The Tuffy gun safe or lockbox is designed to fit under the rear seat of Chevy Silverado's and GMC Sierra Crew Cabs 2007 to 2019. It's important to note that this particular Tuffy will not fit the later model GMCs. There is an almost identical Tuffy model for those later GMCs.
The safe itself is made from 16 gauge solid steel and has two lids that can be opened separately if you only want to lift open one-half of your back seat. Tuffy's pry-guard lock system that protects the safe will include a ten-tumbler locking mechanism. The exterior of the gun safe has a powder-coated finish and enough space to fit two rifles or other valuable items. Because the gun safe is meant to be out of sight and under your rear seat, easy access is relative but simple given the purpose of the lockbox.
Installation is pretty quick as the safe has pre-drilled holes and comes with the necessary mounting hardware. Tuffy also offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of its products.
The Lock'er Down console vault style safe is designed for a range of Ford trucks and is made with 10 gauge heavy-duty steel construction. A big selling point for this gun safe is its USB port for charging devices such as phones and tablets. You can charge your device while it is locked in the safe or outside.
In terms of space, the safe is big enough to fit a pistol and other valuable items or two pistols if you put some padding inside. Because it is a center console safe, it provides quick access and the four-digit combination lock is pretty sturdy for a console vault.
The safe also features a black finish that is powder coated and a spring-assisted door hinge. The door lock is pry-resistant and drill resistant which should make your valuables secure and safe. A would-be thief would require tools and quite a lot of time, making break-ins highly unlikely unless your truck is stolen.
For installation, the safe has pre-drilled holes and nuts provided for fitting that should not take more than ten minutes. In addition, Lock'er Down offers a lifetime warranty on all of its products.
This is another pry-resistant, four-digit combination lock console vault from Lock'er Down. It is designed specifically for 2014 to 2018 1500 series Sierra Silverado will a floor console. Apart from having a slightly different shape, it is basically the same as the Lock'er Down reviewed above regarding its 12 gauge steel construction and overall quality. It also comes with a USB port that allows you to charge devices inside or outside the car gun safe, even when it is locked.
Quick access is also through a spring-mounted door and the installation is straightforward with all necessary components provided with the lockbox. The size of the lockbox is large enough to fit a gun and a few devices or other valuables. Just like the other Lock'er Down, you could store two pistols in this safe if you put some padding on the inside to protect your gun.
The Vaultek is a slim-line and very compact handgun safe and is made from 16 gauge steel. This pistol safe has all of the bells and whistles. It has a biometric fingerprint lock, a four-digit electronic lock, as well as a backup key for your preferred form of easy access. On top of that, the safe is also capable of being operated with your smartphone.
The interior also has a LED light that is activated when the safe is opened and the keypad illuminates with the touch of your finger. An access log is also kept by the safe and its rechargeable battery will charge in 3.5 hours. The Vaultek is also padded on the inside and will fit any gun with room for a spare magazine. It will not, however, fit guns with accessories such as optics.
Even though the Vaultek is not a true car safe, it is pretty versatile. Its standard mount will enable you to fit it anywhere in your house and a vehicle mount is sold separately, enabling you to mount the pistol safe behind your driver's seat. The installation is quick, so this safe would give you the option of using it in your truck and your home.
The one drawback is that the gun safe is on the expensive side, but if you like the convenience of a compact pistol safe with the full range of features, it is worth considering.
The SnapSafe is constructed of 13 gauge heavy-duty steel and provides quick access via a three to eight-digit electronic lock. A backup key is also provided as another one of its safety features. The gun safe dimensions are 7.0" x 42.0" x 13.0", which should fit many trucks and other vehicles, but it would be best to measure your trunk before buying.
The electronic keypad is powered by four AA batteries which are not included with the product but override keys are provided for alternative access. As an added safety feature, a tamper-proof lock-out period of 15 seconds will kick in whenever the incorrect code has been entered more than three times in a row. In terms of space, the inside of the safe is padded and would fit two rifles easily.
