Gun safes are great for keeping your gun from getting stolen, but not so great if you need it quickly. Individual gun safes can be good for keeping a loaded gun nearby for protection while keeping it safe from unwanted hands. The problem, however, can be getting it open quickly.
Keys, fingerprint, and combination locks have all become a common type of locking system for individual gun safes. But keys can be hard to always have on-hand and combinations can be hard for some of us when it’s 3 o’clock in the morning and you’re half asleep. I haven’t had much luck with fingerprint safes over the years either; they will work fine for a while and then start having issues reading my fingerprint.
Hornady may have addressed this problem by adding RFID access along with a key and combination option. And by RFID, I mean a key chain, two stickers, and a bracelet that all come standard with the safe. Up to 5 RFIP tags can be programmed in the safe, allowing multiple modes of access or multiple family members having access to the same weapon. But before we get too much into the unlocking features, let’s first look at the basic features of the safe.
How safe is the RAPiD 2700KP?
The Hornady RAPiD 2700KP safe is a powder-coated 14-gauge steel construction rectangular safe. The interior is 7.7” wide, 9” long, and 2.2” deep. This makes the safe just large enough to hold a gun as large as a full-size 1911. Foam inserts on the top and bottom help protect your firearm. The bottom of the safe contains four pre-drilled holes for easy mounting if desired. It also comes with a 1500-pound steel security cable so the safe can be attached to any fixed object, which makes it a great option for traveling or in vehicles.
According to Hornady, this safe is certified as child-resistant and exceeds ASTM international safety standards. They are child pry resistant as well as drop/pick/saw and hinge attack resistant. The 2700KP also meets TSA requirements for handgun safety in checked luggage.
The RAPiD 2700KP safe can be powered in two ways: battery and AC power supply. This is another great feature that Hornady added to this safe. The safe can be mounted in a fixed location and plugged directly into an outlet with the included power supply. For battery operation, a battery compartment folds down on the inside of the safe where four AA batteries can be placed.
Once the safe has power, it can be programmed with the RFID chips and passcode. Programming the safe is simple and can be done within minutes. Press the red “programing” button found on the front of the safe when the door is open, and set your 4-to-6-digit code.
The same process can be repeated for the RFID chips by pressing the red button and then holding the chip above the Hornady logo on the keypad. The RFID chips are a great addition to the safe when it comes to quick access. A bracelet containing an RFID chip can be worn, allowing you to place your wrist above the safe to release the lock. Two “decal stickers” are also included, giving you the ability to stick one on the back of your phone, necklace, or any other object you would like. The included key chain fob makes up several options for opening the safe without the need for a key or typing in a code.
When the safe is running on batteries, you do have to push a button to “wake up” the keypad before it will read the RFID chip. I wish there were a way to avoid this because every second counts in an emergency. But this could also run down the batteries much faster, so it makes sense. When the safe is plugged directly into an outlet, there is no need to push any of the buttons when using one of the included RFID chips.
The Hornady RAPiD safe is a great size for mobile gun safes or mounting somewhere in a home. I was able to place a full-size handgun, extra mag, and small flashlight all inside the safe with ease. It appears to be well-built and solid without being too heavy. I would feel comfortable mounting the RAPiD safe in my home for self-defense weapons or using it for transporting a firearm.
Like I said before, one of the most important things for me when it comes to security gun safes is getting to them quickly and Hornady has made this the focus of the 2700 model. The construction of the safe would keep most prying hands out and it comes with everything you need except the four AA batteries and screws for mounting the safe to a permanent location.
There is no need to fumble with a key or type in a passcode under stress or in the dark. Burglars and home invaders won’t let you call time out while you retrieve a weapon for self-defense. So, if you want to keep your gun secure while having the ability to retrieve it quickly, the Hornady RAPiD 2700KP can get the job done.
RAPiD 2700KP Specs
- Powder-coated steel construction
- Tamper-resistant, hardened steel locking mechanism
- Spring-assisted opening
- Non-marring padded interior
- Pre-drilled mounting holes
- Heavy-duty steel security cable
- Includes backup key
- Up to 5 RFID tags
- Touch-free entry
- Certified child-resistant
- TSA compliant for handgun safety in checked luggage