TacVault Fingerprint Safe Stores AR-15 in the Closet

Despite the TacVault’s slender profile, it can store an AR-15 with a 30-round magazine and a shelf provides storage for ammunition, a tactical flashlight or other small supplies. If you enlarge the picture, this is apparently a .45GAP AR-15 go figure.

At only four-feet tall, the TacVault is designed prevent unauthorized access to your home-defense longarm, yet keep it available in your family’s safe room. It’s ideal for placement in a master bedroom closet, for example.

TacVault from GunVault

If you rely on an AR or shotgun for home defense, but can’t figure out a way to keep it secure from unauthorized access while readily available if the unthinkable happens, look no further. GunVault has introduced a new secure storage safe that will fit discreetly in most closets, yet the gun is instantly available with GunVault’s patented No-Eyes keypad or fingerprint scanner.

I’d heard all the claims before and, like you, I was skeptical about working scanners and keypads when under duress. No, they don’t put the gun immediately in your hands, and I know for a fact that a single second seems like forever in a life-and-death situation, but I’ve had great success when testing the GunVault’s systems in the past. They are fast and extremely reliable.

Even if you have a gun safe capable of swallowing your entire collect, you might consider this unit for your safe room. Constructed of 14-gauge steel in the body, with 12-gauge steel in the door, the four-foot-tall unit weighs 80 pounds. To ensure burglars don’t simply make off with the entire thing, it is predrilled for securing to the floor. Width is 10 inches and depth is 17 inches, enough to store any tactical shotgun or AR with a 30-round magazine. An interior shelf can hold spare magazines, a flashlight or ammunition.

It’s powered by a nine-volt battery and units are available either with a fingerprint scanner or a digital key pad. Low-battery-power warnings are issued by an audible signal and an LED indicator. MSRP is $499.99 or $549.99, depending on selected model.

The fingerprint recognition unit allows efficient and fast access to safe and—thanks to the company’s high-performance algorithm—false rejection rates are reportedly low. The self- learning algorithm adds new data to the fingerprint templates each time a user touches the fingerprint sensor, which decreases the likelihood of false rejection. The last time I tested one of them, it did seem to open more reliably each time I hit the sensor. Whether it was because the circuitry grew to know me better or I started holding my finger the same way each time, I can’t say. Either way, it works. Up to 10 different fingerprints can be provided.

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  • Kyle June 8, 2013, 10:38 pm

    This safe looks really solid, I like the 12, 14 gauge steel but would almost like to see a bit stronger gauge steel used in its comstruction. The biometric gun safe lock mechanisms have gotten a lot better in recent years, but I still have reservations on battery powered safes because of the need to replace the battery so often. My assumption is in the coming years battery power will increase and take this concern off the table, but it looks like we will have to wait. I have heard of folks trying to get into their safe only to find the battery has drained. Not the best situation. I do love the technology, but combo still holds my heart…although those has their issues as well…ie opening in the dark. Another similar model to this gun safe option would be the BARSKA Quick Access Biometric Rifle Safe, at a little more affordable price.Kyle

    • Ian_f June 2, 2014, 4:27 pm

      The Barska is similar, but does not have the depth to support a tactical rifle with a clip installed (or optics/foregrip) and requires the AR-15 be placed at an angle which eats up space inside the safe

  • JMH February 2, 2013, 10:47 pm

    Looks like a perfect answer for carrying and storing an AR or Mini on a small cabin boat like a Weldcraft CuddyKing, or in one’s motorhome. Love it!

  • Gary February 1, 2013, 11:21 am

    Expensive for a 1 rifle vault!

  • Craig January 22, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Did I miss the Suggested Retail Price?

    • jjd76539 January 22, 2013, 5:15 pm

      I am thinking as the article stated MSRP is $499.99 or $549.99, depending on selected model.

  • D. H. January 22, 2013, 5:03 am

    Hmmm… Nice, but will it accommodate an AK-47 w/30 rd. clip? If not, why aren’t they manufacturing/marketing for us, too?

    • TED RAYMOND January 22, 2013, 12:04 pm


    • noone March 24, 2014, 10:40 am

      Not a clip. Its called a magazine!

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