The best gun to carry in your car depends upon your circumstances. Do you need it for protection against animals or people? Do you live in the city or country? Are you properly trained in the use of firearms? Is it legal for you to carry a gun in your car?
Best Car Gun Criteria
- Small enough to fit in a glove box.
- Is reliable and fires 100% of the time.
- Holds enough ammunition (10 rounds minimum).
- Has stopping power (9mm minimum).
- Is small enough for pocket carry in an emergency.
- Can be stored for long periods with no loss of function.
- Is not finicky to weather conditions (cold/heat/humidity).
- Is simple to operate and easy to reload.
- Uses ammunition that is readily available.
- Is cheap enough that if stolen you can replace it easily.
- Used guns make good car guns.
My Car Gun Choice – Glock 26
The Glock 26 is a 9mm subcompact pistol that meets all of the above criteria.
Reasons to Keep a Gun in The Car
Self protection should be the one and only reason to carry a gun in the car.
What Type of Gun Should I Keep in My Car?
There are three major choices of guns to keep in your car. Pistols, long guns and revolvers. As with most things the best choice for you depends on your circumstances.
Long gun – Not the best choice for city living. Rifles and shotgun are too big to handle within the confines of a car and are not easy to conceal.
Revolver – A good choice however it does have some drawbacks and limitations. The revolver is one of the safest and simplest firearms to use however they are often restricted to five are six rounds in the cylinder.
Five or six shots may not be sufficient depending on your circumstances. Forget reloading because your ability to reload in a timely fashion will most likely be gone because you’ll be shaking too much. Fine motor skills go out the window when you get scared.
Pistol – Having a pistol in the car with a capacity of fifteen or more rounds makes the most sense as long as you are properly trained in it’s use. Pistols have a greater tendency for jams and failures than revolvers so you better pick a reliable one such as a Glock 19 or Glock 17.
Where to Keep a Gun in the Car
- Glove compartment box
- Under the seat
- On your person
- In a box or container next to you
Should the Gun Be Loaded or Unloaded?
For self defense purposes, a gun should be available, loaded, and ready for use in an emergency, however grabbing a loaded gun in an excited frame of mind may too easily lead to the trigger finger finding its way to the trigger resulting in an unintentional discharge.
It may be best to have a pistol a full magazine but with no round in the chamber so you have to rack the slide to prepare it for firing. In this condition there’s no way of an accidental discharge. It is also safer in this condition if a passenger manages to get his/her hands on it.
Ease of Access to the Gun
Florida allows individuals to keep a gun in the car as long as it is not in plain view and not immediately available for use. I thought of keeping my handgun in my glove box but found that in that location it was too far away and too difficult to get to in an emergency.
In my vehicle I have a secondary glove compartment, or locked box under that the passenger seat. This would have been an ideal location to carry a gun however again placing it here would make it difficult to reach. Having it in the trunk of is out of the question that.
What good would that do me? Having it in some type of bag or container that I could place next to my seat while driving seemed like a good idea but it would not be secure when I left the car.
Where I Keep My Car Gun
I went shopping and purchased a lock box and a bicycle chain lock. I positioned the lock box between the driver’s seat in the passenger’s seat and chained it to the seat using the bicycle chain lock.
Inside the lockbox I placed my handgun, two loaded magazines, one box of ammunition and a small bag or carrying case in a holster in the waistband holster.
If I to drive to an unknown area I unlock the box. If I ever should need the gun due to an emergency situation or possibly road rage incident all it would have to do is lift the lid off the box to gain access to my weapon.
Whenever I get to where I’m going I simply lock the box again and I cover the box with a towel or blanket and keep it out of sight.
I keep the key for the lockbox on my keychain. I have an additional key placed in my car within reach should I ever need to unlock or lock it while I am driving.