SHOT Show 2016: The ArmsReach Defender stores guns without sacrificing quick access

According to the manufacturer, this is not a handgun safe, but a "responsible handgun storage product"

According to the FBI and Centers for Disease Control, American preschoolers are dying in increasing numbers from guns, and most of those incidents involve children finding their parents’ guns. Which profession pretty much guarantees that guns will be around the house? One guess…

In 2010, a police officer’s 3-year-old child was killed after shooting himself with his father’s off-duty firearm. In another tragic incident late last year, a 2-year-old killed himself with a family handgun that was left on a bed when the boy's father stepped away.

The safest route to take to prevent tragedies like this is to leave your firearms unloaded and keep the ammunition somewhere else. But given the constant threat against law enforcement officers, cops need near-immediate access to their firearms whether on duty or off.

As a cop, keeping your personal protection firearm in a safe is not really an option. What officers need is a way to keep their guns handy, yet inaccessible to children. One way of accomplishing this is with the ArmsReach Defender. According to the manufacturer, this is not a handgun safe, but a “responsible handgun storage product.”

The clamshell design is mounted on a bracket that can be slipped between your mattress and box spring to fit discretely, yet accessibly, along the side of your bed. An optional wall mount is available. Your handgun’s barrel fits over a switchable plastic pin sized from .22 to .45, allowing for a fast draw. The inside dimensions are 9.5” height by 8.25” width and can hold up to a 1911 or similarly sized handgun.

Up to 10 authorized persons can use the biometric fingerprint sensor to gain immediate access to a means of protection. And for those of us with dodgy fingerprints, 4 combination buttons or a key can also be used for access.

A unique feature of the ArmsReach Defender is its tattle-tale function. In addition to authorized persons, you can also program the fingerprint sensor to recognize unauthorized persons. The LCD readout can tell you which of your children has been trying to open it, giving you the opportunity for a teaching moment. The LCD also walks you through set up and displays the past 15 attempts to access the case.

Powered by a wall plug and four AA backup batteries, USA-made plastic and metal versions are available starting at $199. For more information, visit the company's website.

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