GunVault Breech Vault

I had the opportunity this weekend to play with a neat little locking mechanism from GunVault called the Breech Vault.  It’s a simple lock that fits into the breech of your shotgun and locks nicely into place so that your gun is secure, easily accessible and you don’t have the bulk (or expense) of a big safe.  It’s only $20 straight from Gun Vault and it’s California Department of Justice approved.

I’m not exactly the most handy person on the planet, so the fact that I could put together and use the Breech Vault in a matter of about 10 minutes says a lot.  There are 7 steps in the instructions, and that includes the one at the end that says “Finally turn the key in the clockwise direction to lock and remove key.”  This is not rocket surgery.  You snap the appropriate breech insert (the light orange Lego parts shown to the right) on and the appropriate Forearm Insert (the long, skinny orange Lego parts shown to the right) on, and I do mean snap them on, and then slide the lock into the shotgun breech and lock it.  Every part you need is laid out in a grid based on the gun you have: Winchester 1300, Remington 870, Mossberg 500/535/835.  It’s ridiculously easy and it fit my Winchester flawlessly.

I really like the Breech Vault and the idea behind it.  It’s cheap, it’s simple and it works.  I appreciate how small it is, it makes transportation and storage easy by securing your gun without being a 1,000 lb. safe.  The next time I have to take my shotgun to the range or to a match I am definitely going to throw the Breech Vault on before putting the gun in my car.



  1. Thanks for letting me know about this. It is an investment I just might look into.


  2. Is this mostly for states that require a trigger lock? Or for child-safety?

    It doesn’t seem as though it would do much to prevent theft, is what I’m saying, which to me is the main point of a gun safe.

    1. Definitely more of a child-proofing or states that require a trigger lock kind of device, I really don’t think it would do much for someone who is intent on walking off with your gun.

      However, it’d be great if you have kids (or in my case a dumb cat) and like I said – for transportation. Or if I lived on the 4th floor of an apartment complex like I have in the past where a big gun safe isn’t really an option but you don’t want to leave your firearms completely unsecured. And, as I said, I’m going to use it when I have my gun in my car – I think it’s brilliant for transportation to/from matches.

      There are a lot of different applications and a lot of reasons a large gun safe might not be a possibility. It’s just a good, affordable alternative.

      1. So this does look good, but does anyone have any suggestions to secure (so no-one runs off it with) a shotgun at home without a safe?

        1. Other than keep it loaded and in your hand?

          Hide it comes to mind first and probably cheapest and easiest. Drop ceilings make wonderful hiding places, just don’t put too much weight in any one spot. And be sure to rest things on the metal as the panels don’t support much. Attics may be a good option too. Closets, under the bed, Cut a hole in the wall behind your refrigerator, stove, china cabinet, anywhere that wont be normally seen.

          If you are handy you can built false walls in a closet or elsewhere.

          Keep a couple of Dobermans or Rotties in the house.

          Move to where there’s less crime?

          1. Well, a bike-lock type system will at least require them to have the proper tools at hand. It’s not the best, but it makes the thieves at least be prepared. Well, unless you have bolt cutters handy around the house…

    1. Good idea if you only have one or 2 guns, but at $38.59 a piece It would be cheaper to buy a safe than all those that I’d need.

  3. Did you say “rocket surgery”? I should start saying “brain science”.

    This seems much more reliable than the locks that fit around the trigger guard.

  4. Looks like a solution in desperate need of a problem.

    If it doesn’t do anything to prevent thieves from making off with your shotgun why is it any better than a trigger lock or a cable lock through the loading/ejection ports? Methods of securing/childproofing guns are almost a commodity by this point where the only difference between them is the price and which pretty color you want it in.

    They could moderately improve the design and get a leg up on the competition for products that make it not shoot by at least putting a Kensington lock on it or a reinforced eyelet for a cable or lock so it can at least be chained down.

    Locks like this that render a firearm inoperable are quickly and easily defeated, particularly if a thief had the time to remove it at his/her leisure in the comfort of his/her own home. Does the breech vault really offer enough of a benefit to command 3 to 10 times the price of a regular lock?

  5. I think now we need a test to destruction. How many hits with a hammer would it take to remove it?

  6. Lots of naysayers, I have this product, as well as their AR Vault, and GunVault Deluxe pistol safe.
    The thing I like about it is that I have two kids, this keeps my bed side shotgun from being used by them when it is out at night. My full size safe is on the other side of the house in the garage so storing it in there for access is not an option for bump in the night situations, the device takes only a couple seconds to remove now that I have ran practice drills to make sure I can quickly and easily remove it in the dark.
    Before people start going off about teaching kids gun safety and that being enough. If you believe this you live in a dream world. My kids have gun safety drilled into their heads, but you cannot consider yourself a responsible gun owner if you rely solely on education for the safety of your children and others.

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