Need a pistol safe

Need a pistol safe

This is a discussion on Need a pistol safe within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have been looking at pistol safes and I need a recommendation for one. Does anyone own a "Gun Vault" brand? Any help would be ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 30
Like Tree4Likes

Thread: Need a pistol safe

  1. #1
    Member Array chains1240's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    West Michigan
    Posts
    465

    Need a pistol safe

    I have been looking at pistol safes and I need a recommendation for one. Does anyone own a "Gun Vault" brand? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  2. #2
    bjh
    bjh is offline
    Member Array bjh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    atlanta
    Posts
    23
    I just bought a "center of mass" bio box and have been extremely pleased.

    BioBox Safes

  3. #3
    Member Array Handgunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    New York state
    Posts
    73

    Recommended pistol safe

    I don't know how much space you require, but I recently purchased a "SportLock LLC 00064 - SafeLock Front Loading Electronic Safe with Shelf". After reviewing many types of safes, this was my overall favorite for the following reasons:
    1. It is small enough to hold one or two pistols and ammo.
    2. The primary method of access is finger-touch combination, not biometrics (which I don't trust 100% right now, after reading about some issues with those types of locks).
    3. Cheaper than biometric safes, due to the less sophisticated technology , but just as easy to open.
    4. Possibly the primary thing that sold me was that it is a front-load door. After the combination has been entered, the door springs open from the top, immediately granting you access to your firearm. I didn't like the idea of a side-hung door to swing open and have it get in the way as I'm reaching inside the safe. You can have the weapon and magazine on the top slide shelf and ammo below. Voila!

    I use it in combination with a larger floor mounted safe so I can swap out my primary sidearm, knowing if I need a gun-in-a-hurry, my Sportlock is right there by my bed. Hope this helps in your decision making.

  4. #4
    Member Array chains1240's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    West Michigan
    Posts
    465
    Thank you for the replies. For the money I may pay more for a traditional full size safe. I plan on acquiring a second pistol and a second rifle. With a full size safe I could put all 4 firearms, ammo, and important documents in them. I really do not feel that I have a need for immediate access to a firearm since I have 2 full size dogs that are protective of my family. BUT, If money allows I should buy both

  5. #5
    Moderator
    Array RETSUPT99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    44,765
    Quote Originally Posted by chains1240 View Post
    Thank you for the replies. For the money I may pay more for a traditional full size safe. I plan on acquiring a second pistol and a second rifle. With a full size safe I could put all 4 firearms, ammo, and important documents in them. I really do not feel that I have a need for immediate access to a firearm since I have 2 full size dogs that are protective of my family. BUT, If money allows I should buy both
    Regardless of your situation now...most people usually buy their first safe too small...collections always grow.
    Just ask those of us with more than one safe.

    There are no 'guarantees' in life, but I feel a lot better when I leave the house and most of my friends are inside the 'steel walls'.
    ccman and bkenut like this.
    The last Blood Moon Tetrad for this millennium starts in April 2014 and ends in September 2015...according to NASA.

    ***********************************
    Certified Glock Armorer
    NRA Life Member[/B]

  6. #6
    VIP Member Array Cupcake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    3,164
    I have had a gunvault on the nightstand for maybe 2 years now. It does what it is supposed to...keeps the kids out. I don't believe it would stop someone with a screwdriver and a hammer. Their customer service was great, I had a problem and after a phone call they shipped me a new one, only asking that I ship the old one back. (Do leave a message...I tried calling about 20 times over 3 days and never got an answer, but finally leaving a message got me a return call within an hour)
    Spend few minutes learning about my journey from Zero to Athlete in this mini documentary!
    Then check out my blog! www.BodyByMcDonalds.com

    Cupcake - 100 pound loser, adventurer, Ironman Triathlete.

  7. #7
    Member Array chains1240's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    West Michigan
    Posts
    465
    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    I have had a gunvault on the nightstand for maybe 2 years now. It does what it is supposed to...keeps the kids out. I don't believe it would stop someone with a screwdriver and a hammer. Their customer service was great, I had a problem and after a phone call they shipped me a new one, only asking that I ship the old one back. (Do leave a message...I tried calling about 20 times over 3 days and never got an answer, but finally leaving a message got me a return call within an hour)
    I read a review online that the Gunvault requires you to enter the code 3 times can you explain the operation of this safe for me please.

