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How to Pick an Apartment Gun Safe


With protests often turning violent and stay at home orders frequently being issued, home defense has never been more critical. Personal firearms offer stopping power to keep you and your family safe in the event an intruder tries to enter your home. 

However, properly storing your firearm in an apartment or condo can feel tricky. How do you discreetly install a gun safe in an apartment? Which gun safes offer quick access? What gun safes can be installed without marring the walls or floor?

The following outlines the best condo and apartment gun storage solutions for securing your home defense firearms. 

Best Portable Apartment Gun Safe

Bolting a several thousand-pound gun safe to your floor is a gravy concept when you own your home. But apartment living typically calls for fewer holes and more portability. Portable gun safes and lock boxes give you the ability to secure your small home defense firearm, while also enjoying the freedom to move it quickly and efficiently. 

Vaultek LifePod

The high-tech Vaultek LifePod is the best portable handgun safe for an apartment. It is waterproof and dust-proof for keeping a handgun and valuables safe on the go. 

It features a built-in portable locking system with an anti-impact latch, making it harder to breach than most portable pistol safes. Plus, the interior features a mesh pocket and credit card slots, helping keep all your items organized. 

Top Apartment Gun Safes for Rifles, Shotguns & ARs

Shotguns are often a good first choice for first-time gun buyers, as they are both easy to load and easy to aim in close corridors. Rifles and ARs are also a common choice, as they pack a lot of stopping power. 

However, the longer barrels on rifles, shotguns, and ARs can make them trickier to store than a handgun. Luckily, there are a variety of smaller long-gun gun safes that take up little to no floor real estate — making them ideal for an apartment. 

ShotLock Shotgun Solo-Vault

Easily our more popular single shotgun security solution, the ShotLock Solo-Vault can be discreetly mounted on a wall in any room of your choice. This allows you to securely store and quickly access your shotgun as needed. 

If you have multiple shotguns you need to store, you could mount more than one ShotLock. This kind of gun wall setup is popularly added to the interior closest. 

ShotLock AR Solo-Vault

Just like the ShotLock Shotgun Solo-Vault, the ShotLock AR Solo-Vault allows you to securely store a single AR nearly anywhere in your home. Generally, AR owners like to mount their AR Solo-Vault on the wall behind a curtain or within a closet. 

The push-button locking mechanism keeps little fingers and unwanted guests from accessing the trigger, while still giving you quick access. 

Loaded Gun Safe

Vaultek RS500i

The Vaultek RS500i is one of the go-to apartment gun safes for long guns. At 93 pounds, it’s a relatively easy safe to install in an apartment or condo. It’s constructed with a progressive formed 14-gauge steel body and is equipped with four solid steel locking bolts, anti-pry bars, and rugged interior hinges. Additionally, it’s WiFi enabled, allowing you to monitor when your safe is accessed from a convenient smartphone app. 

Top Small Safes for Discrete Handgun Storage

Thanks to their small frames, handguns are often one of the top choices for home defense weapons. This is especially true in an apartment or condo where space is limited. If you don’t want to put holes in your wall or floor, you can often mount the safe on a bedside table.

Opening a small handgun safe.

Vaultek VT10i

The Vaultek VT10i features both a fingerprint reader, a five digit keypad, and a keyed entry. This gives you multiple quick-access solutions and backup access in the event the battery dies. It can store a pistol with a magazine or other valuables, as desired.

Vaultek PRO-VTi

The Vaultek PRO-VTi offers the same fingerprint reader and backup keys, while also offering an eight-digit keypad for even more security. Featuring a larger interior and a sturdier weight, it can fit up to 2 full-size handguns (depending on the size of pistol) or other valuables as desired. 

Vaultek SE20

The Vaultek SE20 is one of the best entry-level discreet handgun storage solutions. For apartment and condo dwellers who don’t want to mount anything to the walls or floor, this quick access handgun safe can easily be mounted to a bedside table. 

The five-button digital keypad allows for quick access, while the ball bearing guide slides the gun out in the ready position in fractions of a second.

Vaultek NSL20

The Vaultek SNL20 utilizes the same digital keypad and precision rail systems as the SE20, while also allowing you to connect your safe to WiFi. This high-tech monitoring system lets you keep tabs on who opens your safe and when. 

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