Sentrysafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe Review

We review the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe: protect your weapons and other valuables in the most secure way possible - with your unique fingeprints.

First, You Need to Know This

Gun safety should be everyone's concern, especially for gun owners who keep their weapons at home. This is especially true when there are children or others who are not allowed to use guns residing with them. The potential for harm could arise if they accidentally access a gun.

Fortunately, gun vaults for personal use are around to help gun owners stay safe while at the same time ensuring access only to authorized persons. This is the case with the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe, a biometric gun safe that delivers on its promise to stay quiet while working to secure your handgun.

We have been owning handguns for some time now, and we have been trying different ways of keeping them secure while within ready access in case of an emergency. The convenience this fingerprint gun safe offers us is something we value, and we hope this review will help you choose a safe you might wish to buy.

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Pros & Cons

Things to consider when looking at the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe

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  • The SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe is easy to use and to set up.
  • It has a responsive code pad that allows quick access while staying silent.
  • Its biometric system is reliable enough that it recognizes prints instantly.


  • Battery life may be an issue with this safe.
  • Very occasionally, the gas piston may squeak; put a drop of oil and it will be fine.

Features & Benefits

A Secure Way of Entering

The SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe has a dual entry mode that combines the best features of both a combination gun safe and a biometric gun safe. All one has to do is to enter the key code, a four-digit combination, on the provided key pad. Then, one has to place their finger on the biometric reader. Once the correct combination and print are recognized, the vault quietly pops up to reveal its contents. It does so through a system we will describe later, but for now we can tell you that it keeps things quiet.

The first advantage is that persons who have authorized access to the gun need only remember a four digit code that is no different from a PIN. At the same time, owners can add an added level of security by having their fingerprint recorded. It is a very simple biometrics system that can read up to two fingerprints. This may be a limitation, but it is best to remember that usually very few people at home may have access to a weapon, including the owner, and the safe is usually located where the owner sleeps, often beside one's own bed.

Keeping Things Quiet

There are two ways by which the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe guarantees to keep things quiet. The first is when one enters the combination into the keypad. The feedback mechanism for this is a very quiet click. The second is what happens after the correct combination is entered and the door pops open. Unlike other fingerprint gun safes which would pop up with a click, a compressed gas piston quietly opens the door and keeps it open for a few seconds before closing. The gas piston requires minimum maintenance, probably a few drops of oil now and then.

One of our colleagues tested the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe with a game to see whether an "intruder" would detect the safe being opened or not. The results of that test? The homeowner managed to get their gun out from the vault undetected while the intruder did not notice a thing. This element of surprise is critical in a home invasion scenario, so these are features we did value when considering reviewing this vault. Taken together, these features make this one of the quietest gun safes in the market, and this alone commends it to us for purchase.

Pry-resistant Door and Solid Steel Construction

One purpose of maintaining a fingerprint gun vault for one's personal firearm is to prevent unauthorized individuals from getting into it merely by prying it open with either their bare hands or with simple hand tools. That is why the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe has a pry-resistant door that would resist being pulled open by anyone who does not have proper access to it. The door's mechanism would not activate and stay locked in that scenario, among other things, and the firearm remains secure inside the fingerprint gun safe. This is for the owner's piece of mind, not to mention everyone's.

Apart from the door's pry-resistant mechanism, another feature of the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe is the way it is constructed. The durability and reliability of the safe is further guaranteed by means of its 12-gauge steel construction that provides the safe with a tough exterior and gives the vault extra protection from unauthorized users who may want to use things like hacksaws and the like to get into the fingerprint gun safe's contents. This, together with the pry-resistant door, keeps this particular gun safe working to protect from the unwarranted use of one's weapon by someone who is not trained to use it.

The Possibility of Customization

What we found wanting about the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe was the lack of two things: additional protection for one's weapon through extra padding or a magnetic hold, and an interior courtesy light that would allow someone to retrieve one's pistol in the dark. These are some of the features that could best be solved by doing some things yourself. Hence, a good fringe benefit of owning a fingerprint gun safe such as this one is having the chance to customize your vault to suit your particular needs as a gun owner. This is if you are concerned enough about such things.

One owner recently tried two modifications to the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe that would fill this gap. The first was putting an LED light that was attached to a sensor that detected whether the door was open or not. The second was to attach a magnetic holder that would keep the pistol in place without it touching the floor of the safe and potentially causing a misfire. One could easily imagine an alternate project of putting extra padding into the safe while still allowing the gun to fit. A good DIY project may sometimes be a good way of enhancing a safe's value.



We have talked about four things that make the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe that make it worth purchasing. First was how its combination biometric and manual combination entry helped make it doubly safe to access the vault. Second was how the gas piston and combination buttons worked together to keep things quiet while ensuring an element of surprise. Third was how the solid steel construction and the pry-resistant door worked together to create a durable and secure safe for its owners. Finally, we noted one fringe benefit, which was how customizable it was for owners who found its features wanting.

All in all, we recommend the SentrySafe Quick Access Biometric Pistol Safe for owners of handguns and other small arms. If a weapon can fit in this particular fingerprint gun safe, it will be carefully kept until the time one needs it. And when one needs it, it will be accessed quietly and safely, giving one the element of surprise. We hope that this review will give you enough information to make a choice as to what biometric gun safe to purchase. We trust that you will stay safe and always have your weapon at hand--preferably in a safe--to defend your home.

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