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Hand Gun Safes?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Vitals, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Vitals

    Vitals

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    So I need to get a hand gun safe for me new G20. I want to be able to have it in my car on long hunting trips or road trips as well as a secure place for it in my house. What are some opinions of the biometric ones that detect finger prints versus combo? I've been reading some fairly poor reviews from some of the biometric ones. What are some of the best and reliable safes? Thanks
     
  2. Bello

    Bello America/Italia

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    I would get the fort Knox safe for handguns
     

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    not sure the brand but an E-5 i worked w/ had one for his 19 that required finger print ID, not the best if someone else needs access, but great if you want to be the only one able to open it
     
  4. lyodbraun

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    Another vote for a Ft Knox brand safe.
    Might as well make the investment they are well worth it...

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  5. barth

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    I had an actual mini safe carriage bolted to the truck on my last 4x4.
    Had a medeco key lock.
    But would take 1/2 hour with a grinder just to get it off the truck.
    And is nearly impossible to pick the lock.

    Technology is nice.
    But batteries and electronics give me the Heebie Jeebies when it comes to Self Defense.

    K.I.S.S. might be a nice option.
     
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    Another vote for Ft Knox....After doing my research that is what I went with and no it does not require batteries.
     
  7. Glock_9mm

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    I was thinking about doing the same thing, where did you put it?
     
  8. FAS1

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    Another vote for the mechanical push-button lock. Get one with heavy steel and bolt it to something solid.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcJUGuB35y8"]FAS1 SAFE - YouTube[/ame]
     
  9. Vitals

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    What do you guys think about the GunVault brand? I've heard very mixed reviews. some people love them....some say they are junk and have issues.
     
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    barth six barrels

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    Bolted to the floor behind the passenger seat.
    I could reach down between the buckets on my Toyota 4x4 extended cab, behind the passenger seat,
    and put my gun in and out.

    It worked really well.
     
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  11. lyodbraun

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltK-bDbADa8"]GUN SAFES "THE TRUTH" weaponseducation - YouTube[/ame]

    heres a nice video to watch to learn about Safes
     
  12. FAS1

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    Exactly what you said. They seem to work well for some and not others. Most complaints seem to be about battery life or the fingerprint scanner. As far as the biometrics, there's a lot of things that can effect performance, not just theirs but other brands as well.
     
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    After searching around I settled on the Gun Vault Deluxe 1000. When you go with the deluxe or biometric gun vaults they come with an ac adapter, so home use is not a concern. However when using it in a car situation it will run on batteries, mine requires a 9 volt, but I think the basic model without the ac adapter runs on 6 or 8 AA batteries.

    I just couldn't see fiddling with a fingerprint reader with a shaking, sweating hand. I'll have enough to worry about with the bad guy in my house and all.....

    The keypad is quite responsive, I have not been able to enter the combo too fast.

    Is it a perfect safe? No, if someone wants in they will get in, but it's going to take some tools and some time.

    Overall I am quite satisfied with mine, as it allows me to keep my G23 loaded and whithin reach, and at the same time I know my daughter can not gain access to it.
     
  14. Vitals

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    I see what what your saying. I think I've settled on the 2000 deluxe model. I am planning on bolting it to something like my wall or floor.

    For travel I am going to use a back pack that will be locked and a standard soft case that will be locked within the back pack...(California Laws...):faint:
     
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    Stay away.

    GunVaults have a design defect in the keypad lock mechanism. After about 1000 uses, the cable that attaches the keypad to the lock breaks, rendering the keypad useless. Can still open with the key.
     
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    I have the Nanovaults in my car and 4x4

    They are low-tech (key access only) and do what I need of them: secure the weapon when I'm away from the vehicle and otherwise unable to carry it with me
     
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    Okay that sounds inline with many reviews ive read. What are you basing this statement on? And which would you recommend?
     
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    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

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    There is a law suit, somewhere, by some cops family, against some gunsafe manufacturer... yeah, I know, I'm a fount of information...:sorry:

    Apparently most of the small safes can be opened just by dropping them or slamming them on a counter. The one in question was opened by the officers three year old child who proceeded to shoot him with the gun that was inside. Google would probably find the news article.

    If I bought one I would make sure I mounted it to something solid.

    Regards,
    Happyguy :)
     
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  19. FAS1

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    This is the report with videos you're talking about that was the basis on the Forbes article. The Forbes article showed the technician's 3 year old opening several even if he was coached a little.

    http://www.thesidebar.org/insecurity/?p=793
     
  20. Glock_9mm

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    Good to know, thanks!
    Scott