Safety and Training

Video: Drawing Your Pistol in a Car

Man drawing a firearm while seatbelted in a car

There are those that do and those that do not, but guessing from the majority or comments The Shooter’s Log receives, I’d say most of us believe carrying a firearm means concealed. However, there are multiple ways to carry, both on your person and off body. In my vehicle, I have a holster between the seat and the console. I have also used a magnet or holster under the steering column. All of these methods carry advantages and disadvantages, but the reason I employed these solutions was a belief that I could not effectively draw my handgun from a waistband holster while seat belted. Keeping a firearm in a holster connected to the seat offers the quickest draw time. However, once I am ready to get of the vehicle, the problem of safely and discreetly getting the weapon into a holster on my hip becomes problematic. I could carry one firearm in each location, but leaving a firearm, that exposed, in a vehicle does sit well either. Locking the vehicle firearm in a lockbox each time does not solve the problem of discretion.

There is, however, hope. I recently came across this video courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the SIG Sauer Academy. After watching the video a few times, and a few hours of dry fire practice, I came to realize I could easily draw from an IWB or OWB holster with my seatbelt.

After watching the video, do you feel more confident drawing while wearing a seatbelt? Do you carry a firearm in a seat holster or under the steering column? Share your answers on opinions in the comment section.

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Comments (21)

  1. I agree with a couple of the above comments. Quit assuming everyone is right handed and carrying on the right side. If you are going to give your professional opinion, please do it in a professional manner by covering all the carry scenarios. Otherwise, they did a good video for the right handed carriers.

  2. I usually have on t-shirts.While driving I uncover my weapon by placing my shirt between me and the gun. In Texas now that we have open carry I don’t care if they can see it from their vehicle,most likely not since I drive a pickup most of the time. Upon exiting the vehicle I slip my shirt over the weapon after I undo the seat belt. ALSO, I do not put my seat belt on in a parking lot until in motion!!!

  3. Hi Lost One. I hear you on the appendix carry issue in the vehicle. I also, generally carry in an appendix carry position with a Kimber 1911 .45 ACP in a Cross Breed holster.. I have had to adjust the “Kant Positions” just to be able to carry the weapon in that position walking normally. I am on the slim slide so not much padding to hide it. One of my solutions has been to carry 2 weapons, which has advantages and disadvantages. I feel that there are a lot more advantages to carrying 2 weapons than disadvantages (had 3 police officers in my family) which I won’t go into because that is not the real focus here. I have 2 other holsters that I use depending on what the temperature is outside, what I am wearing, etc. etc.. A shoulder holster (right cross draw with an open bottom to it) or an ankle holster I wear on my left ankle ( I carry a Springfield Armory P9 Mod. 2 Sub Compact, 16 round mag. with spare mag.). So the man in the video described lifting your left pant leg (with your left hand) , grabbing onto the steering wheel with your left hand, and then using that as a support while you remove your gun from your holster with your right hand ( I have practiced this before). With the shoulder holster version, here is what I do: I undo a couple of buttons on my shirt, and leave a nice sliding hole in my shirt, in case I need to slide my hand over to my holster. I have 2 options if my assailant is on my left. Only one option , if the he /she /zombie is on my right. On the left, I might be able to draw my pistol completely out of the holster, or if not, I might be able to lean my body to the right and fire through the bottom of my holster to the left as a last resort. Turning my head away from the window and flying glass. If my assailant is on my right, I have to get one of my guns out of the holster, no choice.

  4. shame appendix carry wasn’t addressed. it puts the gun right under the seat belt attachment and a good way to deal with it would have been appreciated

    1. I appendix carry in public. In my vehicle, I carry in a holster wedged between the seat and console. When exiting the vehicle, I look around me, then transfer from the holster to my appendix carry holster and put the extra magazine in my pocket. This has served me well for a number of years.

    2. What I’ve seen people who carry AIWB do is (if your comfortable enough sitting with the gun in that position) is tuck their shirt and the seat belt behind the gun (and mag if you’re carrying a spare) and essentially open carry in the vehicle. Then when you go to get out of the car, you just pull your shirt over the gun/mag after you undo your seatbelt and you’re good to go.

    1. On the left is a little bit easier to draw, I’m a left handed as well, I’ve practiced it and it is much easier.

  5. The best solution I have found to a seat belted draw is to use the right holster for the right problem! My solution was to implement the use of a holster known as “The Carjacker” made by (IMO) the best individual holster manufacturer, Sam Andrews, owner of Andrews Custom Leather. I personally only use his holsters (for the 35 years) for all my carry applications, with the exception of my L.E.O. duty rigs. The “Carjacker” offers the best solution, for comfort and accessability of weapon of any holster I have found….Great stakeout holster too. Check it out on his website: Andrews Custom Leather.

  6. As others have stated here while I carry I also have a dedicated vehicle weapon that is close at hand in the center console and easily reachable if the situation arises. As my pickup console is huge my choice for that gun is my Hi-Point JHP 45 ACP. Not expensive, always works and if my vehicle were to be stolen it is not a huge loss. Plus if I run out of ammo I can use it as a hand club!

