Quick access gun safes are safe that provide you an opportunity to grab the firearms in a few seconds. As you can imagine, gun safes with the traditional gun safes lock that requires a key aren’t part of the quick access safes, just like other mechanical locks that can’t be opened in under 10 seconds. The fast access gun safe is a safe that unlocks and opens the doors in a few seconds and it is one of the most popular types of gun safe on the market used for home defense.
There are a few factors that make one safe a quick access safe and the most important parts are the lock and the door. The most popular mode of access gun safe lock is the biometric lock because it is the type of lock that can react and unlock the safe in under a second (if it is a good quality lock). Besides biometric security lock, the quick modes of access locks are also locks that use RFID technology which can open without touching, and a digital combination lock. The RFID lock unlocks the moment you press the lock with a special tag (bracelet, key fob, or sticker). The digital lock opens the moment you enter the right PIN number or you press the right buttons, but that greatly depends on your reflexes so they aren’t 100% quick access locks.
Another thing that makes any safe a quick access gun safe is the door. The door that has a special feature that opens automatically once the lock is unlocked is considered the quick access door. That can be achieved with drop-down drawers, compression gas strut or spring loaded door. The main characteristic of the quick access door is that it opens without your help so you can grab the firearm the moment you unlock the gun safe.
The size of the quick open gun safe doesn’t matter because the lock and the door are the things that make one safe quick access. But, you can assume that smaller gun safes will more likely be fast access gun safes because they are not as heavy or bulky as big gun safes. Big gun safes often come with heavy doors that aren’t easy to move on their own, let alone with an automatic compression gas strut or spring loaded doors. Don’t get me wrong, they can have that, but they can’t open fast.
Best 10 Quick Access Gun Safes
GunVault SV500 Quick Access Gun Safe
GunVault SV500 is one of the most popular models of gun safes on the market at the moment and I have mentioned it a few times on my blog because it is made of great quality material with impressive performance. This quick access gun safe comes with two types of locks; a biometric option and a digital combination (you can choose which one). The biometric lock can store up to 20 different fingerprints and the digital lock gives you a chance to put your own code, but not PIN because the buttons don’t have numbers.
The size and the design of the safe allow only one handgun inside, but I think it is more than enough. The moment you unlock the quick gun safe the drop-down drawer releases the gun and the first thing you will grab is the handle. That means you can basically use the gun the moment you take it out of the safe. The entire safe works for you so you can react as fast as possible and that is why this is the best quick access gun safe on the market.
- It holds the handgun in a ready and quick to retrieve position
- It is secure and not easy to break into forcefully
- The electronic lock device is easy to use
- It offers excellent value for money
- It doesn’t have room for extra rounds of magazine
SentrySafe Pistol Safe, Quick Access Biometric Gun Safe, Single Gun Capacity, QAP1BE
The SentrySafe quick access pistol safe is also a pretty impressive gun safe that comes with two types of locks. That means you don’t have to pick between the biometric and the digital combination lock because you have them both on the safe, one next to the other. The biometric lock stores up to 4 fingerprints which mean you can use them for yourself and the code for the digital combination lock you can share with the people you trust.
Both locks react in a few seconds and the compression gas strut door makes this gun safe a quick open gun safe. Another great feature of this safe is that it opens at the top which makes it a good choice for a drawer. You unlock the safe, it opens and you can grab the handgun – all in a few seconds. The size allows to store only one handgun but I think that for a quick access safe that is enough because when you are in a hurry it is easier to grab the only gun you have than to choose which one out of 2-3 handguns in the safe.
Stealth Hanger Quick Access Pistol Safe
The design of this quick access handgun safe is very interesting because it is actually a hanger gun safe. That means the moment you open the safe you can grab one of 3 handguns that are hanging in the safe right by the handle. Their position gives you a chance to react in under a second and the digital combination lock reacts quickly. The door on the safe is a spring loaded drop down door which means that they will open in under second thanks to the spring loaded configuration and gravity.
The actual handgun capacity of the fast access gun safe is 5 handguns, 3 of them are on the hanger and you can place 2 at the bottom of the safe, but they aren’t that easy to grab. The moment you open the safe a small red light lights up so you can see where the guns are even in the dark. Since this is considered a quick access gun safe, I would leave only 3 handguns in the safe.
- It has a solid construction
- The buttons light up when you press them
- You can bolt down the safe using the existing holes
- Thin foam coating on the inside protects your rifles from scratching
- Not discreet as it makes a loud beep when you open
Hornady Security Rapid Gun Safe 98150
Hornady is a brand that is famous for the RFID technology which is considered one of the quick access locks and I want to show you their quick open gun safe. It has a special design that uses RFID technology so you can open the safe with bracelets, a key fob and a RFID card. The 16-gauge steel construction keeps the gun safe secured from pry attacks and makes it very durable.
