Our Review of the IDENTILOCK Gun Lock (fast access and safe storage for your pistol/handgun)

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As firearms owners, the safe storage of our weapons has to be one of our primary concerns. We recognize that these tools are, in the wrong hands, catastrophically dangerous. With that said, we also recognize that we have both a right and a responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones with those tools. Thus, we run into a common problem among responsible gun owners: how do we keep unwanted people from accessing our firearms, but maintain quick and safe access for ourselves if we do need to protect ourselves or our homes?

Locked or Unlocked? 

Erring on the side of fast access, some of us choose to keep loaded and unlocked firearms hidden in a convenient spot such as a bedside table. This is fast in terms of access, but potentially dangerous and leads to far too many accidental shootings every year. On the safest end, we can keep our firearms locked in safes. But, when seconds matter, the idea of fiddling with a key or combination lock, likely in the dark and under stress, does not seem like a sensible solution. There has to be some intelligent middle ground to address both access and safety concerns, right?

If we store our firearms unlocked, loaded, and unsecured, there are several risks. First, a child or some other person could unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. This is tragic, intolerable, and totally preventable. The other solution, to lock up our firearms in safes, means that if faced with something like a home invasion, precious seconds will be wasted in receiving your firearm, which may well cost you, or your family, dearly. What if there was a sensible solution that took advantage of modern technology and good common sense to keep us safe but maintain access to our firearms if need be?

Identilock Gun Lock

That’s what Identilock founder, Omer Kiyani seems to think. As an engineer in the automotive industry, Omer realizes that safety and speed need not be enemies but can instead function in the same space. Cars are dangerous, and we expect seatbelts and airbags to work instantly to make a dangerous experience less dangerous. We have a right to be safe, both on the road and in our homes. That is where Omer, who is a parent, an engineer, a gunshot survivor and an activist, comes to bear on this market with Identilock gun lock. While this right to be safe, and to protect ourselves, is a fundamental one it, like all rights, it comes with responsibilities. In this case, the responsibility is to be able to keep the means to protect ourselves from being the same means that we, or others, are accidentally hurt. That is to say, if we are going to be good gun owners, we must store those guns safely while still maintaining the ability to defend ourselves immediately if need be.

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How Identilock Works

Identilock offers just such a solution for a variety of handguns. The product, a gun lock system about the size of a cell phone, prevents access to the trigger, and thus prevents the firearm from being discharged. It is also highly portable, meaning that it can be placed, or, importantly, concealed, just about anywhere that you could normally fit your handgun. The gun lock is secure and tight on the frame of the firearm as well as the trigger guard, meaning that accidental access to the firearm would not mean access to the trigger, making safety a major highlight here.

When you do find yourself in need of access to your firearm, there are two ways to do so with Identilcok. First, there is a fingerprint lock that takes about one-third of a second to open. This is not long even in a stressful situation. Importantly, the fingerprint reader is placed in nearly the same location as the trigger if the gun lock were not in place. This means that your muscle memory should already know where to place your finger to unlock, then use, your handgun. Unlocking and deploying your firearm from Identilock can be worked into any home training routine with ease and a little bit of practice.

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Fingerprints are, of course, unique to every human being. That can be something of a concern in the case where you might want multiple people to be able to access your firearm in an emergency situation. With Identilock, three fingerprints can be stored in the memory, allowing for three people to be able to access the firearm if the need arises. This is a major balance between ease of access and safety- only the people you want accessing your gun should be able to access it. In this case, you, your spouse, and perhaps a responsible older child could all have the means to defend themselves, while keeping the handgun safe.

The lock is electronic. This can be a concern for some people and has been in the past with similar locking systems that often take expensive and inconvenient batteries. With this system, the internal battery is recharged with a standard mini USB port, which leaves you with one less thing to have to remember. The battery holds a charge for six months and there is an indicator on the lock that informs you when its time for a charge. The concern does remain with all electronic locks, however, that batteries die and that might leave you without access to your handgun at a critical moment. In this case, the lock system also includes physical keys, which you can keep separate but keep nearby, in case the batteries fail. This ensures that you will always have access should you need it. This dual system, with both electronic and physical keys, combines the convenience of electronics with the security and surety of physical locks. The gun lock itself is a common sense, modern solution to the problem of storing a gun safely while also maintaining access when needed, by the people who need it.

In terms of capability, Identilock fits a wide range of firearms. Currently, the design can accommodate standard 1911 frames, standard Glock frames, Sig 226/229 models, and the M&P, Shield, and XD series’ from Smith and Wesson. Check their site for the most up to date list. This compatibility is increased by the design of the lock: the Identilock interfaces mainly with the trigger guard. This means that any slide modifications should not be a problem, nor should triggers or extended magazines. This means that if you have an optic on your handgun, this is a smart locking system for you.

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Identilock Gun Lock Uses

When it comes to applications, you are only really limited by your imagination. One can easily think of replacing the unlocked drawer gun concept with this lock: having a fingerprint locked firearm in the bedside table is a much more palatable option for most of us than an unlocked firearm. Second, since three different people can be added to the memory, thinking about staging the firearm in shared family spaces such as living rooms and kitchen now makes more sense, since unauthorized folks would be unable to use the firearm even if they did find it.  As long as the physical key is well hidden, only authorized users should be able to access your firearm with Identilock gun lock. Depending on relevant state and local laws, this may also satisfy requirements for the storage of loaded firearms in vehicles, an attractive option for folks who want to exercise their rights but cannot carry at work.

Let’s look back at those scenarios we started with, but this time with Identilock. If your handgun was in the lock, in your bedside table, and you needed it, only .3 seconds would separate you from your firearm. No looking for keys, no fumbling with a safe. That buys you time to make the right decisions, and that is invaluable. If your child or a guest finds the firearm, nothing happens, and you get the opportunity to have a conversation about firearm safety. It’s clear, then, from even these short examples that Identilock gun lock makes a great deal of sense to responsible firearms owners.

Parting Shots

If you’re looking for a smart way to keep a handgun accessible,while also keeping it safe, try Identilock. They offer a 90-day trial period and have excellent customer service, with contact info and manuals on their website. This system strikes a balance between accessibility and safety while leaving neither to chance.

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Responsible firearms owners know that, in the right hands, well-armed self-defense can make all the difference in the world. Identilock gun lock gives you the chance to make that difference, while also preventing needless tragedies at home that can come from an unsecured weapon. This product, designed by an American engineer who knows that interplay, as well as the fact that seconds count, may well give you the peace of mind that we’re all looking for in our firearms owning experience. Their customer reviews are stellar, and the company offers veteran, military, and LEO discounts. Additionally, their site has a blog that contains tons of useful home defense information, in addition to a cool, free service which reminds you to recharge your lock once you do buy.  Consider Identilock if you want the latest in gun lock technology that will help you keep yourself, and your loved ones, able to defend themselves safely and intelligently. 

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Chris Frenchak has over 20 years of firearms experience between sporting and responsible concealed carry applications. Chris is a member of multiple pro-second amendment organizations including USCCA, NRA, and just as importantly, his local range. Chris is continuing a legacy of support for our rights by working with his family to increase firearms education and awareness as the lead editor of GunBacker.

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