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SOME­TIMES YOU MUST SE­CURE A WEAPON IN YOUR VE­HI­CLE. HERE ARE THE BEST WAYS TO DO IT

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY MIKE SEAR­SON

Some­times you must se­cure a weapon in your ve­hi­cle. Here are the best ways to do it. By Mike Sear­son

Most firearm own­ers have a ded­i­cated safe or vault in their homes. This is where most firearms spend most of their time, and it is a no-brainer to have your firearms se­cured and pro­tected in case of theft.

Yet, how do you se­cure them when you leave your home? Whether they’re guns you’re tak­ing hunt­ing, for a trip to the range or your EDC (ev­ery­day carry) guns, you do not want to leave them ac­ces­si­ble to an op­por­tunis­tic thief. When you must run into your post of­fice, bank or other place where firearms are for­bid­den, do you stow your carry piece un­der the driver’s seat, in the glove box or un­der a hat on the front seat? I cer­tainly hope not. Last year I ran into this prob­lem while at­tend­ing a gun show.

CARRY OB­STA­CLES

It was a week af­ter the tragic shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas and I was head­ing to the Big Reno Gun Show. As I ap­proached the casino, I saw nu­mer­ous signs where there used to be firearm check-in sta­tions stat­ing: “No firearms! No open carry! No con­cealed carry!” As these were home­made signs that were not in ac­cor­dance with Ne­vada law, I ig­nored them un­til I got to the doors of the show.

Se­cu­rity guards were wand­ing and search­ing peo­ple be­fore they could en­ter. I wit­nessed one per­son have a pocket knife con­fis­cated. Since I did not care to sur­ren­der my two hand­guns or give a min­i­mum wage-earn­ing se­cu­rity guard a cus­tom fold­ing knife for his new col­lec­tion, I re­turned

“HOW MANY PEO­PLE...STUFFED THEIR GEAR UN­DER THEIR SEATS OR IN THE GLOVE BOX AND...HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE FOR SOME NE’ER-DO-WELL TO... START BREAK­ING INTO VE­HI­CLES?”

to my truck, locked my guns and knife in my Truck Vault and re­turned to the show.

The thought crossed my mind: “How many peo­ple did the same thing, but just stuffed their gear un­der their seats or in the glove box and, more im­por­tant, how long would it take for some ne’er-do-well to fig­ure this out and start break­ing into ve­hi­cles?” You may not need a $4,000 Truck Vault to se­cure your hand­gun, although it is a nice op­tion to have, so I will point out some other op­tions that will al­low you to safe­guard your guns in your ve­hi­cle.

CON­SOLE VAULT

Most ve­hi­cles to­day are equipped with a cen­ter con­sole for stor­age.

But what gets stored in these things af­ter a while? Phone charg­ers, gas sta­tion re­ceipts, spare change and any other small ran­dom bits of clut­ter that be­come com­pletely use­less af­ter 48 hours. Why not set the cen­ter con­sole up for se­cure firearm stor­age beyond drop­ping a hol­stered carry piece in­side from time to time?

Con­sole Vault of Las Ve­gas of­fers a so­lu­tion—a vault that hides dis­creetly within your ve­hi­cle's cen­ter con­sole, leav­ing your car or truck’s in­te­rior look­ing ex­actly as it did when it left the fac­tory. Lift the lid, and you have a 12-gauge steel vault to store your CCW when you need to leave it to visit the post of­fice, court­house or other re­stricted area.

The Con­sole Vault drops in and is se­cured by two screws that mount to the walls of the ve­hi­cle’s con­sole from in­side the vault. They of­fer three lock types: keyed, three com­bi­na­tion or four com­bi­na­tion. I chose the four com­bi­na­tion as it gives more than 10,000 pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions and was deemed to be the most se­cure in that re­gard.

HOR­NADY RAPID VE­HI­CLE SAFE

I was more than sur­prised when I saw one of my fa­vorite bul­let man­u­fac­tur­ers jump into the se­cu­rity side of the in­dus­try. The Hor­nady Rapid Ve­hi­cle Safe is per­fect if you do not have a cen­ter con­sole, pre­fer to use your cen­ter con­sole as a junk drawer or want to have quicker ac­cess to your firearm.

An air blad­der al­lows the Rapid Ve­hi­cle Safe to con­form to the di­men­sions of your stor­age area and the firearm is

“DE­SPITE HOW WELL THESE DE­VICES WORK, DO NOT BE MIS­TAKEN INTO THINK­ING...ANY OF THESE... OP­TIONS ARE SUIT­ABLE FOR LONG-TERM STOR­AGE.”

se­cured via com­bi­na­tion lock or RFID (ra­dio-fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion). You can place the key on a fob by an RFID sticker or use the in­cluded bracelet in or­der to open the safe.

V-LINE TAC­TI­CAL TOP-DRAW HAND­GUN SAFE

Hav­ing an ex­tended-cab pickup truck leaves you few op­tions for stor­age in the cab de­spite the name. How­ever, the back seats flip up in­di­vid­u­ally and I found these to be great places to add a pis­tol safe from V-Line named the Tac­ti­cal Top-Draw Hand­gun Safe.

It can be per­ma­nently bolted to the floor of the ve­hi­cle if you de­sire. I do not nec­es­sar­ily keep a de­fen­sive hand­gun in there, most of­ten just a spare pis­tol to take to the range. It’s se­cure in the lock­box plus hid­den un­der the seat.

TRUCK VAULT

While all these op­tions work ex­tremely well for our pur­poses, I saved one of the best for last with the Truck Vault. You may have seen these used on the pop­u­lar TV se­ries 24, but they are not just for se­cret agents go­ing af­ter ter­ror­ists, although they are a fa­vorite of tac­ti­cal units and of­fi­cers world­wide as well as firearm su­per-users.

These cus­tom­iz­a­ble ve­hi­cle vaults can be or­dered for nearly any truck, SUV or car. Truck Vaults are built from

Bot­tom Rifght: The Con­sole Vault stores one full-sized hand gun se­curely.

Top Two: The Con­sole Vault is se­cure but also hides in plain sight.

Bot­tom Left: The Con­sole Vault makes use of a com­bi­na­tion lock that is set up by the end user.

Truck Vault's Mag­num-height draw­ers al­low the stor­age of scoped ri­fles in the up­right po­si­tion.

Truck Vaults can be built for vir­tu­ally any ve­hi­cle. They are a bit more ex­pen­sive for open bed pickup trucks due to the weather re­sis­tant coat­ing.

The V-Line Top Draw can be mounted in most ve­hi­cles. V-Line photo

xxx The Top Draw is a small safe that can eas­ily store a pair of con­cealed carry hand­guns. V-Line photo

Hor­nady's Rapid Ve­hi­cle safe is a high­tech so­lu­tion for se­cure stor­age in a ve­hi­cle. Hor­nady photo

Hor­nady's Rapid Ve­hi­cle Safe is a per­fect safe for smaller ve­hi­cles without a lot of room. Hor­nady photo

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