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Subject: gun safes
Have you reviewed the Hornady Rapid Safe, gun safe yet?
Hi B. [Name Withheld],
Thanks for checking out my website.
I haven’t reviewed that particular model, but it falls into the category of small gun safes with un-rated electronic locks. Electronic locks that haven’t been verified by a professional and independent third-party like Underwriters Laboratory can have all sorts of problems. The videos on the small gun safe page show some models getting defeated by bumping them, paperclips, and drinking straws.Even if that particular model does not have such issues, the other major drawback of un-rated electronic locks is reliability. The Hornady Rapid Safe RFID bracelet concept seems to very similar to the RFID smart gun design that was just taken off the shelves in California. Ironically many of the people who buy the Rapid Safe would never buy a “smart gun” because of electronics reliability and other concerns. But you need to be able to open a gun safe to use the gun inside, so it’s just as important.
Even UL 768 listed electronic safe locks have a habit of failing every 5 to 10 years. I use a pump shotgun or a 1911 for home defense because these are 100 year old designs that have proven their reliability. Even so, at my last defensive pistol event my pistol (a 1911) had two failures to fire because I hadn’t cleaned the firing pin cavity in a while. Many things can go wrong when the pressure is on. To keep a reliable defense gun in an unproven and untested electronic gadget defeats the purpose of using a reliable gun. Since most people use small gun safes for quick access home defense, that’s the last place you want to have an issue.
At the end of the small gun safe article I make some handgun safe recommendations that are more reliable and proven. The models I recommend also have hundreds of owner reviews that you can look through.
Small electronic gun safes are big sellers and many people buy them. With that said, my site seems to attract people who buy these items, have problems with them, and then go looking for better answers.
Best of luck!
Thanks for your reply. You are right on all accounts and i’m sure i speak for most of your visitors when i say your work is appreciated. Looking for a reliable small safe that is fool proof 100% of the time because it could mean the difference between life or death, is a daunting task. I’ll keep looking at your reviews before i make a decision or maybe i’ll have to make one myself with the locks you reccomend so highly. LOL.
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