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    My Ongoing Search for a Better Vehicle Holster

    For the last couple of years I've been using a Gum Creek holster that mounts under the steering wheel of my GMC Sierra. It's not bad, but I've never been entirely happy with the way it fits. It's a little sloppy, really no way to cinch it up tight, and sometimes I move the seat back a little further than I normally would so I don't bump my knee on my piece. Loose fitting is my main issue with it, although for accessibility it's hard to beat. More than once at the car wash the guys have left it on the seat (gun removed, of course) because they knocked it loose and couldn't figure out how to put it back.



    Today, I started looking for something different again, because I'm getting ready to put a reflex sight on my Glock, the piece that I usually carry in the vehicle holster. So I'm going to have to find a different holster anyway. I'm hoping I found a better solution. Magnetic force holsters out of Dallas, TX, https://mag-holster.com/ , offers a magnetic mounting system, looks pretty nice. They also offer magnetic holsters. But for today, I ordered one of these magnetic mounts, and am looking forward to installing it and hoping it gives a cleaner set up than what I currently have. No holster (although they do make them), just a magnetic bar that holds the un-holstered gun tight to the kick panel. Not sure that I like the idea of an un-holstered gun, will have to see how it works. But if it is secure, nobody will see it but me.

    It uses a 5/8-inch neodymium rare earth magnet. I spoke to the owner today and he told me its rated for either 25 or 30 lbs (forgot sorry), so should hold the gun solid even on bumpy roads or RR crossings.

    I ordered the mag-bar kit this afternoon. Will post some more pics once I have mine installed, but here's a pic from the website:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark 1911 View Post
    For the last couple of years I've been using a Gum Creek holster that mounts under the steering wheel of my GMC Sierra. It's not bad, but I've never been entirely happy with the way it fits. It's a little sloppy, really no way to cinch it up tight, and sometimes I move the seat back a little further than I normally would so I don't bump my knee on my piece. Loose fitting is my main issue with it, although for accessibility it's hard to beat. More than once at the car wash the guys have left it on the seat (gun removed, of course) because they knocked it loose and couldn't figure out how to put it back.

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    Today, I started looking for something different again, because I'm getting ready to put a reflex sight on my Glock, the piece that I usually carry in the vehicle holster. So I'm going to have to find a different holster anyway. I'm hoping I found a better solution. Magnetic force holsters out of Dallas, TX, https://mag-holster.com/ , offers a magnetic mounting system, looks pretty nice. They also offer magnetic holsters. But for today, I ordered one of these magnetic mounts, and am looking forward to installing it and hoping it gives a cleaner set up than what I currently have. No holster (although they do make them), just a magnetic bar that holds the un-holstered gun tight to the kick panel. Not sure that I like the idea of an un-holstered gun, will have to see how it works. But if it is secure, nobody will see it but me.

    It uses a 5/8-inch neodymium rare earth magnet. I spoke to the owner today and he told me its rated for either 25 or 30 lbs (forgot sorry), so should hold the gun solid even on bumpy roads or RR crossings.

    I ordered the mag-bar kit this afternoon. Will post some more pics once I have mine installed, but here's a pic from the website:

    I've always been bothered by magnetic mounts. They're presumptive there's enough steel left to hold onto. With the plethora of the Fantastic Plastic handguns, there's increasingly less ferro-magnetic materials for it to hold onto, and the inverse square law comes into play the deeper into the pistol the steel is (remember: lightweight Aluminum and Titanium alloys are not ferromagnetic). Inverse square law? Twice as far away has 1/4th the attractive force. Three times as far has 1/9th the force. The aspect of them that worries me most is the bump-and-run car-jackings which have become popular in Chicago, deliberately rear-ending you to get you to stop to inspect possible damage. In such an event, the bump can dislodge the pistol from the magnet at a time you could need it most.

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    So, with that magnet....the trigger isn't covered?

    Are you 100% it'll stay in place in the event of a violent crash/rollover?

    Have you considered that the more a gun is "played with" the higher the chances of a negligent discharge? IE - going out of carry holster, into car "holster", then out of car "holster, and then back into carry holster? That's a whole lot of manipulations that need not be done. And each handling of said pistol is another chance for things to go sideways.
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    Is your normal carry holster uncomfortable or inconvenient while riding in the car?
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    Never been a fan of off-body carry. All the reasons mentioned above.

    That said, if it is off-body, make it secure. Bolt the holster down, and use some sort of retention. A loaded G23 @ 31 oz. will hit you with 300+ ft-lb of force during a 70 MPH crash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwframe View Post
    Is your normal carry holster uncomfortable or inconvenient while riding in the car?
    Seatbelts and coats tend to get in the way, especially in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by actaeon277 View Post
    Seatbelts and coats tend to get in the way, especially in the winter.

    Yes, agree. Ive found that under the steering wheel is a good spot for staying clear of those things. Seat belts are an all year issue. I keep the under the steering wheel pistol all year, even when carrying my EDC on a belt holster, just for that reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark 1911 View Post
    ... Magnetic force holsters out of Dallas, TX, https://mag-holster.com/ , offers a magnetic mounting system, looks pretty nice. They also offer magnetic holsters...


    It uses a 5/8-inch neodymium rare earth magnet.
    With all the electronics in a car I would be a little concerned about how a strong enough magnet might interact/interfere with all the whiz bang electronic stuff in my car (in addition to your phone, credit cards, key chip...). Just one more thing to think about when choosing where you mount it. I am not expert so proceed as you deem fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by actaeon277 View Post
    Seatbelts and coats tend to get in the way, especially in the winter.
    Yet, a lot of folks deal with that as a routine.
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