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Best under bed/trunk gun safe, Re-evaluating popular models

An under bed gun safe is a great idea for gun owners who have large guns, but limited space.

It utilizes the valuable space under ones bed to contain these low and long storage units for rifles, handguns, and  other gear that owners would like tucked away, and out of sight, but still quickly accessible.

Their aren’t many under bed safes on the market compared to the other gun safes available, so you may find sites recommending any safe they can find on amazon or other online retailers as if all of them perfectly do what they are meant for, which felt worth examining specially after looking at the market scenerio of handgun safe.

So we decided to reevaluate them to find if they really fit the requirements and give our opinion if you should purchase it or not.

American Security Defense Vault (DV652)

The DV652 Defense Vault , made by American Security was specifically designed to be used underneath your bed. It falls somewhere between the smaller gun cabinets and larger more secure gun safe. 

The product page says it is made in USA or China, probably both.

This safe is made of 14 gauge steel and sports a 5-point slide locking bar. After you unlock the DV652, drop down the door to reveal the foam-padded, slide out gun tray.

The space provided is decent, with the exterior measuring 52″ x 14″ x 6″. However, inside it gets a little tight providing just over 43″ x 13″ x 3″, With the height being somewhat of an issue. If you don’t mind removing the add-ons or modifications to your gun them before storage in this unit, then this is will do.

However the main problem with this its new ELS 5 electronic keypad lock.There are many complaints online about the keypad failing to function after few months.

Our verdict-Do not buy this safe.It is suppose to be used for self defense.But if you cant even open it when you want, whats the point ?

Click here to read the reviews of this safe on Amazon.

V-Line 31242-SA long gun safe

 

This is multipurpose safe.It can mounted under your bed, on your wall or on the trunk of your vehicle.There are two additional tubular locks.They are not bypass lock but extra lock when you do not need it for quick access.

Although they look generic so susceptible to picking with tubular picks but its is not a big deal as the simplex locks overshadows it.Plus three locking bolt(Top,middle and bottom) does add to the security against forced entry, though it is not meant to be safe against theft but to be used for self defense.

The safe is made in USA and made of 16 gauge steel.It is not CDOJ approved but overall is quite a secure safe against prying by young children.

One cannot reach the release mechanism with a wire or other tools without damaging the lock.

To change the locking mechanism there is reset button or a L tab as VLine calls it which is not protected but one will need to know the old combination to change it.

You can use two or more button press at one time for your combination which provide more security.

It has interior dimensions of 40.5 x 11 x 3.You can store at least two long guns inside the safe and still have  room for one small gun or other gear like ammo box or magazine.

Overall we recommend it if you want it for self defense or keeping children out of reach.

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Fort Knox Shotgun Safe PB6 

 

This safe marketed as shotgun safe is large enough to store shotguns and rifles. For the price of around $ 400 it safe is one of the strongest with 10 gauge body and 3 1/16 ” door and a highly reliable simplex lock and exceeds CDOJ requirements. 

It has dimensions of  5″ H x 45″ W x 9″ D and weighs 36 lbs and can easily be fitted under your bed. For changing the combination you need to know the old combination and it do not have any bypass lock so there is no room for it to be tampered by mischievous children.

Only downside is that it do not have holes to anchor it somewhere.A thief can easily pick it up and leave if he can find it.

But if you need it for defense and keeping unauthorized people out it is a perfect safe.It come for about $ 400 and available at various online store or ftknox.com itself.

Click here to read more on amazon.(Currently unavailable)

Monster vault under bed gun safe

This safe is made by MonsterVault which solely makes under bed gun safe.It is claimed to be made in USA and is one of the most selling under bed safe.

The safe has a dimension of 7″ H x 48″ W x 28″ D and weighs about 140 pounds.The steel sheet used is 16 gauge but it has double wall design making effective thickness of front 0.16″, the top and bottom 11 gauge and the sides 7 gauge. 

The safe exceeds CDOJ requirements but is not fire or water proof.It has pre-drilled holes at bottom to install in on the floor but some users have also installed it on the ceiling.It can also be installed in the trunk of your vehicle.

