That’s right, a range review of a nightstand-sized gun safe. Why? Because I shot it. A lot.
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PINEWORLD K5 Biometric Gun Safe:
We receive a lot of emails from Chinese companies asking us to review their products. Most often it’s gear like flashlights and tools, plus plenty of small gun accessories like muzzle brakes, optics, and bipods. All of it cheap, much of it gimmicky. PINEWORLD‘s email was, by its subject line, clearly in this same vein of a Chinese company looking for a review. So I ignored it and I ignored a follow-up.
Then, be it catching me at the right time or something in the Gmail snippet that piqued my interest, I clicked and read their next email and saw a biometric gun safe — the PINEWORLD K5 — that looked pretty legit. It was clearly very feature-rich, appeared to be of good quality, is a good size for a nightstand, desk, or closet, and they obviously believe it to be extremely tough.
So tough, in fact, that they say it will stop pistol bullets. So from-a-country-that-doesn’t-allow-firearm-ownership, though, that the ad image demonstrating its ballistic resilience shows an entire rifle cartridge rather than a pistol bullet. LOL.
For the first time, not only did I read the unsolicited email but I replied to it and said “okay, send me a safe.” The very next week it was at my door.
My first impression was that I was surprised and impressed by its weight. Almost 20 pounds. Yup, it’s actually made of heavy gauge steel so we’re off to a good start.
I read the instructions, installed four AA batteries, and had a six-digit password and three sets of fingerprints programmed into the PINEWORLD K5 safe within about five minutes. There’s also a key lock in the front for backup use and a USB-C port so the safe can be plugged into external power, allowing it to be opened with the code or fingerprint even if the owner loses the keys and the batteries are dead. Slick.
Somehow I had missed in the description that there’s a speaker built into the K5 Gun Safe. This made setup even easier as it gave verbal confirmations when I configured the code, admin fingerprints, etc., and it announces when the safe is unlocked. Furthermore, should someone tamper with the key lock or pry on the lid, the speaker emits an alarm. Volume is adjustable and the speaker can be disabled, too.
Another tech feature included in the PINEWORLD K5 Biometric Gun Safe, but disabled by default, is WiFi. By turning it on and connecting the safe to a WiFi network then downloading the app, the owner can change settings and monitor or even open the safe remotely. Tamper alarms are sent as push notifications to the owner’s phone, wherever the owner may be.
Before taking it to the range and shooting it up, obviously I put the K5 through regular testing to see how it functioned. The short version: it’s a great little safe. There are more secure safes, to be sure, but as convenient little “residential storage containers” go, the PINEWORLD K5 seriously holds its own.
I found the fingerprint sensor to be extremely fast and surprisingly accurate. Unlocking was accomplished with almost no delay at all, and only once in over a hundred attempts did it not recognize my fingerprint. At the same time, my girls and almost-ex-wife weren’t able to trick the K5 despite giving it more of a “go” than I would have had the patience for.
Whether unlocked via the backlit keypad, the fingerprint sensor, or the manual key lock, the K5’s lid pops right open thanks to a gas strut. It opens smoothly, quickly, and solidly, and will do so regardless of the positioning of the safe.
A cable allows the safe to be locked to a solid object like a seat bracket in your truck or a bed frame. I appreciate how the cable actually bolts inside of the safe rather than simply squeezing through a slot in the door like with most similar safes.
For a more permanent solution, four pre-drilled holes in the back of the K5 Gun Safe allow it to be mounted to a wall or to the floor.
Interior surfaces of the PINEWORLD K5 are lined with a rubber foam to keep your firearm(s) safe.
Lockup is secure, and the fit of the door within the sides and back of the frame is precise and slightly recessed. This makes attempts to pry the safe open much more difficult by reducing panel gaps and making any remaining gap difficult to access. Fit is also good at the front of the door, with a tall, rounded edge making pry attempts difficult.
How did the PINEWORLD K5 Biometric Gun Safe hold up to a bunch of 9mm and a round of .308 Winchester? I’m afraid you’ll have to watch the video to find out!
I’m glad I read that email, because this turned out to be a really solid product. PINEWORLD sent me a coupon code to share in case anyone wants to pick up a K5 of their own: “PINEWORLD” is good for a 25% discount.
For the record, this is not an affiliate thing and neither I nor TTAG is receiving any sort of kickback or commission or payment or anything of the sort as part of this, and PINEWORLD isn’t an advertiser. I always feel weird when including a coupon code in a review, but PINEWORLD informed me of the code when they shipped the safe and, especially given it’s a solid 25% off, I’d be remiss not to include it.
