Top 10 Handgun Safes With Quick Access

If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely been looking for some honest and trustworthy information covering handgun safes with a capacity to hold at least a pistol or two (or more) while boasting an excellent feature set, quick access, and rock-solid reliability for your hard-earned dollars.

Am I right? If so, you can end your search here because you’re in the right place!

Our recommendations aim to make finding the best handgun safe for you a breeze by leveraging our years of collective expertise. We’ve published many articles covering all aspects of gun safes, alongside our helpful video reviews on YouTube.

To learn all of the criteria we use to rank gun safes, see: How We Test Gun Safes

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Believe me when I say, it can be exhausting to sift through the endless sea of handgun safe options at your disposal! So, let me help you narrow down your shortlist with this carefully curated top 10 list of my personal picks covering the best brands and models we’ve owned, tested, and had the most confidence-inspiring experiences with.

Whether you need a quick-access home defense solution that’s compact and portable, or simply want a secure lockbox to keep the kiddos out, I’ll show you some great options that can suit a variety of needs!

(I’ve also added a short guide at the end of this article explaining the various technologies involved and useful features found on these modern handgun safes.)

FYI: For home defense purposes, modern technologies with biometric scanners and RFID chips offer the best solutions for retrieving handguns in a hurry.

Without further delay, here are the top 10 handgun safes picked by yours truly, and my unruly team of dedicated gun storage gurus!

#1 Vaultek VTi Quick Access Handgun Safe

Starting off our list is the VTi 2-handgun safe by Vaultek, whose spacious design offers an extensive range of premium features. We reviewed the smaller Vaultek VS20i last year and were thoroughly impressed with its build quality, smart features, and ease of use.

Our felonious resident ” The Friendly Neighborhood Thief” anonymously uploaded a video of his newest piece of loot, the Vaultek VS20i, to unbox and review for your viewing pleasure (just don’t ask him to give it back!).

Smart App Control

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I am very happy with my decision to purchase this gun safe. I researched the reviews as well as other similar products. While I have only had this safe for a few days, I am pleased to say I have had no issues what-so-ever with the fingerprint reader. Two negative issues I noticed others state had no bearing in my usage….1) the Vaultek has recognized my fingerprint 100% of the time. It stores up to 20 fingerprints so I added both of my thumb prints twice and no issues there. 2) The speed in which the Vaultek reads my fingerprint and opens the safe is fast. Its faster versus me having to manually input my passcode. At least 1 second fast to open.


With a biometric fingerprint scanner and backlit keypad, it allows swift access, while the inclusion of smart app connectivity adds modern functionality.

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The Vaultek VTi has great storage capacity for a compact, portable safe- as you can see in the photo above.

Its interior LED light is an appreciated addition that improves visibility, even in dimly lit environments.


  • Biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Smart app connectivity
  • Backlit keypad
  • Interior LED light
  • Tough steel construction
  • Rechargeable battery


  • Budget-friendly option
  • Multiple access methods
  • Portable design
  • Solid construction
  • Good capacity for its size


  • Price is a con if you’re not looking to use its smart features
  • Like most fingerprint scanners, you may have occasional hiccups if you fail to register enough fingerprint angles

#2 Verifi S6000 Quick Access Handgun Safe

The Smart Safe S6000 by Verifi is distinguished due to its FBI-certified fingerprint sensor and self-diagnostic examinations. We own and thoroughly tested the smaller S5000 model and were impressed with its build quality, biometric scanner, and storage capacity.

Our resident thief uploaded his full YouTube review of the Verifi S5000 to give you the low down on its features and capacity (as well as test its stellar biometric performance with a series of wet and powdered finger challenges!).

FBI-Certified Biometrics

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This gun safe is beyond amazing. In the over 2.5 years we have had it, it had never failed to open on first try of scanning my, or my wife’s, fingers. It does the finger scan so quickly I can have the safe open in 3 seconds. I’ve tried to trick if with my own fingers that I haven’t programmed it to recognize and had other people try to scan their finger and it has never opened when it shouldn’t have. I’m still on the original set of batteries. I, and my wife, have 100% confidence this safe will open when we absolutely wed it to and that it will never let our kids, or anyone else we don’t want to have access to our handgun, or valuables, open it. 

