View Full Version : Truck Gun, Trunk Gun questions???

Old John
July 15, 2006, 03:17 PM
Hi Y'all,
I couldn't figure which Forum to put this in.
Here it is..............

In addition to the gun you wear on your person.....
Do you have a Truck-gun, behind the seat in your Truck, or SUV?
Or, do you have a Trunk-gun in the trunk of your car?
Is it a hand gun or long gun?
Is it an old "Beater" or a good gun?
Heavy caliber or light?
Is it always loaded, at least the magazine?
Do you take it in the house each evening? Or, is it always there,
all year around?
Is it behind the seat when you go "cross-country", state to state?

Now, I've changed mine out, over the years.
For awhile years ago, I carried an old .22 Marlin, in the trunk,
or behind the seat in the truck.
I've also had an old single barrel 12ga. and an old 12ga pump,
at times.
I've about always had some kinda "Truck-gun" or Trunk-gun.
DSW has an old 9mm FN in her truck.

I've never felt real comfortable with a gunrack in the window of the truck.
Seems like advertizing, to me.
I just wouldn't want some folks to get hold of even an old Beater,
you know.
But, just knowing it's with me just makes me feel more calm & comfortable.
Take care.

Rusty Stud
July 15, 2006, 03:23 PM
with 30 round clip at the side and another 15 round clip inside but nothing in the chamber.
seems apropriate to me :)
and its in the trunk at ALL times

July 15, 2006, 09:25 PM
I carried my SKS behind the seat of my truck for a year or two. I don't anymore unless I'm traveling state to state. I figure it's better to have it and not need it.

July 15, 2006, 09:49 PM
I carry an extra six shooter (44) behind the seat of the truck always. It is in a locked box that is fastened to the truck so it can't be easily taken out, but it gives me a spare if needed. Also there are times I leave home without a carry gun, like to work and church, but I still like to have one on board.

July 16, 2006, 09:05 AM
Interesting question(s)... in this area, probably 25-50% of the trucks have a handgun in the glovebox/console... more during hunting season...

My 9mm lately has been in a case, under the rear seat... magazine full, not usually in the gun. I've been thinking it might end up in the console... or maybe something smaller might end up in the console...

Big concerns are:

others in the truck... stumbling onto it. Probably a little too concerned about that, but I do carry relative strangers occasionally... most don't open the glove box. LOL

the security of the gun and the idea of it falling into the wrong hands... (in an area where locking one's vehicle is not the norm...)

Sometimes I think that carrying it on the person is the best of all worlds.

Don H
July 16, 2006, 12:25 PM
Given the number of vehicles broken into and/or stolen, I don't feel any degree of comfort in leaving a firearm in my vehicle and possibly arming some lowlife scum. Therefore, I don't. If I had a well-hidden lockbox and a hidden ignition disconnect, I might feel differently about storing a firearm for a short period of time.

tony pasley
July 16, 2006, 06:10 PM
i have a locking rifle rack got from gall's they also have pistols boxes. they open by key or hidden release button and work great

July 16, 2006, 07:44 PM
SKS in the front full length pocket of the Ford F-100 seat cover.

July 16, 2006, 07:50 PM
Given the number of vehicles broken into and/or stolen, I don't feel any degree of comfort in leaving a firearm in my vehicle and possibly arming some lowlife scum. Therefore, I don't.

Since most workplace rules frown on CCW, everyone must decide to:
(a) carry anyway and risk unemployment (possibly legal action)
(b) carry to work and leave the gun locked in the vehicle for 8+ hrs a day
(c) not carry at all and risk not having a way to defend yourself if needed

These same conditions apply for a "truck/trunk gun".

(b) is my choice

Usually a handgun and rifle in my vehicle during any given day. If not at work or going somewhere CCW is prohibited(court house) the handgun will be on my body and the long gun in my vehicle.

July 24, 2006, 10:12 PM
I don't carry a trunk gun around town. However, one trip I frequently take involves driving through 100 miles of "no man's land"; very desolate. This route is used by smugglers of all types of contraband. On those occassions I travel with a 12 ga. pump w/20" barrel, loaded with 00 buckshot (8 round capacity), in my trunk or on my backseat.

