Chris had his favorite rifle, a high-end AR-15, stolen from his vehicle in Sacramento earlier this week. Chris wrote …

They smashed out two windows, took this 4K rifle, an Eberlestock backpack full of goodies, and a number of other items.

Its a beautiful gun. If anyone sees it being sold online or at a gun store, you can get in touch me with (steve@thefirearmblog.com). The below photo is how it was configured when stolen:

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  • Eluoci

    hope karma and some jail time catches up to those people

  • Don Ward

    1. Never leave firearms or anything you don’t wish to be stolen in your car.
    2. Always take photos of your weapon – particularly the serial numbers – and store them in a safe place for this sort of eventuality.

    Always look at yourself and your possessions in the way a criminal would look and do what you can to mitigate your risk.

    • OBlamo Binlyen

      Serial numbers? Why mar a perfectly good firearm with a serial number? I absolutely agree, treat anything you don’t want stolen like you don’t want it stolen.

      • Don Ward

        Yeah. Yeah. I know some of you sekrit squirrel types like to build your own non-transferable ARs or muskets or whatever. But for the 99.9999 percent of the other firearms out there, serial numbers are a handy way for police and FFLs to determine whether a gun is hot. Sadly, the above photo won’t always cut it.

        Edit: although I betcha the scope has a serial number or manufacturers mark. Just saying.

      • claymore

        So how you going to identity it when it gets stolen? And firearms with no serial number can’t be entered into NCIC so officers can see if a firearm has been reported stolen.

        • jamezb

          I would suggest a hidden electropencil engraving, say, on the barrel under the handguard and on the pistol grip mounting boss.under the grip. Knowledge of a hidden marking…even a smiley face…is pretty clear evidence of ownership.

  • and i was having a good day

  • LongBeach

    Man, that sucks. The fact that such a nice rifle is probably sitting in a crack den right now pisses me right off.

  • Nicks87

    Let me guess, it was in a pelican case and/or visible through the window? I hate thieves but if you make it easy for them…

  • allannon

    This is why I never leave obvious interesting things in my truck.

    Because unfortunately I can’t trust my supposed peers not to steal the goods purchased with the proceeds of my efforts. :p

  • denner

    Mmm, was it a random car burglary, or did some one know it was in the car?

    • BattleshipGrey

      That’s been my question since I finished reading the article. I’ve been considering putting an AR15.com bolt face logo on my primary vehicle, but this is the sort of thing that reminds me not to.

      I’d like to know how and where the rifle was stored in the car and if there were gun related stickers on the outside of the car to identify it as a potential target.

      • ColaBox

        The stickers help id say. Two years ago my neighborhood had a string of vehicle break-ins. They went from block to block. The only cars left untouched on my block that were outside of a garage, were mine and my neighbors, and he had USMC decals all over his car. They were never caught.

        • bucherm

          “The stickers help id say.”

          Yes, they help tell potential thieves “hey you all, higher percentage of finding something neat stored here than elsewhere”.

          Calling attention to yourself isn’t very smart.

        • BattleshipGrey

          I don’t mind military stickers. I’ve got a USMC flag covering a garage window that’s visible from the street. For full disclosure I wasn’t in the Marines. I was going to join after high school but they wouldn’t take me due to a childhood case of asthma.

          Military stickers don’t scream “unattended gun here” in my mind, it’s just kind of a “don’t mess with me in general” sign.

          • ColaBox

            Isn’t that the same mentality people go for with their homes and businesses when they post open carry welcome signs on their doors and novelty signs on their front porches? “Don’t mess with my stuff, go bother the guy over there”

          • BattleshipGrey

            Same mentality for sure, but I believe they’re viewed from an opportunistic mentality from the bad guys. Not so much the “open carry welcome” signs, but more so the “this property protected by S&W.” Criminals know that you can’t be there ALL the time. If they’re really desperate for a gun(s) then they can watch for you to leave.

