While many gun owners have a “real” gun safe to hold their firearms collection to keep them out of the reach of both thieves and children, it’s a great idea to have a small, quick-access bedroom gun safe that’s there when you need it. Simply putting a loaded pistol in the top drawer of your nightstand or under your pillow is not just a bad idea, it’s extremely dangerous to yourself as well as any curious children that may be in the room.
There are quite a few locations within your bedroom that a safe can be kept or mounted. Many choose to keep them at their bedside within easy reach such as under the bed, attached to the side of the bed or night stand, inside a drawer, or if cost is no object, hidden inside the bed frame itself. While no bedside gun safe is perfect for every application, here we review our top pick for the best gun safe for your bedroom.
TOP PICK: Gunvault SpeedVault SV500
All gun safes need to be 100% reliable and easy to access in the event of an emergency. The popular Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 works quickly and reliably EVERY TIME. While it’s not meant to deter thieves from stealing the pistol inside (it’s made of 18 gauge steel), it WILL keep kids out and give you peace of mind knowing protecting your family from intruders is within an arm’s reach. This safe is meant to be hidden or partial hidden. While a large, bolt-down floor safe is important to store your firearms collection, it will do you no good if it’s not easy to access. This is where the SV500 excels.
The Gunvault SpeedVault offers a unique design that makes it easily mountable, quick, and discreet. Not only is it the perfect quick access bedroom gun safe, it’s a great choice for businesses (attaches nicely to the side of a desk). You can mount it on your choice of three sides with the included bracket. Mounting will take you about 15-30 minutes depending on location. Be advised that longer screws may be needed than the ones included for certain mounting applications.
The digital keypad is easily programmable and a backup key is included as a safety measure. A small built-in LED light automatically turns on for a few seconds after opening to help you safely locate the gun in the middle of the night. As with all gun safes, you should spend some time practicing opening it. Nothing is more stressful than forgetting your combination or having other issues getting to your gun when you need it most. With the SpeedVault SV500, you can literally have your gun in hand in a couple seconds with some practice.
No gun safe is perfect and this one is no exception. While the Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 will fit most handguns and pistols, some larger models will not. For instance, a .22 Magnum S&W revolver would be slightly too big. In addition, when the SpeedVault opens, there is a slight sound from the lock mechanism and when the gun door opens. It’s not really an issue for most but we simply want to point out it’s not completely silent when opening. Finally, batteries are not included. For how cheap batteries are these days, it’s a little frustrating the manufacturer could not include them in the box.
Overall, the SpeedVault SV500 is highly recommended as a gun safe for the bedroom or any other room in the house. You will find that many owners purchase a second or third one for other areas of their homes or garage. If you have children in the home or simply want the assurance of being able to quickly reach your handgun for protection, you could do a lot worse than the Gunvault SpeedVault SV500.
RUNNER UP: Gunvault MV500-STD Microvault
Another great product from Gunvault. The MV500-STD “Microvault” is ideal for storing inside a drawer your nightstand. Slightly roomier than the SV500 and portable enough to store in your car or truck. Easy to program and use. Get one for both nightstands.