Research shows that guns are stolen every 15 minutes, and most of those that are stolen are from vehicles. There’s been a 225% rise in gun thefts from cars and trucks. More guns are now stolen from vehicles than anywhere else according to a recent report. So if you carry your gun with you in your vehicle, there are options for you to keep it safe, from manufacturer-built safes to aftermarket safes. Though many of these are made for guns, you can of course keep any valuables in the safes away from thieves’ prying eyes. It’s a lot better than just hiding your gun.
Why would you want a gun safe?
You don’t want to carry your giant gun safe with you when you’re driving around. And, while gun racks used to be a common sight in the back window of a pickup truck, it’s an invitation for a criminal to break in and steal your gun today. Trucks are notoriously easy to break into. Smash and grab break-ins are common. Many trucks don’t have locking consoles, and even those that do aren’t fire safe so a hidden gun safe is a good idea. And, if you leave your ear protection, ammo boxes, or other telltale signs you’re coming back from the range inside the truck, a thief may ransack your pickup just to find your pistol.
Manufacturers offer locking consoles
A hidden gun safe is best. After all, you don’t want to advertise that you have a firearm. Many trucks do offer locking consoles that may be enough to deter a thief. The major manufacturers offer locking console vaults that are great for firearms, and any other valuables you may want to lock down. The OEM boxes often don’t require drilling and they allow you to use the armrest.
Ram owners can find a factory-built console safe from the Mopar catalog for $230.40. Ford, too, offers a factory vault that fits F-150 trucks, Expedition SUVs and Super Duty trucks with the floor-mounted console. Chevy, too, makes one for $195 that fits a variety of its vehicles
The best gun safes should mount to your truck or car
There are dozens of manufacturers that make a hidden gun safes for vehicles. Some brands include:
Lock’Er Down makes a console safe that can be fitted to F-150s, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 350, Hyundai Telluride, Toyota Tacoma and others. Each is a drop-in model that has either a tumbler, electronic, or combination lock.
Console Vault, too, makes a variety of console cases that are designed for trucks with full-floor consoles and under-seat consoles for a wide variety of trucks and SUVs. Console Vault also makes a locking gun safe that fits Harley-Davidson bagger motorcycles hard bags. The company also offers a variety of lock options.
You can bolt the Fort Knox Auto Pistol Box and Original Piston Box to your truck, SUV, or trailer. It has a 10-gauge steel body and a mechanical lock. It’s smaller than console boxes, so it’s a better for a handgun, but it comes pre-drilled with bolt-down holes. It’s slim enough that you can mount it under a seat or in the trunk of many vehicles.