I’ve been working with Gunvault Gun safes for well over 20yrs, there have been design changes, improvements and even corporate changes. There are several other brands out there but they may not be best for accessing a firearm quickly. From my personal experience, there isn’t much of a need to keep a gun in a bedroom that isn’t locked up. My biggest concern with bedside guns is, what if you aren’t in the house? The bedroom is the first place the bad guys go for jewelry and other valuables, not leaving a gun around is a good thing.
Recently we have had several seminars in our store about Concealed Carry, people need to know that there are some places you can’t carry a firearm and you might have to lock your gun up in your car. You also need to know how easy it is to break a window and grab that firearm that is stuffed under your seat. The Gunvault gun safe that is a good fit as a car safe is the Gunvault Nanovault. They are in the $40 price range and you can use the wire cord to wrap around a car seat and through the safe to secure it. Illegal guns end up on the streets through Straw Purchases or theft, so don’t make it easy for the bad guys.
We recently had new customers ask us what we thought about keeping firearms in the bedroom loaded, and in the night stand. I’ve heard of several firearms instructors warn people of sleep walkers, and stress, and bedside firearms not being a good mix. I’m not a fan of biometric safes because dead bodies can be dragged over to a safe and opened. Didn’t think of that? Yeah, that’s how criminals work, your fingerprints still work when you’re lungs aren’t breathing. If criminals don’t acquire firearms via straw-purchases, they get them from breaking into homes and stealing the guns. Gun safes don’t “stop” criminals from stealing firearms, but they dramatically slow them down, sometimes by hours. The most common break ins are daytime smash and grabs to the master bedroom. If you have a bedside gun or a shotgun in the closest and not in a Gunvault Gun Safe, you can bet that, the bad guys will view that as a prize.
There is a new gun safe from Gunvault that is meant for storing Carbines or short barrel shotguns in. It’s not too heavy that you have to worry about it ruining a second story floor. I highly suggest push button combination Gunvault Gunsafes and not keylock or combination locks, unless it’s for a car safe. I recently took Act 235 certification and we were warned that in Phildelphia, if you leave your firearm in a car and it gets stolen, that you can lose your CCW or Act 235, get a car safe, keep it in a place where you can see it, and make sure you lock your firearm up when nobody sees you doing it. The Drawervault and the Speedvault are also things to consider.
There are other options out there for people to choose from, but I won’t get into that right now. One thing I have learned in this industry is to be real careful about being the first to buy something, sometimes when you are making an important decision, stick with the products that have a long history of work. Gunvault has been through several changes at the Corporate level, and on the design level, and they have been around a long time and I would have to say that I do recommend them even though I have used, and have seen some of the older designs failings. With all of the people out there that are CCWing, it’s important to teach people firearm safety because they don’t always get that when they purchase a firearm and walk out of a gun shop.
Firearms should always be locked up, sure, that’s your personal decision if you want a gun next to your bed in the drawer, but I’ve seen too many times about that one time a house was burglarized or the son’s screwball friend came over and did something stupid. Gunvault gun safes can be bolted to walls, hidden behind picture frames, bolted to drawers and screwed into the floor. They don’t have to just sit there out in the open. As a matter of fact, it’s really a good idea to always have your gun safe out of visible sight. Always over estimate with the size you buy. There are plenty of people that walk in our store and think they only need a “one gun” safe and then they quickly realize they wish they had more room for a holstered firearm or magazines. If you are carrying a firearm all day it’s probable a good idea to stow it with the holster, and that means a bigger safe. The Nanovault safes are really only good for a firearm and really meant for cars or traveling and won’t fit the gun and the gun holster.
I’ve been using Gunvault safes for close to 20yrs, ever since I had to worry about kids in my house finding out where I kept them. There’s a certain age you can’t teach children to be obedient and unfortunately, lack of parental responsibility leads to deaths. Gun cleaning accidents, hunting accidents and people thinking their kids don’t know where they hide their gun are guilty of complacency. Back in the day, an NRA sticker on your car meant nobody would mess with you, but now it can mean they know you own guns and are going to break into your house. Smash and grabs are a modern reality and they work much like a Football play.
