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6 Best Car Gun Safes for Pistols & Rifles [Guide]

Don't have a gun safe for the car? Well, you should. Come see why we recommend safe storage in your vehicle and which models are the best for on-the-go!

Have you ever been out and about and find yourself faced with a gun-free zone

I know I have — way more than once.

AlienGear Shapeshift Holster
Some places just won’t let you in with this…

Sometimes it’s an unexpected trip to a federal facility like the post office, school, or courthouse.

And guess what…you’re packing your concealed carry. 

No guns no pets sign
No guns and no pets!? No thanks!

Not only do you have to park off-premises of most gun-free zones, but you gotta leave your gun behind. 

If you think just stashing it in the center console and locking your doors is good enough…well, you’ve got another thing coming. 

Technically legal, but probably not the safest way to transport your handgun

A car is not a holster.

Do you know what I call a vehicle with an unsecured firearm? A loot box. 

AR loot box
What bad guys see when you don’t have a ca safe!

I see it time after time on social media. People leave a gun in their car, the car gets broken into, and the weapon is gone. Whoopsie.

If unexpected gun-free zones could become part of your day, the best way to keep your guns secure is a vehicle firearm safe. 

Car Safes
Pop that bad boy in lockbox or safe!

Don’t know where to even begin with that?

No worries! We’ll talk a little more about situations in which you need a car safe and we’ll even tell you some of favorite car gun safe brands, too!

By the end of this article, you’ll have a better idea of how to properly store your gun should you need to on the go.

So, let’s hit it.

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Why You Need a Car Safe 

Aside from losing a pricey investment, you need to secure your weapon because it’s your responsibility as a good gun owner

You have a right to own a gun, and you have a responsibility to secure it.

Kids Responsibility
You should know this one!

Someone willing to break into your car is ready to commit a crime. Leaving your guns out where they can be stolen means you’ve now armed a criminal. 

Plenty of gun rights advocates point to firearm theft as the way criminals obtain arms. If you’re not securing your firearm, you’re guilty of lending a helping hand to the bad guys. 

The good news is you don’t need a giant safe in your trunk or truck bed to store a firearm. 

Time for another safe!
That’ll ruin your MPG…

Vehicle safes are short-term storage options. They are not safes you stash guns in for an extended period. 

With that in mind, they don’t need to be the uber-expensive, drill-proof, fireproof gun safe. A small, simplistic safe works well enough. 

Handgun safe under the driver’s seat

If a thief breaks into your vehicle, they are looking for an easy and quick score most of the time. 

They don’t have the time to take power tools to cut through your safe to access your firearm. 

woman with sawzall
Power tools are fun. Power tools in the hands of criminals opening your safe? Not so fun.

If you are only using the safe as a temporary storage option, then you are likely parked in populated areas where criminals have to be quick, or they’ll be spotted. 

So what’s one significant requirement for a vehicle gun safe? It must be attached in some way or another to your vehicle.

If your safe is small, it’s easy to grab and run away with. Prevent this by securing it to your car in some fashion.

Thankfully camo doesn’t count as concealed carry
Just ’cause it’s camo doesn’t mean thieves won’t see it…

So what gun safes would I suggest? 

Glad you asked! I picked out six of my favorites that should help you out in a pinch!

Best Car Gun Safes

1. Basic Lock Box 

A generic lockbox with a security cable provides a very cheap and affordable option for handgun storage.

Will it win any awards for security? Probably not, but it’ll get ‘er done.

It is affordable, and can be stashed under a seat. These types of storage options safely secure a firearm for short periods of time.

Exactly what we need.

lockbox safe
It’s super basic, but better than nothing!

A simple combination lock keeps things safe, and the security cable provides a means to lock it down.

Attach the security cable to a point underneath your car seat, and the safe goes nowhere without some serious tool work. 

If you use the cable, it also makes it tough to pull the safe out far enough to even try to use hand tools. 

lockbox safe with cable
See that cable? Make sure you use it! Secure the whole thing under the seat.

This style is budget-friendly, so there’s no excuse for not picking one up. 

