If you choose the wrong quick access safe, it could be a deadly mistake! First, we’ll look at some of the best options for shotgun safes and go into detail on some of the options I look for when considering a quick-access shotgun safe to protect yourself or your family. In a stressful situation, the most important thing is that the safe performs reliably.
Not all safes have these critical features, and I’d be cautious of budget safes that feature biometric or fingerprint access but lack redundant access. After some thorough research, I know what I want in a safe to protect my arsenal of weapons, and I’ll show you how to protect yours too.
When looking for a safe, there are a few options: safes designed for a single shotgun or multi-shotgun (more a tactical locker than a storage safe). Then, there are more conventional, smaller safes (the latter, I’ve found a few options that give you redundant access that you need, especially when buying a budget multi-gun safe).
Remember in the case of burglary a safe is only buying you time. You must have systems in place to withstand an 8 to 10-minute attack since that is the average time the F.B.I says you have in the event of a home burglary. If you can’t afford a $2000+ gun safe, there are other ways to protect your firearms.
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These are my top picks for quick-access safes, wall safes, and safe boxes.
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Single Shotgun Safe Top Pick
My top single shotgun safe is the V-line quick access keyless safe. V-line has an excellent reputation, and I love V-line’s fast-to-use push-button access with no batteries needed. You can mount this safe anywhere using the pre-drilled ¼” holes in the bottom of the case so you can mount the safe in a horizontal or vertical position. This is my top pick for a single shotgun lockbox.
- MADE IN THE USA
- Geniune KABA Simplex Lock
- Front/Top opening can be mounted upright or hanging on a wall or door
- Pre-punched mounting holes for easy mounting
- Foam Lined Bottom Interior
Quick Access Shotgun Safe Top Pick
Now, If you need a little more capacity and want a hands-free true quick access shotgun safe, then Hornady’s rapid safe with RFID touchless entry is my next top pick. Hornady’s safe has 3 optional pathways to gain access. The quickest is the RFID reader with the patented RFID technology providing unmatched security from unauthorized users.
It may be marketed as an “AR” locker, but it accommodates our 2 shotguns perfectly!
Simply place the included RFID wristband, key fob, or decal over the safe’s reader to immediately open and retrieve your firearm.
It also features a touch keypad as a backup to the RFID. In case of a no power condition, 2 circular barrel keys are provided making this the best pick for quick access shotgun safe with redundant safety features.
- Hornady Rapid Safe AR Gunlocker is convenient, tamper-proof security!
- This gun locker provides the same convenience & tamper-proof security as our other rifle Rapid Safes, but in a fully enclosed design.
- Its front-end spring-loaded door makes it a great companion under a bed, in the back of an SUV, or mounted in a closet.
Multi Shotgun Safe Top Pick
My top budget pick is the KAER 3-5 gun safe. This safe is a more conventional style, giving you a few more storage options. There are other safes like this, with some featuring biometric opening mechanisms or fingerprint systems. In this budget class multi-shotgun safe, my top safe pick features a reliable number keypad, and most importantly, an easy-to-access backup key override. This makes for a good entry-level home defense shotgun safe.
Shotgun Wall Mount Safe Top Pick
Hornady offers a rapid wall mount safe that I really like. This single shotgun safe gives you the option to hide your shotgun behind a bedroom curtain. The possibilities are endless on how you can mount this safe and with a bit of imagination, this type of safe can be hidden in plain sight. It features an RFiD touchless entry with Hornady’s 3 optional pathways to gain access to your shotgun… just in case.
- Hornady Wall-Mounted Shotgun Safe
- Designed for quick access to your semi-automatic or pump shotgun, this shotgun wall-mount safe can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
- Please note, only works with shotguns that have the ejection port on the side, for example, the Mossberg 600
Quick Access Shotgun Wall Safe Top Pick
If you want something more analog, then the ShotLock wall mount safe gives you peace of mind because it requires no batteries or wall outlet. Using it is as simple as inputting the analog keypad code to gain access to your shotgun. Featuring 14 ga steel, it’s one of the most formidable wall-mounted shotgun safes your can buy!
Under The Bed Safe Top Pick
Another great safe option that can hold up to 2 shotguns with a reliable and quick access electronic keypad is made by SecureIt. It also has a backup key override that is easily accessible- something I always like to see in a safe. You can’t go wrong with this pick, in my opinion. This quick-access shotgun safe box is small and effective, allowing you to decentralize the weapons around your house.
It’s a twofold solution, as I like to spread my arsenal around making it unlikely crooks will find them all, and gives me more options when at home for rapid defense deployment. There are two models available, model 40-A coming in at 40″ and model 47-A coming in at 47″. The more safes in multiple locations the better as the FBI time for home burglary is 8-10 minutes.
- Durable, Flexible & Customizable
- Organized, Adaptable Storage
- Exceptional Security
- Mounts Easily, Fits Anywhere
- Never Compromise on Gun Safety!
Biometric Shotgun Safe Top Pick
Now, if you’re really wanting a biometric quick-access shotgun safe this top-rated fingerprint safe from Barska is worth checking out. It features a biometric fingerprint scanner that can store up to 120 different fingerprints with an external battery pack for easy battery replacement (you wouldn’t want them inside the safe, trust me).
For those that won’t put their lives in the hands of a fingerprint reader, it does come with 2 keys for quick access just in case the batties or biometric reader fails. Remember, with smaller safes, bolting them down is 100% necessary, and with Barska, it comes with all mounting hardware.
- Stores 2 to 4 rifles without any accessories/attachments in a convenient safe that fits practically anywhere with a removable shelf to store handguns
- Solidly built with 100% steel walls & tamper-resistant inner edges, 3 built-in steel bolts ensure your firearms are inaccessible to kids or intruders (Not Fireproof)