A Guide to Quick Access Pistol Safes


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  • Allen Hess
    Allen Hess  5 days back

    You should take a look at the Fas1. I own two and know many LE who swear by them. Great video!!!

    • Egrith
      Egrith  1 weeks back

      Calling lock picking "special knowledge and tools" really gives it too much credit, takes about 20 min to learn and the tools are under a fiver

      • John Smith
        John Smith  2 months back

        Best safe is out of sight

        • ickess
          ickess  2 months back

          I tie my gun to a few helium balloons and let it float around the room. At night I add a glow stick so I can find it faster.

          • Albert Nieves
            Albert Nieves  3 months back

            Too much talk

            • Ash Green
              Ash Green  4 months back

              Lock picking is easy, you can learn how on YouTube

              • Coopy 0233
                Coopy 0233  1 months back

                Ash Green this kind of lock is almost unpickable

            • woolengrappler
              woolengrappler  4 months back

              What are your thoughts on the tactical walls hidden “safes”?

              • Jerry Hudack
                Jerry Hudack  4 months back


                • LD Wyze
                  LD Wyze  4 months back

                  Bro... your pupils are way open even with the studio lights shining into them... what you been up to?? lol

                  • The sinner Jim Whitney
                    The sinner Jim Whitney  5 months back

                    I have a big safe, and that's where I keep my valuables and the vast majority of my guns. The couple that may potentially have to be used for home defense are hidden but unsecured in a couple places around my house. I don't have kids, and on the rare occasion any kids are in my home, I put all but my bedroom shotgun away in the safe. I get smaller gun safes for folks that have kids, but why are little pistol safes a thing outside of like offices and places where a handgun is all there's room for hidden from view? Handguns are pretty terrible home defense weapons, are they not? If you're in your home, you're in the most spacious area you're ever in. If you're in your home base and you have to defend yourself, why would you use your travel weapon? Rifles and shotguns are exponentially more effective. I have semi-close neighbors, so rifles are out for me, but I have three shotguns around my house should I, God forbid, require one. Space being an issue doesn't make much sense either, if you don't have room for anything but handguns, you're probably in an apartment or townhouse where you CERTAINLY don't want to be firing an effective defensive handgun caliber with anything but frangible ammo, which sucks and is expensive and hard to find, meaning not used or even known about by the vast majority of gun owners. Handguns are for concealing or in cars.

                    • AP1 Reviews & Adventures
                      AP1 Reviews & Adventures  5 months back

                      V line compact all day.

                      • Garret Vaughn
                        Garret Vaughn  5 months back

                        The other problem with key bypass locks is that, besides being easy-to-pick wafer locks, most thieves will simply drill them out in about 30 seconds. No specialized tools or knowledge needed. Great video! Thanks for the realistic information.

                        • Anderson C
                          Anderson C  5 months back

                          The Fort Knox...opens upward...wlould need to be in a closet.

                          Is there not small compact safes with "finger print readers" yet?? That would save so much time during an home invasin waking up out of a dead sleep (assuming you do so before they are standing over you..which has happened to some home owners in my city...Toronto)...or even a "palm print reader" tech...yes, requires the battery to be charged and for the home owner to check the charge from time to time. Or have it wired to the home's electrical network.

                          How about the old "behind the painting wall safe"? :) in-wall safe...

                          Also, depending on funds and if you could build the safe behind a "hidden wall panel"...in which case there might not be a need for a safe (e.g. if it's legal to have a loaded gun on a nightstand).

                          OR..Press button (that's not visible..is near the bed..that only u know where it is placed below the surface of wallpaper or fabric....box containing firearm rotates out of a wall...only requiring a finger print reader...sired to home electricity...no need for batteries. :) What could be done...could get very interesting...

                          In-floor bolted safes under a heavy carpet? :))

                          • cdLady54 Marengo
                            cdLady54 Marengo  6 months back

                            What is the best safe for a pistol to travel with? Gun.box? #newbie here.

                            • Jared Neaves
                              Jared Neaves  6 months back

                              You need to watch "safe to armed in seconds" the defcon talk

                              • mikemorris313
                                mikemorris313  6 months back

                                Full coverage insurance for firearms - about 220/year.
                                Giant safe, installed, about 4000.
                                If someone takes my insured gun, I get a new one.
                                If someone breaks into my safe, I loose everything.

                                • JR_91
                                  JR_91  5 months back


                              • Titan Pistol Vault
                                Titan Pistol Vault  7 months back

                                Why don't you look at TitanVault.com You are in for a nice surprise.

                                • Francesco Malatesta
                                  Francesco Malatesta  8 months back

                                  outstanding channel!

                                  • Mojave Mola
                                    Mojave Mola  9 months back

                                    The Vault-Tec unit will let you in or it might not or it may. Depends on how Bethesda programed it.

