In the last post, we looked at how to make the handgun holster. Now it's time to mount it in the Jeep.
Originally, I looked at mounting it where the side mesh pocket is on the door. While it'd be nice for it to be super hidden when the door is closed, there were a few major drawbacks:
- really obvious when the door is open
- it'd be accessed with my left hand and I'm right handed
- that mesh piece is permenantly mounted on the door; can't just unscrew it
Those were enough to convince me to look elsewhere and I eventually landed on a location many guys have chosen: next to the shifter knobs. It's super easy to access with my right hand, still not visible when I'm sitting in the Jeep, and is easy to mount up.
Materials & Supplies
- Steel slotted angle - available from Lowes
- #10-24 x 5/8" screws and nuts- available from Lowes
- #10 washers
- A hammer
- Drill and drill bits (including 1/2" bit)
- Spray paint, color of your choice. I went with black Rustoleum in a matte finish to make it less visible and I love the results - available from Lowes
- Socket wrench and 18mm socket
- ProTip: if you want to save yourself some time, get a bolt just like the one that holds the seat down, but much smaller. It'll make test fitting much faster.
- Dremel with cutoff wheel or a hacksaw
- A vice
BEFORE YOU START: make sure the gun is completely empty of bullets. At no point in this will you need bullets, so just put those in a separate room.
Step 1: locate the hole for the seat boltThe anchor point for the mount is the bolt that holds the driver's seat down along the right side. We'll want that to feed through one of the holes (not slots) in the slotted angle. Identify the hole nearest the end of the slotted angle.
Step 2: mark itMake a mark at mid-point of the next slot above the hole. In this pic, I'm pointing to the hole I'm going to use, and marking where I'm going to cut
Step 3: cut itUse dremel or hacksaw and cut through that red line you just made. You're just cutting through one side; don't cut the whole piece off.
Step 4: bend itUse hammer to bend that part slightly upward Here is the result
Step 5: bend itThis is about the angle you'll want
Step 6: Cut off the excessHere is where I marked mine And here I use the dremel to cut it off Here is what we have so far
Step 7: remove the seat boltIt's on there pretty tight but just put a little muscle into it or use a breaker bar if necessary. Requires 18mm socket.
Step 8: widen the hole to fit the boltUse a 1/2" bit to widen out the hole so the bolt fits through
Step 9: cut to lengthMeasure about 9" up from the bend and cut off the excess Here is what we have so far
Step 10: test fitUse the extra bolt you bought so you don't have to thread in the big one a million times as we test fit it. It's ok for it to hit the center console right now. We're going to be bending the end of it back away from that in a moment.
Step 11: mark for another cutPlace the holster on the end of the mount and make a mark along the left side. (Disregard that I'd already made a rought cut at this point; the mark is right by my thumb in this photo).
Step 12: cut it againCut across and then along the length to remove one side Here is the result
Step 13: bend it againThis is about the angle you'll want. This bend moves it away from the center console and back in line with your leg as you sit in the drivers seat. Here is what we have so far
Step 14: mark out any cutsLine up the end of the mount with the end of the holster once again. Then mark off any area you'll need to cut so the metal mount can lie flush with the holster.
Step 15: modify holster as necessary for flush fitTo get my mount to sit flush with holster, I had to heat up the end near the muzzle, then use a pencil to push down on the Kydex. This flattened it at that point so the metal had a flat surface to mate to Here is the result of that effort
Step 16: cut out the marked area of the mountHere is the result
Step 17: drill holes in mountUse a vice to pinch holster and mount together, use eyelets as guides and drill holes in mount. Use a larger washer if necessary to get coverage over the slots in the mount
Step 18: bolt mount and holster togetherUse the #10 bolts, washers, and nuts to join the two together. All bolted up View from the other side
Step 19: test fitMount it back in the Jeep, bend by hand however you need to in order to get the gun sitting just where you want it.
Step 20: pound support piece into positionAt this point the mount is pretty flexible. We don't want that. Time to firm it up. Here it is pounded down into position. Note the flat surface at the top where the two pieces align.
Step 21: drill hole for mating bolt #1
Step 22: drill hole for mating bolt #2
Step 23: put in mating boltsUse more #10 bolts, washers, and nuts and join the two sides together. These make the mount much more rigid View from the other side
Step 24: test fitAdding the mount probably made the holster a bit tighter. Loosen up any areas you need to for the correct fit. Also test fit it in the Jeep one last time.
Step 25: sand itMine was a little rough in spots from over heating it. Sand it down with some rough sand paper to get an even finish and smooth it out as necessary. Also use this time to clean up the metal mount, removing any dirt and particles. Here it is, all ready to be painted
Step 26: paint itHanging it in mid air works well. Do a few coats of whatever paint you chose. Here it is after paint
Final ProductJust where I want it, within easy reach My leg hides it nicely
Video of it in action
Scott's Review Down the RoadThis has worked great so far. Be sure to check your local laws that carrying an open weapon in your vehicle is permitted. Here in Colorado, I can do so without having a conceal-carry permit. So far I've only ridden with it in the Jeep once but it worked well. I didn't really notice it at all which is kind of the point. If I ever did need it, it's nice to know it's handy. I also keep a Tuffy security drawer under my seat, so I lock it up there if I leave the vehicle (per law).
Don't want to make it? Looks like there's a guy making an even better one and selling it on eBay. Click here.