We’ve talked the world over about concealed carry on your person—even in designated bags and etc. However, we haven’t discussed concealed carry whilst in a vehicle. If you’ve concealed carried for a while, you’ve likely gotten in your vehicle while your CCW was on. In a previous post, we looked at the different pains concealed carriers experience—one of the top pains is concealed carrying in the car. It can be both a hassle and uncomfortable, leading to both physical pain and frustration.
But what we didn’t discuss is having to get to your pistol while in the vehicle. There are many opinions out there on where to keep your pistol while you’re in the car. Experience and training has taught many of us that in a self-defense situation, the fastest (and most engrained) reach for your pistol is while it is on your person. If your CCW is in a glove box, center console, backpack, purse, briefcase, etc. your brain is going to have to take extra steps to get to it which might risk your safety if the situation is life or death.
For the most part, drawing while seated is difficult already. If you’re seat-belt is fastened, then your pistol—whether it’s in an IWB or OWB holster—might catch or snag clothing, the seat, or the seat-belt while drawing as well. One of the “fixes” to this is the FBI cant, which was created to make seated drawing easier. I personally haven’t tried this, but I advise trying it out for yourself regardless of what suggestions you find on the internet.
Another option is a car-gun—specifically a pistol that you keep strictly in the car. Some people use it as a back-up for their CCW, for some (due to work or other circumstances that do not permit concealed carry) it’s their primary concealed carry / self-defense firearm. The car gun can be put in a “car holster” or a holster mount. Some have also mounted a holster in their vehicle so they can secure their on-person CCW in a more accessible, but still concealed, location. The key here being that it’s still concealed so that it is not seen from outside the vehicle, while remaining accessible while inside.
My suggestion is to do some research and to try different things (it’s going to be important to practice, as is always my first suggestion) that work for you and within your vehicle. There are many people who appose the center console, or the glove box, or under the driver’s seat, or between the driver’s seat and the console, and on and on. For the longest time, my step-father would keep a car gun underneath the arm rests in his grey Crown Victoria (if you’ve ever been in one, you know what I’m talking about); but he also kept another under the driver’s seat, one in the glove box, and typically had a shotgun in the trunk. Whatever works for you.
Finally, remember to check the laws. Some states require certain regulations for long guns versus pistols, or require a concealed carry license. Some jurisdictions allow certain things where others do not. Always check.
Where do you keep your car-gun, or your CCW while in a vehicle?
Hannah Staton holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith where she also is a Writing Tutor. She was issued her Concealed Carry License in 2016, but has grown up around firearms her whole life. She is a Contributing Editor and Copy Writer for Clinger Holsters. She is an artist, cigar enthusiast, poet, and an avid shooter. She resides in Van Buren, Arkansas with her dog, Sunday and spends as much of her free time either with her family or making art. You can find her on Instagram @hr.staton or reach her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org