3 Reasons to carry a car gun safe
1.For interstate transportation.It’s prohibited in most states, to put your gun in the glove compartment or simply conceal it under a paper or towel on your seat.Most of the time they require the firearm to be kept unloaded in the trunk of a car or in a locked container which makes it not directly accessible.
2.Concealed carrying guns.Though you can conceal a weapon in a glove box or hostlers but it is better and secure to keep it locked in a quick and easy access gun safe.
3.Carrying a gun weather concealed or not is not allowed in various government and educational institution.
Also see Tips on practicing Gun safety here
Security of a small safe can be judged based on how easily the safe can be pry open.You know like kids who will try to open it without any trail marks or a casual thief who is trying to open it silently. However one cannot be assured of security against a theft or robbery with even slightly bigger tools when you are not present for considerable time at home or even away from your car.In that case no small safe can offer you ultimate security. A hard blow with a hammer or cutter can open a small safe anyway. In case you leave it in your car you should only consider a smash, grab and run situation only.
Small gun safes locks are not the same as in bigger safe.They are of far lower quality and so most of them can be picked.Pin tumbler locks as in gunvault nano can be picked with clips Bump keys etc,auto jiggles etc.Biometric like the gun vault MVB 1000 shown below have tubular backup lock(as is mostly the case) can be picked with tubular pick.Other than this there is also possibility of opening the lock if one can reach to the locks internal hinge with a wire or rod etc through a hole on the safe body.
That’s why a good safe don’t have holes or if there is the locking mechanism is unreachable in closed condition.
PS Electronics locks on bolt type front opening door safe like barska etc are easy to open by just bumping the safe few times and information about it is all over the youtube.
In general only mechanical simplex locks are found best for safety and reliability.But in a car case these picking attack are not always a threat for a thief might not have that opportunity or time or there may be other constraint like price etc.In that case you may consider safe with other lock types as mentioned below.
Titan combination Safe
Titan Gun Safe is a hand gun safe that can be mounted in tight spaces so one can keep their guns close, ready, and safe. It utilizes a universal fit mounting system. This system comes with two mounting brackets that can be used for mounting in many different areas. Itcan be mounted in a car, on a desk, behind furniture, or even on a bed post. Because of the Universal fit mounting system, it can be mounted to the floor, on its side, to the dash of a car, to the side of a car dash, or even under one’s seat. It comes with two mounting racks and a bed post clamp, so that the gun can be mounted on a bed post without causing damage.
It uses a holster spring mechanism which uses an all mechanical system and a special made holster which the gun will rest in. Upon entering the combination and raising the lid of the safe, the gun pops up. The gun can then be drawn from the holster with no worry of accidental discharge because the weapon is being drawn from a holster fingers can’t slip and pull the trigger of the weapon. It can be modified with a separate spot to place a clip of ammunition if one would like to keep it unloaded, or if the weapon is intend to be used in a state in which it is illegal to carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle. When lifting the main lid of the safe not only does the gun pop up but the clip of ammunition will spring up from a separate compartment attached to the safe. The safe and the added on ammunition compartment work together, both lids lifting at the same time.
On the built in holster there is a pin locking system that allows the user to adjust the spring for which ever way they intend to mount tit. The instructions list the proper spring alignments for the different ways one could mount it, but the user could always adjust the pin locking system to spring up the gun at a level or position that is comfortable with them.
For those who want to use weapons with special light or laser sight attachments, there is a holster with a wider tip allowing these weapons with attachments to fit. This special holster will allow ninety-nine percent of handguns with added on laser sights and flashlights to fit inside.
It is an all mechanical safe, meaning there is no battery needed. A code must be entered and then a knob is twisted and this unlocks the safe. It comes with a factory code and the user can then reset the code by entering the factory code, twisting the unlocking knob, opening the lid and pressing a button, and then setting a new code. include single button presses or multiple button presses simultaneously.
It is legal in all fifty states and is readily available for the price of 349.00 dollars. The added on clip housing is available for only 59.00 dollars.
