What is a Biometric Gun Safe?

Biometric Locks how they work

Imagine yourself suddenly at need to open your traditional gun safe with a combination and key lock system. In the pressure of the situation, it can be easy to forget the combination, enter the wrong code or fumble with the keys. A biometric gun safe on the other hand makes it easy to get at your firearms without any hassles, without having to rely on difficult combination codes, tricky passwords or physical keys.

Quite frankly speaking, a biometric safe is one that does away with combinations, pass codes and keys relying only on your fingerprint or palm impression to provide access. A biometric system basically takes in your fingerprints, codes a digital signature based on your unique fingerprint pattern and remembers it for future use. Each time one presses their fingers onto the synching pad or the sensors, the fingerprints are coded into a digital form and compared with the previously fed in digital code. A match opens the safe, a slight mismatch sounds an alert or locks the safe down until it is disengaged with the correct fingerprint.

Benefits Of Using A Biometric Gun Safe

Quite obviously, there are plenty of inherent advantages of a biometric gun safe. For starters you never really have to remember the code or combination to the safe. Your own body, rather your fingers are the key. Just set your fingers/palm onto the indented sensor surface of the safe and it will do the rest. Here are some other less obvious benefits of a biometric gun safe.

  • These safes can store more than one fingerprint so, you can authorize access to more than one person at once. Its basically a safe designed to provide access only to family members of an appropriate age helping prevent children and burglars get in.
  • Helps deal with panic situations better as you never have to carry a key or punch in codes. Furthermore, its quicker than using keys and codes.
  • There is simply no amount of guessing involved. Either you have the authorization to enter or you don’t. One cannot fool a biometric system with their fingerprints.
  • Great For storing more than just side arms as you can even safeguard cash or important documents inside. Plus today’s biometric safes come with fire and water protection.

Disadvantages Of Using A Biometric Gun Safe

Biometric gun safes are not always picture perfect. They do have a few disadvantages, which depend on the price and technology of the gun safe.

  • Older or cheaper version have a tendency to false scan. This is when the safe opens randomly for a fingerprint that it has no authorization for. It is no longer seen in newer models.
  • No scan is when the safe fails to take a scan of the fingerprints. Some models rely on batteries to remember fingerprints and also open the vault. If the batteries go dead, the safe does not scan until they are changed.
  • Paper cut, damaged or wet and soiled fingers can cause a biometric system to falter. This is probably the biggest concern when using gun safes. The best way around such a drawback is to feed in all your fingerprints so that you can open it using any of your fingers.

Today’s biometric gun safes come with a key override that can be used in case the batteries go dead or when there is no electricity in the house. Moreover, instruction manuals suggest override methods that you can configure manually so that you alone know the sequence. Such additional safety features in today’s biometric safes make them a better choice for side arms and important documents than your traditional lock and key or combination/pass code safes.

While biometric gun safes are much more secure and easier to use, they do suffer from flaws associated with electronic locks. Time tends to wear these locks down and eventually they will die out. I personally prefer storing a small firearm in a biometric lock right under my bed for easy access. As for my main gun safe, which houses all my rifles and larger guns, I prefer combination locks.

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