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RANGER295 12-10-2010 8:57 AM

Handgun Safe Reviews
I was asked by a LEO that works with CCW’s to sticky some of my research on handgun safes that are suitable for use in a vehicle. Here are the ones I have looked at so far and my thoughts on them. I will try to add more as I see them. If you want to check any safe to see if it is DOJ approved, you may do so here. Please feel free to add reviews for other safes that you are familiar with including a picture and a link to their website. Also, please keep discussion in this thread to a minimum. Thank you and enjoy!

Stack-On Model # QAS-1304-
This mounts with a plate that is attached to a solid surface. The safe can be removed from the plate. It does not appear to have a cable lock option. It is CA DOJ approved. If you had the room in your car, this would be a good safe to mount under the front seat as you would be able to easily access it.

Gunvault has a number of options that are TSA approved and some that are DOJ approved. Their website does not list which ones are DOJ approved but this can be looked up on the roster.

The GV-Nano 200 has a key lock and is made of steel construction. It is designed to be secured with a cable. Cons, it requires a key and is small. The factory does not mention mounting it, but reviews say that there are mounting holes on the back. This box is TSA approved but does not appear to be on the DOJ roster.

The Microvault is similar to the Nano vault except a little larger with a slightly heavier construction and it has an electronic combination lock. It is also available in a biometric model. All versions of this safe are CA DOJ approved

The GV 1000 series safes are actually very nice. They are a little more pricy but appear to be solid. They have electric locks. They can be mounted either to a surface or with an optional cable. Their biggest drawback for me is the size. There are not a lot of places to put this safe in my truck but could be a great option for someone with a little more room. It is available in standard and deluxe package, either an electric combo you can put in without looking or biometric. The standard model I found is available locally at Harbor Freight Tools for $120. All of the models are DOJ approved.

Another option. Not clear how it mounts but it is DOJ approved. It is a bit chunky and I am not overly crazy about the looks of it.

RANGER295 12-10-2010 8:58 AM

V-line has several options such as this one. They are DOJ approved and can be secured with a cable which does not come with the safe. They appear to be solid and of good quality.

Console Vault makes a number of safes that could be very nice if you have one of the cars that fit their product. The biggest drawback is that they are not DOJ approved. I think they have many well made products and would be a good option for someone if they were not specifically looking for something that was DOJ approved.

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GLuxury 12-10-2010 9:07 AM

Thanks for the awesome thread. Was looking for a thread like this. Prob gonna pick up a gunvault

thomashoward 12-18-2010 3:31 PM

Although these portable gun cases are DOJ approved for storage, if they are mounted does this turn them into an illegal glove compartment storage situation?

RANGER295 12-18-2010 9:05 PM


Originally Posted by thomashoward (Post 5469233)
Although these portable gun cases are DOJ approved for storage, if they are mounted does this turn them into an illegal glove compartment storage situation?

That is a very good question. I would say that it would be a grey area like a crossbed toolbox in a truck. I was asked to put this together by a LEO for CCW holders that may go somewhere where it is not practical or they can not carry their weapon. I think that either way, if you were to use the cable to mount it rather than bolts, you would be ok.

Can't buy anything here 12-24-2010 3:06 PM

I have to wonder if the cosole safe is not DOJ approved for more political our illustrious leaders frown upon you carrying a gun in your car...:rolleyes:

k1dude 12-25-2010 10:09 AM

Gunvault also has a Nano 300 with a combo lock that sometimes gets poor reviews due to the cheap combo lock they use.

Sentry also has a small lockbox with cable for the car called the AS-1 Autosafe. But it seems a little too tall for under seat placement. They also have a P005C Compact Safe with cable.

jolumia 02-15-2011 8:05 PM

Check out the Life Jacket, polycarbonate is around $29 and steel is around $39. Models for pistols, shotguns and AR-15s. DOJ approved


for full size safes check out Cold Steel Safes in Roseville/Redding. I prefer Cannon safes. You can alway pick up a trade in safe at Cold Steel. I would recommend to not buy junk, buy quality and a safe that you have room to grow into. Safes have a habit of shrinking over time :)

gdog 03-04-2011 8:17 AM

I wouldn't mind having something I could mount under a table, bed, shelf, etc, that when I open it would keep the pistol in a holstered condition with the door open. I like the Microvault controls but other than bolting a holster in there on my own, I wonder if there are any that are already manufactured that way.

Rick76 03-09-2011 9:20 AM

Check this out:

Franzen Armloc II Pistol Case

This is a really versatile pistol case that locks with either a combination lock, cylinder lock, or both. It has a carry handle built in, and it comes with 2 mounting brackets - one for the bed frame for quick access to your SD weapon, and another for more permanent mount to a wall, car trunk, etc.

When you want to take the case with you, just unlock it & detach it from the mounting bracket via the thumbscrews below the padding.