The safe comes with four pre-drilled holes and the installation is pretty easy. In general, the Snapsafe provides solid steel security and quick access as far as trunk safes go. Break-ins from thieves would not really be possible unless your car was actually stolen. The safe would certainly be impossible to break without power tools.
If you are looking for a truck gun safe for your pistol or rifles, you are in luck. We have always scanned the market for good value options that cater to a range of needs. For rifles, we have some under-the-back seat and trunk options.
For pistols, we have a lockbox and portable choices. Some are code access and others biometric. If you would like a little more information on vehicle safes, then scan down to the buyer's guide and frequently asked questions. If you know what you want, then hop straight into the products reviews.
This is a hotly debated issue. Some people will start talking about sawn-off shotguns and others AR 15s. Then there will be those that advocate sub-compacts and j-frame revolvers. Call me a nancy, but I think differently on this matter.
For practical purposes, the best gun for car defense is the gun that you use for everyday carry. If you accept that it is not a good idea to leave a gun in your car long-term and you should be carrying your gun on your person when you leave your car, then it just makes practical sense to have a holster or gun safe that stores your EDC gun when you are driving and allows for quick access.
If you are not in law enforcement or security, then a rifle safe under your back seat or in your trunk is convenient for traveling to the range or a hunt. I can not think of many real-world defense scenarios where it would be necessary or practical for a civilian to have a collection of rifles in their car unless you need to respond to a terrorist assault involving 12 Jihadists. In which case, you should also have some hand grenades and perhaps a small drone to provide real-time situational intelligence.
A vehicle gun safe, whether it is for rifles or pistols, will be designed to withstand typical opportunistic robbery attempts, but a car safe will never be impenetrable. It should be sturdy within reason, but more importantly, it should provide quick access.
You will find that there are many affordable vehicle gun safes on the market that check these boxes. However, one dividing line is the access mechanism. You have four-digit codes, a key, and biometric fingerprint options. Some safes have all three. If you are shooting to get an affordable safe, I suggest that you choose one with a number code. This is purely because biometric technology that actually works consistently is naturally quite expensive. There is nothing worse than poor-quality biometric finger pads. This is, unfortunately, the one area where you always get what you pay for. Often with holsters and old-school car safes, you can find cheaper products that are just as good as similar products that are twice the price, but I have never found this to be the case with biometric technology.
This can vary from state to state. Some states require you to have a gun locked up if you are transporting it in your car under any circumstances. Other states will require you to have a concealed carry permit. For detailed information on your specific state's gun laws, check out our gun laws page.
This is a difficult question to answer because you may want a vehicle gun safe for a handgun or you could want one for your hunting rifles.
When it comes to a pistol safe, it's best to have one that is easily in reach when you are sitting in the driver's seat. This means that you should also have quick access in terms of the locking mechanism. The handgun safe should not be readily identified or observable by a person walking past your car.
Because car gun safes are not impenetrable and are generally designed to keep your firearm safe from thieves looking for a quick score, you can get a perfect enough safe for an affordable price.
A good pistol car safe made by any company should be able to fit either under or by the side of your car seat, depending on your preference, as long as it's quickly accessible. The make and the price is not the biggest factor.
Rifle car safes tend to be more sturdy but if someone stole your vehicle, they could break in without needing to have an industrial drill. Rifle car safes should generally fit in your trunk or under the back seat of your truck or vehicle.
Again, there are many companies that make excellent rifle safes at a few price points.
A gun in your glove box is considered concealed carry. So the legality of it will depend on your state. In some cases, a concealed carry permit will be sufficient. It's important to note that not all states will honor permits issued in other states.
Check out our gun law page for detailed information if you want to check your state's gun laws and which other states will honor your permits. In principle, if you have a concealed carry permit, you will be able to have a gun in your glove box.
It is not advisable to leave a gun in your glove box when you are not in your car. Not only is it a nice gift for opportunistic thieves, but having your gun on you when you leave the car is also a better habit to maintain.
That concludes our top picks for truck gun safes. Remember that a vehicle gun safe of any kind is always a choice of temporary convenience. A gun safe is there to protect your guns while you are en route to a destination. It is never a good idea to leave a gun overnight in your car, particularly if parked on the street.