Nov 16 2012

Concealed carry in the car – Ruger LCP in my Chevy Impala

Concealed Carry Chevy Impala

2008 Chevy Impala Center Console


When thinking about concealed carry in the car it is important that my weapon is easily accessible to me. That being said, it is also important that the gun be secure and concealed. Finding a compromise between these two requirements can be difficult, and depending on the particular vehicle you are driving, seemingly impossible.

When I’m out and about, I normally carry either inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB), or in the front pocket. These 3 carry methods give me the quickest access to my weapon should I need it. However, for concealed carry in the car it is a different story. Aside from being pretty uncomfortable, having my gun stashed in my waistline or in my pocket really cuts down on the accessibility factor. In those spots, I just can’t get to my weapon quickly while driving. As a result, I had to find a spot in my car that was easily accessible, but yet somewhat secure and concealed.

Obviously, the vehicle you drive is the biggest factor in how you can set up a place to holster your gun while driving. The consoles and the interior of the vehicle will be unique to your particular vehicle. I drive a 2008 Chevy Impala, which is a fairly popular vehicle, so hopefully this article will be useful to some of you fellow Impala drivers out there.

I carry several different guns, and have several different methods of carry in the car, but this my primary set up. In the Chevy Impala center console in front of the cup holders, there is a space that is just the right size for a Ruger LCP, Keltec P3AT, or similar size gun. The pocket holster provides just enough padding to keep the gun secure enough in the space that it won’t move, but yet easily removable if needed.

To keep the gun concealed, I just rigged a piece of black fabric to hang over the gun like a curtain. I just popped out those two rubber pads, poked 2 small holes in the fabric to match the holes in the console, and then pushed the ends of the rubber pads through the fabric like buttons. Then simply pop the rubber pads back in their original places.Concealed Carry in the carConcealed Carry in the car

Concealed Carry in the carI know there are expensive vehicle holster rigs out there that work well, but I just thought I’d show how I set up a vehicle rig for practically nothing. This set up has worked well for me for several years now and I just thought I’d share. It’s a cheap and easy way to have your gun accessible, but still concealed. I know vehicles are all different, but maybe this will give you some creative ideas for concealed carry in the car. I hope you find it useful.

Have a good one,


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