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GSA Approved Vault Doors

Introduction
Armory Vault Door
Security Vault Door
Inspection
Ordering Info
 

Introduction to Vault Doors

 

Do you know the difference between an armory vault door and a security vault door?

Did you know there was a difference?  Armory vault doors and security vault doors are both manufactured according to Federal Specification AA-D-600, Door, Vault, Security.  The difference between the two doors is that armory vault doors, used to protect AA&E, are fitted with Federal Specification FF-L-2937 Combination Lock, Mechanical.  Security vault doors, used to protect classified information, are fitted with locks meeting Federal Specification FF-L-2740, Locks, Combination, Electromechanical.  The armory vault door label (silver with red letters) states that it is a "GSA Approved Armory Vault Door". The security vault door label reads "GSA Approved Security Vault Door" (label also silver with red letters).  GSA approved vault doors are not insulated.

The AA-D-600 specification covers vault doors that are designed to conform to the minimum standards for physical security equipment as required by the Information Security Oversight Office Directive governing the safeguarding of national security information.  The doors provide protection against unauthorized entry for the periods of time specified.

At present, there are numerous GSA approved Class 5 security vault doors being used for the protection of weapons.  We strongly recommend that locks be changed out to the FF-L-2937 mechanical combination lock, when and if a failure occurs with an X-07, X-08 or X-09 lock.  When that change is made it must be noted on the Optional Form 89 (Maintenance Record for Security Containers/Vault Doors).  It should also be noted on the front of the armory door that it is not authorized for the protection of classified information.

Federal Specification FF-L-2937 references UL Standard 768, Group 1.

 
 
CLASSIFICATION OF GSA APPROVED VAULT DOORS
CLASS DOOR TYPE LOCK FEDERAL
SPECIFICATION
AVAILABLE PROTECTION[1]
5-A Armory FF-L-2937 AA-D-600D[2] Yes 10 minutes forced entry
30 minutes covert entry
5-B Ballistic FF-L-2740 AA-D-600D[2] Yes 10 minutes forced entry
30 minutes covert entry
20 hours surreptitious[3]
ballistic resistant
5-V Security FF-L-2740 AA-D-600D[2] Yes 10 minutes forced entry
30 minutes covert entry
20 hours surreptitious[3]
6 all FF-L-2740[4] AA-D-600C
(superseded)
No No forced entry requirement
30 minutes covert entry
20 hours surreptitious[3]
8 all FF-L-2740[4] AA-D-2757
(canceled)
No 15 minutes forced entry
30 minutes covert entry
20 hours surreptitious[3]
  1 Protection as listed in newest or current version of the specification.
  2 The AA-D-600D specification has one current amendment: Amendment 4
  3 "Surreptitious" in products made before 10/1/90 included "covert".
  4 The federal specifications called for a FF-L-2740 lock, however, in practice most Class 6 & 8 vault doors had a Group1 or Group1R lock.
 

 

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The DoD Lock Program provides "Open/Secured" two-sided magnetic signs to the DoD community free of charge.  It is good practice to use these signs on containers or vault doors in order to provide a visual status of the equipment to personnel working in the area.  These signs will include the Technical Support Hotline contact information for quick reference in getting support for your security equipment.  To place your order click here or click on a magnet image.

 

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