Gun ownership has long been a hot topic in the media and will probably continue to be. I could dedicate this entire post on why I believe it is entirely within my rights (both constitutional and humanly speaking), to own a gun, and to keep it for the protection of myself and the family that God has placed me responsible for, but I would rather dedicate this post to something I think most all of us can agree on, and that is, if you own a gun, and you keep it loaded for protection, you should keep it locked up and out of the reach of hands that might attempt to use it, whether out of curiosity, or like some of the most extreme cases seen in the news, out of the reach of hands that might seek to use it for harmful and tragic purposes. DCG Stores recently sent me their MiniVault Biometric GVB-1000 Gun Vault (pictured above), at no cost to facilitate this review, and I have found it to be the perfect gun vault for both my modest family budget and it's ultimate purpose, keeping my gun safe, so I can keep my family safe.
Why I Own A Gun For Protection
Shortly after this incident, my husband and I had the discussion that we should have had a long time ago, about what I would do in the event I was faced with an armed intruder in our home, especially if he was away and it was just me and the kids. Now, I'll admit, I'm a pretty feisty gal, and I'm sure every bit of "Mama Bear" instinct would jump out should someone ever attempt to harm one of my kids, but realistically, my petite, 5 ft 1" frame would have a hard time fighting someone off on my own...and 15 minutes in a case like this... is a long time to wait for help to arrive. We made the choice to purchase a handgun and I completed a course on firearm safety, shooting accuracy, and using my firearm as a last resort.
The MiniVault Biometric GVB-1000 Gun VaultThe choice to keep your guns safe is just as important as the choice to keep your family safe. With the MiniVault Biometric GVB-1000 you can do both! This particular gun vault (pictured above) comes with the following:
- Gun Vault Safe
- Owner's Manual
- Mounting Template
- Three Safe Mounting Screws
- Warranty Card
- AD/DC Power Adapter
- Gun Vault Keys
- Spring-loaded door for quick access to contents
- Corrosion resistant powder coat wrinkle finish
- No-Eyes Keypad
- Back-up key lock access with two keys
- Low battery warning
- "Knock-outs" for Steel Security Cable
- Interior Courtesy Light
- Audio Low-Battery Warning
- Power Connection Jack For External Power Supply
The BioMetric GVB-1000 comes with two ways to power the vault. You can either plug it in using the 2-pronged power adapter, or install a 9v battery underneath the layer of ceiling foam. Because I keep my handgun safe in my bedroom closet, I choose to use a 9v battery (which means I can put my vault anywhere). Using the instruction booklet, I was able to easily install the battery and tuck it back into the ceiling of the vault, and power up my vault. It is important to note that GunVault still recommends using the 9v battery even if using the AD/DC power supply to prevent interruption of power and loss of access and codes.
When I first read over the manual to set up access to my vault I had a bit of trouble (come to find out, I was reading the set up for the wrong vault) It's seems like stating the obvious, but in my excitement to get started I didn't read it through the entire way. Once I found the write model, set up was extremely easy! Each unit also comes with a set of keys (2 keys per unit) and its important to store them some place safe (not inside the vault) just as a back up to getting into the safe.
The unit comes in "DEMO" mode. To enroll the first fingerprint, simply press the S1 button which will cause the door to spring open. Hold the button until the unit beeps twice and then place the index finger on the Fingerprint Reader, and finally press the S1 button to activate the module, and hold the finger in place until the green light is on (takes just a second or two). Up to 15 users can be enrolled to have access to the vault, with the first two prints being used as "administrators".
After I enrolled my fingerprint, I practiced opening my vault multiple times. It is easy for me to gain access within seconds by placing my index finger in the reader, pressing the S1 button and holding it in place till the red light turns green. The fingerprint function is probably my favorite feature about this vault. The other buttons on this vault act as "decoy" buttons. No matter what buttons are pressed, or what order they are pressed in, the only way this vault will open is with the fingerprint of the person who has access to it. Should I need to delete the fingerprints, the vault allows me to do so with just a few simple steps.
The MiniVault Biometric GVB-1000 vault is big enough to hold my 9mm handgun and magazine comfortably and still has enough room for a second magazine, or a small flashlight. I also store an extra 9v battery in the back of my vault. As I stated earlier, I've practiced opening my vault several times and even walked through the steps at night, in the dark. Each time the vault opened within seconds and in the dark, I'm still able to see both my handgun and magazine because of the Interior Courtesy Light found on the inside right ceiling and is activated for about 5 seconds after the door is opened.
Whether you agree with the 2nd Amendment or whether you believe all guns should be outlawed, I'm glad that I live in a country that gives me the right to protect myself and my family from individuals who have no regard for right and wrong and came to my home with the intent of breaking the law in the first place. You might not agree with our countries gun laws, but I hope you can agree the best place for a loaded gun in in a gun vault or safe and without a doubt, the MiniVault Biometric GVB-1000 is one of the best on the market.
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