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Out Of The Box: Portable Security From GoSafe

Reimagining firearm security, the GoSafe Mobile Safe and Mobile Mag lock down pistols from the inside, making them safe while keeping the guns portable and accessible.

Out Of The Box: Portable Security From GoSafe

GoSafe Mobile security products promise a greater degree of portability and accessibility for gun owners on the go. (Photo by Joe Kurtenbach)

Most of us can agree that firearm security is paramount – when not in use, guns need to be stored in a safe manner to prevent theft and accidents. We can also agree, though, that firearms relied on for defense need to be accessible and easily made ready for action. It’s a bit of a Catch-22 conundrum – you want to protect your guns, but you also want your guns accessible to protect yourself.

It's also a nuanced concern. Everyday life takes guns owners through a range of different locations and activities that warrant varying levels of security and preparedness. For example, a gun at home in the safe is of little comfort during a trip to the ATM. Likely you’d prefer to be packing during those errands when your life and valuables are more vulnerable. But what if the next stop of your day is to a non-permissive environment for firearms, such as picking up kids from school or dropping off paperwork at the courthouse? Your car, as too many gun owners find out, is not a gun safe.

Enter GoSafe, and the company’s Mobile firearm security solutions. The GoSafe Mobile Safe and Mobile Mag actually work to make your pistol its own portable safe.

GoSafe Lock and Key
Each GoSafe Mobile Safe and Mobile Mag are activated by a unique eight-tooth sprocket-style key. (Photo by Joe Kurtenbach)

To start, GoSafe Mobile products mimic the dimensions of a semiautomatic pistol magazine. Like a magazine, they are inserted up through the frame of the pistol and are held in place by the gun’s magazine lock/release.

Once in place, an eight-tooth sprocket-style key can be inserted into the basepad and rotated from “FIRE” to “SAFE” to engage the locking mechanism. The text for the two status positions is clearly engraved and easily identified by the colored circles next to each: red for FIRE, white for SAFE. Additionally, a small indicator protrudes out of the rear of the Mobile unit’s basepad when the lock is set to SAFE. The indicator wears a white ring for visual identification, but also provides tactile status confirmation.

GoSafe Gun Lock
Locking down your firearm is as easy as inserting a magazine and turning the key. Note the clearly labeled SAFE and FIRE positions, as well as the tactile indicator on the back of the basepad. (Photo by Joe Kurtenbach)

In the FIRE position, the Mobile Safe or Mag can be freely inserted or removed, just like a standard magazine. In the SAFE position, however, a steel extension rotates forward as the key turns. Located on the leading face near the top of the Mobile unit, the extension performs two critical functions: First, it engages the trigger bar to prevent rearward movement. Mechanically locking the trigger means the gun cannot be manually fired. Secondly, the extension itself becomes a locking lug that prevents the Mobile unit being removed from the firearm. So, in the SAFE position the gun cannot be fired, and the trigger lock cannot be removed without the key.

GoSafe Trigger Block
The key to GoSafe's design a steel extension that serves as a trigger bar block and a locking lug that prevents the Mobile unit from being removed without the key. (Photo by Joe Kurtenbach)

At launch, GoSafe’s Mobile products will be compatible with Glock 17- and Glock 19-pattern pistols, including iterative models that utilize the same 17- or 15-round magazines, respectively. I don’t expect GoSafe to make any blanket claims about performance with pistol designs and manufacturers that utilize the basic Glock blueprint, but I can confirm functionality with my Shadow Systems pistols. Beyond Glocks, GoSafe reports that products for Smith & Wesson M&Ps as well as SIG Sauer pistols are in the works.

The Mobile units will come in two basic flavors, the Mobile Safe ($80) and the Mobile Mag ($100). The Safe is just that, a portable, internal gun lock that secures the firearm in the manner described above. The Mobile Mag, however, is a combination safe and magazine. The unit locks down the pistol just as previously described. However, it also includes an abbreviated 10-round double-stack magazine. In the FIRE position, the Mobile Mag works just like a regular magazine.

Mobile Mag v Mobile Safe
The Mobile Mag (top) combines the locking mechanism of the Mobile Safe (bottom) with a 10-round capacity double-stack magazine. (Photo by Joe Kurtenbach)

As I mentioned, firearm security is a nuanced topic, and individual needs may change throughout the day. I appreciate that GoSafe really thought outside the box – the 1,000-pound steel box – to provide a non-traditional solution. In no way do I think Mobile Safe is the final answer in firearms security. Instead, I see it as an additional answer, and an innovative one, that helps expand the context within which firearms can be secured.

I see these products really being an aid to gun owners on the move. I can see keeping a Mobile Safe in the glove box of my car for when I need to enter firearm restricted locales. Again, a car is not a safe, but at least I’d have peace of mind knowing that the gun is secure and will be unusable in the hands of ne’er-do-wells.

GoSafe Mobile Mag
In the FIRE position, the sample Mobile Mag functioned just like a 9mm Glock-pattern magazine is expected to. In the SAFE position, the gun was locked down. (Photo by Joe Kurtenbach)

I could also see others, such as security personnel or school resource officers, desiring the intermediate security option that the Mobile Mag provides. The firearms can be on their person, loaded and ready to go. But, if the situation dictates, a turn of the key can prevent unauthorized use and protect against gun grab scenarios.

Again, there is no perfect answer. For example, I don’t see a speed advantage between the GoSafe Mobile locks and a small, quick-access safe. However, the products do provide another answer, and I think they offer gun owners a new level of portability along with hassle-free accessibility. The team over at GoSafe has repeatedly told me that they want encourage gun ownership and want more law-abiding armed citizens to have access to their firearms without compromising their own protection or the security of their guns. I think the Mobile Safe and Mobile Mag represent a great step toward that goal.

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For more information, visit gosafenow.com. Products are available for purchase on the website, as well as from Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.




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