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BARSKA Biometric Compact Portable Safe Review

Small and Portable Gun Safe


[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00AU6I556″ cloaking=”default” height=”116″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417Nq2-ixTL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”biogunsafes-20″ width=”160″]The BARSKA sports optics company is a globally recognized and industry-leading distributor of a wide range of outdoor sports optics products. They make a huge range of products, targeting the sports and gaming community.

As their name suggests, the company is most well known for their reputation in optics equipment, like scopes, binoculars, and other well-respected outdoor optics items. The BARSKA company also manufactures high-quality safes, metal detectors, jewelry boxes, wildlife cameras, sunglasses, and more. The BARSKA biometric compact portable safe is just another wonderful addition to an already wide range of excellent products.

Video Review of the BARSKA Compact Portable Biometric Gun Safe

Dimensions and Capacity

portable fingerprint gun safeThe BARSKA biometric compact portable safe is perfectly adequate for holding small valuables, small handguns, important documents, and other small personal items for safe keeping. This safe would make a great addition for a car, truck, or even an office as it’s small enough to fit into a car console, or desk drawer. Actually, it’s small enough to fit almost anywhere. It could fit in a backpack for travelling, or a suitcase – the possibilities are endless.  It would be a little bit heavy to carry around in your backpack! But it is possible.

The safe’s outer dimensions are 10.5 x 7.5 x 2 inches. The safe’s inner dimensions are 7.25 x 8 x 1.75 inches. The safe is extremely compact and weighs only four pounds. The mobility of this safe is certainly unlimited, so luckily, the safe is small enough that it can easily be hidden to provide extra security. I have definitely been camping a few times where it would have been nice to have a small safe handy to keep my pistol in.

Biometric Fingerprint Technology

Barska portable biometric safe alternative useThe BARSKA biometric compact portable safe employs fingerprint technology which BARSKA boasts provides easier access for users to the contents of the safe. This biometric technology allows safe owners to store up to 120 unique fingerprints, and many biometric safes are most accurate when each fingerprint used is stored at several angles, so that the safe will open every time. This feature is a wonderful addition, as it allows safe users an easier and speedier access to the contents within the safe.

By simply swiping a pre-programmed fingerprint, the safe immediately opens gaining instant access to whatever is kept inside. For home protection, ease of access is absolutely important for a portable safe. Especially if the user plans to carry a gun for protection, the hidden safe might already take an extra minute to pull out, so quick access is important.

Construction and Other Features

Barska portable fingerprint safe tetherThe lock itself has an extra latching feature, which is both helpful and problematic as it might cause a longer time to open if it is latched. The safe is lined with foam and comes with an inner strap for holding documents or other small items. The safe is made entirely of steel, leaving it very sturdy in structure, and very secure from break in. The door is 1mm in thickness.  It is not really disappointing that the safe is not fireproof, as it’s so portable, it will likely be with or near the owner at all times.

The safe comes with two keys and a separate access point, which is a great fail-safe. It also has a feature which will retain two digital code pins in case there is a failure with the biometric technology. The safe runs off of 4-AA batteries, which are included in the purchase. The safe comes with two pre-drilled mounting holes, so that it can easily be secured to a floor, cabinet, shelf, etc.  I actually have this safe in my desk and it is secured with the mounting assembly. Sure it could be removed but it allows me to keep my handgun closeby and in a place that is not easily accessible to the children.

The safe includes mounting hardware. The safe, like all BARSKA products is covered by a limited one year warranty.

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Customer Reviews

barska biometric compact fingerprint reader safeThe BARSKA compact portable safe maintains a 3.5 star rating on Amazon.com. The reviews are evenly mixed, some reviewers loved the safe while others felt it was lacking. However, half of the reviews gave the safe 5 stars, which is a good indicator of its quality.

One reviewer, Michael, says the safe is “not a safe, it’s a deterrent” which he explains means that it seems easy to get into. Later, Michael says that “If an adult wanted in this, it wouldn’t be too difficult with a screwdriver and a hammer.” Michael has a point…but one of the main features of this safe is portability.

If you want something a little more secure, you should step up to something bigger, like the Barska Top Opening Biometric Drawer Safe or the Stack-On Quick Access Safe with Biometric Lock.

Another reviewer, Aleksey Zlotnikov, says that the safe “works exactly as described” also describing it as “easy to set up,” and as having “solid construction.” Overall, the good reviews certainly outweigh the bad on this compact portable safe.