The Gunvault GV1000D-DLX Mini Vault Deluxe Gun Safe is another of the most highly rated gun safes on the market today. It is a small handgun safe which can use either biometric (fingerprint recognition) technology over digital input code to gain access. It comes with a large number of security features built-in which I will cover further down in the review. The GV1000D-DLX is designed to be easily mountable to any flat and hard surface, which is the recommended way of using the safe. Gunvault is one of the most well-known manufacturers of gun safes, and one of the most trusted names in the market, so you know that you’re getting a quality product.
Gunvault GV1000D-DLX Mini Vault Deluxe Overview
- Dimensions — 8.1 x 4.9 x 12?
- Weight — 9 lbs
- Mountable — Yes
- Powered by — AA batteries or an included AC adapter for backup
- Interior — Foam covered
How Safe and Secure is the Gunvault GV1000D-DLX Mini Vault?
The Gunvault GV1000D-DLX is designed to be a very sturdy and secure gun safe; the body is constructed of 16-gauge steel and the locking mechanism is designed to be very durable as well. A gun safe of this type is most effectively used bolted down to a hard flat surface so that it cannot be picked up or stolen. It has a built-in alarm that will sound when it is picked up if the safe is in lock mode, alerting you that something is wrong. The GV1000D-DLX will also completely lock someone out after a certain number of failed entry attempts.
Furthermore, it will record all failed attempts at tampering with the gun safe itself. This was surprising coming from a small handgun safe, and we really appreciated this feature.
The GV1000D-DLX Mini Vault comes with a patented entry pad called the “No-Eyes Keypad” which is meant to make the gun safe is easy is possible to use in the dark or in situations where you can’t see what you’re doing. It does have audio feedback to let you know what is happening when trying to unlock the safe, but this can be disabled if you feel that it is not your option to have, such as in a situation where you don’t want to alert people to your presence. You can either choose a digital combination keycode for entry or you can use the fingerprint recognition technology; the choice is yours.
Biometric Fingerprint Recognition Technology — What’s Up With It?
The biometric locking function can store up to 30 completely unique sets of fingerprints for access. This is great if you want to give your wife or other people access to the gun safe along with you. It will completely lock out anyone who’s fingerprint it doesn’t recognize, and since everybody’s fingerprint is unique you can rest assured that it is completely safe and secure. Gunvault’s biometric technology is designed to continually refine and update the fingerprints over time, so you can be sure that it is always as accurate as possible.
The GV1000D-DLX can run on either batteries or an included AC adapter. You might find that it is difficult to install the batteries at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. I would recommend plugging the AC adapter and along with the batteries as backup if possible, to make sure that you have access to the safe when you need it.
As with Gunvault’s other similar gun safes, this one works well installed inside of a vehicle. You can bolt it down and put any valuables inside that you wouldn’t want to get stolen while you are out shopping or doing other things. I use a gun safe in my vehicle for these purposes and it works great. You will obviously have to run the safe on batteries if you do this, so make sure that you have some backups around to use if necessary.
What’s The Final Say on the Gunvault GV100D-DLX Mini Vault Gun Safe?
All things considered, the Gunvault GV100D-DLX is a great gun safe for the money. It is most aptly used as a bedside gun safe, or bolted down inside of your vehicle. Biometric technology is a great feature to have in a gun safe in your sure to appreciate it with this one, too. We feel that the Gunvault GV100D-DLX is a decent purchase for anyone looking for a small handgun safe and has somewhere to bolt it down securely.
What we liked about the Gunvault GV100D-DLX:
- Secure and dependable gun safe
- Affordable and quality build at this price point
- Easy to operate even in complete darkness thanks to the biometric technology
What we didn’t like:
- Batteries are a bit awkward to install on the first attempt
- Might need to practice opening it a few times before you get the hang of it