9. NCStar Scabbard Overhead
NcStar Vism Tactical Shotgun Scabbard Overhead Gun/Shotgun Rack Jeep JK 2007-2018 I 1.65 lbs. I Price 25-40$
In the remote wilderness, most off-roaders carry a shotgun for bear defense or just to sleep better at night. There are several racks available on the market, but I don’t like any of them for the following reasons:
1. They are all made of steel or aluminium (with a weight ranging from 5 to 18 lbs.)
2. They hook or attach to inconvenient locations like directly over your head (not much room for that), in between the front seat (restraining your access to the cargo area), or behind a front seat. It’s a big discomfort when you are driving a 2-door Wrangler.
3. They are expensive (from 150$ to 500$).
4. No quick access: If you want to have your shotgun at hand in case of an emergency, none of those racks allow easy and quick access.
It’s very simple: attach a cheap NcStar Vism Tactical Shotgun Scabbard to the sound bar and the rear sport bar (with quality Velcro straps) in a diagonal manner. With the included retention strap, it won’t move. Ever.
Whatever happens, it won’t take you more than two seconds to draw a Double Barrel Coach Shotgun. It’s the perfect holster, and a scabbard will also protect your firearm against moisture at night.
However, I personally carry bear spray attached to my belt at all time. I think all off-roaders should do the same. Relying on a shotgun for bear defense isn’t a safe or realistic strategy. Most of the time, both your hands are busy doing something (gathering firewood, repairing your Jeep, handling recovery gear, watching the landscape with your binoculars, and so on). I think a shotgun is a pertinent addition to a solo off-road kit, and that’s why I’m sharing with you a way to store it in a comfortable manner. But if the wilderness scares you to the point of wanting to have a shotgun in your hands, on your back, or just beside you at all times, you are probably going to endanger yourself and others.