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LMGTEXAS
01-25-2010, 15:35
Anyone here used something other than a regular (and thus very obvious) gun case to transport their AR-15? That's not a bad idea, particularly if you are transporting your rifle in your car or if you are taking it out to or from the car.

Someone recently suggested a baseball bat bag/case or a tennis racket case. The bag/case would need to be at least 34" long x 11" wide (if a magazine was already inserted into the magazine well) x 4" thick to fit my Bushmaster M4. I've found a couple of tennis racket "back packs" that meet the size criteria and are only $30 dollars or so. Added advantage are the shoulder straps and a couple of exterior pockets for extra magazines.

Has anyone tried this approach to "concealed carry?"

FLIPPER 348
01-25-2010, 18:41
Go to your local thrift shops and score a rectangular double tennis racket case. They are usually padded and the ball pouches work great for mags. They fit an M4 size rifle perfectly.

FYI- a single tennis racket case with the 'profile shape' fits my GSG-5 with collapsable stock & inserted mag like a champ. And the extra mags fit in the outside pocket.
...like it was made for it!

Range Rat
01-25-2010, 18:51
I use a sniper drag bag bought from AR15.com. It has nice padded backpack straps, tie down straps for the rifle, and plenty of storage compartments, so it's very convenient hauling it and all of my other stuff from the car to the range and back. I wouldn't recommend it if you are trying to be discreet however.

furioso2112
01-25-2010, 19:15
There are plenty of hiking backpacks for which you could get an internal frame, floor, etc., to reduce parts poking out, and fill with some foam cut-outs very easily. It would require separating the upper and lower, but what's less obvious than a backpack? I have never looked at a backpack and wondered - 'Is there an AR in there?' Have you?

A baseball bat/tennis racket is a little more noticeable - perhaps not immediately advertising "AR INSIDE!!!", but especially in winter, or if carrying without the associated garb, backpack has greater 'pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain' status.

trainbrainmike
01-25-2010, 19:53
Anyone here used something other than a regular (and thus very obvious) gun case to transport their AR-15? That's not a bad idea, particularly if you are transporting your rifle in your car or if you are taking it out to or from the car.

Someone recently suggested a baseball bat bag/case or a tennis racket case. The bag/case would need to be at least 34" long x 11" wide (if a magazine was already inserted into the magazine well) x 4" thick to fit my Bushmaster M4. I've found a couple of tennis racket "back packs" that meet the size criteria and are only $30 dollars or so. Added advantage are the shoulder straps and a couple of exterior pockets for extra magazines.

Has anyone tried this approach to "concealed carry?"
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You have already received some pretty good suggestions. Here is what I did:

I bought a RealTree pattern soft side case for a compound bow, which is sort of like a half circle with the wide part down. There are some strong web handles and an industrial strength zipper. I then went to a local foam and fabric store and bought some closed cell foam, about 1 1/2 inches thick.

I then traced the outline for the AR-15, with optic mounted, and cut out the area where the gun will nestle. One side was glued into the case, and when the case is unzipped, there she lays, complete with two 30 round mags, just waiting to be caressed.

Enjoy her....:thumbsup:

actionpup
01-25-2010, 20:36
Yes, however I don't think discussing them online is a good thing. There are dozens of different discrete carry options...especially when you break it down.

TxDeputy
01-25-2010, 20:53
This is somewhat extreme, but it's an idea:

http://www.quarterbore.com/ar15m16/toolbox.html

Bilbo Bagins
01-25-2010, 21:38
This is somewhat extreme, but it's an idea:

http://www.quarterbore.com/ar15m16/toolbox.html

Very cool Idea

If you break your upper and lower down you can fit it in a lot of different things. I have a friend that does the tennis racket thing and another that has a backpack made for laptops. Just measure your upper and make sure you measure the dimension of the bag.

DonL
01-26-2010, 19:49
When I lived in an apartment here in Phoenix....I didn't want to be seen carrying guns out. So I got a used golf bag and made it to accept a rifle or two. I'd throw in some clubs and put golf covers over the rifles....worked great and nobody suspected anything but me heading out to play golf.
Lowes toolbox should work just fine also.

nipperwolf
01-26-2010, 20:52
One of my buddys uses a black, nylon, guitar case. :supergrin:

ajp3jeh
01-28-2010, 10:25
I have a 9mm AR that is a training tool and not a serious rifle. I use a 26" tool box from Lowes to carry it. I haven't bothered to cut foam and simply put bubble wrap in the bottom and between tbe upper and lower. The tray on top hold four magazines, an Uplula magazine loader, allen wrenches, lube, and a can of whit spray paint for any steel I shoot.

