Having a Console Vault safe in my truck was one of the biggest piece of minds when obtaining my CCW. I knew without a doubt my firearm would be secure in my truck in the Console Vault. That was job one and the Vault accomplishes this every time I use it. As for quick access into the Vault to obtain your firearm, I never though of that until I noticed how small the combo numbers where on the original included 4 digit lock. So I had to work that into my plan that quick, emergency access may not be accomplished while my firearm was locked in the Vault. Hence, the reason I upgraded to the new Elite Lock, with larger numbers and what seemed to be a larger lock assembly, easier to grip. It is true the number are larger, check, it is true that the knob assembly is larger, check. Where it does not add value is that the new Elite Lock can be free spinning in place when you have the correct combo set. I know these seems confusing, that's because it is hard enough to figure out in person, let alone how to explain it. If your combo is set, you can spin the locks 360 degrees, then you can also use the push button to move the locking arm in place. So unlike the original lock that only rotated 90 degrees, and made it literally dummy proof, the Elite lock rotates in place. I can't figure out why. I thought maybe for ease of entering your combo since now you can rotate it towards you in the drivers seat, but not sure. My hope is this review is read by Console Vault and they can clarify how it can be used, should be used, otherwise it is too confusing for something that needs to be so simple during stressful times. I may go back to the original lock if I can't get used to how to use this new Elite lock.
Reviewed by: Matt from San Diego on 4/6/2022