                                    • Nimbly
                                      Nimbly  9 months back

                                      The herpes simplex lock?

                                      • Mark Brand
                                        Mark Brand  10 months back

                                        I have 1 criteria: keeping teenagers from comitting suicide.

                                        • William Sheehan
                                          William Sheehan  10 months back

                                          I’m shocked that cheap mechanical safes are apparently better than expensive electronic safes. Thanks for the good info

                                          • Solid Mike P
                                            Solid Mike P  10 months back

                                            VAULTEK always has issue with finger
                                            Almost never works first time

                                            • TankerD18
                                              TankerD18  10 months back

                                              I'm really glad I found this channel. Your format is really straightforward, it's clear and easy to understand, and you show some good variety of products even if you don't 100% agree with them (and you do so without bashing them like a lot of the smug, know-it-all gun channels do).

                                              • Charles Hartmann
                                                Charles Hartmann  11 months back

                                                You can't trust vault-tec. Bell run experiments on you and your family.

                                                • 240pixel
                                                  240pixel  11 months back

                                                  Thanks! I'll look into that. So far i just have old fashioned safe with Key only (key is special shape hard to pick)

                                                  • GamerPoets
                                                    GamerPoets  11 months back

                                                    Good video. Subscribed from this.

                                                    • Ian Thomas
                                                      Ian Thomas  11 months back

                                                      I have a hornady rapid safe near my bed, and i leave it plugged in. A quick swipe from a hidden key and bingo. I like it, but i really think the best thing is a hidden shelf or plain sight hidden compartment unit. Nothing is better than something that doesn't look like a safe.

                                                      • Alex Eidenier
                                                        Alex Eidenier  9 months back

                                                        I too have the Hornady rapid safe, I have the bigger one that is for 2 full size handguns. I like it, its quick to gain access to and I keep the key chain on my bike keys. I do agree that the best safe is one that doesnt look like one, if they cant tell there is anything of value they are much less likely to break in.

                                                    • locksmith db
                                                      locksmith db  12 months back

                                                      I do think that fort Knox is cool. If I went that way I would have at least 2 and put them in different rooms and BOLT THEM DOWN. you are right about mechanical locks! Do not get electronic safes/boxes.

                                                      • locksmith db
                                                        locksmith db  12 months back

                                                        Safes are no good. Lock boxes are no good. I've been a locksmith for 18 years. ( it doesn't take special tools) most of the time.

                                                        • commander31able
                                                          commander31able  12 months back

                                                          what about the ZoreX system?

                                                          • Lucky Gunner Ammo
                                                            Lucky Gunner Ammo   12 months back

                                                            It's an interesting idea. Haven't tried it yet. It really only good as a child lock, though. It doesn't do anything to prevent theft.

                                                        • AV84USA
                                                          AV84USA  1 years back

                                                          I like the Sentry biometric pistol safe. $100 at Costco, and it’s worked every time for my EDC (except if my fingers are wet)


                                                          • Craig So
                                                            Craig So  1 years back

                                                            Nice review. I like the emphasis on practicality as 80% of the risk can be addressed with 20% effort.

                                                            • Code Seven
                                                              Code Seven  1 years back

                                                              I talked to my buddy who’s a lock smith and he said never get a key pad they’re easy to break into

                                                              • pr20
                                                                pr20  1 years back

                                                                And this is why smart guns are useless

                                                                • Vladislavs Dovgalecs
                                                                  Vladislavs Dovgalecs  1 years back

                                                                  Had no issues with the Vaultek such as difficulty aligning finger for the biometric sensor. The “cheap electronics” argument IMO is just an excuse.

                                                                  • jerzsubbie
                                                                    jerzsubbie  1 years back

                                                                    I recently went through a very similar review of many pistol safes in the $200 ball park. I ended up buying the Vaultek V20 (no finger print reader). I agree that the cheap biometrics used in safes is unreliable, however the electronics are not all the same. I have experienced no issues with my Vaultek not closing or buttons being too sensitive. In fact, I tried to get the buttons to malfunction/fail and could not. Super fast!
                                                                    I love the idea of the Hornady RFID for convenience, something you seem to really dislike for some reason.
                                                                    Also, you neglected to discuss the app feature of the Vaultek and the fact that they have the most secure type key lock of any of these safes.
                                                                    I really like your videos but I think your extreme love for the simplex lock really skews your safe videos.

