Hornady’s New Security Division Unveils Its First Product—SHOT Show 2014

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When you think of Hornady, the first thing that comes to mind is cutting-edge ammunition and reloading supplies. What you don’t think of is gun safes. However, Hornady’s newest product happens to be just that, although not any run-of-the-mill gun safe. Hornady has developed a single firearm safe for a dresser drawer, table, truck or wherever you want to secure your gun but get to it in a hurry. There are a lot of similar safes out there with one big distinction: You don’t have to touch this safe to open it. Using RFID, or radio frequency identification technology, Hornady has brought to market a safe that opens instantly as you’re reaching for your gun. Rapid Safe, as they call it, uses three forms of RFID devices to open the safe. The first is a rubber band with an RFID tag in it that you wear on your wrist. This is also the most instinctive. As you reach for your gun, the RFID tag passes over a reader, and the safe pops open presenting your gun to be quickly drawn. There is also a key tag and a credit card sized RFID tag that will similarly open the safe. For backup purposes, you can enter a code in the keypad on the top or open it with a barrel key. As with all Hornady products, this first-of-its-kind safe is well thought out and well executed. Look for it in stores soon.


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  • claybox. January 31, 2014, 7:06 am

    I can by-pass a barrel lock all day long…google it very simple. Go with a Fort Knox safe much better lock box.

  • hoffman #241 January 31, 2014, 7:04 am

    Some “perp”?

    Come on, this is real life. You’re not on TV.

  • Mike January 24, 2014, 6:26 am

    How long will it take someone to steal the RFID? It is done every day with credit cards.

  • david January 23, 2014, 9:30 pm

    For those with children in the home (or grand children) this is a nice addition to the current product lines offering a safer alternative to a open safe or weapon in a drawer. If the technology is overkill then the simpler products are available.

  • Kirk January 23, 2014, 2:49 pm

    I use their reloading products and bullets…all excellent. But, when it comes to readily accessible gun safes, the best is the one that’s open and immediately accessible if you need it. I do this with my biometric safe, because if the electronics fail I have to fiddle for a key. Not a comfort when some perp is lurking around your property. So, in short, the best safe at any price range is one that’s already open and accessible when needed. You don’t need to spend $300 for that privilege.

    • hoffman January 31, 2014, 7:00 am

      Some “perp”?

      Come on, this is real life. You’re not on TV.

  • John January 23, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Sounds like a great idea for schools.so trained teachers can have acces to a gun but not have to carry it with them.somthing to think about in the effort to keep our schools safe.

    • MRM January 23, 2014, 8:42 pm

      Great idea, have them placed strategically down the halls and in all classrooms. Then if the worst happens, a firearm is only a few feet away.

      • BB January 27, 2014, 11:36 am

        Haha ! That will go over like a led balloon. You think for one second liberals are going to have firearms in school buildings? I wouldn’t trust a Lib teacher from going mental and doing the shooting themselves. Of course, they could always blame it on Bush

  • Joe January 23, 2014, 10:59 am

    Why all the negativity? I think its a cool product at a fair price. I live alone so I don’t lock mine up at night. I have a firearm magnet which keeps my firearm hidden but at the ready in a second whenever I would need it. The magnet was $12.00.

  • Mark January 23, 2014, 10:26 am

    Research there ammo specs. Stack that against other sd rounds.

  • sd January 23, 2014, 9:50 am

    $279 retail? You’ve got to be kidding me. Interesting concept, but shouldn’t have made it’s way to production at that price point and with room for 1 pistol, no extra mags or anything, and with a barrel key as back up? Yikes. If this was a $50-100 price range, ok maybe, but not for almost $300. Flexibility in opening it is nice, but now you’d have a bracelet, card, key fob, and barrel key to lose/store/hide, plus remembering a combination… I think it’s way over thought. For that price range I’d get a large, sturdier, properly keyed, able to be bolted down, top end biometric LockSAF (I don’t work for them, but I do have one of their safes, it’s excellent). Plus, how about making it a little bit less conspicuous. This isn’t nascar, you don’t need your logo plastered all over the entire thing (logo with bullets mind you), the consumer has already bought it, take off the orange this and that, the giant logo, the recessed H, just leave it a black box so you can actually keep it in places without drawing attention to it. I’m surprised it doesn’t have a neon flashing arrow pointing to it you attach to the ceiling so, you know, you can see it at night (That’s a $150 add on). :/

    • sd January 23, 2014, 9:54 am

      to add… I carry Hornady critical duty ammo. Stick to what you do best guys.

  • John Joe Bob Fred George January 23, 2014, 9:23 am

    I get so frustrated reading all these stories because none of them give any clue as to what new and upcoming products may cost. It’s very irritating and ruins the article for me. It’s like dangling a carrot in front of someone .

  • Scott January 23, 2014, 9:23 am

    This is what works for me. I open my gunsafe which is on my bedside table, at night before I go to sleep. So, that if I need an already loaded ready to rock firearm, voila, there it is. No groggy entering of a safe code or any opening of the safe whatsoever. When I wake in the morning, I then shut the safe and it’s locked for the day. Repeat as necessary.

    • Bruce January 23, 2014, 10:29 am

      You and me both Scott.
      All these fancy gadgets have to do is fail that one time when you need it the most and you’ll regret it for the rest of your life!

  • Bil January 23, 2014, 8:46 am

    I can see wearing the bracelet would come in handy if you slept with it on and didn’t have a biometric gun safe by your bed. By the time you are fully awake you are armed.

  • Ven January 23, 2014, 8:15 am

    Better yet, make a chip that can be put on a ring, like your wedding ring. Who really wants to wear that orange bracelet 24/7? Yes, you can just enter the code, but then why pay the big bucks for this product?

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