Jason W.

The Verifi’s tamper alerts enhance the security measures while the backup key access guarantees that you will never face being locked out.

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The Verifi S6000 offers plenty of space in its sleek and compact design, allowing for the accommodation of certain handgun rack designs. This is demonstrated in the picture provided.


  • FBI-certified fingerprint sensor
  • Self-diagnostic checks
  • Tamper alerts
  • LCD screen
  • Backup key access
  • Solid steel construction


  • High-tech fingerprint technology
  • Reliable performance
  • Tamper detection
  • Impressive build quality
  • Great capacity for such a low-profile design


  • Relatively higher price
  • Not as portable as some other options
  • The low-profile interior doesn’t have the greatest clearance

#3 Barska Quick Access Handgun Safe

If you prioritize security and quick access to your handguns, Barska’s Biometric Safe is the ideal compact solution. With its one-touch biometric scanner, entry becomes swift and hassle-free.

We own and reviewed the Barska 3-Gun biometric rifle safe that shares the same biometric hardware and I can attest to its speed and reliability over time.

Check out our resident thief’s video as he takes the Barska biometric scanner through its paces with his torture tests!

Swift Biometric Lockbox

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Based on the very positive reviews, low OpticsPlanet price, and free shipping, I rook the plunge and bought my Barska Compact Biometric Gun Safe. And glad I did. It’s nicely designed, rugged, roomy, and works almost flawlessly. ALMOST flawlessly? Once I got the hang of the biometric fingerprint reading system, it works flawlessly for me; however, my wife struggles with it. For her it works about 90% of the time. I must say that only about 5% of that is the safe; the remainder is her technique, though that’s getting better. The safe is plenty large for us as we have three handguns inside with room for another. Would be better if it had an adjustable shelf. Showing it to my son and brother-in-law resulted in two additional sales.


The inclusion of a silent access mode allows for discreet retrieval, making it a thoughtful feature.


  • New Silent Access Feature
  • 2 Solid steel locking bolts
  • Operates on 4-AA batteries (included)
  • CA DOJ Approved
  • Includes protective floor mat ensuring that items are not scratched
  • 2 Emergency backup keys and mounting hardware
  • Dimensions: 7.8inch x 11.8inch x 7.8inch
  • Inner Dimensions: 7.6inch x 11.6inch x 5.9inch
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Body Material Steel
  • Batteries 4 AA


  • Compact size
  • Quick and quiet access
  • Mounting options
  • Sturdy build
  • Decent storage capacity for a compact handgun safe


  • Lacks a removable shelf
  • The fingerprint scanner can be finicky if you fail to input multiple fingerprint angles (so don’t do that!)

#4 Fort Knox PB1 2+Handgun Safe

If your primary concern is acquiring tamper resistance and long-lasting durability, look no further than the Fort Knox PB1. We bought, tested, and reviewed the Fort Knox PB1 last year and can tell you hands down that this is the most secure lockbox we’ve come across!

But, what did our resident thief have to say about the Fort Knox in his review? How did he even manage to get his hands on one? Never mind… it wasn’t bolted down (AGAIN!!!?). Remember to always bolt your safe down folks!

Built Like A Tank

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I have owned this safe for 6-7 years and love it. There are hydrolics to keep the safe open and bolt holes for you to secure it in place. This is a quality safe that can hold quite a bit – G19 and G42 with room to spare. I’ve moved a few times and have owned a number of safes but I alway take this one with me.

Honey Badger

This exceptional handgun safe eliminates the need for electronic components by using a mechanical lock and proudly exhibits an impressive 10-gauge steel build.

The Fort Knox Handgun Box has ample storage space for your defensive & storage needs!

Though it may lack many modern-day features, its retro design and fortress-like construction make it the perfect choice for those who prefer battery-free, keyless entry.


  • 10-gauge steel construction
  • Mechanical lock
  • Tamper-resistant hinge
  • Simple and rugged design
  • No batteries or electronics


  • Unparalleled durability
  • Mechanical lock reliability
  • No battery concerns
  • Tamper-resistant design


  • May be slower to access under duress compared to biometrics
  • Heavier and less portable

#5 V-Line Brute XD Keyless Handgun Safe

The Brute XD by V-Line is a handgun safe that values simplicity by incorporating a five-button Simplex mechanical lock. We reviewed the standard V-Line single pistol safe and were impressed by its heavy-duty build and simple functionality.

