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Old 05-30-2019, 7:49 PM
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I'm looking for a gun safe for my car. It's not something I'd use every day but I do need a way to store my guns during the day so I can hit the range after work. My workplace is in a pretty safe area but still.... I'm looking for a safe that is small enough to fit in the wheel well of my Honda CRV (my Macbook Pro fits in there easily enough) so that I can attach it with a steel cable.

I'm not a big fan of electronics. No need for bluetooth, apps, wifi etc. I like this model so far (below). It's from Vault Tek. It's CA DOJ approved (just to cover my legal ***), small enough to fit in wheel well of my vehicle, and seems to be built pretty well with 10 guage steel, etc.

What do you guys think? Much obliged!

https://vaulteksafe.com/product/e-series/prove/
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I have one of these in all three vehicles. I like using the key style safes. I can't read the combo lock style without lots of light. With a key, I can open it in the dark.

https://www.amazon.com/SnapSafe-X-La...ay&sr=8-5&th=1

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I have been considering this one:
https://www.hornady.com/security/rap...d-vehicle-safe
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I have one of these in all three vehicles. I like using the key style safes. I can't read the combo lock style without lots of light. With a key, I can open it in the dark.

https://www.amazon.com/SnapSafe-X-La...ay&sr=8-5&th=1
Thanks.... I'll take a look at those models.
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I have one of these in all three vehicles. I like using the key style safes. I can't read the combo lock style without lots of light. With a key, I can open it in the dark.

https://www.amazon.com/SnapSafe-X-La...ay&sr=8-5&th=1

Snapsafes are an excellent low cost car safe that can be used as a hotel safe as well.


I have several and I have given them as gifts to friends and family.


A more substantial, and more costly, option is a console safe.


These make your console a larger and more useable safe for more than just firearms.

4Runner shown:


https://www.lockerdown.com/i-24-cons...el-ld2048.html





We use ours for cameras, lenses, purses, cell phones and anything else of value that, we don't want to or can't carry with us when we travel...
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Electronic lock = automatic no from me. You get a lot of condensation in the trunk especially during winter. Batteries leak or go dead, it just isn't happening.

The Snapsafe XL is good to go, that what I keep in both cars.
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You can also get the Snapsafes in a keyed alike combo. I bought this for the two cars, and one with a different key for the truck. I just keep that key in the cup holder and when I need to use the safe, slip the key in my change pocket. I did call Snapsafe to see if they would build me a three safe combo, but they would not do it.
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Thanks guys... I just ordered a Snapsafe with a combination lock. Once I get it I can put my guns in the car when I go to work so I can hit the range in the evenings.
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Looks interesting but is that legal in CA?? [not sure...]
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Thanks guys... I just ordered a Snapsafe with a combination lock. Once I get it I can put my guns in the car when I go to work so I can hit the range in the evenings.
I know those little boxes are not very sturdy to begin with, but the combination locks were particularly vulnerable in the past. I don't know if they have changed, but they use to have plastic parts that were not very strong. The cam attached to a plastic stem (easily broken when pried) and the housing itself was plastic.

Maybe you can update us when it arrives and tell us if they have improved the lock.
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I know those little boxes are not very sturdy to begin with, but the combination locks were particularly vulnerable in the past. I don't know if they have changed, but they use to have plastic parts that were not very strong. The cam attached to a plastic stem (easily broken when pried) and the housing itself was plastic.

Maybe you can update us when it arrives and tell us if they have improved the lock.
Absolutely.... will post a follow-up when it shows up.
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The Locker-Down is very well made and works very well. If you have a vehicle that they are made for, I highly recommend. It’s not every day a product lives up to its advertising but this does.
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While the console type safes will stop most, I have a friend that said his didn't slow them down at all. His F250 console style vault was broken into during lunch at a restaurant's parking lot. Apparently a cordless sawzall was used. The door wasn't cut, just the latch at the gap just in front of the door. They were then able to bend the door and get it open. He said they broke the knob off the combo lock, but the lock was not breached.

