Most people who own a firearm have no problem owning a full-size gun safe, they likely have one sitting in their home, or even on their nightstand. However what not as many people think about, is how to keep their firearm safe in transit!
Many people take their guns on-the-go to keep themselves protected, but don’t think through the risks of this. Especially since so many firearms are taken out of vehicles.
That is where a vehicle safe comes in, and thankfully there are many quality options on the market today to allow you keep those safe!
Names like Console Vault, Locker Down, Fort Knox, MonsterVault and so many more give options for your console, truck beds, underseat storage, etc. This means that wherever you want to keep your firearm, there is a way to lock it up in your vehicle.
I took a good amount of time to sift through all of the different options on the market, and found that these 11 products are the ones that I think are the best for different needs.
Pro Tip: Something to think about when shopping for your vehicle safe, is that you are buying time, not something that is impenetrable. The better product you buy, the longer it (theoretically) should take for someone to steal your firearm. Some of these safes may be lower cost, which means they will be less secure than other options, but may still be a best option for your lifestyle. I tried to give a wide array of products so you can choose the best for you, not for someone else, but chose the best one of its category and price value.
|Best Console Safe||Console Vault||5/5|
|Quickest Access Safe||Rapid Vehicle Safe||4/5|
|Best Truck Bed Storage||DECKED||4/5|
|Best Inexpensive Solution||SnapSafe Large Lock Box||3/5|
|Most Secure||Fort Knox PB4||5/5|
1. Console Vault
This is probably the biggest name in the industry when it comes to vehicle firearm storage! I have gotten the chance to try them out in person, and can definitely agree that they work well.
You can buy a safe specific to the console that you have in your vehicle, and it perfectly fills that console, instead of just being a 1 size fits all type of solution.
They offer safes for vehicles ranging from Ford, Dodge and Chevy, all the way to brands like Volkswagen, Subaru and even Hummer.
If you need a motorcycle safe, they have a solution for your Harley!
Another favorite thing about this company is the availability of lock options. Upon order, you are able to choose from a barrel key lock, 3 digit combo, and a 4 digit combo.
I have found that their build quality is exactly what you would expect, which is high quality, and their support is awesome as well.
- External Dimensions: Varies by model
- Weight: Varies by model
- Lock options: 3 digit, 4 digit, barrel key lock
- Fits perfectly in your specific vehicle
- High quality
- Multiple lock options
- Isn’t available for all vehicles
- No electronic lock option
2. Locker Down
If for some reason you don’t like Console Vault, Locker Down is going to be your next option! At first glance, you will find that this offering is almost identical to Console Vault, and honestly, you would be right!
This company also offers safes specific to your vehicle, with similar quality and construction. Making it a direct competitor to the above.
I personally don’t think either one has better quality than the other, and both offer a huge array of options for vehicles.
A couple things that sets Locker Down apart from Console Vault is its upgrades. You are able to purchase an upgraded 10 gauge steel (instead of 12 gauge) version of their safes, that are called the EXxtreme Console Safes.
Another option to set them apart is the availability of an electronic locking mechanism, which many people will prefer.
Speaking of locks, you can choose from the aforementioned electronic lock, a 4 digit roller lock, or an abloy key lock (what police use, and is supposedly not pickable).
It should also be mentioned, if they don’t offer a safe for your specific vehicle, they do also offer some one-size-fits-all options as well!
- External Dimensions: Varies by model
- Weight: Varies by model
- Lock options: Electronic, 4 digit mechanical, Abloy key lock
- A couple lock options, including electronic
- High quality
- Upgraded steel options
- Not many lower level lock options
3. RAPiD Vehicle Safe
This safe is not only one of the fastest safes you can access on this list, but it is also one of the most unique as well.
It has an air bladder, that you place between your passenger seat, and the center console, and once you pump up that bladder it secures the safe in place so that the safe sits right in front of your seat for easy access to your firearm. Of course, it is also secured to the vehicle using a security cable as well.
With a couple ways to access it, including RFID, keypad and a barrel key port you can get into the safe any way you want.
The safe itself is made of 14 gauge steel and is run by a 12-volt car adapter or four AAA batteries.
Keep in mind, that while many other safes on this list are able to hold two or more firearms, this one can only handle one.
- External Dimensions: 12″ High by 6.4″ Wide by 2.2″ Deep
- Weight: Unknown
- Lock options: RFID, Keypad, Barrel Key Lock
- Extremely quick access
- Multiple ways to open
- Unique way of storing firearm
- Less than reliable RFID access
- Can only fit one firearm
4. Snapsafe Under Bed Safes
I have talked about these safes quite a bit on this site! Their relatively low cost, and the ability to be used as an under bed safe, as well as a vehicle safe make them incredibly versatile.
Basically it can bolt into the bed of a truck, or rear of an SUV, and then a slider tray slides out, where you can place not only firearms, but also other valuables. You then slide it back in, and it locks.
These safes come in a medium, large, and extra large style, so you can fit it to your vehicle.
As for specifications, the safe is made of 14 gauge steel, and offers an electronic lock that can handle a 3 to 8 digit combination for entry. It can either be bolted down, or attached to something else using a provided security cable.
