What is your Truck/ Car Pistol setup? Pics? Questions...


March 6, 2008, 10:18 AM
For some time now I have really wanted to get a truck pistol set up, but I have had a hard time finding the right holster to mount in my truck. Originally I wanted to find a kydex holster, but I cant seem to find one that is mountable.

In the following link this holster is mounted in the "below the dashboard " set up, I would prefer to to have it to the right of my knee, near the center console. Does anyone have any experiance with these holsters?


Does anyone have any pictures of their truck pistol set up? Any suggestions are welcome.

On a side note, before a flame war begins, please note that the gun will be in a lock box when the truck is not occupied.

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March 6, 2008, 10:25 AM
So every time you get out of your truck you are going to lock it up, and every time you get in you have to unlock it and put it in the holster. Seems like a lot of work to me. I would just get a carry permit and call it a day.

Claude Clay
March 6, 2008, 10:31 AM
a empty holster mounted in plain sight in an unoccupied vehicle..........might it happen that some miscreants , seeing that , decide 'driver has gun' and wait for you to make a FTF transfer?

March 6, 2008, 11:36 AM
I mounted a retention holster using screws and washer to the underside
of my dash. You have to look at diferent holster set ups to determin how your going to mount it.
one thing Ilike about it is when you go into a bank or other no carry place I can easily remove my ccw
and put it in the holster under the dash. Im allways getting comments on it. My father likes it so much he wants a 1911 so he can do the same thing to his truck.

Right know Im looking into a posible AR 15 mount for the roof, no room on the floor like cop cars.

March 6, 2008, 11:42 AM
one thing Ilike about it is when you go into a bank or other no carry place I can easily remove my ccw

Wow, you can't carry in a bank in Montana?

Check that, I went to their website, You can not carry in a bank in MT...

That's the one place you might end up needing a gun the most...

Essex County
March 6, 2008, 12:11 PM
I figure Why Screw Around ?...ine is a J Frame in a Don Hume pocket holster. No, I don't have to lock my truck........Essex

1 old 0311
March 6, 2008, 04:46 PM
My truck gun is a 340pd in a ankle holster. Always there, always inches away.

March 6, 2008, 05:25 PM
I carry in a Galco ankle glove and/or on my belt. When I have to secure a gun I use an in car gun safe from these people: http://www.center-of-mass.com/Store_InCarGunSafe.htm

March 6, 2008, 05:52 PM
38 snub

March 6, 2008, 07:08 PM

What is the point of having a pistol mounted in a truck? (I'm not trying to be a prick, I'm honestly wondering what application that would serve)

March 6, 2008, 07:21 PM
What is the point of having a pistol mounted in a truck?
Try getting a IWB holstered pistol into action quickly while seated wearing your seatbelt. It ain't easy, especially with bucket seats.

March 7, 2008, 01:49 AM
I have kept a gun in every vehicle I've owned for the past fifty years. There are several reasons for it.

First, my wife has a CCW, but she doesn't chose to carry. Yet she wants a gun near to hand, especially while she is driving, and most especially when she pulls into the driveway at night and in that case she will bring the gun in with her.

If I'm going on a short errand, I'm not going to bother putting on a holster. No need. A weapon is in the truck and/or car. I keep a weapon (and a good small flashlight) in all of my vehicles.

If I am going to any location where CCW is prohibited, I don't carry, but there is a weapon in the vehicle.

I'm not much concerned about any of my vehicles being stolen. I'm even less concerned that someone might break into my vehicle. My location and lifestyle make both possibilities very remote.

If you use a little imagination a good hiding place can always be found. The gun should not be visible even on close inspection of the interior of the vehicle, and it should be instantly accessible to the strong hand without looking.

A holster isn't always the best solution. For example on one vehicle I used an old cleaning rod. I cut it to the size I needed, flattened a portion of it and used JB Weld to attach it to another piece of metal in which I drilled mounting holes and mounted it to the transmission hump between the seats. I screwed a wire brush into the other end of the rod and shoved the pistol muzzle down on the brush. It keeps the gun as steady as a rock, and the gun is not visible. I have only to slip my hand down the side of the seat and the butt is right where it should be. On my old truck I have an old police holster mounted to the back of the top of the seat frame. Nothing is visible from inside or outside. Even if you search the truck, you aren't likely to find it. All I have to do is reach with my right arm slightly behind the passenger seat and my hand lands on the butt. In my newer truck which has a back seat and a bucket for the driver but a bench under the console and for the passenger, I mounted an old holster to a thin sheet of plexiglass and inserted between the driver's seat and the bench seat. Works like a charm. Completely hidden. Instantly available.

