Many hunters and shooters buy a gun case for storing their rifle, shotgun or handgun at home. This can be a good storage option, but only if certain precautions are taken. A gun case can protect the gun from scratches, dust and some gun cases can also be locked, preventing unwanted access to the gun. This is especially true if children are in the household. But, storing guns in a gun case can also lead to corrosion on the firearm if it is not done properly. Especially for the occasional hunter that only pulls their gun out of the case a few times a year for sighting in and hunting.
The problem with storing a gun in a gun case is that most gun cases have some type of foam padding in them to cushion and protect the gun. Usually this foam is a soft, open cell type, that unfortunately can trap and hold moisture like a sponge. many sportsmen store their rifles and shotguns in their basements. Basements are typically the dampest place in a house, which can lead to the problem of corrosion. If a gun is stored in a closed gun case in a damp environment, then the foam can actually hold moisture against the gun which can quickly lead to rust. This can happen as fast as overnight if the conditions are right.
Fortunately there are several precautions that can be taken to minimize the risk of corrosion when storing a gun in a gun case. One of the most important rule is to clean and wipe down the gun with a good quality gun oil before placing it in the gun case. This removes fingerprints, which if left on a gun, can cause corrosion due to the acids found on most peoples hands. Once wiping down the gun metal, be sure not to touch the gun anywhere other than the stock when placing the gun in the gun case for storage.
The second most important thing to due when storing a gun in a gun case is to leave the case partially unzipped if using a soft gun case, or partially open if using a hard gun case. This allows any moisture that is trapped in the foam of the gun case to be able to escape. However, if you store your guns in a damp environment, you may want to purchase a hard gun case that has a rubber O-ring seal. A good example of an excellent O-ring sealed gun case is SKB Gun Cases. This type of gun case can keep out moisture out and away from the gun. But, in this situation it is important to keep a few desiccant packs in the gun case to absorb moisture. When closing the gun case, you are not only keeping outside moisture out, but you are also preventing moisture inside the gun case to escape. Save those silica gel packs that come in electronics as they are perfect for absorbing moisture in a closed space.
If you follow these simple steps, you will find that storing a gun in a gun case will protect the firearm from dust and scratches. Plus it will help prevent any corrosion on your gun.
Allen gun cases are produced by Allen Company based in Colorado. Allen makes many different models of soft gun cases including handgun cases, rifle cases, shotgun cases and tactical gun cases. Some of the Allen brand of gun cases are made in the USA, while others are sewn overseas. Allen also makes gun cases under the Smith & Wesson M&P brand, and also under Ruger.
Allen rifle cases fall in a wide range of sizes and style. Some of their gun case model are unique in that they offer features not usually found on other brands of gun cases. Some examples are the Allen Euro Oversized Rifle Case is a soft gun case with a full three inches of foam. Most other gun case brands offer foam from 1/2″ thick to 3/4″ thick. If you want a ton of protection in a soft gun case, this is a good option. The case also features built in external pockets, carry sling, and enough room to carry a scope rifle with a front bipod attached. Allen also has unique sizes not often found in other brand gun cases. The Allen All Purpose soft gun case comes in eight sizes for shotguns and rifles ranging from 40″ up to 54″. This give the hunter and shooter more options to better fit their firearm so that there is not too much extra room inside their gun case.
For handgun cases, Allen is one of the few companies that still make a suede leather handgun and pistol case. The interior is a sheepskin style liner to protect the gun. These handgun cases features metal zippers, and range in size from 8″, 11″, 13″ and 15″. Allen also offers many different models of handgun cases that not only hold the pistol, but also extra magazines as well. Some examples include the Allen 50-15 Attache Handgun Case, and the Ruger Duoplex Attache Handgun Case. Other unique handgun cases include a locking zipper style case, as well as a compact molded handgun case.
A one of a kind Allen Encore/Contender/Striker 22″ Pistol Soft Gun Case has sewn in pockets to accommodate up to two extra barrels. Exterior pockets and thick foam padding make this case far superior to trying to fit this style of firearm in a standard gun case that tends to be too long and not able to carry extra barrels.
The Smith & Wesson M&P series of cases offer many different tactical gun case options for law enforcement, and individual shooters alike. There are models for one or two AR style rifles, for M&P handguns with mag pouches, etc. And, a full line of range bags to carry not only the firearm, but other shooting equipment like hearing and eye protection, as well as other gear. The entire series of Smith & Wesson M&P gun cases are very well made, and have multiple pockets and dividers to make gear organizing easy and practical.
You can find a full assortment of Allen gun cases and range bags at Exploreproducts.com.
Many hunters have an opportunity to fly to one of the many States known for excellent pheasant hunting such as South Dakota. We get a lot of questions asking what would be a good gun case for this purpose. Usually this type of hunting trip involves flying to the destination. One consideration for what gun case would be best for this situation is to determine how many shotguns the hunter wants to take in the gun case. Some hunters want to take two guns – one as a backup in case there are mechanical problems with the other. Or, several hunters will share a gun case and will want to take 2 to 4 shotguns between them. Another consideration is the size of the gun case itself. Many airlines now charge extra fees for bags over a certain dimension. If this is a concern, then a one gun shotgun case would be a better fit.