  8. #8
    VIP Member Array Paco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    McKinney, TX
    Posts
    3,507
    Quote Originally Posted by chains1240 View Post
    Thank you for the replies. For the money I may pay more for a traditional full size safe. I plan on acquiring a second pistol and a second rifle. With a full size safe I could put all 4 firearms, ammo, and important documents in them. I really do not feel that I have a need for immediate access to a firearm since I have 2 full size dogs that are protective of my family. BUT, If money allows I should buy both
    I'd go that route, and new dog toys to keep the guards happy.
    WannabeaCPA likes this.
    "Don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep." - Theodore Roosevelt

    -Paco
    http://www.shieldsd.net

  9. #9
    Member Array JB-Norcal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Northern Kalifornia
    Posts
    61

    Gun Vault

    I bought a GV a few years ago for he nightstand, definately should of gone "deluxe" - 2 gun, light option.
    It does the job just for the sake of being handy and accessible.
    I got another safe that has battery terminals on the outside if needed
    Amazon.com: HOMAK HS10036683 Electronic Access Pistol Box, 10-Inch by 3.5-Inch by 7.5-Inch: Home Improvement
    I was hoping it would fit along side the drivers seat and door in the truck, almost just a little tall.

    Oops - that link is to a different model, same action though.

  10. #10
    VIP Member Array Cupcake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    3,164
    Quote Originally Posted by chains1240 View Post
    I read a review online that the Gunvault requires you to enter the code 3 times can you explain the operation of this safe for me please.
    Negative. If I recall correctly, if you enter the code INCORRECTLY 3 times in a row, the keypad locks you out for a while (5 or 15 minutes?). I did that once, but it's been so long ago. Even if the keypad is locked out (or broken) you can always use the key to open it. Normally, just enter the code once and it pops open. It takes me a second or 2 longer if it's very dark, because I have to feel my hand into position. The finger "grooves" are a great feature so you can do it in the complete dark.
    Spend few minutes learning about my journey from Zero to Athlete in this mini documentary!
    Then check out my blog! www.BodyByMcDonalds.com

    Cupcake - 100 pound loser, adventurer, Ironman Triathlete.

  11. #11
    Member Array Vuva3rae's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    197
    The BioBox can be opened in seconds with a paper clip:


  12. #12
    Member Array TelumPisces's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    245
    I've had a gun vault delux for going on 8+ years now and it does what I want. I had to send in the first model because of the cable system broke that unlocked the safe. But they sent me a shipping lable free of charge and I had a new one before I sent the old one out to them. The new unlocking sytem is much better and I have had zero issues in the last 4+ years that I've had the new one.

    I also have a regular large gun safe that holds everything but my wife's and my carry guns. At night, I leave the door open on the quick access gun vault just to save that extra second if needed.

  13. #13
    Member Array jjjohnson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    West Michigan
    Posts
    20
    Check out a Fort Knox Original Pistol Vault. Simplex lock. No batteries, heavy steel. Empty it weighs 22 pounds. I really like mine.

  14. #14
    Member Array Unisaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    105
    Look at V-line. They all have a Simplex lock.

  15. #15
    VIP Member Array 357and40's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    St. Charles, Missouri
    Posts
    2,353
    Another Lazarus award candidate...
    "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."
    - Roy Batty

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Pistol Safe Recommendations...
    By agentmel in forum Related Gear & Equipment
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: December 14th, 2008, 10:04 PM
  2. Check out this pistol safe...anybody tried it?
    By WJP9 in forum Related Gear & Equipment
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: July 20th, 2008, 02:38 PM
  3. Where should I mount my new pistol safe?
    By kavity in forum Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: August 1st, 2007, 09:57 PM
  4. Portable Pistol Safe
    By Rock and Glock in forum Related Gear & Equipment
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: December 22nd, 2005, 03:12 PM
  5. Pistol Safe
    By Hivoltage in forum Related Gear & Equipment
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: December 9th, 2005, 02:12 PM

Search tags for this page

center of mass bio box
,
center of mass pistol
,
glock pistol safe portable
,
i need a reliable and safe pistol
,
i need a safe for my pistols
,

pistol vault discussion

,
pistol vault recomendation
,

pistol vault? defensive carry

,

review center of mass bio box

,
sportlock safelock issues
,
sportlock safelock problems
,
where to mount pistol safe
Click on a term to search for related topics.

» Log in

User Name:

Password:

Not a member yet?
Register Now!

» DefensiveCarry Sponsors