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.