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Posted: 4/3/2002 12:10:17 PM EDT
All,

Looking for a way to carry a rifle in my Cherokee without worrying about somebody kncking the window out and stealing it, a vault of some kind. I was thinking about carrying my carbine FAL since I don't want to lose my SP1 CAR/ now M4gery. I think the FAL is 38" long.

I've seen the alum cases, but would like something smaller/sturdier than that. Might carry my Mos 590, another cheap option over my M1 super 90 pre-ban. Would like to bolt it down or cable lock it down. Any ideas? Thanks.
Link Posted: 4/3/2002 12:28:13 PM EDT
I was thinking of the same thing. I have a ford escort hatchback, so it is not like I could put it in the trunk.

I want some sort of vault that I could bolt to the car, with a lock on it.

I'd be carrying an AR.
Link Posted: 4/3/2002 5:58:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rtech2:
All,

Looking for a way to carry a rifle in my Cherokee without worrying about somebody kncking the window out and stealing it, a vault of some kind. I was thinking about carrying my carbine FAL since I don't want to lose my SP1 CAR/ now M4gery. I think the FAL is 38" long.

I've seen the alum cases, but would like something smaller/sturdier than that. Might carry my Mos 590, another cheap option over my M1 super 90 pre-ban. Would like to bolt it down or cable lock it down. Any ideas? Thanks.



Kind of off topic but.... What Cherokee do you have? I just bought a 97 Cherokee Country.
Link Posted: 4/3/2002 6:13:41 PM EDT
I recall seeing in one of the catalogs (Gander Mtn., Cabellas, something like that) a "Drawer" that bolted to the bottom of your cargo space, has a top on it that matches the interior (Black plastic). The drawer was lockable, and was semi-concealed.

Sorry I cannot recall the specific catalog.

John
Link Posted: 4/3/2002 6:24:16 PM EDT
You're right about the drawer units. Didn't see them in Cabela's catalog, but most 4wd stores will have them.

What Cabela's does have however are their own "Bulletproof" cases and some diamond plate aluminum cases. They're pricy, but look strong. Looks like you could put a couple of nuts or plates in your cargo area, drill two corresponding holes in the bottom of the case, and bolt down from inside. Just one idea.

Link Posted: 4/3/2002 7:43:31 PM EDT
Check these out

http://www.excaliburdistservco.com/firearms.html

I have 1 for rifle and the large one for handguns.. love em

Link Posted: 4/4/2002 6:32:30 AM EDT
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys.

The problem with the diamond plate stuff in the 4wd stores are that they are too short for a rifle, usually. I could put the M4gery in one, maybe. I want to carry the FAL or the 590. Less of a hit if stolen. I was thinking an aluminum case bolted in and a false floor over it to conceal it. Most cases I have seen are for full sized rifles and I don't need that much. I know that some PD's have lockers built in vehicles for this stuff. I was even thinking of a patrol rack but I like the idea of it being concealed. Less temptation.

The bag is a cool idea but I like the vault thing better.

Thanks. -Alan
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 6:50:05 AM EDT
Have you considered one of those cheap toolboxes? I forget who makes them, but they're less than 20 bucks. Depending on barrel length, you can take down the AR and it will fit in a portable toolbox, which you can hide. Not really secure in the vehicle but at least hidden.
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 8:59:45 AM EDT
This link goes to a warranty page for American Aluminum Accessories Inc., but there is an email address and a toll free phone # here. I have personal experience with these guys...they can make you whatever you want/need/can afford. They aren't the cheapest, but they are damn good.
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 12:54:58 PM EDT
Sounds like you need the TruckVault drawer type weapon boxes for trucks and SUVs (either rear gate or underseat models):

http://www.truckvault.com

or a Department Service heavy-duty weapon storage box:

http://www.deptservices.com/Vehicle_Equipment.htm

or even a ProGuard ProClamp weapon mount, which may be placed 'undercover' within a weaker (and more OEM-looking) storage box or under a bench seat:

http://www.pro-gard.com/proclamp.html

Good luck.
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 1:20:33 PM EDT
Here's a suggestion. When I drove a Jeep Wrangler, I was trying to think of a sturdy, secure container to bolt into the back. What I came up with is: A NEMA 12 raintight electrical panel. They're made of really heavy duty steel (I do not know what gauge) and usually have a padlock eye. Add a couple of more padlock hasps, and there you go. Customize the interior. NEMA rated control panels can be custom made if the size you want isn't available.
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 2:11:32 PM EDT
Jbrown and gamesniper,

Love you guys! The heavy duty vaults are probably the way to go. I am a poor IT security admin with a 350-400 lb ex-wife to support at a grand a month. Not in the budget yet, but will consider it. A grand a month. I could buy an AR every month!!!

I like the electrical junction box idea. As a security type, I know it is not burgler proof. You need to make it not worth the time involved to them. I think if it is sturdy or not readily seen and fairly secure would be the key.

If you guys come to Phx, I'll give ya each a kiss. Tongue, no tongue - your choice. That or a beer or two or 20. Thanks!!
Link Posted: 4/4/2002 3:24:01 PM EDT
Check out the miscellaneous forum.

26" TaskForce toolbox at Lowe's. It's black, glass filled plastic, heavy duty. It's got ribs inside and will take 2 18" or shorter AR's disassembled. The ribs prevent metal to metal contact. It's lockable, and it just looks like a tool box.

psst, it's under $20.00
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