I grew up in rural Texas, so I don’t think I need to tell you that guns have always been a part of my life. Ever since I was little my parents have taught my siblings and I about gun safety, and stressed the importance of proper gun handling. Up until recently my Mom was never a fan of guns being in the house, but they’ve always been there for both hunting and personal protection. She came around a few years ago and is now one of the most accurate shooters I know! Her and my dad are NRA certified instructors and hold Concealed Carry Weapons Permit classes and Basic Pistol Safety classes in their area. Every time my husband and I go to visit them, we take a little trip to the gun range and practice, having shooting contests and pushing each other to become better gunmen. It’s a lot of fun, and we’ve all improved as a result.
Having guns in our home with a toddler running around definitely presents some challenges. We want to be prepared to protect ourselves if the need arises, but no matter how many times I tell my 18 month old never to touch a gun without adult supervision or to always assume a gun is loaded until proven otherwise (things I learned early, early on), he’s just too young to understand right now. We needed to be able to quickly access our firearms without Little Man being able to get to them. Putting them up high was NOT a good enough option. He’s little, but he’s smart, and he has learned how to climb. He also watches and notices things we do more than I have realized in the past. If he knew where the guns were and they interested him, I have no doubt that he would find a way to get to them. My husband’s older brother lost a finger in a shooting accident when he was 2 years old so while we want to protect ourselves from intruders, We are also very aware of the dangers of having a loaded gun in the house and we aim to make safety a priority.
A small gun safe that could fit either in a bedside table, under the bed, or in the car was the obvious solution to us, but choosing the right one in terms of features and price was the real challenge. After several weeks of researching and reading reviews, we decided on the GunVault MicroVault (MV500-STD).
What I Like
- The price point is very manageable. This gun safe is on sale through Amazon right now for just under $100. Compared to other quick-access safes, this is a really great price!
- For a small safe, it is very roomy! This safe fits not one, but two of our pistols comfortably. I’m sure we could even squeeze an extra magazine in there with them. Pictured here is our Glock 23 and KelTec P32.
- It comes with a security cable to attach it to a permanent object. While we knew this tiny safe wouldn’t completely deter a robber, we want to make sure our weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands. Being able to secure the safe to a side table, piece of heavy furniture, or under the seat of the car is definitely a plus!
- It comes with a Zerust card to prevent rusting and corrosion. Something I probably wouldn’t have even thought about if it wasn’t already included.
- It is small and fairly lightweight yet feels sturdy and well constructed. This safe certainly doesn’t feel flimsy. As advertised on Amazon, it is supposed to be tamper proof, which is a big deal for me. As mentioned above, we don’t want our firearms falling into the wrong hands, but even more importantly than that, I don’t want my son to get into it. This safe features a warning system if the code is entered incorrectly a certain number of times in a row, which can help my husband and I determine if Little Man has been trying to get into it.
- It was easy to set up, and instructions for use are simple. I was able to program our code within 2 minutes, and easily had the safe in working order.
- It uses a standard 9V battery. Thankfully, this vault uses batteries that are readily available instead of expensive, hard to find replacements. While I would prefer AA or AAA because they’re cheaper, the 9V works for me! Also, if the battery dies or needs replacing, you can use your key to open the safe and replace the battery without losing security features. Your code will remain the same. (Just make sure you know where your keys are in case you need them as back up!)
What I Don’t Like
- When we first started looking at gun safes, I thought I wanted a biometric (fingerprint scanner) safe. This safe is NOT a biometric safe. The top of the safe kind of looks like it might be a biometric scanner because of the handprint design, but those are just individual buttons where your fingers would go. After reading several reviews and forums, I realized that any Biometric safe in our price range would be way too unreliable and “cheap” compared to the safe we chose. If you are truly wanting a Biometric gun safe that reliably works, you’ll need to spend upwards of $1000 for one this size.
Although I didn’t get my biometric safe, I am very pleased with our purchase, and will certainly consider purchasing a second one in the future.
What About You?
Do You have a gun safe in your home that you enjoy? Tell me about it!
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