You can store your rifles easily and shot guns diagonally in this safe with plenty of room for other gear.

It comes assembled with electronic lock which require 4 AA batteries and users don’t find any issues with the electronic lock. 

The safe is drawer style front opening which is rated for up to 100 ponds weight.

It has a an unguarded reset button inside but the edges seems to pack tight enough to be able to resist entering any wire or other covet entry mechanism.

But the only concern for this safe is the  bypass lock.The site says it has barrel style key lock which another name for tubular lock.These tubular locks are quite susceptible to picking with a tubular pick available ti buy cheap online.

Other than that it is a well designed safe for self defense and keeping non-mischievous or small children out. This safe is available online for about $700 and comes with a 7 year warranty against defects.

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Secure it gun storage fast box model 47

Product description.

The interior dimensions are 6″ x 46.5″ x 12.5″ and it can fit one rifle with scope and magazine attached.Probably two if they are of average size without  the saddles.

It is made of 16 gauge steel and comes with 4 holes at bottom to mount it horizontal position.It can be kept vertical as well and in a large enough trunk of a vehicle.

It comes with 4 button electronic keypad safe which requires 9 V battery and a tubular bypass lock.Nothing is mentioned about the CDOJ rating.

The above safe which cost about $ 300 is made by secure it a relatively new gun safe company who claims to have military as major customer base.They focus and clam that how you store a firearm inside is just  as important as locking them up.

They have developed cradle grid technology which allows you to secure the fire arm tightly and not just loosely kept inside.For that they have louvered back panel on which you can slide saddles to keep firearm held in place.

All is fine if you don’t fear any major break in or theft and more on the getting your time fast in case of emergency.But we don’t think it is going to cause much difference considering it may have other design flaws.

First-is that people don’t find the electronic lock very reliable or complaint of it ceasing to work.

Second-is the bypass lock which is a tubular lock which we always say is easy to pick.

Third-and most important of all is the reset button which is unguarded and as you can see the louvered back panel can easily allows anyone to enter a wire or something to reach the reset button or door inside and have the code resetted.

But you will know later that the codes have been changed.So gauge if anyone in your house can be that curious.

Overall customer says that for the price it is decent safe if you live in well to do area.But teenagers may easily get into this safe even if you bolt it down and i would say to avoid it or only buy if you live alone. 

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Chinese made low end under bed safes

The following models are made in china.It looks exactly like above safes as they are cheap imitations of above safe.They may do the job but do not go through any quality control, at least that’s what it appears from the not so happy reviewers. 

SnapSafe  Under Bed Safe 75400

There not is much to say about this says as it has all the features that Monstervault above has got except that it comes in three styles  Large Large (40″W x 22″D x 6″H) , medium (26″ W x 20″D x 5″H) and XXL (48″W x 24″D x 7″H).

There don’t seem to be any way to pry or reach the unguarded reset button when the safe is close.

It has overall good rating but there are complaint mainly associated with the cheap electronic lock.First it comes with generic tubular bypass lock easy to pick with tubular pick.But more importantly many complain the knob of the lock to be wobbly and cheap and can  be turned with a little force which opens the safe without even entering the code. What good a safe is if its lock do not work properly.

Our verdict -Avoid this safe for the obvious reason mentioned above.

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Two other imitation of above design are

 Offex under bed safe                                                    Buffalo tools under bed safe

       

There is no difference in the design of above safe at all. Both these companies are not into security business so these safe are made in china and probably by the same supplier.They are exactly like the snap safe under bed safe with with a differently designed keypad.

They have the same dimensions 28″L x 48″W x 7″H, weighs 130 lbs and have tray that can hold 100 lbs and same 14 gauge body.

But, as is the case with Snapsafe the digital lock on this safe is of same if not poor quality so the problems user faced is bound to be repeated with these safe as well.

Our verdict-Avoid these safes if you want something safe.

Stealth Defense Vault DV652

We cannot comment on where the safe is made but it definitely a copy of Amsec under bed gun safe, probably both companies manufactures is from same supplier.

It is even priced (about $ 457 ) and named same (DV652).

