Survival Gear Review: Gum Creek Vehicle Handgun Mount

Many preppers will be seriously considering an evacuation to a secondary home, Bug Out Location, or other hideout in the event of a SHTF scenario.  One assumes then some kind of transportation vehicle along with weapons has to be in the mix.


One of the concerns then will be personal and passenger security in transit.  Of course, this is getting to be a Vehicle Mounted Gun Holster Gum Creek Reviewserious situation in everyday life in many parts of the country.  It is prudent to learn which areas of the city or area where you reside to stay out of day or night.  For protection do you plan to use the accelerator or are you planning any type of armed response if the threat becomes serious enough?

In such cases how will you carry a firearm in your Ultimate Survival Vehicle that you can not only reach quickly and easily, but that would also remain out of sight for the most part, though not illegally concealed as far as most areas of the country are concerned?  A gun sitting on the car seat has its own issues.  In the driver side door sleeve places the gun on the left side, while most are right handed.  In the center console or glove compartment takes crucial time to deploy.  Are there other options?


From time to time a new product comes on the market that not only brings a smile to the face but a bit of jealousy that we didn’t think of it.  The Gum Creek Handgun Mount is so simple you wanna slap yourself.

The basic mount is a metal frame and heavy nylon strapping that secures two hooks on the underside of the Vehicle mounted gun holster gum creeksteering column of a vehicle.  The top hook slips under the column between it and the plastic trim below it.  The bottom hook then slips over the lower edge of the same trim piece.  An adjustable strap buckle is pulled tight to secure the mount.  Onto the mount is secured a standard handgun holster that fits the weapon you use.  It is secured to the mount via two Velcro ® straps that wrap around the mount.

If for some reason the upper hook does not fit in the space between the steering column and the lower trim, Gum Creek also makes a rather universal adaptor strap that goes around the steering column and buckle locks on top.  On the bottom of the adaptor strap is a metal slot for the upper hook to fit into.

I mounted this rig on my Chevrolet Silverado pick up truck.  I had to use the adaptor strap because of the space and angle of the top part of the trim piece would not work right.  The adaptor is primo.  Install then pull on the buckle straps to tighten everything up.

I used the factory holster that Gum Creek sells for the standard 1911 Colt or clone.  It straps in just fine, but any holster with a belt loop or clip can be used.  The mount requires no tools to install and it took less than five minutes once I figured out I needed to use the adaptor.  It works for small to large handguns and is quick to release as well.


I slipped into the seat and drove the truck.  The mount did not interfere with steering at all.  The holster is Gum Creek Gun Holster Revieworiented with the gun’s grip positioned so that a right handed driver can easily retrieve it out of its secure clutch.  I retained the handgun holster thumb release strap for extra security, but I think the system would hold a handgun tight enough as is.

Gum Creek supplies an excellent installation manual complete with nine photos to illustrate the whole process of installing the mount.  The directions are clear and concise.


Can the mount with handgun be seen from outside the vehicle?  Hard to say, and frankly it doesn’t really matter unless a break in theft is an issue.  Someone walking up to the vehicle might see it, but with a driver seated, I doubt it.

The Gum Creek Vehicle Handgun Mount is an excellent product.  The mount-holster combo retails for $49.95.  The mount can be bought alone for $34.95.  Check out their web site at


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John J. Woods
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25 thoughts on “Survival Gear Review: Gum Creek Vehicle Handgun Mount”

  1. I have this mounted on my wifes car. Me being 6'5" i bump it when I drive her 08 nissian altima. As for someone being able to see it if they walk up, yes they can. I did some tests with my father looking for it and a test with a friend not looking for it. Both saw it. It also makes a good spot to put your cell phone when not storing a weapon there.

    • Looking cool is about all it does for me. I would not want to leave my gun exposed so someone can break in my car and quickly take it home wiht them. Also would constantly be taking the gun in and out of the holster. I prefer to keep the center console empty of junk and just my pistol, two mags, and a flashlight.

