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GunVault MicroVault Standard VS Sports Afield Top Access Lightning Handgun Vault

Today we compare two very similar handgun safes from very reputable companies. These “clam-shell” style top-access safes are great for keeping under a car seat or in a drawer. While the two different products are very comparable in many respects they also have their own advantages.

The below video says it all but I've also included a summary below the video that you may find helpful.

GunVault Micro Advantages:

  • Comes with a security cable
  • Shorter and thus more likely to fit in tight spaces
  • Finger groves makes it easy to find buttons in the dark
  • Made of 18 Gauge Steel (vs 20 Gauge)

Order The GunVault Micro Here

Sports Afield Top Access Lighting Vault Advantages:

  • Illuminated buttons and interior
  • MSRP is $80 lower
  • Interior space is “taller” allowing for thicker items
  • Lifetime warranty (vs a 5 year warranty)

Order the Sports Afield Top Access Lighting Vault Here

Here is a security cable that will work universally with either safe

What Are Your Thoughts?

Do you own either of these? Share your experience below to help those who may be shopping for a new handgun safe.

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4 Responses to GunVault MicroVault Standard VS Sports Afield Top Access Lightning Handgun Vault

  1. LynnB September 9, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    I have 3 Microvaults (one for each of my two cars and one by my bed) and 2 of them stopped opening. Googling the problem, I found this is very common. I have tried to call Gunvault and put on hold forever, finally giving up. Have emailed several times and have never received an answer. I finally just put some olive oil on the latches, and any moving parts on latch/lock, and it worked fine. Too bad G.V. doesn’t care enough about the CUSTOMER to reply to messages and concerns. I feel the Sports Afield might be too “thick” to tuck under most car seats as my GV barely fits my Trailhawk and doesn’t quite squeeze all the way under my Volvo S 60.

  2. Robert September 9, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Taller safe would probably fit a revolver better. I have a Sports Afield gun safe that the front flops down to open. Mine looks a little taller as well. However, where I have it, there is not a problem with its’ size. Great comparison video. Thanks.

  3. Paige O’Day October 16, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    I was waiting for you to try and break each lock, and to take a sledgehammer to/or drop each safe to see if, once in hand (such as in a car break-in), one could access a loaded gun?

    This is something I fear about gun under the bed or in a car. I would also have endless guilt if someone got ahold of my gun, and somebody died as a result. Not to mention the cost of litigation.

    I know it would have been an expensive test, but perhaps enough of the members here would be willing to chip in to see it. I know I would.

    • Jacob Paulsen October 16, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      Paige, I might get to that someday. Both safes passed the California DOJ testing so they both meet a fairly high standard. I suspect they are both as easily opened or not opened so I don’t think the test would produce a big winner but it is worth saying that all handgun vaults are relatively insecure in that the nature of the locks and closing mechanisms is only so strong. Given the right tools and enough time anyone could break in. The key is to secure/tether the safe such that the criminal can’t remove it and take it back to their own “shop” and given the general time constraints that criminals have it should do its job in protecting your firearm.

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