        • Kevnbro

          I’m fortunate to live in a state (Arkansas) that offers veterans a license plate for their branch of service. That said, my plate has the Marine Corps logo says, “U.S Marine Corps” as well as, “Armed Forces Veteran” at the bottom. Any veteran living in a state that offers these tags need only take their DD214 to the DMV for a veteran tag.
          I think it’s possible that even some criminals might respect ones service; that’s why I also have items lying about in my home that show I served (Eagle, Globe & Anchor pins etc.). Who knows- if someone breaks in to a veteran’s home and realizes it, they may walk away out of respect. Not probable but it maybe. Can’t hurt.

      • Buddy_Bizarre

        How many criminals would identify the basic bolt face sticker as being gun related? You might be giving them too much credit with that.

        • BattleshipGrey

          While I’m in agreement to some degree, I wouldn’t underestimate them either. Bad guys in general are referred to as “dumb” and “stupid”. Some truly are dumb or stupid because they’ve baked themselves into oblivion or were too lazy to get an education, but there are guys out there that are sharp and anything but dumb. Just because they’ve chosen a losing lifestyle, doesn’t mean they can’t win some battles or some ill gotten goods.

          I’ve personally known people that sink right back into whatever life style they had before serving in the military (AR bolts are fondled quite often there).

          Also, AR15.com is a common forum that appears in google searches, which thieves and bad guys have access to even if they don’t have military experience.

          I’m also not strictly speaking of the BFL either, NRA logos are even worse in my opinion. I’m a life member and I will never put an NRA sticker on my vehicles.

          • ERRRRR

            I too am a NRA Life Member. Was considering a Life Member hitch cover, I think I will stick with the hat.

        • Leonard

          Why do you look at criminals like they’re mentally retarded? Being a criminal is about motive and opportunity, regardless of your IQ. Some of them are so burnt from drugs their motives are obvious, but the other-half who don’t get caught are the opportunistic type.
          Also, as a public service announcement: shitbirds come in all feathers, even in the military. That 10% that ruins it for everyone else applies to anything involving humanity (more so in politics of course).

  • big daddy

    I hate thieves, with a passion. I worked hard and lived clean only to have things stolen from me. What did the law do, not much, in and out of jail with a rap sheet a mile long. Throw away the key on them all!!!!!! I lived in New York City for 57 years and I can’t count the times something was stolen from me, even a battery out of my van at work. If it wasn’t bolted down in NYC it was gone. It is a culture there for people to just take it. I’m in Texas now and the culture is much different, especially in this area. Good luck finding it, I really hope you do…..I just hope it’s never used for a crime. It might just end up in Mexico or with a gang. I hope not. Thieves, liars and hypocrites, I have no use for any of them.

    • Will

      I agree, Bid Daddy, thieves should just be taken out and have the $.50 solution applied.

      • big daddy

        I’d personally pay the extra for better ammo.

  • Lee

    I hate hearing these stories cause ive been burglarized myself. I hope you find it but consider it a loss and move on. Research again and build a new rifle. You cant let scumbags make you act differently either. The important thing to remember is you are the victim. You did nothing wrong. In this day and age everyone gets robbed. Do your best to get insurance and protect yourself but realize that shit happens.

    And dont listen to those negative people spitting liberal logic how your gun will be in an underground network of illegal guns for committing crimes. Thats bs. Most guns just turn right around and get sold to a regular guy for quick cash. The criminal probably sold it for $400 to a guy he knows that shoots alot.

  • Lance

    Never thought you can own a firearm like that in the PRK the Peoples republic of Kalifornia.

    • gwbush

      Amazingly, the PRK isn’t as bad as some other states. We can have AR/AK /SCAR (with Bullet Buttons) and we can even keep our “grand fathered” normal capacity mags and use hollow point. In fact, compared to Mass/NY/New Jersey makes, California is practically Arizona!

    • bucherm

      Compared to many states California has great gun laws. It’s far, far easier to acquire a handgun in California(well, until the list shrinks to nothing) than in Maryland, for instance.

  • Wetcoaster

    If the thief had half a brain (and fair enough, plenty of criminals don’t), the gun gets parted out and the traceable lower ends up at the bottom of the bay.

    Hopefully, the thief was a lazy git and the poster recovers his gun though.

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      The serialized ACOG ends up at the bottom of the bay, too.

