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Hornady RAPiD Safe
R

esponsible gun ownership
means securing firearms in a
manner that minimizes the
chances of unauthorized access.
Among the marketplace's newest
safes sized for securing a defensive
handgun is Hornady's RAPiD (RFID
Accessible Protective Device) Safe,
which uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) as one of several ways
to gain access.
Today's home invasions may be
violent and lightning-quick, so the
RAPiD Safe offers three methods of
accessing a handgun: programmable
combination; RFID-enabled bracelets,
card and key fob; and keys. The
latter requires careful removal of the
control panel, so it was not included
in timed sessions.
A GoPro camera recorded the safe's
"fast" access methods at work-10
times, each. A review followed to
determine the number of frames
between the last keypad stroke or
initial RFID wave, and it's slightly less
than a second. Results were consistent, even when deploying a full-size
M1911. The findings are far from
precise, but inspire confidence and
confirm that the safe does not lunge
or jump during operation.
Other units may be faster, but
consider the time that may be lost
fumbling with and gripping the pistol.
The Hornady RAPiD Sleeve recovers
critical tenths-of-seconds by using
a metal-framed, foam lining that
secures a handgun with holster-like
security. The RAPiD Safe measures
15.5"x9"x3.5" and interior dimensions
are 11"x8"x3". Most revolvers with
barrels of up to 6" fit, and the RAPiD
Sleeve is removable.
Upon opening, the lid clears to a
height of 11½", but the sleeve reliably
stages at 6½"-plenty of clearance to
assume a proper grip and draw.
Power is supplied by any household outlet, and a 59" plug-in cord is

provided. In the event of an electrical outage, eight AA batteries (not
included) hidden under the control
panel take over.
The RAPiD Safe exceeds ASTM Int'l
(formerly American Standards for
Testing and Materials) performance
standards for youth-resistant firearm
containers. Dual, 1/4"-steel locking
lugs, wrapped 16-ga. steel construction
and a 15-lb., 10-oz. weight makes it a
formidable unauthorized-access foe.
As if that's not enough, it comes
with a 39" security cable-rated at
1,500-lbs.-that attaches the safe
to any immovable object. Pre-drilled
holes at the safe's bottom also allow
permanent installation. Four rubber
feet beneath minimize furniture marring during operation.
The safe can recognize only two of
the five provided RFID-capable devices
at any one time. Owners program the
pair they intend on using, and the others can be stored for future use. Three
sizes of the bracelet come with the safe,
as does an RFID card, an RFID key fob
and two keys.
Labeling is the only possible source
of complaint-the loud Hornady logo
on top may clash with your home décor.
Fortunately, the magnetic label can
be removed. Moreover, the box reads,
"Made in China." What isn't these days?
There are also multiple warnings that
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guns should not be stored in a safe
when loaded, but that's another subject.
With well-designed features like a
control pad that can be oriented for
left- or right-handed use and tactile
bumps on the buttons for nighttime
operation, the Hornady RAPiD Safe's
retail price of $277 makes it a viable
option for today's gun owners. Add the
one-year warranty, and it's one insurance policy that's hard to beat.
Contact: Hornady Mfg. Co.
(Dept AR), 3625 W. Old Potash
Highway, Grand Island, NE 68803;
(800) 338-3220; hornady.com.
The RAPiD safe has two power sources, an AC
adapter and AA batteries (not included), as
well as four options for opening, including
several that use RFID technology.

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