Santa Cruz Gunlocks leading the industry in quality and customer service since 1988

Our History


The ancestor of today’s pump shotgun lock was designed by Smith & Wesson in the early 1930’s. The original design was so good that it remained virtually unchanged for 54 years. In 1988 we further improved this time-tested gunlock by incorporating a manual key override into the design, so the lock could be opened even in the case of a power failure. Since then, our camlock design has become the industry standard for pump shotgun locks—its simple, reliable and fits most standard pump shotguns.



By 1990, we were getting daily requests from police departments asking for a larger and more versatile gunlock to secure their patrol rifles and semi-automatic shotguns. Our answer was the SC-1 AR Gunlock, which is basically a large pump shotgun lock with an adjustable plate in the bottom of the weapon cavity, which can be moved up, down or in an angle to accommodate a variety of firearms.



In 1995 we developed the Barrel Lock, which is a simple and flexible variation of the proven SC-1 Gunlock that is heavily favored by correctional institutions and the US Border Patrol. The weapon cavity is perfectly sized to grab the barrel of most shotguns and rifles, which makes the SC-1B an exceptionally versatile gunlock. Oftentimes when nothing else seems to work, the barrel lock is there as the final solution.



Over the years we constantly sought new ways to secure any firearm in any vehicle, which led to our biggest innovation in 2003, the SC-5 Universal Gunlock. Thanks to its patented design, the SC-5 can secure a wide variety of firearms in the same gun rack. A stainless steel arm ratchets down to a spot you pick on the weapon and holds it in a strongbox of stainless steel plates and rivets. Your weapon, though, will only touch soft rubber.


SC-5 XL – Coming Soon

Until now, patrol carbines with large forends and quadrails, equipped with numerous tactical accessories have been nearly impossible to secure. Secure your rifle the way it is with the SC-5 XL.