The GunVault company, better known for their Cannon brand safes, has a line of electronically accessed safes for personal use. This trial focuses on the MiniVault biometric model called GVB 1000.

The MiniVault comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with a carry handle. It’s an attractive package that makes the nine-pound safe easy to transport.

There are two power sources for the unit—a two-prong electrical plug-in and a 9 volt battery (not included). Like a bedside alarm clock, GunVault recommends you use both.

The little vault is made of 18 gauge steel. The exterior is textured but has an easy-to-clean finish. Inside, it’s lined on all sides with thick foam.

The top, flat surface of the rectangular safe has cutouts for securing it to the included hardware. It’s made to be mounted under a shelf, with the gun’s grip resting parallel to the shelf. I didn’t go so far in this test as to mount it. I suppose it could also be mounted vertically, though unlocking it in that position may be awkward on anything but a wide-open wall.

Outside dimensions are 5.25 inches tall, 8.25 inches wide, and 12 inches deep. Thick foam insulation makes the interior three inches tall, seven inches wide, and 11 inches deep.

A full-size handgun and extra magazine fit nicely into the safe. Anything more makes it rather crowded.


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