First Alert 5200DF Portable Handgun or Pistol Safe

Editor rating

4.4/5 on January 5, 2016

User's rating

357 reviews

PROS

  • Made in the USA
  • Easy to Program Access Code
  • Bypass Key Included
  • No Noise When Opening Safe
  • An Easy Access Storage Option

CONS

  • No Alarm on the Safe
  • Does Not Allow Multiple Access Codes

First Alert is a large company and one of the most recognizable names in safety. They have been helping people protect their homes for over 50 years. It is a company that many people depend on to protect their home with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, cameras, safes and more.

It should not come as a surprise that the First Alert brand name has also taken on gun safes as a way to further help you protect your family from dangers. The First Alert 5200DF is designed to be reliable and dependable protection to keep your firearms out of the reach of those who do not need to have access to them.

Features

The First Alert 5200DF is a portable gun safe made using 18-gauge steel. It has a black powder coated finish. The door is spring loaded to give you quick access. There is a double locking mechanism on it.

The only way to get into this box is to use a combination or the included bypass key. The programmable access key is 3-8 digits long. It is a “no see” passcode which is fully electronic. It runs off a 9-volt battery which gives you approximately 8 hours of battery life when in use. This means if you access the safe often, you will get less battery life than someone who does not open it much.

The 5200DF gun safe has been endorsed by the CA DOJ (California Department of Justice). It measures 3.5 x 9.3 x 11.5 inches and weighs only 6.3 pounds when empty. Inside the box, you will find a foam padded interior that is roomy enough to hold two pistols.

There is an included steel cable that is 1500lb test. It is provided to give you the ability to lock the safe down in your vehicle. If you are keeping it inside of your home, there are two predrilled mounting holes.

Pros

  • Made in the USA
  • Easy to Program Access Code
  • Bypass Key Included
  • No Noise When Opening Safe
  • An Easy Access Storage Option

Cons

  • No Alarm on the Safe
  • Does Not Allow Multiple Access Codes

Summary

The First Alert 5200DF is a great product for someone who wants basic protection for their pistols or handguns and other items. It is noise free. There are no beeps or alarms to deal with, which could alert a possible intruder that you have a safe. It is easy to use and secure when you need it the most.

Comparison

There are several options when it comes to portable gun safes. Before making a decision, it is best to compare the features and the prices of different models. The options include the siblings of this model, such as GunVault MicroVault MV500. This is also dependable and solid, with a 16-gauge steel construction which makes good use of its convenient keypad as well as an internal computer which locks out after several attempts to enter an incorrect code.

Another good option is the Fort Knox Handgun Safe. This is a much heavier portable gun safe that can be mounted. It does not require any batteries which can sometimes lead to headaches. Is also comes with a lifetime warranty which is a nice selling point.

 

The First Alert 5200DF is a good  and simple portable gun safe. It’s not as robust as the Fort Knox safe but it just depends on what you plan to sue it for. The easy to program keypad and noise free operation are good features. Also it is one of the cheapest gun safes you will find.

Verdict

The truth is, this is a very basic safe. It is not designed to give you a high end safe. If you simply want something that can protect your valuables from a fire or burglary, this box may be ideal for you. However, there are those people who want multiple passcodes for each member of their household and there are people who may want alarms to sound when someone tries the wrong code. If this is you, you may want to consider other options. The good news is that most people are not looking for those features. They are not truly necessary. If you are not interested in bells and whistles but simply want protection, the First Alert 5200DF portable handgun or pistol safe will be ideal.

 

 

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