I wanted to have access to my handgun in my JK utilizing my Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). Because I life in a somewhat free state (PA) my CWP allows me to travel with a handgun in my Jeep.
I began my quest by scouring the internet to simply find something I could just purchase and plug-n- play. Unfortunately, I was left wanting. The few holster set ups I did find either placed the handgun in ergonomically idiotic locations (like under the steering wheel, good luck drawing) in my opinion or were entirely way to salty and blew my budget. Frustrated, I decided to do what I normally do with my Jeep and just do it myself.
My goals were to keep in cheap, easy, and not modify any stock features if at all possible. I wanted the holster to be on my strong side (right handed thus right side). I wanted the holster to be easy to access and move with the seat. It also needed to avoid obstructing the E-brake. Overall, I feel like I was successful. The project cost me $6.00 and about 1hr of my time. I hope this helps, or at least inspires, anyone wanting to do something similar.
I first chose a vehicle gun, the winner... my XDM 5.25 Springfield 9mm. Why you may ask, 2 fold, firstly it is an extremely accurate high capacity instrument of death
! Secondly, it came with a polymer holster, money saved!
- 2"x2' sheet metal strip from Home Depot $6.00
- XDM holster "free"
- Old rattle can of matte black "free" (had sitting around)
- x1 nut, x1 bolt "free" (had sitting around)
- Angle grinder/Dremel
- Drill + Bit
To kick things I cut the sheet metal strip to a length 9 1/2" with my angle grinder. I then place the sheet in my vice. I clamed the vice at 3 1/2" and hammer the sheet into an "L" shape aka 90 degrees
I took excess metal of the 3 1/2" side of the "L" cutting off the corners giving it a pointed appearance.
I drilled a hole at 1" on the pointed end that would later allow me to anchor the bracket to a factory bolt under the driver seat. BTW please keep in mind that many of these measurements were simply trial and error until I was able to make this holster bracket shaped and fit
The second hole was a trial and error mistake
An addition hole was then drilled on the longer portion to attach the holster the bracket. This distance from the top will vary based on your holster but for me it was a exactly 1". A corresponding hole was then drilled into the paddle of the holster.
I then hit this baby with some paint and then attached the holster to the bracket via nut-n-bolt.
Finally the install. I utilized this specific anchor point. This allows the holster to slid forward and backward with the seat to keep your gun at a constant familiar position. It prevent interface with the E-brake. It limits the visibility to others outside the Jeep (no drive-thru freak outs yet! lol)
All said it was fun, cheap, and functional. Gun stays safely secure and in my humble opinion looks disgustingly sexy!!!