Specifications: PINEWORLD K5 Biometric Gun Safe
Interior Width: 11.81 inches
Interior Depth: 6.59 inches
Interior Height: 2.8 inches
Weight: 18 pounds
Material: 2.5mm (top, bottom, front, back) and 3.5mm (sides) 10-gauge steel
Unlocking Options: backlit keypad, biometric fingerprint sensor, key
Power: 4 AA batteries with USB Type-C backup
Features: speaker with tamper sensor alarms, WiFi for monitoring and remote access, gas strut for automatic door opening
Mounting: includes security cable and four pre-drilled mounting holes
MSRP: $199 (coupon code “PINEWORLD” is supposed to save 25% on the PINEWORLD website)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Overall * * * *
Color me surprised, but the ships-directly-from-China PINEWORLD K5 Biometric Gun Safe is a feature-rich, well-made, quality product that compares extremely favorably to other containers in its general price range. It’s a solid choice for a quick-access desk, nightstand, closet, or vehicle handgun safe.
No reason to lock up a H-K P7, 99.999% of humans can’t figure out how to make it fire anyway.
thanks for sharing
Wow, a gold ounce. Don’t see those much anymore. Everyone wants to do grams these days.
Looks like a cheap wafer lock for the mechanical lock. That could be a serious design flaw since those kinds of locks are typically very easy to open. I’d hate to spend $200 and find out it can be opened with a piece of wire and a small screwdriver.
That was the first thing I noticed. Any competent burglar can open one of these locks in seconds.
I wondered about that, but seems like it could be a good thing. When Mr. Burgular says to pony up the big bucks, you toss the gold at him. While he is trying to pick it up you shoot him several times while telling him to halt or I’ll fire. Then take some photos while he bleeds, so you can prove he took your gold, make some notes in your daily calendar, and call 911.
The advertisement pic is true, I threw a hand full of 5.56 rounds at one and they bounced right off.
Hahaha! Funnily enough, my (absent to the naked eye) pecs are bullet proof too according to this test.
Made In China?
YouTube Channel: Handgun Safe Research
Video: Pineworld sent me a safe to hack.
Yeah, that’s what makes this a “residential storage container” like I mentioned in the review, not a true safe. There’s nothing in this category and price point and such that is a true safe. You can get a legit, small safe but you’re going to pay far more and it will not be quick access. The point of these sorts of containers is quick access for you and safety for children and guests and your typical burglars. They won’t stop a professional thief with burglary tools and knowledge, but that isn’t why you buy this sort of container and it also isn’t the typical criminal who breaks into a random home by smashing a window with a rock in the yard of that very home and grabs what they can before running off. This lockbox keeps your nightstand gun close by and rapidly accessible and safe from kids and guests in your home. Your valuables and valuable guns should be in a large, fire resistant, legit safe bolted to the floor somewhere else in your home.
“Biometric” lock – NO WAY
Chicom – HELL NO
WHY would you lock up your handgun with no magazine? PERHAPS no round in the chamber PERHAPS. But load the damn thing.
A locking container – NO
They both have mags inserted
I am also interested in items not made in China. The PRC is at a minimum an adversary to US interests.
Please solicit for review items made domestically or abroad with minimal inputs from the PRC.
If you go to the pinewood site, a chat thing will be in the lower right corner of the browser. It says “Hi from PINEWORLD! How can I can help you dear?”
The Chinese equal of ‘we don’t want to actually learn English context and grammar to sell things in the U.S.’
I think alot of the Chinese companies hire out their customer “service” and order desks to subcontractors in India… ” ello, I am Bobb – ow may I elp you today ?”
A safe that links to phone with WIFI! Useful to share important infomation transfer to right people! Chinese hi technology you can trust!
I might buy this safe. But I will never use the biometric or wifi capabilities.
Nice U.S. Switch & Signal! I hope and pray that Larry Vickers wins his battles with cancer and BATFE.
WiFi connected so the Chinese can get your fingerprints?
Jury’s out on the safe. Although I have reservations about anything Chicom. I like both the pistols. A lot. Want to sell them?
Get in line behind me on that HK P7 squeeze-cocker.
That bone case-harden is drop-dead *beautiful*…
No sir, not for sale. The Union Switch & Signal 1911 was my grandfather’s that he brought back from WWII (https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/my-grandfathers-1943-union-switch-signal-m1911a1/) and that P7 is my favorite gun, especially after Midwest Gunworks did the color case hardening and other work on it. They actually have first right of refusal on buying it if I were to ever sell it haha.
Jeremy, I know a man that has a US&S. He won’t sell it either. I’m on my third H&K P7-M8. Very nice pistols. Wouldn’t sell them either. Keep the good stuff. A Sig P 210 is my next pistol.
Don’t know how amicable things are with you folks, but if my wife was in the soon-to-be-ex category, I would want something a little more robust.
This safe is junk…