Top 4 Gun Racks For Truck Reviewed: Which One Should You Get?
Tired of scratches on your rifle’s stock?
Or do you always listen to your scope rattling when you take a drive to your favorite backwoods? If any of those things happen to you, then you are living in the past. The past where the rubber-coated metal gun racks used to leave behind worn out stocks, broken scopes and a bad day at the range.
Today, however, the offerings are a lot better.
You can easily pack your shotgun for a weekend of duck hunting at a moment’s notice. Today’s gun racks for trucks are easily accessible and fully function.
Choosing one from the pack can be a bit daunting, so here is a list of four of the best gun racks that will fit in any truck.
Great Day CL1500 Center-Lok Overhead Gun Rack For Trucks Aluminum Review
Great Day’s Center-Lok gun rack the perfect rack for a full-size truck cabin. For cab pickups with center doorposts, Great Day’s gun rack works perfectly.
It fits snugly against your truck’s headliner, concealing your guns from passers-by. You and your passenger do not have to worry about knocking your heads on the rack.
The racks compact design leaves enough headroom in a trucks cabin. Great Day uses their patented Opposing Force installation system that locks the gun rack firmly on the headliner. The installation system does not use screws or bolts, so you can install it in a matter of minutes.
As for the guns, Great Day placed Velcro straps which you can adjust independently to accommodate different gun sizes. So you do not have to worry about the guns falling all over the place when you hit rough terrain.
However, do not make that an excuse for transporting a loaded gun in the Center-Lok overhead gun rack. Trucks that have a DVD player installed or other equipment on the headliner will not accommodate the Center-Lok gun rack.
Let’s go through what makes Great Day’s gun rack great, and where they can improve on things.
Easy to install: The Opposing Forces installation makes it a breeze to install the gun rack. You do not need to drill holes in your cabin’s headliner, or screw nuts to hold the rack in place.
Only slight effort is required to mount the rack, and you can do it in a couple of minutes.
Light: The compact aluminum body makes the Center-Lok one of the lightest gun racks in the market. Crafted from aircraft aluminum, it weighs only 8 lbs. But do not let it’s light weight fool you.
The rack can expand from 48 inches to 54 inches. A powder-coat enamel adds to the rack’s sturdy nature.
Versatility: Since the rack can expand from 48 inches to 54, it can fit in any four-door truck.
Works in Trucks with Center Doorposts: Great Day’s rack is limited to trucks with center doorposts. It will not work on trucks without one because its installation system requires center doorposts.
Punishes the Headliner: The rack rubs against the headliner, so with time, it’s going to damage it.
Big Sky SBR-2G Skybar 2- Gun Telescoping Vehicle Mount Rack Review
Want more than one gun for your trip to the local range?
Big Sky has the perfect solution for you, the SBR 2- Gun Telescoping vehicle mount rack. It has a telescoping square bar allowing you the luxury of fitting it in most trucks.
It is a ceiling mounted gun rack that conceals your weapon from passers-by. You also have the option of securing the rack to the inner side plates common in most trucks.
Big Sky uses a standard hook and loop fastening strap anchored to a metal ring. This non-locking mechanism can support two firearms. The rack is a good choice for both law enforcement and the recreational enthusiast.
Easy Storage: The SBR-2Gis easily mounted on your trucks ceiling. It leaves ample headroom so you won’t be knocking your head on your guns barrel.
The fact that you can have two guns strapped on the mount is a plus.
Safe and Durable Fastening: The heavy duty nylon strapping makes a very secure and durable fastening mechanism for your guns. It holds the guns firmly in place when you are driving.
The nylon strap is flexible enough, making it hard to break.
Telescoping Square Bar: With the SBR-2G you can extend the square bar to fit in most trucks. What’s more, the extendible square bar is very compact.
It does not rattle, even when you hit some rough terrain.
Easy to Mount: Installing the SBR-2G requires no drilling saving you the trouble of poking holes in your trucks’ cabin.
Doesn’t work for all truck models: Some modification is required to fit the rack in some truck models. However, trucks with rear grab handles can accommodate the rack.
