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Authority Safes Sentry Safe Quick Access Electronic Lock Pistol Safe

Recently, Authority Safes sent me one of their quick access models to review. The model is the Sentry Safe Quick Access Electronic Lock Pistol Safe. Here’s what it looks like:


And here it is will a full sized handgun, extended magazine and a knife:


The pictures don’t do it justice but the safe is very sleek. And it’s solid. It looks nice enough I wouldn’t mind it being visible.

The safe is easy to program. And it opens quickly and quietly. And the buttons light up for visibility and to let you know that you’ve pushed the button. It runs on AA batteries. And has a key as a back up entry in the event the batteries go dead. The safe can be easily opened with one hand in the dark.

For those of you who want a handgun safe, I recommend it.

Update: So, I have a photographer in the house who saw this post. He did this pic in short order:


13 Responses to “Authority Safes Sentry Safe Quick Access Electronic Lock Pistol Safe”

  1. chiefjaybob Says:

    This headline needs more, “safes” in it.

  2. CMonster Says:

    There are no holes to bolt it or cable it to something immovable, so what’s to keep someone from just picking it up and walking away to open at their leisure? And I see nothing about fire rating, so my conclusion is that it’s a sheet metal box with a fancy lock. Good enough to keep the 3-year old out of it, but not good enough to keep the 10-year old out.

    I will pass.

  3. SayUncle Says:

    Hey, I didn’t name it.

  4. Paul S. Says:

    These will keep your toddler out, but don’t trust these things as anything other than very casual security.

  5. Robb Allen Says:


    There are holes and bolts that come with it. You can mount it in the bottom.

    No fire rating, but it’s solid. Doubtful the 10 year old can get inside it. I’ve not taken the crow bar to mine because it’s nice enough that I’d like to keep it.

    I couldn’t jimmy the lock open with a ball point pen either. But I may not know how to do that very well.

  6. SayUncle Says:

    CMonster, it has holes to mount it.

  7. emdfl Says:

    How do the buttons work?

  8. SayUncle Says:

    You push a combination and the safe opens. Open it and you can set the combo by pushing the reset button.

  9. CMonster Says:

    I could see what I thought were holes in it in the pics above, but the Authority site actually says “Anchoring Holes No” in the specs, so I assumed the published specs were correct. You may wish to pass that back to your supplier.

  10. Patrick Says:

    If the anchoring holes are in the wrong spot, introduce it to a drill. These are not “safes”. Neither are those big-ass “gun safes” you buy at the store. Those are “containers” and typically are little more than some thin mild steel with layers of sheetrock in between. Easy to open.

    But that not a problem. Like Robb said, the point of these things are to keep guns away from meddling hands, whether they be kids or the pest-control guy (local story recently about an exterminator who came back for stuff he saw left out. He died when “stuff” was used against him instead.).

    I like this one. The inclusion of a backup key is real handy. I hate electronics.

    I have had to spec “real safes” for work stuff and still use Stack-On gun cabinets at home. They seem thin but actually use heavier gauge metal than the big ones from sports stores. They are way back out of the way and invisible. I have another in-wall cabinet from stack-on that I pried the vendor label from and replaced with an electrical warning label – it looks like a breaker panel in the hallway near the kitchen. I have even had electricians try to get into it during a renovation.

    Buying a TL/TX safe would be nice, right until it fell through my floor. But if you want to see what they look like, try brown safe company out of san diego. They got a great website full of info.

  11. NotClauswitz Says:

    I need one for my pickup truck. It would be nice to see the gauge steel listed.

  12. Standard Mischief Says:

    >How do the buttons work?

    I did an analysis over in the comments at Robb’s site. Mind you, I haven’t gotten a hold of the thing myself, just read the descriptions.

    TL;DR: 4096 possible codes, but you could brute-force 100% of the 4-digit along with 25% of the 5 digit and 6.25% of the 6-digit codes in about 3.5 hours if you designed your attack right. That’s probably secure enough, unless your housekeeper can channel Richard Feynman.

  13. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    Feynman is my hero, and not just for the safe cracking.