AG English as well as other companies sell exactly what you need. Inexpensive, quick access ( 5inline buttons with over 2200 possible codes) and durable. Suggested retail is around $135. Do a search on the web for either the well known company, or just google 'gun safe simplex lock. There are others out there that operate off batteries, but i would not trust my access to a safe that ran off battery power even though there are key backups. Go with simple in a quick access handgun safe. You will sleep better knowing you did.
Hop that helps.
I'm new to forum and relatively new to handguns and worried about the same thing. Our kids are grown and out of the house now, but our 3-year-old grand daughter is here often.
I just bought my first handgun (SA XD-45) and still haven't decided how to store it. I have a .22 rifle, 7mm WinMag rifle, and single shot shotgun that I had up on an open gun rack and kept them loaded and chambered for immediate access. They are well out of grand daughter's reach, but I still felt insecure about it. When I bought the XD, I took the ammo out of the rifles and put it in the locked cabinet of the gun rack.
I keep the XD hidden. Right now, it's pretty much out of reach for grand daughter. It's loaded, but not chambered. I'm sure she is not capable of operating the slide, but that won't last. I'm seriously considering the electronic handgun safe.
We are in a rural area, which probably makes us vulnerable to some degree, but have two large dogs. Of course the dogs might lick the intruder to death, but probably wouldn't bite them. We recently had a neighbor about 1 mile away who was a known mental case and killed his wife and 9-month old son. Granted, it was a family affair, but it could have been anybody he took his issues out on.
I've always heard that a weapon for self defense should be at the ready, but I'm not willing to risk the grand daughter's life for a little peace of mind. I'm also looking for the best compromise of security by having quick access but eliminating risk to child visitors.
I really like the gun too and would hate to have it stolen if we didn't happen to be in the house.
1. To the OP: while I'd defer to the other more experienced gun owners here in their responses to the OP, I'd say a general purpose security/fire safe would be an excellent investment, albeit a potentially expensive one. It would provide security for both valuables/documents (e.g. passport, insurance documents) and your firearm(s). Best gunsafe review site I've seen so far: Accurateshooter.com
2. Small folk: My shotgun and any future firearms will need a lockable safe to secure it from highly mobile and agile rugrats that will know my own house better than I by the age of 5. They're more than curious and explorative enough to discover any hiding place one could imagine. I knew I could shoot any of the several guns in my parents' house growing up - with permission & supervision. That and the implicit threat of severe consequences left to my own imagination prevented any fooling around with the loaded WWII era Beretta .380 in my Dad's nightstand.
3. In speaking with a former soldier now responsible for Mid-east diplomat security training, good exterior lighting of one's house, an alarm system, and perhaps most importantly, a large dog are higher home security priorities than any firearm. He said given my wife's anti-gun attitude and the presence of the prior three security components that I'm simply short some pepperspray to complete a home security package acceptable to my wife. Our Krav Maga instructor also says to not forget the "weapons" you already have at home: baseball bats, clock-radios swung by the power cord, and the list goes on.
Any reason that your going with the GunVault over the safe that the others suggested above? I like the looks of the keypad on the GunVault, but I wonder about the thought of it relying on a battery or external power. What's your thoughts?
check out this link; seems a great unit:
Anyone Have this Safe? Is it Good?
MODEL: Stack-On QAS 710.
Great safety away from Kids.
Small and Portable for movement around house or elsewhere.
Digital lock systems. Buttons beep but can be silenced.
Motorized Locking System/ and Door opening
Uses 3-digit programmable code of your choice.
Check out this review on the unit:
Yeah... I know what you mean. Batteries according to the instructional or website should be good for 1 year if that's of any help. So, just as simple and/or important as checking your smoke detector battery. Lifes to important to not do it. You have kids---- I don't think checking the batteries for something that's important for them (like your detector) will be an issue. If you like it go for it.
good luck with your search... I was maticulous about my search too. It's almost as important of a decision as the decision to even have the weapon itself; so I certainly understand your concerns. Follow "your" heart.