When reloading ammunition, most reloader’s store their cartridges in some sort of box as opposed to just loose ammo. You can either keep and save pistol and rifle boxes from store bought ammunition, or you can buy one of many different manufactured plastic boxes designed for this purpose. Ammunition boxes or cases can either be a bulk or loose design, or can have individual slots for each round of ammo. This article is a look at several different brands of ammunition boxes.
Plano Molding makes a series of hard plastic ammunition boxes that hold each individual cartridge in it’s own slot. The cases have clear, re-closable tops that allow for a quick visual of what is contained inside. They boxes also come with a label that can be used to mark load date, etc. for later reference. These boxes are available in 50 round or 100 round sizes in most of the popular handgun and rifle calibers on the market. The individual slots also keep the bullets from rubbing into one another ensuring more accurate firing later. Plano also makes several different bulk ammunition boxes for storing loose ammo or boxed ammunition.
MTM has a series of semi-rigid plastic ammunition cases with a slip off top design. Again, the clear plastic allows the user to see the contents without having to open the box. The MTM boxes generally hold either 20 round of rifle ammunition, or 50 rounds of handgun ammo. Individual slots keep the cartridges separated.
Another manufacturer of the slip-top design ammo boxes is Frankford Arsenal. These transparent cases also feature individual ammo slots for each round, and can be purchased in 50 round or 100 round sizes for most handgun and rifle caliber ammo. Frankford Arsenal also makes a Perfect Fit ammunition tray that holds your cartridges in individual slots making it easier to reload your brass. These hold 50 rounds in an upright configuration, but do not have tops to enclose the ammo for long term storage.
No matter which brand of ammunition cases that you purchase, you can be assured that it will make your reloading project easier, and allow for more organized ammunition storage.
Most deer hunters know that to get monster bucks, you need to control your scent in order to get them in close. There are many different scent control products on the market to help the hunter with this. Two of the biggest names in scent control clothing and products are Scent-lok and Scent Blocker. Both of these companies make scent control bow hunting clothing that helps control human odor.
Scent-lok has may different clothing models that use carbon to absorb human odor. The Scent-lok Full Season Velocity is a jacket and pants combination that works from early season to late, and uses carbon to absorb scents. The garments can be reactivated by washing them in Scent-lok’s carbon clothes wash detergent. Add their head covers and gloves, and you effectively control human odor from head to toe. For the ladies, Scent-lok has the Full Season Wild Heart jacket and pants combination. These are cut for womens’ figures, and perform the same task of absorbing human scent with carbon.
Other scent control products include Scent Blockers Sportsman’s Edge multivitamins. These vitamins are specifically formulated to help control human odor from the inside. If you take a multivitamin anyway, why not take on that will help you bag that trophy buck? Also from Scent Blocker is the Field Body Bath Towel. This disposable filed wipe can be used to wipe down exposed skin in the deer stand to help control scent. And don’t forget to store your boots in Scent Blockers Boot Storage Bag. It uses anti-microbial technology to control odors on your boots while not in use.
These are just a few of the many products available to control scent while hunting. Depending on how close you need to get to your game, you can use them individually or in combination to make sure your not discovered before you can take your shot!
Most waterproof gun cases are not actually waterproof, but water resistant. To be considered waterproof, a case would need to be able to be submerged under the surface. Most situations only require a gun case to be able to keep out rain, moisture and dust. This need is met by a water resistant gun case. A water resistant gun case is typically made out of a molded material, and has a rubber O-ring gasket which performs the task of keeping out the elements. A gun owner may need the benefits of a water resistant guncase when they travel, or if they need to store a gun in a damp environment. When traveling by air, for example, a gun case may be exposed to the elements while the baggage is being loaded/unloaded from the plane during inclement weather. A standard gun case would not offer any protection in this type of situation. And if you need to store a gun in a damp environment, a water resistant gun case will keep the interior of the case dry, thus preventing corrosion. It is very important, when storing a firearm in a sealed water resistant gun case, that a desiccant be used inside of the case. Water resistant gun cases keep moisture in, as well as out, so any moisture trapped in the gun case will settle out on the metal of the gun and cause corrosion.
