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Have a safe way to store your gun in your vehicle?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Does anyone else store a handgun or rifle in their vehicle? Do you have a means of securing the firearm?

    I wanted something in the truck so I could keep a gun in there as part of my survival pack. This is a pack of all the gear I would need if every trapped away from home overnight by a natural disaster or just getting lost in the woods.

    I knew nothing is 100% secure but I wanted something that would defeat all but the most dedicated and equipped thief. Something that would deter the common criminal.

    I found one of those "drawer safes" on sale at GI Joe's and it was a perfect fit for the space.

    I installed it right behind the armrest between the seats. With the armrest up it is impossible to see but with the armrest down it is easily accessible from the drivers seat. Even with the armrest down it is very hard to see from outside the truck. It is very securely bolted to the carriage of the truck so it is not going anywhere either.

    The added bonus is it keeps my tool bag from sliding around on tight corners.

    I then went and bought some moisture resistant foam and made an insert to hold my XD-45acp securely in place while driving.

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  2. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Looks great, and its better than the glove box, I have to keep my carry piece in the glove box of my car when I am at work. I wish there was something like this for use in a sedan other than mounting it in the trunk.
     
  3. Weebs

    Weebs Clackamas County Member

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    Is the drawer safe secured in anyway? Or could a person just take the safe with them? I'm looking into options like this for my vehicle while I'm at work. No guns allowed inside the office so I have to leave mine in my car.
     
  4. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    It is very securely bolted to the the main support frame of the truck through the floorboards. Four 8" bolts connected with steel brackets hold it to the frame.
     
  5. Weathermaker

    Weathermaker Washington Member

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    Nice setup.
     
  6. aflineman

    aflineman Both South of Eugene and East of Portland. Active Member

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    I have a couple of the keyed versions of these http://www.center-of-mass.com/. Works fairly well. You can use it as a temp safe by wraping the cable around something sturdy in the car or house. I also use one when I am traveling for rental cars and hotel rooms.
     
  7. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Nice idea! I've heard of people using the GunVault in their car for the same purpose.
     
  8. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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  9. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Nice clean install. That'll last as long as you own the vehicle.
     
  10. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    That's a very nice and clean setup, thanks for giving some good ideas.
     
  11. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Just out of curiousity, how much was it and did you do the install yourself??
     
  12. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I think the safe was around $45 and the hardware ran around $10.

    Yes, I did it all myself. All it took was a drill, a wrench, some silcon (to make the bolt holes watertight), and some JB Weld (to secure the bolts and nuts together).
     
  13. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Nice job! I'd be too worried about drilling through wires/fuel lines/etc. :paranoid:
     
  14. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    In this area, you would be surprised at how little there is too avoid. All you have to do is take a look underneath before starting. :)
     
  15. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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    I have a small car and use a small locking box, just big enough to fit a pistol in and a cable lock designed for motorcycles/ ATV's. It's not perfect but it's a lot better than my glove box. I got the lock box from cabela's.
     
  16. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Thats a good idea, I will check that out. It pains me to tempt fate and leave it in my glove box
     
  17. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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    Really you could even just run a cable lock or coated cable and pad lock up the magazine well and out the ejection port or through the frame of a revolver and attach both ends to your seat frame. You'd have to use a smaller cable but it's better than nothing.
     
  18. Intervention

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    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Mr. Intervention,
    How sturdy is the pacsafe? Have you tried really ripping on it?
     
  20. bnr32gtr

    bnr32gtr Vancouver, WA Member

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    I built this for a friends car a while back. Can't show it completed and installed, sorry. Bolts to the subwoofer enclosure which is attached to the rear package tray. It is on drawer slides and will hold an AR pistol or SBR plus a BUNCH of ammo and magazines or a pistol, some ammo, mags and other safety, security items.

    Has a lock I can't discuss in his but, I would be more than willing to design and/or custom build one for anyone who would like me to! I made this out of plywood to keep weight down but could use metal, mdf or some other material of choice.