IraqVeteran8888’s Ultimate Truck Gun [VIDEO]

If you’ve been trying to decide what gun to use as your dedicated truck gun, you’ve probably discovered it can be a challenge to choose from the multitude of firearms on the market. Do you need a handgun? A rifle? Maybe a shotgun? In this video review, Eric of IraqVeteran8888 talks about what he considers to be the ultimate truck gun and explains why he loves it.

Eric of Iraqveteran8888 talks about the Remington Tac-14 and its pros and cons as a truck gun. (Photo credit: Iraqveteran8888)
Eric of Iraqveteran8888 talks about the Remington Tac-14 and its pros and cons as a truck gun. (Photo credit: Iraqveteran8888)

What is a Truck Gun?

A truck gun is a firearm you keep in your vehicle for defensive purposes. Exactly what that defense might look like depends on where you live and the laws in your area. For example, if you spend a lot of time hunting, you might want a rifle you can use for coyotes but also for defense against violent humans. If you live in a major city, you probably want an easy-to-conceal handgun. Is there a happy medium? IraqVeteran8888 considers this and talks about whether or not he thinks it’s the Remington Tac-14 12 gauge firearm.

Do I Need a Truck Gun?

In the current climate where riots take place and things seem unpredictable at best, it’s a good idea to be equipped to defend yourself against a violent attack. The fact that the attack could come from one person or untold numbers is an uncomfortable reality. If you do get a truck gun, make sure you adhere to local laws and don’t leave it unsecured. Also don’t just leave it sitting in your vehicle all the time. Guns should remain in your control, so ideally you will take your truck gun into your home and lock it up when it’s not in use.

Check out the video to find out what Eric says about the Remington Tac-14:


How Does the Tac-14 Shoot?

As IraqVeteran8888 points out, the Tac-14 packs a bit of a punch when it comes to felt recoil. He made some changes to the gun’s factory set up to make it more accurate and easier to handle. Even so, you feel it when you fire the 12-gauge. The Tac-14 can be fairly accurate, but it is not a precision firearm and it’s not meant for longer-range engagements.

Pros of the Tac-14 as a truck gun include:

  • Some concealability due to shorter overall length
  • 12-gauge in a smaller frame
  • Pointability
  • Reliability
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Durable
Federal Power SHOK 12-gauge 3-inch shot shell
This 12-gauge, 3-inch shotshell from Federal is the load Eric used in his Tac-14. (Photo credit: Iraqveteran8888)

Viewers left some good comments and questions in the comment section. Puma51921 inadvertently made the case for carrying a handgun on your body for defensive use, writing “Problem with truck guns are you have to secure them so they are of little use in an emergency.”

“TheHappyTexan weighed in on his thoughts on the Tac-14 for this purpose: “Looks like a sweet truck gun but you would have to be vigilant on reloading skills with that vs an AR.”

What do you think? Do you have a dedicated truck gun? Is it a long gun, a handgun, or a “firearm” like the Remington Tac-14?

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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