                                                                    • Lucky Gunner Ammo
                                                                      Lucky Gunner Ammo   1 years back

                                                                      I have no special attachment to the simplex lock, but after having had one electronic safe completely fail unexpectedly and others not fuction correctly 100% of the time, I have a pretty deep mistrust of them in general. I am not an expert on small electronics, so I cannot look at a device's circuitry and determine how well made it is (although, according to other sources who have done deeper investigation into these devices, they all come from the same two or three Chinese factories). I have to rely on unbiased, third party lab testing for clues as to the long-term reliability of these locks. That is what a UL-certification gives us. *None* of these small, affordable electronic safes have a UL-certified lock, so I choose not to rely on them for a home defense gun. They are fine for other purposes, but not something I will depend on in an emergency.

                                                                    • Alex Moore
                                                                      Alex Moore  1 years back

                                                                      jerzsubbie he’s said he doesn’t want to have to use a small key in low light. And with the RFID, it means that you have to keep something on you and make sure to hide the ones you aren’t using well enough.

                                                                  • Paul Morrell
                                                                    Paul Morrell  1 years back

                                                                    Thanks for putting the time into this video.

                                                                    • P. Thadeus Hornswoggler

                                                                      I've had the Fort Knox for about 18 years. It's been flawless.

                                                                      • Max Moreno
                                                                        Max Moreno  1 years back

                                                                        Great video.
                                                                        This helped me decide which pistol safe to get. I got the Fort Knox safe but upgraded to a bigger size. Absolutely love it.

                                                                        • Ionor Rea's Tech Evolution Archive

                                                                          All electronic gun safes should have the mechanical backup that is easy to operate even in pitch dark (ideally not a key) and works even if electronics failed as a standard...
                                                                          There is also good to have some sensor around gun safe (that for example can send text message on your phone if gun safe was moved), so you know if your kid messed with your gun safe while you weren't home in order to have together a constructive discussion and also to perform necessary check on the gun safe working condition...

                                                                          • Mark Brand
                                                                            Mark Brand  10 months back

                                                                            that's what I like about them. if the safe only has 1k combos I want to know if attempts are made

                                                                        • Michael Galligano Jr.
                                                                          Michael Galligano Jr.  1 years back

                                                                          I’m a locksmith. Simplex has way more than 1,000 combinations. Way way more

                                                                          • Lucky Gunner Ammo
                                                                            Lucky Gunner Ammo   1 years back

                                                                            That only gives you 1084 possible combinations. Is that "way way more than 1000"?

                                                                          • Michael Galligano Jr.
                                                                            Michael Galligano Jr.  1 years back

                                                                            Lucky Gunner Ammo To my knowledge it doesn’t have that. You can use all numbers once. However, you can use any to numbers together, and a total of 5 total. So if you wanted to make the combination 5 and 2 at the same time, then 1, 3, 4, you could do that. Because of the complexity of the mechanics in there, if that code was put in in any other order, it wouldn’t open.

                                                                          • Lucky Gunner Ammo
                                                                            Lucky Gunner Ammo   1 years back

                                                                            Are you referring to the "half press" feature? Not the best way to set up a lock that might be needed in an emergency.

                                                                        • Dark Oni
                                                                          Dark Oni  1 years back

                                                                          So when is the long gun video coming out? This one was excellent and yes I am picking up a fort Knox, but I can't put a big heavy safe on my floor as it is raised above the ground and I do not own the house, so I am looking for ideas to lock up my long guns without a 2k lb safe.

                                                                        • Andrea H.
                                                                          Andrea H.  1 years back

                                                                          I have a biometric safe. I wish I did not have a biometric safe.

                                                                        • THE OPERATOR 101
                                                                          THE OPERATOR 101  1 years back

                                                                          Check out the Zorex for securing your Firearm 👍

                                                                          • winux
                                                                            winux  1 years back

                                                                            While I agree mechanical fails less. When just being safe for kids. The Hornaday RFID is excellant. You hide the keys in a vault you use to store your important documents or money. With all the other RFIDs you only need one, maybe two, for the partner. I use the bracelet. Most people you hear someone break in and you're in panic mode. Trying to punch in keys no matter how many times you practice in a normal enviroment, isn't like going threw the real deal. I would take my odds with hornady marvously not working the exact moment I needed it. Just taping it with my wrist "which has never failed" over trying to punch in some codes. Just my opinion. Also, with a code punch. I'm sorry but it's just a matter of time before your kids probably see in the corner of there eye or over time the buttons you push the most are going to get warn or grease stains on them giving up some good clues. with RFID you can't do this. The only con is a kid might be able to get the braclet off while I sleep but at least I have odds of waking up if a kid figures out the code. He can get it anytime.

                                                                            • Alex Moore
                                                                              Alex Moore  1 years back

                                                                              winux god I’m worried about your kid now

                                                                          • James Cockerham
                                                                            James Cockerham  1 years back

                                                                            DO THE RIFLE/SHOTGUN SAFE VID PLSSSSSSS

                                                                            • John Cromwell
                                                                              John Cromwell  1 years back

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