The company calls the “vault” universal and lists about 51 compatible shotguns. Fenton says about 95 percent of pump shot guns, 80 percent of semi autos and about half of the pistol grip shot guns available will fit with the ShotLock Solo-Vault, which retails for approximately $169. Fenton also says the company plans to have a version of the ShotLock for handguns available in early 2012.
A more traditional safe offers modernism in its shape and quick, quiet entry. The SentrySafe Home Defense Center is a 4.5-foot tower designed to hold a rifle and handgun in an at-the-ready position to maintain gun safety without compromising deployment time in urgent situations.
Using customer feedback and ergonomic design principles, the safe was designed to keep the rifle poised for pick-up inside. After entering a keypad code at the top of the safe, which is located at about waist-to-elbow level (depending on height), the safe is open and can be quickly deployed thanks to a special U-shaped barrel rest. Other notable features include optional, adjustable shelving that can store a handgun at about 45 degrees, again so it is placed for pick up.
Scott Alread has been the senior product manager responsible for gun safes at SentrySafe for two years, and has more than 12 years of experience in the shooting sports industry. Alread explains the Home Defense Center offers quick, quiet access in an innovative corner design.
Sentry Safe’s extensive line of storage safes feature pry-resistant designs for additional protection, bolt-down options and keypad quick-entry locks that can be tailored for quiet entry. The interior of the Home Defense center measures 46.8 x 8.8 x 8.8 inches to house tactical weapons and a hidden floor compartment for more storage. The company has been in the safe business for 81 years and has had time to perfect its products.
A smaller safe, the X041E, offers the company’s security and refined door and body manufacturing that can house a handgun. Electronic lock, key override, interior carpeting and an empty 16.4-pound weight are additional features of this affordable model.
A growing trend of interior shotgun mounting in patrol vehicles means increased demand in dependably locking supports. Pro-gard Products has been in the law enforcement industry for more than four decades and has a gun rack catalog of durable products with practical craftsmanship that serve both security and access challenges. Andrea Moore, brand manager for the Indianapolis-based company, says the technology that electronically secures Pro-gard gun racks has been consistent for several years, but the variety of ways law enforcement mounts the firearms has continually evolved, inspiring the company to do the same for its racks, which can be placed in the vehicle in many ways.
Pro-gard makes mounting its racks easy, which translates to easy installation and minimal down time. Adjustable brackets and gun locks with adjustable inserts accommodate multiple weapon and accessory configurations and prevent road rattle. The components themselves are durable, featuring a powder-coated steel construction that resists corrosion and impact. An 8-second delay timer is included with the gun locks. This gives users the industry-standard time window, 8 seconds, to remove the weapon before it locks again.
Several vertical mount offerings provide nearly universal fit for the firearm and adapt to partitions, varied seating and have updates that correlate to new patrol vehicle models coming down the line in the next year.
While high-tech tools can sometimes steal the limelight, low-tech tools can be just as impressive in their simplicity and cost effectiveness. For $29.99, the easy-to-use Chamber Check safety product protects against firing, as well as aids in preventing some corrosion in stored guns when the small device is in place.
Installation is as easy as cleaning the weapon (in fact, it’s easier than a clean job): The orange cord is inserted the into the ejection port into the barrel so that the nickel-plated silica insert is in the chamber toward the rear, and the cord with the yellow visibility cap is extended beyond the “business end” of the gun. What’s less complicated than installation is that Chamber Check lets you know the gun is safe simply by looking at the arm and visualizing the yellow-orange unit jutting out. It is currently available in 9mm, .40, .45, 223/5.56 and .308 calibers. Chamber Check lets gun owners transport, train and safely store their firearms.