Costco's $50 Fortress Dual Pistol Security - gun safe set-up & review


Comments • 48

  • Ash Green
    Ash Green  2 months back

    Battery operated is not a good idea.

    • Craig R. H. Laurent
      Craig R. H. Laurent  3 months back

      07 April 2019 - He was definitely NOT well prepared for an intelligent presentation. Some of his questions have been answered by others, including the locksmith whose video he had seen. The light exposure was great, but he wasn't as evidenced by the length of time he took. Why didn't he know the battery voltage or battery size? Why did he point something out, pause, and then say he'd talk about it later? He wasted time with battery voltage concerns. Four new AA, 1 1/2 volt batteries, was all that was necessary.

      • Brandon Koontz
        Brandon Koontz  9 months back

        How do i change the code on it?

        • MrRicholive
          MrRicholive  10 months back

          mounting it would have been easier if they just provided a template......

          • Mike Jackson
            Mike Jackson  12 months back

            I bought this at a yard sale and there was no key no code so I got into it how would I reset the code to what I wanted to be I can't find any manuals explaining

            • the central avenue gunslinger

              Safes like that are more really to keep kids from killing them selfs not really a bank vault

              • Brian Cummings
                Brian Cummings  1 years back

                It only come with 2 screws?

                • lttanguay
                  lttanguay  1 years back

                  Great video, do you have a link to a replacement manual PDF? Thanks!

                  • Curtis
                    Curtis  1 years back

                    Really good, thorough video. Had one for a while but never bothered to use all features like alarm and silence until I needed to change the batteries and came across your video. Thanks!

                    • Robert Gantry
                      Robert Gantry  2 years back

                      Yes, it's more of a strong box than a safe, but just for practical intents and purposes I'll just call it a safe. Now, my question is, how is this safe in regard to security? I mean, I have a StackOn handgun safe which can be opened by a three-year-old kid in less than 10 seconds, and with no tools. Is THIS one fairly secure?

                      • Serving Him
                        Serving Him  2 years back

                        Thanks for sharing,

                        • Virgo Olokun
                          Virgo Olokun  2 years back

                          Thanks for the honest assessment

                          • Hazam Zaidie
                            Hazam Zaidie  2 years back

                            Goat bro

                            • Bruce Cuff
                              Bruce Cuff  3 years back

                              there is no cisco in my area, so how can I get one

                              • AdamDIY
                                AdamDIY   3 years back

                                You can also get it here on amazon.

                            • Philip Wood
                              Philip Wood  3 years back

                              nice review!!!

                              • Jay Wolf Elite Ammunition

                                You do know that box and those locks are a total joke? Like as in a 5 year old can get it open?

                                • B H
                                  B H  2 years back

                                  Elite Ammunition, Jay Wolf so I guess you might as well just leave your gun sitting out on your dresser right?

                              • bluelion
                                bluelion  3 years back

                                It might not be on DOJ approved list, but it's still a good safe to have near your night stand if you have kids. Costco had one for sale for 40.00, I got lucky thanks to my wife who purchased this for me. I purchased a rifle safe from Costco as well for my bigger peace makers...its a good safe.

                                • Andrew
                                  Andrew  3 years back

                                  When I open my safe sometimes a green and orange light go off, and sometimes just a green light. Is there a difference? Does the orange light mean my safe has been tampered with? Or low battery?

                                  • Shannon Womaje
                                    Shannon Womaje  3 years back

                                    Five BIG problems with this safe - and many like it that use barrel bypass keys!
                                    1) Unfortunately, not on the California DOJ Firearm Storage Approval chart. Tons of these for sale from people bailing out of them for about $40. That document is at:
                                    2) Barrel key locks are easily picked using nothing more than the tube of a bic pen (see online) takes about 4 seconds. You can replace this with a combi-lock, worth the money, since your pistol is probably $350 - $1000.
                                    3) Safe is also easily broken into using a crow bar which breaks the simple welded loop on the door.
                                    4) Thief can easily pry the whole safe off of whatever furniture you screw-mounted it to (threads easily pull away from wood). Best to use machine-threaded screws with two wide washers on each side with two nuts each passed all the way through. The only way to get the safe off is to bash the entire peace of furniture apart (which is also easy). If you can, mount it using this method in something steel like a locker, etc...
                                    Again - as many posts elude to - these safes are NOT for protecting your pistol when you LEAVE your house. Good for during the night or when you are IN the house as a TEMPORARY QUICK GO TO place.
                                    5) Last modification, and a HUGE problem: Turn all the lights off and notice you can't tell which finger slot is which. There is nothing tactile to help park your hand and get the pads lined up. Really? In an emergency that's what's going to happen. You aren't going to have time to flip a light on, or grab a flashlight. Here is the fix:
                                    super-glue two small cabinet bumpers on the index and "pinky" plastic area of the finger slots in front of the rubber pads. Practice in the dark which finger that lines up with and get it in you head. Now your fingers line up every time.
                                    Remember, this safe is just a temporary spot to keep kids and relatives safe, NOT secure your pistol from theft when you aren't home. I use a routine of placing it there every night and securing it in the DIAL combination gunsafe every morning. Easy, once you get in the routing of it, like brushing your teeth.

