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I am thinking of a steel safe to go in my car to secure a gun in, so it would not be to easy to steel. I do carry most of the time, however, there are times when I can not due to gun free zones. So I am thinking of a dedicated car gun. I am also a police chaplain and need to go to crime scenes, I am not allowed to carry when I am in that roll. It would be nice though to have a gun with me to and from the scene in the middle of the night.
Questions for discussion:
1. Auto or Revolver?
2. Size? (may have to conceal)
3. Plastic, Steel or Stainless Steel? (I live in a cold climate RUST)
4. Caliber 9mm, 45acp or 357?
I have put a safe in my truck, When I can't carry it goes in the safe and when I can it stays on my hip. I would not leave a gun in my vehicle all the time, but that is me.
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I'm always intrigued by the old movies where they push a hidden button on the dash and a panel pops up displaying a hidden compartment holding one or more guns.
There are some cars today, like the Honda Odyssey that have a hidden lockable floor compartment in the 2nd. row that is covered by carpeting and floor mats. A professional car thief would know about that though.
I think I might pick a .38 caliber stainless steel revolver from S&W or Ruger, preferably one that is showing some use but in good mechanical condition.
My reasoning is that a car gun must be reliable and able to remain loaded for long periods of time, but able to be used instantly with no slide racking or safety releasing to slow you down. It will probably be used at very close range against carjackers or someone very near the car. It should not be too loud to prevent hearing loss inside the car, hence the .38 caliber. It should not be too valuable in case of theft or loss. It should resist rust or corrosion.
I think a small .38 revolver fits the bill well.
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I have, from time to time, left a gun in my vehicle for short periods of time. It will be in a CoM safe and 'hidden' somewhere in the vehicle.
Other than that, I just won't keep a firearm in my car unattended.
Even police vehicles have been broken into and have had weapons taken. I'm not financing any dirtbags weapons stash.
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I would recommend a Ruger SR9c.
1. It is small enough to hide and carry.
2. it is large enough to shoot comfortably.
3. 9mm is a large enough caliber to use for almost any occasion.
4. it is not an overly expensive gun so if for some reason your car is broken into the loss is not that much.
5. It has a manual safety or can be just like the Glocks for safety.
But this all just my 2 cents.
I would recommend something that you dont mind getting stolen.
A 3 or 4 inch heavy BBL Smith 64 or 65 (38 and 357 mag respectivly) would make a great truck/car gun Both are stainless steel. If you wish a blue finish.. the model 10 or 13 might do the trick. Ruger Security Six, Speed Six, or Police Service Six are also a good choice. Plenty of these guns out there, and cheapo bucks too
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