Ever since the first guy tossed a gun rack on the back of his truck, truck guns have been a thing. In reality the notion of having a weapon that is suited to your conveyance, be it horse and saddle, covered wagon, canoe or automobile, goes back quite a while in American history. Having a reliable weapon that can be accessed by the operator at a moment’s notice is as valuable in this day in age as it was ages ago. Most of us who carry concealed know that your carry weapon is great when it comes to immediate action as you travel in and out of your daily routine on foot. But taking the next step in protection and self-defense means having a weapon in your vehicle that is more capable of fighting against a determined assailent. Here are our top 3 picks for truck guns, to be used for self-defense.
Sig Sauer MCX Rattler
A larger version of Sig Sauer’s pistol-caliber MPX model, the MCX Rattler is an excellent choice for a truck gun. Similar to the MPX, the Rattler utilizes a short-stroke gas piston system, which eliminates the need for a buffer. The rattler is capable of being deployed with or without a folding stock. It is also incredibly modular, which is something Sig is getting pretty great at perfecting (it’s why they won the military contract for the new service pistols). The Rattler can be changed to accommodate both 5.56 and 300 Blackout. The Rattler’s control functions all emulate the popular AR15, and it’s short-length barrel is paired with an adjustable gas block to better accept a suppressor unit. Short, stealthy, and easily deployed from the confines of a vehicle, the Rattler is a solid truck gun.
Springfield Saint Pistol
As far as most AR pistols go, they are excellent truck guns. Within the rapidly expanding realm of AR pistols, the Springfield Armory Saint stands out from the competition. This is mostly due to the fact that a great deal of manufacturers created AR pistols by simply chopping down their AR rifles and slapping a forearm brace in place of the buttstock. The folks over at Springfield went a few steps further. Utilizing a custom SB Tactical SBX-K forearm brace on the Saint does an excellent job of curving recoil (a major concern with all AR pistol variants), the 7.5-inch stainless steel barrel comes in a 1:7 twist and can take more abuse than the regular mil-spec barrels. If you are set on choosing an AR pistol as your designated truck gun, this is the one to buy.
KPOS G2 GPDW Conversion Kit
Turning your Glock into a carbine has never been easier. This is particularly great when it comes to building a good truck gun. Instead of buying another gun altogether, you can invest in a conversion kit and STILL avoid the need to pay a tax stamp needed for a short-barreled rifle (SBR). If you just take your Glock and place it into the KPOS G2 GPDW Conversion Kit, you will have an SBR that you must legally comply with, but to avoid the NFA hassle, all you have to do is add a 16-inch barrel like the ones IGB sells, and you are golden. If you’re looking to have a platform that lets you use your Glock carry piece as an effective truck gun, this is the way to go.