GunVault, MODEL GVB1000

This handgun safe, called the Minivault Biometric, features the same spring-release mechanism found in the GV1000S. The main difference between the two safes is that this one has a fingerprint reader. Though it is a fancier, more expensive device, the GVB1000 is no more secure than the less expensive model; the mechanical components of the locking mechanism are accessible through holes in the side of the safe. This safe was examined February 23, 2016.

GUNVAULT, MODEL MV500

This is a generic Chinese-made portable case manufactured by Yiwu Ospon Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (model OS500-SDT). The device has more vulnerabilities to it than I exploit on video. For example, the rubber feet in the bottom of it can be removed, and I found that I was able to reach in with coat-hanger wire to actuate the release. But this weakness can be mitigated if the device is bolted down. As I demonstrate on video, the gap at the front which  opens into the latch-mechanism housing leaves this device accessible even if it’s bolted down. This safe was examined October 8, 2017.

GunVault, MODEL MV1050-19

As of 2019, GunVault has a new line of handgun safes. These new devices have mostly cosmetic updates, new shapes and profiles, newly designed keypad fittings, keypad buttons that light up when pressed, and a new kind of bypass lock, a dimple lock. I know nothing about the decision process that led to the selection of the lock GunVault is using, but the lock offers no security enhancement for being a dimple lock. The lock is cheap. This safe was examined December 1, 2019.

GUNVAULT, MODEL SVB500

The SpeedVault Biometric has been on the market for approximately 10 years. Going by the number of reviews on Amazon, this is the most popular handgun safe GunVault sells. Going by the number of look-alikes marketed by Chinese manufacturers on Alibaba, this is also the most knocked-off safe GunVault sells. This video was originally posted on Vimeo: GunVault, SVB 500: Opened With A Gum Wrapper.

This safe was examined April 26, 2018.

 
 
 
 

HANDGUN

SAFE RESEARCH

What you should know before buying a handgun safe.

Handgun Safe Research is on YouTube. Subscribe and keep up with the latest findings.

HandgunSafeResearch.com is a security-testing resource that evaluates firearm safety devices.

handgunsaferesearch_Green copy.png

what you should know before buying a handgun safe