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Old 03-05-2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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Bestop Security drawer write-up and review

last time this seems to be touched on was a few years ago (from my search) so i thought I would refresh the idea.

Awhile back, partially because my jeep was rummaged through by some kids, and my decision to conceal carry in my state, I started looking into the available options for a secure lockable drawer. There are times when my conceal carry weapon can not go with me depending on what building I may be going in to and I would never lock it in the factory glovebox or console...not enough security for me.

It seemed my two options were the Tuffy security drawer, and the Bestop version. I went with the Bestop version and thought I would do a review and write up for posterity in case anyone was contemplating the same decision.

I am the type to search the internet for reviews on products and mull it over for awhile before I make a decision, only because money is tight and I hate to make a rash decision and waste money. I decided to go with the Bestop version..price point being the main reason (about 50 cheaper than tuffy) and lack of any bad reviews on it.

The Bestop versions only noticeable difference was its size. It is a bit shorter than the bigger tuffy drawer(non flip seat) and Bestop was bigger then the tuffy flip seat version.

One hurdle I had was I had a flip seat and the only option was Tuffy, but that was too small IMO. In the non-flip versions I felt Bestop was big enough to do what I wanted it to do, considering the price difference. So first and foremost I found a buddy that wanted to swap my flip seat bracket for his non flip bracket. We both agreed win-win in that dept. After the seat swap I ordered the Bestop...price is pretty uniform between distributors, so it came down to shipping cost and where it was shipping from for the most part.

Once received and unpacked my first thought was how heavy it was, very well made, very durable. one added bonus is the key lock that Bestop uses...I cant find the name of the style it is, but it is pick proof. I watched a youtube video on lock boxes and how insecure they really are, it seems most style locks... electronic, bio-metric or tumbler are defeatable/pickable in some way, but this style definitely slows you down to the point of not bothering.

To install its pretty straight forward, totally remove the front two bolts and loosen the rear two bolts enough to get the seat to tilt back some. On a side note, one you loosen the seat bolts, the seat doesn't like to slide that well so position it where you want it before you get started.

Slide the tabs on the box under the front legs and re install the front bolts and re tighten them all. I know I just summarized the install in two steps...but this is more about the fit and function than anything. I will say that the way a non tumble seat is designed makes it hard to reach the front bolts to tighten them when the box it under there. a universal joint and deepwell socket worked best but it was slow going....In hind site I guess you can call that a security feature since a thief wanting to remove the seat to get it out to crack it later will probably cuss as much as I did getting at those bolts.

I am 5'8" and keep the seat roughly centered on the track and you can not see the box when casually looking at the floor board. With the seat all the way back you can see it but it blends to some degree with the seat frame and isnt horribly noticeable. I did not have to install any washers to raise my seat a bit to allow the seat to slide, but have heard that may be necessary. The seat slides with out binding.

The drawer is on ball bearings and slides with ease, when closed the face is recessed into the lip of the box. To open you insert the key and turn 180 degrees and use the key as the pull. The tumbler feels strong and very secure when you lock and unlock it, no play at all in the drawer. You can not remove the key without it being locked, something I like to ensure it is always secured before you remove the key.

Size wise it is able to hold a compact handgun, radio faceplate, and smartphone, or a variation of that. My wallet would not fit with all the items, but my phone usually is always on me and wallet pretty much never leaves my side either.

All in all I recommend it, the quality is there and the fit and function is great. It boils down to what seat do you have and how much room do you need. I can not comment on Tuffy's version, but based on their reviews I am sure it is another great option.

hoped this helps for anyone searching for thoughts about this drawer!
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Good review. I plan on investing in one of these when I get my CCW this summer.

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Good review. I plan on investing in one of these when I get my CCW this summer.
You don't have to have your CCW permit to carry a firearm in ur vehicle. Especially if you will be keeping it in the lock box when it's in your jeep.
Where you would need your CCW permit is if u intend to carry your gun on your person or sitting easily within reach of you in the jeep.
Just remember if u get stopped by the police keep your hands on the steering wheel and immediately tell the LEO you have a firearm in the vehicle. Then follow whatever directions they give about the gun.

If you knew this already then disregard....Ty
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Great write up and review!
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You don't have to have your CCW permit to carry a firearm in ur vehicle. Especially if you will be keeping it in the lock box when it's in your jeep.
Where you would need your CCW permit is if u intend to carry your gun on your person or sitting easily within reach of you in the jeep.
Just remember if u get stopped by the police keep your hands on the steering wheel and immediately tell the LEO you have a firearm in the vehicle. Then follow whatever directions they give about the gun.

If you knew this already then disregard....Ty
I dont plan on having to lock the firearm in my jeep until I get the CCW. Like the OP stated there are some places that you can't take your firearm into. This is when I would need the lock drawer.
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You don't have to have your CCW permit to carry a firearm in ur vehicle...
Check your state laws. I live on the Nv/Ca border, and each state has different requirements, so I would have to get out, unload and separate the gun and bullets every time I get groceries.

