Trunk Gun Update | A Practical Solution


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Trunk Gun Update: A Practical Solution

Recently I wrote about the Tunk Gun/Car Carbine and brought up some of the issues they can entail. One of the concerns that’s all too often overlooked is securing the rifle. A reader provided photos of his setup and allowed us to republish them with some details.

The line “Unless you’re using some kind of specialty rack, the more secure it is from theft the longer it’ll take to get to it when you need it” still holds true. This is a specialty rack, no doubt, but at a cost that is far from insurmountable (less than a case of quality 5.56 ammunition). 



The configuration comes from Santa Cruz Gun Locks and it checks a lot of boxes. It’s mounted directly to the vehicle and can be put almost anywhere there is a flat surface, though obviously through the frame itself is going to be your best best. Inside a trunk, on a roof, on a floor–you get the idea. The locking mechanism features both an electronic release and a separate manual override in case you lose power.

Adjust it to the length you desire, bolt it on, run the wires, and hide the switch in a surreptitious place. Likely the greatest risk you face is a quick smash-and-grab on your vehicle. Think a dude with a brick. They usually won’t spend a lot of time in there, and the handcuff-looking locking mechanism doesn’t outwardly indicate it’s electronically operated.

But when you need it, hit that button.


It should be noted that while the button unlocks the mechanism, it doesn’t open the mechanism (similar to an apartment complex door). This means that you’ll still have to physically put your hand on the lock to open it up while it’s being pressed so you’ll have to install the switch with this in mind.


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Since the lock is built like a handcuff, it can hold weapons of different sizes.




Santa Cruz Gun Locks offers a variety of different racks, some of them specific for a particular firearm or vehicle location. The universal one pictured here might not be as pretty, but it’ll work on a helluva lot of guns in a helluva lot of places. Prices are far better than what I expected, and you can get a full setup for just over $200. It should be noted that while it’ll hold the gun in place, there’s no accommodation for covering the trigger guard, so someone may still be able to discharge the weapon. Furthermore, not all of the distributors will sell to non-law enforcement personnel, for reasons which are beyond me.

Scratch that part about it being less than the price of a case of quality 5.56–You can get one of these for less than a thousand rounds of Wolf ammo.


Visit Santa Cruz Gun Locks online here and check out their selection and find a distributor.


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5 thoughts on “Trunk Gun Update | A Practical Solution

  • December 13, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    My agency uses these mounts in the new Ford Explorers. The main issue is that if someone pushes the pins to separate the upper and the lower, they can easily steal the lower. Depending on how tight the “handcuff” part is closed on your gun, they may also have access to the upper.

  • December 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm


  • December 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I was able to “engineer” the Pro-Gard overhead rack out of my old Crown Vic to my Dodge pickup extended cab. No holes to drill is the best part. IIRC, I originally bought the Pro-Gard off ebay for about $80.00. Right now it’s configured for an 870, but I’m on the lookout for the AR lock assembly.

    Crappy cellphone pic;

  • December 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    When you mount these, you need to be mindful of the takedown pins. Depending on the way the rifle is orientated, you could undo the pins, and pull the rifle out of the mount.


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