Tips to Choosing the Best Truck Gun Rack

This article will give you some tips that'll help you select the right vehicle gun rack. Choosing a suitable truck gun rack can be a daunting task because there's a lot to choose from. That's why we are here to help!

We'll start by giving you reasons why you need an automotive gun rack. Then we'll discuss some important factors to consider when choosing a firearm rack for your truck. Finally, we'll explore some common types of truck gun racks available.

Without further ado, let's jump right into telling you why you need a gun rack.

Why you need a gun rack for Your vehicle

Where do you keep your firearm when you have to leave your car? Well, most times you'll take it out with you. Why? For starters, You need a gun to protect yourself – your truck can't use a gun. Also, you protect your firearm from being stolen. Over 1,500 guns are stolen daily in America. This amounts to over 500,000 firearm thefts yearly in America alone.

But, in some situations, you might be forced to leave your gun in your vehicle. You might want to:

  • Go into a courtroom
  • Step into a post office
  • Go into a school environment
  • Any gun-free zone

Additionally, some states require your firearm to be secured as you transit through them. Leaving a firearm in a car seat, holstering a car or in the trunk of a truck, even if you have a Dodge RAM or Ford Ranger tonneau cover for example, is illegal under Section 926A of the Firearm Owners Protect Act.

In these cases, and other scenarios not listed, leaving your firearm in your vehicle will be inevitable. What secures your gun in your vehicle in such times? Well, a gun rack will do the trick.

Now you know you'll be upholding the law and protecting yourself from firearm theft when your gun is properly secured. Let's look at some things you should consider when choosing a gun rack.

Selecting the best Gun Rack for Your Truck

Getting a gun rack for trucks (or any other vehicle) might not be as easy as you might think. There are several options and features to consider.

Here are four important questions you should try answering when you go shopping for a firearm rack.

Is it easily accessible?

Accessibility is an important factor to consider when choosing a firearm rack. How long will it take you to unlock and deploy your firearm in times of emergency?

The best racks are those that allow you to access your weapon easily when you need it. If the process is difficult, using the rack will be an uncomfortable experience.

How Strong is it?

The material your rack is made of matters a lot. Ideally, you want something strong with good resistance to high temperatures. What you'll need is a product made from strong materials that won't damage your weapon as time goes by.

Thanks to the internet, you don't need to be an expert to know the quality of a product. You can go through product reviews and watch stress tests from competent gun-safety professionals.

Is it a Flexible Fit?

You might be using a particular type of gun at the moment. But, what if you decide to get another gun in few months or a year? In that situation, will your firearm rack still fit?

That's why you need to keep an eye out for flexible products. There's no guarantee you will use the same weapon in a few years or months. Therefore, a durable product that allows you to use it for a variety of weapon models is a great option.

Additionally, you want a gun rack with mounting options that suit the type of your vehicle.

The Chicago tribune has a few ideas of its own when it comes to choosing a good gun rack. You need to know:

“The number of guns it will hold, single or multiple. The material it should be made off, wood or metal. What you can afford to pay for your gun rack.”

Kyle Schurman, Chicago Tribune

What Security Measures does it have?

Well, when it comes to firearm racks, it doesn't end at being strong. You need to consider the security options the manufacturer is offering.

You need a security system that ensures the safety of your firearm. Ideally, you'd also want a gun rack that can dampen out vibrations when you drive. This will make sure your weapon is held firmly, protecting the gun from getting scratched during movement.

There are other factors to consider, an equally important factor is the cost of the truck gun rack. Another factor that might influence your choice is personal preference.

Whatever the case may be, try to make sure your answer these four questions while you shop for your gun rack.

Lastly, let's look at some types of weapon security for your truck.

Configurations of Gun Racks for Trucks

When it comes to where firearm racks are installed in a vehicle, several options come to mind. Some go for truck seat gun holders. While others might prefer a truck toolbox gun rack.

Here's a list of some common types of gun racks for your truck.

Floor mounted Racks

These types of racks are fastened to the floor of your truck. Floor mounts are usually placed in the middle of your front seats. This configuration allows the driver/passenger to quickly take the weapon when needed. The Rugged Gear 10083 is ideal floor mounted rack for your truck or jeep.

Rear Window mounted gun racks

Window gun racks are commonly used by taxis so passengers can safely secure their weapons. It is also used by some persons for trucks. Asides from holding guns, they can be used to secure fishing rods. Installing the truck window gun rack is an easy process. The mount is clipped into your window. The moulded truck gun rack by Allen Company is our pick for the rear window of almost any truck.

Overhead mounted gun racks

With this mount configuration, you'll be required to screw your firearm rack to the roof of your truck. Installing this type of mount may require some measurements.

You need to check the size of your gun and the dimensions of the overhead rack – taking note of where the mounting holes should be located. These should be done before installing the rack, to make sure your gun(s) fit. There are quite a few choices for UTVs but the best for Trucks is the Center Lok overhead rack by Great Day.

Backseat gun mount

The truck seat gun rack configuration is also commonly used. If you'll prefer to have your gun at the rear of your truck, the back seat mount is just what you need. Some options allow you to strap your firearm to the front seat of your vehicle. EZshoot has an amazing backseat gun rack that can hold two rifles or shotguns at once.

Our Recommendation About Vehicle Gun Racks

If you are conscious of theft, we recommend you get a gun holder that is attached to the body of your vehicle. Examples of such types are the floor mount and overhead mount.

Why? To protect your firearm from theft. Your gun can be easily stolen if it's attached to your window. Also, your car seat can be detached to remove the gun mount.

But, if attached directly to the body of the truck, it's more difficult to detach. Hence, it's ideal to have your mount attached to your truck in an easily accessible position.


More than 500,000 guns are stolen in the US yearly. Weapons not properly secured may discharge accidentally or can be misused by a child or passenger. Several deaths occur yearly in the U.S. because of accidental discharge.

Therefore, we end this article by encouraging you to get a secure rack for your firearm. This will protect your weapon from theft and eliminate possibilities of accidental discharge of your weapon.