The Best Piece of Mind a Few Dollars can Bring — GunVault’s NanoVault

By Dave Dolbee published on in Gun Gear

A safe, strongbox, coffer, vault, trap, hidey-hole—you can call it what you like, but essentially you’ll be describing a secure box used for securing valuable objects against damage from fire. Throughout history, several companies boasted they had created the ultimate safe. A safe so secure, no one could break into it. Several crafty criminals proved them wrong; certainly not as many in the movies, but the message was sent that nothing is completely safe. Today, we do not look so much at how long it would take a burglar to crack a safe, as how long the contents would likely be damaged by fire.

GunVault Home diagram

The NanoVault can be employed in many other places and ways. Your imagination is the only limitation.

However, there are exceptions. At times, you understand you will not thwart a determined thief for long, but you want an extra measure of security. For times such as these, GunVault offers the ultimate solution with its MiniVault, MicroVault, NanoVault and even a specially designed ARVault or MagVault.

Personally, I use the NanoVault the most. Concealed under your seat or in the trunk of your car using the included 1,500-lb. test security cable, the NanoVault will not prevent your valuables or firearm from being stolen. However, it will slow the potential thief’s efforts, which could easily make all of the difference.

The NanoVault also offers a way to remain compliant with local laws. For instance, you are legally carrying a firearm concealed and expectedly or unexpectedly find yourself about to enter a building where firearms are prohibited. You need to secure your handgun and simply leaving it in the center console or glove box is not enough. With the NanoVault, you can lock your handgun away and tether it with the security cable.

The NanoVault can be employed in many other places and ways. Your imagination is the only limitation. The NanoVault meets TSA airline firearm guidelines making it ideal for transporting your handgun when traveling. The small, discreet size makes it ideal for carrying in a briefcase or bag or mounting under a desk or in a file cabinet.

The NanoVault is offered in the three different sizes with varying features.

Model NV 100 NV 300 NV 200
Gauge 20 18 18
Exterior Product Dimensions
HxWxD (including keypad and lock)
1½ x 6 x 8¼” 1¾ x 6½ x 9½” 1½ x 6½ x 9½”
Interior Product Dimensions 1½ x 5¾ x 8″ 1½ x 6¼ x 9¼” 1½ x 6¼ x 9¼”
Weight  2 pounds 3 pounds 3 pounds
Hold # of Unique Fingerprints N/A N/A N/A
# of User-Selectable Access Codes N/A N/A N/A
Mountable?  Yes Yes Yes
Protective Foam Liner? Yes Yes Yes
Spring Loaded Door?  X  X  X
Audio Low Battery Warning? X  X  X
LED Low Battery Warning  X  X  X
Interior Courtesy Light  X  X  X
Motion Detector With Audio Alarm  X  X  X
Tamper Indicator  X  X  X
Computer Block Access After Repeated Invalid Entries  X  X  X
Security Cable Included  Yes Yes Yes
Backup Override Key  Yes  X  X
1,500-lb. Security Cable Usable  X  X  X
External AC Power Supply  X  X  X
Battery Type & Quantity N/A N/A N/A
Batteries Included  X  X  X
California DOJ Approved  X  X  X
GunVault NanoVault

With the NanoVault, you can lock your handgun away and tether it with the security cable.

What’s your experience with the NanoVault or one of the other GunVault products? Do you have an alternative concealment solution? Share it in the comment section.


Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business,, and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (17)

  • David


    I kept my Nano in my truck, My truck was stolen and they found the Nano, lucky I didn’t have my gun in my truck. The thieves very easily opened the nano without even leaving a scratch. Turns out, the inner mechanism is made of cheap plastic that is very easily broken.


    • Mikial


      Close call, Man. Thanks for the real world tip.

      One of my nightmares is to have some POS steal a gun from me and use it against an innocent. The tether is no big deal since it isn’t very hard to snip a cable with a small bolt cutter.

      The main use I see for this item is to inexpensively meet the legal requirements for having a gun in your car when passing through a Nazi state, and the whole flying with your gun drill. Since some airlines require your bag be marked with a “Declared Gun Inside” sticker, if the baggage handlers decide to steal your gun they’ll just take the whole box anyway and open it later.


  • jflade


    I have 4 of the nano’s. I dont claim it to be the end all of security measures – but I keep my handguns in a nano – inside my real gun safe. Whenever i have to leave – it grab the nano of choice and go wherever i need to. it satisfies the legal transport laws and it easy enough to open in a hurry.

    If you havent guessed it – yes i am held captive in Commi-fornia. I started the CCW process oin January – met every requirement and here we are in mide July – still no answer. In the meantime, my nano is my means of carry.


  • Ron


    Better than nothing, but not by much. If it’s all you can afford, then it’s all you can afford. Get this and save up for a better one. ShotLock and Titan make far better products.


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