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Cable Style Gun Lock Installation

Instructions for locking pistols, revolvers and rifles and shotguns with cable style gun locks.

Cable Style Gun Lock
Gun Cable Lock

 

Locking Pistols

With the slide locked back and the magazine removed, insert the cable through the ejection port and out the magazine well.  To lock: with key turned to farthest clockwise position, insert loose end of cable into padlock. Turn key counterclockwise and remove key. Check that cable is secure.   

 

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Locking Revolvers

With the cylinder open, insert the cable through the barrel, or through an empty cell in the chamber. To lock: with key turned to farthest clockwise position, insert loose end of cable into padlock. Turn key counterclockwise and remove key. Check that cable is secure.   

 

Locking Auto Loading & Pump Action Shotguns

With the bolt in the locked open position, insert the cable through the ejection port and out the loading port. To lock: with key turned to farthest clockwise position, insert loose end of cable into padlock. Turn key counterclockwise and remove key. Check that cable is secure.   

 

Locking Bolt Action Rifles

Open the action (lock it open if you're firearm has a bolt hold open device) and remove the magazine.  Insert the cable to the injection port and out the magazine well. To lock: with key turned to farthest clockwise position, insert loose end of cable into padlock.  Turn key counterclockwise and remove key. Check that cable is secure.    Or   Remove the bolt from the rifle.  Insert the cable through the injection port and out the end of the receiver assembly. To lock: with key turned to farthest clockwise position, insert loose end of cable into padlock. Turn key counterclockwise and remove key.  Check that cable is secure.   

The cable–style supplied with many firearms is in addition to, not a substitute for, safe firearms handling and storage methods. As a firearms owner, it is your responsibility to know how to safely handle and securely store your firearms.  It consists of a vinyl – covered steel cable with one hand permanently secured to a key padlock.  When properly installed, the lock prevents closing the firearms action.   

Warning: before installing this or any gun lock, be sure that the firearm is completely unloaded and the safety is on .  When installing, keep your finger off the trigger and always have the firearm pointing in a safe direction.

  

Cable Style Gun Lock Installation

  1. Verify your firearm is unloaded in accordance with your manual.

  2. With the key provided, unlock and remove the key.

  3. Thread the loose end of the cable through the firearm as shown in the pictures.

  4. Insert the loose end of the cable into the lock until it clicks and locks.

  5. Pull to insure that it is locked. 

  

GUN LOCK SAFETY TIPS

  1. Keep cable and lock outside of trigger guard at all times.

  2. Always push cable into padlock until it locks securely. After removing key, tug on cable to ensure connection is secure.

  3. Store key to the gun lock and the firearm separately. Be sure to store key in a location inaccessible to unauthorized persons, particularly children.

  4. Do not work the firearm’s action with the lock in place. This may damage the lock and/or the firearm. If the lock’s plastic coating becomes damaged or separated from the steel cable or the lock face, replace the lock.

 

GENERAL FIREARM SAFETY TIPS

  1. Keep all firearms locked in a safe place, away from children and other unauthorized persons.

  2. Store ammunition under lock and key, separately from firearms.

  3. Read and understand the owner’s manual that came with your firearm.

  4. Follow safe gun handling practices: keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction; keep fingers off the trigger; and keep the firearm unloaded when not in use.

 

 

Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)

 

Ask A Question/Tell Your Experience

 

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Gun Lock Key Is Stuck

Sent: November 12, 2010


My key is stuck and will not open the lock how do you cut the cable? Thank you
Richard



Response - Richard,

I never had to cut one. I would try penetrating oil on the lock and key first. I imagine the cable is pretty tough. You might try cutting through the middle of the lock itself (not the cable) with a hack saw. The lock may be made of softer metal. Then I would try cutting with a dremmel tool on both. Then I would take it to a machine shop and have it cut off for you. Best regards,
Tanner

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Lost Keys To My Gun Lock

Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2011

I have lost my keays to the gun lock. How do i get it off?
Angie


Response - Angie,

The only way I know of is to cut the lock off or take it to a locksmith.

Good luck.

Tanner

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