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GunVault SpeedVault SVB500 With Biometric Lock Review

Biometric Gun Safe: GunVault SpeedVault SVB500

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This makes the SpeedVault ideal for home and business or anyplace in between where you have a desk and want the protection of a pistol.

Dimensions and Capacity

SVB500The SpeedVault safe measures 6.5” x 3.5” x 13” externally, which is about the size of a large dictionary or encyclopedia.  The safe can be mounted in a variety of positions, but its compact size allows for easy concealment beneath a desk, in a drawer, or mounted to the side wall of a closet.  Internally the safe measures 2.25” x 5.75” x 8.5” with a single drop down drawer compartment with room for most handgun sizes.  .45s and 9mm pistols will fit just fine, but revolvers and longer-barreled handguns may exceed the depth capacity of the safe’s compartment.

The inside of the safe is lined with a thick foam padding to protect your firearm from scratches and keep it snugly fit in an easy-to-draw position.

GunVault SVB500 Demo Video

Biometric Fingerprint Gun Safe Technology

The SpeedVault safe opens by way of GunVault’s state-of-the-art biometric system that uses an advanced algorithm that updates the system’s fingerprint templates to reduce false entries and prevent break-ins.  The biometric system allows registry of up to 120 user fingerprints, which can be divided between you and your family using each of your fingers in different positions and angles on the scanner.  The lock uses a hook and loop latching mechanism that’s surprisingly secure yet easy to access when needed.  Included with the SpeedVault safe is an L-shaped bracket for mounting to nearly any stable surface.

Gun Safe Construction and Fireproof

GunVault SVB500 mounted under deskUnfortunately, this GunVault safe is not fireproof rated, though very few in the lineup are.  The SpeedVault safe is constructed of 18-gauge steel, a pretty run of the mill steel grade that could be pried open with a crowbar by a determined thief.  But with so many concealment options, you’re thief will be staring down the barrel of your pistol before he has a chance to find the safe where it came from.  Depending on where you choose to mount it, the safe is likely to be undetectable to those who don’t know its there.

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Other Safe Features and Warranty

Other features of the safe include an audio and LED light low-battery indicator, interior floodlight to illuminate the contents of the safe, and a set of backup override keys for when the battery fails or your fingers are otherwise compromised.  A 9-volt battery is required to operate the safe’s biometric system but must be purchased separately.  The safe is approved by the California DOJ Bureau of Firearms and may be covered under GunVault’s 12-month limited warranty.

Customer Reviews

The GunVault SpeedVault safe has more than 500 reviews on Amazon, the vast majority of which are 4- and 5-stars.

One 5-star reviewer (Keith) wrote, “Installed GunVault SpeedVault SVB500 in a HORIZONTAL mounting position underneath my bed! Fastest access method I’ve found for my firearm…I couldn’t be happier.”

A reviewer (ToursLepantoVienna) who gave the SpeedVault safe 4-stars wrote, “This unit is perfect for keeping a loaded, home defense handgun close by at night while keeping mischievous children safe…although reasonably solid it is not designed to deter a thief.”  The safe can be purchased directly through GunVault at a price of $329 or through Amazon for just $199 (at press time).