TangoCharlie145
01-28-2010, 10:36
Try looking at these. They are very discreet and no one really knows what it may be. It looks like a skateboard case.
Hope this helps.

www.sneakybags.com (http://www.sneakybags.com)

KalashniKEV
01-28-2010, 10:50
Try looking at these. They are very discreet and no one really knows what it may be. It looks like a skateboard case.
Hope this helps.

www.sneakybags.com (http://www.sneakybags.com)

Pretty cool, but if they are trying to make "sneaky bags" why are they in OD green and black?

There is a really funny video on youtube of Chris Costa with an OD green rectangular case which he points out has no external mag pouches so he, "just tells people it's his keyboard inside."

LOL

It may not have crazy mag pouches, but OD green, 550 cord zipper pulls, and "tactical" (to me) looking strap and hardware... I mean, it looked exactly like an M1950 weapons case.

I'm 95% sure I know the case and he wasn't flipping it over b/c there is a large velcro square for those cornball colorform barbie dress up patches.

You guys have the right idea w/ tennis or instrument cases...

SVTNate
01-28-2010, 11:03
Just sling it on your back, and wear no pants. Nobody will mention the rifle.

LMGTEXAS
01-28-2010, 12:06
Thanks for all the great ideas!:cool: I already have a great gun case for my weapon but just wanted something that would be a little less conspicuous.

I ended up purchasing a colorful, inexpensive baseball bat bag from a local sporting goods store. It is 36"x12"x6", with a vertical zipper up one side so it fits my assembled M4 perfectly, even with a magazine in place. The bag also has an exterior side packet that holds about 8 magazines and some cleaning gear.:upeyes: So........I can carry my AR with a magazine in place making it very accessible and not so obvious to anyone watching. This is great in town (not such a big deal at my place in the country).

Again, thanks for all the great input!:cool:

markman
01-28-2010, 12:07
I like the guitar case idea, reminds me of the old gangsters and the violin case for the "Tommy Gun".

MrMurphy
01-28-2010, 13:54
http://stores.homestead.com/Laruetactical/Detail.bok?no=314


They work.

KalashniKEV
01-28-2010, 17:50
http://stores.homestead.com/Laruetactical/Detail.bok?no=314


They work.

Yeah.... I've got one:

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r220/Kalashnikev/IMG_0602.jpg

Not very discrete though...

wingsprint
01-29-2010, 03:04
Not to start a flame war here... but why be discrete? Assuming you are not violating an ordinance or local/state law, there is nothing wrong with carrying a bag that clearly has a firearm in it.

I know... people freak out...

The anti gun mob has trained the general public to be afraid of law abiding citizens who are exercising a Constitutional right. Sad.

RabidDeity
01-29-2010, 03:19
Not to start a flame war here... but why be discrete? Assuming you are not violating an ordinance or local/state law, there is nothing wrong with carrying a bag that clearly has a firearm in it.

True. But on the other hand, why would I want to advertise that I have firearms in the house? It makes my apartment or house a target for theft, if any potential burglars happen to be watching. I don't worry about someone breaking in while I'm there, but I'm not at home 24/7. Besides the sheeple freakout potential, there are other reasons to be discreet.

I wouldn't carry loads of cash out in the open. Same reason.

MrMurphy
01-29-2010, 17:15
The green and tan ones aren't as discreet but the blue and red ones really don't scream GUN more like "Violin" or "Laptop".

I know a guy who had a rifle in a green one, his cop friends thought it was a lawn chair.

BEER
01-29-2010, 20:35
not mine, but i've copied the idea.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/SCOWL1313/guns/DownloadAttach.jpg

i used a metal tool,box and i drilled a hole in the corner to run a cable style bike lock through so it can be locked to the seat frame if left in the truck, and it's got a built in clasp so i can padlock that too if need be.