Stealth mechanical gun safe
This safe is made similar to Fortknox FTK PB model but stronger.It is made of 10 gauge body and 7 gauge door.It has gas spring to automatically lift open the door.
The gas spring is imported from china but the simplex lock from KABA is made in USA.It can be programmed with 1081 combinations and you can press more than one button at a time to make a locking code,
There are various features that makes it resistant to various kinds of attacks.For ex-a thicker steel locking bot for pry attack, two 7 gauge lug(at each corner) that hooks under dead bars inside at the hinge side for hinge attack and steel housing for the simplex lock for punch attack.
It has four holes drilled at bottom to secure it on a surface like under the seat or the trunk.You can also secure it using security cable that can pass through these holes.
It has a removable handle that makes it easy to carry despite being heavy(about 24 pounds) and is padded with high density pluck foam inside to keep gun scratch free and customizable for exact fit.
It has dimension of 4.25″ H (5.25″ H with knob) 12.56″ W 10.25″ (11.5″ D with handle), is quite strong and sturdy box to leave your handguns locked inside the car and comes for about $250.
FAS1-Magnum TL Handgun Safe
Fas1 safe is a company that solely manufactures these small sized safes .It comes in various size to fit or handguns even with hostlers or tactical light plus hostlers or suppressed handguns or serbu super shorty shotgun.
The above model has an exterior dimension of 13-3/4″L x 9-3/4″H (Including Knob) x 4-1/8″W and is designed to store handguns with tactical light plus hostlers(comes attached to the lid) or multiple handguns or other valuables if you like.
It is 100% US made product and is one of the strongest mechanical handgun safe.
It is made of 7 gauge steel which is very hard to find in handgun safes.It is quick to open with very reliable push button mechanical lock.It also has optional high quality key lock made in house with Camlock T8 to work in conjunction to simplex lock for added security.
A gas spring automatically opens the door and presents the firearm very conveniently to the owner.
The safe do not come with any pre drilled holes so you have the option of drilling it yourself on any side so as to install it in manner you like.ex- between or under the seat.
It has an exterior dimension of 13-3/4″L x 9-3/4″H (Including Knob) x 4-1/8″W and is designed to store largest handguns or multiple handguns or other valuables if you like.
It come for around $300 and is a highly recommendable if you want a heavy duty handgun safe which will keep your guns secure for years to come.
The following safes though popular are only recommended for travel and not to be kept at home if you have slightly bigger children.If you want to know more you can go to hangunsaferesearch.com. It reviewed more than 60 handgun safes and found almost all of them to be vulnerable to opening in some way by common household or cheap lock-picking tools as we discussed above items if one is determined to.But in car a thief might not have that kind of opportunity so if you want to use a safe only in vehicles they can suit your needs.
If you want to be really sure you can replace the bypass lock with a better lock if possible or seal the bypass lock with steel reinforced epoxy. But it will render it lockable only with the default primary lock of the safe.Like wise you can also seal the gaps that one can use to reach the lock’s release mechanism and open the safe.
ShotLock Handgun 200M Solo-Vault
The ShotLock solo vault car safe for full frame handguns is made specifically to guarantee the safety of one’s full frame handgun(s).
You can easily bolt it down through drilling holes or attach using a metal cable(not included).It consists of a 14 gauge steel construction and a 1,500 digit combinations.
It has mechanical lock with bypass key lock in case the mechanical lock don’t function.
It has an interior dimension of 9 x 7 x 2 inches and exterior of 11.375″ x 7.5″ x 2.375″ inches.
Wekaness-A lot of user complained lock to not opening reliably or the buttons stop working after some time.Although it has bypass key lock but it is a key tumbler lock which can be opened with bump keys or auto jigglers. Also there are gaps near the door that lead to the release mechanism to open the door.
Hornady Rapid Gun Safe
The above safe manufactured by Hornady is specially made for vehicles.It has exterior dimension of 12″x6.4″x2.2″; and Interior: 7.5″x5.6″x1.7″.It will probably fit all handguns except revolvers.
