The size of the Barska Biometric Fingerprint Gun Safe was what attracted us to it at first. It is compact at 16.5 inches wide by 8 inches tall. The size is easy to conceal in a closet, under a stairwell, or any hideaway. A very large safe that is fire proof is a great investment. However it is also the focal point for any intruder looking for goods to steal. A small out of the way, harder to find safe, is what I was looking for. My high end coin collection, a few pieces of jewelry along with a hand gun have more value than all the belongings in the large rifle safe. We had concerns about placing these things in a huge “see me” safe with large items. The old don’t stack all your eggs in one basket theory were something we wanted to avoid.
A concern before purchasing was the non fire proof issue. An upgrade maybe Barska will consider in the next model. We did solve this issue when we purchase a fire proof bag online and placed all the belonging in it and then into the safe.
We were not too thrilled to purchase another combination lock or key only safe. Remembering which key goes to what and which combo is which lock was something we wanted to avoid. The biometric fingerprint system was very appealing to us for these reasons. The safety of our grandchildren was also a great concern. We tested it between us and have our adult children also scanned in. A grandparent’s house is a great place to play so we want it as safe as possible.
Another feature of the biometric system we liked is we can open it without clear vision. It is easy to feel the buttons and where one’s finger goes on the pad, no matter what the light. This is not only useful in the dark but also when one needs added vision help when it may not be available. A quick easy touch and feel entry allows the safe to be opened with in a 3-5 second time frame. Fumbling around with entry codes or keys takes much longer. If we had an intruder, fire or emergency exit was needed. The biometric system would save time in this situation.
The sturdiness of the safe seems good enough to detour an intruder in a hurry. We added a box around the safe that has an easy open door 2 second open, to access the safe door 3 second open. This box not only hides the safe from obvious view. An intruder would spend more time to remove this box before attempting to unbolt the safe from the floor. We bolted the safe in a corner, under a slanted stair and wall. Using a hack saw to try and open the safe would be difficult and a sledge hammer would dent but probably not bust open the very sturdy door.
We feel we found what we were looking for in a smaller safe with features friendly to our situation. We now have items not in a safe deposit box well secured in our home. There are no guarantees with any product against theft. For our situation we feel the Barska Biometric Fingerprint Gun Safe is a good investment for the money.
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Barska Biometric Fingerprint Gun Safe Features
- Compact safe with unique fingerprint pad for easy, secure access
- Opens with the touch of a finger; stores up to 30 fingerprints
- Stores important documents, medicine, firearms, jewelry, and more
- Includes mounting hardware and 2 emergency backup keys
- Measures 16.5 x 7.75 x 14.5 inches (W x H x D); weighs 31 pound