Compare Hidden & Fast Access Gun safes: What's the best choice?

  • Published: 10 May 2016
  • Tom compares 3 popular long gun safes on the market that try to address the issue of secure gun storage vs. fast access: the AMSEC gun safe, Barsca gun safe, and the SecureIt Fast Box Hidden Gun Safe.

    Safe and proper gun storage requires that all firearms be locked in a gun safe or secure in a gun cabinet. While this keeps your guns safe, it has the potential to block your access to the firearms in a crisis situation. You need a gun safe that discretely hides your home defense weapon while allowing you access to it in the event of an emergency.

    Barska Biometric Rifle Safe Summary:
    Fails on stated capacity
    Will not store any type of modern sporting rifles or shotgun
    Does not consider rifles with scopes
    We were very disappointed in the Barska. It simply cannot do what it claims.

    AMSEC Home Defense Vault Summary:
    Solid quality construction: stores 1, possibly 2 rifles under 43”
    Design specifically for under bed / horizontal use
    Fast access is questionable and certainly difficult at night
    Loud lock and door operation can give away your position

    Fast Box Hidden Gun Safe Summary:
    All Welded heavy gauge steel construction
    Can be used vertically or horizontally
    Can be used in mobile vehicle applications
    Provides fast and quiet access
    Only gun safe built to military standard
    Fits all firearms with attached optics
    Wide verity of accessories available

    The Fast Box provides secure storage of the widest variety of firearms and is the only product that offers quiet fast access in a crisis situation. The ability to adapt to vertical or horizontal applications is also unique and makes the SecureIt Fast Box adaptable to almost any situation - vertical, horizontal, and mobile.

    However, no matter what gun safe you chose - just make sure your firearms are locked up when not in use. All 3 of these products do achieve this goal at some level. And although we believe the Fast Box wins in every comparison, the number one takeaway here is that all firearms must be locked!

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Comments • 37

  • rocket5557
    rocket5557  3 months back

    If you combined the features of all of them you might actually have a serviceable underbed safe. There are much better options out there than any if these.

    • Matthew Cusanelli
      Matthew Cusanelli  5 months back

      too expensive, crap wallmount options, and the electronics are pure third-world trash.

      • J K
        J K  5 months back

        Why are you poor? Why aren't you smart enough to wall mount the safe? How can you have expensive electronics but bitch the unit is too expensive?

    • DaveFrom Accounting
      DaveFrom Accounting  8 months back

      Over priced products.

      • Erik Moreno
        Erik Moreno  2 years back

        If these things weren't the price of a "safe" I'd buy one but I refuse to buy a cabinet that looks like a cabinet for $600

        • Clayton Carter
          Clayton Carter  2 years back

          maybe it's not cheaply made but it sure looks like it being able to see straight through the back

          • SecureIt Gun Storage
            SecureIt Gun Storage   2 years back

            Clayton, that is by design. The cab is vented. This allows safe storage of ammo and allows any moisture to exit.

        • Clayton Carter
          Clayton Carter  2 years back

          you can see right through the back of it

          • sayhitome
            sayhitome  2 years back

            I wonder which one you are trying to sell.

            • sanchezjc94
              sanchezjc94  2 years back

              i can pry the crap out of this model 40. an pop it open

              • sanchezjc94
                sanchezjc94  2 years back

                the inside frame of the door should be thicker i bought it an it seems as if any unskilled person can pry it open not sure if its worth the 300 bucks????

            • HealthJeeps &Guns
              HealthJeeps &Guns  2 years back

              Am I the only one who think these safes sound like another StackOn?

              • hawkeyeCH53E
                hawkeyeCH53E  2 years back

                You should add a link to your business so people can order these.

                • Damon Outdoors
                  Damon Outdoors  2 years back

                  This is not a comparison its a commercial for SecureIt.

                  • mike koz
                    mike koz  2 years back

                    great job

                    • Jason B
                      Jason B  2 years back

                      best policy is to just show how great your system is and not show all the other crappy ones and put false price tags on them

                      • Jason B
                        Jason B  2 years back

                        that first safe does not cost 275$ after that had to stop watching yes your stuff looks great butt not sure what they cost because you seemed dishonest from the get go so didnt stick around

                        • Jack Ingstad
                          Jack Ingstad  2 years back

                          Will a model 40 fit an ar 15

                          • Shane Rhoden
                            Shane Rhoden  3 years back

                            Nice videos. But that same old sound track gets so old. I run a photography business and use a company called to add music my videos. You guys should check them out.

                            • Kevin Connelly
                              Kevin Connelly  3 years back

                              Excellent video!  I have been considering a safe of some sort for quite a while now.  Your information has probably changed my decision as to what I will actually purchase now.  Thank you for the information.

