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Have Gun--Will Travel

These gun cases and gear bags hold your pistols and rifles...and more.

June 01, 2002  |  by Marilyn Stone

I remember the low slung holster, the hand poised over a revolver and Paladin's craggy face from the old television series "Have Gun-Will Travel." Paladin was played by.... the childhood memories have slipped away, leaving only vague images of the man in black.

Paladin's travels were by horse, stage, or train. There were no airlines, cars, or helicopters back then. A leather holster worked as Paladin's travel case. Technology creates options.

Today's law enforcement personnel have many choices beyond leather, and much more to carry than just a pistol. Cordura has been used since the late 1970s, but new uses are being discovered for this air-jet textured nylon. Who doesn't want a fabric that is twice as durable as standard nylon, three times more durable than polyester, and outlasts cotton duck 10 times over? Propex is tough and tear and puncture resistant. Nylok builds on nylon's lightweight, easy care qualities to add good-looking durability.

Here's a look at what gun cases and gear bags Paladin might be carrying today.

Armor Holdings/Safariland

Armor Holdings/Safariland's Shooters Bag is a heavy-duty Anso-tex nylon range bag measuring 10x16x10 inches. It has a separate interior case that holds two removable gun rugs, each with a padded divider to hold two guns. Between the two padded gun rugs there's plenty of room for ammo, shooting glasses, timers, scopes or binoculars, and other shooting supplies. The bag includes a heavy duty YKK self-healing zipper.

Bagmaster Mfg. Inc.

If you're on a SWAT team, take note that Bagmaster Mfg. Inc. has recently redesigned its Tactical Weapon Cases. The company has replaced the open cell foam and nylon tricot liner on previous models with a full 1/2-inch thick, two-pound closed-cell foam core and a durable polyester lining. The cases are also wider with new 21/2-inch-wide YKK self-healing zipper tops. These improvements provide more protection and more room for weapons with scopes and BI-pods attached. The case is available in four different sizes, from 35 to 46 inches.

Beretta USA

Beretta's trident range bags have a heavy-duty nylon shell, coil zippers, and articulated shoulder straps. They are big enough to carry up to three guns, shooting gloves, and more. A backpack, called the range pack, has two straps that allow you to carry your range equipment hands-free. The pack has two integrated pistol rugs on each side and adustable compartments.


Bianchi’s Range Portfolio is for a quick trip to the range when you only need
a few things. Two cushioned sleeves carry one or two firearms with barrels up to 6 inches and an interior pocket for gun cleaning supplies and other gear. Also inside are four elastic web loops for magazines. Firearms are protected with high-density foam padding, ballistic weave nylon construction and breathable Air-Flo lining. A D-ring for a padlock is provided.


The Homeland Security Discreet case from BlackHawk is made to all the same standards as original Discreet Cases, including removable 3/8-inch closed cell foam padding, full wrap-around carry handles, YKK zippers with Hawk-Tabs, a detachable shoulder strap, and a HawkTex shoulder pad.

New features include two rows of BTS webbing down the inside middle of the case, expandable Velcro wrap keepers for any rifle with accessories such as scopes, lasers, or rail mounts.

Modular velcro pouches allow you to customize the bag to your needs. It is available in sizes from 16 inches long to 40 inches long. A multi-launcher case is also available.

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