Shooting Illustrated covers the basics of carrying a rifle in your car or truck
Whenever possible, there's one thing Steve Adelmann never leaves home without ... a truck gun
Keeping a rifle on hand in your vehicle for emergencies is a good idea.
We live in times that generate a lot of interesting gun talk. It seems every contingency-based subject is covered in blogs, articles, over gun shop counters, on shooting ranges and even around dinner tables. I hear a lot of talk these days about “truck guns.” The concept of an emergency firearm kept in a vehicle is nothing new, but frequently hearing it from the mouths of a healthy cross section of our citizenry is—to me anyway.
A common theme when discussing this utilitarian class of guns goes something like this: “I don’t need to drive nails with this thing. It’s my truck gun and I just want it to be handy and to work when I need it.” Technically speaking, a truck gun can be any firearm legally stored in a vehicle and on-hand in case of an emergency. You don’t have to own a truck or even an SUV, and only you can determine which type of firearm will work best for your situation.
Said crisis could be anything from the benign task of putting down a road-injured animal to the extreme situation of fighting your way home if the seams of society suddenly come undone. While city folk may laugh at such notions, those living outside suburban America know these are among the many scenarios where a traveling gun may come in handy. I’ll focus specifically on long arms here, because in the worst-case scenarios we want to avoid getting into a protracted fight armed only with our concealed handgun.
A truck gun should be lightweight, portable and able to serve various purposes in a pinch. It must be reliable, use common ammunition and be capable of keeping multiple threats well beyond arm’s length. The right gun will depend on many factors: budget, vehicle type, location, familiarity, etc. I decided on a rifle and used my own “what-if” analysis to determine the best solution.
If I were on the road—somewhere more than a couple hours from home—and suddenly had to deal with any threat preventing me from getting back, I would want a fighting rifle in my hands. For my purposes that turned out to be an AR, but a lever-action .30-30 Win., an old surplus Mauser or even a fourth-generation, single-shot rifle will serve well in a variety of circumstances—certainly better than a tire iron and a can of pepper spray.
Read the rest of Adelmann's take on why you should invest in a truck gun.