With its red-on-black color scheme, the Hornady RAPiD Safe is anything but subtle. I’ve had this one in for a month now, and I’ve almost gotten used to the way it looks. It is a single-gun-storage solution for the bedside fast access safe. It is fast, offers a variety of opening mechanisms, and is emblazoned with a gigantic red H, just in case you forget it is made by Hornady, one of the most respected names in the firearms industry.
And this is a safe worthy of the Hornady H. It is a serious gun storage container. The design features are more theft and tamper resistant than those of most bed-side safes. The safe weighs close to 16 pounds (empty), and at almost 16 inches long, it is too large to be carried easily.
The Hornady RAPiD Safe offers a wide variety of entry options. The safe has a programmable key-pad. It also has a key back-up. In addition, you can program RFID options. The safe comes with two bracelets, a key-fob, and RFID cards. Any two of these can be programmed to open the safe. My favorite is the bracelet, as when you reach for the safe (in a controlled fashion), the safe opens. It is the next-best-thing to home carry, and a great way to allow instant, controlled access to someone in the home. The key fob and cards may be appealing to some, but I can’t keep track of my keys in the home, and don’t carry a wallet, because it is always lost. But I rarely lose track of my wrists, so I’ll be sporting a fashionably tactical bracelet around the house.
And when the RAPiD Safe opens, that’s when the real difference becomes apparent. The gun rides in a carriage of sorts inside that is operated by gas shocks. The contraption is hinged into the lid, so when the safe opens, the gun rises up, angled right into your waiting hand. No lifting the lid and fishing around in the safe; it simply pops open and rises up.
This takes less than a second to happen. With the RFID opening devices, there is a slight pause as the lock disengages, and then a whir as the bolts are pulled in. From swipe to open takes just about .90 seconds. I timed it in the video below, the one I made, and it is under one second.
Once open, the gun is held tightly by foam inserts. I say tightly, but I’m using a full-sized Sig P226. If you had a thin concealed carry piece, like a Springfield Armory XD-S, it isn’t as tight. The foam protects and holds the pistol in the perfect position.
The lawyers would like for me to write the oddly capitalized phrase Hornady RAPiD Safe again, and they require me to remind you that the Hornady RAPiD Safe is not meant for the storage of a loaded handgun. The Hornady RAPiD Safe is meant for the storage of an unloaded firearm. In this way, the Hornady RAPiD Safe will not play a part in any negligent discharges. Theoretically, the foam in which the gun rides could press back on a light trigger and fire a gun that is stored in condition one. In theory.
I’m not a lawyer, and would store a loaded handgun in this in a heartbeat. I set up every pistol I had on hand, including a 1911 with a 3 pound pull, and I couldn’t get a single hammer to fall (even when purposefully pressing on the back of the grip safety on the twitchy 1911). Not even when I tried, obnoxiously, to make it happen. The safe does a fine job of storing a handgun, loaded, cocked, and ready. Or unloaded, too.
And there is little room in the safe for a gun and a magazine, unless you store the magazine in the foam with the gun. If you put it in the bottom of the safe, the lid may not close–which is why I’d keep the magazine in the gun. Even if I were not going to keep a round in the chamber, I’d still keep one mag in the gun and a spare in the foam.
$276.67. For what you get, I find the price reasonable. This is one of the most robust bedside option I’ve seen. Most of these types of safes only offer modest security. They’re mostly intended to be a speed-bump of sorts. Most do this well. The Hornady RAPiD Safe is like a really tall, steep speed bump. The added weight and extra and 16 gauge steel would be genuine deterrents. And it even comes with the best tie-down cable I’ve seen for a home safe.
If it were only a bit more subtle…. No big deal. So it clashes with the decor. I guess I’ll just have to find a Hornady themed bedroom suite.
More pictures after the videos….
Hornady RAPiD Safe