Sentry Safe

Sentry Safe, Quick Access Pistol Safe, QAP1E

California DOJ Approved

I first examined the Quick Access Pistol Safe in February, 2016. The safe had few of the design problems of other handgun safes on the market, though the housing containing its locking mechanism left a gap I was able to exploit with a small screwdriver and a bristle from a street sweeping machine. Using these, I was able to dislodge the spring from the latch, which allowed me to pick up the safe and throw the latch.

I decided to re-examine the safe after a year had passed to see if any improvements had been made. As this video shows, the safe can still be accessed with a piece of metal shim, and the safe is vulnerable even if it is bolted down. This safe was examined May 16, 2017.

Sentry Safe, Quick Access Pistol Safe, QAP1BE

California DOJ Approved

The biometric version of the Quick Access Pistol Safe is nearly identical to the standard model, the only difference being the fingerprint reader. All the design flaws of the standard model remain intact. As a result, the housing for the locking mechanism leaves a gap that can be exploited with a metal shim, and I was able to reach in with a steel cable tie to bump the release. This safe was examined June 9, 2017.

Sentry Safe, X055

California DOJ Approved

This is a typical personal safe with solenoid-locked bolts inside. For unknown reasons, the circuitry design allows three LEDs to extend from within the safe to the exterior of the keypad through holes in the safe’s door. Never a good idea to put holes in a safe’s door. This safe was examined December 29, 2018.