BARSKA Biometric Safe Review


The Barska Biometric Safe is one of the best gun safes on the market so far. It is getting a phenomenal amount of praise from previous customers and seen as a great buy for anyone looking for a gun safe that allows fast access for owners and good basic security. No codes to remember! No keys to lose! Just touch your finger to the scanner and within seconds the safe door is open. What you have here is a tough yet compact home safe that can store all kinds of items including small firearms.

This is a great barska biometric safe that’s compact in size yet sturdy and secure in stature. It comes really easy to use and it is actually room to fit multiple items. If you are looking to deter children and strangers from accessing your firearm or sensitive document, this is the safe to consider.

Features of the Barska Biometric Safe

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Unique Fingerprint pad

The fingerprint scanner on the Barska Biometric Safe is very easy to set up. The advanced biometric technology used allows for up to 30 fingerprints to be stored. This means no memorizing combinations or fumbling around for keys whenever you are faced with a high danger situation. Simply touch the scanner with the recorded finger and in about 3 seconds, you’re well in the safe.

Just so you know, the print reader is quite picky, (which is a good thing). To help with better recognition the best thing to do is program a 2nd or third print of the same finger but at slightly different angles. This will help speed up the recognition process.

Compact Safe

For a small safe it has a good sized interior at 16.25 x 7 x 14.25 inches certainly big enough for storing many small items. It offers a pretty reliable biometric system and a heavy gauge build to deter thieves. I love how it appears to be a small unit but it’s actually strong and very secure. 

This is not designed to be a high security safe due to its size and weight. Nor is it fireproof or waterproof. For added security you can bolt it down to the floor or wall which will certainly prevent any casual burglar from walking away with it and its contents.

Easy to Use

This is a great safe and is still very popular, but if your main reason for having a gun in the home is self-defense, then you really need to be looking at a biometric gun safe. This is because of one massive advantage. You never have to worry about remembering any codes, combinations or where you left the keys.

If you are someone who isn’t a fan of memorizing combinations or code numbers then the Barska Biometric Safe is a good choice. If you are in an emergency situation the last thing you want is to try to remember a combination to your safe!

Even so, you do get a set of emergency keys for quick access when the biometric scanner is non-response. Sometimes the scanner may jam for small reasons like a sweaty finger in a panic situation.

Secure Access

Owning a firearm is a great responsibility and a big part of that responsibility is making sure you have a safe and secure place to put your weapon when it is not in use. The Barska biometric safe is definitely that safe place for your firearm.

If your primary reason is for self-defense then you would most likely need to be able to get to your gun in a hurry. That would mean owning a safe that has a fast opening door preferably one that pops open on its own, (which this particular safe does). Also, due to the fast opening capabilities of biometric safes they tend to be hugely advantageous when it comes to securing a gun for defense reasons.

If you are in an emergency situation the last thing you want is to try to remember a combination to your safe! With a biometric safe you decide who has their fingerprints scanned into the memory. This means that if your child hasn’t had their prints memorized then there is no chance of them ever getting into the safe.

Quite Roomy

It is roomy inside and big enough to hold 2 full size and one small handgun with ammunition and still have room for other valuables.

As well as other than guns and ammo you can store a variety of other important items such as jewelry, cell phones, cameras, money, etc. You can store documents if you wish but just remember that in the event of a full house fire these items probably won’t be protected. For irreplaceable documents I would invest in a fireproof and waterproof safe.

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What We Liked

  • Compact and sturdy safe
  • Unique fingerprint pad for easy, secure access
  • Easy to use features; quick touch-of-a-finger open
  • Emergency backup keys included
  • Stores multiple fingerprints (30)
  • Secure storage for jewelry, documents and other valuables as well
  • Mountable unit with mounting hardware included.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Thumb print does not work very well. The thumb print is flaky and does not work all the time.

Technical Details

  • Body material: Steel
  • Outer Dimensions: 16.5 by 7.75 by 14.5 inches
  • Inner Dimensions: 16.25 by 7 by 14.25 inches
  • Fingerprint memory: 30
  • Secondary access: 2 back-up keys
  • Fireproof: No
  • Power: 4 AA batteries
  • Battery life: Up to 2 years
  • Weight: 31 pounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Would a hand gun fit in here?
I have a sig sauer XD-9 in its case as well as numerous boxes of ammo in this safe. The safe has plenty of room.

Q: What happens when the battery goes in the safe?
I have not experienced this issue as of yet. The documentation included stated that when the battery starts to get low it will beep to inform you of the low battery and to change it. If you miss the warnings and the battery goes dead on you, the unit comes with a key that will open it manually.

Final Verdict

This really is a great gun safe and you will have a hard time trying to find any faults with it. It is safe and actually roomy enough to store multiple items; firearms, medication, and sensitive documents. Barska have really thought of everything. The unit is compact yet solid and secure. It’s quick and easy to access; at the touch of the scanner. And, the price is OK, for a product of its significance.

It may seem like a lot for such a small safe but the quality of its build and its well thought out features and benefits really do make for a top product worth the investment. So, if you are looking for a safe, and secure place to store your firearms, away from the children’s or thieves’ reach, the Barska biometric safe is definitely the place to look.

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