The GunVault Mini GV1000 is broken.
Mechanical lock still works, but the actual electronic mechanism is toast. When I enter in the correct code, an electric rotor inside “whirls.” It’s either a known weak point, or it happens quite a bit because it’s asked in GunVault’s, FAQ; the answer provided is less than desired.
A look inside reveals a cable used to wrap around the rotor’s rod, unlocking the latch, is severed.
I bought this GunVault sometime in 2006; I estimate a rough estimate of 300 activations per year since. It’s definitely outside warranty. According to another GunVault owner, factory repairs are possible, but the cost is the about equivalent to purchasing a brand new safe.
I’ve identified a few screws to unmount the mechanism cover. I may play around with it, might consider tossing it, or giving it away since the lock still works and wasn’t a bad box to begin with.