The best thing about a concealed carry is being able to take your trusty firearm with you wherever you go. In doing that, eventually you’ll want to have a safe but accessible place to keep it in your car. No one wants their handgun rolling around in the back of their car; that’s not just annoying, but extremely dangerous. It’s too hard to drive with a big chunk of steel attached to your belt. So, where do you put it?
Well, there’s actually a really simple solution: a car holster. A car gun holster is exactly what it sounds like: a vehicle mount that can hold your weapon in a secure place while also giving you easy reach when you need it. A mounted holster, when installed correctly, can be a game changer for concealed carry. There’s plenty of types out there to accommodate your preferences and vehicle type; a magnetic gun mount, car seat mount, and even a glove box safe are all good options depending on what you’re looking for.
So, let’s take a look at what the benefits of a vehicle holster are and the different types. Then, we’ll give an example of a top rated mounting option to give you an idea of what to look for and how to mount a gun holster in your car.
Why Should I Get a Car Holster?
Having a handgun and concealed carry is great, because a handgun is the one versatile weapon that you can mount anywhere. You’re bound to have to travel with your handgun in the car eventually so it’s important that you do so safely. A lot of newer gun owners might not be too familiar with the concept of a car mount holster. So, why should you even get a car mount?
Well first of all, safety. When traveling with a firearm, it’s important to know where it is at all times. If your handgun is shoved into a hiding spot where it could come loose or move around, that might pose a safety risk for you and your passengers. Remember the training you had to do to get the concealed carry? That still applies now. Barrel awareness is just as important as ever; if your weapon is rolling around the floor of your car, it will be pointing in all directions, and could misfire and hit you or another passenger.
If you’re already an avid holster user, I’m sure you’ve already got the concealed carry down when it comes to your person. But now, how are you going to take that into your vehicle? Sitting and driving with a hip or leg holster is uncomfortable, if not dangerous. And if you’re just looking for somewhere to stash your gun or gun case, the steering wheel, center console, steering column, and even the construction of the car seats can be hard to work around.
Buying a holster mount can eliminate all of that. Not only will you be comfortable, but your weapon will be too. A handgun mount will allow you to place your weapon in a comfortable place without sacrificing your comfort or anyone else’s comfort in the car either.
Speed and Efficiency
What’s the whole point of a concealed carry? To protect yourself and others. So, how can you do that if your gun is stuck in between the car seat somewhere? Without a car holster attachment, you run the risk of losing time and efficiency when drawing your weapon when you need it the most. If you don’t install a proper holster, fishing around for your handgun and trying to pull it out of a tricky spot might cost you, especially if you need it in an emergency to protect yourself.
I’m sharing this information with the hopes that no one reading this will ever be in this situation. But if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, make sure you keep this in mind. If the situation comes to the point where you have to draw your firearm, a few extra seconds in that draw could mean life or death. If someone has threatened you enough to where you felt the need to pull your gun out, chances are they are racing to injure or kill you first. So, those extra seconds can be the difference between safety and tragedy.
A properly mounted handgun will be in an easy to reach spot and within reach, so you can draw it fast and without struggle or extra time. This also goes back to safety. Struggling to pull out your weapon will end up pointing it at others and even yourself, which could make the situation at hand even worse. So, it’s best to eliminate all those risks and get a car holster.
Another important factor is making sure your weapon stays where it belongs. Cars are broken into even more than houses are. The average rate of break-ins for a car is once a minute. That’s pretty intimidating, especially if your expensive self protection is sitting in your car out in the open.
With a car mount, this problem can also be eliminated. There’s a wide market for different kinds of mounts, including safes and even locking mounts. That way, whether you’re out for lunch or just running into the bank, you can rest assured that your hand cannon is safely tucked into its holster.
Of course, it’s never a good idea to leave your firearm in your car forever. I mean, what good can it do just sitting in the car if you aren’t in it? Unless you’ve got one for every room, it’s best to take it out of the car when you’re at home or staying somewhere for a long time. That way, you’ll be able to use the handgun for its purpose (protection) whenever you need to.
Protection for Your Handgun
Not only will letting your handgun roll around your car be dangerous, it can also damage your gun and wear it down more than it would be naturally. If you’re constantly shoving your weapon into some crevice in the hopes that it will be secure, the most you’re probably doing is wearing down on important stuff that makes your weapon the powerful cannon that it is.
