Back when I was a kid, it was a common sight to see a pickup truck driving down the road with a gun rack in the rear window with either a rifle, or a shotgun in it. It was a common sight even in the parking lot of the high school I attended. When you saw that, it was a clear warning that THAT guy wasn’t someone you wanted to get into a road rage incident with. I don’t know if we were smarter back then, or if we just had better manners.
But I digress.
It’s something you don’t see too often anymore, because most states have enacted very restrictive gun laws that prohibit that sort of thing. You still can have a gun in your vehicle, but it has to be unloaded and not easily accessible, that is unless of course, you have a Concealed Carry Permit.
The whole point of having a gun in your truck, or car, is so that it is accessible in case there is a dire situation and you need a firearm to protect yourself.
Alright, let me shine the light on something that so many people get wrong. When it comes to self-defense, you are carrying the wrong gun. “But I carry a pistol that has been combat tested,” you say. Sorry, it’s still not the right choice. Bear with me and I’ll explain.
In a bad situation…your pistol is suboptimal at best. Think about how many truly knowledgeable people condone keeping only a handgun as your home defense weapon. The answer is likely zero because they advise a shotgun.
Sure, your pistol can do in a pinch, but if things get serious you are going to need more firepower. Traditionally a “truck gun” is a shotgun, or a handgun. In any case, a truck gun should be small enough to easily store under or behind a truck seat or stash inconspicuously somewhere else inside a vehicle, and it should be powerful enough to get whatever job you require of it done.
Every police force I know keeps a shotgun, or rifle in their cruiser, because when the s**t hits the fan, you want to be properly prepared. So here are the top choices narrowed down for your truck, or trunk.