Several different brands offer water resistant gun cases. SKB gun cases has a full line of rifle, shotgun and handgun cases with rubber O-ring seals, and water resistant construction. SKB also is made in the USA, and features a lifetime warranty on most of their gun cases, as well as a $1500 protection policy on your firearm itself if it were to get damaged in one of their gun cases. Popular sizes are double rifle cases, custom fit breakdown shotgun cases, and small and medium handgun or pistol cases.
Plano Molding also has a line of weather resistant gun cases called the All Weather series. These cases are made from molded material, and feature a rubber O-ring to seal out moisture. Plano has a double rifle gun case, a large and medium sized tactical rifle or breakdown shotgun case, and a large and medium sized handgun case in the All Weather series. The Plano gun cases do not feature as high of quality construction as the SKB cases, but are more intermediately priced.
No matter which brand of weather resistant gun case you choose, you will have the piece of mind that your gun will be protected from moisture and dust, thus adding years of dependable service to your firearm.
Explore Products, Inc. has been selling hunting and shooting products online since 1995. That is over 19 years with an online presence. Most of our competitors are considerably newer to the internet. The early internet was nothing more than a chat room. But as the internet has evolved, Explore Products, Inc. has also redesigned it’s web site functionality.
Our newest version launched on January 22, 2014. Our new site is easier to navigate, and works better on different platforms to allow customers to have better access to our hunting and shooting products. Our redesigned site also makes it easier to share information and interact with social media.
Explore Products, Inc. has grown with our customers, and offers a large selection of hunting and shooting products, as well as ATV/UTV accessories and bow hunting gear. We appreciate all of our past customers business and look forward to the next 20 years of online changes. Thank you for your business.
We are often asked what type of gun case and lock is required to fly with a firearm. As of the date of this article the TSA definition for traveling with a firearm on an airline is that “The firearm must be in a hard-sided container that is locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be pulled open with little effort cannot be brought aboard the aircraft.” This wording has been recently changed from simply that the gun needs to be in a hard case that is lockable, to a better description of the quality of gun case that is acceptable.
The new definition eliminates most of the cheaper gun cases that are better suited to storing a gun or transporting it to the local gun range. Most inexpensive gun cases are too easy to pry open, and are not designed to keep someone out of the gun case. We have always believed that the definition of an approved gun case does not meet our definition of a recommended gun case for flying. If you combine the cost of the firearm to the cost of the trip you are taking, and add the incalculable cost of a ruined trip if your gun was to get damaged, it is always better to buy a more durable gun case for air travel. Brands that we recommend are SKB or Kalispel Style gun cases.
The lock that is required for a gun case when traveling by air has also changed several times over the last 10 years. Years ago, any simple lock would suffice. Then the TSA changed the ruling that the lock had to be TSA approved. This rendered any current gun cases obsolete since most did not have TSA locks. After several years of the TSA approved requirement, the definition has now changed to “The firearm must be in a hard-sided container that is locked” which does not require a TSA approved lock. However, the laws state that “TSA must resolve all alarms in checked baggage. If a locked container containing a firearm alarms, TSA will contact the airline, who will make a reasonable attempt to contact the owner and advise the passenger to go to the screening location. If contact is not made, the container will not be placed on the aircraft.” And, “If a locked container alarms during screening and is not marked as containing a declared firearm, TSA will cut the lock in order to resolve the alarm.” This ruling in effect mentions that TSA will cut off the lock if they need to gain access to the case. We have had reports from travelers that their TSA locks were cut off. So depending on the airport, having a TSA approved lock does not necessarily guarantee that your locks will not get cut off. We recommend keeping a spare set of locks in your gun case so that if your locks are cut off, you have a spare set to re-lock the case and be able to get home. Many travelors have had to scramble to buy locks at their destination in order to be able to bring their gun home with them on the return trip.
No matter which gun case you ultimately choose, be sure to buy one that will not only meet the guidelines, but will also protect your firearm from damage during the trip. Many top end gun cases cost between $200 to $300. In relation to the total cost of a trip, it is cheap insurance to be assured that your firearm will arrive undamaged and ready to go.