Our resident thief was also pleased to get his hands on a V-Line safe for some comprehensive testing in the review he uploaded from the public library (you can’t be too cautious these days!). Why won’t people hide their safes better?

Keyless Entry

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Seriously. This thing is a beast. Much thicker metal than I was expecting, build quality is superb, made in the USA, mechanical Simplex lock works beautifully and is easy to use, and then packaging was done with great care. I’m not exaggerating. 


With a durable steel build and a sleek low-profile appearance, this safe is ideal for concealed storage. Its minimalist design prioritizes security without sacrificing functionality.


  • Simple five-button Simplex Kaba brand mechanical lock
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Heavy-duty build in a compact design
  • Mounting holes for installation
  • Foam-lined interior


  • Straightforward operation
  • Built like a tank (similar to Fort Knox)
  • Foam-lined interior
  • Mounting options


  • The mechanical lock may require practice for speedy opening
  • Not as portable due to extra weight

#6 RPNB Biometric Handgun Lock Box

The RPNB biometric pistol box achieves a convenient, space-saving, combination of features at the right price. We have some experience with the RPNB brand after purchasing one of their popular 5-gun electronic rifle safes, recently.

We also reviewed one of their biometric under-desk pistol safe models with the drop-down door so we can better attest to the speedy biometric access of their fingerprint sensors.

How did the RPNB’s fingerprint scanner perform once our friendly neighborhood thief got his greedy, recently-gloved hands on it? You’ll have to check out his anonymous upload to find out!

Biometric Handgun Box

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This was literally one of the easiest things to set up out of any product I have purchased. The instructions given are very detailed but for anyone that might still have issues the seller put a video on here as well. I had it out of the box, put in a new code, added 3 fingerprints, and had it bolted down in probably around 45 minutes. I wish it was tad bigger on the inside but there is still a decent amount of room. For anyone that has children but want a safe that is easy to bolt down securely this one is great. So far I couldn’t be more pleased.


Its biometric scanner and backlit keypad enable swift access to your handguns, while its tamper-resistant design adds another layer of security.

The internal capacity of this compact handgun safe is sufficient to store all essential items.

By offering both biometrics and backup keys, the safe provides comprehensive coverage in multiple situations.


  • Biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Backlit keypad
  • Interior light
  • Steel construction
  • Tamper-resistant to keep kids out
  • Backup keys


  • Competitively priced
  • Dual access methods w/backup key
  • Tamper-resistant
  • Interior lighting


  • Fingerprint recognition can be inconsistent without careful setup
  • Build quality is not as robust as premium options

#7 SentrySafe Electronic Keypad Handgun Safe

The SentrySafe (model QAP2EL) provides a dependable electronic access system in a compact 2-pistol design with a gas strut that assists the lid in opening fast.

We thoroughly reviewed the biometric version of the SentrySafe that shares the same electronic keypad as this model and it worked every time, without a failure!

Turns out, the SentrySafe is an extremely durable compact safe with a heavy-duty build that kept our resident thief out after an extended period of heavy prying before finally giving up the ghost (if only he’d asked for the key!). Well done SentrySafe!

Keypad Entry

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Purchase this unit a few days ago after doing quite a bit of research – was really hard to decide where I wanted to mount it – also which company – also which unit – I read an incredible amount of reviews and decided to go with this unit – purchased the one for two guns and the LED light inside. Product arrived in perfect shape condition – was very easy to set up and install 

Mark C.

Its quiet entry feature guarantees discreet access even in low-light scenarios.

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Lots of room in this SentrySafe lockbox.

This affordable and basic handgun safe offers spacious security for up to 2 handguns, providing great value for your money.


  • Electronic push-button entry
  • Back-lit keys
  • Steel construction
  • Quiet entry option
  • Compression gas strut
  • Holds 2 full-sized handguns


  • Budget-friendly
  • Quiet access mechanism
  • Compact and portable
  • Interior LEDs
  • Spacious interior


  • Some experienced gas strut failure after 2 years of use.
  • An electronic keypad is not the quickest option

#8 Viking Security Fingerprint Handgun Safe

The Viking Security Safe (model VS-37PZ) provides top-notch security features, including a motorized locking lid and an FBI-certified biometric fingerprint scanner similar to those found on higher-priced Verfi safes.

