Stack-On PDS-500 Product Review for Handgun Storage

Stack-On PDS-500 Product Review for Handgun Storage

A pistol safe doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive to be effective.  I would argue that anything that protects your weapon from either children or burglars getting to it, but also allows you quick access is great.  Too many gun owners skip one of those points:  they leave the gun unsecured in a drawer or they lock it in the basement safe where you will not be able to retrieve it in a crisis.

The Stack-On PDS-500 drawer safe is a perfect example of inexpensive, but effective.   This little safe can live in your nightstand or dresser drawer.  At only a little over 4″ high, I bet it would fit in any drawer.  It is not just small, but also tough.  This safe features two live-action steel locking bolts and concealed hinges, making it difficult to pry the door open.  It also has pre-drilled screw holes in the bottom to allow you to mount to the inside of the drawer (fastening hardware is included).

Tip:  A drawer is pretty wimpy when faced with getting smashed on the floor.  Before mounting the safe in the drawer, add a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the drawer bottom and screw it to the drawer sides. It will be very difficult for someone to get that plywood off the safe.

This little handgun safe also features an electronic lock.   This is perfect for opening quickly without having to remember where a key is or trying to turn a combination dial in the dark.  The keypad is laid out like a phone for ease of use.  The lock will also time-out after 3 incorrect combination entries to prevent someone trying to guess the combination.  Stack On Safes has one nice feature that many safe companies forget to include is that you can turn off the beeps that you would normally hear when pressing the keys.  This can be important if you are trying to quietly retrieve your defensive weapon at middle of the night with an intruder in your home.

Not to worry, the the Stack-on PDS-500 uses four AA batteries that will save your combination even when they are removed.  You will also get 2 manual override keys to wipe the combination and get into the safe in case you forget the combination or the electronics fail.  Remember to keep the key hidden and far away from the safe.

The Stack-on PDS-500 weighs just 12 pounds and is 11 3/4″ long x 8 5/8″ deep x 4 1/4″ tall.  Best part of all, the Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe with Electronic Lock is currently retailing at Amazon for less than $75, which is an excellent price for a heavy duty drawer gun safe.

One Response to “Stack-On PDS-500 Product Review for Handgun Storage”

  1. Scott says:

    I wonder if this unit is heavy duty enough? It is certainly much cheaper than the Barska unit at over $200.

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