Titan Gun Vault

I recently went to my first ever gun show at the Cow Palace near San Francisco, CA. The Crossroads of the West gun show comes to my area 4-5 times a year which is nice. I was wandering around taking in the culture and the goodies that were on display. I saw a man demonstrating a very cool gun safe called the Titan Gun Vault.

Side view of the Titan Gun Safe. “DOJ Approved” is a California-specific approval.

It’s designed for multiple locations: mounted to a bed, to a desk, to your car floor, a closet floor – the possibilities are only limited by your creativity. The universal and bed mounting plates allow for this flexibility.

What I like about the Titan safe is when the door opens, the gun comes up with it to speed up your access and reduce the risk of the gun getting snagged in the safe. There is an optional magazine attachment, which lifts up your magazine as the main door opens. The combo is a set of 5 buttons which the owner can set. It’s all mechanical for reliability, so no batteries to worry about.

Bird’s eye view of the user-configurable 5-button combo pad. Turn the knob clock-wise to open the door.

I was planning to test the Titan by mounting it to the floor of my SUV, but I wasn’t confident in drilling holes in the floor of my car, lest I puncture something important. There weren’t any instructions or guidance on how to mount the plate in a car, and I couldn’t find any reliable advice on the internet. I contemplated going to a mechanic to have them drill the holes, but I decided to be scrappy and find an alternate method.

The Titan can also store a mounted hard drive for a computer, and there is a laptop security mount. Knowing this, I took a laptop cable I had lying around and slung it around a metal support bar under my car seat bench. I used a magical piece of duct tape to keep the safe from moving around, and avoided having to drill all together.

View of the Titan Gun Vault from the driver’s seat. The safe is installed underneath the car’s back bench, and secured with a laptop cable (sold separately).

From the front seat of my car while buckled into the driver’s seat, I could quickly turn around and access my Sig Sauer P226 and the magazine. Titan recommends practicing accessing the safe in the dark, and the combo buttons are easy to feel with your fingertips. The Titan can secure the vast majority of pistols and revolvers, and the magazine compartment can fit single or double stack magazines, or revolver speed loaders. Pistols with a tactical light mounted to it will require a replacement holster that runs for $39.00.

The Titan Gun Safe retails for $349.00, and the ammo box retails for $59.00. All items are available at www.titangunvault.com.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.



  • Nate

    Would this even be a legal arrangement in CA (without a CCW)? I’d think a loaded magazine in a car violates transportation laws

    • D

      Where i live in ohio, i’ve always heard carrying a loaded gun in your car was illegal, and that guns and ammo had to be kept separate from each other with a locked container. Like, you could have your shotgun in the car, and the bullets in your trunk, but not sitting on the seat next to the shot gun.

      But IANAL

      • Max Dee

        Are we making new laws as we go along “violates transportation laws !!!”.
        Copy and past the text so we can all benefit.

      • D

        ORC 2923.16 Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle

        (B) No person shall knowingly transport or have a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle in such a manner that the firearm is accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.

        (C) No person shall knowingly transport or have a firearm in a motor vehicle, unless the person may lawfully possess that firearm under applicable law of this state or the United States, the firearm is unloaded, and the firearm is carried in one of the following ways:
        (1) In a closed package, box, or case;

        (2) In a compartment that can be reached only by leaving the vehicle;

        (3) In plain sight and secured in a rack or holder made for the purpose;

        (4) If the firearm is at least twenty-four inches in overall length as measured from the muzzle to the part of the stock furthest from the muzzle and if the barrel is at least eighteen inches in length, either in plain sight with the action open or the weapon stripped, or, if the firearm is of a type on which the action will not stay open or which cannot easily be stripped, in plain sight.

    • Rob

      Loaded it would be illegal without CCW. Unloaded it would not be considered loaded under Penal Code Section 12031. Expect to be hassled by law enforcement regardless.

      Note that the placement of the vault under the seat like pictured could very well constitute a violation of HSC Section 11336.8 regardless of whether a weapon is present or not. California’s “hidden compartment” law is a bugger.

    • Chase

      Loaded magazines are allowed in California, as long as they aren’t in the gun. Unless you have a carry license, of course, in which case you can of course keep your gun loaded.

    • Please see the following with regards to how California defines “loaded”: http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Defining_loaded_in_California

      CA policy for travelling with firearms in a car: http://oag.ca.gov/firearms/travel

  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    Headless body videos are creepy.

    Nice looking little safe. A bit on the expensive side, though.

    I’m trying to think of a reason why I would want to place a firearm in a locked safe with a need to access it quickly while operating the vehicle – at least in Texas.

    I guess maybe if I had a car full of kids and I didn’t have a CCW and thus wasn’t allowed to have it concealed on my person. Meh..

    I’ve got a far more secure set-up in my vehicle to store a firearm to prevent it from being stolen if I can’t keep eyes on my car. It involves a cinderblock and a tractor rim…and a paper clip.

    In case I don’t comment again until after the holidays…Everyone at TFB have a safe holiday season and a healthy 2013. Thanks for the great posts.

    • Mr. Fahrenheit

      There’s a better video at the product website. Guy with a head and torso, too.

      • lol, I just swapped out the video for the one with a head and torso. Thanks for reading and contributing to The Firearm Blog, we love our readers!

