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Liberty Safe

Liberty Safe, HD-100 Quick Vault

California DOJ Approved

The HD-100 Quick Vault is one of the Home Defender Series products made in China. As portable cases go, it’s reasonably well made. Unfortunately, the lid fits loosely and allows one to insert a paperclip to press the reset button for entering new access codes. The design oversight is extremely common with portable cases. This safe was examined January 16, 2016.

Liberty Safe, HD-200 Quick Vault

California DOJ Approved

In many ways, the HD-200 Quick Vault is a decent product for a Chinese-made handgun safe. It has no obvious holes in its framework, and the front opening door has a backward-slanting profile that makes accessing the safe’s contents easy. 

However, the hole in the door’s framework where the latch is located is big enough for someone to insert a plastic zip-tie over the door and into the locking mechanism’s housing. I was able to push in a zip-tie, which folded on itself, and by drawing it out I was able to catch the door’s release and open the safe. This safe was examined March 11, 2016.

Liberty Safe, HD-300 Quick Vault

California DOJ Approved

The HD-300 Quick Vault is the “big brother” of the HD-200 Quick Vault. It has the same good features of the smaller safe as well as the same vulnerabilities. I was able to open this safe using a plastic zip-tie. This safe was examined September 2, 2016.

Liberty Safe, HDX-150 Smart Vault

California DOJ Approved

The HDX-150 Smart Vault was originally made by 9G Products and was called the Inprint-Micro Biometric Safe. In 2014, Liberty Safe acquired 9G Products and took over production of this handgun safe along with the larger one that would become the HDX-250 Smart Vault.

In updating the Inprint Micro Biometric, Liberty neglected to address significant vulnerabilities that remain built into the HDX-150 Smart Vault. The framework surrounding the bypass lock has a gap, which allows access to the administration button for registering new fingerprints. A paperclip is all one needs to reach the button. This safe was examined January 21, 2016.

Liberty Safe, HDX-250 Smart Vault

California DOJ Approved

The HDX-250 Smart Vault is the second of the two biometric handgun safes acquired by Liberty Safe in 2014. While Liberty updated the safe by giving it heavier steel construction and a scratch-resistant paint finish, the safe has inherent vulnerabilities built into it that Liberty failed to address.

As with the HDX-150 Smart Vault, a gap surrounds the bypass lock, allowing access to the administration button for registering new fingerprints. This safe was examined September 3, 2016.

Liberty Safe, HDX-250: Updated Design

California DOJ Approved

After I examined Liberty Safe’s HDX-250 Smart Vault in September of 2016, Liberty addressed the security issues promptly. They sealed the gap around the bypass lock, which I exploited on camera, and they secured the container’s plastic corners in place so that they cannot be removed. The resulting safe is considerably more secure than it was before.

The safe does still have a tubular lock for a bypass, as do the majority of handgun safes on the market, but in terms of resisting attack with common household tools and materials, the HDX-250 is the most resistant handgun safe they offer. This safe was examined January 8, 2017.

Liberty Safe, HDX-350 Smart Vault

California DOJ Approved

The HDX-350 Smart Vault is a new addition to the Home Defender Series. Although the basic design is based on the HDX-250 Smart Vault, the similarities end there. The fingerprint scanner on the HDX-350 is now able to read a fingerprint swiped forwards or backwards. The latching mechanism has been redesigned, making it stouter and more resistant to covert attack.

The safe has a shelf that rolls forward and back, and the battery compartment has been relocated to make changing batteries easier. This safe was examined November 14, 2017.