How to Carry a Gun in Your Car

How to Carry a Gun in Your Car

by Joshua Gillemhow to carry a gun in your car

The best way to carry a concealed weapon is on your person no matter where you are. Personally, my sidearm never leaves my body unless I'm going to a post office or any other place that doesn't allow firearms on site. I recommend that you try to get used to doing the same, because it really is the safest method of carrying.

But, some people just can't keep their pistol on their body while in their car, because doing so is just too awkward for them. I get it, the seat belt tends to push the rear sight into your skin. It can get irritating. The only problem, is that most of the holsters and lock boxes out there are insufficient for concealed carry in the vehicle.

So, then, this begs the question: What is the best way to carry a concealed gun while driving?

Before we proceed with the answer, however, I want to take a moment to say that it is imperative for you to know the laws concerning concealed carry in your home state. Every state is different, and I don't pretend to know the laws in each one.

What to look for:

First, no matter which method you decide to go with, you need your concealment to have a few key attributes. The glovebox holstermost important attribute for carrying a concealed weapon in your vehicle is that it needs to be easily accessible should a self-defense situation arise.

The main problem with using a lock box or glove box, is that it is out of the way, should you need to defend yourself. If a car jacker decides that he wants to end your life and take your car, there is no scenario that allows you to reach over to the glove box and pull your .357 Magnum out in self defense. And if you need to take the time to unlock your safe to get your gun, you can really be up a creek without a paddle.

Something else that you need to make sure your newly found method of carrying in a car has, is that it blends in nicely with your interior. In other words, you don't want it to stick out like a sore thumb. The reason why is simple. Let's say that a bad guy sees your revolver under your steering column as he walks up to your window with his own gun in hand. What do you think happens next?

His awareness is raised, and he puts you down before you can even reach for your own gun.

Or, let's say you get pulled over by a police officer for something as stupid as a taillight being out. Maybe you're in a state like Pennsylvania where you aren't required to inform him that you've got a gun in the car, so you don't say anything about it. All of a sudden, out of the corner of his eye, he spots the glimmer of a shiny new .44 Magnum Redhawk. Guess who is going to have an uncomfortable conversation?

The best idea for in car, off body carry of a concealed weapon is to have it easily accessible, but hidden enough so that there is no chance that someone will just happen to see it.gun creek holster

This doesn't leave you with a lot of options. Most of what is out there is meant to be secure and hidden, without giving someone who needs to defend themselves with a lot of reaction time to open up a locked safe or reach over to the glove box.

Or, they have the option to leave the gun completely out in the open, like under the steering column or in a bag next to them raising other concerns.

There are problems with these methods of concealment. But, when you want to drive, have your weaponblue stone seat carry within reach and totally concealed out of view, there are only a couple of different ways you could go.

Some holster manufacturers decided that they wanted to try and fill the gap to make the perfect automotive holster for cars and trucks. For example, Blue Stone Safety and Seat Carry each make a product that attaches to the bottom of your seat, and drapes over it. The part that actually holds your gun sits low enough that it can't easily be seen. The best thing, though, is that the pistol remains easily accessible right between your legs if you need it.

The best mode of carry is always on your body. But, for some drivers, on body carry can be extremely uncomfortable – especially for long distances. When you want to comfortably carry a concealed weapon in your car while retaining easy access to it, the best option is a seat holster from one of the companies mentioned above.

Whatever you do, make sure you understand the laws for your area ->


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  1. I put mine in the ctr console when going to the Post Office. Sadly I leave it at home when shopping or going to buy liquor (illegal to carry gun on military base). Otherwise I use my Sneaky Pete holster.

  2. I have a holster that mounts under the steering wheel and that way I can get to it easy and for most part is out of sight

  3. I don’t have a conceal and carry lic. So I put mine on the seat. On otherwise of car!

  4. I bought a sneaky pee and found it to be large than i specked it to be,I also put it in the center console and when I can’t go in somewhere with I I lock it in my lock box on, to unlock it and cay again when I return

  5. Gary Flint says:

    I like a shoulder harness for in car carry especially on a long trip.

  6. Delos Craft says:

    Someone posted, on another site, that they tuck their weapon under their left thigh while driving. Muzzle pointed toward the door obviously. Anyone else ever tried this method of carrying concealed in the car yet keeping firearm readily accessible?

  7. Holster it or don’t carry, imho. If your concerned about protection, make the sacrifice to buy the right holster or even the right gun.

    I switched from a carry size P320 to the P938 and spare mags just for the comfort. Once I became proficient at learning to draw and accurately fire the short, single stack frame, i found i was just as deadly, reloads are fast, and it is small enough to holster anywhere.

  8. Charlotte Fee says:

    As a real estate broker and landlord, I’m constantly in/out of the vehicle, people are frequently placing a hand/arm around me or hugging concealed carry is of constant concern. Where/how the heck do I secure the gun, where nobody can see/feel it and I can hop in/out of the car, in/out of the rain (we’re in S. FL)? The one time I was stopped by an officer I revealed I had a CWP, the handgun was in my car and it’s location and he reprimanded me that “by rights, it should be in a locked gun safe”. *sigh* Any suggestions?

    • If you are wearing slacks, consider an ankle holster. Obviously not an option with shorts in FL. I used to be an EMT and we were allowed to carry, but it HAD to be concealed. Its a pretty good compromise for similar problems. I had a stainless gun. .

    • Ken Reichenbach says:

      If you carry it on you they make wastband holsters and if you wear dress they make a garter holster also and also bra holster it also depends on what size pistol you carry also compact or ultra compact is best for these

  9. Christopher Pickett says:

    Fortunately I am in Arizona so it makes it easy. I don’t typically conceal carry but when in the car my Ruger P95DC fits perfectly between the seat and the center console in my car. Perfect reach, position, and I can pull it out easily without fumbling. It’s next to the seat buckle latch so it’s not in the way nor does it stick up or fall too low. Maybe I just lucked out but it has worked in my 93 Honda Accord, my 97 Honda Civic and my 95 Acura Integra GSR. Maybe it’s Honda’s design of the seats but it’s one hell of a perfect place.

  10. robert vieau says:

    My Caravan has a nice center console with a sliding cover…I can easily access my xds 9mm

  11. David Whitney says:

    I use a rubber coated magnet screwed up under the dash above the gas pedal…can get them on Amazon…Holds my fully loaded Glock 20 securely…reach and grab…beautiful…

  12. martin Weigand says:

    Executive Car Seat Holster (camo)

    Currently unavailable.
    We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.

  13. bernie lukas says:

    I use a Sneaky Pete with a colt 380 mustang. seat belt no problem extra mags in console

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