We’ve yet to get our hands on the Viking safe but it shares the same FBI-certified fingerprint reader found on our Verifi safe and we have it on good authority that it’s a very good pistol safe based on many positive reviews.

It has a less common laser-cut keyway too, making it more difficult for our resident thief to pick (he prefers tubular keyways!). I’m sure he’d love to have a crack at that single locking latch… though, they are often tougher than they look (ask him about the SentrySafe!).

FBI Certified Fingerprint Reader

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I am a Federal Firearms License Holder and I always looking for great ways to both secure my firearms and make them available to those in my house that need in case of emergency. This safe meets my very tough requirements and goes well beyond them. it was very easy to setup and the bio metric works 100% of the time. This is great buy and will make your items safe and secure.

Joel Brossmen

With a spring-loaded 90-degree steel lid, it offers increased protection, while the LED interior light ensures convenient access to your handgun during nighttime.


  • Biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Steel construction
  • Spring-loaded door
  • LED interior light
  • Keypad & Backup Key Entry


  • Motorized locking bolts
  • Superior Biometric scanner
  • Interior lighting
  • Competitive price-point


  • Higher price range
  • Some users report occasional fingerprint recognition issues (make sure to scan multiple finger angles)

#9 Mamba Vault Compact Handgun Safe

The Mamba Vault (model MV505B) is a super affordable one-gun lockbox with fingerprint access that is ideal for basic travel protection with a pocket in the lid for storing cash and small items.

This recommendation is based solely on a few positive reviews I managed to come across since I don’t have any personal experience with this brand or the biometric hardware.

I still think it might be worth looking at this as a low-cost alternative that is both compact and portable, but not as a primary storage solution (#travelsafe).

FYI: Based on some negative reviews, it may be preferable to use the keyed entry for emergency situations seeing as the biometric scanner can be finicky.

Portable Quick-Access

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For a price like this I wasn’t expecting much but was pleasantly surprised with this little safe. The fingerprint sensor works great, I followed the instructions and recorded inch of my fingers multiple times in different angles and spots I haven’t had any issues opening the safe yet. It is very responsive to my fingerprints.


To prevent children or unauthorized individuals from accessing it, this compact 1-pistol biometric lockbox can only be opened through the owner’s registered fingerprint.

These portable Mamba lockboxes are designed to accommodate full-sized or smaller pistols and can also store documents and the appropriate ammunition.


  • Secure Biometric Scanner
  • Perfect for: nightstands, closet shelves, under the bed, etc. 
  • Protects handguns from kids,
  • Stores phones, passports, medications, or other small valuables
  • Quick Accessibility
  • Heavy-Duty Steel
  • Universal Handgun Support
  • Tamper Resistant Design
  • Key Backup
  • Mounting Holes for Securing Vault


  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Easy to transport
  • Stylish and unique design
  • Compact design fits in tight spaces
  • Fast Biometric entry


  • Some have complained about the scanner’s speed and consistency
  • Limited space for more than one handgun

#10 Hornady RAPiD Quick Access Handgun Safe

The RAPiD Safe Handgun Vault by Hornady presents a cost-effective and tech-savvy RFID chip solution for firearm security.

We have a lot of experience with Hornady’s RAPiD RFID technology since reviewing both the AR-15 rifle locker and shotgun wall lock models extensively.

How would I describe the RFID functionality of Hornady’s safe product line? Well… it’s always worked well for us and is the quickest entry method of all the quick-access technologies we’ve tested to date.

But, what did our determined resident thief have to say about the RFID performance of the Hornady? Well, first I had to lend him my RFID bracelet for him to test it out (he still prefers his pry tools). He has yet to get his hands on this Hornady safe model- as of yet- but is always on the hunt for new, shiny things.

Quick RFID Lockbox

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Easy to program and fast access. The lid could be a little more heavy duty but for the price, it’s great. It can hold 2 large handguns.

Joe B.

It includes two RFID tags: one can be attached to a watchband, while the other has an adhesive backing suitable for sticking to a phone or key fob.

