[Review] Omega Gunlock from International Supplies

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Let’s be honest. Most of us get the cheesy required gun lock when we buy a gun.  And that cheesy lock gets chucked on a shelf (or in a bag), and we forget about it (until we sell it). And if we do actually install it on a gun, we find it is basically useless. The keyed locks are pathetic (I’m sure I could train a chimp to bypass one). And if it is the cable kind, you are going to have to leave your slide open and the gun won’t easily fit back in a holster, nor lay flat, etc. Then again maybe these things aren’t really that big of an issue… I still struggle with a use case that requires me to lock my gun using some sort of cable locking device.

The Omega Gunlock is really a pretty simple device. It is a small cylinder about the size and shape of the round meant for the gun (and you can get it for pretty much all calibers; pistol, rifle, and shotgun). You drop the gunlock into the breach with the slide locked back, insert the locking rod/key into the front of the barrel and twist to lock it. The lock itself basically has a screw in the middle, which, when tightened, causes the entire unit to expand in place, wedging it inside the barrel. Ever had a piece of brass get lodged in your gun? Basically what this does, but easily removable.

The lock itself in the expanded position.

The lock itself in the expanded position.  Key is attached.

Overall it holds pretty securely in the gun, and it does have a small lip that can be caught by the extractor when you manipulate the action. They advertise that it has a “recoil pad” to protect the firing pin if dry fired. However I would not use this while dry firing, as, again, it wants to extract when you run the slide. After a half dozen manipulations I was able to cause the gunlock to slide out enough to lock the trigger of my G17, and seize the slide, necessitating insertion of the key to unlock it.

At the end of the day, this will not scuttle your gun without the unlocking key, and at most it will befuddle someone trying to figure out what is wrong with the gun. A strong punch with a rod will likely knock it loose–I didn’t actually try this as I didn’t want to injure it (or my gun) in case I was wrong.

Keylock installed. Orange "recoil pad" visible in the breach.

Keylock installed. Orange “recoil pad” visible in the breach.

I didn’t have any access to a kid to try and see if they could defeat it.  Arguably this would be more difficult as they would have to understand the mechanical operation, and then understand that there was something blocking the barrel. Again, my use case is I am either carrying it on my body, with it next to me while sleeping, or secured in the safe. In any case, I would not leave a gun lying around with a lock in place for anyone to find, let alone a child..

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You lock it by inserting the key into the barrel and rotating to expand the lock.

Benefits of the Lock (per manufacturer):

  • Ends accidental discharge by occupying the chamber, whether locked or not.
  • Doesn’t change the handling or holstering of the gun.
  • Child resistant key –on pistols and revolvers
  • Fast access – goes from locked to loaded in seconds, even in the dark
  • Gun friendly – all materials are softer than ammo brass
  • Recoil pad – on pistol locks acts to protect the firing pin if ‘dry fired’.
  • Difficult to defeat – internal design lends to strength
  • Simple and easy to use – if you can load your firearm, you can use our lock
  • Exceeds all state and federal safety standards – California DOJ, Maryland approved
  • Supplied to Browning and Winchester for over 10 years – still the lock of choice for their most prestigious shotguns.
  • Caliber specific firearm safety – a full line of automatic pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun locks.

MSRP starts at $29.99 for semi-auto pistols (and then goes up from there). If I had a need of a gunlock I would definitely use the Omega, simply because it is more subtle, and cannot be as easily defeated.

How many of you currently use gun locks, and what is your use case?  Does it really provide a good balance of safety and security?  Perhaps for transport in locations that require it be locked is the only place I can think of the utility.

You can find more information at their website: http://www.omegagunlock.com/



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • MAF

    Not sure I like the extractor engagement. I think a better method is a good old fashioned rubber coated U-lock, insert through slide and magazine well, lock, done.

  • DwnRange

    The only gun-lock I own is called a “safe”.

  • FightFireJay

    “Most of us get the cheesy required gun lock when we buy a gun.”

    Those aren’t required (in most states). They are supplied because it’s the right thing to do. “Accidental” deaths are at an all time low, not just the rate.

    Kids to young trust and train must not have access, that’s what those gun locks are for.

    • AK™

      I’ve been around guns for over 3 decades..never had family member have a negligent or accidental discharge..and have had access to all types of guns in plain sight.

      All my guns are loaded,as is my moms and dads and my sisters and her husbands. I leave my AR rifles and my Glock around the house.

  • KestrelBike

    heh

  • Gidge

    Better than nothing, but no substitute for a safe and a brain.

  • GaryOlson

    If a Kensington slot was milled in the frame, I could use the same effective round key cable lock I use on my laptop. Laptop security cables are available in multiple sizes and security features.

  • Douglas Rogahn

    I’ve got the 22lr version in my Henry Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Rifle. I wanted something that would allow me to display the rifle without it looking like there was a trigger lock on it. An added bonus is there are very few trigger locks that will work on a lever action rifle, this does the trick nicely.

  • janklow

    have used quite a few of these in MD where such locks are required with new handguns. not a bad product for what it is.

  • AK™

    All my guns are loaded 24/7. The only “kids” that come around are my 15 year old niece who was trained by myself and her parents in safe gun handling and my 23 year old nephew who doesn’t have an interest in guns,but knows not to touch them.

    Ahh..the downsides to a small family and 10 acres and living in a rural-ish area…