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Securing rifles in a Ford Expedition

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Austin Millbarge, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Austin Millbarge

    Austin Millbarge

    Dec 8, 2012
    So, I just got issued a Ford Expedition for patrol, and have nowhere to secure my M4. Our wonderful policy is to secure long guns in the trunk, but I no longer have a trunk. Our DEP guys have an overhead rack with locks. My agency is moderately touchy feely so I don't think I can pull that off without a boss having a solid gold kitten.

    Any body bolt one to the floor? Console?

    I have no room in the back part, rack of portable scales take up that room.

  2. Ftttu


    Dec 19, 2011
    I was driving an '08 Expedition for about 6 months last year, and I just don't remember how the rack was mounted behind my head. What I can't remember is if it was mounted on the ceiling or the cage. I won't see the unit again until next Wednesday. It is possible it is mounted like my current '09 CVPI, but I can't run out and see it right now since it is being borrowed by another officer today.(still not happy they took his unit for 2 weeks for our academy's EVOC class)

  3. Austin Millbarge

    Austin Millbarge

    Dec 8, 2012
    Thanks, no cage in mine, so I would have to find another way to secure it. I'm thinking bolt the lock to the floor.
  4. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
  5. Austin Millbarge

    Austin Millbarge

    Dec 8, 2012
    Possibly, that could work. Thanks.
  6. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    Our rifle and shotgun are in cases that are stowed in the rear compartment of our Expedition.
  7. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
  8. Austin Millbarge

    Austin Millbarge

    Dec 8, 2012
    No room for something that big, portable truck scales in the back. Thanks though.
  9. WiCK3D_SiX


    Feb 5, 2013
    Columbia, PA
    Check out for some nice vehicle racks and storage. Love that site.

  10. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails

    Apr 24, 2005
    Consider a Truck Vault. The company builds them to fit all of the common SUVs used b law enforcement, and its probably the safest, most secure, least visible way to conceal long guns and other equipment. They're not cheap, probably running $600-800, but they're also relatively easy to install compared to racks.

    I ran into that problem trying to find racks for AR-15s about seven years ago. Most of the traditional racks are designed for Crown Vics, Caprices, Impalas, Tahoes, but none for less visible unmarked vehicles such as Grand Prixs, Taurus (before the current interceptor), G6s, etc. It ended up getting expensive after finding a shop to fabricate the mounts so we could put them in trunks. Furthermore, I learned on a Nissan Altima that there really wasn't enough thick metal in the trunk floor or deck to screw into. The only place where the metal was thick enough was in the floor pan, and the fuel tank was directly below causing them not to want to drill there either. We don't run cages, and I've had reasonable luck putting a rack horizontally on the floor behind the front seats of SUVs and four door pickups. With intermediate sized vehicles, however, it kills your back seat leg room.

    That's why I would say go for the Truck Vaults.
  11. The one i saw(durango) had 2 light gauge metal cases slightly larger than a gun case about the same type of metal used in those stackon types they seemed to be made to bolt to the floor of the storage space in a suv they had 2 one had a AR with mags in it the other a shotgun. I think it may have been a Sgt's /supervisors vehicle.

    they have something similar at

    also look at
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  12. Ftttu


    Dec 19, 2011
    Our CVPI and Expeditions have the rifle racks bolted to the front side of the cage's roll bar. Since the OP's unit has no cage, that is out of the quesion.
  13. Austin Millbarge

    Austin Millbarge

    Dec 8, 2012
    Thanks for the ideas, just going to use a Big Sky rack and bolt it to my scales and weld the bolts over.
  14. MakeMineA10mm

    MakeMineA10mm * * * * Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Feb 13, 1999
    Central Illinois
    Good solution you've already figured out for yourself.

    Being the dept. smart-anus, I'd have to fabricate the rack to lay horizontally across that expansive dashboard, just because "they" want to be low-profile... :)

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