    • Thomas

      The dealer would; addicts can’t trade half a gun.

  • n0truscotsman

    I’ve had my truck broken into while visiting family in North Dakota, right after we went on a backpacking trip (when I had all kinds of juicy things in my truck, to include a mystery ranch bag and AR, so similar to chris’ situation). Same thing. Broken windows, rummaged through, package of gel pens stolen (no really).

    I had my gear stowed in something like this http://www.truckseatstorage.com/dh-images/09-ford-f150-supercrew-w-subwoof-contr-org-lg.jpg But with my own modifications for locking. They never touched it. Just a thought.

    The point is: the ONE time i had my goodies in my truck, it got broken into. Vehicles aren’t safes, even if you are just stopping in the gas station.

    • Rob in Katy

      Tuffy makes a nice box that I just put in my F150. They have 2 mounting options. On quick, one needs a drill.

    • Luis

      Sorry to here about your loss, I work for apple , you said the ipad got stolen to. I wanted if by any chance you or your wife have and icloud account if so did you setup the find my mac / iphone/ ipad option , you may be able track them provided they get on the net with it . hope it you did

      • n0truscotsman

        no ipad. the story in the article wasn’t my robbery

        I THOUGHT my wife’s Ipad was stolen in my situation too, but we later found it at the house.

        • Luis

          If you have the serial I can check and see. Some of those options are automated . Let me know , good luck

  • Tr3v

    As a fellow Sacramentian(?) Im sorry for your loss. Iono if this would help but you might want to visit some of the popular local gun stores like RCGX, Just Guns, Shooters Warehouse, etc to show them some pics and ask if they would be willing to keep an eye out for it.

  • Obendorff

    Sorry to hear about your loss. It’s probably in Mexico/El Salvador by now and the thief is probably all coked out of his mind. Have you posted this up on calguns.net ?

  • fakewillsmith

    Did the thieves pass a background check? The Bloomberg kids want to know.

  • John

    He should get in touch with the ATF. Those guys have a history of having firearms stolen out of their cars, maybe they could help each other out.

    • sianmink

      He wants to get it back, not to get more of his guns stolen.

      • Pablo

        Ladies and gentlemen, we have a thread winner :–)

      • nadnerbus

        or end up in Mexico

  • Ralphie

    I’ve heard too many smash & grab horror stories of people being complacent with their guns and leaving them in their vehicles for short lengths of time. My guns never travel unsupervised when traveling to and from the range and back to the safe. Kind of like kids you could say.

  • Is that rifle even California legal?

    Edit: nevermind, totally forgot about bullet buttons.

  • sianmink

    Not gonna blame the victim, not gonna blame the victim, but I would never ever ever leave a rifle (or anything of value whatsoever) in the passenger compartment of a vehicle in Sacramento.

    I hope it turns up somewhere and he gets it back intact.

    Also how is that rifle California legal?

  • BILLET RIFLE SYSTEMS

    This was my rifle, here is the story. I am the owner of Billet Rifle Systems, this was my personal rifle, it was my “go to”. I travel all the time with rifles in my vehicle, there were no identifying marks on my vehicle that screamed “come steal my guns” except that I had Nevada plates…

    I’ve never had a vehicle broken into, nor did I think where I was would be a “target” area. The rifle was in the back of my Jeep Grand Cherokee in a rifle case, right on top of my Eberlestock pack. Little did I know that my wife put my ipad in the seat pocket (behind drivers seat). The driver side, passenger window was smashed in order to retrieve the ipad, and the passenger side rear “quarter” glass was smashed in order to retrieve the gun case and the backpack.

    I honestly never thought I’d have a problem as the glass in the rear of the vehicle is very dark. It’s so dark that you wouldn’t be able to see through it unless you went up to it and purposely looked in. Little did I know.

