Anybody store long guns under the rear seat of 2nd gen dbl cab Tacoma's (in the plastic storage containers)?
A few months ago I had a tactical shotgun match after work and was looking for an appropriate place to store my Benelli M4 during the day. Looking under the rear seat I found what appeared to be the perfect place for long gun storage but long story short the Benelli was 1-2 inches from fitting. The pistol grip just wouldn't clear.
In this upcoming year myself and a few friends are looking to do more traveling, particularly camping, and now I find myself wanting a long gun in the vehicle. This could be used for self defense if necessary, taking game if necesssary (probably small game), or more likely just impromptu range sessions. FYI I do have a concealed carry permit in the state of Ohio (and my constitutional rights); I typically carry a Ruger LCR on my person and/or a H&K P30 9mm on my person or nearby. Additionally I suspect that this would be the best way to transport long guns in the Tacoma from a legal standpoint (no trunk to separate unloaded firearms from ammo and occupants, etc).
So the question becomes, how much long gun can I get in there? Anyone else tried this? I'm guessing that nothing with a pistol grip will fit, but "sporterized" guns (no pistol grips) may very well fit with no or low profile optics. Nothing in my current arsenal (Ar-15's, Ruger 10/22, FNAR, Benelli M4) fits this description. I strongly suspect that I should stick with 0.223 Remington. Currently I am leaning towards acquiring a Ruger Mini-14 Tactical or Ruger Mini-14 with ATI stock (I'm thinking this may fit with the stock folded up). Any thoughts or comments? Thanks for any information.