Bulldog Cases & Vaults


Bulldog Vaults BD1050

California DOJ Approved


This handgun safe is a Chinese-made generic product featuring a locking mechanism called the ED Lock, made by Ningbo Lifang Metal Products Co., Ltd. The mechanism is a set that includes electronics, a motorized boltwork assembly, and a keypad fitting. An oversight in the design if the keypad leaves any safe with this locking mechanism installed vulnerable to covert access. Both Ningbo Lifang Metal Products and Suzhou Shuaima Metal Products Co. Ltd. manufacture safes with this keypad installed on them. This safe was examined October 2, 2015.

Bulldog Vaults BD1060

California DOJ Approved


This handgun safe is the second in Bulldog Vaults’ line of standard digital vaults. It has the same locking mechanism and the same defectively designed keypad as the BD 1050. The only difference between this safe and the smaller one is storage capacity. This safe was examined October 3, 2016.

Bulldog Vaults BD1070

California DOJ Approved


This safe is the third in Bulldog Vaults’ line of standard digital vaults. It has the same defectively designed keypad fitting as the BD 1050 and BD 1060. This line of three safes provides an excellent example of what happens when a line of products is granted California DOJ approval. California statute allows the DOJ discretion to approve a lock box without testing if it is sufficiently like another product already produced by the same manufacturer. This means that only one of Bulldog Vaults’ standard digital vaults needed to receive California DOJ approval for the others to be approved. The defectively designed keypad fitting, which is installed on all three safes, only had to be overlooked once for all three products to be vulnerable to attack. This safe was examined October 6, 2015.

Bulldog Vaults BD3000

California DOJ Approved


The biometric-controlled locking mechanism installed on this safe is made by Ningbo Shuangjiu Safe Co., Ltd. The company makes multiple versions of this locking mechanism, including the Fingerprint Lock (SJZ8007-1M) and (SJZ8007-1J). Several Chinese manufacturers install this biometric device on their safes. Rayoo Security Co., Ltd., which manufactures the Biometric Fingerprint Safe Box for Laptops (FIN-SA200R) uses this locking mechanism, as does Ningbo Lifang Metal Products Co., Ltd. The fingerprint reader is as reliable as any other fingerprint reader I’ve tested, though the security of the safe is undermined by its easily accessed controls. This safe was examined August 27, 2015.

Bulldog Vaults BD4000

California DOJ Approved


This is a typical Chinese-made, generic safe with a solenoid locking mechanism inside. The safe is not bad for what it is; the solenoid inside is encased in a steel housing that makes bumping the safe open impossible. However, the reset button in the safe I examined was vulnerable to attack. If the Chinese manufacturer could redesign the safe to make the reset button off-limits, Bulldog Vaults would have a decent solenoid-locked device. This safe was examined August 29, 2015.

Bulldog Vaults BD4010

California DOJ Approved


This is another generic, Chinese-made safe. The safe is an excellent example of what can happen when recycled design components are thrown together without any consideration given to security. The keypad fitting on the door of this safe allows direct access to a hole in the safe’s door that in turn allows access to the main circuitry of the device. Everything from the design of the keypad fitting to the layout of the main circuitry board conspires to leave the electronics of this safe exposed. This safe was examined September 15, 2015.

Bulldog Vaults BD4020

California DOJ Approved


[Note: This product has been discontinued.] The BD4020 is the next size up from the BD 4010. As with the smaller safe, this device is an example of what happens when recycled design components are thrown together haphazardly. Though Chinese manufacturers appear to know something about manufacturing safes, judging by the size of their product lines, their products are not engineered. Any given Chinese-made safe is a collection of recycled design components, accumulated in the process of manufacturing products for U.S. companies and others. This safe was examined September 16, 2015.

Bulldog Vaults BD4030


This is one of Bulldog Vaults’ Magnum RFID/LED Quick Vaults. The device comes packaged with an access card and key fob, giving the user a couple of different ways to activate the RFID sensor. Unfortunately, the device also has a familiar design vulnerability I’ve found in other safes—namely, a large gap around the bypass cylinder on top of the safe. The gap allows one to insert a piece of metal shim into the interior of the locking mechanism. This product was examined September 18, 2016.

Bulldog Vaults BD4050


This portable case is a generic import made by Rayoo Security Co., Ltd., based in Zhejiang, China. It’s the model GUN-HD58. The case is not California DOJ approved. Nor does Bulldog Cases & Vaults market it as being TSA complaint. I included the case among the other devices I examined for the simple reason that Bulldog Cases & Vaults markets the case as being appropriate for storing a firearm. The box it comes packaged in shows a snub-nosed revolver sitting inside it. This safe was examined November 25, 2015.