Additional Foam Customized For XDS
Are you a Concealed Carry License holder?
If so, you know that there are times when you need to leave your gun (hopefully a Springfield Armory XDS) in your vehicle. And if you are like me you prefer to think that it’s locked up as best as it can be against a smash and grab, legal, and safely out of the grasp of a minor.
The SnapSafe (XL) Lockbox is a good solution to a complex problem.
This is a keyed lockbox; I have yet to find a combination gun vault of any kind that gets good reviews for being made well with sturdy components. (Yes, you can even order 2 that are keyed alike from Amazon.)
What I Like About The SnapSafe Lockbox
There is plenty to like about the SnapSafe XL Lockbox, starting with the price. It’s under $25 with free shipping from Amazon.
One can basically read down the bullet points on the box:
- Heavy Gauge Steel (18ga)
- 1500LB Test Steel Cable (3′ long)
- (Not that) Thick foam interior
- Pry Resistant
- Meets TSA Firearm Guidelines
- 10″ x 7″ x 2″
As you can see I take a little issue with the term “Thick Protective From Interior” from the listing on the box, one reason I customized my SnapSafe XL Lockbox with additional protective foam (see video below).
How To Use The Gun Lockbox
In a vehicle, I think it’s best to wrap the cable around a sturdy seat mounting bracket; in my opinion the drivers seat should only be the location of the gun safe if you know it cannot slide out under heavy braking and get tangled in your feet or the pedals.
In a hotel room or apartment I guess just find the sturdiest item available to wrap it around. If the hotel/motel TV has a security cable protecting it from being easily carried off, perhaps therein lies an opportunity.
You will see in the videos below how I tuck the security cable around the latch inside the lockbox so as not to interfere with the firearm in any way.
Adding Customized Foam For My XDS
For additional protection against banging, scratching, etc I added some additional protective foam that came out of an old hard drive box.
I simply traced around the outside of the SnapSafe vault with a magic marker and cut inside of that line. The ‘hole’ in the center needs just a little notching for a perfect fit to the XDS.
As mentioned in the video, I may even be able to cut a slot for a spare 5 round (.45) magazine. Not sure yet.
You can further review the SnapSafe XL Lockbox (or buy 1 or more) at Amazon here.
Other Size SnapSafe LockBox’s
A few weeks later and now I see Amazon has 2 other SnapSafe LockBoxes available for Prime Shipping: Just the SnapSafe (which I dub “large”) and the XXL.
For a Springfield XDS, you may want to consider the smaller “Large” version – being 1/4″ thinner it may fit in tighter under-car-seat configurations… though I like my foam fitted XL.
The “regular” (smallest) SnapSafe (that I dub “Large) measures ( 9-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ x 1-3/4″):
SnapSafe XXL is bigger, but beware, it’s also thicker. So if room under the car seat is tight at 2″ it won’t work with the 2.5″ XXL (11.5″ x 8.5″ x 2.5″).
This first video is more of a general review video that I did for my sister website GovernorHolster.com.
This second video shows the foam customizations for the Springfield XDS that I carry concealed.