Not only lock your guns up, hide the gun safe. Put it in an area where it can’t be scene, stock towels or clothing on top of it. I do admit that I’m not the biggest fan of biometric technology because finger prints can be copied and dead bodies can be dragged over to a safe to have their fingers open the safe. The push button combination are probable my first choice for Gunvault safes and combination and key opening safes are best for cars or your hunting and target shooting rifles, not for home defense.
There are plenty of stories in the news right now of Law Enforcement gun accidents and a Child discovering a handgun and shooting themselves. Handguns are inherently more dangerous than rifles because it’s much easier to be cumbersome with them. Just look at the number of accidents with holstering and un-holstering of firearms. The Blackhawk Serpa has reputation of not being suitable for many people because it is possible to release the firearm with index finger, and depending on how you draw the gun up, your finger, while depressing the release button can curl into the trigger guard and hit the trigger while drawing the gun. If the proper training is taking, it’s less likely to happen but if people just did more training all of this would dramatically be reduced, but they don’t and you have to expect that many people just won’t.
In firearm instructor training we learned that I am responsible for ever bullet I send, and there is a lawyer attached to everyone of them. If you read the stats on firearm accidents it’s mostly handguns, then alcohol related hunting accidents or hunters not identify people from animals. That’s one reason I don’t go out for Deer rifle season unless it’s private land, Turkey season has a much higher accident rate because people violate hunter rules and instead of calling in Turkey’s they pursue them and find out the other person calling Turkey’s is another hunter, and you better hope he’s got good eyesight and knows you aren’t a Turkey. There are rules, but you cant make people follow them. If you care about your life and other’s around you’ll do some research and improve any safety measures you can where every you can. To me guns should be locked up or in a holster or a gun safe. You can lock your CCW gun up in hidden gunvault safes in the kitchen or living room instead and keep your bedroom gun locked up in drawer safe or a wall safe. If you can do anything that can prevent the wrong person from accessing it, put up all the firewalls you can to slow them down, don’t make it easier for them. We have this on internet security, password protection, and we put dead bolts on front and back doors.
One of the items people really want to see in their hands instead of ordering it online are the Gunvault Gun safes. You can give people all the measurements and specs but it still doesn’t mean anything to them because all they know about their handguns are the barrel lengths and hardly anyone knows the over all length and how certain guns are going to fit in them. “Will a Springfield XD and Glock 19 with a flashlight fit in this gun safe” are questions we often get asked. It’s usually better to go with a large safe than a smaller one and placement of a safe in your closet or wherever and knowing you can bolt it down is also very important. The real reason to lock you stuff up is preventing Children from having access to them and making it difficult for someone to pull a smash and grab and walk out your door with your firearms because you left them in a dresser. There is a drawervault that you can consider if your dresser drawer is where you want to put your gun but I’m not the biggest fan of putting a gun there because it’s one of the first places criminal look for valuables.
I’ve heard about all of the gun safe breaches that can occur and if you give a criminal too much time, they’ll be able to get into any safe, but hiding the gunsafe in a closet and making sure it’s covered with clothing or a towel is also a good way to make a fast moving criminal glance over it and not see anything but a pile of clothing. You can use most of these saves in a car if you need to but the Microvault is probable the most popular since most people are only putting 1 handgun in the safe because they have to go in and out of buildings with metal detectors or places where carrying in prohibited. The Gunvault Gun Safes that I usually suggest people getting are the standard or deluxe Multivaults because even though you want to lock up your firearms, there are plenty of other things you might want to consider putting in the safe like jewelry, gun magazines or various important documents and these safes can run out of room real fast.