It has same steel thickness(14 gage) dimensions (6″H x 52″L x 14″D) and same keypad electronic lock (ELS5).

So it was obvious to find the same complaint found with Amsec safe which is that the electronic locks stops working after some time.

Our Verdict-Don’t buy this safe.

Click here to read more reviews of this on amazon.

Hornady 98190 Rapid under bed Safe

This safe as one amazon user calls it is a great idea but of mediocre quality.

The strength of the safe is not the highlight or the selling feature but the lock.This safe has three way to lock the door. A keypad programmable with four to six digit code, A bypass tubular lock and a RFID technology for quick access.

Probably what makes it compelling for use in bedroom for self defense is the RFID technology.It comes with RFID Wristband, Stickers and Key Fob.

But because this safe is made in China it do not have any quality control and many people receive defective piece of the lot with part missing,scattered pieces inside, electronics not working  and sometimes total failure of locks after a month.

The RFID system is also far from perfect.Many user complain that the RFID stops working after a while or not works all the time and do have some failures and some complain that it totally stopped working after an year .There are also complains of RFID not programming at all. Also many complain the knob to cheap and difficult to turn which makes it difficult to close.You can read the one or two star ratings on amazon and get the idea.

The keypad and the bypass lock works fine but the tubular lock is another undermining point.Tubular lock are easy to pick with tubular pick.

Other than that the safe do not have any outstanding feature.The steel used is 16 gauge with four four locking lugs on the door which makes it some what strong.It has pre-drilled holes to mount it on floor or trunk.It also comes with 1500 lb rated cable to secure it at places.

It has dimensions of 46.7 x 19 x 9.7 inches and can store both shotgun and AR.

But for a price of 300(Keep reducing) the safe can be given a try but don’t rely on the RFID technology.Think of it as as temporary additional bonus at best.

Click here for latest price and more info on amazon.

NOTE-The following models of different companies are discontinued

Rhino Under Bed Gun Safe UB50, Gun casket under bed safe.

Conclusion

As we thought, though there are less number of models competing for under bed gun safe most of them fall short of the basic safety or emergency access feature that they should be focusing primarily into.If you have these safe at home be aware and alert of the safety  and emergency aspect they are compromising.

Finally nothing is more important than the safety of you and your family so i try to review these safes with those criteria in mind.If you have same or different experience than we highlighted above or have something extra too add please feel free to use the comment section.

 

Best gun safe under $300

Buying a gun safe in near or under dollar 300 range can keep gun locked but will not do much in case of a break in or fire because  these safes are not made like safe.They don’t have any burglar or fire rating.

They are actually gun cabinets.A lock box which can lock stuff like your school locker or like an Almirah.

These are gun safes that accommodate three to four long guns and are perfect for the gun owner with only a few rifles, shotguns or few handguns and no plans to buy any more in the near future.

These slim safes are a much cheaper alternative to buying a larger safe or useless handgun safes.

But you have to be alert with these cabinet too if you anticipate burglary or mischievous children.

I don’t want to give you the idea that these boxes are no good or useless.

They can do a pretty good job of keeping your guns out of wrong hands.But don’t rely on them for protection against burglary or fire.

Barska Quick Access Biometric Rifle Safe

You probably have already heard or read about Barska biometric rifle safe on other places online.This model of Barska is AX11652 with dimensions 9.75″ x 8.63″ x 52.13″.Another model with same dimension is AX12760 but it also has a keypad lock in addition to Biometric and key lock with two backup keys.The lock can be accessed in silent mode also.

It is Chinese made but pass CDOJ rating for burglary.It does not have any fire rating nor does it say anything about steel thickness.

The fingerprint scanner is quick acting(2.5 sec) and can store up to 120 finger prints Though you may need not more than may be 10.

It has removable accessory shelf inside and pre-drilled holes at the back wall and ground to mount it on the floor or wall.This is good as it doesn’t weigh much (65 lbs).

The safe can hold up-to four rifles but some user complain that they can not keep more than two rifles with scope attached as the door wont close and also they cannot keep it with magazine attached at all.

The safe can be bought online for about $350.

