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Holiday Gift Guide

When it comes to gift giving we’ve got you covered. We know it can it be overwhelming finding the perfect gift for each person in your life, so we have put together a Holiday Gift Guide to put your mind at ease.

SpeedVault Biometric

This quick access gun safe is made for the Bond hero in your life. With a sleek design and discreet feel, our fingerprint safe is the ideal gift for anyone that wants to safely, and secretively, store a weapon in their home or office. You think the characters in your favorite action scene are alert and responsive? Wait until you see our biometric fingerprint scanner in combination with the gravity-led dropdown door!

MicroVault Biometric

For the traveler in your life, our MicroVault Biometric Pistol Safe is one of a kind. Ideally for the on the go person, the MicroVault gun safe comes with a steel security cable, allowing for easy attachment to just about any fixed object to ensure safekeeping. The high-strength lock and precise fittings make it virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools.

NanoVault 300

Do you have a jet-setter that is close to you? Maybe for business or maybe for pleasure? We have the perfect, small firearm safe that not only falls within TSA regulations but is compact enough to be placed in a bag, briefcase or under a vehicle seat. This is ideal for home, travel or concealed-weapon permit holders. As always, if traveling with a firearm always visit TSA.gov for all firearm-related air travel requirements.

MultiVault Biometric

Our MultiVault Biometric safe is perfect for the home protector. During stressful situations gaining quick access to your safe is imperative. With the MultiVault Biometric, there is no frustration of remembering a code, as you simply use your fingerprint to open up the safe quickly and quietly. This safe is the smartest and fastest way to store your handguns or valuables.

So, are you ready to pull the trigger and purchase a new GunVault for yourself or someone close to you? Be sure to check out the holiday deals from our retailers!

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Gun Storage for Recreational Vehicles

When you travel with your guns, you need a safe place to store them–for both legal and practical reasons. Gun safes are the most effective way in which to store guns in any environment–recreational vehicles included. If you travel with guns by way of recreational vehicles like campers, boats, and ATVs, you need an effective way of securing them. In many ways, storing guns in vehicles is more vulnerable than storing guns at home. The risk of theft increases with valuables stored in vehicles and many of the same and some additional safety concerns apply. For RVs and boats, guns should be secured as they would be in a house–inside a locking safe or vault. Here are some tips for some of the best ways to store guns in somewhat less conventional places.

Secure Locations

While gun storage in recreational vehicles is inherently more vulnerable than storage in homes, locating a secure place within the vehicle is the first step toward securing it appropriately. For campers, boats, and other large trailers, there should be plenty of storage options for your guns. The best option is to locate a cupboard or closet where you can install a dedicated gun safe. Guns simply left out in the open in a drawer or closet are not secure–even if they are unloaded with a trigger lock. Locks can easily be broken and guns stolen or tampered with, so locate a secure, relatively hidden place and buy a safe for your guns.

Quality Safes

The quality of the safe will reflect the security of your guns. Of course, keeping your guns in a safe–no matter the quality–is always better than leaving them unsecured. For vehicles, look for a heavily reinforced steel safe with good locking mechanisms. For small safes for secure transport in most vehicles, consider choosing a safe with a bio-metric lock. Most safes should be anchored to the floor to provide more comprehensive security, but in a vehicle this may not always be an option. In boats and RVs, you can bolt the safe to the floor if you have the space, but in smaller vehicles, you may have to take other measures to secure your guns.

Metal Gun Cases

These are the cheaper, more portable versions of gun safes. If you are tight on space in a vehicle, consider purchasing a metal gun case. These don’t offer the same level of security as larger, reinforced gun safes, but they are secure containers for guns. These cases come with a variety of locks–key, combination, or bio-metric. Many gun cases also come with mounting capabilities to better secure the case in a fixed location. Since these storage units are easier to breach or steal, it is a good idea to conceal the gun case within a closet or cabinet in your recreational vehicle. Legally speaking, in most places, these gun cases are the only lawful way to transport your weapons, and for quick and easy storage and transport, these cases are great options.

Best Places to Conceal Your Concealed Weapon

If you are the owner of both a gun and a concealed weapons permit, you may be wondering where the best locations are to conceal your weapon while on the go. Since most state laws mandate that your weapon be concealed if it is on your person, thinking about the best places to conceal the weapon is important to remain both comfortable and in compliance with the law. Often backpacks and handbags are the ideal places to conceal a weapon, but there are good places on your person to carry a weapon as well. The most important thing to consider when carrying a concealed weapon is, of course, to keep it concealed, but you also want to keep the weapon accessible. Here are a few effective places to keep your weapon while in transit.

