How many times have you been roused from your slumber or relaxation by a knock at the door when you weren’t expecting visitors? Our homes are our safe havens, the place where we have the freedom to go Condition White—until something unexpected happens. That’s why one of our top concerns as gun owners is how to keep our firearms secured while being quickly accessible ... ideally, in such a way that casual observers never know the gun is there. Naturally, you’ll need to tailor your approach to your living situation, particularly if you have small children or other unauthorized users who might be entering your home. That said, the Edgar Allen Poe “Purloined Letter” tactic—in which you store your firearms “in plain sight” but concealed—is one brainy way to keep your handgun, well … handy. Here are five innovative products to get you started.
Go-Magnets Gun Mounts
This is one of the simplest and most versatile solutions we’ve found: Go-Magnets Gun Mounts. (The one we have pictured above is the Go-Magnets Gun Mount with Small Plate, which retails for $13.99.) What’s attractive (see what we did there?) about this concept is that you can use the gun mount and plate to hide your firearm anywhere there’s a steel surface. Think about the underside of your desk, or the interior of your car. Each one holds 15 pounds or more, and they’re magnetic on both sides so you won’t have to worry about busting out your power tools to install. Click here for more information.
Reach by Vara (top image courtesy Reach)
The Reach holster safe by Vara doesn’t really look like any gun safe you’ve seen before, but it is one—although you can see the outline of the handgun, the only person who can get to that gun is the one whose thumbprint is programmed in. The safe is simple to install and can go in your car, your bedside table … you’re really only limited by your imagination and your situation. The all-metal locking system keeps your pistol secure until you grab it. The act of gripping the gun puts your thumb right on the sensor, and then it’s in your hand. Easy, intuitive and secure, the Reach holster safe retails for $299.99; click here for more information.
Hornady RAPiD Safe Night Guard
Sooner or later, we all have to go to sleep … the good news is that you can trust Hornady’s RAPiD Safe Night Guard to keep watch while you’re snoozing. Designed specifically to work with your bedside furniture, the Night Guard comes complete with a clock and USB charging ports—and using the included RFID bracelet to open it when you need it is much faster and more reliable under stress than biometric locks or keypad entry. Not a fan of RFID? That’s OK, the Night Guard also works with an access code that you program in, or with a key (also included). For more information, or to find a dealer, click here!
Lockdown Under Desk Holster
If you’re looking for simplicity, don’t miss the Under Desk Holster from Lockdown. Featuring a reinforced, rigid backing and an elastic holster, it holds handguns sized from the smallest CCW-ready pistols to full-sized revolvers. It’s 8.5” wide, 10” long and .125” thick, and it also features pockets for a spare flashlight or magazine. For just $23.99, it’s definitely worth a look. Click here for more information, or to order!
SecureIt Tactical FAST BOX
But what if your home-defense firearm is a long gun, not a pistol? Rifles and shotguns are a bit more of a challenge to keep handy while “in plain sight,” but the folks at SecureIt have found a solution, and it’s called the FAST BOX. Featuring a push-button locking mechanism with a key override, the FAST BOX opens silently in 3 seconds to reveal up to two rifles of up to 46½” long. It comes with predrilled holes for mounting, and you can do so either vertically or horizontally … you can even mount a FAST BOX in your vehicle for extra peace of mind while you’re traveling with your guns. Click here to learn more.
This is just a small sample of the innovative gun-hiding safes and holsters out there … keep an eye on this spot for full reviews and more terrific solutions!
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