We are often asked what is the best type of foam in a gun case – egg carton style or flat foam? This is actually more a question of foam quality and gun case quality, rather than the type of foam itself. Most high end gun cases have a higher quality of foam over cheaper cases. You would not have a cheap gun case with expensive foam, nor would you typically have cheap foam in an expensive gun case. Gun cases brands such as SKB and Kalispel typically have higher quality foam to give your firearm the protection it needs. Where as mid grade cases such as Guardforce offer egg carton style foam to help keep the case price more affordable.
The foam in a gun case serves two purposes. It protects the gun from impact damage. And it also serves to keep the guns in place so that they do not slide around and rub into each other, or the side of the gun case. Cheaper gun cases tend to have egg carton or convoluted style foam to try and create pressure points to keep the gun in place. Some cheaper to mid grade gun cases also have Velcro straps to help keep the gun from sliding around. These straps may create wear spots on your guns finish over time.
Most higher end gun cases such as SKB and Kalispel tend to have higher compression foam. This acts to not only better protect the firearm form impact, but also helps put more surface pressure on the gun to keep it from sliding around. Some SKB gun cases even have molded interiors to prevent the gun from moving in the case. Where as Kalispel Style gun cases have high compression flat foam. This puts even pressure along the entire length of the gun, and almost insures that the gun will stay put in the gun case. Egg Carton style foam looks like the inside of an egg carton with ridges and valleys. This type of foam can never achieve as much pressure on the gun as flat foam since it only comes in contact with the gun at the tip of each point. Another benefit of flat foam is that it is typically in layers so it can be custom cut for your specific gun if you so desire.
In summary, flat foam typically will better protect your gun by preventing movement in the gun case. And usually this type of foam is found in better quality gun cases that feature thicker wall construction, and durability. So in our opinion flat foam is the better choice if you can afford the case that it comes in. Explore Products personnel can help you select the best quality gun case for the money for what ever type of application you need.
Smith & Wesson came out with a new series of range bags made by Allen Company for the professional service man or serious shooting enthusiast. The Smith & Wesson M&P range bags feature plenty of features to set them apart from most brands selling similar products.
The Smith & Wesson M&P Active Duty Equipment Bag features sturdy construction with 1200D polyester fabric for years of dependable service. The ample sized 19″ x 8″ x 13″H bag has a semi-rigid internal support system that keeps the bags shape and holds it upright – even when only partially filled. Most other bags simply fall into a heap if they are not filled with gear. The removable interior divider, ID holder and exterior straps and pockets make it easy to customize the range bag to your gear.
Another great bag from Smith & Wesson is the Pro Series Tactical Range Bag. The large size 13″ x 10″ x 9″, and 6 pockets for shooting accessories hod plenty of gear. And the 10 internal magazine holders keep your mags organized and ready for use. Made from 1200D polyester fabric, this bag will last for years of heavy usage.
For a smaller application, the Smith & Wesson M&P Basic Ammo Bag will hold two handguns in the included removable handgun rugs. And the external MOLLE web system for gear attachment allows this bag to hold way more gear than the 10″ x 9″ x 15″ size would otherwise indicate. Again 1200D polyester fabric, plus a dual zippered main compartment show the quality that Smith & Wesson demands.
All of the Smith & Wesson M&P range bags feature a black shell with gray embroidered M&P by Smith & Wesson logos proudly displayed. There is also a whole series of gun cases that match the range bags so that your equipment is not only protected, but shows your pride in the Smith & Wesson brand. All of these products plus more is available at Explore Products.
If traveling with a breakdown shotgun, or if you simply want a great breakdown shotgun case for storage, we recommend the SKB Breakdown Shotgun Cases. The SKB gun case line is made in the USA and most have lifetime warranties on the gun case. They also feature a $1500 content protection warranty that will cover damage to your firearm if it occurs in the SKB gun case. For breakdown shotgun cases, SKB has several convenient sizes.
The SKB 3i-3614-CB Watertight Custom Breakdown case accommodates shotguns with two barrels and one receiver up to 35”. The custom molded interior is a nice option over most breakdown gun cases that only have foam, and nothing to keep you gun components in their respective positions. There are pockets for the barrels, receiver, and also extra spots for choke tubes and other accessories. The case measures 36.5” L x 14.5” W x 5.5” D, and will fit most standard breakdown shotgun configurations.
