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First of all-this is a very informative post, great job. I too have searched high and low for a vehicle pistol safe. I've gotta admit I'm not a fan of leaving my sidearm unattended in a vehicle. I'm looking into purchasing from advanced pistol safes right now.
 

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Would an in car gun safe be legal (instead of throwing gun in trunk) in California?
coredump: They have to be approved by Calif. DOJ.

To the OP:

I first purchased a com safe, with the combo lock, for my GM 1911. It was such a tight fit with all the foam padding. One day I pressed on the combo lock itself to close the case enough to turn the lock . When I heard a snap and pushed the combo lock through the case, breaking the lock itself.

That lasted me about two weeks, and it's not like I'm that "hard" on my equipment. But while using this unit, I still had to do something with my holster, as it didn't fit with the gun.

I found a Stack-on safe, both keypad and key lock, take gun and holster off and toss it in, done. I have an extended cab pick-up, and it fits under the rear seat, bolted to the floor, with easy access from the driver's side. There's even enough room for my GPS also.

http://stack-on.com/securityplus/personal_and_quick_access_safes/ps-508.html
 

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Another Vote

Another Vote for the COM safe, I have three that are keyed alike. One is in my Jetta. and the other two are used in various applications. Right now one is being wired into a backpack for taking to Idaho.

and the smaller will also go for carrying a box of ammo. According to my latest info. Ammo must be in orig box, but also be lockup up in the check on luggage and not lcked in the same box as the firearm.
 

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I'm in the process of buying handgun safes for my home. for my car, I usually leave it locked in the glovebox if I can't carry somewhere.

I had the same question about biometric versus the push button combo locks. From what I've heard, the biometrics, although fast, can be finicky when fingertips are covered in sweat and blood, not an uncommon occurrence in a self-defense situation. This has prompted me to go with the push-button locks, which have a key back-up as well. Just my $0.02
That is a valid point however the micro gunvault allows you to enter 100 prints controlled. I have put prints in for all 8 fingers and both thumbs. My wife has done the same. That does provide some help in overcoming situations such as you described, and of course it can be opened with a key as well.
 

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Will a 4.25" 1911 fit in the medium size COM box. Looks a little tight in pics with a 4". I have a CCO and dont want to try to cram it in a too small space but the large box seems like it would be too large for the intended purpose.
What are everyones opinion after having it for a while? Sounds like the combo lock is a no go.
 

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I couldn't get my commander-sized 1911 and spare mag to fit in the smaller-sized box. I have a large "Secure It" with key lock under my seat for the odd-times I need to store the pistol briefly while I'm out and about (e.g., going in the post office, etc.). I like it a lot and for the price it's hard to beat.

 

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I've got the key version - same one as the first post. Mine is bolted down to the floor in my truck, and I also run the cable around the passenger seat mount. I think if someone took a big old crowbar and jammed it in there they could peel back the top, but it would require time... and I think most smash-and-grab guys wouldn't take the time.

I only use mine when necessary. If I'm on a road trip or something, I wouldn't use it - I'd put the pistol in a more accessible place, like the console. Overall I think it's a good purchase for ~$30 though. It's certainly not a "safe", but at least it's a lockable metal box that will slow someone down.
 

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I bought a small key-operated Secure-It from Cabela's.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...ainCatcat20656-cat601064-cat604436&id=0045006

The combination model didn't impress me with quality. The lock is really cheesy.

The one I got with the key is ok, but had a serious issue: it STINKS :barf:. I mean, not just a bad odor, but a toxic stench that was unbearable. I figure the Chinese factory got some chemicals mixed up when they made the foam, so I threw away the foam and cut some from packing material. Now it's good to go.
 

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I couldn't get my commander-sized 1911 and spare mag to fit in the smaller-sized box. I have a large "Secure It" with key lock under my seat for the odd-times I need to store the pistol briefly while I'm out and about (e.g., going in the post office, etc.). I like it a lot and for the price it's hard to beat.

I have one in each car and use it every day!

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I have the COM box in my truck. Fits nicely under the armrest. I feel it's secure with the cable wrapped around the seat post. The only modification I made was, you'll notice the lock is lightly spot welded to the lid. I drilled holes through it and put pop-rivets through it so it couldn't be pried open with a screw driver.
 
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