Before legal concealed carrying became much more widespread, most people who were armed for self-defense outside the home had a car gun, usually a pistol tucked in the dash or under the seat in case things went sideways. A lot of people still do.
Granted, things have come a long way since the days when the default personal defense pistol was a snubnose .38 Special, and now plenty of people have gotten their CCW and carry on their person with a holster and a stiff leather gun belt. That said, the car gun definitely still has a place..
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