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01-18-2007, 1:53 PM
I’m trying to figure out the best option for securely storing my home defense pistol in my bedroom. I looking for something that will allow me quick and easy access, but keep out the young ones and all but the most determined thief. I’m also looking for something that would be hard to spot without a determined search. Fire protection isn’t important because I have another safe for those valuables. I’ve looked at both the Handgun Box (http://handgunsafe.com/)from R&D Enterprises and the GunVault (http://www.gunvault.com/). Both of these lock box type of storage units would need to be either mounted under the bed or otherwise secured to a large piece of furniture. Unfortunately our bed frame is one of those low profile beds that doesn’t have space to mount anything underneath. Even if I could mount it under the bed, I think it would be easy for kids playing in the house to find the lock box. Not that I’m worried about them being able to take it, but I’d rather they not know it was there at all. When my daughter is old enough I will certainly be teaching her gun safety, but I can’t be so sure about all of her friends.

Given my requirements, I’ve been looking at the Wall Vault Biometric Unit (http://www.wall-vault.com)from Secure Logic (it is on the approved list (http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/forms/pdf/chart.pdf), under the manufacturer Energy Technology Laboratories). I like the way it mounts in the wall and should be very easy to conceal with a picture. I’ve read about the pros and cons of electronic locks, but I personally feel the benefits (quick access) in my situation outweigh the risks. They make a keypad version as well, but I’m leaning toward the biometric unit for quick access.

I wanted to see if anyone has any experience with these units. If so, can you let me know how you like it, pros, cons etc? I’d also like to know how well the biometric reader works. I’m also open to any other solutions people might have given my situation and what I’m looking for.

01-18-2007, 8:48 PM
I have a GunVault for quick access, Large RSC is a manual dial. Gunvault has 8 AA and if you use AA Duracell Ultras they last over 2 years without replacement. The unit in the wall needs to be recharged but how often and will you remember to do it?

Edit : My Gunvault is 10 years old, no problems at all.

01-19-2007, 12:11 AM
I keep a Gunvault on my nightstand and I love it. I have been more then happy with it. I have looked at the bio safes and it worries me to tell you the truth. I can open my Gunvault in less then a second while in the dark. I don't think I would ever need anything faster then that.

01-20-2007, 12:04 PM
I would recommended against a biometric lock. You can open and electronic one just as fast without the issues all fingerprint biometric locks have.

01-22-2007, 2:51 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Wall-Safe-Biometric-FREE-SHIP-LARGE-FINGERPRINT-Safes_W0QQitemZ110078563646QQihZ001QQcategoryZ2058 9QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I bought 2 like the one in the link. They work just fine, every time. The trick is to record each of your fingerprints from 3 angles (finger tilted left, right, and centered) and you won't have any troubles at all. Just install a tickler on your PC to remind you when to change batteries, and you won't have any problems.

01-24-2007, 8:55 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys.

I use a R&D Ent gun vault and I prefer the construction and simple reliability of it over the Gunvaults I used to have.

If I wasn't worried about concealing my handgun safe from the little ones, I would definitely get one of the R&D handguns safes. I really like their simplicity and ruggedness.

Does anyone have any suggestions for concealing a Gunvault type device by the bed if you can't mount it under the bed? I wish someone made a nice line of furniture that you could use to conceal a firearm.