This thing is thing is rock-solid too. Impossible to break in to (without power tools, anyway).

When mine isn't mounted to the bed frame, it's going with me to the range. This is a VERY high quality pistol case for less than $100.

(No, I don't work for the company. I'm an IT guy from Sacramento.)

Quote from product listing on seller's site: "meets all of the FAA requirements for Commercial Airliners."

sunwelding 03-31-2011 11:12 AM

Sun Welding sells the Franzen Armloc II Pistol Case and the Safe Box.

Armloc Magnum Handgun Box
•FAA & GSA Approved
•Nite-Lite for night-time operation.
•Locks onto any bed frame, wall or in Vehicle to prevent theft, yet is easily portable.
•Kevlar®-hardened space age composite case.
•6 x stronger than steel by weight
•Guaranteed against breakage.
•Personalized combination lock with 1000 possible combinations.
•Keyed lock for maximum security

Dimensions: (Outside) 6 3/4”W x 2 /12”H x 9 1/2”D
(Inside) 13 3/4” x 12 3/4” x 3 1/2”
Weight: 8 lbs

Security and portability for your valuables in your home, office or vehicles.
•Heavy duty steel construction
•Can be locked in or out of sleeve
•Includes protective insert, mountable sleeve, lock set with two coded keys, carry strap, and mounting hardware
•Easily transferred between home, office, station and vehicle with additional sleeves
•Safes can be keyed alike for multiple location security
•Two year warranty

Dimensions: (Outside) 6 3/4”W x 2 /12”H x 9 1/2”D
(Inside) 5 3/4”W x 2”H x 8”D
Weight: (SafeBox) 2.25 lbs
(SafeBox & Sleeve) 4 lbs

patpeter 01-14-2017 10:36 PM

well i have seen many vehicle gun safes in the market. But its up to you to choose which gun safe will be better for your vehicle. So choose it wisely coz you take vehicle outside and the security for handgun is essential.

billped 01-15-2017 7:51 AM

This morning's necropost award goes to ... patpeter. Six years - wow.


RANGER295 01-15-2017 12:32 PM

seriously. Kind of odd for a first post too

ericcrosby 05-20-2017 12:36 AM

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Jim2017 05-29-2017 6:25 AM

I'm going to buy my first gun :) So, thanks for the useful information!

moriartiarmaments 06-07-2017 8:57 AM

Its amazing
Handgun safes are now must thing to keep for gun owners. Its incredible !

swat626 06-15-2017 9:05 PM

I was wondering if we have to use a ca doj approved handgun safe? What happens if you don't? Will there be any legal problems if you don't use a ca doj approved safe?

What pistol safes do you recommend to hold 2 full size and 1 medium pistol?

I was looking at this but it's not ca doj approved

This is one of the ones I am thinking of getting since it is approved.

:confused::confused::confused::confused::oji::oji: :oji::oji:

RANGER295 06-22-2017 4:33 AM


Originally Posted by swat626 (Post 20241555)
I was wondering if we have to use a ca doj approved handgun safe? What happens if you don't? Will there be any legal problems if you don't use a ca doj approved safe?

What pistol safes do you recommend to hold 2 full size and 1 medium pistol?

I was looking at this but it's not ca doj approved

This is one of the ones I am thinking of getting since it is approved.

:confused::confused::confused::confused::oji::oji: :oji::oji:

There are a few different things in play. DOJ approved counts for getting around a trigger lock when you buy a new weapon. I always just sign the affidavit so I do not have to buy a lock. I have several safes that are DOJ approved.

Additionally, IF your firearm is stolen AND IF is is used in a crime, there are penalties for you IF it was not in a DOJ approved safe OR locked using a DOJ approved trigger lock (or cable lock or similar). This is impossible to prove on their part being it is so easy to break these things. I cut one off with a Leatherman at the range one time when I forgot the key.

I hope this helps. As a disclaimer, this was my understanding of the law last time I looked at this issue. Things could have changed or I could have misinterpreted something. If you are concerned, I encourage you to do your own research.

Librarian 07-26-2017 12:51 AM

I just bought a pair of Hornady Rapid Safe 2700KP. My intended use is home, but these things could work for in a vehicle.

They were hard to find for a while; found them on sale at Midsouth Shooters.

They are labeled as CA approved safety devices.

microtough 08-01-2017 10:10 AM

Any suggestions for a CA DOJ approved gun safe especially for pistols, lets say around 10 pistols? I don't own any rifle and not going to buy any in the future, the gun safes on the market all have at least half of their space designated for long guns, which is kind of waste for me.
Thanks in advance!

billped 08-01-2017 6:34 PM

I'd get a cube-style safe intended for document/jewelry storage. Tons-o-choices. A jewelers safe could be heavy, but that's good.

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