Hopefully thieves aren't carrying around cordless sawzalls these days, but it reminded me of a few years back when they were stealing catalytic converters from parked cars the same way. My friend said they were probably in and out of his truck in less than a minute.

Seems to me they targeted him thinking there would be a gun in the console. He didn't have one there this time. I guess with all the guns being left in vehicles, some thieves are doing what they need to and possibly carrying more tools. At least this one was.
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While the console type safes will stop most, I have a friend that said his didn't slow them down at all. His F250 console style vault was broken into during lunch at a restaurant's parking lot. Apparently a cordless sawzall was used. The door wasn't cut, just the latch at the gap just in front of the door. They were then able to bend the door and get it open. He said they broke the knob off the combo lock, but the lock was not breached.

Hopefully thieves aren't carrying around cordless sawzalls these days, but it reminded me of a few years back when they were stealing catalytic converters from parked cars the same way. My friend said they were probably in and out of his truck in less than a minute.

Seems to me they targeted him thinking there would be a gun in the console. He didn't have one there this time. I guess with all the guns being left in vehicles, some thieves are doing what they need to and possibly carrying more tools. At least this one was.


Letís hope a Honda CRV is less inviting than an F250...


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I use snap safe, have a few keyed alike.
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For everyone using SnapSafe, you may want to watch videos on how unsecure hey are.
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I’ve had a GunVault MV500 bolted in the center front under the seat compartment of my Dodge Ram for about 8 years now. Yes it’s battery powered but I set a reminder to change the battery ever 6 months and it’s never failed me. It sits in deep enough that it would be very difficult to get a pry bar under the lid. I keep the back-up key on my key ring. I’m happy with it.
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I always try to tell people that most key locks aren't very secure when it comes to handgun safes/lock boxes. All electronic ones have to have a backup entry for when something goes wrong with the electronics from a malfunction to a dead battery.

Therefore, most manufacturers don't buy their keyed locks based on security, it's usually based on price and trying to keep costs down. That lock probably costs the manufacturer $1.50 at most.
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I always try to tell people that most key locks aren't very secure when it comes to handgun safes/lock boxes. All electronic ones have to have a backup entry for when something goes wrong with the electronics from a malfunction to a dead battery.

Therefore, most manufacturers don't buy their keyed locks based on security, it's usually based on price and trying to keep costs down. That lock probably costs the manufacturer $1.50 at most.
Most of these safes will foil the smash and grab criminals (if secured with cable or bolted down). If they show up with cable/bolt cutters, then you are screwed. Most will not take the time to try and jimmy the lock. Now, once they get it home, yes, they will get it open.
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I’ve been using the Hornady key lock safe (2600KL) and it far surpasses the security and quality of those cheap snapsafe boxes. And it’s only $40 on Amazon.
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Most of these small "travel" lock boxes are designed to put in your suitcase to secure a gun when boarding a plane. They are small and light so they make it easy and legal and don't take up much space in your luggage.

Also, I see them as an option when you can't carry in some place and need to leave your gun in the car briefly.

If is something you need to do on a regular basis like at work daily and your parking lot isn't secure, you should consider a stronger option if possible. Most of these really give a false sense of security. 16 and 18 gauge steel is very easy to bend, pry, etc., and we already talked about the inexpensive locks. The tiny cable used on most is easily cut with a pair of diagonal cutters that fit in a pocket.

You could upgrade the cable size and that could help make it harder to cut. Looks like the Snap Safe/Hornady ones have a larger cable already.

The external hinge could be a weak point if the pin can be pushed out. Some do.
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The SnapSafe cable is way thicker than my Gunvault cable. I don't think you can cut it a pair of side cutters. But you are right, short term storage only.

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The SnapSafe cable is way thicker than my Gunvault cable. I don't think you can cut it a pair of side cutters. But you are right, short term storage only.

I mentioned that as well. That cable looks like a big improvement over the tiny 1/8" cable commonly used.
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Use this mech lock safe in Tundra. Very secure.

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