                                    • Rick James
                                      Rick James  3 years back

                                      little word of advice, the easiest way to pre-drill these holes, take this unit to a copy machine and make some copies of the bottom of the safe. no measuring needed. just punch and drill

                                      • DeanSafe
                                        DeanSafe  2 years back

                                        Great Idea.

                                    • John Whitford
                                      John Whitford  3 years back

                                      You should show how to wall mount. It really does not make sense wall mounting. Do you mount door up? If so logos are upside down and shelf would be useless. Thoughts?

                                      • AdamDIY
                                        AdamDIY   3 years back

                                        +John Whitford The shelf would be useless but that is ok for me. If you do wall mount you would do it at 90º. So the door would open sideways.

                                    • ColtDeltaElite10mm
                                      ColtDeltaElite10mm  4 years back

                                      I noticed that as your right hand rested on top of that storage box at the beginning of the video, the top portion was flexing. Weak assed thin sheet metal design, but good to keep a kid's hands off of your gun or from the burglar from using your gun on YOU as you surprise him coming home late at night. I'm a professional welder and have made some stronger storage boxes for handguns, using 3/8" steel plate all the way around and for a couple of friends. The store bought ones suck, but they are better than nothing. Not everybody has their own welding equipment and I understand that. Good video review, non the less!

                                      • hansonsux
                                        hansonsux  4 years back

                                        default transitions are cheesy. cheesy ass cube rolls

                                        • TONY LEAD
                                          TONY LEAD  4 years back


                                          • Tad Taylor
                                            Tad Taylor  4 years back

                                            Thanks, handy overview and a good compliment to the skimpy instructions.

                                            • Kirk Bagley
                                              Kirk Bagley  4 years back

                                              Good info on common areas.

                                              • Stephen T
                                                Stephen T  4 years back

                                                Great review!!! I just bought one of these. I enjoyed your video, it showed me everything I needed, and great for the visual learners.

                                                • Hung Ng
                                                  Hung Ng  4 years back

                                                  Thanks Adam! your video clips are always detail and easy to practice.  

                                                  • Jerry Loy
                                                    Jerry Loy  4 years back

                                                    • Lowell Guzman
                                                      Lowell Guzman  4 years back

                                                      Great way to get the holes pre-drilled is to tape a piece of paper to bottom of the safe and mark the holes with Sharpie marker. Then place the paper on the surface you will be mounting it and then proceed with pilot holes.  I'm going to pick up one or maybe two of these safes. Thanks, great review.

                                                      • Dale D
                                                        Dale D  1 years back

                                                        Lowell, just mark it through the safe holes in place then pull it back off and drill your holes.

                                                    • PartisanRockTactical
                                                      PartisanRockTactical  4 years back

                                                      Great video. I don't need to do this review now.

                                                      • Billy Woody
                                                        Billy Woody  4 years back

                                                        Great video. I have this unit and forgot how to set the code. This was a great video. thanks so much.

                                                      • ScoobySnacks
                                                        ScoobySnacks  4 years back

                                                        Awesome video, you went through all the specs. Thank you, very helpful

                                                        • Eric Puntervold
                                                          Eric Puntervold  5 years back

                                                          i bought his.. then saw your video. thank u...Let me add that if u arm the alarm, and someone moves it enough to make it go off, you can stop it by opening the hatch real quick and pressing the little reset button,... that way u don't have to listen to the full 2 minutes of annoying alarm

                                                          • Jerry Ryan
                                                            Jerry Ryan  5 years back

                                                            good video, gave better instructions on how to set alarm than the instructions included.

                                                            • GovG33k
                                                              GovG33k  5 years back

                                                              A very well done video. Thank you for changing the exposure so we can see, and clean audio so we can hear. I bought one after your comprehensive review. Cheers!

                                                              • Michael Marsh
                                                                Michael Marsh  5 years back

                                                                I just stumbled on these at my Costco last week. Thanks for sharing your video. Awesomely informative. I'm going back tomorrow to get 2 for myself.

                                                                • Cory Ellerbee
                                                                  Cory Ellerbee  5 years back

                                                                  thanks for your video. It helped