March 7, 2008, 02:06 AM
I've been toying with it, but i'd either have to screw into thin plastic or glue a holster in. When driving, I place my pistol in the center console, pointed down so i open the hatch and its sitting perfectly...most of the time. I'd love to stick a holster to the front wall of the box.

AHAAA! VELCRO! i'll stick velcro in the box and on the holster. I might have to go get another holster! Thanks for the inspiration guys!

March 7, 2008, 02:12 AM
Been carrying the 'slimhawg' .45 both on me and in a center column of the pickup...make a decent hidden compartment in the 'well' and a placed bianchi holster for a quick grab if needs be...wouldnt drive without it...go anywhere without it.

M2 Carbine
March 7, 2008, 09:30 AM
I've had 24/7 vehicle guns for many years.
Excuses for not having a car gun wouldn't mean much if I needed the gun and it was home in the safe, so I'm not without at least one handgun and rifle in each vehicle.

My idea of a car gun is to use something more powerful/larger than the average carry gun.
I keep a Ruger .357 Security Six and usually a second handgun in each vehicle.



March 7, 2008, 11:02 AM
cross draw bhp

March 7, 2008, 01:44 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but I thought it was illegal to carry a gun in a motor vehicle unless it was unloaded and in a case that is not accessible to the driver. Does having a CCW permit you to carry a loaded gun in your car?

March 7, 2008, 02:06 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but I thought it was illegal to carry a gun in a motor vehicle unless it was unloaded and in a case that is not accessible to the driver. Does having a CCW permit you to carry a loaded gun in your car?

The legalities of having a gun in a vehicle vary hugely from state to state, and sometimes from city to city.

The "Safe Passage" provision of the Federal Firearm Owner's Protection Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearm_Owners_Protection_Act#.22Safe_passage.22_provision) says that you are allowed to transport an unloaded, locked, and inaccessible gun in your vehicle, regardless of local restrictions, as long as the gun is legal at your point of origin and your destination.

March 7, 2008, 02:10 PM
It depends on which state you're in. In the great state of Missouri ANYONE may carry in ANY MANNER while they are in their vehicle as long as they are over 21. No permit needed for a .357 on the dash or in your pocket.

I have a cheap Uncle Mike's ambidextrous (velcro on both sides) small frame nylon holster held in place between my passenger seat and console with corresponding adhesive velcro. Since I carry a Sprinfield Armory 1911, the small frame holster holds the front of the pistol tightly to keep it in place, yet holds the grip slightly above the plane of the console for easy access in an emergency. Having it on my strong side without having to lean forward or change body position to get it is a big plus in my book.

March 7, 2008, 02:38 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but I thought it was illegal to carry a gun in a motor vehicle unless it was unloaded and in a case that is not accessible to the driver. Does having a CCW permit you to carry a loaded gun in your car?

That's the Federal law supposedly covering you if you travel from state to state, not that it actually worked out that way since at least New York and New Jersey have ignored it more than once.

As for the state level it's different everywhere.

Here in Texas for example there are practically no laws regarding long guns at all as far as carrying them.

I carried a loaded Mini 14 slung across my shoulder on a street legal dirt bike for years during college, never had a problem.

Handgun wise it varies state to state as well.

March 7, 2008, 02:50 PM
After reading this I'm very tempted to move from Iowa to Missouri. I probably would if the pheasant hunting there was as good as here.

March 7, 2008, 03:05 PM

I don't have one, but I've thinking about it.

Zach S
March 7, 2008, 03:39 PM
Fobus, bladetech, just about any kydek holser is mountable if you have any fabrication skills.

Here is my G19 w/M3 in a bladetech holster mounted to where my ashtray used to be in my caprice.

Heres a shot from above:

Someday, I'll make a simular mount for my F150.

March 7, 2008, 04:22 PM
I just carry mine on me. Simpler that way.

