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SentrySafe F2300 Fire-Safe Waterproof Chest Review

The old school combination of gun safe will be extinct pretty soon. People are getting in tune with gun safety, the ability to respond quickly to a home invasion, and theft protection. A biometric gun safe easily meets all these needs.

When biometric scanners were first introduced, they weren’t very reliable. You had to wrestle with the scanners to get them to function properly. Unfortunately, this first impression of the scanners has remained unchanged for some people especially those who still use the old school gun safe. They can’t imagine having to wrestle with the finger scanner to open the safe in a life or death situation.

SentrySafe F2300 Fire-Safe Waterproof Chest

The Features and Functionality of the SentrySafe F2300 Fire-Safe Waterproof Chest:

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Biometric and Electronic Keypad

You can easily program your fingerprint in addition to your combination code for quick access. The digital keypad has zero audible feedback so you don’t have to worry about an intruder getting tipped off by the sound of you punching in your code.

Perhaps the only problem people seem to have with this keypad is that you have to press a button to “wake” up the safe. This button doesn’t count as part of your code, which could be a huge problem if you are in a life-threatening situation.

Single Handed Access

This is a sweet feature because it allows you to access your firearm without moving the safe or making any sounds to alert the intruder. After punching in your code or scanning your finger, the compression gas strut that opens the lid holds it open- you don’t need to use your other hand to keep the lid open while you access your gun.

So, as you use one hand to access your gun, you can use the other to dial 911.

Quick and Whisper Quiet Entry

There are other safes out there with loud locking mechanisms. You can hear the loud metallic clank of the lock disengaging or the distinctive sound of the gas strut opening the lid. If you are planning to surprise your attacker with such a safe in your house, you’re out of luck.

But with the Fire-Safe Waterproof Chest, you’ll notice right off the bat that it has a zero-feedback lock and compression gut. So, in the event that the element of surprise is essential, it won’t give you away. You can remain hidden away from the intruder while you protect yourself and your family.

Solid Steel Construction

The gun safe is reinforced with heavy-duty 12-gauge solid steel construction. It’s also prying resistant. The front lip of the safe is turned down so you can’t use a bar to pry it open. Unlike other safes out there, you can’t pop this safe open by dropping it at an angle to release the solenoid.

You’ll also be pleasantly surprised to find that it comes with a set of screws and screw holes that allow it to be secured to something to keep it from being stolen. The screws can’t be accessed unless you open the safe so it’s quite secure. The solid steel construction probably makes this one of the safest safes.

It’s Lightweight and Low Profile

You can hide this safe anywhere in your home, even on your bookshelf. The safe’s exterior is only 3.2 inches tall and 12 inches long. It can easily blend into a stack of books on a shelf or pass for a large envelope. It weighs about 11.9Ibs so it’s quite easy to carry.

The safe’s interior is well padded. When you place a handgun inside and shake the safe, you won’t hear any metal on metal clanking. This again makes it much easier for you to carry the safe without anyone wondering what’s inside.

Good Size and Capacity

The safe’s interior measures 2.2inches X 9.7 X 6.6. That’s large enough to hold most pistols on the market today. You can actually fit a 4-inch barrel revolver like a 45 ACP with multiple magazines. This might be a pro for someone who doesn’t own a large caliber revolver. So, if you want to buy this safe, you might want to make sure your revolver doesn’t have a cylinder that exceeds the 2.2 inches depth of this safe. Just to be safe, make sure you measure your pistol before ordering the safe.

What We Liked

  • Easy to Program.
  • The safe has no audible sounds.
  • The safe reads fingerprints in a few seconds.
  • It has back up entry systems just in case you forget to change your batteries on time.
  • The reset button is located behind the batteries so the safe can’t be accidentally reset.
  • You can program up to four fingerprints.

What We Didn’t Like

  • The more fingerprints you have stored in it, the longer it takes to read them. It’s better to only store your fingerprint and have other responsible adults access the safe with a code.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can You Mount the Safe on a Wall?

A: The safe isn’t designed to be mounted on a wall. It has holes at the bottom, which means it needs to be mounted horizontally. Mounting it vertically wouldn’t make sense because when you open the safe, your gun would just fall out

Q: Must the Safe be opened with a Biometric Scan and a Code?

A: No, you do not need to punch in a code as well as scan your fingerprints in order to open the safe. You can use either your fingerprints, key or code to access the safe.

Final Verdict

But considering how technology has changed over time, you might want to try the biometric gun safe. It has way more advanced features and is more reliable than the combination safe. We have reviewed one of the best biometric gun safes out there- the Sentry Safe F2300 Fire-Safe Waterproof Chest manufactured by Sentry Industries Inc. It’s been tried and tested and has so far received many positive reviews.

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