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Your thoughts on quick access handgun safes?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by orygun, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    For years we have set our carry guns on the entertainment center at the end of the day. These days there very well may be a 4 year old or two running around the house. In those instances we just lock the guns up in the safe. Because spinning a tumbler isn't something that can be done in a moments notice, and since it's likely to be much worse under stress, I am looking into a quick access, secure safe for stashing the handguns.

    Anyone have any experience with these they can share?
     
  2. enjr4

    enjr4 Renton, WA Active Member

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    I use one of the GunVault (Gun Safes - Home Gun Safe - Handgun Safes | GunVault | GunVault) safes cabled to my chair in the family room and another cabled to the bed frame in our bed room. They will not stop any one determined to steal it; but, they will stop kids or visitors from getting to the gun. IF I am going to be out of the house for any length of time, I put the guns away in a "real" safe.
    How useful it would be in a fast moving, stressful moment when you really needed the weapon, I can't say. They take 5 to 10 seconds to get into.
    Ed
     
  3. NoOne

    NoOne Puget Sound Active Member

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    I would look at consumer evaluations. I have heard stories about safes not granting access when people most need access. A simple key around your neck is hard to beat...and it works. The electronics can't run out of power, you can't forget the combination, and the contacts on the finger button ones can't go bad on a key entry safe.
     
  4. enjr4

    enjr4 Renton, WA Active Member

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    I can't really argue with NoOne. However, both of the GunVaults I use have low battery indicators and I have never had any problem with the keypads. IF you put a gun in one and just forget it, I can see all of the sited problems ocurring.
     
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    W. C. Fields would put it on top of a cake.. that's just the way he rolled.
     
  6. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I have one I bought at Harbor Freight many years ago. A lot of their stuff is junk but this safe works very well and lives on my nightstand. It has an easy to use keypad on the front with a key lock as a backup. It beeps and a light comes on when the battery gets low, I have only replaced the batteries once in about 10 years. A burglar could walk away with it, but I keep my two cheapest guns (a Kel Tec P11 and a Taurus 651 revolver) in there for "home defense" while my more expensive guns live in a vault. If my dogs wake me up at night or I hear a noise, it only takes me a few seconds to sit up, turn the lamp on, enter the 4 digit code, and access the weapon. Its great peace of mind for keeping the weapons secure from children.
     
  7. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My brother and father both use the Gunvault SpeedVault: Gunvault SpeedVault SVB500 gun safe - Amazon.com

    They use the biometric reader version (the one in the link) though there is a model made with a 4-button keypad as well. With the 4-button version, it's more about remembering a pattern of button presses rather than looking for numbers on a keypad, something you can do in the dark. The nice thing is that both models have an override key in the event the battery were to fail. I've talked to them both about their bedside safes and they both love them. I'm planning to get 2 myself, one for my side of the bed, one for my wife's side. I just haven't decided on biometric or keypad.
     
  8. NoOne

    NoOne Puget Sound Active Member

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    Keeping the guns away from kids is an obviously great idea, and I would prefer to have them locked in a gun vault I can't access, than to have them available to kids and then have to live with some awful occurrence. I think I would prefer my unarmed chances with burglar than to live with being responsible for a kid being shot.
     
  9. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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  10. Stump

    Stump Westeren Washington New Member

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    We a biometric handgun safe that is lag-bolted to a 6x in the wall. Thinking ahead when we build the house.
     
  11. j4545

    j4545 WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've had a few GunVaults over the years. They've all done their job successfully and would recommend to anyone looking for something to keep the firearm locked up.
     
  12. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    In the vehicles Gunvault NV200. Cable loops under the seat frame.
    As engr4 said in post 2, not a bank vault, but unless thief has steel cable cutter, it's not going anywhere.
    A screwdriver or prybar won't open it. I changed the locks to Keyed alike so the same key fits every one.

    In the house Gunvault GV1000C, 4 number combination or key.

    In the Garage Cannon 24 vault, 1/4 inch steel all around, 750 lb empty. Purchased 1983 (the new ones are 12 ga steel).
     
  13. NoOne

    NoOne Puget Sound Active Member

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    Even a bicycle cable lock through the magazine well and going out the ejection port will secure the firearm so children can't easily access and fire it. So there are plenty of ways to secure a firearm from a child. I think you are looking for something that will both secure the firearm while adding rapid access under a stressful contition, usually in the dark..

    The kinds of reports you are getting here are precisely the sorts of things I was suggesting earlier. I have no idea if the complaints I had heard about were urban legends, disgruntled customers, or a pattern of poor performance. From the responses here, it seems that most of the ones recommended here work well enough for serious consideration when making a purchase.
     
  14. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It's obvious we have similar sentiments on this subject. I know from first hand experience about curious kids, supposedly secure firearms and "accidents". We will not have that happen in this house. This is exactly why I'm looking for opinions.
     
  15. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    dwaineshort Vancouver WA Active Member

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    just make sure you do your home work. I've seen tons of video on a bunch of safe brands that 2-4 year old kids were able to break into under seconds.
     
  17. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've had the GunVault MicroVault for the past four years (which is the age of our child). It hasn't failed (yet) and is pretty handy for temporary storage of handguns (I have a safe where they normally live). We have a cabin and it's small enough to slide into my bag and take with us when we go up there.

    I don't think the keypad is as precise as the one on my safe - I find i have to be very deliberate with the GunVault to make it open (if that makes any sense). I find it's just a tad slower to open as a result.
     
  18. Netspirit

    Netspirit Bellevue, WA Active Member

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    A few MicroVaults around your house is a good home defense solution. You may not have an opportunity to get to your safe when it matters.
     
  19. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a Bulldog Vaults from Costco, haven't really decided if I'm going to keep it due to it's large size. Made to hold at least two handguns, one on each shelf.


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  20. fyrediver

    fyrediver Seattle Active Member

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