                              • MrMonkknight
                                MrMonkknight  3 years back

                                save your money put a lock on the bedroom door bars on the window. now you have a gun safe the size of your room

                                • Brett Silva
                                  Brett Silva  3 years back

                                  MrMonkknight except you could punch though the bedroom door with your fist or easily kick through it or kick it open.

                              • Crockagater
                                Crockagater  3 years back

                                I was with you up until you said sandy hook. Should have kept it professional. I was interested in a product, not the use of dead kids to sell something. Makes you sound like a politician or media type, dancing in the blood of innocents. No thanks.

                                • Fred Ubar
                                  Fred Ubar  3 years back

                                  Do you have a pull out draw option like the AMSEC? I've been thinking of putting an AMSEC under the back seat of my truck and yours would work great but I don't want to reach in.

                                  • romeoneverdies
                                    romeoneverdies  3 years back

                                    BS pr at 11:26 : the guns WHERE locked .

                                    • Kelpy G
                                      Kelpy G  3 years back

                                      I have a AK-47 and a Glock 9 gen 2 would that fit in the fast box? with a 30Round magazine and the handgun magazine?

                                      • Texas USA
                                        Texas USA  3 years back

                                        I have the Barska safe and love it. One thing you forgot to mention is the Barska safe has Biometrics..this is a huge plus for easy access.

                                        • Travisaurus
                                          Travisaurus  9 months back

                                          Unless your hands are dirty wet or bloody.

                                      • Henry Lynn
                                        Henry Lynn  3 years back

                                        I've got the AMSEC shown here. For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure the lock's beeps can be silenced, and I can confirm that two carbine-length ARs can fit, with room for a compact handgun or two. What I don't like is how the lock behaves when the battery is low. There's no chime or change in beeps(if enabled) when the battery is depleted. It'll simply beep like it's unlocked, but fail to open. I've observed that batteries last about 8 months with regular opening. The door is also really difficult to open from above, as in, if you're still on the bed.

                                        • Todd Johnson
                                          Todd Johnson  3 years back


                                          • jagervw
                                            jagervw  3 years back

                                            Does this beat the 3/16th door and 10 gauge steel body of the Fort Knox PB6 Shotgun Safe?

                                            • chad Britton
                                              chad Britton  3 months back

                                              @Senior Heffe Fort Knox is a hand gun safe, this is a rifle safe.... Apples to Oranges.... I need this for a fast, battery free, rifle safe.

                                            • Tom Kubiniec
                                              Tom Kubiniec  3 years back

                                              We think so! The Fort Knox unit is not a fast access safe. It requires you to slide the gun from the end of the box. This will be time consuming and difficult if there is an optic on the gun. If the safe is bolted down it will be just about impossible to get anything our that gets pushed in past the reach of your arm. The opening of the Fort Knox unit is about 8" this means an AR15 with any type of optic will not fit. Most ARs from end of handle to top of rail are about 7.5" if you add any type of scope or CQB optic it's not going to fit. If the goal is to simply lock a shotgun under a bed, it works. If you want to get to quickly it will not. As far as security Fort Knox generally makes very good stuff. This unit has a singe sliding bar attached to a simplex lock. While I have not used this product. It looks like you could jam a pry bar into the end of the box and pop it over the locking pin. The Fast Box is designed so it cannot be easily pried open. The Door thickness means nothing here and is a sales ploy. ( a cordless grinder with cutoff wheel cuts a box in half in 3 minutes) The 10GA steel is a little thicker then ours however the design of the Fort Knox door would require much thicker steel to prevent prying.
                                              Flexibility: The Fort Know will do one thing only, hold a shotgun under a bed that is difficult to remove. The FAST Box can be used in many applications: under a bed, vertically (it will hold 2 rifles), and vehicle mount applications. It also provides for very fast access in a crises situation. We think the FAST Box is a much better choice!

                                          • Clovis Steib
                                            Clovis Steib  3 years back

                                            Is the Model 40 shown upside down in its vertical configuration in the video? Seems as though the door would swing out the opposite way and I'm wondering if the Vertical Kit would slide out (I'm assuming it mounts by sliding into the slot from the top down.).

                                            • Clovis Steib
                                              Clovis Steib  3 years back

                                              Thanks. Looks like a great system. I will be looking into getting one shortly.

                                            • SecureIt Gun Storage
                                              SecureIt Gun Storage   3 years back

                                              Good eye, sir. Yes, the Model 40 in this video is shown upside down... we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. The Vertical Kit slides right into the safe (stock base fits into the bottom and the two Cradles slip easily onto the louvers [from the top down]). If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out - we're happy to help! 800-651-8835 [email protected]

                                          • ReneG Lopez
                                            ReneG Lopez  3 years back

                                            I'm 90 percent sure I'm buying the model 40.. the trunk space in my jeep is 43 inches. I wish you could have shown more vertical application and secure mounting for vehicle.. so far I'm sold