Unique in design, solid in function, flexible in its use – meet the GunVault SpeedVault SV500. Go ahead and scan the internet and web stores and read the customer reviews for the SV500, and it won’t take long to see that we have a uniquely powerful and effective California DOJ-approved safe here that offers some of the fastest response time on the market today, as well as a tremendous ability in remaining discreet and hidden. This GunVault SpeedVault SV500 review lets you in on all the goodness.
It is constructed of 18-gauge steel, weighs only 18 pounds, and is intended for single handgun storage. It comes packaged in three pieces – an L-shaped bracket, the safe box and electronic panel, and the door. Together, they are firm and strong and tight, and virtually impossible to pry open.
This safe is for an owner who needs very little – no documents, no jewelry, no cash, and no passports will fit; only the firearm does. If that is indeed what you are looking for, then rejoice, my friend, and then consider even more benefits of the SV500.
For one, its unique wall-mount design allows for the utmost discretion and the most strategic placement. All it needs is 6.5 x 3.5 inches of wall space, and thirteen inches of clearance – not too much of a demand at all. As such, it can either be easily hidden, or cleverly placed. For those concerned about their children and loved ones in the house, it is small enough to fit into a dark corner at the back of a closet that no one checks anymore anyway. On the same token, if children are not a worry, but home defense and personal protection are, the SV500 fits nicely beneath a light switch, for instance, located on the side of a bedroom door. So if ever a noise wakes you in the night, and it comes time to get serious, your handgun could be located in a prime and optimal position for response.
Speaking of response time, a neat feature of the SV500 is its presentation, so to speak. Once the pass code is entered into the system, the safe box juts outward from the rest of the console (quickly), revealing the pistol’s handle only, ready to be snatched up and used. The quicker the gun is in your hand, the quicker you can gain your safety again.
Dense foam lines the inside of the safe. It is malleable, and thus allows space for most pistol models on the market. Longer barrels may be an issue though, and the SV500 may not support some of them. Furthermore, that foam provides a gentle, though firm, resting place for your weapon. No abrasion between steel occurs, as it does in some safes out there.
The SV500 employs a digital keypad for access. Comprised of four large, rubberized buttons (which are even easy to use without looking), the access panel requires a code of either four digits, five digits, or six digits – user’s choice. Two physical, traditional keys are supplied as well though, convenient when the battery runs out. LED lights come in handy, too. A flash of green signifies entry, red denies entry, and a yellow bulb acts as the notification for a low battery (a single 9-volt).
Funnily enough, one of the few complaints that users can rally against the SV500 is its noise, something that can easily be modified. Electronic beeps accompany pressing buttons, and some find that annoying and/or indiscreet. However, the sound function can be turned off. Simple solution to that problem, no?
The GunVault SpeedVault SV500 Gun Safe might be odd in appearance and function to some, but for the shopper with very little requirements of a pistol safe, no safe makes more sense. Its design allows the rapid access and reliable protection of your weapon, all at an affordable price that won’t have you standing on a street corner with a cardboard sign held up to your chest.
We have to admit, even our GunVault SpeedVault SV500 review doesn’t cover it all. No review could. The only way to experience the effectiveness of this safe is to put it to some use.