Besides this review for Amazon, I also did a comparison video to review each one together. I attached it to this review.
Amazon shipped the products promptly and were well packaged. However, the Barska never arrived even though it said delivered. Amazon was very nice and shipped a new one even though I didn't report it in the timeline required. Amazon gets an A++ for customer service!
The Viking came out ahead in all aspects. Viking had much better quality metal and accessories. The Viking was super quick to set up fingerprints! And pin code set up just as easy! For fingerprint, just press red button under battery compartment briefly and do front, top, bottom, each side of a finger. When I say top and bottom - just have your finger higher in the fingerprint reader and then lower. So that anytime - even in emergencies you go to access, if you don't have your finger perfect on the scanner, it will still read it accurately. I had several other people test it and they could not open it.
The Barska has thinner metal, and some screws in the face plate covering the keyhole were drilled in crooked. I returned it because of this problem with workmanship. The controls were cumbersome. Also the Viking has a nice interior light when you open the door and carpet all the way around the safe. The Barska had no light and they threw in a small piece of cloth or carpet and wasn't even adhered down. It just slid around inside. When I went pull a box out, or my gun the carpet slid out with it. They could have at least used adhesive.
The final report is the Viking was a better safe, thicker metal, better quality, had a light, fully carpeted on all sides with adhesive. The set up and controls of Viking were superior. I would go with the Viking - and did! I have returned the Barska as defective since the screws were crooked in the front (probably a result of thinner and cheaper metal).
Finally, I saw such a difference in quality, I did a youtube comparison review of the Barska AX11224 and the other unit, Viking VS-35BLX, so that you can get some tips on how they compare, battery installation, set up, overall use. This is my first youtube video reviewing something so I did my best. My 11 year old Daughter gets credit for filming!