There is one problem, though, placing the rack on the rear grab handles leaves it in plain sight, so everyone has a clear view of your armory.
Doesn’t Get Along with Large Barrelled Weapons: If you want to haul your custom 50-caliber, Alexander Arms Beowulf, around, then you need to make serious modification to the SBR-2G rack.
You can either bend the rifle holders out of shape or fabricate new ones.
Big Sky BSR-1 Gun Rack Review
The third spot is taken by yet another Big Sky rack, the BSR-1gun rack. Just like the BSR-2G, the BSR-1G has everything you need to transport your weapon of choice.
The only difference is that the BSR-1G can only carry a single firearm. Does this make it any less functional?
No. You still get the excellent padded brackets to protect your gun’s finish and scope. It also the same hook and loop fastening strap and a square telescopic bar.
However, it is a bit heftier than its sibling, weighing in at 5 pounds. Its compact structure means that you get to take your dog on your hunting trips.
Easy to Install: Just like the SBR-2G, the SBR-1G is easy to install on your truck’s overhead cabin. The minimal footprint of the rack leaves a lot of space.
So you, your hunting buddies and your guns have lots of room to move around.
Durable: The same heavy-duty nylon hook and loop fastening straps are used. They are very durable, as well as flexible.
Versatile: You can either mount the rack on your trucks headliner, or you can mount it vertically on the inner plates.
Single gun rack: The SBR-1G can only secure one gun at a time. For the enthusiast with two more than one gun, the SBR-2G or Great Day’s Center-Lok would fit the bill.
Big Barrelled Weapons Won’t Fit: Just like its bigger brother, the SBR-1G cannot accommodate large barrelled weapons.
There you go, three of the best gun racks for trucks in the market.
However, if you are looking for something below fifty dollars, we have you covered. Read on.
Cheap Gun Rack: Hatchie Bottom Back Gun Sling
Hatchie Bottom Back Gun Sling is priced below thirty dollars. For that price, you get a gun rack that is easy to install and has room for two rifles.
It is made from 3mm neoprene, making it both durable and flexible. The gun rack is mounted on the back of the driver and passenger seats.
You place the weapons in the large cargo pockets so that they are straddled between the two seats. To fix your guns in the rack, simply open one of the pockets and place the gun’s stock in it.
Put the barrel of the gun in the other pocket and close it. Even if the driver and passenger bucket seats are different distances from the dashboard, the rack works. The large cargo pockets also serve as a reservoir for shells and other gear.
The rack weighs a negligible 2.6 pounds making it one of the lightest truck gun racks in the market. It gets the job done although the straps that go around the seats do not cling up tight enough once the guns are in place.
Therefore, expect a bit your guns to rattle a bit when you are driving around. For guns with scopes, putting them upside down seems the best way to protect them from the rattling.
Another thing you should note is for the sling to work, you need something to attach the lower straps to. If you leave them unfastened, the rattling will get worse.
Affordable: The sling comes with a price tag of less than thirty dollars. It is, therefore, one of the cheapest gun racks for trucks in the market. However, do not let the price fool you, it is a very secure gun rack.
Easy Installation: All you need to do so as to attach the sling is secure the straps on your truck’s seat. In a matter of minutes, the rack should be in place, ready to store your guns.
Durable: Made from neoprene, a durable and flexible plastic, the sling can give you years of service.
Keeps Guns Off The Floor: Your guns are mounted in the rear of your seat. You cannot accidentally step on one when you are driving or getting out of the car. It is a tidy way to carry guns around.
Not suitable for all gun sizes: Guns with shorter barrels are notoriously difficult to secure when using the sling. Its non-adjustable size means that only long-barrelled firearms fit.
Stitches Do Not Hold Up: You need to be careful when using the sling. Even though the neoprene can take punishment, the stitches that hold it together cannot. A few hard pulls and the stitches give up.
Straps are Loose: The straps get loose once the guns are loaded up. You might find yourself adjusting them a few times during your trip.
So, I hope you’ve identified which gun rack is the good fit for your gun rack. 🙂