Hidden vehicle compartments

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  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?
     
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    RichJ XDTalk 500 Member

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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 XDTalk 1K Member

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    Aren't hidden compartments in vehicles illegal?
     
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    southern thunder XDTalk 5K Member

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    I've seen this done on street rods to hide battries or tools in the trunk.
     
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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 XDTalk 2K Member

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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 XDTalk 3K Member

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    Not yet. Well maybe in California. :rolleyes:
     
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    nalioth XDTalk 2K Member

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    Are hidden guns illegal?
     
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    Neo31rex31 XDTalk 1K Member

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    What are the legalities of carrying a shotty around in AZ?
     
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    AwPhuch XDTalk 15K Member

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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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    depends on the state, and possibly if you have a CCW permit
     
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    Seems like it would come down to accessibility vs security.
     
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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 XDTalk 100 Member

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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)
     
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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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    XD.45 Dude XDTalk 500 Member

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    I just put a gun safe (pistol) in my Chevy Crew 4x4 and winter is on it's way.. How do we keep these guns from rusting?? Since I'm on the road 5 days a week and travel back country roads I would like to bring my 870 for the pheastants, Ducks, & Geese cause I can road hunt on my job :) (yes I have the license) I would also like to carry my AR or AK for some range time on my down time of the job.. But 5 days stored in my truck with wicked cold nights and mild days causes lots of moister on metal thus rust! Anyone know the tricks of stopping the RUST BUG!?
     
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    Sorry OP, I'm thread jacking again to answer question raised from my first thread jack.
    yep - actually it is called an "authorization to transport" - I see in links below that they now have a 800 number to call. Last time I used it had to fill out form at nearest station, which always resulted in an inquisition. Below I've listed some facts with links in each title. Note that all handguns are restricted, and our beloved XD service at 4 inch is prohibited. So handguns are near impossible to own, not worth the effort for most regular Joes like me (so I sort of gave up after I left the Service where they trained me to use all these nasty things). Should make you appreciate your freedoms in FL - I read these now and then to make sure I fully appreciate life in AZ. BTW, no such thing as a CWP in Canada - only for law enforcement, special security at most. Heck when I was in the Service we had to unload when leaving base, and that was for the VERY VERY rare occasion when we carried off base for some sort of exercise or movement.

    Transporting Firearms Safely
    Restricted and prohibited firearms

    • Unload the firearms; and
    • Attach a secure locking device to the firearms; and
    • Lock the firearms in a sturdy, non-transparent container; and
    • Remove the bolt or bolt carrier from any automatic firearms (if removable).
    • Obtain an Authorization to Transport (call 1 800 731-4000).
    Definition of a Restricted Firearm
    According to the Criminal Code, a restricted firearm is:

    • a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm;
    • a semi-automatic, centre-fire rifle or shotgun with a barrel length less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not prohibited;
    • a rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is reduced by folding, telescoping or some other means to less than 660 mm (26 inches);
    • any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some long guns).
    Definition of a Prohibited Firearm
    The Criminal Code states that a prohibited firearm is:

    • a handgun with a barrel length of 105 mm (4.13 inches) or less;
    • a handgun designed or adapted to discharge 25 or 32 calibre ammunition;
    • a rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make it less than 660 mm (26 inches) in overall length;
    • a rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make the barrel length less than 457 mm (18 inches) where the overall firearm length is 660 mm (26 inches) or more;
    • an automatic firearm and a converted automatic firearm;
    • any firearm prescribed as prohibited.
     
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    longtalltechsan XDTalk 4K Member Founding Member

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    Woah, this thread really took off. Mikey, I have a Mazda 3. For the size of the car, the trunk is pretty spacious so I was thinking I could mount the false wall about 5" from the backs of the rear seat, cover in black carpet (same as interior) and make it look halfway decent...at least enough so that if a burglar is just glancing in the trunk, they don't notice it being anything different than stock.

    The main purpose of this is concealment, not something to get to quick. Whenever I am out, I am always armed with a handgun. If I were to get in some hairy situation, I would try to work myself to my shotgun to grab it. It is not intended for quick access like if someone were trying to break into the car with me in it.

    Keep the ideas coming!

    And don't worry on getting a little off-topic...it has already happened on another board. Some people just can't fathom that in some places you can carry a gun, loaded or not, and not have to really worry about the LEO's getting in a tizzy about it.
     
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    I have a dodge nitro... in the back there is a storage compartment that is about 3'x3' and about 4" deep.... perfect for keeping spare ammo, gun, whatever will fit... if I had a shotgun with a short enough barrel, i would probably keep it in there (my 870 has a 30" barrel)... I think a false floor would be a great idea, except it will become a hassle if you put anything in there on top of it
     
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