A ShotLock Solo Vault is one of the most popular quick-access solutions for securely storing your home defense shotgun. These single shotgun safes keep your firearm from easily falling into the wrong hands, such as a curious child. But before you order your new ShotLock, you likely want to know if your shotgun is going to fit in a ShotLock. We’re here to help with that.
How to Determine If Your Shotgun Will Fit in a ShotLock
While the ShotLock Shotgun 200M Solo-Vault fits a substantial number of shotguns, it doesn’t fit them all. To determine if your shotgun fits in a ShotLock, start by asking yourself the following questions:
- Does my shotgun have a side-saddle?
- Does my shotgun have a rear sight on top of the receiver?
- Does my shotgun look like an AR?
- Does my shotgun have a picatinny rail on top of the receiver?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your shotgun will more than likely not fit in a ShotLock Shotgun Solo-Vault. That being said, we have discovered some shotguns with a rail can fit in a ShotLock. Our staff can possibly tell if your shotgun can fit if you can provide the measurement of your rail or attachment. If your shotgun does not fit in a ShotLock Shotgun Solo Vault, it may fit in a ShotLock AR Solo Vault.
Which Shotguns Fit in a ShotLock Solo Vault & Which Shotguns Don’t Fit in a ShotLock?
“Will my shotgun fit in a ShotLock?” is one of the most common questions we hear. The following two lists are based on our current experience with helping customers determine if their shotgun will fit in a ShotLock. They are not complete and likely will never be, as the available shotguns are numerous.
As we encounter new shotguns that fit and don’t fit, we will update these lists. If you have a specific question about a shotgun not listed here, please send us a message.
Shotguns that DO FIT in a ShotLock
The following list is for non-tactical models. Depending on the factory version of the model that was purchased, there are some tactical models that will fit within a ShotLock.
- Benelli M4
- Benelli M2
- Beretta 1301
- Mossberg 500
- Mossberg 590
- Mossberg Maverick
- Remington Model 870
- Remington Model 1100
- Winchester® Super X Pump
Shotguns that DO NOT in a ShotLock
- Akdal MKA 1919
- Charles Daly AR-12 Semi-Auto Shotgun
- KS7 Bullpup 12 Gauge
- Panzer Arms BP12
- Rock Island VR80
- Saiga 12
- Tavor TS12 12 Gauge
Will a ShotLock Solo Vault Fit a Tactical Shotgun?
The answer is a big fat — maybe. While more tactical shotguns do not fit within a ShotLock Solo Vault, some do. It all depends on what options or accessories are installed on them.
There are a few items that typically prevent a shotgun from fitting within a ShotLock. These include:
- Side saddle
- Picatinny Rail on Top of the Receiver*
- Rear Mounted Sight on Tip of the Receiver
- Red Dot Mounted on Top of the Receiver
*We’ve found that some receivers will fit. If you can send us the measurements of your rail, our staff can give you better insight.
Can a Shotgun Be Fired While in a ShotLock?
No. A shotgun cannot be fired when locked within a ShotLock Solo Vault. In most instances, the ShotLock fully encases the trigger, so your shotgun must be removed from the ShotLock in order for the trigger to be pulled.
However, even if the trigger is not fully encased, the ShotLock’s breach retainer prevents you from chambering a round — effectively making it impossible to fire the shotgun without removing it. Keep in mind, you would generally only use one of these options when storing your shotgun.
Should I Store My Home Defense Shotgun in a ShotLock?
Yes. A ShotLock Solo Vault is ideal for those who want quick access to the shotgun. These small, discrete single shotgun safes can be mounted nearly anywhere. Typically, they are installed in bedrooms, closets, and pantries where they are easily accessed, but out of the way.
A popular spot in all of these rooms is behind a door. Alternatively, some gun owners like to install their ShotLock so a curtain hangs over it.
My Shotgun Doesn’t Fit in a ShotLock. What Other Quick Access Options Do I have?
While we’re fans of the ShotLock Solo Vault, it’s not the only option in town. There are a variety of other quick access gun safes that fit a wide range of shotguns and ARs. These are our top picks:
ShotLock AR 200M Solo-Vault
We have seen some instances when a shotgun that doesn’t fit in a ShotLock Shotgun 200M Solo-Vault does fit in the ShotLock AR vault. This is on a case-by-case basis.
V-Line Shotgun Case
This sturdy shotgun case is designed to be mounted on your wall or secured to your bed using a cable, holding your entire shotgun.
V-Line Tactical Closet Vault In-Wall Safe for Tactical Gear
Featuring a rugged Flat Black powder coating, this is an ultra-large in-wall gun safe ideal for those who want to store larger firearms and tactical gear without taking up floor real estate. Designed to be an inconspicuous solution, it can offer quick access to your personal defense weapons, ammo, and more.
Vaultek’s RS Series
Vaultek’s RS Series comes in three different sizes:
These high-tech safes can hold between two and eight long guns. They feature quick access biometric locks, Wi-Fi technology so you can manage access from your smartphone, and a convenient modular design allowing you to customize the storage to meet your needs.
AMSEC DV652 Under Bed Safe
Built by AMSEC (aka American Security), these 14 gauge steel safes are specifically designed to be bolted to the floor beneath your bed. Made in the USA, they feature AMSEC’s new ESL5 electronic lock with an illuminated keypad. Plus, they have a foam-padded slide-out gun tray that allows you to customize the safe to suit your needs and gives you easy access to your personal defense firearm.
Closet Vault II
Specially designed to fit between the wall studs of a standard wall (16 inches on center 2x4), this slim wall safe protrudes less than 2 inches from the wall. This allows you to easily conceal this safe behind a door, in a closet, or behind an oversized picture frame.
LD5001 - 46-inch Wall Safe
Outfitted with Metal Encased Electronic Locks, this large wall safe has a telescopic interior that fits 2x4 and 2x6 stud walls. Made in the USA, it’s constructed from 12 gauge cold rolled domestic steel and has 3 point lock bars.