It boast of patented bladder system securing mechanism to fit in between seats of vehicle in vertical position but some user complained it to be not so reliable for all vehicles and it bangs with jerks and jolts of vehicles movements.
It also has option to secure with security cable but the downside is it is attached to the safe with simple screws(a total of 5 screw to completely remove the cable), so you can be assured against smash, grab and run situation but if a thief has time to unscrew the cable he can run away with it.
We do not know if then safe is secure against pry opening or not.ie Whether one can reach the release mechanism with a coat hanger wire or other simple tools as found a common problem with other small gun safes.
Hornady advertise it to be independently tested and have international safety standard for pry resistance and Hornady RFID model like 2600KP and 2700 KP have been tested and found to be not having any such defects,at least to covet entry using simple pry tools so we are assuming that may also be the case with this one.You can see this video review to know more.
As far as RFID activated lock using wristband, key fob or sticker is concerned most user gave it a thumbs up for quick and reliable access and easy programming.
If not it has keypad or tubular/barrel key for secondary access.When entered the safe lid opens to side giving quick access and convenient access to your guns.
It also comes with 12 V car adapter for power supply as well as 4 AA battery back up.
Overall it is not a perfect vehicle safe as Hornady advertises it to be but you can give it a try as it has mixed reviews.
If in doubt you can definitely buy 2600KP and 2700 KP models though they are not specifically designed for vehicles and are more of a multipurpose safe for bedside and nightstand use as well.
Weakness-A tubular lock easy to open with tubular lock pick.
Gun vault MVB1000
The MV 1000 MicroVault XL Handgun Safe is the larger cousin of the MV 500 MicroVault Handgun Safe. As the name implies, the MicroVault product line from maker GunVault is meant to keep a handgun without taking up much space, which is why the product can often used during transit, whether stashed beneath the seat of a vehicle or tucked away in checked baggage or mounted after drilling holes.
It has some what better biometric lock that updates the slight changes and updates to the previous saved pattern each time you use your finger to give low rejection rate in future.Others swipe type scanner may require you to swipe more than once to read correctly.It has a protective foam-lined interior to keep the gun from sliding around.It can accept up to 120 finger prints and 18-gauge steel construction,.If one finger do not work use another without resetting. The smaller version MVB500 has 16 gauge steel but can accept up to 30 fingerprints. patented No-Eyes® for opening it in dark by a hand-shaped indentation which allows the user to find where to position their fingertips,a well as a 4 feet security cable, and built-in computer which automatically bars access once the programmed number of failed entry attempts has occurred.Fittings can guard against light hand tools but not a crowbar or the anything alike.One thing to take note is that While the MV 1000 is usually pictured in an open position similar to a briefcase, the handgun safe is not hinged to stay open in this manner; rather, the lid opens entirely to lay flat and in line with the bottom of the safe so you have to open in by hand.
Weakness-The rubber feet at the bottom can be removed and one can actuate the release by reaching it with a coat hanger wire.It can be mitigated by mounting it on a floor but the tubular lock is susceptible to attack by tubular lock picking device and it also has a gap through which one can reach with a paper clip to actuate the the release.
Gunvault MV 500
The safe is electronic safe an older model by Gunvault. First it is of perfect small size.At 11” x 8-1/2” x 2-1/4” it Neither too big nor too small to hold your small guns along with some other valuables inside.Yet it is not too light to always keep it around or near your eyes.It can be mounted only after drilling holes.Suitable in glove boxes and under seats, this pistol safe offers an alternative to keeping a gun lying around in the car.
The electronics works quite well easy to program and has long lasting battery.A patented no eyes keypad At , the safe fits anywhere, especially in cars. It has an exterior shell of super strong 16 guage steel and weighing at 5.3 pounds, it has just the right amount of weight. Any lighter and a unit like this risks feels cheap and unreliable, almost as if it were fragile. Any heavier and this compact unit would be cumbersome to move, like a brick or a block of lead.
The computerized locking system will block out anyone who mistypes the combination excessively – an added measure of protection against theft. A small keyhole on the side of the Gunvault MV500-STD can override the whole system, guaranteeing that the owner can get to their gun instantly and without worry.
