Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe Review

We review the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe: and quick and easy solution for your rifle and gun storage needs

First, You Need to Know This

What would be better than having guns at home for your peace of mind? Having somewhere to store them for your greater peace of mind. If you have rifles in particular, one place to store them would be the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe, which uses fingerprints to access it.

Our experience with this biometric gun safe is that, with some modifications which we could talk about later, this is a good, solid lock box for those who keep rifles at home and want all the convenience of biometrics, which allow quick access as the name suggests, to your main home defense.

We have been keeping guns at home for years, and the advantages of this safe outweigh the potential disadvantages we understandably note for owners of certain types of weapons. We hope that this information will help you make an informed choice as to whether this sort of safe is the one for you.

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Pros & Cons

Things to consider when looking at the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe

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  • The biometric device can store up to 120 fingerprints in its memory.
  • It is a perfect gun storage space for apartment closets and smaller homes.
  • It is customizable given its limitations as a gun storage safe.


  • This safe does not accommodate assault rifles, rifles with pistol grips, or those with large magazines.
  • This safe is unlikely to deter a motivated thief, but it is good for gun owners with families who want peace of mind.

Features & Benefits

Fingerprint Storage Capacity

One thing we like about the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe is how many fingerprints it can store, which is 120. This means we can approach storing fingerprints from more than one angle so that it can be easily accessed when needed. One can easily program fingerprints for a gun owner, a partner, if any, and anyone who may need to access these weapons readily, such as a child's legal guardian. After entering the relevant fingerprint, all one has to do is to turn the deadbolt lock with one solid motion. This makes this fingerprint gun safe easy to access for those with authorization.

The key to working the biometric system in the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe is to keep your fingers clean. It is not possible for the access to work properly if your fingers have grease or dirt in them, and the manufacturer recommends a bit of routine maintenance. This involves cleaning the fingerprint sensor every time one uses it. Another measure is to re-test authorized fingerprints every six months to account for particular changes in fingerprints that may occur due to scratches and bruises. If you take care of the biometrics in this biometric gun safe, the safe will be happy to take care of your guns.

Keys for Backup

One problem with biometric systems, such as those used in the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe, is that they may not work all the time. They may have issues with false negatives, where one's authorized print may not be properly recognized. This issue means that if you need to access your weapon, you might not be able to do so. The solution is that, like most biometric gun safes, there are two backup keys that could be used to access the safe. Just like with fingerprints, all one has to do is turn the key and the deadbolt lock and be able to readily access the gun.

Having a backup system also has the benefit of further limiting access to authorized persons, whether it is through a backup key or through a keypad. It is possible, for instance, to keep one key and turn the other one over to a trusted friend or one's spouse. This allows one, in case of the biometrics failing due to either false negatives or the batteries going dead, to access the safe in case of an emergency. The only downside of using a key is that keys can get lost, so it is always best to keep your vault key close to you and make sure you do not lose it!

Runs on Batteries

One problem with electronic devices is that they sometimes require plugging into an outlet to make them run. Most fingerprint gun vaults, like the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe, do not need to be plugged in to run because of the nature of their electronics. The vault is ready to use out of the box, but needs installation on a wall or floor so that it would not topple over, and one way it comes ready to use and program is by having four AA batteries to run the safe's biometrics system. It makes it possible to install the safe in any location for ready access.

The chief downside of batteries is, of course, that at some point they run low on power. This could be a disadvantage if you need to access your guns through the biometric system quickly enough that you could deter a home intruder. While we mentioned the backup keys above as one way, the manufacturer has provided a convenient means of alerting users to when the batteries run low. Three repetitive beats and flashing lights signal the fingerprint gun vault's owner to buy fresh batteries and replace old ones in this storage unit.This is a useful measure to keep owners on top of battery life.


One thing we have learned from having the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe is that it is, at its best, a basic biometric gun safe, without some of the features that would help make this a much better safe. This has been noted by some other users as well. There is no padding anywhere for any of the weapons and possibly documents one can store in the safe, and it is somewhat inconvenient to see in the dark without some form of lighting. One can turn a minus into a plus with this fingerprint gun vault's hidden feature: its customizability.

Two projects one can do with the Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe were suggested by other users, and which we have tried. One is to install a small light inside that, like a refrigerator lamp, switches on when the door is open and switches off when the door is shut. This ensures that you can access your weapons in the dark without the need for fumbling around. Another project is to line the safe with padding to keep your guns protected inside the safe. These two craft projects are just among the not so few things one can do with this fingerprint gun safe.



The Barska Quick Access Biometric Safe is good for those looking for a gun safe that will keep one's weapons secure and free from unauthorized access. It has a biometric system that can store up to 120 fingerprints with some reliability. It runs on four AA batteries so you do not have to worry about plugging it in, and it warns you if you need to replace them. It has a backup key system in case the biometrics fail due to battery outages or false negatives. Finally, it is customizable, thus making this safe more than sufficient for your home protection needs.

Having good home defense depends on having the right equipment at home to keep your guns and ammo safely stowed and secured. That is why you should consider getting this, or any other fingerprint gun vault, for your peace of mind and for your family's safety. We have more information on other gun safes in the market to help you make an informed choice on what gun safe to purchase. Thank you for reading, and we hope your home will be a safe, secure, and well protected place with the guns and weapons accessories you safely have on hand.

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