Having a holster will keep your gun protected from wear and tear that might happen if it wasn’t properly secured. A holster will keep it in place and from moving around. Gun mounts are especially designed for your specific weapon, so they will fit perfectly and protect the most important parts of your specific handgun.
Types of Car Holsters
Now, how do you go about mounting your gun? Well, there’s a few different ways you can do it. It will depend on your car, your preferences, and what’s most comfortable for you.
Strap Mount Holster
The most versatile option is probably the strap mounting system. A strap mount is exactly what it sounds like: a strapped holster that you can strap to any component of your car that it will fit around. Most often this might be the steering column or down by where the gas pedals are (out of the way of course). This type of mount is highly customizable; you can move it to wherever and as many times as you need to. It’s not screwed into your car so it’s easily removable with minimal impact. Take a look at this video for an example on what a strap mount might look like and how you can install one in your car.
Hard Mounted Holster
A hard mounted holster is one that is made to be directly mounted to a hard surface on your car. Often times, these holsters tend to be car specific. These mounts are usually screw in, hence the name “hard mount.” This one might take more of a consideration if you want mobility with your car holster. Once this one is screwed in, you won’t be able to move it. If you remove it, you’ll be left with empty screw holes in your car which is usually undesirable. Here’s an example video on what a hard mounted holster might look like on the market.
Another great option is the magnetic gun mount. Just like the strap mount, there are versions that will allow you to mount this and move it wherever you like. Some options are also made to screw in if you aren’t concerned with mobility of the mount. A gun magnet mount can also be made to stay in place with adhesives instead of screws; this is the better route if you want to be able to move the mount freely and don’t want to screw into your vehicle. Let’s take a look at a video example for a better idea of how a magnet mount works.
I guess you could say a highway holster could fall under a strap mount or even a hard mount category. But here, we’re going to talk about it separately. The reason is because they are very specific and can be mounted in the same place for every vehicle. A highway holster is a gun holster that goes between your driver’s seat and the center console. It is a seat belt attachment and extends to about where your knee sits and is held up by a support that attaches to the center console. This way, your weapon is very easily accessible and you can keep an eye on it at all times. Here’s what a typical highway holster looks like.
Car Gun Safes
If you’re not too keep on the idea of an open carry holster in your car, then there’s also another option: a safe.
A safe will keep your weapon secured and locked up so no one can access it but you. This way, if you must leave your firearm in your car for an extended time period, you will know that it is safe inside your car. These are usually placed in the center console, but there are other options as well. Let’s look at a couple.
The most basic kind of safe you can buy is the console safe. These safes are tailored to your car model and go right into your center console glovebox. They rest in there snugly and fit perfectly. They usually are equipped with some kind of combination lock that you can use to secure your handgun. This is a great option if you plan to leave your weapon in the car for a while or just aren’t comfortable with an open holster. Just remember that your weapon won’t be easily accessible inside this safe, which is a big thing to consider. Refer to this video on a basic installation procedure.
There’s also many manufacturers that offer a thinner vault which can fit under seats, between them, next to the center console, or wherever else you can find. They are typically a skinnier box which is mounted using screw or adhesives. This is a balance between the console safe and an open holster. This type will keep your gun in a more accessible place while also keeping it securely locked. That way, you’re still able to draw it relatively easy if needed, but it can also be left in the car for a little longer because it is technically locked up. Take a look at this vault for an example on this type.
Considerations When Buying a Car Holster
Now that you know the different types and how to mount them, you can choose which type you want to purchase. Before you purchase them, there’s some things you should keep in mind.
Safety should be a concern for everyone. If you’re more concerned with draw speed, then you might want to stay away from the gun vaults. There’s also locking options. If holster mobility is a great concern, a strap mount is the way to go. Just remember: the best car holster is usually a matter of preference and what your personal priorities are. Use this guide as a step for when you are making your decision.
Brian Belko is a freelance writer and blogger. His primary areas of focus include the outdoors and shooting sports. In addition to his freelance work, Brian also writes for Wide Open Spaces and is on the Pro Staff at Military Hunting and Fishing. When he isn’t busy writing, Brian enjoys fishing farm ponds for bass and hitting the spring woods during turkey season.