The MiniVault compact gun safe by GunVault provides users the ability to access a handgun 20% faster than its predecessor. Upon entry of the correct code, the safe door simultaneously opens while the foam-padded auto slide-out drawer delivers unobstructed access to a handgun. Aiding in low-light conditions, a red LED illuminates the interior of the GV1050-19 for added confidence when you need it most. The MiniVault features the industry-leading illuminated No-Eyes digital keypad for fast access, even in the dark. Security features include heavy gauge steel construction, tamper proof concealed hinge and manual backup key with dimpled design for enhanced tamper resistance which offers superior protection for your handgun and valuables. The MiniVault safe also features a silent access mode, which allows the user to mute audio notification for discreet access.This is a California DOJ approved firearm safety device that meets the requirements of Penal Code section 23655 and the regulations issued thereunder.
The entire point of having a secured vault is to have immediate access to your firearm when you need it. I purchased this, programmed in my code and then attempted to use it. After putting in my code, you can hear the locking mechanism try to unlatch, but it doesn't. To get the door open after it attempts to unlatch I needed to get a flathead screwdriver to pry the door open. I've tried it multiple times and each time the same thing...the mechanism tries to unlatch, but doesn't release the door. It appears the internal locking mechanism catches the metal "loop" latch of the door. So glad that I tired this first and didn't rely on it when it would be needed and thus wouldn't be able to get to my firearm!
Vault seems sturdy and well-made, although the inner tray is just plastic. Installation of the 9-volt battery into its holding bracket is difficult to do, because there is very little room for your hand and you can’t see where it goes. You just have to do it by feel. Also, it’s very easy to tear the protective foam inside when installing battery. Programming security code was easy. I can access the vault very quickly with the code, although the door is usually left in the open position at night when we have no houseguests. I was able to fit two small pistols and one magazine inside, but there was no room to spare. This vault is really intended for just one firearm. I keep it on my nightstand, but did not want to drill holes into the top of the nightstand to bolt it down. I’m less concerned about the vault and the firearms being stolen than keeping the guns out of the hands of our young grandchildren. If we are going to be leaving the house for more than a few hours, will put any firearm(s) left behind in our large gun safe. For the price and features, I feel it’s a good value to keep a child from your firearm or if bolted down, would deter most thieves. It’s probably not going to keep a determined teen or thief from accessing the gun(s), though.
This safe is really nice. It is quite large, but it appears to be super durable. The finger buttons are nicely lit and easy to access in the dark. The gun storage is adequate for a full size pistol and a magazine. My only gripe is that it opens extremely violently. It is very loud. However I found that if I catch it with my hand as it opens it is less noisy. Still, I'd recommend this safe for someone looking for a on the top night stand pistol safe.
Works Great, easy to program your own code, Only thing I did not like was the Foam inside, it was not attached and just sitting inside the Safe. Other than that I like it.
Good quality..small enough to secure in wall or under your bed. Only one down side was..once the lid opens it clicks loudly..like your entruder will here your lock box open. Can only hold one gun.