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    Posted: 01 September 2015 at 12:23
what do you use as your truck handgun?
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BEAR;

The very large percentage of the time it's my normal carry
gun, the H&K USP compact in .40 S&W. It's on my hip when
I'm driving the truck. For pure hunting situations that
may change, but not usually.

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I'm a rifle guy. use to shoot comp pistol in the '60s but shifted to trap/skeet/rifle. still have maybe 15 pistols...mostly high power hunting types. deadly, accurate, and large with scopes.

upcoming trip thinking of taking truck handgun. 50 years with a CCW weapon/license.

Got a few Colt 1903 pocket pistols (32), 357, 38 snub nose, 357, 9mm, 375,44 mag.

something must fit...or maybe I eed to visit the LGS???

a PPK?
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45 mid size.
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My carry is small 45 and mid size 45, truck gun is full size 45, with light attached and 870 overhead.
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We've brought guns that could use "snake shot" out the last few years.
I've even made my own for 45 LC and 44mag with a cut down .410 wad
filled with #11 shot with a drop of hot glue on top. About 8gr Unique.
Two rounds of that and four of the defense loads.. CCI makes shot
cartridges in 9mm, 38 spl, 45 acp, 44 mag, and maybe others? Not the
best for shooting through windshields or windows but at 0-3' the shot
would work for defense against other larger critters. Be careful with
Illinois. No carry reciprocity there but ironically the place where you'd
most likely need a truck gun and not necessarily for snakes...

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BEAR;

Lots of reasons to take a look at the H&K USPc's. It's
one of the very few that offers several different
operating systems, seven variants I think. You can carry
it in condition one, cocked & locked if you care to, with
an active de-cocker. The single action .45's don't give
you that option. I like the .40 S&W myself. The 180
grain bullets at an approximate 1000 fps were determined
by the FBI to be remarkably effective. With a 12-round
mag & one up the pipe, you've got 13 rounds at hand to
extract yourself from a sticky situation.

Mine's in a Milt Sparks Exec's Companion IWB holster &
it's so comfortable that I'm on the second holster & no
need to look for another. The first one wore out after
only 17 years in daily use.

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I've worn out two leather IWB holsters with my snub nosed 38s; 20+years on the first one. driving seems to put the most strain and there appears a hole.

Present snubbie holster is nylon; it is thicker than leather, and I sweat it up.

For fire power my 9mm S&W with two clips and a plastic zip-lok bag with 50 rounds seems to work these last 45 years.

My fun to shoot gun is the K-22; and it looks very impressive also.
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I usually keep a rifle and handgun in the truck. For the handgun it is hard to beat a nice 357 or 44 revolver. they can stay loaded and ready for long periods of time without any issues and have more power than most autos.

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BEAR;

So this isn't actually a truck gun, it's a travelin' gun,
right? In which case knowing all the laws of the states
you travel through is a must. That's more important than
any other consideration I think.

I'd also think your 9 will do fine for the purpose,
although you may have to make some provisions for
holstering or storage depending on dress and route.

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Kind of depends on how you define truck handgun. I define it as, when you're out and about, you run into situation, that you don't feel comfortable in and you need to fortify in location that is handy, your vehicle.

This may be as simple as, removing yourself, when you feel your carry isn't enough.
Someone decides they want what's yours, carjacking, robbery, kidnapping, ect.
Road rage or wrong neighborhood, someone decides, they're coming after you and may running battle, with multiple attackers.
You just want handy pistol, to take into rooms, while you're traveling, just in case.
You think the Zombies are coming.

I view my vehicle as extension of my house. I want to be prepared for whatever comes.

IE: I often when I'm out and about, just carry .380 or 38sp, because, it's not really that high of threat area, trip to store for milk say. If something happens, if I make it back to truck, I want something handy and with enough firepower, to give me time, so I can get to shotgun or rifle, if needed.


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mostly my normal carry gun....SR40c or Glock M-22. If in
hunting times it can be a Ruger 3-screw .357M...4 5/8 bbl.
cartridge belt/holster rig. When on my western trips I
could be mistaken for a traveling gun salesman with lots of
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Robert, I do something similar. I don't carry daily; but try to carry appropriate to the instant situation.

Night-time always raises the risk in my opinion. bad neighborhoods ups the risk for me also. High population makes my risk more from 2 legged varmints; whereas western range seems like risk might be 4 legged critters.

CB you are correct, it is a travel gun, vehicle travel. Air travel is really a non-issue.



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I have to agree that's it's really a travel gun.  Depending on the ultimate destination and particular mode of dress, for most social work, I have a Starvel finished 9mm Firestar that rides in an IWB nylon pocket, sometimes a shoulder rig, or with the right belt, a Ted Blocker 24A.  If I'll be in the field at all, my preference is the 45LC Blackhawk in a Mernickle PS6-SA with snake shot in the first two chambers. 788
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As my carry is the .50AE DE is usually snuggled between the seat and center console of the truck. My .357 shorty is at my left hip on the door and my 92F is under the seat. AR-10 and shorty 870 are strapped to the seat backs. Short of the Zombie apocalypse, I'm ready to go!
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Originally posted by jsgbearpaws1 jsgbearpaws1 wrote:

As my carry is the .50AE DE is usually snuggled between the seat and center console of the truck. My .357 shorty is at my left hip on the door and my 92F is under the seat. AR-10 and shorty 870 are strapped to the seat backs. Short of the Zombie apocalypse,†I'm ready to go!


You need to be ready for zombies too.

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870 overhead loaded with 00 and slugs.
742 .308 carbine overhead, extra 10 rd mags
45 & 38 pistols carried or on seat, extra speed loaders and mags.

AR in case, behind seat, with extra 7 mags.
92F in case, behind seat, with extra 7 mags.
backpack with 25 loaded mags and 25 each buck & slugs.
2nd pack with 500rds on strippers and extra 100rds .308
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Bud's Gun shop usually has used police trade in Smith&Wesson model 10's. They are usually a little rough on the outside, but were shot very little. That should make a great truck gun.

And the last time I checked they were priced around $279.00.

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Barney Fife carried a 10. Shot It about five times in eight seasons of the
Andy Griffith Show. He only had a one round load out and no plate
carrier or body armor. Times have changed.

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I've restored several "truck pistols" and
I will tell you I'm not a fan of the
concept. Elements take a toll on both
ammo and mechanisms. Humidity alone can
wreak havoc without regular maintenance.
Stainless steel is a minimal spec, and no
such weapon should be kept under a seat.
Rotate ammo and change springs regularly.
Use ammo that is well sealed and has good
temperature range characteristics. Better
yet, just rely on a regular carry piece.
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Back when you could get CZ52s for a little over 100
bucks a few of them found their way into my house. I
have used all but one as trade bait and that one will
often be the truck gun. I also will normally be carrying
a Delta Elite so I really don't feel too undergunned. If
I am leaving the city limits I will throw my FR8 (308)
into the back seat.

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