Viking Security Safe VS-50BLX
Large Biometric Safe
When you’re looking for a biometric security safe, you’ll want something that can provide security, reliability, and ease of use. Although price shouldn’t be your primary concern, you’ll want to be sure that you’re not wasting your money on a useless safe that any crackhead with a pry-bar can get into with relative ease. Most of us would prefer a high-end gun cabinet that can withstand almost anything, but when you’re a budget, you’ll have to assess what your needs really are, and whether or not you’re getting value for your money. The Viking VS-50BLX isn’t the biggest, baddest kid on the block by any means, but in terms of value, it may be a challenge to find anything better.
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For an owner of multiple handguns, or even a business owner looking for a place to store money, the Viking VS-50BLX is one of the best gun safes for $250. The build quality and precision of the biometric scanner are already enough to justify its price, but when you consider that the digital keypad includes programmable sound and an LCD display for convenience, it’s hard not to give the Viking a serious thought. The fingerprint scanner may not always work the way you like, but only because the scanner itself is so precise that it needs the exact fingerprint at the exact angle. As long as you program the same fingerprint at multiple angles, you shouldn’t run into any problems. The size may turn away some buyers, but you’ll rarely find another safe with the same quality for the price, especially if you’re looking at gun safe comparisons between Viking vs. Barska safes.
If you’d prefer something a little different for around the same price, check out our reviews of the Homegear Gun Safe, BARSKA Quick Access Rifle Safe, Paragon Lock & Safe, and the Stack-On SS-16-MB-C.