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Are you a gun fanatic as well? If so, you'll want to talk to other owners about what you own in this forum.

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Old 03-22-2012, 02:22 AM   #1
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a gun safe/box mounted in car?

so if you wanted to secure your gun in your car ..
especially if you are leaving your keys with a valet or parking in an unsavory neighborhood
what do you do? (other than carrying it)
anyone have some sort of gun safe mounted in the trunk of the car or something like that?
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:44 AM   #2
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I keep a GunVault Microvault under the driver's seat. It comes with a steel cable, which I have attached to the underside frame of the seat. I've been doing this for a year, and it's a great way to leave a gun and valuables in your car while you're out and about. I got it after we had a rise in LEO cars being broken-into so people could steal their duty weapons and any credentials.

http://www.gunvault.com/mv500-std-microvault.html


Edit: it's also good if you are a gym rat like me. At my club, there was a while where they were having frequent locker break-ins and thefts of wallets and phones. Instead of bringing in my wallet and phone, I leave them locked in my Microvault with my gun. If my gym bag gets stolen, at worst I'm out a jug of protein powder and a set of wrist straps.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:53 AM   #3
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If you have the valet key you can lock your glovebox. I like Reed's solution better because it covers more situations however.
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At my shop, we put a vault in the trunk of a cop car. It was mounted underneath the rear parcel shelf.

In my e46, there's a thread for a 6-7 mm bolt in the center. If you got a drawer-type vault, you could easily bolt the frame into this thread and then put the drawer in. You'd have double security, both from locking the trunk (valet style or not), and from the lock on the vault.

Just tossing this out there...it certainly wouldn't give you as easy access as an under-the-seat vault would.
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Very important - i am in california
So no ccw for me
So merely locking it in the glove box is no good
Still considered concealed carrying
And i don't think even a locked box under the seat would work since i still have access to the gun while in the car

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Could you post a pic of where and what you are referring to?
I would love to have an in-cabin box setup but not worth doing it in california

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Very important - i am in california
So no ccw for me
So merely locking it in the glove box is no good
Still considered concealed carrying
And i don't think even a locked box under the seat would work since i still have access to the gun while in the car
Search.... very fun and spirited thread about this.
I don't feel like repeating myself.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:44 PM   #7
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Very important - i am in california
So no ccw for me
So merely locking it in the glove box is no good
Still considered concealed carrying
And i don't think even a locked box under the seat would work since i still have access to the gun while in the car

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Could you post a pic of where and what you are referring to?
I would love to have an in-cabin box setup but not worth doing it in california

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I can't post a pic...it was in a Gov't car...long gone.

All I can say is that if you look up at bottom of rear parcel shelf from inside the trunk, on mine, there's a thread used for what, I don't know. On mine, it's unused. Just thinking it's very sturdy and that if you had a box with sliding drawer...you could mount the box there. You'd probably want to strengthen it beyond just that one bolt, but that's a decent start.

Hopefully that other thread will give you good ideas.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:47 AM   #8
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Very important - i am in california
So no ccw for me
So merely locking it in the glove box is no good
Still considered concealed carrying
And i don't think even a locked box under the seat would work since i still have access to the gun while in the car

Dmax
Could you post a pic of where and what you are referring to?
I would love to have an in-cabin box setup but not worth doing it in california

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If you want to play it safe, just put the gun in the trunk. I wouldnt always leave the gun in the trunk as well unless you alway plan to tell the officers your going or coming from a gun range. Remember there is no more open carry in california. I would be smart and just leave it at home. last year when open carry was still around, I had the gun in the trunk 24/7. But now, thanks to Govenor Brown, our gun rules just got more strict!
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To be fair, that open carry law was pretty stupid. To this day, I can't figure out why anyone would think it smart to carry around an empty gun in plain view. A while back, a certain US Army general used to post soldiers in front of a to-be-left-nameless base gate with M16s with empty magazines, and that ended badly.
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And i don't think even a locked box under the seat would work since i still have access to the gun while in the car
CA law says handguns must be transported unloaded in a locked container. The trunk counts as a locked container, provided it is separated from the passenger cabin (ie no good if it's a hatch or wagon). Long guns must simply be unloaded.

So, a locked box under the seat is ok, but no matter where the gun is in your vehicle, it must be unloaded. However, you can keep a loaded mag with the gun, as long as it is not inserted in the magwell.
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Had a buddy at work who had his Glock stolen in a gun safe mounted in his Jeep. They must have had some good tools to take the entire safe. If someone wants something.....they will get it.
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Had a buddy at work who had his Glock stolen in a gun safe mounted in his Jeep. They must have had some good tools to take the entire safe. If someone wants something.....they will get it.
If my car is going to be left somewhere outside of my garage for any extended length of time, I remove my gun from the car. Someone with the right tools could take my gunvault, but nearly all thefts from vehicles are done as either smash-n-grabs or a result of lifting door handles until an open car is found. In either case, the thief takes what they can quickly get their hands on and won't jack with anything they can't. Most people who get their cars broken into either left their car unlocked in a public place, or they left something in plain sight in the vehicle that made someone think that item(s) was worth money. Laptop bags and purses seem to be the items I see stolen the most. For the life of me, I still cannot comprehend why so many women insist upon leaving their purses in plain view in their cars.

An attached gun safe of some kind will prevent ~99.7% of thiefs from getting that gun.
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Drug bin.

That cut out in front of the passenger in the engine bay where the battery of most other cars go.

Fashion a lid.
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Drug bin.

That cut out in front of the passenger in the engine bay where the battery of most other cars go.

Fashion a lid.
That works "OK" but under the air filter is WAY better
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That works "OK" but under the air filter is WAY better
how do you access it quickly?
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You access it quickly once you cross the boarder and stop somewhere on the side of the road

I've also got a holster with a glock on the inside of the kick pannel right under the steering wheel above the pedals. Takes a few seconds to get to but its there if needed and the average thief would not think of taking a dash apart to find a pistol. It's my "get me home" gun for out of town trips.
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