Viking Security Safe VS-25BL Biometric – Review
Purchasing a safe is a decision that can have grave consequences if you don’t choose the right one. In most cases, you won’t be faced with extremely dangerous circumstances when you go to open your safe, but a safe needs to be ready to open on demand to grant you access to your personal firearms if an intruder ever enters your home. Although most small fingerprint safes on the market will promise you access in less than a second, many of them can be glitchy at times, especially when it comes to biometric safes. We decided to test the Viking Biometric Safe to see if it would perform well in a stress situation, with some interesting results.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, this Viking keypad safe isn’t all that pretty. The housing features a black scratch-resistant powder coating, which we found wasn’t all that scratch-resistant. In fact, some of the paint had actually been chipped off in certain spots.
The rest of the safe, however, seems to have great design quality. The 5mm steel door is certainly a welcome feature, and the anti-pry insertion slots make this safe particular suited to withstand prying attempts. The mechanized bolts are also 20mm thick, which gives the door a certain strength that usually isn’t found in similar safes in the same price range. You won’t get the same feel as a full gun cabinet, but it fares well as a 2 pistol safe.
Compared to other small gun safes, the Viking VS-25BL is a pretty standard safe for the price range. The biometric fingerprint scanner functions particular well as long as you are consistent with the way you press your finger on it. The LCD display and keypad allow for a pretty decent efficiency when it comes to programming fingerprints and key codes. The face of the door also features a hidden key lock underneath the brand label, which gives the safe a total of three modes of entry.
Our main concern with this safe was with the door mechanism. Although a digital keypad will alert the user if the door is left unlocked, we felt that the bolts didn’t lock the door unless the door was closed a certain way. Of course, the way the door closes isn’t as important as how it opens, but we felt that this was an unnecessary burden that we had to deal with. We attributed this faulty mechanism to the manufacturer focusing on the rigidity of the bolts, which is pretty important for prying resistance.