Let's Design the Ultimate Soft Gun Case for a Long Range Rifle

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ian M, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    I have been discussing this idea with a Canadian company that makes very good quality gun cases, good enough that our military uses them for their drag bags for the current issue .338 Lapua sniper rifle. Here are some basics I would like to see in a really good, rugged gun case.

    Appreciate some suggestions and idea, this might be a chance to have a Long Range Hunting group buy that would provide a heck of a case at a good price.

    GUN CASE INFO
    .. Velcro vs heavy zippers - my preference is the heaviest metal zipper available but good quality velcro is also handy. Super heavy plastic zipper is also a great way to go, might be more self-healing
    .. Large over-flap to keep dirt etc out of zipper
    .. Possible plastic sheets to re-enforce side walls
    .. Wrap-around handles
    .. Shoulder strap should be oversized, go well past ends for securement
    .. Option to carry flat to back like a drag-bag - would require back-straps
    .. Cleaning rod tube or holder along the hinged area inside
    .. Must accommodate a Harris bipod and scopes with large objectives and turrets
    .. Possibly fit into a hard case for airline travel
    .. Location and number of pockets, some specific as to hold spotting scope, laser, field notebook, plastic window for drop-chart?
    .. Ammo holder inside or specific pocket, maybe a five round strip on outside?
    ..scope sits upright, design of case indicates which way is UP
    .. Leather pocket or re-enforcement for muzzle, a guard to prevent damage and pushing through the end
    .. Variety of lengths, include up to 30”+ for long range rifles with brakes
    .. Leather end tether for hanging the case when not in use
    .. Possible fold and snap to turn case into a field shooting rest?
     
  2. Buffalobob

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    Two things I would suggest are
    1. Extra padding where the scope will be
    2. A couple of tie down straps inside so if you place a short rifle in a long case you can keep it from sliding around.

    I have several cases with velcro pockets and stuff will fall out of some of them and some of them work fine.
     

  3. Shawn Carlock

    Shawn Carlock Sponsor

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    Ian,

    Funny I just talked to this same outfit a few weeks ago about building a run of "Edge" cases. They seem to build very nice stuff. You have everything covered I'd like to see.
     
  4. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Definately a great case design that you came up with...
     
  5. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    OK...where and when can I get one? ;)
     
  6. slymule

    slymule Well-Known Member

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    You forgot D-rings, good heavy duty D-rings near both ends so it can be used as a saddle scabbard and hung on a saddle. I much prefer to let my mule carry around my gun than slung over my own back, makes things much easier. I like good heavy nylon webbing sewn all the way around the case to incorporate the D-rings, no chance of D-rings coming unstitched and losing rifle. I also like a good heavy zipper from one end to the other, with a fairly long hooded enclosure over the butt end of the case that has one of those quick connect heavy plastic snaps on it. That way you can unzip the rifle to the end of the scope but leave the hooded end snapped together holding the rifle in the case, but it can be unsnapped and pulled out quickly with no zipper noise - best of both worlds. Let me know if it becomes a reality, I'd like to buy three of them if they're reasonable.
     
  7. Supermag

    Supermag Well-Known Member

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    How about some of the PALS webbing sewn on so that small bags can be easily secured to the outside of the case instead of sewn on permanent pockets. Mystery Ranch has some nice little bags designed to attach to their packs that would work great for a laser, ammo, etc.
     
  8. wadedc

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    I would like to see handles that are balanced. My eagle is always very front heavy and drags on the ground. Adjustable handles might work for different weights and lenghts of guns.
     
  9. archdlx

    archdlx Well-Known Member

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    Looks like you folks have it all tied up...
    sure like the D-rings for saddles!

    I'll just sit back, watch and buy one when they are ready!!!

    Thanks for the great idea...and using a Kanadian company :)