The ArmsReach Safe isn’t an unfamiliar concept. Many gun owners keep a firearm secured close to where they sleep. Some of us keep them all over the house. Securing them in lock boxes and bed-side safes is the norm, and biometric swipe locks have made entry into these things faster and more reliable.
The ArmsReach does two things differently. The first is its positioning. The safe is designed to rest on the edge of the mattress, with its tail wedged between the mattress and box spring. That way, when something goes bump in the night, you simply reach down, just off the side of the bed, and find the biometric pad. It keeps you from having a boxy lock box on the bedside table, where it can draw unwanted attention from kids, and others.
And it is that last part that I find most compelling. The unwanted attention. Biometric locks are designed to allow some people in and keep some people out. Seems obvious. But this lock also keeps track of people (and I mean friends and family) who may try to get in. It has a tattletale feature that will record the prints of those you don’t want getting into the box. If they do try to get in, the ArmsReach will record that attempt and alert you to it. No denying it.
Now obviously these aren’t going to withstand an all-out attack. There are two versions of the safe right now, and one of them is made of a heavy polymer. It is a major deterrent to theft and malicious intents, but it isn’t Fort Knox. Nor was it intended to be. It is a secure storage option designed for rapid access. And it is meant as a solid layer of security to ward off those prying hands.
The cost for these? $199 for the polymer Defender, and $299 for the steel Armor version. To order one, or to learn more about the story behind the safe’s design, click on over to ArmsReach Safe .
In addition to the polymer and steel versions, ArmsReach is looking at other, more portable designs.