Before you buy a light, an optic, and your 8th Monster energy drink, buy a small safe to secure your weapon. 

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2. RAPiD Vehicle Safe

The Hornady RAPiD series offer up some of my favorite safes.

This entire series of safes blends small size and modern technology. As the name implies, these are quick and easy to open. 

Hornady RAPid Vehicle safe
They even make one specifically for your car!

They mix RFID chips/bracelets/stickers, keys, and occasionally numeric pads to give users plenty of options to gain access to their firearms.

Yep, Hornady even brings a dedicated handgun safe designed for vehicles to the table.

Designed to sit between your chair and center console, an inflatable bladder secures it. This means it fits most vehicles. 

What I like about the RAPiD Vehicle Safe is the convenience.

It’s right there beside you, locked in an upright position that’s easy to access and very easy to safely store a firearm. 

Hornady RAPiD Vehicle Gun Safe
Hornady RAPiD Vehicle Gun Safe

No trunk, no digging under your seat, or anything like that. 

What I don’t like is the fact you can see it through a car window.

Although Hornady supplies a cable to secure to your vehicle…there’s a reason we don’t advertise we have a gun.

Hornady includes an RFID bracelet, two RFID stickers, a key fob, and keys to manually open the Vehicle Rapid Safe. 

Hornady RAPiD Vehicle Gun Safe
It is clearly visible, but it also is pretty low-profile and won’t get in the way of passengers!

I think the keyfob seems the handiest of options. It allows you to keep your keyfob on your car key ring. So, as long as you have your car keys, you can get into the safe.

The safe pops open with ease, and makes inserting a firearm safe and easy. 

Also, a car adapter provides power to the safe. But if you aren’t a fan of additional cords/cables, four AA batteries will work as well. 

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3. Hornady RAPiD Handgun Safe

I told you I liked RAPiD series. If you prefer an invisible option, the standard RAPiD Handgun Safe works.

It comes in large and standard sizes, providing you with the same RAPiD opening RFID design. 

Hornady RAPiD 2700 safe (Guns.com)
Hornady RAPiD 2700 safe (Guns.com)

You also get a manual key option and a four-digit combination of your choosing. 

It squeezes under most car seats and also comes with a cable system to lock it down.

The RAPiD Handgun Safe sports a power adapter as well. But, like the vehicle safe, it can use AA batteries to function correctly. 

Hornady RAPiD 2600 safe with RFID band (All Outdoors)
Hornady RAPiD 2600 safe with RFID band (All Outdoors)

One big benefit of this safe is that you can easily transfer from your car to your home and use one safe for two purposes.

Or, if staying at a hotel, you have a potential room safe.

at Amazon

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4. Hornady RAPiD AR Safe 

I included this one on the list for those who like to travel and train.

As someone who lives nowhere near decent training facilities, I am forced to drive several hours to attend a class. 

Hornady RAPiD AR Gunlocker front view
Hornady RAPiD AR Gunlocker

Traveling with rifles means stopping at gas stations to pee, restaurants to eat, so forth, and so on.

And let’s be real…rifles are a little hard to just secure under the front seat.

I also like to hunt with family on private property several hours from my house. So the same need applies.

A long gun safe is a must and the Hornady RAPiD AR Safe has me covered. 

Hornady RAPiD AR safe in closet
It’s even small enough to fit in the closet–without being the only thing that does.

This 56-pound locker will fit two long guns, storing them safely in a metal locker. 

It’s transportable and utilizes the same high-tech features of all the Hornady RAPiD Safe series. 

at Amazon

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5. Console Vault 

Console Vault gives you a vehicle safe residing in your center console.

These safes are custom-made to accommodate your vehicle’s specific center console. 

Sadly, they can’t make a center console that accommodates every single make/model, though. 

Console Vault safe
Console Vault safe

However, they cover an impressive amount of vehicles. 

Once installed, the Console Vault is invisible. But you can easily access the vault and drop your firearm in the safe and be on with your day.

This bad boy secures the safe to your center console, ensuring no one grabs it on the run. 

