Gun concealment furniture has to come with some sort of a locking mechanism, for security purposes. While bio metric safes work on a completely different level, the more common confusion is between choosing equipment with an RFID lock and something with a magnetic lock. So, what is the difference between the two?

What is a magnetic lock?

Many manufacturers of gun concealment furniture use magnetic locks to secure the storage compartment, especially in hidden gun shelves. The “key” to the lock is a magnet, which people usually attach to the bottom of another object. So, a candlestick (with the magnet stuck to its bottom) can actually be the key to the hidden gun shelf. The functional mechanism is very simple. The lock on the gun concealment shelf comes undone as soon as the magnet is placed on the part of the shelf that contains the lock.

What is an RFID lock?

RFID means Radio Frequency Identification. It involves data transmission between the lock and the key. The key can be in the form of an RFID card, a key fob, or even a handy bracelet. The RFID lock on a gun concealment shelf comes undone by simply bringing the key close to the lock. You don’t even need to swipe it.

The key transmits specific data to the receiver (in the lock installed on the hidden gun storage shelf), and if the data matches, the lock opens up. So, you can open the compartment only if the key is specifically the one that came with the lock.  

The cons of a magnetic lock:

  1. Does not offer as much security because it is rather simple to crack open.
  2. Challenging to store the key on person.

The pros:

  1. Comes cheap.
  2. Extremely simple to use.
  3. Does not need any power supply.

The cons of an RFID lock:

  1. More expensive than the magnetic locks.
  2. Requires batteries for operation. There are chances of the batteries dying out, but the lock comes equipped with power backup that sends out beeping alerts (much like a smoke detector does), when the batteries need changing.

The pros:

  1. Offers greater security since the hidden gun compartment cannot be opened up using any RFID object. Each RFID lock comes with a specific set of access objects.
  2. Easier to hide. A bracelet can be worn on person. The keycard can also be conveniently hidden behind picture frames, or even carried around in wallets.
  3. Has greater accessibility since one RFID lock can have multiple key objects for various family members. 

Our recommendations:

We do not advise going overboard with your budget, but we do recommend maintaining a reasonable level of security by choosing a sturdier locking mechanism for your hidden gun storage compartments than plain magnets. Gun safety can actually make the difference between life and death.