In the video above, the GunVault NanoVault 100 was disconnected from its security cord [pic after the jump]. Hence the little hole that provided a perfect place to begin the $29.95 portable safe’s destruction. If the wire loop had been sealed inside the safe, the hole would have been smaller. Less easily/quickly compromised. But make no mistake: someone with a bit more experience in the thievery department than your humble scribe—or your humble scribe with a bit more experience—could have opened the NanoVault 100 within a minute. Easy . . .
So if you think this safe is a safe place to store a handgun in your car while you nip out to the pick up the dry cleaning (remembering that many states require weapons to be under your direct control at all times), think again. In fact, one wonders if the standard-issue manufacturer’s plastic handgun case would be any more (or less) impervious to assault. Maybe GunVault should contact Mattel; removing Barbie packaging requires specialty tools and diehard determination. That bitch has drawn first blood more than once. . .
In any case (so to speak), strapping my now ex-NanoVault onto the Merc’s luggage anchor point on the way to the gun range felt good, and looked right. If I’d been pulled over, the cop would have clocked the Glock’s security theater and instantly known I was transporting my firearm in complete compliance with Rhode Island regs.
But then, I tend to take a number of guns to the range; the idea of half a dozen tethered black NanoVaults in the way back is Alien to me. A far more better bet: strap the NanoVault 100’s tether to the seat rail and hide the box. Discretion is the better part of NanoVault.
The three-number-combo NanoVault 100 is inherently convenient; it’s a relief not to have to jingle all the way to the American Firearms School (I’ve got more keys than a baby grand.) The fact that a barefoot middle-class white guy could prise open the NanoVault in a nano-second (the hyperbole gloves are off) is neither here nor there. I mean, what exactly did you expect for $30? I say the NanoVault 100 is a win—as long as you think of it as a stylish bag with a cheap Chinese lock.