BTW, I have a CHL and carry two handguns on those trips, too. I've never had a problem, but when you need a gun, it's better to have two.

July 24, 2006, 10:57 PM
I either carry a .45 on my person or stick my revolver SP101 in the glove box. The gun is removed when I leave the vehicle. Either way I don't carry a gun that I can't access quickly. When I put the revolver in the glove box I leave it unlocked. If I am stuck in traffic the revolver in in my lap. To many car jackings in Houston, TX due to our GUESTS from LA.

July 24, 2006, 11:25 PM
Last summer, I carried an SKS around in my truck's toolbox. Unfortunately, I now clutter up the toolbox with all sorts of other crap. :) I would like to eventually go back to having one, maybe one of those Kel-Tec carbines in 9mm with a 33 round Glock mag.

Chris W
July 24, 2006, 11:49 PM
There ought to be a lot of threads on this kind of topic in the archives. I carry a levergun behind the seat of my truck, and a levergun in the trunk of my car, pretty much all the time. They're unloaded in accordance with WA state law, but have 9 rounds in a buttcuff and a box or two (i.e., 50 or 100) packed handy with them. One is a .357 mag, one a .41 mag.

Here are the 81 threads that come up on a title search for 'truck gun':


Sun Tzu
July 25, 2006, 12:05 AM

I carry everyday here in Los Angeles.:eek: I had a "gangsta friend" (think MTV's Pimp my Ride show) convert my vehicle.:) I can carry a sbr or a pistol w/mag & rounds locked under the minivan passenger seat.::cool:

It is bad A**!: It locks using an Impala trunk lock. Only access is via a custom 9 volt zapper that hits a copper penny that then triggers the release...:confused: When locked it is invisible.;) Period. No carpet rips, no metal exposed, no sound, etc. Its the only way to roll in "Kommie Kali" w/my Glock or 30cal carbine.:p

Peace, S Tzu

Master Sun would never leave his house in the SFV w/out his instruments of ill omen by his side!!!

July 25, 2006, 01:01 AM
I will only Carry if on long trips But i drive a 1 ton suburban with Ruenell Bumbers This has a Better I Hit stop than any gun;) but when i do carry its the Beretta 92FS in the center consol

July 25, 2006, 01:01 AM
not usually, because i am now sharing cars with my kids, who have to go to school all summer anyway for weights and off season practice.

If i am going anywhere out side of the usual, i will load something, Any trip the in laws farm requires a long arm, for you never know what you will need to shoot there. . . road trips often include a shotgun or an AR, in a discrete case. I carry everywhere i go otherwise, at least a handgun, but up north or west, yeah there is something else with/

July 25, 2006, 02:37 AM
Russian SKS in the trunk of my car. Its in a silicone gun sack then tucked inside a hard case. The reason for the case is I carry other stuff in the trunk and I dont want my gun beat to hell. Inside the case there is the gun (of course and 1 stripper clip loaded with FMJ.

There are also another 120 rounds on stripper clips in a magazine carrier that I modified with a shoulder strap.


July 25, 2006, 08:56 AM
Here in Florida, you don't even need a CCW to carry a gun under the seat of your car as long as it's in a snapped holster. I bought a cheap Uncle Mike's snap closed holster and sewed it into a great drawing position underneath the seat, into the seat itself. When I go anywhere over long distances, my CCW holster kind of hurts after a while with the gun butt sticking into my back (I carry in a pancake @ 5:00), so I was always leery of carrying on long trips. Now, I just put it in the car holster every time and now I know exactly where it is and it doesn't hurt me anymore. I never really go outside of FL, but if I did, most of the southern states have pretty good car-gun laws (except SC), and so I don't forsee a reason to change this.

July 25, 2006, 10:17 PM
I slightly modified a window gun rack and bolted it behind the back seat of my crewcab truck. It's out of sight, but easy to access if I need it.

My 12g pump rides there 24/7. In Colorado you can have rounds in the tube as long as there isn't one in the chamber. Good to go.

July 25, 2006, 11:33 PM
It is said that you should use your handgun to fight your way to your long gun (which will be in the vehicle).