Weakness-Same as MV1000 above.
Gun vault nano vault 200
This safe is made by gun vault is actually a safe to ethically and securely carry your gun and valuables.It is small,portable and easily concealable.Can be hid anywhere.It is available cheap and opens with a key.It will meat all the transportation specification for most of the state.
It is not a bad item to keep it in your automobile specially if you carry your gun all or most of the time.Best if you want to leave inside the car for a short period of time.A strong cable is provided to mount it to a column or stationary place.Basically suited for frequent change of location inside vehicle..
It is almost entirely made of 18 gauge steel unlike the combination lock counterparts like MV300 or the stackon PC 95C which has plastic parts on its combination lock.The dimensions of the vault are just enough to allow one handgun.But you can store for a few accessories such as extra clip and spare ammunition.It is designed to open from the top and closes tightly. The security cable helps the mini-vault to be attached and lock safe in place. The cable itself has been tested and shows it can resist up to 1500 lbs of force but however can be cut with with a diagonal pliers in 2 to 3 minutes time.
Weakness-A cheap pin tumbler lock easy to open with bump key or auto jigglers.
This is not a safe as such.It is rather a lock box in which you can keep your valuables and place it inside a car under your seat or places like that.The safe will be secured to the seat with the help of the cable provided.You can be quite assured of the security of the items in a quick smash and grab situation because the cable itself is quite strong to cut or to break easily.The intruder wont have that much time.
It is not best suited in case you want frequent and quick access of items as it will take relatively more seconds no matter how experienced you become.However for items you always carry but take out very seldom this is very strong and reliable safe.
The LB200 is manufactured by The Club and is sold online and in stores. A quick internet search will allow you to locate this item at popular stores like Amazon, Home Depot and others. This can be used for both residential and commercial uses. The LB200 comes with a steel braided cable which attaches to any permanent fixture. You can place it in the trunk, interior of the car, bedroom, office, and more. With the steel cable fastened around a permanent object, a thief will be thwarted to quickly get away with it but remember if he has tools like pliers or bump keys he can cut the cable or pick the pin tumbler lock on this box.
There are no flashy colors on the LB200 to make it stick out. The exterior case comes in black and can fit tightly under your seat or can itself will hide well.
The LB200 has an exterior size of 8 1/4 x 6 x 2 3/4. The inner dimensions of the vault are 7 3/4 x 5 3/8 x 2 3/8. You can freely place items like your passport, jewelry, cell phone, wallet, pictures, money, MP3 player and more inside this device.The manufacture also includes a ninety day warranty and return policy.
Weakness– A cheap pin tumbler lock easy to open with auto jugglers or bump keys.
Bestop 42640-01 HighRock
You will find that this particular Jeep is a fussy vehicle when it comes to storing important information, weaponry and personal belongs and that is why they made a box with depth and storage in mind.This model fits 07-10 Wrangle JK without any modification and the Wrangler JK 11-12 with only some amount of modification.The Bestop 42640-01 HighRock 4×4 lock box is a unique and spacious storage unit that is accessible on the Wranglers JK. This, discreet and safe-smart unit has a double key and pick-resistant lock which makes it difficult for any intruder and it comfortably fits under your driver seat for convenient and easy access. There is nothing to the installation. This system, is already set up for you so it is easy because it comes with bolt-in factory seat riser bolts and its own set of bolts so you don’t need to find equipment like screw drivers or hammers to help install this easy to install item. It is made of 16 gauge carbon steel and will not much attention because it blends right in. It is coated in the finest textured black powder finish so it easily blends in under your seat. It has an interior and exterior dimensions of about 205 cubic inches with easy open sliding door.It weighs only 17 pounds so it feels quite weightless, even with the pull out drawer. There is also a heavy duty steel cable cord with a clear vinyl cover to attach the lock box to any location in the vehicle. the smooth, sliding pull out drawer is quiet and pulls out to a convenient length.
Weakness-Again weak pin tumbler lock easy to open with bump key or auto jigglers.