Trunk Club

There’s been some talk about trunk/truck guns in a Facebook group I belong to, and most of the comments have been against them, citing the risk of having your gun stolen vs. you actually using a gun in your trunk to defend a life.

I can dig it.

However, isn’t that also true of guns inside the home? Despite that, no one who’s serious about guns advises against safely having a gun in the home for self-defense. I also understand that the idea of a trunk gun carries a lot of baggage with it, namely the “I’ll run back to my car, suit up, stop the bad guy and save the day!” sort of thing, and God knows (literally!) how many people suffer from that delusion.

But.

It’s kinda nice knowing that I have something at home with a little more oomph behind it than just a pistol, and it’s nice to know that I have something with me on the road that will allow me to be my own roof Korean if (God forbid) I need to be.

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  1. ” . . . Isn’t that also true of guns inside the home?”
    Yes, but not nearly to the same extent. Your car ends up in a lot of places that are much less secure than your home, and it”s much easier to break into, or to steal outright.
    Look at the stats of car thefts and auto burglaries (you have to combine the two for a true picture) vs. residential burglaries in any given area and you’ll see what I mean.
    And there are thousands of successful defensive uses of house guns every year, but the number of successful defenses of trunk guns hovers around zero.

  2. That’s where an inexpensive lever gun or Mini-14 comes into play. In my thought process having a long gun handy is a good thing. Especially if venturing far from home.

  3. Concur with SPEMack. Mini-14 or a 94 Winchester in a lock box under the rear seat is a GOOD thing to have, especially out where we are.

  4. Better to have and not need than to need and not have.

    But then again, the same could be said for a good quality four-way lug wrench over a standard lug wrench.

  5. I still say a trunk gun is a solution to a nonexistent problem, but if you insist on having one, I think a lever gun is probably the way to go. Not only are you out less money when it gets stolen, but if you’re ever at the scene of an active shooter, you’ll be pulling your trunk gun just about the time the first responding police roll up. You don’t want them to see you with an AR or an AK. They were called to a “man with a rifle,” and what do they see? A man with a rifle! Your chances of getting blasted might be less if they were called to a “man with an assault weapon” and they see you with a John Wayne Special. But I wouldn’t bet my life on it. (You shouldn’t, either, but if you want to, go ahead. It’s America.)

  6. 1811:
    “the number of successful defenses of trunk guns hovers around zero.”

    Partly, that is due to the small number of trunk guns. Still, that would remain a small number compared to handgun use, but it will not be zero. Just like handguns, it is something of a percentages game. But, the option would be useful. How about a fire extinguisher in the trunk? How many have used a vehicle fire extinguisher? Not common at all, but when you need one, real handy!

    If this nation continues to circle the drain due to the Progressives antics, a trunk gun may become a much more useful tool, unfortunately.

    Finding or creating a hiding spot somewhere in/on the vehicle to secrete that long gun would be a good thing, as arming a thief, even after the fact, is sub-optimal.

    Ed:
    Horror Fright carries a “fold-up” 4-way lug wrench. Very easy to find space for this, and really speeds up a wheel swap. Still, I also carry their 24″ breaker bar (with sockets) to make it even easier on my back when loosening/tightening those nuts.

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