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