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Just remember if u get stopped by the police keep your hands on the steering wheel and immediately tell the LEO you have a firearm in the vehicle. Then follow whatever directions they give about the gun.
Our CCW instructor (former sheriff, state ballistics analyst) told us not to immediately fess up to having a gun on board. They ask for license, insurance, and registration. That's it. If they have cause to search your vehicle, then you should tell them where the gun is and if its loaded etc. In NV the CCW is tied to your license, so they'll know as soon as they run your info, but again, each state varies.


Great right up. My Jeep was "broken" into this week, so I'll be getting a lockbox soon. My fault for leaving nice stuff inside
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Great right up. My Jeep was "broken" into this week, so I'll be getting a lockbox soon. My fault for leaving nice stuff inside
they got a old ipod and a mag light out of mine, hit all the neighbors houses and took lil stuff they could carry...passed on about 50# of hand tools in the back of mine.

I'll be the first to admit i am horrible at remembering the faceplate when i park at home, 99% of the time it stays attached, but with the box I definitely have the option when out and about. I think this box will really serve its purpose when summer comes and the jeep is much more open. Since then I think the glove box has some misc fuses in it and the console has my stash of coffee creamer and sweet n low (never know when you have to doctor up some coffee!)
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Got my USMC Gore-tex jacket... I originally found it in a parking lot in NC so it wasn't too heart wrenching, but it's still a 150 jacket. Fortunately, I was a gear queer and have another set
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Good review! I have the same box and love it. I can say that over time my seat has loosened up as far as being able to easily slide it back and forth. It was tough at first but now just as easy as it was before.

For they money it was a great mod!
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How long is the frame on that pistol. I'm looking to get one as well and have no doubts my XDs will fit, but if i want to bring the 1911 will it fit?
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How long is the frame on that pistol. I'm looking to get one as well and have no doubts my XDs will fit, but if i want to bring the 1911 will it fit?
I love the XDs!!! I'm waiting for the 9mm
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I love the XDs!!! I'm waiting for the 9mm
Me too! I love that the .45 XDs is the same size as my little walther p22. I want to add the 9 and possibly the .40 to the family.
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The over all length of mine is 6.8" long, 5" high, and 1.4" thick. The Remora holtser might add a 1/2" on the thickness and maybe 3/4" on the length.

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I have one of these and use it all the time. The only thing that threw me for a loop is that I was trying to unlock the box with the set of keys included for the cable. They're a different lock but look identical to the keys for the drawer's lock.

I ended up calling Bestop for help and felt like an idiot when they reminded me about the other set of keys in the packaging.

When it warms up a little outside, I'm going to take the seat off and put a couple washers down to help with seat adjustment.
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I was really hoping the cable keys and box keys were key'd alike. Haven't found a use for the cable yet, since the box is hard mounted.
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I was really hoping the cable keys and box keys were key'd alike. Haven't found a use for the cable yet, since the box is hard mounted.
The instructions say that you can loop it through a mount on the box and around part of the seat mount. I don't know why you'd want to do that, though. The thing would be bouncing all over the damn place right under your feet.

I'll add to the review above that the lock can be somewhat finicky sometimes; the tumblers don't always line up properly when you're trying to fit the key into it. All you really have to do is sort of "jiggle" the key as you're fitting it into the lock.
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They're a different lock but look identical to the keys for the drawer's lock.
you got me thinking about this and I had tried to use the cable as extra security by looping it to the seat frame and attaching it to the box, but you can't get the key to fit in the lock when it is in the hole, the key hits the seat frame...which is no big deal because the its only meant to use the cable if you don't mount it under the seat....but it got me thinking...look at what the cable lock can do!, lol

I knew the lock style looked familiar, its a standard laptop lock
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Whaaaaat! Haha, good call! I gotta take a closer look at that when I get home!
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Itís a little more work but you can add the Bestop box under a flip and fold seat .
Seen here.

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Thanks for the review. I just got mine. While the build quality is heavy and appears good, the key rattles around in the keyhole like it's two sizes too small. Terrible tolerances. Fault or feature?
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nice review. i actually had both (bestop & tuffy) i went with the bestop due to the price. but ended up switching to the tuffy since i added other tuffy products & the key alike was an important feature.
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My seat is not the fold and tumble, it just slides forward and back and tilts forward, but my box does not work worth a crap. The lever for adjusting the seat hits on the sides of the box pretty good. I added a bunch of washers to the bottom and it didn't help at all. Has anyone tried these seat risers? Do they really work? And for anyone wanting to know, the Tuffy box is too narrow to hold a full size pistol like a 1911 or something, which is what I was wanting it for.

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