March 7, 2008, 06:43 PM
Here is my setup. Not only does it secure a handgun when need be, but it also secures my electronics.





This has stopped two theft attempts already (combined with a keyless alarm system)

Made by R&D Enterprises in California. There website implies they don't make safes anymore but "lockboxes are coming soon." (handgunsafe.com), but they still have a working toll free number 1.800.467.4000 I hope they are still in business, the quality of the console caddy is crazy and they included very heavy duty mounting bolts/washers and good instructions.

Here is a web archive of their old webpage. It is an old one and doesn't include the safe I bought from them, but it gives you an idea and some of the review links still work:


March 7, 2008, 06:46 PM
40 in the door panel when I am in the truck, lock box when I am in not.

March 9, 2008, 12:22 AM
+1 on the Fobus floor mount. I'll try and post pictures later. The set up that I got was just the mounting brackets. It came with 2 brackets. There was a bracket to mount under a desk and a mount that works perfectly in the vehicle. You then just buy the holster that fits your gun and screw it in. I have the 1911 in the under-desk rig and the Glock 23 in the truck mount. It goes into my holster for CCW before I leave the vehicle if I'm carrying in a way that would be restricted inside of the vehicle. It is fully adjustable on a ball type socket.

March 17, 2008, 12:09 AM
Just wanted to say thanks for all of the posts.

Cobrain did you ever take those pics, I would be interested in how your set up works.

March 17, 2008, 03:22 PM
I would post pics. However, my California car setup is less than ideal for a Texas resident.

R.H. Lee
March 17, 2008, 05:28 PM
An SKS and 100 rds in the truckbox, and a snubby behind the passenger seat.

March 17, 2008, 11:37 PM
Here is my current setup when I am in the car.


March 18, 2008, 06:55 PM
P32 in my Malibu.

March 19, 2008, 12:22 AM
Izzat a Serbu SS?

March 20, 2008, 12:27 AM
.380acp Beretta loaded with hollowpoints in driver's door panel meant for maps, etc..

Also, due to number of times a car owner has been forced into their trunk by a carjacker, I keep another stashed in the trunk along with a good flashlight.

Fortunately, there is a large panel in our car's back seat which opens into the trunk for reaching supplies while on the road. And it works very easy the other direction...

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I carry a gun 'cause a cop is too heavy.

Kind of Blued
March 20, 2008, 01:12 AM
P226 in the glove box, M4 carbine in the trunk. Glove box is locked when I am not in the vehicle. Keeping an awareness of anything occuring within 30-45 feet of your vehicle and having the doors locked goes a long way as well.

March 20, 2008, 01:30 AM
Hey Jakemccoy, post the pics for us CA boys. Please.

March 20, 2008, 04:11 AM
Handgun, Heck that goes in a holster on the off side of the belt. What stays in the rig is a short 870 with 6 rounds of buck under the seat out of site and out of other peoples mind.

March 20, 2008, 09:30 AM
Keltec P3AT or P-11 on the sunvisor when it's not on me. Don't laugh,...it works,.....

March 20, 2008, 09:46 AM
Today was a H&K USP 40 owb, a Kahr P40 bug iwb, Beretta 92 in truck, Ruger Sp 101 357 mag in truck, Bersa thunder 380 in backpack inside truck, saiga ak in truck, and marlin 60 for varmints also in truck. Probably 2000 rounds of ammo in truck for these firearms.

March 20, 2008, 10:10 AM
My line of work takes me, and often my wife, into some pretty rough back country, and often into some pretty bad neighborhoods. I keep gear in the vehicle for both of us that depends on the weather we may encounter, and enough food for two or three days. I also carry a Single shot H&R barreled for 20 gauge, with a swap out .308 barrel, a Ruger Single Six in .22LR/WMR,...and an old H&R 9 shot .22 LR,.....all locked and cased,...in addition to both of our CCW pieces accessable,......figure that oughta be enuff......

March 20, 2008, 03:19 PM
Hatchman wrote,
Hey Jakemccoy, post the pics for us CA boys. Please.

Here are some pics I posted in another forum. I've made some modifications, but the general idea is there...


Don't listen to the rumors. Read the law for yourself. Then ask questions at calccw.com because folks over there really know Cali law...

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