Secure your gun but keep it accessible at a moment’s notice with the Pineworld K5.
A good safe goes a long way to ensuring your firearms are stored safely and securely. At the same time, how do you balance securing the firearm with having easy access to it? You want to prevent unauthorized usage, but you also want to be able to access your firearm as quickly as possible. The Pineworld K5 safe aims to provide you with both an efficient and effective way to store your gun and ensure easy access. Easy access for you and your authorized users, but not for anyone else.
The Skinny on the K5
The K5 mixes a good old-fashioned mechanical safe with some high-tech features. The safe has three means of access. The first is a simple turn-key design. Using a key requires you to find the key, quickly shove it in the safe, and then turn the key. That’s slow but mechanically reliable.
On the speed side, you have two other options. The fastest way to access your gun is to scan your fingerprint. A slightly slower way is to dial in a six or eight-digit code and hit the checkmark button. The safe flies open, especially if you keep the code simple.
Biometric safes often suck. In my experience, the scanner and fingerprint design often barely works and works only with an exactly perfect fingerprint scan. The K5 seems to have a generous scanner. The K5 can hold 50 fingerprints, and I scanned both my hands so any finger could throw that door open. As long as that finger touches the scanner, the safe opens quickly and efficiently.
Speed is really a wonderful thing when you need to access your gun, yet you don’t want to sacrifice speed for security. Luckily with the K5, you get both.
How the K5 is Built
The Pineworld K5 is made from 10 gauge steel that is 3.5mms on the side and 2.5mms on the top cover. The safe weighs over 17 pounds. There are some rather humorous tests Pineworld has done, including shooting the gun with a 9mm round, and the round didn’t penetrate the safe. It’s a tough, well-made safe.
The safe is big enough to store two full-sized handguns or your daily EDC. Honestly, that’s the best way to use this safe as far as I’m concerned. Drop in your gun, your holster, your reload, knife, etc., and it’s stored safely, and you can grab it for the next day.
Inside the safe sits a gas strut that opens the safe quickly and efficiently. With the right code, fingerprint, or key insert, the safe will pop open and give you quick access to your gun.
Lock It Down
A safe like this could be easily stolen. Why try to open it when you can just grab it and run? That’s always a flaw of small safes, but the K5 does offer some means to help resit a smash and grab. First, it comes with a cable lockdown, so you can strap it down and lock it down. This is well suited for use inside a vehicle of some kind. The included cable is super thick and would take some serious time to get through to steal the safe.
Inside the K5 is also a number of big holes that allow you to lock the safe down. You can bolt it and anchor it into concrete or wood to add a whole other level of security to the safe. The time required to pry it off the wall or floor would likely not be worth the prize inside it.
The safe is pry-resistant, and if someone does try to pry the safe, an alarm emits. It’s loud, annoying, and lets whoever is passing know something is going down. There is also an app that can keep a log of opening and closing and lets you know when someone tries to open it. Not a bad way to monitor the safe and who is accessing or trying to access it.
The Pineworld K5 offers you an affordable option for locking down your handguns, holsters, spare mags, knives, guns, wallets, and anything else you want to keep safe. Toss the goodies in, lock it down, and when needed, choose your means to open the safe and retrieve your goodies. For the price, this will be a tough, safe to beat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA-certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms-based hobbies.
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