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FCH Gun Safe Electronic 5-Gun Rifle Safe

With dimensions 3.78″W x 11.8″D x 57.1″H FCH  electronic Keypad safe is ideal for people with low budget and few rifles(upto 5) .The top of the safe have additional locker for ammunition etc.

It is available for remarkable price of $ 170.It is designed like safe with bolt action door lock but essentially it is a cabinet with thin walls and doors.It is not intended for burglary or fire protection but will do a good job in keeping children away.

FCH has upgraded the lock to keep memory of old pin in case battery die and also has a backup key.

The safe is chinese made and weigh 75 lbs with pre drilled holes to anchor it on wall or ground.

It also comes with a 30 day warranty against defect in manufacturing or shipping.Overall it has good rating and is a decent safe for the money.

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Gearmart Fast Access Rifle Safe

With outer dimensions 14”(W) x 13.8”(D) x 57”(H)   the safe is slightly bigger than the FCH electronic safe.So it has a bolt mechanism for locking though the boor and body are flimsy to call it a safe.

A small box is also include on the top shelf for keeping ammunition,handguns etc.The electronic lock is fast acting with two backup keys.The key lock is hidden between the keypad safe.The code will not be erased when the battery die.

The safe weigh around 90 pounds but has holes at back and bottom to mount it on wall and ground.It has a capacity of up to 5 rifles without scope.It can be bought on amazon for about $250.

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Moutec Large Biometric  Rifle Safe

There are two safes by Moutec that can hold same number of guns but has option of biometric or electronic lock.We chose biometric lock because it do not add much to your budget.

It cost around $330 dollars.With exterior Dimensions: 13.8”(w) x 13.8”(d) x 57”(h) it can hold upto 5 rifles with scopes and 3 pistol on its door organizer or inside the lock-box on its top shelf.

.It weighs around 90 pounds and can be mounted on floor or closet through its pre drilled holes at back and bottom of the safe.It mentions the steel thickness of 14 gauge which is ok for a cabinet. but not for a safe.

It features fast acting (2.5 sec) biometric lock which can store upto 100 fingerprints and also comes with two backup keys.

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INTERGREAT 4 Digital Rifle Safes

Another slim design security cabinet by Intergreat.All the feature are similar to the safes mentioned above.The slim design allows you to keep it it cupborad or closet etc.

It can hold upto 4 rifles.Its exterio dimension are  (inch):9.85”(W) x 8.63”(D) x 52.13”(H).

An electronic lock allows keypad access to your guns and comes with backup keuys to enter in case of power(battery) outage.

No burglar or fire rating is given.The safe comes with pre drilled holes at back and bottom to install in on floor or wall.

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Stack-On TC-16-GB-K-DS Tactical Security Cabinet

Ok so this model by stack n is not a safe.It is pure made like a cabinet.It doesn’t have any bolt mechanism on door.Neither any electronic or mechanical lock.It has a simple cylindrical lock and keys.

Other than that the safe boast to be tactical which translate basically into extra depth to store tactical weapons with extra magazine size etc.It has adjustable barrel rest to do the same.It can store 2 tactical guns and upto 14 standard rifles or shotguns(Seven normal gun or each side)./7

The interior has four half width adjustable shelves and one full width removable shelf.

The cabinet has dimensions of 18(W) x 21(D) x 55(H) inches and weighs 97 pounds.Also the cabinet is CDOJ approved for firearms safety device.

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Homegear Large 5 Rifle Electronic Gun Safe

This safe is listed here only for its steel thickness.The safe is made like any of the safe above except that it has little bit more steel than others.The door is made of 4 mm(6 gauge) solid steel and the body is 2mm(12 gauge).It is much than what you could find in this range.

Other than that the safe has Outer Dimensions of 13.8” W X 11.8” D X 57.1” H  and like other light weight safe has holes to mount through back walls or its bottom in closet or other narrow space.

It can accommodate up to 5 rifles plus extra box or top for ammunition etc.It has electronic lock and bypass manual key to open the door.

However  as we mentioned in handgun safe selection guide the electronic lock can be opened with small bumps.One user mentioned that like other cheap electronic keypad locks this also has this design flaw and should be repaired by company. That’s why we safe the electronic locks are definitely no no for handgun safe especially with small children and a internet access.

