Are you skeptical about spending money on a rifle bag? Well, you shouldn’t be. It is incredibly important to have the right case for your rifle, irrespective of its make, year, or price.
It doesn't matter whether you carry your gun to a range, competition, or hunting; you need to have a bag to transport your guns and accessories. There are many different rifle bags available in the market, and choosing the right one can be tricky.
As always, you should spend time to figure out whether a particular bag will be a good fit for your weapon and needs or not.
This article will help you identify the factors to consider before spending money on a rifle bag.
Factors to Consider When Buying a Rifle Case
#1. Choose between a Hard Case & Soft Case
Hard cases have been there since the time firearms were invented. Earlier, they were custom made from wood to fit individual users. These days wooden cases are only used as a collector’s piece. Wooden cases are not used anymore. Instead, their modern variants made from metal or plastic are widely used.
- Hard cases
Metal cases are made from aircraft grade aluminum, offering excellent strength while being lightweight; All these without compromising on the aesthetics of the case. Metal cases tend to run on the pricier side, and not many prefer metal cases.
If you are looking for top-notch protection at an affordable price, you can choose a hard plastic case. The plastic cases are lined with dense, closed-cell foam and a scratch-resistant interior that offers maximum protection to your rifle. Most hard cases also have a built-in locking mechanism.
- Soft cases
Soft Cases are an excellent lightweight option though they don't offer as much protection as hard cases. The soft cases' insides are lined with soft foams that offer protection from jerks and fall from a small height.
If you are someone who regularly travels with your rifle, we suggest you get a hard case. Depending on how much you are willing to pay, you can get a metal or plastic case. Whereas, if you are more into hunting and shooting in ranges, you can buy a soft case.
#2. Determine the size of your rifle
Irrespective of whether you choose a hard or soft case, you need to consider the case's size before purchasing one. Ideally, you shouldn't get a case that is too tight or loose. It would be best if you got a case that is the right fit for your rifle.
If you get a case that is too tight, you risk scratching our rifle. Whereas if it is too loose, it can lead to component damage as pieces might smack into one another.
#3. Decide whether you need a waterproof bag or not
Not all cases are waterproof, so it is something you need to keep in mind while purchasing a case. If you often go hunting, we suggest you get a waterproof hard or soft case. Most waterproof bags also float, making it more manageable while you cross rivers.
Most US states require you to keep your rifle in a locked case when you're transporting it. Though soft cases are acceptable, keep in mind that hard cases offer more security. Hard cases have reinforced locking points for added security.
#5. The overall weight of the bag with a rifle
Some hard cases can be bulky due to the added protection it offers. So before purchasing a case, we suggest you add up your rifle's total weight and any other ammunition or accessories you might be carrying.
If your rifle and accessories are heavy, get a lighter case and reverse if they are not.
#6. Interior/Exterior Fabric or Material
If you are planning to get a soft case, think about the types of materials used to make a great choice. Ideally, you should get a soft case that is made of high durability nylon or other ripstop fabrics.
You should also look at the material inside a case. Preferably buy a soft case that has different impact-resistant fabrics or holsters for your rifle and other accessories.
Irrespective of whether you buy a hard or soft case, get something that is durable even if it costs a little more.
What Size Rifle Case Should I Get?
- Overall Length
Irrespective of whether you buy a hard or soft case, you should consider your rifle's overall length. You need to measure the length of your rifle from the end of the buttstock to its muzzle.
Choose a case that is not too tight or not too loose.
- Width of Rifle
Most rifle bags are designed in standard dimensions, and it is essential to consider the width of their firearms accessories. For instance, if you use an EoTech holographic sight on your rifle, you will have a wider rifle than someone with an Aimpoint T-2.
- Rifle Accessories
If you have custom accessories on your AR, such as a compensator or suppressor, your rifle's overall length will increase. For instance, If you are using a suppressor in a 16'' barrel, you will have to dismantle it from the AR before placing them in the case.
It’s Really Your Choice
While having a case to transport your rifle is highly recommended, it is really up to you to choose a case. Ideally, the right rifle case depends on your rifle, budget, unique needs, and the situations you expect to use the case for.
Before you buy a rifle case, find answers to
- Do you travel a lot with my rifle?
- Do you need all-weather protection?
- Where do I expect to use the case?
- How much can I spend on a case?
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