The AX11780, otherwise known as the Barska Extra Large Biometric Rifle Safe, is the biggest offering in their long gun safe lineup. It offers the most room of the three safes in this lineup, thus the moniker Extra Large, but when compared to other rifle safes on the market, it would better be described as a medium-sized gun safe.
Regardless of whether you consider it medium, large or extra large, it still comes with Barska’s quality manufacturing and top-of-the-line biometrics. If you are tired of messing around with keys and combinations, you might want to seriously considering picking one of these up.
An In Depth Look at the Barska AX11780
At first glance the words lean, mean, clean, simple and effective come to mind.The simple black colored exterior is classy without being distracting, and the lock and handle are clean and elegant.
This is the kind of safe that you can either hide inside of a closet or leave out in open view without fear of it drawing too much attention. And, because of the biometric lock, you don’t have to worry about anyone fiddling with a dial or mashing a keypad.
What about the measurements, capacity, and weight?
This rifle safe is definitely bigger than the other two models in this specific lineup. Coined by the manufacturer as the largest biometric safe to date, the Barska AX11780 is specced as having a 16 gun capacity. It actually comes standard with a removable 16 position rack. On top of that it has three removable shelves that you can use to squeeze several smaller pistols into the safe, or instead use to store other gear or some ammunition.
In order to fit so many firearms inside of the safe, it has to have some fairly nice interior measurements.The internal dimensions are actually 56.5 inches high by 19.3 inches wide by 14.88 inches deep. Pay special attention to the height and depth, as this extra space makes it a little bit easier to fit scoped rifles, which some smaller capacity safes sometimes have problems with.
The exterior of the safe is a little wider than it 8 and 12 gun counterparts, which to to be expected. The external dimensions are 57 inches by 19.8 inches by 16 inches. Though it is a bit bulkier than the other Barska biometric long gun safes, it’s still moderately sized, so it does not require a whole lot of open space for placement.
You probably noticed that the external and internal measurements are very similar. The reason is that the steel sheeting used is thin but more than adequate. The design of the safe also keeps the weight down to a manageable level, weighing 139 pounds. It is light enough for one person to maneuver into place, but heavy enough to be a bit of a pain for a burglar to try and remove from your property. The safe also comes with anchoring hardware and pre-drilled mounting holes, so you can anchor it in place for extra security.
How is the lock?
Like the safe’s name, the Extra Large Biometric Rifle Safe implies, this safe employs biometric technology in its locking mechanism. That mean you can open it quickly and effortlessly by simply touching its fingerprint sensors.
The biometric lock can be programmed for a massive amount of different users (up to 120), so if you have a spouse or other family that you want to be able to access the safe, there aren’t any problems. This is great for a husband and wife who both want to be able to get to the contents of the safe, but who also want to keep children out.
The lock is powered by 4 AA batteries that are included, so you can have this baby set up and fully operational shortly after it arrives. And, just in case the batteries lose power before you have a chance to replace them, Barska includes a set of back-up keys, so you will never be locked out.
If you currently have or plan to grow your rifle collection to over a dozen guns, you’ll need a safe that offers you enough capacity to store them all in one place. The AX11780 does that.
On top of having plenty of interior storage space, you get a very dependable and simple fingerprint lock that will free you from the need to carry around an extra key or remember a combination. It has a very secure 5 point bolt locking system, so it isn’t something that can easily be pried open, and the anchor points let you secure it to your dwelling.
The Barska Extra Large Biometric Rifle Safe is California State DOJ approved. It’s strong, very secure, and built with quality in mind; so much so that the manufacturer includes a 1-year warranty. This safe is a must have for those that want to combine value, security, storage efficiency, and ease of access.