Fort Knox Original Pistol Box
After my attack on this safe in December of 2020, Fort Knox went to work coming up with a way to prevent the Simplex lock from being knocked through. In the video embedded here, I show their solution, a heavy steel plate bolted over the bottom of lock inside. It's a simple, effective solution to the problem. In the event one of these boxes is attacked, the lock will be ruined. I've posted a separate video showing how to remove a 9600-Series Simplex lock from outside the box. See The Simplex Lock for details.
FORT KNOX PERSONAL PISTOL BOX
In addition to improving the Original Pistol Box, Fort Knox reinforced the Simplex locks in their other pistol boxes, including the Personal Pistol Box. For those trying to find a small safe for the car, this is a good option. The safe has four pre-drilled mounting holes in the bottom of it, and the reinforcement for the lock will make breaking into the safe too time consuming for a thief.
MSAFE PSB 220
This PSB 220 safe is the second MSafe product I've examined. This safe has the same high quality design and construction. The safe, including its locking mechanism, complies with European standards that exceed standards for U.S. Residential Security Containers.
Msafe PSB 300
This PSB 300 safe is the first MSafe product I have examined, and I am impressed by the quality of its design and construction. This safe is in compliance with European S2 security standards as per the certification plate on the inside of the door. These standards ensure that this device is considerably more secure than comparable safes currently marketed in the US.
longhorn strongbox lsb1014
The Longhorn Strongbox LSB1014 is the first keyed locking safe I’ve looked at that I can endorse. My reasons for endorsing the safe are as follows: 1) The safe is made with adequate steel. 2) It has big enough bolts to offer real resistance to forced entry. 3) There is no convenient tool that would allow one to jiggle or rake open the lock in a matter of seconds. 4) The safe is built in a way that allows one to swap out the lock.
longhorn strongbox lsb1818
The Longhorn Strongbox LSB1818 is the first small personal safe that I can recommend. None of the small personal safes I’ve examined before this have been remotely secure. They’ve always had holes, weak locks, and generally flimsy construction. This safe is not intended to take the place of a full-sized safe for storing a gun collection. But it’s something a first-time gun owner could store a handgun in, and also lock up ammunition, or emergency cash, or narcotic medications, or an expensive watch.
This is a success story: Stealth Safes responded to my attack on the initial release of this device, and released something better than I was expecting. The ShadowVault is an outstanding handgun safe, and my viewers should be happy that it costs under $300. The lock is reliable. Put an Energizer Lithium 9V battery in it, and you won't have to think about your ShadowVault for a few years.
In March of 2021, V-Line provided Handgun Safe Research with an updated version of the Brute handgun safe. V-Line developed an internal housing of 14-gauge steel to prevent the 9600-Series Simplex lock from being knocked through by force. After testing the new safe, I contacted V-Line with a suggestion for how to improve the housing. My video embedded here shows both the original and improved protection.
verifi smart safe s6000
The Verifi Smart Safe S6000 is built less heavily than other small safes I've endorsed, but it will serve as a perfectly adequate personal safe in low-security environments. The container allows no access to the controls inside or to the boltwork mechanism. The biometric system is high quality. And the bypass lock poses a challenge to a beginning lock picker. Most importantly, the boltwork mechanism is designed to make upgrading the bypass lock easy for someone comfortable with that kind of project.