Ankle Holsters

Carrying a weapon around your ankle is a great place to conceal the gun while still preserving easy access. Ankle holsters are virtually unnoticeable and effectively hide your gun from view. The primary downside to these types of holsters is that you are limited in the size of gun you can carry. Smaller caliber guns that fit easily around the ankle are the most plausible options for concealed weapons in this area.

Shoulder Holsters

Shoulder holsters are a great option to conceal a weapon beneath a jacket or coat. These types of holsters typically allow you to carry a larger caliber gun since the holsters can come in larger sizes and accommodate more space than ankle holsters. These types of holsters may be more noticeable than holsters elsewhere on the body, but can usually be effectively concealed beneath the right type of clothing.

Backpack

Concealing your weapon in a backpack is a good way to keep it hidden during transport. While you sacrifice some accessibility in the backpack, the gun is effectively stowed and guarded. Having a dedicated compartment to keep the gun during transport will also help ensure that the gun is safe and undisturbed as you move about. Security is always a top concern when you keep a gun in a backpack since there is a greater chance of loss or theft than if the gun remains on your person. Because of this risk, it is important to keep the backpack on you at all times. Often, concealing a gun in a backpack eliminates the risk of the gun becoming visible through clothing or detaching from your person.

When your firearm is not on your body be sure to store it in a secure place, a gun safe. GunVault offers a wide variety of quick access biometric safes to keep your gun and family safe. Call GunVault today at 800-242-1055 or visit us online.

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Safe Locks: A Look at Security and Accessibility

Safe Locks: A Look at Security and Accessibility

The locking mechanism on a safe is a crucial part of what makes a safe a safe. Locks range from combination locks, electronic keypads, and lock and key to biometric. Though all locks on a quality constructed safe should provide equal security, it is important to evaluate factors like overall security and time spent opening the lock.

For gun safes, in particular, the type of lock can be extremely important to quick retrieval of the contents of the safe. The security of the lock, of course, is the most important factor in the performance of the safe lock, but accessibility is also critical to the operation. Here is a rundown of the different types of safe locks.

Combination locks- These are one of the most familiar type of safe lock, and one of the most secure. Combination locks work by engaging and disengaging the locking bolts of the safe through the input of a numerical string on a rotating dial. The exact number is set and the safe can only be opened when the each number is precisely indicated in order on the dial of the safe. The precision involved in unlocking combination safes make them very secure, but they can often require a couple of attempts–even when you are adept with the combination–to open. This means that if you need to open the safe very quickly, combination locks may be an impediment.

Keypad locks- Similar to a combination safe with a dial lock, keypad locks secure through a passcode. These locks, however, are electronic and programmable and can utilize an alpha-numeric string to secure the safe. Keypad locks represent a secure and potentially quicker access to the safe than dial combination locks, though may not be as efficient as biometric locks.

Biometric locks- These are some of the most secure locks in safe technology today. Designed for ultimate personal identification–biometric technology relies upon unique physical data, such as fingerprints or retinal scans, to perform identification–these locks are highly secure as well as easy to open within seconds. For gun safes, biometric locks are the most efficient lock you can buy when you need instant access to your safe. Within seconds, your individual data is scanned and verified, giving you access to the safe.

Key locks- These are the most outdated of the locking mechanisms on modern safes. A physical key is less secure and efficient than other types of locks due to the simple fact that you have to store the key somewhere retrievable to open the safe. This presents a risk of theft if the key is located, and of course, increases the risk of the safe lock being picked and breached. In lieu of a physical lock and key safe, opt for a combination dial or a biometric safe. In most modern, highly fortified safes, these will be the only options available anyway.

Tips for Traveling with Guns

Tips for Traveling with Guns

When you own a gun or guns, sometimes you will have to transport them with you when you travel. This commonly involves packing your gun in a secure gun case and readying it for transport. Depending on how you are traveling, you may need to take additional steps in preparing and securing your gun for transit. Air travel, for example, imposes more regulations on how a gun must be secured and stored for transport. For vehicle transportation, you have more flexibility, but you will need to still properly secure the guns and keep them in a safe place. In addition to gun cases, quality safes and secure locations within the vehicle are necessary for safe transport. Here are some helpful tips for vehicle travel with guns.