When flying with a shotgun, the most important factor to consider is protection for your firearm. the airlines require a hard case that is lockable when flying. There are many quality grades for hard gun cases. For protection, we recommend a top quality gun case such as SKB or Kalispel style. You would not want to arrive at your destination, only to find that the airlines had damaged your shotgun. This could ruin an entire hunting trip. A top of the line gun case is cheap in comparison to the entire cost of a hunting trip. So, purchase a better grade shotgun case, and your trip will be more enjoyable.
SKB Gun Cases have several different model shotgun cases from a single gun model 2SKB-4900, to a four gun model 2SKB-5014. Most hunters will find that a 2 gun model such as the 2skb-5009 or 3i-5014-DR will fit their needs perfectly. Both are made in the USA with a lifetime warranty, and also feature a $1500 protection policy on the guns themselves if they were to get damaged in an SKB case while flying. Other features like a rubber O-ring seal and impact resistant construction make these SKB gun cases a good value.
The Kalispel style gun cases are also made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. The Kalispel style gun cases are made from .080″ thick aluminum, and feature a stainless steel locking rod that locks up all for latches with one padlock. The interior foam is a flat high compression foam that keeps your guns from moving around inside the gun case. the Kalispel style gun cases are available in a 52″ length single or two gun model, a 54″ two gun model, and also a 38″ breakdown shotgun model.
Finally Plano molding makes a good two gun full length shotgun case in their All Weather series of gun cases. These models are priced slightly lower then the SKB or Kalispel gun cases, but do not offer quite as many features or warranties. The Plano gun cases are perfect for the hunter that only plans on flying once or twice with their guns where cost is a consideration.
Regardless of what type shotgun case you need, Explore Products is available to answer any questions you have, as well as help you find the perfect gun case for your situation.
Soft handgun cases have come a long way from just being a fabric sack to store your pistol in. Today’s soft handgun cases offer both protection for your firearm, and are also stylish as well. There are several manufacturer’s that have features in their handgun cases that enhance both the protection factor and looks as well.
SKB makes several handgun cases featuring their Dry-Tek technology. These pistol cases feature a two layer system to wick moisture away from your handgun. The two-layer padding will work in tandem to draw moisture from the inner bag. The inner pad layer enables moisture to pass through to the outer layer where a remarkable one-way laminate membrane applied to the outer layer allows water molecules to exit the bag, but not to enter. The result, your gun stays dry! These are available in 9″, 12″ and 15″ fitted sizes, and also in a 11″ x 7″ rectangular handgun bag.
Allen gun cases still makes a suede leather handgun case that features a thick sheepskin style lining to protect the handgun, as well as stylish suede leather construction for a classic look and feel. Most handgun case companies have gotten away from leather handgun cases because of the cost. But Allen still makes a 8″, 11″, 13″ and 15″ model with metal zippers. These are sure to turn a few heads at the gun range.
Allen also makes stylish Smith & Wesson Pro Comp Four Handgun Case. This soft gun case bag features 4 soft lined handgun pockets plus 10 magazine pockets to keep your handguns organized and protected. The gun case also has front and back exterior MOLLE loop web for attaching accessories, as well as large exterior pockets for extra gear. This handgun case crosses into range bag territory, but is not as bulky as most range bags while still offering plenty of room.
Be sure to check out all of the unique handgun cases at Exploreproducts.com
If you want to carry four handguns to the range or on a hunting trip, there are many different hard gun cases on the market that will fit most handguns. The difference usually comes down to quality of the guncase, which also has a direct influence on the price. Some of the higher end four gun handgun cases are approved for airline travel, while some of the less expensive multiple handgun cases are ideal for carry to the local gun range.
Starting from the best quality, the Kalispel Style Handgun Case GC181304 fits multiple handguns and pistols up to 4 depending on the guns size. This case is made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Durable 0.080″ thick aluminum construction is some of the thickest on the market. Inside dimension are 17″ x 12″. SKB also is made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. The molded construction is waterproof, and the SKB 3i-1813-5B-L 2 to 4 gun handgun case protects the guns to the point that SKB has a $1500 damage protection guarantee that covers your guns.
Moving into the moderate price range, Guardforce Gun Cases offer several models that hold up to 4 handguns. The Classic 36C series has interior dimensions of approximately 17 1/2″ x 13 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ for multiple gun carry. These cases are made of a plywood type core with laminate on the outside, similar to briefcase construction. Plano Molding has an All Weather Handgun Case that is also waterproof like the SKB cases, but they do not have the all encompassing warranty like SKB. But the mid range price point fits most shooters budgets, while offering great protection.
The lower end multiple handgun cases are generally molded construction, and are a thinner material than the SKB and Plano All Weather cases. But the very reasonably priced cases are ideal for travel to the range, or for storing your handguns while not in use. the Plano Gun Guard Special Edition handgun case holds up to 4 handguns in 2 separate layers. MTM also has an inexpensive multiple handgun case with their Case Guard 2 – 4 handgun model.
To chose the pistol case that works best for you, compare what type of usage you plan on doing with the case, the features that each gun case offers, and the price you are willing to pay, and you will ultimately find a multiple handgun case that fits your very needs.
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.