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Rugged bags and cases built for a range of storage options can securely carry your weapons, gear, and more on or off duty.

August 31, 2010  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

Pelican Products

I have a Springfield Armory M1A with a McMillan A4 stock and 4-16 scope that needed a happy home. For it I chose to use Pelican's 1750 case. It's constructed of heavy-gauge polymer with four double-throw latches so the case stays closed. It also has two reinforced points for locks so the case stays secure. The interior is closed cell foam padded with a customizable lower insert.


Since I am a trained professional (those who aren't should not try this) I tested the case by tossing it off of a shooting bench with my M1A in it, several times. The scope did not lose zero nor did the rifle shift in the case. While I don't suggest you try it, I have found the 1750 makes a good chair or elevated nap platform; the walls and locks are that tough. If Pelican's case can survive me, it will survive the trunk of your car and protect your firearm.


Safariland's 4552 Double Rifle Case is designed to carry and protect full sized AR-15s, M4s, standard precision rifles, M1As, and police patrol shotguns. The case comes in two sizes: 36 inches and 46 inches. I tested the 36-inch Double Rifle Case.


Multiple carry options make the 4552 extremely versatile. You could use the wrapped carry handles, a single shoulder strap, or a pair of straps that make the 4552 into a backpack. A profusion of pockets in different sizes allow you to stow lots of magazines and accessories. MOLLE straps on the front of the main pouch allow you to add pouches to meet your needs.

S.O. Tech

Another versatile pack is the Mission Go Bag (MGB) from Special Operations Technologies (aka S.O. Tech). Built from tough Cordura, this pack is big enough to use as a medical trauma bag, range bag, active shooter bag-pretty much anything you can think of. Thanks to its configurable strap, the MGB is also designed to be used as a shoulder bag, waist bag, attached to a tactical vest with MOLLE-most any way you prefer or the mission requires.

S.O. Tech

The MGB is a tough bag. I have used it as my range bag for ARs and it's been tossed in and out of the truck more times than I can count over the last couple of years. Numerous special operations units are using this bag in Afghanistan where it's surviving the rigors of hard use in the armpit of the world. The MGB can carry 20 AR magazines no problem and loads of assorted gear, which is why the special operations teams are using the MGB. This bag will adapt to your mission, too-that's what S.O. Tech built it for.

Spec Ops Brand

Spec Ops Brand's "The Holds Everything" (T.H.E.) Pack is one of the largest in the company's line. It holds more than 2,500 cubic inches of space to carry your daily duty gear or specialized callout equipment. It consists of three sections.

Spec Ops Brand

Yellow nylon lines the interior of the main body so you can find those small items in the deep corners. A small mesh bag built into the front of this section holds items such as keys. The back of the main section contains a closed cell pad to give the T.H.E. Pack flexible rigidness, and can store a hydration bladder. You can route the drink tube for the bladder out the right or left of the bag.

On the front flap of the bag are two pockets-the other two storage sections. Should you need more room for gear, the pack has numerous MOLLE straps to attach additional pouches or carriers. Spec Ops Brand's T.H.E. Pack is ready to carry your callout and daily use gear.

Scott Smith is a former federal police officer for the Department of Veteran's Affairs who currently serves as a reserve officer and is a contributing editor to POLICE.

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