The moment you bring the RFID tag near the lock the gun safe opens and you can grab the gun by the handle for quick reaction. It even elevates the handgun from the bottom so you can quickly grab it. The door at the top makes it also a good drawer fast access gun safe, good choice for an office.
- It has multiple access options
- It is well-built with a robust design
- It offers quick access
- It offers great value for money
- Limited magazine storage
Vaultek Biometrick Quick Access Handgun Safe VT20i
Vaultek VT20i is another quick access handgun safe that can store up to one handgun and one magazine in the safe. The interior of Vaultek VT20i is completely foam padded so you don’t have to worry about scratching the gun when you quickly grab it out of the safe. The fast access Vaultek VT20i gun safe comes with a biometric lock and the digital combination lock and you can decide which one you want to use. The biometric lock stores up to 20 different fingerprints. The keypad of Vaultek VT20i has a light on each button so you can be sure you have entered the right PIN number.
This quick open gun safe has an automatic door that opens the moment you enter the right PIN number or scan the right fingerprints. But there is one thing this quick access pistol safe and others don’t – the smart app that allows you to connect the safe to your phone and track the status of the safe, the battery, and even the users who used it last.
- This safe opens up very fast
- It is easy to use in the dark
- It features mounting screws in addition to a steel cable
- The app allows you to change its settings easily
- The fingerprint sensor isn’t reliable
Barska Quick Access Rifle Safe
Barska is famous for their biometric locks and the rifle safe is also equipped with it. The high-quality biometric lock can store up to 120 fingerprints which is impressive, but unnecessary if you ask me. The biometric scan opens the door in about 2.5 seconds which allows you a quick reaction so it is a fast access gun safe without a doubt. Its slim design gives you the opportunity to store it in the closet of your room or office.
There aren’t many quick access rifle safes and this one is not a big safe. You can store 4 rifles inside which is not much, but I don’t think you need more if you want to use this quick open gun safe for protection.
- You can store long guns easily
- It is quick to open
- It opens silently
- It can store up to four rifles
- The biometric reader fails a lot
V-Line 31242-SA Quick Access Keyless Long Gun Safe
This rifle case made of stainless steel is 0.65 inches thick. Its thickness makes it suitable to accommodate AR-15 types of rifles. Moreover, the design makes it possible to hide it behind a door or in a closet for security purposes. This unit was made in the USA, so you can rest assured that it is of sustainable quality.
You can mount the rifles horizontally or vertically using the pre-drilled mounting holes found at the case’s bottom. This makes it easy to mount the rifles using the pre-punched mounting holes. What’s more, the gun case can fit most ARs with their accessories.
For security, this gun safe comes with a SIMPLEX five push button that makes it easy to unlock and take out the rifle with ease. You don’t need batteries to power the direct access lock or keys to access it, as you can put any combination of codes (1081 possible codes), and you’re good to go.
This gun safe has a black finish which is powder-coated to give it that textured low gloss look. The safe also comes with keys for opening two tubular locks if you can’t access it using the keyless method.
The main downside of this product is that it is not made to be pry-proof. This means it can be forcefully opened if someone uses a pry bar or other tools such as a hammer and screwdriver. Fortunately, it is strong enough to prevent your children from accessing it. Another drawback is that it is not made from water-resistant material.
- Pre-punched holes for easier mounting
- Easy to conceal
- It fits most AR-15 rifles
- Added security with the two tubular locks
- One can open the lid easily with a pry bar
- Not water resistant
V-Line Quick Access Keyless Shotgun Safe (3842-SA)
This is another product from V-line that is made in the USA. The V-Line Quick Access Keyless Shotgun safe offers a secure place to conceal your shotgun. It is made of stainless steel and a sturdy 16ga, which can fit a shotgun for actual home defense.
What’s more, is that you can conceal this safe behind your bedroom door or in your bedroom closet away from the eyes of curious children.
There are also pre-drilled holes located at the bottom of the case, making it easy to mount the shotgun vertically or horizontally. This shotgun safe has a primary lock with five pushbuttons. This primary lock offers reliable access when you are in a defense situation.
When using the V-Line quick access keyless shotgun safe, you won’t have to worry about dead batteries. This is because the lock does not use batteries. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about losing your keys as the mechanical lock has a combination that is easy to adjust and set up to 1081 code variations.