Metal Gun Cases

For vehicle travel, these cases are cheaper and more portable than gun safes. Metal gun safes don’t offer absolute security, or even the security of a gun safe, but they are secure containers for gun transport during travel. These cases are typically equipped with a variety of locks, either key, combination, or biometric, as well as mounting capabilities. A good idea is to mount the case in a secure location and make efforts to conceal it, as these cases can be easy to breach and steal. If you have a storage compartment in your vehicle, concealing the gun case here is a good idea. In many places, transporting guns in a vehicle legally requires using a gun case.

Secure Guns

The most important part of travelling with guns in a vehicle is ensuring that the gun is secure. Always make sure the gun is unloaded before transporting it. If you have to disassemble a large gun into smaller parts, this can be an effective means of transportation as well since you will be able to more effectively store and conceal the weapon in a gun case. For handguns, a simple portable gun case is usually sufficient. This can then be stored in an interior compartment in the vehicle or inside the trunk. Additional security measures like trigger locks can also be a good idea when travelling with guns.

Biometric Safe

Portable biometric safes are ideal for transporting a gun with you during travel. Depending on how much space you have available in the vehicle, you may be able to bolt a larger safe to the floor for added security. This can be an option for a recreational vehicle. For temporary transport during travel, a portable gun safe complete with biometric lock is perfectly suitable. These safes are easily stored, are lightweight, and are perfect for smaller handguns. The best part about portable biometric safes is that they are easily accessible and open with the touch of your fingers.

Factors to Consider When Deciding Which Gun to Take Camping

Going Camping? Deciding Which Gun to Bring

Going on a camping trip is a great way to appreciate the outdoors and enjoy some valuable recreation time. If you’re a gun owner, taking your guns with you camping is essential. If you are camping for a hunting trip, this is obvious. Even if you are just going out for a relaxing weekend, knowing which gun to take can improve your outdoor experience and, since you have a range of choices, why not? Deciding which gun to bring is largely a matter of what you plan on doing. If you are hunting, a higher caliber rifle is going to be necessary, but if you are just heading to the lake for a weekend, you may be content with a handgun.

Choosing a gun to bring with you on a camping trip is largely a matter of personal preference. If you are the type who wants to keep a 12-gauge shotgun on hand while venturing into the outdoors, so be it. For many gun owners, though, keeping a small side arm in a vehicle or on your person is preferable since they are easily concealed and do not take up much space. If you desire a larger gun, rifles can easily be stored on gun racks in vehicles and trailers and are versatile options for long range target practice.

Selecting the right gun or guns to take with you camping mostly comes down to what activities you are interested in doing. From hitting the gun range to firing off a few rounds in the desert, you never know when you’ll want or need your gun, so consider bringing a selection of two or three in different models and calibers. In addition to recreation, keeping a gun with you while camping can be a good security measure. Depending on where you go, keeping a gun may be important for survival in certain situations. Remote areas where bears or wolves frequent can necessitate a gun to scare away potential disturbances.

Protecting your camp is important in remote wilderness areas and could even be the difference between life and death or serious injury in the most dire situations. For the vast majority of camping trips, you will only be using your gun for recreation and will, hopefully, never have to use it for defense, but like any successful wilderness experience, going prepared is extremely important to comfort and well being.

What to Buy With Your New Firearm

For those who have never invested in a firearm before, there are a few things that should be purchased alongside the gun. These range from products that provide convenience, to those that will provide protection along with the new weapon being brought into the home. Be sure that you pick up the things you need to get the most from your new firearm.

Do the Research

Before making the investment, do the research on the firearm you wish to obtain. Planning for a handgun will be vastly different than investing in the things you will need for a rifle. Even among the different categories there are various brands, calibers, sizes, and more. Make sure that your reasons for investing in the firearm will match up with the weapon you choose.

Protection

No matter what type of firearm you are purchasing, you will need eye and ear protection. This protection is required every time you go shooting whether that is in a shooting range or out in a remote location. Protect both your eyes and ears from damage by wearing these when shooting. Too many accidents have happened that could have been avoided if this gear had been worn.

Range Bag

Not only will a range bag make it easy to keep everything organized, but it will also be a way to ensure nothing is forgotten when you hit the range. In many states gun owners are required to keep their ammunition separate from the firearm when traveling in a vehicle. A range bag makes this possible with pockets to store everything.

Cleaning Kit

Every type of firearm will need to be cleaned on a regular basis. This will keep the gun in the best working condition, making it easy to use for a longer period of time. With every shot you fire, powder residue may be left in the action and barrel of the weapon. Find the cleaning kit that will fit your firearm, and be sure to use it as often as necessary.

