Intro to review: I have purchased one of those “place finger here and hold until the safe opens” gun safes. In my opinion, they’re good for times when you’re sleepy and/or panicky and there’s an emergency. I know if I’m ever awakened by an intruder, I will be shaking like a leaf and there’s no way I’m working a key. So a fingerprint scanner is ideal. The main problem I have with those is the fact they rely on electronics. I know, they are VERY reliable, but I want 100% reliability in cases like this. I also want 100% “keep my kids OUT of it” as well, and I keep hearing about how your fingerprint COULD potentially stay on the scanner, and just pushing the button could open it. (Tip:always swipe down to smudge your print) Also, the one I purchased was such a poor design, it would open without me even using my fingerprint or having an old print on there, about 8 times out of 20!! So I immediately sent it back and vowed to not use those again. I’m sure there are some great ones, but they’re not my cup o tea.
None of that has anything to do with this product, but prefaces why I like this design. It is all mechanical; no batteries to replace, nothing to plug in or charge! It is a time-tested design that is very reliable. It is fast to open (I can open mine in less than two seconds in total darkness with either hand, and that’s being careful and taking my time). When it’s locked, it stays locked, keeping my kids out.
This particular model can be mounted under a bed, under a drawer, side of a cabinet, or left loose to be portable. I left mine portable so I could carry it in the car if needed. When the door opens, it presents the firearm, making it easy to grab.
You can adjust it for different sized firearms, and you can even adjust it so that the door stays open when you swing it up, and to close it, you lift up on the firearm after placing it inside, to release the latch. (Careful, the door swings down at that point! Watch your hand!) I added a small nut and bolt in the holster to hold my 9mm Sig P239 better. The holster is designed to accommodate larger firearms, so I “pinched” it together a bit with an additional bolt, which vastly improved it. Also, I moved the swing arm to present my pistol out further when the door is opened. That part, as well as modifying it to stay open, is documented in the instructions. The additional bolt was my idea.
I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone with kids, and is concerned about biometric safes’ downsides, and wants something fast and reliable. If you get one, practice opening it at night, when you’re sleepy, in total darkness, with one hand, then the other. It’s easy to mess up when you are panicking, but muscle memory is your ally