      • I think it depends on how you use it. I could see myself carrying my pistol on my person in my serpa holster and then getting in the car and transferring it to the Gum Creek Holster under the steering wheel. Having the gun in your center console, passenger seat, or door sleeve seems less practical than a straight draw and shoot from under your steering wheel. Granted, I have not tried it myself so I am no expert but I did sit in my car today and pretend I had a Gum Creek Holster under my steering wheel and it felt like a great place for a gun. And the author is right, I wanted to slap myself for not thinking of it. The center console method takes several arm movements to lift the lid, grab the gun, orient the gun and shoot. The Gum Creek feels like it would be a lot smoother, I ordered one to try out. I don't think I would ever leave a gun in that holster while I was outside the car. I have a CWP so I am always carrying. My emergency car gun is well hidden in the car and takes a little practice to grab quickly. The funny thing is that I take my car in to get work sometimes and forget that it is there. No one has ever found it!! Yet.

  2. Good article! Have you tried it on a vehicle that the whole steering column moves when you adjust the tilt wheel (ex. Toyota trucks )?

  3. So what happens when you're pulled over for speeding? In most states, even if you have the proper licenses, your going to lose your gun for that sort of mount. Not to mention unnecessarily putting a LEO on edge.
    Better to have the gun concealed in a drop down compartment under the dash in a similar position.

    • Not a bad idea. So where does one obtain a "drop down compartment" for a dash board? In years past, I had my 30-30 Winchester in an old leather rifle scabbard that was mounted in the Jeep CJ. I also had a model 1911 attached to the steering column in a similar fashion as the Gum Creek unit. Both were easy to obtain. The Model 1911 of course was quicker, but- – – – –

    • Sounds like a good reason not to speed. LOL. For states that require the weapon to be concealed or out of sight, Gum Creek Customs has that answer for you now. They just developed a new product that looks like a nice case you would carry your kindle in. it has a flap that covers everything and it is easy access due to magnet. The good news is you can now buy a holster and mount from a company that is in America, made by Americans. if you have to call Gum creek for directions you will not be routed to some third world country. If you do get stopped I found that if you do it right and keep your hands on the wheel and explain you are a legally armed citizen, you will not get your gun confiscated.. When you hear someone had their gun confiscated by a traffic stop you did not get the whole story. the guy more then likely should not have had the gun anyway or had other legal issues.

  4. I have to say as long as you are experienced the holster will work ok. An inexperienced user might shoot him/herself in the foot or leg if they have to use it quickly. Most experienced handlers will have the gun next to their right hand side of their persons and if they have to use said fir4earm they will bring it over the steering wheel and then point it in the direction of the threat. Using it in this fashion instantly brings the firearm pointed in a safe direction for the user as well as brings it to bear on the threat instantly. I cannot see myself using this type of holster as it interferers in bringing the firearm to a ready position and points the gun at your feet or legs which could result in the user shooting themselves in the leg or foot.

  5. My not so humble opinion is that this CAN work but is probably more trouble that it is worth. On the good side, the weapon is in a readily accessible position in normal situations. Assuming an adequate mounting and retention method the gun won't go flying around the car in an impact event.

    On the downside, if anything isn't normal, you could have real problems. For an example of how bad things can get

    Not all the conclusions drawn in the article apply here or are even correct in my not so humble opinion but it is a case study in what can go wrong. Note that most of the damage to the FBI was done after the BG had already received a fatal wound.

    First thing, the army taught me and taught me well, is that if you don't have it on you when TSHTF, you don't have it. When you crawl out of the wreckage, if it isn't on your hip, you are not armed. The drawing of his gun before a stop caused one agent to lose his primary weapon. This system must restrain the weapon in crash scenarios with force applied in all directions even reverse.

    A handgun mounted in this location is vulnerable to a snatch from the passenger side.

    If you do not have another gun on you, you must draw and holster the weapon in sight of any bystanders any time you exit the vehicle.

    If someone rear ends you or cuts you off and then stops suddenly, are they lousy drivers or is it a setup? Assume it is just an accident, what will be the effect of getting out of your vehicle with a gun in your hand? Going to leave it here? Then you have just armed the carjacker's accomplice if it isn't a simple accident.

    I thoroughly dislike leaving a gun in a car, even in a car gun safe. In some cases in is unavoidable. The problem is that in this case, it is visible. Even if you don't have a gun in the holster, the presence of the device says that a gun is in this car. There are other concerns as well. I put these devices in the same category as the old WW1 battle cruisers. A great idea on paper that did not work in practice. If I am concerned about accessing my weapon in a car (and I am) I have my weapon in a cross draw holster. Using a modicum of care to keep the seat belt from trapping the gun, I have all the advantages of an available firearm with none of the drawbacks. Just my not so humble opinion.

