Concealed but easy access in vehicle...

hoytinak

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For those that keep a pistol in your vehicle where and how does it ride? I've got a Ford Ranger and usually just keep one in the drivers side door panel but would like to get something to keep it from rattling around in there. I know they make holsters to strap on your seats and such.....anyone try one of these? Any other suggestions?
 

Madhouse

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I drive an F-150 and keep a piece in the flip-down console in the middle. It's holstered in there, and happens to fit pretty snug - I can even flip up the console to let someone sit in the middle seat and it rides well.

I've seen a holster recently that's made to velcro to surfaces. Can't remember the brand at the moment...
 

SIG_Fiend

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Here's the Desantis holster I'm sure many of us have seen the ad for in various gun magazines:

http://www.desantisholster.com/n92.html

Just fyi, I think I should point out that the Texas law regarding vehicle carry of handguns specifically states that it must be concealed. I'm no legal expert, but I would think even if a little bit of the gun was still visible if storing in a door pocket, that might be a potential legal problem so at least throw a towel over it or something IMO.

Personally, I carry my P220 in the center console of my Maxima. It's just large enough I can fit the gun in with the 8rd mag and an extra 7rd mag as well. Ultimately, I would like to come up with a better solution so that I could get at the gun faster if God forbid something happens and it becomes necessary. As it is now, I have the gun sitting barrel forward, so I have to cant my hand at an odd angle to grab it, and can only obtain a strong firing grip after pulling it out. That takes longer to do than I would prefer. I have considered the Desantis holster above and simply covering it with a small hand towel or something so that it is still "concealed". Unfortunately I don't think there isn't enough room between the side of the driver seat and center console for me to possibly use a holster like that Desantis one in that position as that would be preferable to me since it would be a more natural draw stroke, plus would allow me to keep most of my body in the way to aid in retention while drawing.
 

hoytinak

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Thanks HK_Fiend,
That's what I'm looking for. I think I'll order that and put a seat cover over it, cut a slot in the seat cover just enough so I could grab the firearm if need be.

I do keep a small shop towel covering it up in the door panel right now. Just don't wanna risk it being seen by the wrong person. ;)
 

tex45acp

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I have seen guns carried many ways in many vehicles. Stuffed between the seats when there is no center console, carried in a man purse that attaches to the seat belt shoulder strap, above the drivers head in an overhead storage compartment, the seat mounted holster you are speaking of and though they are all acceptable, concealed is the law. In February of 07 I had to get a new car and because I drive so far to go to work was looking for something economical. I was also looking for something with al lot of cabin head room and found it in the Nissan Altima. Something I found, unexpectedly was a great storage area I could put my gun into while driving. As I enter the vehicle I slide it out of my holster and slide it into the cubby below my radio. I have a piece of 1/2" foam in there to keep the gun, extra mag and light from bouncing around. As I exit the car I remove it and slide into the holster. No you cannot purchase it unless you buy the car, but I thought it might be of interest. As you can see though, my Taurus PT-145 fits in there like a glove.
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kingofwylietx

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Grassburr in Mckinney, TX. makes a very nice holster that you can mount to anything. It is available with a vertical, horizontal, or pipe mount bracket. You can get the holster in leather (very nice) or nylon.

I have a leather one mounted under a table (in the house), which nobody has ever seen (besides me & the wife). You can mount them in a vehicle, on an atv, under a table or desk, behind a bed, behind a cabinet.....you get the idea.

They are very nice people, they make a high quality product, and they are in TEXAS. My leather one is first-rate, very nice unit.

Here is a link:
http://images.google.com/imgres?img...mages?q=atv+holster&gbv=2&hl=en&safe=off&sa=G
 

SIG_Fiend

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Thanks for the link Kingofwylietx. That looks like an excellent holster, plus I like the idea of supporting a Texas-based business.

Tex, that looks like an excellent area to store your gun, and it looks like it is pretty quick/easy to get to. Nice job. I just wish I could find a location like this on my Maxima.
 

TxPhantom

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For those that keep a pistol in your vehicle where and how does it ride? I've got a Ford Ranger and usually just keep one in the drivers side door panel but would like to get something to keep it from rattling around in there. I know they make holsters to strap on your seats and such.....anyone try one of these? Any other suggestions?
This is not a permanent answer to your rattle problem but until you can find a permanent solution you might try placing your pistol in one of those purple Crown Royal bags. That's what I do. And as a side benefit you get to drink some pretty good whisky. I suggest getting a new bag often!;)
 

brainiac

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I keep a back-up pistol in a map compartment on top of my dash, but my main weapon is always on my person, in either an IWB holster worn at 3:00 or in a shoulder holster (on a really long trip). I don't want to separated from my main pistol for any reason while gassing up, at a rest stop, in a restaurant, whatever.
 
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