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How do you stash your truck gun?
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:02:32 PM »
Have an elderly Savage M-11, left-hand bolt, 7mm-08, in a Boyd's reject stock.  Good sling, ammo cuff, Leupold M8 4X scope, and a box of handloads alongside.  When my truck was a Nissan Frontier, extended cab 4X4, the rifle rode behind the driver's seat, butt on the floor, and the muzzle velcro'd to a headrest post.

Now my "truck" is a Jeep Grand Cherokee (Laredo, 4X4) and I don't have a good way to carry it, since butt-on-the-floor, muzzle-velcro'd-to-headrest sticks out like rat turds in a sugar bowl.  Would like to be able to carry it so that I can get to it easily, without putting the muzzle on the floor, or some other foolishness, and not advertise that I do, indeed, have a truck gun.

Suggestions, ideas, etc, all cheerfully considered.

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    Re: How do you stash your truck gun?
    « Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 10:45:16 PM »
    My advice?  'Butt-on-the-floor, muzzle-velcro'd-to-headrest...'  But cover the top half (or more) with a sleeve the matches the material of your seat back.  Heck, a spare piece of that same material would be ideal.  Don't 'contour' the sleeve, leave it big enough to conceal its purpose.  Maybe with a few internal ribs to keep a certain shape.
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    Re: How do you stash your truck gun?
    « Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 10:47:32 PM »
    Hadn't thought of that, may have to try that.

    Thanks!
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    Re: How do you stash your truck gun?
    « Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 11:09:37 PM »
    I drive a sedan. I don't remember if jeeps or trucks have them, but my sedan has a lip of sorts. Between my seat and the door there is a space that is big enough for a large umbrella.... Or other things. It also is made in such a way that when I open the door to get out, this 'lip' obscures the item from those looking inside the vehicle as I step out. When the vehicle is closed and locked up? Unless they have xray vision, they're not seeing anything.
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    « Reply #4 on: April 15, 2017, 01:58:17 PM »
    My M44 is on the floorboard of my '98 tacoma extended cab. Haven't thought about standing it up. I like keeping it out of sight.
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    Re: How do you stash your truck gun?
    « Reply #5 on: April 15, 2017, 04:45:27 PM »
    I'd say depends on the year, but on the floor under the lip of the rear seat isn't a bad location in most of them. There is a slight overhang that you could get a case that matches the color of the interior(I believe all of them I've owned have been grey interior). But a location like that you could install some velcro on the seat mounts or some other rigged mount and it should still be pretty easy to get to. That said wouldn't work with passengers but not sure if you haul people or not generally I don't unless it's the kids in mine. Also you might be able to work something behind the rear seats since also all of them I've owned have tint on the rear, which makes it much easier to hide something in the far back and you may also have the pull cover for the rear still which helps as well. That is much harder to get to, but it's much more concealed and works with passengers.

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    « Reply #6 on: April 15, 2017, 06:14:51 PM »
    Had a neighbor with somewhat the same problem.  He traded for a 2010 Ford Escape and ended up using screws to attach Velcro straps to the upper portion of the rear seat backs which when fastened held the Ruger ranch rifle quite securely ( horizontally ). He lost the ability to fold the seats down without moving the rifle but a black towel covered the rifle in place and you absolutely could not see it from a casual observation outside the car. 

    His other thought was to cut through the headliner and epoxy a couple of bolts to the inside of the metal roof thinking that he could rig a way to suspend the rifle from them. The rifle would be out of sight that way but he abandoned the idea because of uncertainty whether the epoxy bond would hold the weight of the rifle on a rough road. 
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    « Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 04:17:02 PM »
    Under the back seat is where mine rides. I have a cheap soft gun case from walmart and I just keep the end towards the drivers side rear door unzipped. 100% concealed even when the door is open and pretty easy to get to. But I drive a full size truck.
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    « Reply #8 on: May 12, 2017, 11:07:22 AM »
    we used to install a soft fabric covered "shelf".  attached at the coat hanger points, long gun rode on top of the shelf, right below the roof, held in place by a double strap that came to a single velcro point.   Not highly secure by any means, but out of sight, easily accessible from either front seat and kept it out of the trash, dust and dirt that tends to accumulate on the floorboards.   I've not looked lately since the single and double cages don't allow that install, but might be an option. 

    similar in concept to this.

    http://www.aztrucks.com/product.asp?pr=Shelf-It_Overhead_Storage_Shelf

    another option might be this.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Truck-Gun-Back-Seat-Rack-Rifle-Carrier-Vehicle-Car-Case-Holder-Hunting-Pickup/272516289208


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    « Reply #9 on: May 12, 2017, 12:09:12 PM »
    I have an AR that I keep in the zip up bag that a large camping chair came in. I take out the mag (but keep it with it of course) so it doesn't profile. Sometimes I also toss a windbreaker over it all to hide it a bit more. I was recently given a large maroon colored duffle that will hold my rifle and a plate carrier but just haven't used it yet. The rear windows of my truck are heavily tinted and you can't see very well into the back seat from the outside even with your nose against the glass.