While the rest of our media went into a hi-jacking over the entire incident, there is something beside the “mental health” discussion. Even though gun owners are by far, in the “more responsible” category of society, there is a large number that should do some examining on how guns fall in the hands of bad people and how just locking up EVERY firearm in your home is something of an added insurance if you do have a break in. Not letting people know what you own and where you hide is a good idea, but even if you have a bed side firearm or a gun hidden in a part of your house, the quick access and modern technology that Gunvault safes have to offer can prevent theft or prevent a family member you don’t trust from finding them and and acquiring it.
I personally don’t think the Biometric safes are anymore effective in restricting access to firearms than a keylock or push pad but if it fits in with your comfort and you want that type of access it’s better than just hiding a firearm. I have already witnessed several generations of Gunvault gunsafes and the modern versions are far more reliable than previous generations so be careful about how long ago you may have read any negative reviews. Biometric technology has improved greatly but that doesn’t apply to everyone. The Minvault is a good starting point if you are only locking up 1 or 2 handguns and the Multivault is the next step up for locking up more than 2 handguns, jewelry or any other important items. The Nanovault and Microvault are big “car safes” sellers.
Gunvault gun safes and pistol holders will help keep your firearms organized and in a safe manor. Keep your kids and burglars away from your firearms and bolt them to hidden areas in your home. Technology has caught up with gun safety and the Gunvault biometric is worth the peach of mind of knowing you can quickly access your firearms and you can restrict who has the access. Pistol racks will keep your guns from banging around in a gun safe and for those that have put the investment in firearms, invest in a versatile rack to keep those dents and dings and help you show off your collection to friends. The GunVault microvault gun safe is extremely popular for people wanted to hide firearms or jewelry in their homes or while traveling, this small concealable safe can be hidden while traveling on the road. Hide money or other valuables in this compact safe.
Many people ask us about car safes and travel safes and gunvault has the smaller microvault is big enough for a full size firearm like the XD45 or a Beretta 92FS. These type of Gunvault safes for sale all come with a key to open it the batteries go dead or you have a programming issue. The Gunvault safe also comes with a metal cord that you can loop through the safe when it is closed and attach it to a secure area of your car or in your trunk. This is a great selling point because considering how small the safes are they can be stolen if not secured.
We all know someone that we think should never own a firearm and then there are the people that own them, that even as a 2nd Ammendment supporter, you know they probable shouldn’t. I personally know friends that have worked together to take firearms away from family members or because they had anger management issues or had too much of a criminal history to be truested to use own them. Given what happened in CT a few months ago, there are plenty of people that were aware of how unstable that murderer was and that they should have made sure he didn’t have access to the firearms, which is personal a reason people should NOT consider biometric safes.
Biometric safes in my opinion are for people with arthritis and have not the ability to move their fingers quickly. Its your call on what kind of gunvault safes you want to consider using but if somebody can get a hold of your finger prints or they kill you, all they have to do is drag your dead hand over the the safe and they are in. Where as if you had a combination or finger combination, they would have to keep typing or dialing it in until they got it right, and many of the gun safes that I have owned will lock you out after about 3 or 4 failed attempts. You need to be careful how much technology you are going to be using, because the more they over take the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.
Gun safe technology has so dramatically improved over the last decade that leaving loaded firearms around the house or having an excuse for not locking up your guns is over. Gun theft is the number one reason criminals get a hold of firearms and hiding guns in a closet, next to a bed can easily be found. Home security systems can be defeated and having levels of security protecting firearms is the responsible thing to do. Handgun safes can easily be used for jewelry, money, or other valuables besides firearms.
The Gunvault minivault can be bolted down into a car or area and then hidden. The Gunvault breechvault and AR15 magvault give you alternative ways of locking up shotguns and carbines so they can not be used easily. There use to be concerns about having loaded firearms in a house with children, but now that gunvault technology has become so reliable, there should be no concern about it anymore. Biometric gun safes will give you another level of security to prevent children or anyone unauthorized to gain access to your firearms. Gun safes can have dual uses for important documents and records as well as defensive measures.