Gun Storage, Arms, Defense, and General Babbling

A Car Safe Keeps Kiddies and Baddies Away From Your Parked Arsenal

Do you normally carry a gun with you while you drive?  Unless you have a criminal history, a violent reaction to road rage, or an irrational fear of firearms, I think you should…given you meet your state’s legal requirements.  For example, in Ohio, where I live, it’s legal for a concealed carry permit holder to have a loaded firearm in the car with them as long as it’s holstered on their person, or locked in a case or glove compartment visible in “plain site”.

That said, I normally stick to the first option – keeping my pistol on me, holstered and well-within reach.  There are, however, times when I have to park the car, and run into a building that prohibits possession of weapons, even with my CCW permit (ie – schools, government buildings, church, work…), so I’m forced to leave the gun in the car.  It never ceases to make me feel uncomfortable leaving it behind, even in a locked car.  Smash and grabs happen all the time, and there’s always a chance that some punk carjacker might find the tool he needs in the glove compartment to graduate to a stick-up kid.  I don’t really want that on my conscience.

And of course, there’s always that horrible feeling you might get when you’re watching TV on the couch, listening to your kids play in the garage, and your heart stops when you remember that you left your chambered piece sitting in the console.  Like you, I don’t make negligence a habit, but we’ve all heard the horror stories – all it takes is one stupid forgetful moment.

Console Vault

Console Vault Car SafeThis is why I’m specking out a car safe for my Sequoia – a Console Vault, in particular.  Console Vault is a security storage company that has quite a few relevant product offerings, including wall safes and secure brief cases, but what they do incredibly well is design what are essentially car gun safes to fit over two dozen different vehicle models – everything from Harleys to Hummers.

What they have is a rather simple design, operating, in essence, very similarly to my eVault bedside gun safe.  They build a 12 gauge steel security container that installs directly into your existing vehicle console frame.  Its spring-assisted door can be opened with either a barrel key lock, or combination keyless entry, depending on the model you opt for.

These are extremely practical and easy to install, and I’d almost recommend them to anyone driving a car that will accommodate one – even non-gun owners.  You wouldn’t have to take your radio faceplate in with you to the store, and you could leave your iPad or GPS unit in the car while you run an errand.  Any shiny object that you don’t want a jerkoff-thief to steal can be safely locked away while you’re shopping…errrr…ummm…lifting weights.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking that regardless of what you choose to lock up, be it a gun or otherwise, a thief who wants to get in badly enough can do so.  I would say with confidence that that is indeed the case, however, we are talking about a car here – a valuable asset that can literally be driven away.  Most car break-ins, not including theft of the car itself, happen very quickly – a thug walking by sees something in the window that he likes, breaks it, grabs it, and you never see it again.  Chances are pretty darn good that he’s not going to tool around, trying to pry the car safe’s locking points open while the alarm is going off.

Smith & Wesson QuickDraw

Smith & Wesson QuickdrawWhile the Console Vault is incredibly practical, you may be looking for something a little more stylish…sexier if you will.  The good folks at TruckVault offer a very cool product, branded by Smith & Wesson called the QuickDraw, a vehicle gun safe right out of an action flick (I saw one a lot like it in The Expendables).  With the QuickDraw, your sidearm sits in a fully adjustable holster, encased in 16 gauge steel.  Upon unlocking it through its quick-access key-less entry, its gas-operated lid springs up, and delivers the gun directly into your hands.

It isn’t custom tailored to fit snuggly into your vehicle’s console like the aforementioned Console Vault, and doesn’t offer the extra space for additional valuables, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It’s slightly cheaper as a result, and it’s a nice alternative for those who don’t drive a car built for a Console Vault.  Of course, if I haven’t already mentioned it, it’s also really freakin’ cool.

TruckVault

For those of you who need a lot more vehicle storage security – namely you who travel around with your livelihood in the back of your car, TruckVault also offers something special just for you.  Whether you’re a police officer, firefighter, handyman, avid hunter or photographer, you probably have a whole lot of disorganized expensive crap improperly secured between your trunk and the back seat.  If that’s the case, you’re rolling the dice every time you park your car.

Regardless of your vehicle, and the stuff that you need to secure within its walls, TruckVault put a storage solution together for your needs.  Unlike the aforementioned console safes, TruckVault units are constructed from Medium Density Overlay, the material most commonly found making up road signs.  It’s stronger than plastic, lighter than steel, won’t draw moisture, and the manufacturers at TruckVault can work wonders with it.  Their slide out-action compartments will secure everything from long guns to chainsaws – great for any tool of your trade.

Of course, they’re pretty expensive.  You may find a gently-used lightweight sedan model for $750, or a brand new, full-featured SUV rig for $5000, and everything in between.  These car safes carry a heavy price tag, but you need to decide how much your equipment and convenience is worth to you.  If you’re going to be hauling it around with you anyway, you might as well store it properly.

2 Comments

  1. The firearm I carry while driving is safely holstered on my waist.

    s for keeping firearms safely in the home, here’s how I did it with a house full of kids.

    My kids were raised around them. Anytime they wanted a look at them, all they had to do was ask. Only when I was home were they allowed to touch any of them. I never owned a safe. I found, like my parents did, that taking the mystery and curiosity out of a firearm in the house was the best way to keep everyone safe.

    Never, not once, not one single time did we ever have a problem.

    Now, being fully grown, my kids have more firearms than I ever dreamed of.

  2. Hey Mitch,

    I wear my gun on me as well when I drive, usually with my SmartCarry holster; it’s a little scary the first time you put it on (nothing like wearing a loaded pistol pointed at your junk :)), but it’s great for concealment, and it’s not hard to draw with a little practice.

    Anyway, a car safe’s appeal – for me anyway – is in instances when you need to walk into a building that doesn’t legally allow firearms, and you’d like to lock it up while you’re gone…just an added layer of smash n’ grab security.

    In regard to your approach to children and firearms in the home, I applaud your method as well as your success in executing it. That said, I reflect back on the days when I was a kid, and while my parents drove home the importance of gun safety at an early age, some of my friends’ parents didn’t offer the same education (and probably didn’t want to). Please don’t take this as a shot at your parenting, but based on the company I kept as a kid, I’m glad by dad locked up his guns. Just like drugs, drinking, sex, curfew…you name it, my parents always said, “I trust you, but I don’t trust your friends”.

    I think familiarizing your kids with firearms at an early age as well as locking them up is a pretty effective combination to prevent, not only senseless tragedy, but theft as well…my daughter could have 10 fold my knowledge and experience with firearms, but if they’re not locked up, they’re not protected from burglars.

    That’s just my $.02. I really appreciate your commentary, Mitch – feel free to stop back any time.

    Thanks again!

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