I have been shooting and owning firearms for over ten years now, yet I have never kept a firearm for home defense. About a year ago, I began thinking I should start to familiarize myself with keeping a firearm prepared for defense. I have no fear of using it because I live in a nice area in a high rise with a doorman (not as posh as it sounds) but plan on moving in the near future and want to start learning and getting comfortable with keeping firearms ready for defense. I've been looking at similar bedside safes for a while, yet the price tag kept me spending money on more guns, ammo, and accessories, instead of something I would hope to never need. While waiting for my background check to clear, I was looking around my LGS and saw they had a sale going on their Gunvault products. At first, I picked up the Minivault and got home, programmed it, and began dry fire practice utilizing drawing from the safe. I'm a big guy, and my mitts just were not working well with the Minivault. I went back to the store and returned it to purchase its bigger brother, the Multivault.
Multivault is possibly referencing not only the ability to store multiple handguns, but also a variety of items. The biggest draw was the gaping maw of this thing. The nice wide opening allows easy access to draw your firearm quickly and snag free from a multitude of angles. When this thing opens, it OPENS. The door is spring loaded and retained in the locked position when unlocked, the latch lets go, and that strong spring slams the door open, yet it buffered by rubber pads on the base, as to not mar whatever this is placed on or affixed to. As far as entering your code, this safe utilizes a four button system that allows you to press one or all buttons per entry and use 3-6 entries. Basically, your code could be to press all four buttons 6 times but, that doesn't seem like a wise idea. While you shouldn't enter all 4 buttons 6 times, this allows for a greater variety of entries and a more secure combination.
I have now begun training with this, and it's a snap to pick up and adapt it to your defensive needs. If my living situation ever deemed it necessary, I would surely pick up another one, or two, of these as needed to adequately cover my home. The underlying thing I find important that sometimes people overlook, is to make sure whatever you are running works for you. Sometimes, price is a factor, but if I hadn't spent the extra 40 bucks for this bigger model, I would have a 20 lb striking implement as my hand was stuck inside.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Accessible defensive firearm, and valuables storage.
Target Market: Anyone looking for a convenient and secure means to store a defensive handgun.
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- Quality of materials
- 4 key keypad programmable up to 6 entry code utilizing one or all buttons per entry
- Easy to use
- Large enough for big hands store a gun and two mags of two guns and extra mags
- Mounts almost anywhere, in any direction
- Protective foam-lined interior, with extra storage capacity and a removable interior shelf
- "Learn Buttons" make it easy to program over 12 million user-selectable access codes
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Minivault is the exact same thing but smaller, there are also biometric options.
What others are saying?: Check out the Amazon reviews averaging 4/5 stars.
I need it now! Availability: These can commonly be found at local sporting goods and gun shops.
- Level of customization for combo
- Amount of interior space
- Dimension of the opening
- Solid construction
- Awesome design
Score: 8.0 Great