For traveling with two shotguns, the SKB 3i-3614-CB-D MIL-STD Watertight Injection Molded Double Custom Breakdown Case has a custom molded interior that will fit two barrels and two receivers. The case has the same 36.5” L x 14.5” W x 5.5” D dimensions as the single receiver model.
An older style SKB breakdown case is the 2SKB-320B. This case features a more ridged interior molded to fit most popular breakdown shotguns, and has a green plush fabric liner. The case is not as forgiving on the interior to fit non-standard guns or barrel lengths, but is a more compact 32″ x 9″ x 5″ size.
A final variation is the 2SKB-3209 Custom Skeet Breakdown Shotgun Case. The case has the same bottom molded interior as the 2SKB-3209B, but also features 6 skeet barrel inserts in separate lid compartment. This is one of only a few gun cases that offer the skeet insert feature.
No matter which SKB breakdown shotgun case you purchase, you can rest assured that your gun will be protected – even when flying.
Lets face it – if you have an ATV or UTV, there are endless varieties of accessories you can use to increase the functionality of your 4 wheeler, or simply trick it out. One brand of ATV/UTV accessories that you not be familiar with is ATV Tek. This company is owned by riders who believe in creating quality products that will last more than the life of your machine. And they have some unique items that the other brands have ignored.
For the UTV enthusiast, check out ATV Tek’s side mirrors. The Clearview UTV Side Mirror is easy to install. And the convex shape enhances field of view while the integrated vibration dampener reduces vibration and increases visibility as you head down the bumpy trail! Four way adjustibility, and a “break-away” feature for collisions make this mirror a better option than other brands. Stop craning your neck around to see what is behind you. Get a pair for best visibility.
A unique item for ATV Tek is their Pro Series Rider Dust Mack. Lets face it, you didn’t buy a UTV or ATV to ride on a paved road. And when you go off road you are inevitably going to be eating a lot of dust. The Pro Dust Mask filter blocks up to 99.9% of dust particulates. And the one way exhaust valves regulate heat, CO2 and water vapor. The mask is made from breathable, moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric specially designed to be worn with all open and closed faced helmets and goggles for all-day comfort.
Keep your GPS and other handheld devices secure with the FlexFit ATV / UTV Handheld mount from ATV Tek. The fully-adjustable cradle rotates 360 degrees, and has 180 degrees of tilt to ensure your handheld is facing the direction you want it. A UTV dash mount, bar mount and ATV bar/rack mount is included for flexibility. The handheld is protected in a rubber cradle with rubber securing straps to keep it safe.
ATV Tek also makes a full series of gun mounts, luggage, and other UTV and ATV accessories. You can find the full line of ATV Tek as well as other brands of UTV accessories at Explore Products.
Every once in a while a new gun case line will come out that changes the perception of what we want. The new Smith & Wesson M&P gun cases and range bags by Allen Products is one of these lines.
The Smith & Wesson M&P double rifle soft gun case is made from 1200D polyester for years of dependable service. It holds two assault rifles, and is available in 38″ or 42″ lengths. There is an external MOLLE web system for gear attachment. And external compression straps, and a four point gun securing system to keep weapons in place are features that you do not see on other tactical gun cases.
Smith & Wesson also has the M&P 42″ Discreet Arms Tactical Rifle Case With Magazine Pouches. Also made from 1200D and with the gun securing strap system. This gun case also features four hidden magazine pockets and an easy to clean interior lining. A large accessory pocket also gives room for extra accessories.
For handguns, the Smith & Wesson M&P Double Handgun Case holds 2 handguns in individual compartments, and has 6 internal magazine holders. The 1200D construction and exterior MOLLE web system for gear attachment are again features not typically found on other handgun cases. Two internal handgun compartments and dense foam padding will protect your handguns and keep them ready for action.
Finally for one handgun, the Smith & Wesson M&P Handgun Case has 5 internal magazine pockets to keep your mags organized. And measuring 12″ x 10″, the case will hold almost any standard handgun comfortably. The rugged 1200D construction and dense foam padding will protect your guns as well.
If you want a quality gun case to protect your assault rifle or handgun, the Smith & Wesson M&P cases from Explore Products are worth looking into.