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First Look: Hornady RAPiD Safe

by Guns & Ammo TV   |  January 7th, 2014 9

New for 2014, the Hornady RAPiD Safe represents the future of personal firearm storage.

The safe weighs almost 16 pounds and is constructed of 16-gauge steel with a .25-inch steel dual locking lug system. It can also be secured to an immobile object with a 1,500-pound rated cable.

Hands-free access to the safe is possible with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device—three of which are included in the form of a keycard, bracelet and key fob. The RAPiD Safe pops open by quickly swiping one of the RFID devices.

In addition to hands-free access, the safe will also open with a personally-programmed keypad code or with a traditional lock and key.

Powered by standard 110-volt AC power or a battery backup, the safe’s electronics will operate either at home or on the go.

Interior storage space of 11 x 8 x 3-inches fits handguns with barrels up to 6 inches in length. It also includes a padded pistol compartment that flips up upon opening.

The Hornady RAPiD Safe is available now for $276. For more information, check out the following photos and a segment of Guns & Ammo TV.

  • got glock

    Who has 100 volts standard? Otherwise fool safe.

    • DustyG223

      Thanks for pointing this out, correction made to 110-volt. Maybe I need an electrician for copy editing.

      -Dusty Gibson
      Online Shooting Editor

  • got glock

    Darn tiny keyboard and lack of proof reading, “cool” safe

  • Thomas Reed

    It comes with a 110 v AC adapter and runs on 8 AA batteries; they should also include or make available a 12 volt DC cord for use in vehicles to save on the cost of all the back up batteries that are needed.

  • carltests

    This is a tough post for me because I think highly of Hornady products and also believe in free enterprise. This safe concerns me for several reasons. Relying on RFID devices is personally troubling. You have to have a card, wrist band, or key fob handy to gain rapid access. I can’t imagine fumbling around in the dark for one of those in times of duress and I can’t see being forced to sleep in jewelry so I don’t have to fumble if I need to. I’ve seen some video suggesting it will deter kids. Well, I think kids will find it much easier to get their hands on one of the RFID devices than to break into a combination type safe. Also, RFID cards fail all the time. All you need is to have your RFID device fail when you need it. Lastly, and this is the part that bothers me, but I still support Hornady’s right to free enterprise. We have states, like NJ and CA, trying to pass laws that would force all handguns sold in the state to be smartguns that use something like this type of RFID recognition, and right now, that seems to be the only technology out there likely to work (maybe also the magnets). I have the same problem with these less than smartguns that I have with this safe. I can’t personally see wanting to rely on that type of technology ever. I also think that kids will be better at defeating it than adults. So, this safe goes one step closer to giving self-righteous legislators the opinion that the technology is readily available and works so well that nothing else should exist, and that is scary. So, on one hand, I do basically believe that the market should drive whether or not products survive and don’t mind seeing this product out there for this reason. However, I am concerned that elected representatives out to make a name for themselves will abuse us all by trying to force this type of technology on us as the only type of technology allowed (boy – did you ever think we in the U.S. would reach a point where the government would force one and only one technology or business product on everyone? Too bad the Security Exchange Commission doesn’t get to weigh in on these things.). By the way, the above statement in this article that this safe “represents the future of personal firearm storage” provides substantial credence to my concerns.

    • Ghostflite

      If the RFID devices did fail, the programmable touch pad would still a allow quick access to your firearm. I would lock the RFID devices inside until bedtime. Wearing the rubber bracelet to bed would not be a big brother to me, especially since its purpose is to allow instant access in an emergency. Then in the morning, I would lock the bracelet back inside, retrieving it with touch pad the next night.

      • carltests

        If the RFID bracelet is in the safe, won’t the safe keep popping open because of the proximity?

  • Shawn Perry

    It’s a waste of money and certainly not reliable if there was a situation where you would need your pistol.

    I’ve bought one at Academy Sports in Killeen, TX, mid July for locking up my pistol while on road trips, since we conceal carry and some places do not allow firearms in their establishments.

    The safe was programmed with a combination and the bracelets that came with it. Everything was tested and the safe worked.

    While on a road trip to Houston, TX, I loaded and secured the safe inside my vehicle and locked my pistol inside the safe. When I returned from the road trip, I discovered that the safe failed to open with the combination,neither with the RFID bracelet, nor the barrel keys that came with the safe. You could hear the mechanism run, but the lid would not open. In the end, the safe had to be cut open in order to retrieve my pistol.

  • Charlie

    Had mine for 4 months, worked great, then one day (yesterday) decided to just not work. Neither RFID nor code would open it. My loaded Glock stuck inside. Did some research and found others with FTO (failure to open!) malfunction. But they say “you could hear the motor trying to work”. Mine is totally dead. Power is good, lights are on, everything A-OK, just doesn’t want to work. This safe was a good idea, but there is no room for this type of malfunction in a mission critical piece of equipment – at least not the way I had it deployed as a next-to-the-bed quick access unit. Folks, don’t bet your life on this gadget. Too many problems being reported out there.

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