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Old February 12, 2018, 10:29 PM   #1
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Truck gun - methods?

I found a break action single shot 12ga I decided to order in to my LGS and get as a truck gun. I do have a Remington 870 express tactical, but it is ILLEGAL to keep this in a vehicle with shells in the tube even if the chamber is empty. Also, the single shot is slimmer and might be easier to maneuver within the confines of my rig. I digress.

What are some good ways to keep a long gun (Long here being 18.5" barrel) in the truck and not get it stolen? I don't have a 4 door, but an extended cab. I'd get a gun rack and hang it in the back window, but that's a great way to get pulled over here. Also a good way to get it taken when parked.

Under a jacket on the floor between the front and back seats? Disassembled/folded and in a backpack?

Any opinions on this welcome. Thanks.
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Old February 12, 2018, 11:30 PM   #2
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If it's something like an H&R Topper, you can just break it down into 2 pieces and store it unobtrusively in a duffle or other non-gun case looking bag, under the rear seat.
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Old February 13, 2018, 04:31 AM   #3
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If you want to get serious about securing a long gun in a vehicle, that are locking racks, some relatively affordable, that are out there. Look in the police supply catalogs, or of course, the source of all knowledge these days, the internet.

Some of those LE racks are expensive, but the manual locking types are not so bad, or at least they didn't used to be. Another option, is the Sky Rack, which puts the gun overhead up around the sun visors. Those may or may not lock. I have also seen metal floor lockers, which flush mount on the floor. These may or may not be available for behind the seat of an extended cab. My experience and use has been in the rear of a SUV. I think I recently saw where MagPul is making a behind the seat rack that fits behind the head rests, but it is a bracket arrangement that does not lock, simple secures a soft case. Thinking they were in the recent Dillons catalog
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Old February 13, 2018, 09:26 AM   #4
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I don't think putting a firearm anywhere it can be seen is a good idea, no matter how 'secure' you think it is. Locks only keep the honest people out.

OP, what kind of truck do you have? For reference, you can break into a Ford SuperDuty with a flat blade screwdriver in about 5 seconds. Yes, I speak from experience. That's why I subscribe to the 'not in view' theme.
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Old February 13, 2018, 09:40 AM   #5
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My idea of a truck gun is one that is quickly and easily accessed when one wants it. Thus, hard to make it completely safe from being stolen without making it hard to access. One of my other ideas of a truck gun is one that is worth so little, that damage from keeping it in the truck and the minuscule threat of it being stolen, does not deter me from having it in the truck.

You need to make a choice. Easily accessed or securely stored. If the later is the choice, then a cable lock would be in order.
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Old February 13, 2018, 09:55 AM   #6
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I've had the same question not too long ago. I also have an extended cab and I have a "dog hammock" in my back seat for my lab (keeps the seat dry and clean when I take her out hunting/swimming/etc). Under that, I have a soft rifle case with the shoulder strap wrapped around the seat cushion. Nobody can see it and I can reach back and grab my gun fairly easily from the driver seat. I put an AR pistol in it, so easy to maneuver in the truck. If you don't have a dog, just use a large/heavy blanket to cover the seat.

Here's the Amazon link to the dog hammock. Works great: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old February 13, 2018, 12:00 PM   #7
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There's pretty stout lock boxes that fit under the seat of extended cabs that is an option.

https://www.tuffyproducts.com/p-425-...150-x-cab.aspx

Also, depending on your truck model you may be able to fold down the back of the rear seat and hide something back there. My Frontier was made to do so, my F150 wasn't but a 1/16" drill bit, a 12" length of cable and a key ring fixed that.
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Old February 13, 2018, 04:08 PM   #8
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I keep my AK & 40 round magazine hidden behind the rear seat in my crew cab. It may not be the most accessible, but that's that my pistol is for.
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Old February 13, 2018, 04:11 PM   #9
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I don't think putting a firearm anywhere it can be seen is a good idea, no matter how 'secure' you think it is. Locks only keep the honest people out.

OP, what kind of truck do you have? For reference, you can break into a Ford SuperDuty with a flat blade screwdriver in about 5 seconds. Yes, I speak from experience. That's why I subscribe to the 'not in view' theme.
I don't want to have it in sight. My doors seal so tightly to the frames when shut that I can't even open it with tools or a hand pump. But, a criminal will just break a window.

I have a 1st gen club cab Dakota. I'm not worried about the truck being stolen, it is high off the ground and no criminals here seem to be able to drive a 5-spd. But if someone wanted to climb in the bed and break the back window to access a visible gun rack, they absolutely would be able to.


I don't have any room under my seats, that's where my extra water, beef jerky, and shotshells go. Sounds like my best bet is to keep it under a jacket on the floor between the front and rear seats.
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