A Gun Safe

Too many accidents occur with weapons that haven’t been properly secured when not in use. When you invest in a firearm, make sure to also purchase the firearm safe that will fit your needs. Decide the size of the gun you will be investing in, and how many you plan on purchasing. This will determine the best safe for you.

When it comes to your first firearm, there are many things to consider. Don’t forget to invest in these four things to ensure your firearm will be safe, functioning, and last for as long as possible. These purchases can be used through this first gun purchase and for many more to come.

Have Your Gun Accessible and Protected in a Gun Safe!

Guns are both very useful and very dangerous weapons. Depending on who is handling the gun, it can save lives or take them away. That’s why you, no doubt, are worried about keeping your gun from being transferred to the wrong hands but still want to have your gun as accessible as possible for an extreme situation.

Thankfully, you can have a solution! When you have a gun safe, whether is it sealed with a biometric fingerprint scanner, combination, or a lock and key, your weapon will only be accessible to you.

Portable Gun Safes

Because many varieties of our handgun safes are small, they can also be portable. That way, you can take your gun, all sealed up and safely put away, with you in your car or on a plane. There are special stipulations about bringing guns on planes, however.

You need to tell the airline that you have a gun, put it in your checked bag, make sure it is completely unloaded, and seal it up in a safe or other container, among other requirements. Make sure you check with your airline before assuming it is okay to bring your gun on board. See our blog about bringing guns on planes for more information.

Though I wouldn’t suggest carting a gun safe around in a backpack, you could technically bring your gun everywhere with you in its safe without the fear of it falling into the wrong hands.

If you do decide to bring the gun with you, you should definitely look into getting a concealed weapons permit or at least check out the gun laws for your state, since every state has slight variations on what is allowed and what is not.

Think Outside the Box!

Though your gun safe is the perfect tool for hiding and storing away your gun in your home, it doesn’t have to stay there. Bring your gun safe with you so you can be ready for the unexpected at any time!

Smith & Wesson Agrees: GunVault’s Nano Vault is Key for Home Protection

Here at GunVault, we were very excited when we found that our Nano Vault was featured in two of Smith & Wesson’s advertisements entitled, ‘Is Your Home Protected?’

Specifically, the advertisement features our Nano Vault 200 as part of their new Home Defense Kit which contains:

  • a SD9 or SD40 Self Defense Pistol
  • a Smith & Wesson Micro90 Compact Pistol Light
  • and GunVault’s Nano200 Lockable Gun safe

Our Nano Vault is a compact, secure and affordable handgun storage safe solution. Available in two sizes the NanoVault is perfect for home, travel or concealed-weapon permit holders. The NanoVault meets TSA airline firearm guidelines and fits discreetly in a bag, briefcase, desk or under a vehicle seat.

The NanoVault features an easy-to-operate key lock system, 21-gauge steel construction and 1.25-inch thick memory foam interior. Each unit comes standard with a 1,500-pound test security cable. When the cable is wrapped around any fixed object and slid over the lock receiver inside the security box, both the NanoVault and any valuables will be securely attached.

Thank you to Smith & Wesson for the shout out and check out the advertisements to the right!

Traveling With Firearms

Can I Travel By Plane With My Gun?

If you are a new gun owner, or if this is the first time you needed to take a firearm with you on a trip, you may not be acquainted with all of the airline and Federal laws regarding traveling with your firearm. Unfortunately, too many travelers are unpleasantly surprised when they get to the airport and discover that they can’t get through security! Here are some of the basics.

According to the TSA website: “You may only transport firearms, ammunition and firearm parts in your checked baggage [emphasis added]. Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts are prohibited from carry-on baggage.” In other words, don’t forget to check your gun: if you try to get on a plane with your firearm (either loaded or unloaded), you will be detained and the police will be called.

How To Send Your Gun Via Checked Luggage

–You must declare the gun at the airline’s ticket counter

–Guns must be packed UNLOADED and stored in hard-sided containers such as gun safes

–The safe or other hard-sided container must be locked at the time it is packed

–Make sure to stay with your luggage until it has passed through the screening process and is on its way to your plane. Your presence will be required to unlock the gun safe if the TSA wants to inspect its contents.

–Ammunition must be securely packed in cardboard, wood or metal boxes, but does not need to be locked. If you wish, you may pack ammunition separately from the weapon into the same safe with your firearm.

The above packing criteria are those that have been set by the TSA. Keep in mind that your individual airline may have its own rules and regulations regarding traveling with guns. In order to prevent unpleasant surprises, always check with all the airlines you will be using on your trip to see what their requirements are.

In most cases, you can travel with your firearm: just be sure to follow all regulations to a “t.” Happy travels!

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