I live in Florida, so will be able to CCW most places once the permit gets here. My employer doesn't allow carry on company property, but I normally park in a commercial garage so I can carry to/from work.
The question is how to secure the weapon while I'm at work. I don't like the idea of the glove box, too easy to break in to. Even the trunk ain't that great if someone sees you getting something in and out each day and puts two and two together.
Are there gun safes intended to be mounted in a car? I was thinking something bolted to the floor behind the front seat, or possibly bolted to the trunk floor, might be the ticket.
Any leads, tips, or ideas?
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September 8, 2005, 11:15 PM
A real BEST BUY in portable gun storage. They now have 2 sizes.
September 9, 2005, 12:44 AM
I think I've seen a box similar to that but heavier. It was actually made to be welded to the vehicle in quetion... I guess I need to do some digging 'cause I've been thinking about it myself. :rolleyes:
September 9, 2005, 01:20 AM
I have two of the AACFI gun safes in my car, one for my sidearm and one for my sweetheart's. I like that they are keyed the same: No worries about which key opens which safe. I think they're fine against casual smash & grab, plenty sturdy. I have suspect that a crowbar would do one in, but for the price I paid and the convenience of two keyed-alike safes, I'm real happy with it.
September 9, 2005, 12:11 PM
Look at both of these places.
The drawer safe is not as stong intrisicly as the others I think but if you mount it onder the seat (if you have the clearance I drive a van) it will be hard to get to for the crook but you can remove it when you want or even swap it to a different vehicle.
I feel that the trunk is a less desireable option as it both makes you vulnerable when you are disarming and advertises too much.
I have a small SUV. So no trunk area and the rear cargo area is only has a cover to keep people seeing what inside. I bought a Sentry safe from Walmart, added some eyebolts with lock nuts and chained the safe to the rear seat brackets. Then put heavy duty velcro on the bottom that holds to the carpet. I can move it or remove it if necessary, then quickly replace it. Thought about bolting it down, but didn't like the idea of drilling through the floorpan (so many wires and cables running under that cargo area, it's not funny). Anyway, here it is:
I use one from the company listed above: http://www.handgunsafe.com/safes.htm
I bolted it into the trunk. I almost always carry a briefcase with me (it goes so well with my 'geek' look, don't you think?). So if I need to disarm, I just slip it off of my waist (hoster and all -- I use holsters that snap on in some fashion, not the kind with sewn in belt loops that make you thread your belt through the loops) in the car into the briefcase, then poke my head in the trunk for a second, slip it from the case into the safe, and gone. Takes less time than it does to describe the process.
I only lock it in the safe when I have no other choice, say going into a court house or into a secure area in an airport. But for that, it works pretty good. Not totally secure, but then what is?
September 9, 2005, 01:35 PM
I prefer the V-Line quick access products myself. Similar to the "handgunsafe", but cheaper.