Bulldog Vaults

Bulldog Vaults BD1050

This handgun safe is a Chinese-made product featuring a locking mechanism called the ED Lock, made by Ningbo Lifang Metal Products Co., Ltd. The locking mechanism includes circuitry, controls, motorized boltwork assembly, bypass lock, and keypad fitting. Unfortunately, an oversight in the design if the keypad leaves the mechanism vulnerable to attack. This safe was examined October 2, 2015. Note: Since my original examination of the BD1050, Bulldog Vaults had the circuitry in its keypad updated, which I confirmed by examining an updated safe.

Bulldog Vaults BD3000 Discontinued

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, including Rayoo Security Co., Ltd. and 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 BD4010 Discontinued

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 Discontinued

The BD4020 is the next size up from the BD4010. As with the smaller safe, the keypad on the door of this safe allows access to a hole in the safe’s door that in turn allows access to the main circuitry of the device. The demonstration, recorded September 16, 2015, is only a repeat of the attack on the BD4020 and is not posted here in order to conserve file storage space.

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.

Bulldog Vaults BD4030

This is one of Bulldog Vaults’ Magnum RFID/LED Quick Vaults. The device comes packaged with an RFID 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 shim into the interior of the locking mechanism. This product was examined September 18, 2016.

Bulldog Vaults BD4055B

This portable case is a biometric version of a generic device made by Rayoo Security Co., Ltd. in China. Unfortunately for the importer, Bulldog Cases & Vaults, this device is a perfect example of how a simple mechanical oversight can undermine the security of a device. In this instance, the spring holding the latch in place is light enough that the case can be bumped open against the palm of one’s hand. This safe was examined September 9, 2017.