    • Roger that Skipper. I could see the usefulness of this system with a hand cannon but have to ask if you feel the need for such a big handgun why don’t you have a shotgun? Additionally if you are not using a double action pistol or heaven forbid a thumb safety you are flagging your feet or legs in unholstering.
      I use a shoulder harness w my Smith .40 on the left for cross draw and a 2 mag pouch on the right. In addition to counter balancing the weight W/ 1 in the chamber that gives me 34 rounds on my person. I’m not concerned about flagging myself because I carry with a double action first shot… Not a cocked hammer. When I don’t want to wear it, like when I’m off duty, I like to keep it in a zippered day pack seat belted into the passenger seat. I leave it in the shoulder holster, the zippers open towards me, ready to pull in an instant or grab the harness or grab the whole bag and go. The daypack has a box of ammo and some other survival essentials as well. Makes it easy to go to the car wash or let the kid use the car as well as bail out with a 48 hour kit if needed.
      Ever practice shooting from a car? has a Vehicle Engagment Tactics course. You shoot through windshields, windows, car doors, practice escape and evasion and take a bug out bag. Max Joseph is the duty expert on this highly specialized form of weapons engagement and you will fire around 250-300 rounds per day per weapon.

  6. Rescue,
    thanks for the link. Shooting from a car IS tough, especially if you have untrained passengers with you. My personal preference is to DRIVE! in a shooting situation if at all possible. Since I don't drive an armored up vehicle those car doors are NOT cover. If I'm sitting there shooting, I and my passengers are stationary targets. If I'm driving and the BGs are any good at all, driving will take my full attention to get out of the trap. With that as a given, it is a course I would like to take, just for the skill.

  7. I don't get the idea of having to display the holster and a weapon. The sidearm would be on me while an AK w/foldable Ace stock would be in the central console for quick deployment. On the side note I totally agree with Cpt. Bart – its always best to drive as opposed to being a stationary target.

    • Concealed Weapons are illegal in many places. A general rule of thumb is you can carry an exposed weapon in a city w a population of less than 10,000 unless local laws state otherwise.
      Agreed! One should try to avoid a gun fight whenever possible however, one cannot always avoid it. Not everyone stops with enough room to be able to drive around the car in front. If you can see his tires you generally have enough room to drive around. What about a coordinated, multi pronged attack? Generally speaking, well planned ambushes choose terrain where your movement will be channelized. This gives them the upper hand in the beaten zone (kill zone). If I’m in the beaten zone I have 2 options fight my way out or die… I guess one could surrender too. I aint surrendering! Many rounds are delivered in a gun fight that never strike the target. One can survive thousands of rounds and never even get scratched. The situation will dictate what the best course of action is. Having the training for multiple scenarios will help us to survive and that’s what it’s all about right? Last course I took from Max I fired 300-400 rounds a day in weak side, strong side, moving, stationary, malfunction drills, weak/strong side wounded reloading, multiple targets… I shot so much that the heal of my hand was chaffed from holster drawing. The muscle memory is permanently ingrained. When was the last time anyone trained w a Special Operations Training Group Marine? Like the old days only improved, updated and w better weapons… And longer hair. Skipper, any time you want to train w Max let me know… I would love to join you and grab a beer w Max after.

      • You are correct – if the BGs know what they are doing and I can't drive out, I fight and/or die – the two are not mutually exclusive. Outside of a professional force, surrender is probably not an option. You are correct – 1000 rounds of spray and pray do not make for a definite kill. Aimed fire kills people, unaimed fire is a waste of ammo. I would modify your statement "Many rounds are delivered in a gun fight that never strike the target." to say never strike the INTENDED target. I would like to attend some of the formal training; it's been way too long. That may have to wait a bit, but it sounds like fun.

  8. Noted… Intended target. I think a lot of prepared people can have a similar set up with magazines or one or loads for their handgun. If you REALLY NEED to have a weapon that accessible you would be well advised to carry extra ammo and be able to leave the vehicle with same.

  9. I'm brand new to this site, but I have had one of these in my vehicles for the last two years and it is a GREAT product. Holster can be mounted for both right or left handed drawing and it stays out of the way when you don't need it but is right there when/if you do need it.

  10. Bad idea, way to visible and tempting target for bad guys to break into your car or to scare a panicy cop durring a traffic stop…..

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