When I got married a couple of years ago, I not only became a husband — but a stepfather, too, for a 13-and 10-year-old. It suddenly occurred to me that I needed gun locks on my firearms, something that, as a bachelor, never seemed all that pressing.

Even since then, I’ve paid special attention to new firearms security products. The DrawerVault, a new compact security safe manufactured by GunVault, looked like an especially good choice for me, as my home state of Wisconsin recently approved concealed carry and I’ll soon be bringing a handgun into the home.

The new DrawerVault series fits and operates in most standard drawers, making it the smart choice for handgun storage. It’s also perfect for passports, documents, cash or other valuables, and fits most tablets and e-readers, making DrawerVault an ideal choice for home or business.

DrawerVault is constructed with tamper-proof 18-gauge steel and includes a foam-lined interior to protect its contents. There are two versions available: Model GV3000 uses GunVault’s patented No-Eyes® keypad and Model GVB 3000 uses a biometric, or fingerprint recognition, scanner. A high-performance algorithm is used to achieve speedy identification of enrolled fingerprints while keeping a low False Reject Rate — giving faster and more secure access to the safe’s contents than ever before. The system can hold up to 120 fingerprint templates.

Both models have an activation button that triggers a spring-loaded, tamper resistant door. Foolproof security is ensured with a backup override key and optional high-strength security cable. An audio and LED low battery indicator protect against direct tampering and unexpected power loss.

Model: GV 3000, GVB 3000
Length: 12 inches
Width: 10 inches
Height: 4.25 inches
Weight: 8.1 pounds
Power: One 9-volt alkaline battery (not included)
Access: Biometric fingerprint scanner or digital key pad with key lock override
MSRP: GV 3000 – $219.99, GVB 3000 – $334.99