    Finally I do not have any gun manufacturer or Tactical Timmy stickers on my truck to avoid drawing attention in the first place. One of my associates' truck rear window is covered with them and he is a walking 5.11 ad. We've warned him about coming out of the mall one day to find his window busted and guns missing but he poo poo's us. It's a huge part of his identity.
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    Re: How do you stash your truck gun?
    « Reply #10 on: May 12, 2017, 10:13:46 PM »
    Right now, my Jeep GC has a Kimber 1911 (steel frame, full size) in the pocket of the driver's door (and two spare mags in the console, along with a flashlight in the pocket and the console), and a left-handed M4gery behind the driver's seat, butt-down, muzzle Velcro'd to the driver's seat headrest, with two spare mags in the pocket behind the driver's seat. 

    Since there's only two people who know this arrangement and the other one is someone I'd trust behind me with a loaded gun, I'm going to run with this, for right now.
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    « Reply #11 on: May 14, 2017, 01:02:26 AM »
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    « Reply #12 on: May 14, 2017, 02:06:11 AM »
    I've carried a truck gun before, but not on a regular basis,  When I have, I usually have it on the floor of the backseat either wrapped in a blanket or in a duffle bag with some padding so it doesn't look like a gun.


    The problem is when you go somewhere you can't bring the concealed gun, you have it sitting in the vehicle.  It hasn't been a problem most times for me, as I either have an 80 pound dog in the truck, or I'm traveling cross country and not making a lot of stops, or both.
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    « Reply #13 on: May 14, 2017, 09:12:28 AM »
    I double stick taped a Walmart window gunrack behind my bench seat.
    works like a dream.
    I'm considering adding a hard box as well, but so far I haven't
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    « Reply #14 on: May 14, 2017, 09:49:47 AM »
    I double stick taped a Walmart window gunrack behind my bench seat.
    works like a dream.
    I'm considering adding a hard box as well, but so far I haven't

    I didn't know that Wal-Mart had gun racks  :hmm.
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    « Reply #15 on: May 14, 2017, 10:13:22 AM »
    I didn't know that Wal-Mart had gun racks  :hmm.
    they're in the sports and outdoors section. it's just cheapo plastic.
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    « Reply #16 on: May 14, 2017, 02:43:03 PM »
    they're in the sports and outdoors section. it's just cheapo plastic.

    I guess because I have never owned a truck before, I never went looking for them. In Wal-Mart I was always more concerned with their Activia and coconut water, than I was with their gun racks  :P.
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    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #17 on: May 14, 2017, 05:02:32 PM »
    A scoped AR15 with the buttstock fully collapsed will just fit beneath the rear seat in a 2015-2017 Chevy Colorado, using a dufflebag for protection.  Room for several mags as well.  Various handguns can fit under the rear seat backrests on the floor in the space behind the rear seat cushions.  I don't generally leave guns in vehicles, but I did check for fit.  Just in case.
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    « Reply #18 on: May 14, 2017, 06:16:44 PM »
    In Wal-Mart I was always more concerned with their Activia and coconut water, than I was with their gun racks  :P.
    :scrutiny Maybe you should try the testosterone supplements in the pharmacy section.  ::)
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    :scrutiny Maybe you should try the testosterone supplements in the pharmacy section.  ::)

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    « Reply #20 on: May 14, 2017, 07:42:31 PM »
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    « Reply #22 on: May 15, 2017, 09:21:55 PM »
    I'm trying to finger out how to store a truck gun in my van.  The problem I have at the moment, is that I am unable to fully secure the van just yet. I need to do a complete re-key.  I have an ignition key, but it doesn't work on the doors, and the rear lift hatch opens with a gerry rigged wire.   :shrug

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    Finally I do not have any gun manufacturer or Tactical Timmy stickers on my truck to avoid drawing attention in the first place. One of my associates' truck rear window is covered with them and he is a walking 5.11 ad. We've warned him about coming out of the mall one day to find his window busted and guns missing but he poo poo's us. It's a huge part of his identity.
    NEVER put such stickers on your car or truck.  It invites thieves.  Unless you want to file an insurance claim and police report... I mean... some guys have never had to do that before... so... Bucket List item for the weird?
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    NEVER put such stickers on your car or truck.  It invites thieves.  Unless you want to file an insurance claim and police report... I mean... some guys have never had to do that before... so... Bucket List item for the weird?

    I just put an Apple logo and a coexist sticker on mine and it's golden  :P. Thief repellent.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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