Barska AX11556 Fingerprint Safe – Review
Whether you’re trying to secure your small firearms or your precious valuables, you’re going to want a safe that is easily accessible by you, and you alone. Safe owners are constantly plagued by a growing number of safes on the market that only offer the illusion of safety, especially when it comes to fingerprint gun safes. But if you’re in the market for one of the best gun safes under $300, you won’t need to look any further than the Barska Top Opening Fingerprint Safe.
When you’re in the market for a safe, you have to be certain that it’ll function well. Our main concern was with the biometric scanner. The scanner has to be clean and dry to work correctly, otherwise it will not register your fingerprint. Overall, however, the safe functions relatively well as intended. The door opens with ease and we didn’t have any problems with the fingerprint scanner or the bolting mechanisms. There’s also enough space in the safe for medicine, money, or one or two firearms.
We found that this Barska gun safe had a pretty solid construction. It fared well against certain stress tests and seemed sturdy enough. You may be able to dent the outer body of the safe with relative ease, but you still won’t be able to get it open without major blunt force. The door features a thick motorized deadbolt which will prevent it from opening without either a key or a programmed fingerprint.
Because this safe is meant to be mounted inside of a desk drawer, you’re obviously going to have a decent level of discretion. You may not be able to hide it as well as an in-wall safe, but it’ll certainly be out of plain sight. The biometric scanner is pretty noticeable on the safe, so we wouldn’t recommend leaving it out in the open, especially if you intend on securing firearms inside.