Gunvault Speedvault Handgun Safe Review

We review the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe: a convenient and compact way to store your weapons securely.

First, You Need to Know This

Common sense gun safety requires that we should learn how to keep our weapons out of the reach of unauthorized persons. This is especially a consideration if we have children at home, or we have those who are not trained to use a handgun or other such weapon living with us.

Such considerations are why we have special safes for guns. One of these safes we are reviewing today is the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe, a reliable biometric gun safe for handguns and other similar weapons. It can be mounted on most surfaces (however, see below) and works generally well.

Having a biometric handgun safe is of concern for gun owners like us who want to secure our weapon yet make it available when the time comes for it. Hopefully this review will give you the information you need to purchase this or any other similar fingerprint handgun vault on the market.

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Pros & Cons

Things to consider when looking at the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe

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Pros

  • The safe is easy to install.
  • It can be mounted at any angle, horizontal or vertical.
  • It has a high strength lock mechanism which cannot be pried open by hand tools.

Cons

  • It may take time for the fingerprint reader to learn fingerprints.
  • The mounting hardware that comes with this device may be suitable only for wooden surfaces.

Features & Benefits

High Strength Locking Mechanism

The challenge of purchasing any vault, especially something like the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe, is making sure it stays locked especially when there are attempts to open it. One advantage of this fingerprint gun safe is that its locking mechanism is of high strength, meaning that it holds up when it is locked, and hand tools would find it difficult to pry open. This, of course, includes the prying fingers of younger children. The fittings are precise enough such that any attempts to open the vault without entering the proper combination would be quite fruitless and the gun would remain securely inside.

The way to properly access the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe is, of course, through the biometric fingerprinting system. It has an activation button that lets the system "learn" fingerprints, and it can store up to 120 prints in its system. This means that potentially one could let more than one person leave a combination of fingerprints in the system without running out of room. Having more than one authorized person would be helpful for those living at home who are trained to use a weapon to access this fingerprint gun safe without having to pry the thing open with hand tools.


Backup Key Mechanism

Biometric safes do not work all the time. Sometimes there is the question of false negatives, where authorized fingerprints are not recognized by the biometric system's optical reader. Sometimes the batteries do not work, especially when they are drained of all their energy. Sometimes, the sensor does not work at all and it is not a good thing to have. The GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe has a backup mechanism consisting of a key that fits into a lock located on the device to allow authorized users access to the biometric gun vault. Two tumbler keys are provided with the device.

The advantage of having a backup key mechanism for the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe is that one can have further means of guaranteeing safe and authorized access to this fingerprint gun safe. One can, for example, give one key to a spouse or trusted friend while keeping the other. This means that if the biometrics do not work, at least two authorized persons can safely retrieve the handgun from its holder and use it in the event of an emergency. This provides added peace of mind for gun users who may want to keep their weapons secure and on hand.


Interior Courtesy Light

Most of the time, home invasions take place at night, when most people are sleeping, the lights are out, and the invaders take advantage of the resulting darkness to make their move. One challenge for gun owners is to find a way to reach for their weapon without having to fumble in the dark. The solution being offered by the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe is a courtesy light that is built into the fingerprint gun safe's interior. The light, which is powered from the same battery as the handgun mechanism, shines unto the pistol, allowing one to retrieve it without fumbling.

This feature is not unique to most biometric gun safes of this sort, which is why the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe stands out. The interior courtesy light has the benefit too of serving as a night light, albeit for a brief moment, to allow one not only to retrieve their weapon but also giving them some illumination to move as the intruder comes along. We have tried this feature in testing how it would work on the field, and it does help for the brief time from retrieving the pistol to being on one's feet in relative darkness to ward off the home invader.


Flexible Mounting Options

Related to the question of having a gun close by at night is how one mounts a safe to hold the gun. Most gun vaults mount themselves in a particular way, whether vertical or horizontal, but the space and the user's needs should determine how exactly a gun should be mounted. Thus, it is a good thing that the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe can be mounted in any way possible with its built-in hardware, thus giving this biometric gun safe an advantage over other competing products. One can mount it at any angle provided that the screws can hold it up on the surface to which it is mounted.

We have tested mounting the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe from several angles, most notably the angle wherein one could easily reach this from the bedside, horizontally, where the gun safe is mounted under a nightstand. This is the ideal angle especially if one wants to invoke the element of surprise, but it is hard to do with most handgun safes. We also tried mounting this on surfaces other than wood, but as one user wisely advised, using anchors might be a better option because of the chance that if not mounted on that surface, the whole thing, gun and all, would fall off.

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Summary

So far, we have mentioned four useful features and benefits of the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe. We discussed how its high strength locking mechanism allows easy access but without prying hands trying to open it, and how many fingerprint combinations it may potentially have. We talked about how it has backup keys to offer an extra layer of security in case the biometrics fail. We mentioned its interior courtesy light as one advantage of this fingerprint gun vault, especially in the dark. Finally, we noted how it can be mounted in any position, thus giving users maximum flexibility in mounting this gun safe.

After some time testing it, we are happy to recommend the GunVault SpeedVault Handgun Safe. It works well for our purposes, though it took a while for the fingerprint reader to get used to our prints. It was a joy to find out how we could mount the fingerprint gun vault at unusual angles from which we could easily reach for our weapon. Again, we hope that you will find this information quite useful in making a decision to buy this or any other gun safe that is available in the market. Thank you for reading and we hope that you will continue to keep your guns safe and secure.


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