Does anyone else use this gun lock? When I first heard about it, I found the idea of a digital gun lock is intriguing. I went on a wild goose chase, trying to find myself once of these locks.
^ Picture of the lock from rrarms.com
I finally found one of these locks (actually three) for sale on eBay after finding them all sold out elsewhere, contacting my local gun shops, etc. Only one seller had them, and I bought them up (one for me, one for my boyfriend, one for a housemate interested in purchasing a firearm in the near future).
I got them yesterday in the mail, and this lock is most excellent in my opinion! Changing the 9 volt battery does not require the gun be unlocked, nor does the code reset if it is changed. There is no backup key (which actually was the selling point, I'll explain why soon). The operation is silent. No beeping when the number pad is pressed. And for the code, you can press two buttons at once, and it counts as one part of the four digit combo (so you can have 4, 1+3, 2, 1 for added security). Not having to find a key in order to unlock a home defense weapon is a HUGE perk. I mean, if a bad guy breaks in during the night, you don't want to wake up, grab your gun, and then realize the key moved from its usual place nearby because of the cat (yes, my cat plays with keys, any keys). Just tap in the combo, load up, and go. If you have children, this also eliminates them finding the keys (though they should be kept in safe place) and possibly unlocking a firearm. The average kid, if they even have access to the firearms, will give up after a few attempted combination, plus, it locks up for 15 minutes after a few failed attempts.
The reason I did not want a gun with a keyed lock, or even backup key, is because I know how easily those locks can be picked. I mean, the average trigger lock is ridiculously easy to pick. How do I know? One of my housemates is a lock pick extraordinaire. I handed him the cable lock I got free with my Mossberg, and in 20 seconds, he handed it back, open. While the average baddie probably doesn't have such skills, it still is shocking, and I'd rather not have to deal with that. Though most criminals, if they break in and steal a weapon when someone isn't home, will just cart the entire thing off, lock and all.
I hope these locks become more available in the future, and are not discontinued ( it seems there is a temporary supply problem right now). Truly a great lock!