What to Consider When Buying a Handgun Safe

Posted by Team Springfield

Aug 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Between securing your investment when living alone to protecting children from access to a firearm, handgun storage is an important consideration for handgun owners. When many people think of handgun storage, a bulky cabinet or fire-proof safe stocked with a collection of handguns comes to mind. Though both are popular options, neither may be the best option for your needs. A combination of technology, experience and craftsmanship has led to a revolution in handgun safes. Before beginning your journey, consider the following factors.

Size Doesn’t Matter

When purchasing a handgun safe, size doesn’t necessarily matter; what does matter is whether it meets your purpose now and in the future. With so many options to choose from, consider the following when shopping for a handgun safe:

  • Location – Depending on the size of your home and firearm collection, choosing a handgun safe may depend largely on placement. From handgun hides to vaults, the location of your handgun safe can mean the difference between protection and vulnerability. 
  • Portability – Some handgun safes are small enough to carry with you, but feature enhanced security measures, such as biometric scanning and element resistance.
  • Conspicuous – Handgun storage can be either conspicuous or inconspicuous, depending on your preference. Handgun hides, while easily overlooked as a hiding place, can be dangerous if not properly secured. Those who enjoy handgun hides often pair storage with a trigger lock to prevent accidental discharge.
  • Durability – When confronted with fire, water, or corrosion, will your handgun safe adequately protect handguns? Prior to purchasing a handgun safe, a thorough consideration of its ability to stand the test of time is needed.

Technology-Enhanced Handgun Safes           

Keeping pace with the development of other modern conveniences, handgun safes are now technologically sophisticated. Instead of a simple lock, handgun owners must now choose whether biometric layers of security are warranted. Review the following for a breakdown of the differences:

  • Traditional locks – Requiring a key or manually entered code, traditional locks are effective, but time consuming. When storing handguns for home protection, quick access is a top priority.
  • Electronic security – Entering a code into a keypad can be quick in an emergency, but handgun safes that require electricity to operate are at risk of malfunctioning.
  • Biometric scanning – The latest addition to handgun safe production, biometric technology prevents anyone but the owner from accessing the safe’s contents. Though beneficial if living alone, biometric security should be thoroughly reviewed if multiple adults need access to one safe.

Keep Handguns Safe

Ultimately, your choice in a handgun safe will depend on desired qualities, location and the dynamics of your home’s space. Those with smaller homes or apartments might consider compact storage options, while those with more space may need to be more strategic in placement. Either way, adding a handgun safe to your home ensures easy access to handguns in an emergency without compromising the safety of your family. 

Topics: Gun Safety, Accessories


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.