So if you are opting to choose this or any other electronic lightweight safe be prepared to change the locking mechanism or fix the safe tightly on wall and ground so no one can bump open it.

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LANGGER V Upgraded Quick Access Biometric Rifle Safe

This by Langger V and has exterior Dimensions of (in) 57.2″x 15.7″x 11.8″and store upto 5 rifles.It has hols at back and bottom to bolt to the wall or ground.It also a lock box on top shelf for ammunition documents etc.

The door of this safe is made of 11 gauge steel and the body is 14 gauge steel.Given that it is a cabinet more than a safe the steel thickness is bargain.

The door features a biometric lock as well as 4 digit electronic lock which auto illuminates using built in proximity sensor. You can also open the safe using backup manual keys.

The safe weighs about 90 pounds and has pre-drilled holes at back and bottom to secure it inside slim spaces like closet or corner walls

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This safe by Invie has exterior dimensions (inch)-8.66”(W) x 9.84”(D) 51.97”(H) and small inside safe(top shelf) dimensions of (inch):9.6” (W) x 7.48” (H).The slim design sllows you to fit in smal spaces inside your closet etc with pre-drilled holes at back and wall and bottom of safe to secure it tightly.

It can store upto 4 rifles and some ammunition or other documents inside its top lock box.The door is equipped with electronic keypad lock and a backup emergency key.The door is also made like gun safes bolt action drive but don’t mistake it for a safe.It is more a cabinet than a safe.

So far the safe has excellent reviews on amazon.Customers are quite satisfied and calls it a good value for money and even strongly built.Though the company mentions nothing about steel thickness or burglar or fire ratings.

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Stack-On GCB-8RTA Steel 8-Gun Ready to Assemble Security Cabinet

Stackon that manufactures mostly low end safes has done a pretty good job making an affordable cabinet of size 17L X 11W X 53H inches.It cost just 110 dollars and has good customer reviews.

Two noteworthy things about this model is its capacity and price.It is cheap but can hold more guns 8 guns.There is mechanical key lock on the door and removable shelves and patented barrel rests inside.The barrel rest keep scoped rifle at one place.

More than that it is kind of a modular cabinet ready and wasy to be assembled.The fasteners are claimed to be tamper resistant from outside.The device is also CDOJ approved.

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HQ ISSUE Metal Gun Locker, 12 Gun Capacity

Above is another modular cabinet but by HQ issue.This is no pitch device made to lock your guns away from wrong hands,mainly children.

The cabinet is easy to assemble with screws and kit provided.It comes with dual piano hinged doors and a pad lockable handle.

The cabinet is easy to drill into so you can drill holes as you want to anchor it on wall or ground.

With external dimensions: 36″ w x 42″ h x14″ d it can easily store 12 rifles.The steel thickness is 22 gauge,too thin for any strong protection value but then again it is not marketed as safe either.

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Golval RE 3028 Security Safe with Electronic Lock

This safe by Golval is another slim built safe you can buy under $300.It is  (W x D x H) 12 in x 11 in x 55.1 in.  in dimension and Weighs: 88 lbs.

It is little bit wider so you can store up to 6 shotguns or rifles. and 3 to 5 handguns in the storage locker inside.It comes with holes at back wall and bottom to secure it in cupboard and narrow spaces.

The door has 5 bolts locking mechanism and electronic lock with low battery indicator.You can also open the safe with two back up keys provided.

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Bonnlo Electronic Gun Safe Large Firearm Rifle Storage Cabinet

The safe above is sold by Bonnlo,mainly a home furniture supplier.It is a security cabinet designed to lock guns away from other member of the house.It has electronic lock with bypass keys.

The keypad lock will keep your code in case battery die.It can store 5 rifles and 3-4 handguns.The steel thickness is not mentioned but user says the door to be sturdy enough for the price.

It weighs 85 lbs and can be anchored through back or bottom wall.The company also gives warranty of 30 days for any defects.

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Also see-

Best long gun safe for the money-All budgets

Best gun safe under $1000-Is there any ?

Best gun safe under $ 500 to $600