Vara Safety releases Reach Handgun Safe

Vara Safety's Reach Handgun Safe

Latham, NY ( Safety, a new tech startup in firearm safety, launches its childproof handgun safe for pre-orders this Friday, May 31st. Their innovation is named Reach and its unique design and technology has attracted thousands of people who own a handgun for home protection.

Reach is a hybrid between a holster and a gun safe designed for families who care about protection. The system was engineered for both safe firearm storage and immediate access in an emergency situation.

Features include:

  • A large biometric sensor that uses premier capacitance technology for accurate fingerprint data capture and high reliability. Add up to five authorized users, preventing children and intruders from unlocking the gun.
  • A charging mount that keeps the safe plugged in for reliable power. The mount is versatile and can be used to secure Reach next to the bed, in the closet, under a desk, or in the vehicle.
  • An internal backup battery that is rechargeable and holds power for an additional few months, in the case of an emergency power outage.
  • A holster insert that can be changed out to your specific handgun model (i.e. Glock insert, 1911 insert, etc.).
  • A mechanical key override as a physical means of backup.

Vara Safety is a mission-driven company, created with the intent to prevent firearm-related accidents in homes. A study by Firearm Storage Patterns in U.S. Homes with Children showed that 55% of U.S. homes with children and firearms have one or more guns in an unlocked place. Christine Tate, the Chief Operating Officer of Vara Safety, sees this company as “an opportunity to apply technology to a safety problem by creating innovative products that will save lives.”

Vara Safety has huge support from the gun industry with key partnerships including Project Childsafe, a gun safety organization by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. They also have support from the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, a Silicon Valley-backed organization that has promoted the development of gun safety technologies.

“We wanted to create a new generation of firearm safety,” said Timmy Oh, chief executive officer of Vara Safety. “Reach finally brings a real solution for gun owners who needed to choose between locking up their gun or keeping it nearby and ready for protection.”

Pricing and Availability:

Reach will be available for pre-orders this Friday (May 31, 2019) with the first 2,500 orders scheduled to ship on August 31st, 2019. The entire system is priced at $299 but the company is offering a limited $100 discount for supporters who sign up early before launch.

About Vara Safety:

The mission at Vara Safety is to create a safer home – one where values of firearm safety and protection are important to those who live inside. The company focuses on creating beautiful, simple, and highly engineered products and services that bring better gun security for families. Learn more at

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  • 12 thoughts on “Vara Safety releases Reach Handgun Safe

    1. Practice using your weak hand to unlock the seat belt, while moving your strong hand to retrieve your holstered firearm from the holster of your choice.

    2. Horrible? That really is situational..

      In Arizona for instance which has .,Open Carry, Constitutional Concealed Carry and Permit Carry.. Permit holders may possess firearms in a number of places where on occasion they are required to secure them if not on their person.

      Other than a Shoulder Holster , Strong, Weak or ((Appendix Carry lousy choice anytime IMO) in a Vehicle with or without the the use of a seat belt rapid access is problematic at best and in the case of Appendix carry even more hazardous and ill advised than usual.

      Simply placing the firearm unsecured in a glove compartment, center compartment is not a good option for a number of obvious reasons..

      BioMetrics is an imperfect solution. I am seriously not a fan of any device other than a easily accessed manipulable good sized key ..Nonetheless.. as a place to keep ones primary handgun while driving or leave it secured (with a sweater or something obscuring it) .. There are worse options. The device likely includes a mechanical key of some sort which can also be used to gain access..

      It may not be for everyone.. but this is an evolving field and technology.. if it works for some .. so be it..

      I have a keyed safes in my vehicles… If something multipurpose like the above device was properly secured it would be an interesting multipurpose option.

      Something like the above device certainly reduces the Security foot print…(Space required to secure a firearm)

      1. You’re wrong, period. There is a proven method for strong side belt draw, with a seatbelt in place. If your tactical instructor hasn’t taught it to you change Instructors. I highly recommend Pat Goodale.

    3. I have a biometric lock on my front door with a keypad backup. I use the keypad backup about 50% of the time because the biometric part won’t read my finger correctly after about 5 attempts. I have zero faith in a biometric trigger lock working when I need it to.

      All my kids know the 4 rules of firearm safety (have them posted on their bedroom wall). All my kids go to the range with me and know how to handle a firearm. My youngest is 7. I have no concerns that my kids are going to mishandle a firearm since we preach safety regularly and practice safety in handling them. I am confident my kids will be able to defend themselves should some misguided soul chose to enter my dwelling uninvited.

        1. @Tom C, Unlock the weaps, teach your kids, forbid other kids from entering your house, and post that on the wall, too. High speed, low drag.

            1. @Tom C, That is up to the parent. Utilize corporal punishment and they will not disobey, nor will their friends.

    4. 1. An absolutely horrible idea for carry in a vehicle. It promotes unnecessary gun handling. If you don’t know how to carry your gun, strong side and draw and fire it in a vehicle, take a course and learn how!

      2. As far as biometric locks, I’d like to see the testing data performed, i.e. day/night, number of tries vs success rate/failure etc. So far they don’t have stellar reviews.

      1. Sorry, Vanns40, but…

        1. I too question this as a method for vehicle carry, BUT I will point out that strong side IWB or OWB carry in a car makes drawing nearly impossible while wearing a seatbelt unless you are either left handed or riding in the passenger seat. Training and practice can change “Impossible” to “slow and awkward” at best. “Unnecessary gun handling” isn’t itself a problem, although the kind shown in the video does present a risk that you will be seen holstering your gun when getting out of the car – and it you happen to be seen by a complete idiot, this can lead to problems. My larger concern with this as a method of vehicle carry is the real danger of being shot by the current generation of law enforcement simply because an officer saw a GUN!!! (all guns seen by law enforcement are all caps followed by at least two exclamation points).

        2. Biometrics — specifically fingerprint readers — can be highly reliable BUT they are always a compromise between false positives and false negatives. A fingerprint reader can be designed to recognize a valid print well over 99.9999% but in doing so that same fingerprint reader will incorrectly accept an invalid print occasionally. OR a fingerprint reader can be designed to reject an invalid print well over 99.9999% but in doing so that same fingerprint reader will incorrectly reject a valid print occasionally. It is all just a matter of the software. I’m not 100% comfortable with biometric locks in a self-defense application, but on the other hand, a good biometric lock is faster than most other locks. Of course, fingerprint readers don’t work with gloves and a reader like this requires some thinking ahead if ambidextrous access is ever needed (ambidextrous access for two users would take up four of the five allowed authorizations).

        1. Re: #1: No, it’s not nearly impossible. There is a proven method, with a seatbelt in place. Any competent tactical instructor should be able to teach you how in less than two minutes.

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