Liberty HDX-150 Gun Safe – Review
If you’re a gun owner, sometimes getting a safe is just about complying with gun laws and keeping your guns out of reach of children. Maybe you’re just a licensed carrier and want to have your personal handgun locked in a safe while you’re in the car. Maybe you don’t even have kids but just want to get an affordable gun safe. If any of this fits your description as a gun owner, the Liberty HDX-150 might be the perfect safe for you.
As far as personal lock boxes go, we certainly weren’t too impressed by the design of the HDX-150. The entire face of the safe opens at a 180 degree angle, which, in theory, is an excellent way to access a personal firearm quickly. But one thing we did notice was that the manufacturer wasn’t as meticulous about the construction of the safe as some others we’ve seen. The metal cutting was somewhat sloppy, and the locking mechanism didn’t always work perfectly. At one point it took a couple of tries to get into the safe, even with successful fingerprint scans. We also didn’t really like the gap between the door and body of safe, but prying would probably be the least of your concern if an intruder ever got their hands on this safe anyway.
AC Cord Not Included
We felt this was a major shortcoming of the safe. Considering the way the HDX-150 is designed, we figured that Liberty intends for this safe to be mobile anyway, but that’s not really an excuse to not include an AC power cord to power the safe while at home. You can always use the key to access the safe if the 9-volt battery dies, but at nearly -check the price- , we feel that it should come with one.
The biometric scanner works near flawlessly as the manufacturer promises. The fingerprints are easily programmable and inputting the prints to open the safe is almost seamless. The door opens a little sloppy due to the lackluster construction, but this doesn’t really affect the integrity of the safe itself. Space is severely limited in the safe, and although you’ll be able to fit one pistol and ammunition clip inside, that’s about all you’ll be able to fit.
With a 14-gauge solid steel construction, the safe can withstand a decent level of abuse, but it’s certainly not burglar-proof. The main door hinge sits on the outer body of the safe, and there is a significant gap between the door and body that would allow anyone with basic hand tools to pry it open. However, this safe will certainly keep your handguns out of your children’s hands.