Shooting Illustrated | Product Overview: Hornady RAPiD Safe Night Guard
We’re always on the lookout for great ideas for safe storage. Always. Keeping unauthorized people out of your firearms is a critical part of being a gun owner – and a wise move to protect your investment, by the way. It is important for parents and grandparents to ensure that children are not only thoroughly instructed in safe handling procedures, but that they also store firearms safely. The trick, of course, is to balance preparation and readiness with safe and secure firearms.
Hornady has been on the forefront for some time now to solve this mystery. The company’s RAPiD range of safes offers a variety of methods to quickly access your locked weapon: keypad, RFID sticker, RFID wristband, RFID tag, and, in case all else fails, a simple old key. RAPiD safes are available in different versions: There are simple one-gun safes, car-based safes, AR / long gun safes and the latest addition to the RAPiD safe family, the Night Guard. In addition to the security of a solid metal safe with a strong lock, the packaging contains a bit of classic cunning.
Sure, the alarm clock / radio made its way down the tape deck (okay, shows my age here, CD player) in your car and has been replaced by various iThings and Personal Assistant Service devices. I would bet it is still harmless enough that a quick glance into a room showing a vaguely rectangular box with a digital time display would register as a “clock” rather than “valuables inside”. Should anyone decide to give it a try, the Night Guard has a heavy steel structure and thick cable, rated 1,500 pounds, to attach it to something immovable. It also has pre-drilled holes in case you want to permanently attach it to the bedside table or other furniture.
If you want to use the cable instead of permanently attaching the Night Guard, there are several additional options available. It can easily act as a safe box for your car in case you need to travel anywhere where firearms are not allowed. It can be used as a travel safe for on the go (although I’m not 100 percent sure if you can or should use it as a TSA approved box, as it weighs 18 pounds alone, which is a lot of the weight for any checked bag). The Night Watch makes it easy for you to take a trip to a completely different area (just pay attention to the laws of your destination and any stops along the way) and lock the unloaded gun in the safe in your trunk to ensure the travel requirements and then use it to secure your gun in a hotel room.
That’s a lot of use for a device.
What I like a lot, however, is the possibility of having a firearm “on the bedside table” at the same time, which is still absolutely safe and protected from little fingers. Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandma and grandpa can still have a defense pistol within easy reach and at the same time don’t have to worry about Junior accidentally getting their hands on it. Unless you have a sturdy lever bar and a lot of time or a large amount of C4, it’s perfectly safe and secure. Even better, should the unthinkable happen and you need it in a hurry, a quick swipe of the key fob, RFID sticker or wristband will open the drawer immediately.
Sure, it looks a little dated (hey, Hornady, here’s an idea: introduce a model with fake wood grain and a malfunctioning radio dial to * really * complete the list!), But again, here’s the idea for that melt into the background so that it is overlooked. At first glance, the night watch looks like a large clock radio. An intruder looking for quick things to grab won’t worry, and even if it does, it will take a hacksaw and a lot of time to free it if the safe is on one Bed frame is tied. But more importantly, if a child enters the room while you are not in it, they cannot access what is in it.
The MSRP is $ 264, and Hornady has a special Father’s Day deal on free shipping (which is pretty extensive considering the 18 pound weight of the safe itself, let alone the extras). The Night Guard comes with a 1,500-pound cable, an RFID wristband, and three RFID tags (two stickers and a hard plastic unit like you would put on a keychain). It also has a keypad with a 4- to 6-digit programmable code and a run key.