You can never be too safe on the road. Having a gun with you will make you feel more confident; even more when you have to drive at night or through unknown neighborhoods. However, there are many disadvantages from storing a gun in your glove compartment. First of all, it is the first place where a thief would look. Thousands of guns are stolen every year from cars when the gun is stored in a locked or unlocked console or glove box. That is why you should strongly consider buying a car gun safe.
The main reason to stop stashing your gun into your glove compartment is that it is forbidden by the Federal Interstate Transportation of Firearms Law. You can only transport a weapon in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console when you are traveling across state lines.
So, using a car gun safe is a perfect solution.
Using a gun safe will also stop it from being handled by people who shouldn’t. Kids are curious, and if they grab a weapon they could easily fire it without realizing what they are doing. Even in the hands of an adult any gun can be dangerous, especially if they are not used to handling them.
Keeping a gun properly stored in a safe is what any responsible gun owner would do. If you don’t have one, these are some of the best gun safes you can buy.
Top Car Gun Safes
The SnapSafe company was created by a guy that has designed safes and security products for commercial, home, and government usage. He used his knowledge to develop the SnapSafe, which is CA DOJ certified and also meets the TSA airline firearm guidelines.
When SnapSafe says extra-large, they mean it. This safe can store anything from an XDM 5.25 to a 4” barrel Smith & Wesson. It includes a 1,500lb rated cable to secure the safe to a fixed object. Made from sturdy 18 gauge steel, it includes a set of two keys to open the lock.
- Can fit large revolvers
- Affordable price
- Thick steel construction; pry resistant
- Padded interior foam to prevent your gun from moving
- Padding does not cover the interior sides, just the top and bottom
The NanoVault is an affordable safe to secure a firearm in your home or vehicle and offers an easy way to protect your firearm while traveling. Constructed with an 18-gauge steel housing, it will firmly secure your weapon behind its door. It is fitted with a thick, soft interior foam to help keep the firearm or other belongings in place, even if the safe is jostled.
The NanoVault meets TSA guidelines and will fit discreetly in a bag, briefcase or under a vehicle seat. Precise fittings make it virtually impossible to pry open the safe with hand tools. An easy to operate key lock open the safe, and a 1,500 lbs. tested security cable lets you attach your safe to your car seat frame.
- Fits full size 1911 style pistols
- Weighs only 3 pounds
- 5-year warranty against any damage caused by fire, burglary or attempted burglary
- Not California DOJ approved
- The padding foam can have an unpleasant smell
The 5100K handgun safe is made from heavy-duty 18-gauge steel. It has a padded foam interior that helps protect your valuables from dings or dents and measures 9.3″L x 6.3″W x 1.5″H. This should be enough to store a Glock 42 with its holster and an extra clip, or a Kimber 1911.
This safe uses a key lock mechanism, and a set of two keys are included. It also includes a 1500-pound test security cable for extra security. It is approved for air travel and meets the TSA firearm guidelines.
- Solid, sturdy steel body
- Padded interior keeps the gun firmly in place
- Perfect to fit your compact gun in your suitcase while traveling
- Not CA DOJ approved
The Gunbunker is made from thick 16-gauge powder coated steel. What makes this safe stand out against its competitors is that it can be mounted to your vehicle using the included screws. This means that you can attach it to your vehicle’s floor, or if you have an RV, you could mount it firmly to a wall. It is still slim enough to slide under most car seats and includes a high-strength security cable to attach it to a permanent structure.
This safe has a dimple lock system that is virtually unpickable and a 3-layer steel locking mechanism that can’t be pried open.
- Padded foam interior
- High-security keys – Two included
- Corrosion resistant finish
- Mounts vertically or horizontally
- Tamper-proof lock collar
- If your gun is larger than 7.36″ L x 1.2″ W x 5″ H, it will not fit. It was designed around the Glock 19
- Pricier than other safes
This safe id made from sturdy aluminum and steel and weighs 3.4 pounds. Most car gun safes are the “clam shell” type that have a lid that opens; the LB2000 is more of a drawer that slides into an aluminum extrusion. This particular design makes it easier to gain access to the contents of the box without having to completely remove it from underneath the car seat.
With a felt-lined interior and a foam piece on the bottom to protect your gun from scratches, it can hold a Colt 45 semi-auto or a Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm. A braided steel cable is included to attach to your safe and wrap the other end around your car seat frame. The key lock mechanism includes a set of two keys.
- Built by Winners International, a well-known company that manufactures the CLUB line of steering wheel locks and vehicle anti-theft devices
- Affordable option to store a compact gun
- Inside hinge pin provides extra security
- It has a weird interior shape. The lock mechanism takes out some space.
If you are looking for other small safes you should check out our list of portable gun safes.