Hidden vehicle compartments

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  1. Sep 23, 2010 #1
    longtalltechsan

    longtalltechsan XDTalk 4K Member Founding Member

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    I carry a shotgun in the trunk of my car for anything situation that may pop up while traveling some of the rural areas of southern Arizona. For those that don't know, it isn't exactly safe. I am a little leery of keeping the shottie in the trunk in case someone breaks into my car and steals it. I am thinking about building a shallow false wall behind the back seats out of plywood and carpet to match the car's interior carpet. If it is done right, it would appear like the back of the seats and I doubt someone doing a quick "smash and grab" would thoroughly check for the false wall.

    So my question here is has anyone done anything like this? Made a hidden compartment in a vehicle to hide a firearm or other valuables?
     
  2. Sep 23, 2010 #2
    RichJ

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    What kind of car is it?

    Most people don't usually bend over and look "up" in the trunk. It might be possible to hide it by attaching it with mounts to the underside of the top of the trunk. I'd think a typical smash and grabber wouldn't spend that much time to survey anything that wasn't just in plain sight.

    Or you could just put a cable lock through the trigger guard.
     
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    quazy50

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    Aren't hidden compartments in vehicles illegal?
     
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    southern thunder

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    I've seen this done on street rods to hide battries or tools in the trunk.
     
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    Airdog625

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    My Jeep has a pop down panel below the steering wheel. I've mounted my XD gear holster in there holding my 5" XD9 Tactical. I haven't attempted any major mod like you're planning though. Good luck, it's a great idea in my opinion.
     
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    Mudinyeri

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    There are also companies that make lock-able drawers for under Jeep's seats. I've considered putting one under the rear seat of my Wrangler, mounting it so that the drawer slides into the passenger compartment as opposed to out the back of the Jeep and mounting something in there. I'm a little concerned about moisture but I suppose one could throw one of the gun safe dehumidifiers in there with it.

    To the OP, I would use MDF (commonly used by custom car stereo installers) to make your box rather than plywood, etc. It will hold up better to the vibrations inherent to a vehicle.
     
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    ADA

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    Not yet. Well maybe in California. :rolleyes:
     
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    nalioth

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    Are hidden guns illegal?
     
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    Neo31rex31

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    What are the legalities of carrying a shotty around in AZ?
     
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    AwPhuch

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    Hauling pot, coke, meth, illegal substances/people in illegal compartments is illegal...putting a compartment in your private property to hide your valuables isn't illegal..and if it is, it's proof positive the damn gubbermint has WAY TOO MUCH STINKIN POWER!
     
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    JustRick

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    depends on the state, and possibly if you have a CCW permit
     
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    RobzXD

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    Seems like it would come down to accessibility vs security.
     
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    CdnInAz

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    legalities? Don't commit a crime with it! Seriously, this is AZ - shotty is same as any other gun. Just don't go to specifically prohibited areas like prisons, nuclear power, military bases without Base Cmdr's permission, etc.

    Since you are from Pennsylvania and you asked about AZ - I'll bet that you would be amazed :shock: to see a typical drive out to open desert for an early morning shoot before it gets to hot. Gotta love living in AZ :)

    And just so I don't offend you from Pennsylvania, the freedoms here are especially awesome for me coming from Canada - where a trip "permit" is needed to drive from home to range with anything other than a long hunting rifle, and of course all must be registered to maximize the waste of tax dollars. Well except the criminals, they don't bother with all that paperwork and cost.

    Sorry OP, I thread jacked. I think your trunk idea is a good one. For me personally, I don't see a need to carry shotty everywhere, but you noted driving in rural southern areas - closer to border so I'd understand, especially considering events past few months.
     
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    Stuck-like-chuck

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    Damn I thought laws were strict in Fl. ... That's just BS! lmao "trip permit".

    So does that mean you must have the permit before you can bring your newly purchased gun home from a gun store aswell? If not, it would be rediculous to have to have a permit to go to the range but be legal to go anywhere else without the "permit". (without a cwp, that is/ I assume)
     
  15. Sep 23, 2010 #15
    Mikey's XDM

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    OP, I can make you one when I am in Tucson next. What kind of car do you have?

    I made stealth boxes for subwoofers and it is amazingly simple. You need basic carpentry skills BUT DO NOT USE FIBERGLASS. It looks like crap. Also, Tuffy security makes lockable boxes used by federal agencies. I have three in my Jeep and they are SUPER nice. Depending on your vehicle, you could put really nice shelves in the trunk with sliding drawers so you could carry many things. I can probably get you a deal on the tuffy pieces if you would like.
     

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