One good thing about purchasing this shotgun case is that it comes with a Cortec corrosion inhibitor which can be used for two years. The Cortec corrosion inhibitor is essential as it protects your shotgun from corroding as your gun has metallic parts.
The only downside of this product is that it does not fit accessories like sights, optics, and pistol grips.
- Easily concealable
- The quick and straightforward mounting process
- Primary lock for quick access
- 1081 code variations
- It cannot fit a shotgun with its gun storage accessories
Intact Large Quick Access Biometric Fingerprint Gun Safe
This bedside gun safe by Eylar offers you plenty of space for your handgun. You get instant access to the large safe by using the biometric keypad module. You just need to touch the keypad with your finger, and you have access to your gun. Moreover, you don’t need keys (which are bound to get lost) to access the safe. The biometric keypad or the password pad will do.
Another incredible thing that makes this biometric safe the best in the business is that it is made from next-gen technology, making the sensor more precise and quicker than the older sensors. You can therefore be sure that this safe a dependable product. The latest technology is used to encrypt your fingerprint under a series of algorithms, ensuring you are the only person with access to the safe.
Additionally, Eylar constructed the safe using steel all around with a body of 1.5mm and 3mm thickness of the door. This ensures the machine is pry-proof.
You can store more than your gun in this safe. Due to its tall person vault design, you can conceal your medicine, jewelry, laptop, or a full-size handgun.
There’s a convenience when it comes to storing the safe. It has mounting hardware that lets you pin the safe to a cabinet or wall.
Don’t be afraid of the biometric sensor running out of juice. It is powered by 4AA batteries, with a long battery power life of two years of active usage. There is also a backup power unit that can power the safe externally when you have a dead battery level.
Another feature is that there is a third option for accessing the safe. These are laser-cut keys that one can use to unlock the hidden lock found under the nameplate, which is magnetic.
On top of that, you will not need a flashlight to see the contents inside the safe at night when you don’t want to switch on the lights. After opening the safe, an LED light turns on, making it easy for you to pick what you want from the safe.
When you don’t want to be heard, let’s say in a theft situation, there is a silent access mode that enables you to unlock the safe without causing any noise.
After purchasing the safe, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty which means you don’t have to cater the total repair bill if there is a manufacturing defect.
- It comes with a limited lifetime warranty
- Three access options
- Next-gen biometric sensor
- Stores laptops, jewelry, and more
- Not fireproof and waterproof
Barska AX13378 Biometric Rifle Firearm and Long Gun Safe
This rifle safe by Barska gives you loads of storage space for your long guns. You can load up to 14 rifles after removing their accessories. In addition, the safe has two removable shelves where you can store the rifle ammo. There is also a two-position handgun rack for your small pistols.
Don’t worry about forgetting your pin code. There are three access methods for this rifle safe. First, there is a biometric keypad for your fingerprint. The advanced locking technology module can hold up to 120 separate fingerprints. However, we find this to be a risky addition as it gives too many people the opportunity to access it.
For the second option, you get an electronic keypad. There is also two emergency backup security key when the batteries die. So, you don’t have to worry about lacking access to your safe.
If you have been looking for a long gun safe that has a solid build, look no further than this gun safe by Barska. It has been constructed with durable solid steel construction and three built-in steel deadbolts that are pry-proof. You can mount it on the wall as it has mounting hardware.
We are often busy until we forget to charge our most essential gadgets. Thanks to this safe’s power noticing component, you will be notified when the power is low.
Some situations need total silence, for instance, during a home invasion. This safe has an optimal silent mode that enables you to open it stealthily, take out the rifle, and defend your home.
If your 4AA batteries are dead, backup access enables you to open the safe.
- Multiple access options
- Total silence mode
- Low power notification
- Can store up to 4 rifles without their accessories
- Faulty biometric scanner
In this article, we have reviewed a good number of safes that provide secure and safe storage for different types of gun safes in various sizes. Most of them offer several entry options, easy installation, and a strong build. The GunVault SV500 is an excellent choice for handguns. It provides extremely quick access and hard-to-break-into storage.
For those looking for a safe that uses tech to improve user experience, try the Vaultek Biometric Quick Access Handgun Safe VT20i that comes with an app. On the other hand, the Intact safe offers a long battery life of up to two years in addition to multiple safety and entry features.
If you are in the market for a safe to store your long rifles, you should go for the Barska AX13378 Long Gun Safe. This unit can store up to four guns. The Vline safes are the go-to option if you are on a budget. However, they are only good for keeping your guns out of your children’s reach as one can forcefully pry them.