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Fingerprint Gun Safes - Security And Quick Access
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Fingerprint Gun Safes  -  Security And Quick Access

Biometric gun safes, also known as fingerprint gun safes, are a recent development in gun safe technology. Using biometrics for identification purpose is anything but new.

Cavemen living 30,000 years ago would sign their drawings with handprints. In ancient Babylonia business deals were etched into clay tablets and signed with fingerprints. Over 130 years ago, in Argentina, Juan Vucetich began a catalog of fingerprints collected from criminals. Today fingerprint identification technology is used daily by law enforcement officers investigating crimes and in a wide array of security applications.

The principle benefits of fingerprint identification are due to the uniqueness of the human fingerprint. Fingerprints are formed before birth, a unique pattern is in place by the fourth month of human development. Once fingerprints are formed the ridges are identifiable for life. As a person grows, and the hands and fingers grow, so do the fingerprints. The relationship between the ridges stays the same, much like a picture on a balloon expands as you fill it with air.

Fingerprint gun safes allow for easy and immediate access to a secured weapon, without requiring the presence of mind to enter a numerical combination. This is especially appropriate for home defense when an emergency situation may create panic and cause difficulty performing a meticulous task.

Routinely mounted in a bedroom, a fingerprint gun safe also is easy to operate in the dark. Just slide your finger into the sensor and open the safe. Some brands of gun safe, designed for pistols, secure the barrel and trigger, but allow you to grasp the grip as you are authorizing release of the weapon. So you can actually have the gun in your hand before it is released. How easy is that?

Early versions of biometric gun safes were not particularly reliable. High incidents of failure to enroll the fingerprint as well as false negative readings were common. Today however advances in technology have nearly eliminated these problems.

Fingerprint gun safes today are very reliable, secure,user friendly and inexpensive. Depending on the make and model, they can be programmed to recognize anywhere from 12 to well over 100 unique fingerprints, allowing for multiple authorized users. The owner merely needs to enter the enrollment mode, place a finger in front of the optical scanner and it is stored in a non volatile database. Non volatile simply means that the data is not dependent on maintaining electrical power. This protects the programming in the event of power loss.

Typically powered by batteries, some models offer a power cord adapter. It is recommended that the owner enroll multiple prints from both hands in case of an accident. A severe cut to the finger and subsequent scarring can cause an individual print to become non identifiable to the sensor. Even prolonged exposure to water, causing swelling and wrinkling may cause a temporary inability to identify the print. Not to be macabre, biometric gun safes are designed to read only live fingers, so there is no fear of a thief removing the owners finger from his hand to gain access.

For speed of access and ease of use, even in a crisis situation, you can't beat a biometric gun safe.


Street Talk

This ole cowboy is in awe! It is starting to sound like a futuristic world out there! I guess I am a bit behind the times out here in the outback of New Mexico. What a great idea to protect your gun and ammo! What will be thought of next? Smart ammo that only fires when aimed at the proper target? LOL Way to go, Randall! Great piece!

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Thanks for the kind words. Ain't technology something?

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