Specifications (Large Version)
- External Dimensions: 40″ Wide by 6″ High by 22″ Deep
- Weight: 105 pounds
- Lock options: Electronic lock w/ key backup
- Can store long guns
- Great value
- Large footprint
- Thinner steel
- Not really hidden
5. Stealth SwiftVault 2.0 Auto-Open Biometric Pistol Safe
This one is actually a new one for me! In my hunt for the best vehicle safes, I stumbled upon this one. I mean, I have always known about Stealth, and have featured their products a ton on this site. However I wasn’t aware they had an automotive specific unit for sale until writing this article!
With a 12 gauge body, and 14 gauge steel door, it isn’t the thickest steel option, but also not the thinnest by a large margin!
You can access it easily using the keypad, or via biometric fingerprint reader!
The safe should be able to handle two pistols without a problem.
Much like the Fort Knox we will talk about here in a moment, this isn’t something you will likely keep next to your drivers seat, and instead mounted in the rear of the vehicle. Because of this, it is more for transportation, than for quick access while driving.
- External Dimensions: 8 1/2″ Wide by 3 3/4″ High by 12 3/4″ Deep
- Weight: 10 pounds
- Lock options: Biometric, Key, Keypad
- Quick access
- Multiple lock options to choose from
- Respectable steel gauge
- Difficult to mount in the front of the vehicle, or under seats
6. Fort Knox PB4 Auto Pistol Safe FTK-Auto
The Original PB1 Fort Knox safe is the stable of the pistol safe industry! It is an incredibly easy to use, straight forward pistol safe with tons of steel. However did you know they have an automotive version?
This one has a front facing door, making it perfect for securing underneath of the seat in your car! It still has 10 gauge steel, simplex locking mechanism, and padding inside of the safe.
It’s everything you need, and nothing that you don’t need.
Keep in mind, this isn’t the quickest access safe on the market today, and would be perfect for someone that is just wanting to transport a firearm, and not necessarily have access to it while they are driving.
If you want to learn more about this safe, I have a complete article about it here.
- External Dimensions: 9″ Wide by 4″ High by 12″ Deep
- Weight: 20 pounds
- Lock options: Simplex Lock
- Heavy duty steel
- Simplex locking mechanism
- Made by reputable company
- Not quick access
- Some cars may not have a place to put the safe
7. SnapSafe Large Lock Box with Key Lock
Most of the options on this list have been kinda spendy for many people! That is why I wanted to make sure to add a good budget option on here as well. If you just need something to get you by until you get something a bit more permanent, the Snapsafe lock box is a great option.
It has an incredibly simple build, which is essentially a thin steel construction (16 gauge) with either a key or a combination lock (for an upgraded cost).
In the end, it isn’t anything incredibly simple, but should get you by no problem! Keep in mind though, I wouldn’t leave this one unattended for any real period of time, as anyone somewhat determined will be able to gain access.
- External Dimensions: 6 1/2″ Wide by 1 3/4″ High by 9 1/2″ Deep
- Weight: 4 pounds
- Lock options: Key, or Combination lock
- Value oriented
- Very portable
- Can be tethered to something heavier
- Very thin steel
- No high security lock options
If you are looking for less of a secure solution, and more of an organizing solution for your truck, DECKED makes some really cool options.
Essentially their system fits in the bottom of your truck bed, and gives you extremely large drawers that you can slide out of the bed, giving you quick and easy access to whatever is stored on the inside.
If your truck has a locking rear tailgate, it would give that extra protection, as the tailgate has to be dropped to gain access, meaning your items are stored, locked away from not only the elements, but also from prying eyes.
It’s not the most secure thing, I admit, but an awesome solution for many people looking for a way to store their firearms while heading out to go hunting in their truck!
Please Note: Make sure to check your local laws regarding firearms not having true locks on them.
- External Dimensions: Varies by vehicle
- Weight: Varies by vehicle
- Lock options: None
- Huge amount of storage
- Useful for many different items
- Not extremely secure
Vehicle Safe Buying Guide
Buying a vehicle safe is a little different than buying any other standard gun safe, because you have to think about a couple other different things!
Unlike most other gun safes, you have to think closely about fitment of a safe into your vehicle. If you aren’t getting a vehicle specific safe like a Console Vault or Lock’er Down, make sure to measure out the space you plan on putting the safe to make sure it will fit correctly.
If you plan on taking the safe you are buying from the car to your house, you need to make sure that the safe is easily transported from place to place. The heavier, and larger a safe is, the more difficult that will be.
Keep an eye on what lock the safe you are buying has. You need to think about what you want out of the safe, and to make sure you have a lock that fits that. Mechanical locks are reliable, but tend to be slower to open. Biometric are quick to access, but are less reliable.
With vehicle safes, steel gauge becomes a little less important, and hiding is more important. However you still want to make sure you know what steel gauge the safe you are buying has. The thicker the steel, the heavier, but more secure. The thinner the steel, the lighter it is, but less secure it is.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many different places you can put a gun safe in the car! First, you need to make sure you have it in a safe, but after that you can put it under seats, in trunks, or even inside of your center console.
There are actually quite a few solutions to keep a long gun in your car. For smaller cars, the only real way to do this is with a safe in the trunk of your car. However once you get into larger SUVs and trunks, you can begin to keep them in safes either under seats, in the bed of a truck, or in the storage area of a crossover.
If you are looking for a quick access safe, something like a biometric lock is going to be best for you! If you are just looking to transport your firearm, I definitely recommend a Simplex lock for its reliability.
I hope this list has helped you find a good vehicle safe for your purpose! With plenty of different styles, and options there should be something for you.
Regardless, if you are taking your firearm from place to place, then you really should have some form of safe, even if it isn’t one on this list.