It’s a sweet system, and I’m sad I don’t have a vehicle that accommodates the Console Vault.

I imagine the size of your center console will affect the size of your safe. But I’m betting even the smallest accommodates a handgun. 

at Console Vault

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6. Vaultek Life Pod 

If you want a simple, super small lockbox that’s of the utmost quality, then the Vaultek Life Pod is the way to go. 

The Vaultek Life Pod provides you with a superbly thin safe that will accommodate a subcompact or compact handgun. 

Vaultek Lifepod
Vaultek Lifepod

You might find it constraining when rocking an RMR, compensator, and light. 

However, for the average concealed carry pistol, the Vaultek is perfect.

The Lifepod is a great vehicle safe and can work outside of the vehicle too. 

LifePod 2.0 EDC
Little tight, but it does fit a full EDC!

Completely waterproof, go ahead and take it adventuring with you. Shower guns, anyone?

It also has a touch-sensitive keypad for quick access and dual side compression latches.

The Vaultek utilizes a 9-volt battery…but it also works with manual keys should the battery die. 

Lifepod Capacity
It really is for just your carry gun, and nothing else.

A micro USB can be plugged into the Lifepod to power it, which is easy in a vehicle. 

I’m a gadget guy, and the Vaultek Lifepod is quite gadgety. So, I love its aesthetic. 

at Vaultek

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Never leave a gun unsecured in your vehicle. Get a good vehicle safe; heck, even a cheap safe will keep most bad guys out. 

Seriously, locking the doors when you have windows means nothing. An unsecured gun in a vehicle turns the vehicle into a loot box.

Still don’t believe me? 

Go to the r/guns subreddit and search “stolen.” Look how many people ask for advice after their gun is stolen from their vehicle. Yeah, don’t be that guy…

And for more tips on truck guns and storage, check out the Brownells Daily Defense video below.

How do you secure your firearm in a vehicle? Let us know below and share your wisdom with the crowd. And if you don’t have a safe at home, check out the Best Safes for Handguns and Long Guns!

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    Neil Kaplan

    California requires your gun to be transported in the trunk of your vehicle.
    Does anyone know of a place in an Audi trunk that you can attach and use a cable lock?

    March 13, 2023 7:38 pm
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    JJ Karn

    What was the drawer-type safe in the first photo with the Jeep floormats?

    March 12, 2023 9:55 pm
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    Of all of the safes mentioned, I want the one in the Jeep photo! Do you have any recommendations for drawer-type safes rather than clam-shells? Thanks.

    June 11, 2022 6:04 pm
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    Davin Valkri

    I have to admit, I'm not sure about the logistics of locking down a gun in a car, even in a safe permanently attached to the vehicle, when stealing the entire car is always an option. I understand preventing in-plain-sight snatch and grabs, but wouldn't a place at risk of that also be at risk of more involved carjackings?

    January 25, 2022 9:53 am
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    Bruce R Phillips

    Vaultek LifePod 2.0. Currently on sale at Costco for $60. Bought 2. So far 5 star.

    January 25, 2022 5:26 am
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    A car gun safe that is not mechanically bolted/welded/attached in some way to the car to keep it from being removed from the car - ever - is useless. The bad guys just take the safe and run away with it. Got a cable to attach it? Bad guys cut it and run away with the safe. You safe is a center console safe? They rip it out and open it later. They open the safe later and find the gun.

    We've had seven of these in the last four months. Guns in a car safe stuffed under the seat (one with a cable) and center console safe. They just take the safe.

    Why do bad guys take locked containers found in cars, especially those that appear to be made to secure something? Its 'cause "hey, look a safe thingy, they are used to keep something valuable locked up so lets take it and open it later." - that's why.

    Cheap safe, expensive safe - does not matter to them, they take it and open it later. What ever gun safe for your car that you get if it is not mechanically bolted/welded/attached in some way to the car (not plastic but actual car frame metal) to keep it from being removed from the car - ever - its useless when the bad guys come along and start going through the car.

    January 25, 2022 3:52 am
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