Say goodbye to electronic pistol safes:
Titan gun safe review
BY NICK COFFMAN 11.25.2017
I had an electronic pistol box for quick access to my primary home defense pistol for almost two years.
The day came when the batteries died and I went to grab the 9-volt battery to “jump-start” it. It was at
that point I discovered the pistol box was designed to revert to the default factory code when the battery
died. In the two-year span, I had forgotten the original code and reached out to the maker for
help. Fortunately, I was eventually able to get the code and regain access to the secured pistol.
Here is the problem – sure that safe worked (until that point) and was affordable at less than $100, but if
I had needed that pistol for an emergency in that span of time I would have been out of luck. This led me
to immediately seek out a mechanical locking pistol safe – no batteries and no keys. Keys can be lost or
duplicated and are cumbersome when trying to get quick access, and batteries have their own issues
that I outlined above.
TitanVault’s Titan Gun Safe offers everything I want in a safe – a patented mechanical locking function,
fast and safe access to any variety of handguns, and can be mounted virtually anywhere. To review, I’ll
focus on different mounting, pistol, and feature options.
The safe features two universal mounts – one specifically for a bed frame and the other for all other
uses. I also acquired Titan’s ammo box, which is an optional attachment for when the magazine needs to
be stored separately from the firearm. Construction is very well done, and all components feel sturdy
and secure. The fixed carry handle is low profile and out of the way yet comfortable when needed.
Instructions were very thorough for installation tips, mounting procedures, functions, code changes, and
troubleshooting. My only criticism would be that they were a little overwhelming. Particularly with the
process of changing the factory code. Still, even this jarhead got it right on the first try. With that out of
the way, everything else seemed easy.
The buttons and knob make it incredibly easy to access the pistol. There are more than 2000 different
combinations to choose from, and with only a few practice runs I am very comfortable opening it. I had
no trouble finding the buttons in the dark after some additional practice. There are no backlights or
anything, so be mindful that it is up to you to become proficient with it.
The holster is extended toward you upon opening the safe door by using a pivot arm, and it holds
virtually any revolver or pistol. I tested it with a Ruger American 9mm full size pistol and with a
compact Sig P320 RX with a mounted flashlight. Both weapons were held tight by the holster and fit
perfectly in the box. There is a trigger guard that can be removed from the holster to accommodate
larger pistols. By default, the holster includes Velcro straps but they can be removed. I would
recommend removing them unless you have the box in a vehicle where heavy off-road use may be a
Titan’s ammo box can be mounted in a few different locations, although I chose the side position for
myself. It does not lock independently. It relies on the main safe door to secure it. Although, once the
main door is open, the spring-loaded ammo box pops open and makes accessing the magazine very
convenient. The ammo box has foam inserts that can be modified to fit either 2 single stack magazines
or 1 double stack magazine up to 6” long.
For mounting, I tested with the safe secured to an office desk and mounted in a vehicle. If you plan to
keep in a vehicle, I’d recommend purchasing the optional cable lock from TitanVault. It will be simpler
than trying to drill into the floor of your vehicle for a permanent mount.
Cost for the Titan Gun Safe is around $359-$369 depending on whether you choose the compact or
original size. In my experience it is worth every penny. You can get electronic safes for much less but
they will fail you at some point. The Titan Gun Safe is California Department of Justice approved, and
that testing included a 250-pound door pull test, 120 stroke hacksaw test with a load of 10-pounds, lock
manipulation, drop, and impact testing. This safe is a tank and I trust it when needed