  • mechamaster

    LOL, this gun vault sure like an Audio Amplifier rather than a portable stove. ( that last picture give me that image )

  • Max Dee

    For those who are misrepresenting California Penal Codes:

    California Penal Code section 12025 does not prevent a citizen of the United States over 18 years of age who is not lawfully prohibited from firearm possession, and who resides or is temporarily in California, from transporting by motor vehicle any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person provided the firearm is unloaded and stored in an approved locked container.

    The term “locked container” means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment. “Console Vaults are in violation”. For more information, refer to California Penal Code Section 12026.1.

    Loaded Firearms in a Public Place
    It is unlawful to carry a loaded firearm on one’s person or in a vehicle while in any public
    place, on any public street, or in any place where it is unlawful to discharge a firearm.
    (Penal Code § 12031(a)(1).)
    A firearm is deemed loaded when there is a live cartridge or shell in, or attached in any
    manner to, the firearm, including, but not limited to, the firing chamber, magazine, or clip
    thereof attached to the firearm. A muzzle-loading firearm is deemed loaded when it is
    capped or primed and has a powder charge and ball or shot in the barrel or cylinder. (Penal
    Code § 12031(g).)
    For the purposes of Penal Code section 12023 (commission or attempted commission of a
    felony while armed with a loaded firearm), a firearm is deemed loaded when both the
    firearm and the unexpended ammunition capable of being discharged from the firearm are
    in the immediate possession of the same person.
    (“”Locked in State approved Handgun safe, does not constitute the immediate possession””).

    It is unlawful for the driver of any motor vehicle, or the owner of any motor vehicle
    irrespective of whether the owner is occupying the vehicle, to knowingly permit any
    person to carry a loaded firearm in the vehicle in violation of Penal Code section 12031,

  • Nicks87

    A gun show in California? I didnt know they were allowed.

    Did you have to get strip-searched upon entering and leaving?

    Was the place surrounded by cops and angry Democrats?

    Were you able to buy guns at this event or was it just show and tell?

    Thanks Chris for having the courage to go to such an evil gathering of potential criminals. Hopefully the ATF isnt tracking you after attending such a disgusting display of freedom.

    • jacob

      They’re really sketchy around here. Before they used to be demo shows for assault weapons and high powered rifles as well as C&R items. But now its accessories, ammo etc. In Los Angeles I would guess it’s nuts. Their shooting ranges are loaded with gang members dual wielding and stuff. I can only imagine what their gun shows are like.

      • Gabriel

        you sound misinformed. Are you from Los Angeles? I am, and only 30% of the gun ranges are gang ridden (downtown’s L.A. Gun Club). There are gun shows but they’re pretty weak. Mostly just go to buy bulk ammo at wholesale price. You will rarely find a good deal, if any, on a firearm.

  • gunslinger

    i like the idea. wonder if the price is more for the selective markts, because they might not be selling to places with more friendly gun laws?

  • Michael

    I have had a version of this safe, made under another name, for about 15 years. I really like the mechanical lock, no battery or electronics to go bad. Takes less than 2 seconds to open.

  • Johnny Wilson

    The FOPA legalizes transporting firearms across state lines on a trip provided that the gun is legal in both origin and destination if the firearm and ammo are locked in 2 different places. The Titan with the magazine accessory qualifies.

    Watch the videos to see how fast you can retrieve and load the pistol.

  • Bryan S.

    Looks like a nice alternative to another quick access safe on the market. It has its place for those of us who have storage requirements, where not required by law, are required by responsible handling (ie, cannot carry in the office, so it must be secured*). Or around kids who are not yet old enough to understand the drastic effects of a firearm.

    *working to get that changed

  • It was brave to use that music.

  • noob

    The ultimate retention holster for robocop!

    safariland take note!

  • Mike Knox

    That music sounds unfitting for that video..

  • anon

    I’d like to see the guy who did the “Safe to Armed in Seconds” talk at DEFCON 19 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yr6ATdaDQ8) take a try at breaking into it.

  • Joseph

    Can it accommodate my gold plated DE .50?

  • MrMaigo

    Did you try dropping it or opening it with a paperclip?

  • Amarante

    it open really quick with a strong magnet

  • Kyle

    Looks like an interesting gun safe option, we haven’t come across this model. Thanks for writing a quick review. A competitor option I like is the Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 gun safe but the problem with this other option is it is digital, meaning batteries…which need to e replaced way too often. I like that the Titan is mechanical, that is huge. We have become fans of digital and biometric lock styles but I always fear the batteries will die right before I need to access the safe in a hurry.

    I will have to look at the steel gauge as well, my assumption is it might be pretty weak, but most small safes are it seems. Another item that concerns me on this Titan is how the cover sits on the safe case. It looks like bad design that could be leverages open quickly with a hammer and screwdriver. What do you think?


  • ashmanit

    Nice and short review..liked hoe u mounted in your car..this safe is one of my favourite..because is so fast ans reliable when needed to open..also inspite of the slim design it is quite strong..Additionally one can practice opening it many times so that the code becomes hardwired in our memory..one way it can be done is to keep something of daily need like keys or passbook etc in it..if for more points about this safe i have also put together some piece of information about it

  • Mark J Hayes

    The video quality and sounds is all screwed up

  • pkill

    With the optional magazine enclosure, I use it to travel under FOPA from NY to VA through the hell-holes of NJ, DE, and MD.