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Pickup truck rifle racks?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Armored farmer, Jul 22, 2022.

  1. crestoncowboy

    crestoncowboy Member

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    Or under the rear seat. The F150s have next to no room behind the rear seat and the driver side is a PIA to get to fold down.. The jack and the funnel for the (I hate it but our GM and Ford trucks have it) capless fuel filler. And if you have either of the upgraded radio packages you have even less room because of the powered sub and amp. The inverter for the 110 outlets are under and behind the passenger side too. Lol. There is a decent spot under the rear seat though. But then they have split rear seats and you have to raise up both sides to get one out. If you have a car seat in the middle its even worse. The one pictured is not 2021 and up. It's a single rear seat. Now they are split. Plus the rear is a good bit nicer on the 2021 and up

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  2. CapnMac

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    Like as not, it was the vent window and extended cabs that put paid to the rear window mounts.

    I had some glue-on mounts for the rear side windows of my Bronco II. They mostly carried levels and tape measures, as the space available was not very long.

    I have seen folks get the center clips and just install them on the shelf using self-drilling, self-tapping screws. Not having floppity visors off road can be a good thing.
     
  3. jmr40

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    I have an '07 Tacoma and a '14 F150. Both are 4 door crew cab 4X4's. I just use a soft case behind the rear seat. I had to do a little tweaking on the seats to make that work on the Ford. For some reason Ford doesn't make it easy to access that space, but there is a lot of room there. And with an aftermarket quick release is pretty fast to access.
     
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  4. BigBlue 94

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    My visors dont have the provisions for a center clip... But yeah, you can install them if you have em. I had the visor strapped to the shelf lol.
     
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  5. Sav .250

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    Pick up rifle racks.................
    That was a time. Does bring back good memories.
     
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  6. crestoncowboy

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    Screenshot_20220724-101815_Gallery.jpg A REAL truck with a rifle rack and my poser truck as well. Lol. So they still are in use.

    Most of my vehicles are in decent shape.... but my favorite of all is that rickety old rust bucket that I don't care to bounce off a tree or something. Ive kept that thing on the road for 20+ years. Was my first 4x4 and was already a rusty POS when I got it.... lol

    Unless of course its raining or a long walk home.... or there is a gasoline shortage but it's still my favorite and most used truck out of many
     
  7. Riomouse911

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    As a kid I rode around every summer with my Grandfather in a 1974 Chevy longbed with a gun rack in the rear window. The upper hooks always held an old oak cane for whacking rattlesnakes often found in the hay barn, the lower hooks held a 722 Rem in .257 Roberts during lambing/calving time or an 1894 Winchester during deer season.

    I do miss seeing gun racks and what they represented; tools of the trade for the hardworking ranchers and farmers that lived in the hill country area. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
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  8. Cowhide Cliff

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    I don't believe that is anything like what the OP was asking. The idea behind the old fashion gun rack in the farm or work truck was to grab a gun when you saw a predator or varmint, etc, that you needed a gun quick.
     
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  9. Cowhide Cliff

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    Even full size beds loose most of their capacity. Barely room for a gooseneck after the tool box and fuel tank. To the original question I'd like a good solution too, I usually just keep a gun laying in the back seat or if I don't have a passenger and anticipate needing it I'll lean it in the passenger seat so I can get to it if need be without getting out of the truck.
     
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  10. jmorris

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    That looks a lot nicer than my 2022 but I have other stuff I need more, under the guns. They have jacked the trucks up so high these days, truck boxes are less useful than they used to be.

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    This isn’t as fast as an overhead mount but the cheapest solution I have ever found.

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  11. SharpDog

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    Well, I don't have any occasion to pull a rifle on a coyote, fox or wolf unless I was hunting them. If you're talking about two legged that would be different. The vast majority of my driving is in the city / suburbs and IMHO that any indication you have guns (like a rifle rack or a Glock sticker) will get your ride broken into.

    If I did feel I need a ready rifle (as opposed to my EDC) I would just lay the scabbard across the passenger seat and attend to my business.

    And btw, I love my 'poser' truck (whatever that means) Silverado with a camper shell that I can sit upright and sleep in, which is my daily driver.
     
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  12. jmorris

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    Yes, not everyone is going to have the same set of circumstances. I suppose for some having nothing would be better but they would already have to be in a bad place if that were the case. ;)
     
  13. crestoncowboy

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    You had some idea "whatever that means" or you wouldn't have included your Chevy in with my F150.

    Means a truck that is far better at car things than truck things. I have several. I like them too, but I have to leave my tailgate down to haul a pallet of feed or a small riding mower. Some of the better optioned trucks use up all their payload on options. Ive seen 1100 lb payload on some king ranch/ platinums.....while a rav 4 or highlander have 1500 or more.

    I agreed though, if I'm in my commuting trucks I have no gun in sight. No Gun stickers. Just one of one million plain old f150 a year made.
     
  14. Cowhide Cliff

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    I understand but your circumstances don't really fit in to what I gathered the OP was asking. Out on ranches and farms you many times need a rifle handy at all times to dispatch 4 legged predators and varmints. Especially during calving season and such. We live in two different worlds.
     
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  15. jmorris

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    Yeah, probably not going to throw the keys to the valet while having a night out on the town with any of my setups. :)
     
  16. EMC45

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    I have a rifle rack in my truck now. It’s behind the seat screwed into the rear cab wall. Mounted a few that way in past trucks. Still there, only I know it and see it.
     
  17. ms6852

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    I believe you are correct, the four door did kill the gun rack. I own a 4 door truck and this is what I use.
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  18. jmorris

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    That’s a shotgun rack. ;)

    I like that one, would like it more if it enclosed the firearms with maybe a zipper.

    A lower, soft case version of my farm mule setup.

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  19. usaral63

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    Like your rimfire ctg setup........first I've seen that method............neat!!!
     
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  20. ms6852

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    Had not noticed it until you mentioned it. Now I'm drying to remember where I put all my drill bits.
     
  21. hannstv

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    They are a great place for a building contractor to keep blueprints for different job sites.
     
  22. FL-NC

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    I just keep a cheap shotgun in a soft case behind the seat. Not accessible from the cab, but I have it.
     
  23. c1ogden

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    I didn't know these were still available, I haven't seen one in years. I bought one in 1989 for my 1986 Ford Ranger, best accessory I ever bought. Mine had a scanner and VHF police radio mounted just like your CB and I kept my backup handgun and a few spare mags up there.
     
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  24. tominboise

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    That's how I do it when in the country. But my truck does not have a center console, so it's easier to carry the rifle there. It's hard to buy a truck without a center console these days, however. My truck is a 2006 Chevy....
     
  25. Nasty Canasta

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    on my old pickups that had bench seats I used to put Indian blanket seat covers on that had sleeve to slip a long gun into & keep it out of site, had to open a door to slip it out but it worked well. Something like this
    upload_2022-11-12_8-22-59.png Wouldn’t work in most truck’s front seats these days, maybe in back. Mine usually ride cased in the back seat these days.
     
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