Two things most Americans love: Guns and Cars. The hard thing can be meshing the two together while still being responsible. Let’s face it – if you carry a gun in your vehicle, you need a way to lock it up. If you aren’t, you are putting not only yourself at risk, but anyone else at risk that may be riding along with you completely unaware that you have a loose firearm hanging out someplace in your vehicle.
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Most people keep their guns underneath the seat of their car, although some individuals do like to keep them in the back of their vehicle locked up. For the purposes of our advice, we are going to look at the most practical ways to keep your handgun secured underneath your seat first, and then we will dive into our final recommended option of how to lock up your handgun if you choose to secure it in the back of your vehicle.
So without further hesitation, let’s jump right into what we believe are the best gun safes for your car.
Why You Need a Car Gun Safe
While you’d think this is self-explanatory, there are actually many people that just stick their handgun under the seat of their car. We never recommend doing so, as not only are your handguns susceptible to thieves that break in, certain states actually require your handgun to be locked up. To be on the safe side, you’ll want to look at safes that have a long reputation for quality in order to be sure that your pistol is protected.
It’s important to note that the safes below are recommended options and this list is not all-inclusive. I happen to own a SentrySafe Biometric safe that I have used both in my car and in my home, so it’s one of the few I would highly recommend. With that being said, there are plenty of different options you can choose from, and the list below represents several different options that you can do just fine with. Let’s look at our favorites.
SentrySafe Biometric Safe
- Biometric gun safe provides secure storage for one standard handgun; Pistol safe with fingerprint...
- Pistol safe features a gas strut to instantly and quietly open safe door for single-handed access to...
- Handgun safe is constructed with solid steel and a pry resistant door for strength and handgun...
The SentrySafe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe is our favorite safe for your car. It’s been around longer than most biometric options and has an incredibly good reputation for being a solid biometric safe that has worked out a lot of the bugs that some of the lesser-known vault manufacturers are still working on.
The safe itself is extremely good, and it’s just small enough to fit under the seat of most vehicles out there depending on the size of your car. If you have a smaller vehicle and space is at a premium, we’d still recommend the GunBox due to the slimmer design. This is also one of our reader’s favorite safes in the fingerprint recognition category and people that have purchased it seems to be relatively happy based on the online reviews that we’ve researched.
- Our portable safe is compact and features three different ways to open; it holds 20 RFID's, 10...
- This durable lock box is large enough for most full-size firearms; use it in your home, office,...
- This gun case includes a biometric fingerprint scanner, hydraulic opening, pre-drilled mounting...
The GunBox biometric safe is getting a lot of attention since bursting on to the scene over the last couple of years. This safe is a biometric safe that fits most handguns. It’s also one of our top choices if you choose to keep your safe locked up next to your bedside in your nightstand, as well as one of our best overall biometric safe choices to boot. This safe is highly versatile and can be equipped with a separately purchased adapter that specifically allows this safe to be stored in your vehicle.
The GunBox biometric safe’s adapter allows it to charge from your car so you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries like you would on any other older fingerprint recognition model. The technology on the GunBox is great and you can not only open the safe with your fingerprint but also do so with an RFID bracelet or ring.
Either of these items will allow you to unlock the safe with quick access to your firearm in an emergency situation. The slim design also makes this choice a very good one when it comes to fitting under your seat in comparison to other bulky models. This is our top choice and it’s practically impossible for you to go wrong with it.
Gunvault MicroVault XL MVB1000
- The MVB 1000 can handle a maximum of 120 fingerprint templates and comes standard with a 4 foot...
- 18-Gauge steel construction, with protective foam-lined interior
- High-strength lock mechanism performs reliably time after time
The GunVault Microvault is a great smaller budget option. It’s not a biometric handgun vault, which means that you can sacrifice a little bit of quality here if you are on a budget. The 12 million possible user access codes make this safe a good choice for your money if you are trying to get something that’s both effective from a size standpoint, cheap enough to not stretch your budget, and give you something that’s not a manual locking key entry safe.
If you just need something to get you by, then this vault is going to be a great choice for the interim until you are able to afford something that has a slightly higher quality and user rating. It’s a great middle of the pack to lower-end safe that you really can’t go wrong with if you are needing to make sure that you pinch your pennies and don’t want to spring for the extra cash to buy something in the premium category.
GunVault has a long history specializing specifically in safes for handguns which is what makes this a good addition if you need something basic and has a code instead of just a manual lock and key.
Billconch Biometric Gun Safe
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This pistol safe is a great choice for someone looking to spend a little more and get a little more in return. The safe can connect through Bluetooth to an app on your phone giving you even more control over the contents inside. Edit the allowed fingerprints, change the password, or even unlock it with the press of a button.
Like most safes with electronic functions, this safe features a durable rechargeable battery. If you’re worried about the battery running out when you need it most, you will be warned when the battery is at 20%. Since it only takes 3-4 hours to charge and the battery lasts for days you will never be fully locked out of your Billconch safe.
Now that we’ve given you some tips on what can keep your firearms safe in your car, it’s up to you to decide which of these is the best gun safe for your vehicle. Remember that not locking up isn’t really an option, and making sure you practice proper firearm safety is always a must. If you are trying to decide on a larger safe for your home, we’ve also broken down some of the best home safes on our homepage, so make sure to check out our small biometric safe buyer’s guide as well.
If you are looking for a full review list of biometric safes, you can check out our recommendations here as well. Thanks for taking the time to check out our recommendations and we hope you are one step closer to driving safely down the road with your handguns secured tightly in your vehicle.