  7. I’ve practiced this technique in several vehicles. In some makes/models, the inertia reel seat belts will lock up from a quick lean forward, preventing access to a holster on the right hip. I’m trying out a magnetic bar as an alternate and it’s a fairly easy motion to re-holster discretely on vehicle exit.

  8. Driving is a situation where I believe left-handed people such as myself, have an advantage over right-handed people. I don’t have to worry about my seatbelt getting in the way. I carry my Glock in a Don Hume OWB on my strong side. Normally keeping it covered with my untucked shirt, I keep it uncovered while driving.
    Three years ago, someone tried to car-jack me from my open passenger window at a stop light. As soon as I quickly drew my sidearm, the thug ran off into the darkness, probably wetting himself in the process.
    Ever since then, I keep doors locked and windows up when driving in town.

  9. However, once I am ready to get of the vehicle, ‘
    should be
    However, once I am ready to get out of the vehicle,

  10. Because drawing from a strong hip holster is impractical while seated in an automobile, I have always made provisions for a dedicated “car gun” to be always present and available should the need for it arise. For as long as I can remember, my car guns have always been situated on the transmission hump or on the console of the front seat so they are always within easy reach as I am seated in the driver’s seat. I also have them situated in a covering of some sort, so as to deny a casual viewer, passing by my cars, the knowledge that a handgun is there. These shrouds have taken a number of forms, from simple envelopes of leather or vinyl (inverted litter bags) to some rather sophisticated holsters.

    My present means of concealed mount on the consoles is the Gum Creek holster. I installed one in each of my cars by screwing them to the console. The magnetically closed flap covers a well padded internal holster that keeps the handgun firmly in place, but affords a quick draw as needed. Each of mine hold a S&W Governor or Taurus Judge loaded with 00 buckshot .410 shotshells, with a large folding S&W BorderGuard II knife in an external pocket that is out of the line of sight.

    To the casual observer, these installations likely appear as litter bags or containers for registration and insurance papers, and all I need to do in an emergency is lift the magnetic flap to quickly grasp and draw the handgun.

  11. Does anyone recommend an ankle holster that won’t chafe your leg. I carry a S&W model 36 and an ankle holster would be ideal for me. The problem is every one I have used chafes my leg.

    1. Steve, you may wish to look at the BugBite holster. It is an elastic stretch neoprene rig that has a zipper at the lower end and a hook and pile fastened strap at the top. It comes in sizes to accommodate varying circumferences of calves, and it is quite comfortable to wear. It provides a holster for a small to medium sized pistol and a carrier for an extra magazine or knife.

      I have one that I wore for a while, but I have set it aside because I exclusively wear western (cowboy) boots due to my inability to bend enough to tie shoes, and the combination of the holster and the shaft of the boots resulted in a bit too much girth, making my pants leg somewhat restrictive. Beyond that, however, it looks like a pretty decent rig for about $34.95.

  12. I don’t use a holster in my car. I just put my gun in between the seat and console. It makes for quick access to my firearm.

  13. Ok. First of all I am not even going to address any kind of transportation of a firearm from my old state (Calif.) because their laws are in another solar system. In Las Vegas, Nevada, I know that Metro Police, North Las Vegas Police, and Nevada Highway Patrol would prefer if you are a CCW that you carry your weapon on your person. They don’t want the weapon loose. If you aren’t a CCW then I would say that it would be better to toss your weapon into the trunk of the car. I would guess that having a weapon even in a holster alongside your seat or under the steering wheel would not be a good idea. I found in life that sometimes it’s just better to not take the chance……or you could go to your local police station and ask them what they would prefer you do and also if there would be any penalty besides getting shot if you did have a loose weapon. I had 3 LEOs in my family in California. Always try to remember to be respectful to the officer (could save you some heart ache and pain). Both hands on the steering wheel, at night (interior light light on), shut the engine off, listen to the commands of the officer so you don’t get shot, and inform the officer if you need to remove your hands off the steering wheel to comply with his or her wishes. When I get into my car I have my driver’s license, CCW, registration, and proof of insurance in the center console in plain site in case I should get stopped so I don’t have to go digging into my pockets and the glove box because a lot of times the police know before they even approach you that you are a CCW and probably carrying. Not always, depends on the state and their procedures. So, in conclusion, I personally would always have that weapon or weapons on me.

  14. Wilderness Products safepacker is the ticket, and they stand behind their products. I’ve sent mine back once to have the Velcro replaced for a nominal fee. Great product built to last, and functional.

  15. 40 years ago, I live in a bad town in Illinois. I always put my 45ACP between my legs when driving at night. I only had to show it twice in 20 years. Once when 2 cars followed me home late at night. I never asked, but I don’t think it was allowed back then, but I lived close to a bad neighborhood. Once I got home, my backup was my 30 carbine & a 30 round magazine

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