Monday, June 12, 2017

Thoughts on trunk guns....

Times are perilous, and carrying some extra weight may seem a good idea.  I'm talking something more than the standard gat in a holster on one's hip.  A shotgun, or maybe even an EBR, in the trunk (Or backseat... YMMV).

That's a thought I've had, anyway.  Reading the news, such as can be had, it appears Bad Stuff is Happening A Lot More.    Yeah.... the chance of needing 30 rounds of 5.56 seems to be rising.

But.... rising how much?   How about from .0001% of needing it once in this lifetime to maybe .005% chance of needing that carbine before leaving this mortal coil.  At least, that's what my darkly vision seems to be seeing.

Put it this way:  Whats are odds of needing an EBR in your vehicle over the next year?  To be honest.... vanishingly small.  Now, what are the odds of your vehicle breaking down and letting you sit on the side of the road this year?  I am guessing not so vanishingly small.  We all know someone who's broken down and had to call for a tow.  How many of us know someone who's needed an M-4orgery on short notice while cruising the hood?

Now.... Imagine being all busted down and waiting on the wrecker.... and having the friendly local Po-Po stop by to check you out.  Seems reasonable, doesn't it?  Far more likely than running into a team of Aloha Snackbar twits from the local Islamic outreach committee.

I suspect Officer Friendly might get a bit nervous on finding you quite heavily packed for a simple 'ride to work'.  In fact,  he might readily wonder if YOU are an AST from the IOC.....

Just thinking out load, ya know?


Anonymous said...

Reminds me of an incident from my youth, when my father's Ford F-250 broke down on the highway. He was not the AR type, or even the pistol type, but he was an avid whitetail hunter. As a result there was a well used semiauto .30-06 that lived in the gap between the bench seat and the rear bulkhead of the truck's cab. There was a little bit of tension in the air as he broached the subject with the flatbed driver, because he certainly was not going to just leave it in the truck. Luckily it was in an unassuming cloth case, but even if it hadn't been, the traditional look of walnut and blued steel probably would have been a non-issue with the driver and any officer who came along. If it had been an "evil black rifle", especially 20+ years ago in a place like CT, that might have been a little dicier.

In my adult life I have tried to be in the habit of having a "truck gun" at hand, but have run into 2 potential complicating issues. First I don't technically have a trunk in my hatchback/station-wagon. This means that to comply with the law I need to add an extra layer or two of locks and cases. Second, my wife and siblings sometimes make use of my car, and at least in MA, they would be in very hot water if they got pulled over for any reason and an officer found a firearm in a vehicle being operated by an individual without an FID or LTC. Part of the beauty of a trunk gun is the fact that it is there in case you need it, and you don't have to worry about packing it every time you leave the house (much like my car's first aid kit, jumper cables, and spare tire).

Carteach said...

Given my new employment, everyday carry is now problematic. As my vehicle will be coming inside the building at times, long guns in the trunk are straight out, without a locking compartment. For the sidearm, I'll be bolting a lock box to the floor this week.

But.... the part of the world I now commute to.... yeah, I'll be looking for a full size long gun case to bolt in.