How To Open a Homak Gun Safe With a Drinking Straw

| November 21, 2016 | 5 Comments

Last Friday we went someplace and I locked my gun up in my truck. When we left, I got my pistol and spare mag out of the Homak safe (model HS10036683) and drove home.

Minnesota has a safe storage statue, and I usually use this Homak box to lock up our handgun for when The She Shepherd’s underage children are home.

When we got home I was unable to open the Homak safe. Apparently the internal battery pack came loose on the ride home, and the lock box lost power. The box reset itself to the factory default code — and I had no idea what that was.

Apparently you can call Homak and they will give you three of the 24 – 30+ (depending on the model) codes to try. If the three they gave you don’t work, then you have to call back.

I wasn’t interested in doing that, so I went to YouTube and found two ways to open it. One was with inertia (basically shaking the unit), and the other was with a drinking straw.

I was unable to open the unit via inertia, but I was able to open it with the straw.

None of the tutorials I watched were particularly thorough in explaining this process, so I thought I’d document it here.

This process applies to the HS10036683 model, but should also apply to the HS10036684 , HS10036685 , and similar models.

I am also taking suggestions for replacements ; the safe a friend of mine recommends is in the $180 range.

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5 Comments on "How To Open a Homak Gun Safe With a Drinking Straw"

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  1. LibertyNews says:

    This is actually pretty common with these style of ‘safes’. If you have a good idea of how the locking mechanism works it’s fairly simple to open it with a paper clip, straw or zip-tie.

  2. Sidetracker says:

    What bothers me the most is how easy this is to open. Please keep us informed on what you replace this with.

  3. FC says:

    And I spite my stepfather souring somebody else: locks only keep honest people honest.


  4. Bandit says:

    I’m a little late to the party but I really like the Fort Knox pistol boxes. Fairly heavy gauge metal, simplex lock that requires no batteries and is useable in pitch black by feel. They have a few sizes and aren’t cheap.

    • Matt says:

      I have a Fort Knox pistol box and I really like it. Expensive but very well built. I also like console vaults for my truck- nice to have that extra storage capability in your vehicle.

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