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 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 safes 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 fast 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 locks, the quick 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 them 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 automatic compression gas strut or spring loaded door. Don’t get me wrong, they can have that, but they can’t open fast.
Best 6 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 few times on my blog because it is made of a great quality material with the impressive performance. This quick access gun safe comes with two types of locks; biometric and 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.
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.
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.
Vaultek Biometrick Quick Access Handgun Safe VT20i
Vaultek is another quick access handgun safe that can store up to one handgun and one magazine in the safe. The interior 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 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 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.
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.