    Lessons learned and to be shared:

    1. Dark tinted windows are not adequate protection for ANYTHING.
    2. Build, buy, or acquire a permanent “trunk safe”. No firearms in the vehicle that aren’t securely locked up other than CCW of course.
    3. Make sure your firearms are SCHEDULED on your HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICY. Most people don’t think to insure their firearm collections, you must list each individual firearm on your policy or you will be limited the “sublimit” which in most cases is $1,000.
    4. Per the Deputy that took the incident report, there are only 5 detectives in the whole of Sacramento County for property theft and they “basically sit by waiting for prints to come back”… It’s not their fault, they are limited to available resources. I do truly believe, if there was anything to be done, they would, but in this case some tweaker probably traded my rifle for an 8ball.
    5. It’s just a rifle, at least I didn’t get shot and robbed.

    The serial number on this was B0012.
    2.

    • Thomas

      Contact all pawn shops and gun stores in Sacramento and Reno/Carson/Lake Tahoe. Tell them the numbers and description. Also tell the Reno PD about your stolen rifle and equipment; they may run into them.

      • MattInTheCouv

        yes, this….

        work with a guy that had his car stolen. he had a couple credit cards in the car. someone made a long distance call or something from a payphone to try and figure out if the card was active. he went to the store the pay phone was at (the cops never did) and interviewed the store clerk. the clerk is pretty sure he recognized the guy, and even pointed him out in a mugshot magazine (we have one here in PDX called “Busted!” …do these exist elsewhere?) who he thinks the guy is. so, my guy internet snoops the possible perp, whose name he now has (yes, he gave the dudes name to the cops, who couldn’t find the guy, or didn’t wanna waste time since the store clerk wasn’t 100% sure). my coworker somehow figures out that the guy has a court date for a driving infraction, shows up at the county courthouse on the day of, and BAM, there’s his car sitting there in the courthouse parking lot. so he calls the cops and they arrest the guy, yadda yadda yadda. my coworker said he got the same feeling about our cops: well meaning, understaffed, would have done something if they could. bottom line, though, is that he made it happen.

        you gotta be the one to call those pawn shops, you gotta be the one to scan craigslist/armslist. ask the cops if they have ever recovered any stolen weapons in other cities in the US or Mexico… and watch those craigslist/armslist cities and call those pawn shops as well.

    • matthew_carberry

      Sorry for your loss and thank you for stepping up with the “I shoulda dones.” Class act.

      Hope it gets recovered and someone does some time.

    • avconsumer2

      Tough lesson. Sorry for your misfortune. Thanks for sharing though. Hopefully will serve as a wake up for others.

    • thebronze

      That SUCKS!! What part of Sac were you in?

  • AJ187

    Nothing sucks more than theft. If we all respected private property there would be no crime…

  • Grindstone50k

    I’ve had airsoft guns stolen out of my truck (guess the gun bags tipped off someone) so that was my wake-up to never store valuables in the car.

    BTW, USAA insurance is the best.

  • avconsumer2

    Left my cell phone in my car last night for a couple of hours. Car was a decent hike away & found out upon arriving at destination. Was on edge until I got back. Can’t imagine leaving a gun in a vehicle I’m out of visual range of. Generally don’t leave anything I can’t live without inside a vehicle.

  • West

    Do not f— with a mans automobile. Jesus.

  • jonspencer

    Some thieves will pop a window just to see what is in the car. But a good lockable under or behind the seat storage is getting to be almost mandatory everywhere.

  • gunfreak

    I used to live in “Sack” years ago, moved to Oregon where I can carry concealed and get away from the crappy crime.

  • James Mcwilliams

    Lotsa hate on here which is pretty sad. Things happen, end of story so don’t be a dick. It’s not like he had it propped up on the passenger seat. It could happen to anyone of us going to or coming home from the range.

  • AR Shooter

    if you are [and if you aren’t , you should be] a member of the NRA you have insurance against theft , so you should get in touch with them .
    GOOD LUCK

  • Robert177

    People on here say don’t leave firearms in your car. But they don’t say how to accomplish this when you’re on a hunting trip. On a hunting trip, I’ll sometimes take as many as 10 different rifles, but then we’ll only use two at a time in the field. We’ll be in a typical large SUV. The best we can do is lie the rifle cases flat and cover them with dark blankets, so that anyone looking through window can’t see any items. Then we lock the car up real good, and it has an alarm. How are we supposed to do better than that?