid out!
I briefly had a Gunvault model but it promptly broke. I bought the thing and opened it maybe a total of 10 times in 2 weeks. One time I go to open it I hear a little click when I entered the correct code, but the safe didn't open. Tried again, same thing. I used the key to open it and change the batteries. Same problem persisted.
If you look on amazon.com look at these safes and check out the 1 star reviews. It seems that many many people experience this same defect. I certainly would not want to be locked out of my safe in a time of need.
I've since fallen back to my trusty old Barska biometric which seems to have a much more robust mechanism.
I have the Barska like in the previously linked video. It works great. Note, in the video there was one mis-read of the fingerprint before the successful read, which made it take more time than normal. Entering the finger at multiple angles pretty much eliminates mis-reads so you can get in quicker than the video implies.
Mine is right beside my bed, on the second floor of the house. I think it gives plenty quick access for my situation. I've timed myself, and determined I can have my revolver in my hand ready to do business in about 4 seconds, from a starting position under the covers in my bed. Any intrusion will set off our burglar alarm, which will give me at least that much time, even if the intruder makes a beeline for the master bedroom.
I do have a question for other Barska biometric safe owners: How long do your batteries last? I'm using lithium AA's which should be about as good as it gets. I open the safe at least twice a day, and sometimes more. Supposedly there is a beeping pattern that warns of a low battery, but it would be good to know when to expect that and not run the risk.
I don't have any experience with this brand safe but I am still not sold on biometrics for a handgun safe. I prefer a mechanical pushbutton lock like the Simplex. Simple and reliable access when needed.