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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  1. Gary Slider

    I have been carrying a firearm for almost 40 years. I am 5’10” tall and weigh 220. Not to big but big enough. I have driven just about everything and now drive a 2012 Impala or a 2005 Astro Van. I carry my primary on my right hip behind my hip bone Inside Waistband. Any vehicle I have driven all these years has given me a problem with keeping it right there. I carry a Commander size 1911, Glock 30 or sometimes a S&W 3914.

    When I get in I put the seat belt on making sure my cover garment is outside the seat belt. I make sure the seat belt is below on on my belt line on my right hip. I can lean just a little forward and twist just slightly and it is no problem to draw quickly. I can reach my spare mags on my left hip.

    I will say I have never driven one of those vehicles with the really big rap around seats. My Astro Van does have fold down arm rests and even with them down I have no problem drawing.

    There are problems carrying off body in a vehicle. In an accident the firearm can get tossed around inside the vehicle. Finding it could be a problem. Being buckled in should keep the firearm in my holster. Also in some states carrying a firearm in a vehicle the firearm must be in direct control of the person who has the permit/license to carry. I have heard from an attorney in Colorado who defended more than one person who transported the firearm in the glove box. Perfectly legal in most instances but when a person under 18 is riding in the front seat they have access to the firearm that is a violation of the law. Other states have similar wording in their law.

    Not saying you might have a vehicle with seats that may require off body carry but do take the time to gun up the way you always carry and try your vehicle out. Position the seat belt properly and try drawing from that buckled in seat position. Just like the first time you strapped on a firearm it felt out of place and not natural. It didn’t take long to get use to carrying and just became natural. I believe you can do the same in most vehicles.

    I will say that pants pocket carry is almost impossible to draw from when seated. You might also consider an ankle holster. Transfer it to your hip holster after you unbuckle and but before you get out of the vehicle. This keeps the firearm under your direct control at all times.

    Stay Safe,
    Gary Slider
    Co-Owner http://www.Handgunlaw.us
    Member Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network.

    1. Tom

      Thanks for sharing your experiences, Gary. That is a very good point about state laws requiring the firearm to be in direct control of the permit holder. Definitely something to consider.

      I mainly use this method while actually driving, and then when I get out of the car the gun goes into my front pocket or IWB holster. In my Chevy pickup, keeping my firearm IWB is pretty comfortable because of how the seat is designed, but in the sedan the gun just constantly digs into my back. I’m about the same size as you describe yourself. I realize that if the car rolled then the gun would definitely come out of its spot, so there’s definitely a trade off there.

      Thanks for your thoughts on the topic.

  2. Gary Slider

    Misspellings. rap should be wrap. Spell check didn’t catch that.

  3. Dan

    I also like to take my gun out of the holster when I’m driving. Feels like I’m sitting on a brick otherwise. I have a little cubby in the driver door that fits my S&W Sigma nice and snug.

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