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How To - Handgun Holster Mount

Part II in the handgun holster series

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:

  1. really obvious when the door is open
  2. it'd be accessed with my left hand and I'm right handed
  3. 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

Steps

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 bolt

The 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 it

Make 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 it

Use 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 it

Use hammer to bend that part slightly upward Here is the result

Step 5: bend it

This is about the angle you'll want

Step 6: Cut off the excess

Here 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 bolt

It'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 bolt

Use a 1/2" bit to widen out the hole so the bolt fits through

Step 9: cut to length

Measure about 9" up from the bend and cut off the excess Here is what we have so far

Step 10: test fit

Use 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 cut

Place 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 again

Cut across and then along the length to remove one side Here is the result

Step 13: bend it again

This 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 cuts

Line 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 fit

To 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 mount

Here is the result

Step 17: drill holes in mount

Use 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 together

Use the #10 bolts, washers, and nuts to join the two together. All bolted up View from the other side

Step 19: test fit

Mount 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 position

At 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 bolts

Use 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 fit

Adding 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 it

Mine 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 it

Hanging it in mid air works well. Do a few coats of whatever paint you chose. Here it is after paint

Final Product

Just where I want it, within easy reach My leg hides it nicely

Video of it in action

Scott's Review Down the Road

This 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).

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