What is a good inexpensive (used) rifle in a readily available caliber, suitable to the purpose? I have thought about a SKS, but can't tell a good one from a junker. And didn't I hear the ammo is getting scarcer? I'd prefer .223 for compatibility with other weapons, but an AK is expensive in the caliber I believe. Certainly the Ruger Mini 14 is pricey too.



July 25, 2006, 11:57 PM
Hows about a lever gun. I'm thinking I'll eventually get a dedicated truck gun. It will certainly be a beater. My thoughts are a good 12 guage pump ( Rem 870 or Mossy 500) under $110, Marlin in some caliber in 30-30/35Rem/357Mag/44Mag, or an SKS. I believe the first to will be the best choice given the fact that if I get pulled over by the police my truck gun won't be quite as threatening and I can easily pass it off as a hunting weapon.

July 26, 2006, 03:53 AM
but an AK is expensive in the caliber I believe. Certainly the Ruger Mini 14 is pricey too.

AK's can be had around $350 and Mini's in the $400-500 range. Used sometimes slightly lower. This may be considered expensive, depending on the budget. It is actually quite reasonable for what you are getting.

If it doesn't have to be a semi-auto, there are many bolt and lever action guns well under $200 (especially since you specify "used").

July 26, 2006, 09:51 AM
Since I pack 24/7 I don't have a dedicated truck gun now. When I did it was a .44 mag beater.

W Turner
July 26, 2006, 12:45 PM
There are a couple of good, inexpensive options for truck guns out there...

Mosin Nagant 38/44
used Marlin lever gun of some type
police trade in 12 pump gun
NEF single shot shotgun or handi-rifle in .223 or .308

I am leaning toward the break open NEF shotgun for my vehicle gun for a few reasons:
1-cheap, usually $50 or so at a pawn shop
3-non-threatening appearance
4-even if someone were to break into my car, it's not a valuable ubertacticool rifle. It may get completely passed by because fo the plain jane appearance
5- stone axe reliable with all loads, and with a little practice, can be used effectively with slugs

Yes, it is a single shot, but with practice, you can use it pretty effectively and get hits every 5 seconds or so. Whatever pistol I have with me can be used in conjunction with this to get me the heck outta the area.


July 26, 2006, 12:54 PM
NEF Pardner, 12ga, cut to 20in., mine is in the trunk. I have shot it for some years now and not a bit of trouble. Stay safe.

July 26, 2006, 07:44 PM
I bought a Maverick 12ga w/ 18in barrel new in about 1993. I now have a better HD shotgun, so this one rides in the trunk 24/7. That said, the vehicle is garage kept, and is locked in an access-controlled parking lot while at work. The gun isn't worth more than $50 on the market anyway, so I might as well tote it around. My daily carry is a G19, with one extra hi-cap mag and one G18 33 round mag (with a Glock +2 extension) in the vehicle.

July 26, 2006, 08:59 PM
Although I've carried each kind, I've come to favor a rifle cartridge over a shotgun or pistol carbine round for a truck gun. If another vehicle is involved, shooting through cover is a distinct possibility. A rifle round will accomplish this easier and can place a precision shot if needed easier than the shotgun. An exception to the pistol carbines are of course the .41/.44 mags.

July 29, 2006, 02:48 AM
MARLIN 60 .22
Mauser TURK 8mm
SKS 7.62x39

all three in the truck.

During hunting season
I always have at least one shotgun in case i get off early and feel like taking some doves.

July 29, 2006, 04:48 PM
Most times, my Glock 32 rides in the console/glovebox of my pickup. Once in a while, my SKS or 30-30 come along too.

July 29, 2006, 05:07 PM
As a plumber, I ran into an incidend where I wish I had my carry gun with me. I was lucky to get out unharmed. Now I keep a gun in my truck at all times and it's usually my S&W model 36 snubby revolver, 5 rounds of Fed personal defense ammo and two speed-loaders right next to it.

August 2, 2006, 09:58 AM
My conceal carry permit is a license to secure myself, NOT my car! My 1911 is for me, NOT for my car, trunk or cab.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, when my 1911 leaves my hip or my hand, it is unloaded. Every single time. The gun is for me. It exists to secure me. When I have it, it works. When I don't have it, it doesn't work.