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Looking for a good 'car gun'

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jn1965, Sep 6, 2009.

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  1. jn1965

    jn1965 Member

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    Hey guys,


    I do a lot of traveling and staying in hotels. I am looking for something I can carry in the car and up to my room without drawing attention to myself. I currently take the 'ole TTC' with me, but as I do not have a pistol permit for some of the lame states I go to I am a felony waiting to happen. I want to carry something legal but small in those places. What do you guys suggest?
    I am open to a cheap 12ga, short rifle, etc.
    Cheap is an operative word as it will get tossed in the trunk in a bag, then dragged into hotels and hopefully never needed in defense.

    Reliable is the other key word as when it is needed I need it to work.

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. hamourkiller

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    Used 30-30 Winchester.
    12ga coach gun
    Used pump 12ga cut off to 18.5" bbl
    Used single shot 12ga cut to 18.5" bbl

    All cheap and effective.
     
  3. Mp7

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    a single-shot 12.ga with a shellholder on the buttstock.

    can of pepperspray
    Knife.
     
  4. zoom6zoom

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    Mine's an AK underfolder.
     
  5. DasFriek

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    Cheap and reliable is Ruger semi autos and Taurus's.
    Cheaper is High Point.
    It seems you dont want fancy or pay for uneccesary niceties,id go with a HiPoint .45 at about $140.
    If its stolen from your room or lost no real biggy beyong the police report.Throw it in a bag of sharp rocks and if it gets scratched up who cares?
    But it will be accurate enough and reliable and thats what matters.
    I like stuff a tad nicer so id go Ruger or Taurus,but its not necessary either.

    A pistol gripped 12 guage Mossberg would fill the roll nicely,but i wouldnt like trying to get that in unnoticed.
     
  6. HoosierQ

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    Find an inexpensive single shot 12ga. Some of those break in half. Store it and carry it in halved in some sort of rectangular box or case. Heck, get a guitar or violin case. :D

    +1 in the shell holder on the butstock. The elastic gives out on those after a short while but they're cheap.

    A set up like that ought to be perfectly legal just about every where (check local laws as YMMV) and you'd never fell or be undergunned under any but the most dire of circumstances.

    I am right now in WI having traveled through IL to get here. Handguns are not an option for me and what I described above would suit me!
     
  7. kdstrick

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    pistol grip pump shotty 18" bbl. It will be short enough to carry in a duffle bag.
     
  8. chuckusaret

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    I have a Mossberg 12ga with pistol grips on both ends that I carry in foam lined violin case when I travel along with several handguns. No one every raises an eyebrow when I carry it thru the lobby of the motel/hotel.
     
  9. lobo9er

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    For me these are the funniest to buy, guns that are reliable, accurate and already have some dings.
     
  10. DFW1911

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    Good recommendations so far: I'd watch for a 30-30.

    I keep a $100 Mosin carbine in my truck. It works well, is reasonably accurate, and fires a potent round that isn't too common, so if the bad guys get it they're going to need to look for some rounds (7.62X54R).

    Oh, and if it really hits the fan, it has a pretty significant bayonet.

    A SKS is also another good consideration, as is a short-barrel 12 gauge, or an Enfield carbine in .303.

    DFW1911

    PS: If you happen to be in DFW I'll tell you where you can get Mosins and Enfields in the $75-$150 range.
     
  11. BillyDa59

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    Get one of those semiauto streetsweepers.
    http://world.guns.ru/shotgun/sh09-e.htm
    As soon as any BG attacks or you see a nice deer standing on the side of the road, you can put on what I like to call a "12 Gauge fiesta." What you gotta do is buy a bunch of that ridiculous exotic ammo. You know, like the incendiary, flare, and flechette shells. As a general rule of thumb, the more you cringe when reading the description of the ammo, the more you should buy the stuff. After you have a wide assortment of the horrific ammunition you load up one of each shell into your shotgun. That streetsweeper holds 12 shells I believe. As soon as you're loaded up all you need is an excuse to have your fiesta!

    Heh. Okay no. But seriously though, I've heard SKSs make a good truck gun. It kinda depends where you live though.
     
  12. Shadow 7D

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    A number of people say Hipoint, if its stolen your not out alot of money, good customer service and lifetime warranty. I am looking for a cheap one (yeah funny) myself.
     
  13. ByAnyMeans

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    I vote for a 12 gauge with 18.5 in barrel and extra 5 shot shell holder. If you know the areas your going to before hand and there are no restrictions then get it equipped for seven shots if not five will do.

    I would look for a used Mossberg 88.
     
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    pistol gripped 12ga w/light attached. . .
     
  15. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    AK-47 Underfolder
    or a
    12 gauge coach gun
     
  16. PandaBearBG

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    For a cheap-don't care too much if I lose it? Hi-point carbine, cuz noone really cares if you do lose it or bang it up or scratch it, or a 12 pistol grip mossy, cuz its short enough to maneuver in your car and its reliable as hell.
     
  17. SalchaketJoe

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    If your carry weapon is a .357 I would suggest a Marlin 1894 carbine in .357 mag.
     
  18. Ed Ames

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    If your budget is ...

    $125ish ... single-shot 12ga or 20ga (H&R/NEF, etc)
    $250ish ... pump 12ga
    $500ish ... pistol-caliber lever gun
     
  19. Deltaboy

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    Ed covered it!

    I have a Hi-Point 45.
     
  20. Officers'Wife

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    I see a lot of the Universal 30 cal carbines for sale around here.

    It's short enough to for 'car' use and with a 30 round magazine would have plenty of firepower.
     
  21. DasFriek

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    I think i read the OP right,but this will mainly be a car/hotel gun.I cant say a rifle would be a good idea with thin walls surrounding you.
    A smallish carbine in 9mm mabey.
    I really think the best route is still a 12 guage or a full sized pistol 9mm-.45
     
  22. SniperStraz

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    DasFriek beat me to it. I hardly think that a mosin is safe to fire in a small hotel room with other travelers around.
    +1 on the 9mm carbine
     
  23. browningguy

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    I carry a Keltec Sub 2000 with the Glock 19 magwell. With 4 x 33 round magazines and a 70 lumen light on the lower rail it fits nicely in a briefcase, and even leaves room for a sandwich.

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  24. HoosierQ

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    I think the OP is constrained on being legally able to have a handgun due to the vagaries of local law. Thus so many cheap shotgun suggestions.
     
  25. jn1965

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    I love all the suggestions. The fact is if I travel through NY, NJ, and MD I cannot carry a pistol so any handgun is out. I like the 12 ga coach gun or the cut down mossy 88. In NY I believe I am also restricted to 5 shots, am I right?

    I saw a decent SKS at Cabeleas on Friday, but it looked a bit long. Just for info, could one be fitted with a folding stock? The one I saw was a Chinese copy and the wood was nothing to write home about. I do have reservations about shooting one in a hotel though so I would probably stick with a 12 ga.

    Keep the ideas flowing!

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
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