Thanks to its spring-loaded lid, quick access to your firearms is guaranteed. Additionally, the safe offers added security when securely bolted down, as it comes with pre-drilled mounting holes.


  • RFID wristband and key fob access
  • Steel construction
  • Spring-loaded steel lid
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes


  • RFID access options
  • Tamper resistance
  • Steel construction
  • 3-entry methods including keypad & backup key


  • Not as heavy-duty as more expensive options
  • Some users had issues with RFID tag performance long term

Guide To Handgun Safes With Quick-Access

Let’s start by explaining what exactly a quick-access handgun safe is and the technologies involved in each type.

A quick-access handgun safe is a specialized storage device designed to securely store handguns while providing quick and immediate access to the firearm when needed.

These safes are predominantly used for home defense and personal protection purposes, providing a safe and convenient storage solution for firearms in a household or office environment.

Technologies Involved

One technology used in keyless quick-access handgun safes is the mechanical Simplex Kaba Lock option.

This technology employs a mechanical push-button locking system that requires the user to input a particular sequence of numbers or letters to unlock the safe.

The simplicity of this mechanism allows for fast and intuitive access to the firearm in high-pressure situations.

The combination can be quickly dialed in a few quick pushes, avoiding the need to fumble with keys, rely on electronics that require batteries, or remember complex passwords or PINs.

Mechanical Simplex options are highly reliable, ensuring that the user can access their firearm promptly whenever necessary.

Another technology used in quick-access handgun safes is biometrics, which involves the use of an individual’s unique fingerprints for identification and access.

Smart handgun safes equipped with biometric systems scan and store the authorized user’s biometric data, allowing for quick and easy access by simply placing their finger or hand on the designated scanner.

This technology eliminates the need for remembering combinations, pressing buttons, or searching for keys, making it the most convenient and efficient in emergencies.

Biometric safes also provide an added layer of security, as access is limited only to authorized users whose biometrics have been registered.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip technology is another commonly incorporated feature in quick-access handgun safes from the likes of Hornady, RPNB, and others. It utilizes radio waves to identify and authenticate individuals or objects.

With RFID-enabled safes, users can gain access by presenting a key fob or card containing an embedded RFID chip. This technology is highly convenient as the user only needs to wave or tap the key fob on the designated scanner to quickly unlock the safe.

The ease of use and speed of access make RFID-enabled safes a popular choice among firearm owners seeking a quick and hassle-free way to retrieve their handguns.

Many quick-access handgun safes integrate multiple methods of entry (including electronic keypads), combining the above-mentioned technologies for added flexibility and security.

Most, if not all, of these safes often come equipped with backup keys that can be used as an alternative means of entry.

Level of Security

If you place uncompromising security as your utmost concern, the Fort Knox PB1, Vaultek VTi, and V-line Brute are outstanding choices.

With their sturdy steel constructions, tamper alerts, and sophisticated locking mechanisms, they offer exceptional protection against unauthorized access.

Special Use Cases & Portability

The Vaultek VT20i, Hornady, and SentrySafe Biometric Handgun Safe are more portable options for people who require a secure way to carry their pistol while on the move.

This is primarily because of their compact designs and battery-powered operation. These safes are especially suitable for individuals who prioritize quick access to their firearms, whether they are at home or traveling.

Price & Features Comparisons

For those seeking a harmonious blend of cost and features, take into account the Barska Biometric Safe, SentrySafe, and Hornady RAPiD Safe Handgun Vault.

These choices provide fundamental security elements without causing financial strain, establishing them as excellent choices for beginners.

The Verifi Smart Safe and Vaultek VTi, however, are the best in terms of state-of-the-art technology, maximum security, and modern aesthetics.

Final Thoughts

Selecting the right quick-access handgun safe is an essential component of enhancing your home defense plan, as well as keeping your firearms safely stowed away from children, teens, and their friends while you’re away.

The assortment of options on this list was carefully designed to help you discover an ideal match for your lifestyle, taking into account your preferences, requirements, and budget considerations.

Whether your priority lies in security, portability, or a combination of both, any of these top handgun safes will offer a higher level of security that aims to empower you to protect your loved ones and valuables with a sense of certainty that is absent when stashing guns in a drawer (please, don’t do that!).

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