KiloBravo
01-30-2010, 09:14
not mine, but i've copied the idea.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/SCOWL1313/guns/DownloadAttach.jpg

i used a metal tool,box and i drilled a hole in the corner to run a cable style bike lock through so it can be locked to the seat frame if left in the truck, and it's got a built in clasp so i can padlock that too if need be.

That is truly awesome! :shocked:

I might have to give that idea a try. Thanks Beer! :wavey:

Twisted Steel
01-30-2010, 12:18
I kept some rifles in a climate controlled storage unit, and had an old golf bag I could use to carry them in and out. Get one at a thrift shop and you can tear out the dividers and customize it. They were stored in a big box inside, but I could carry them in discretely in the golf bag, and switch them over to the box and vice versa inside the storage unit. It has a cover that can cover all the clubs, so for the shotguns, that covers the barrels sticking up.

Quiet
01-30-2010, 12:31
Several friends use guitar cases.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/mdar15manager/Misc/Low%20Profile%20Cases/ARinGuitarCase02.jpg

LarryD1130
01-30-2010, 12:39
Several friends use guitar cases.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/mdar15manager/Misc/Low%20Profile%20Cases/ARinGuitarCase02.jpg

I was thinking of doing this but I want to get a hard guitar case instead of a soft one.

RWBlue
01-30-2010, 17:32
This is somewhat extreme, but it's an idea:

http://www.quarterbore.com/ar15m16/toolbox.html

I like the idea, but I don't like the idea of spending $62 on a toolbox large enough for the project.

RWBlue
01-30-2010, 17:34
Several friends use guitar cases.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/mdar15manager/Misc/Low%20Profile%20Cases/ARinGuitarCase02.jpg

Where do you find a guitar case for a decent price?

BEER
01-30-2010, 17:59
I like the idea, but I don't like the idea of spending $62 on a toolbox large enough for the project.


i picked mine up at harbor freight and tool for 25$. i laid out both halves of my rifle on a sheet of cardboard, traced them, and then cut out the 2 pieces and took them with me to the store to make sure i got the right size toolbox.

RWBlue
01-30-2010, 18:31
i picked mine up at harbor freight and tool for 25$. i laid out both halves of my rifle on a sheet of cardboard, traced them, and then cut out the 2 pieces and took them with me to the store to make sure i got the right size toolbox.

I don't see it listed on their website.
I am thinking the 23" Diamond Plate Toolbox would be a tight fit.
Am I missing it?

actionpup
01-30-2010, 19:20
true. But on the other hand, why would i want to advertise that i have firearms in the house? It makes my apartment or house a target for theft, if any potential burglars happen to be watching. I don't worry about someone breaking in while i'm there, but i'm not at home 24/7. Besides the sheeple freakout potential, there are other reasons to be discreet.

I wouldn't carry loads of cash out in the open. Same reason.

+1
...........

BEER
01-30-2010, 23:29
I don't see it listed on their website.
I am thinking the 23" Diamond Plate Toolbox would be a tight fit.
Am I missing it?


it's been over a year since i bought mine so they may not carry it any longer, or it just may not be listed on their website. i'm sure you could find something suitable at lowes or home depot for a reasonable price, or you could always try a pawnshop.

MattS67
01-31-2010, 18:07
Where do you find a guitar case for a decent price?

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/guitar-cases-gigbags?N=100001+330464&Ns=P_Price|0&rpp=20

planner
01-31-2010, 18:42
I have never tried it with an AR, but once when working a labor dispute, one of our undercovers who was on SWAT, carried a suppressed MP5 with an A3 stock in a tennis racket case, while working the crowd.

XM8
01-31-2010, 19:08
For hard guitar bags, check out sweetwater.com (http://www.sweetwater.com/c940--Acoustic_Guitar_Cases/low2high)

I would like to know where you all found the thick foam? Who would have it locally and/or where best to find online? TIA!

MattS67
01-31-2010, 19:55
This baseball bat bag looks like it would fit perfect...

http://store.nike.com/index.jsp?country=US&lang_locale=en_US&cp=usns_CSE_081109_Froogle&l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-207737/pgid-168583&CAWELAID=377788013

RWBlue
01-31-2010, 21:04
http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/guitar-cases-gigbags?N=100001+330464&Ns=P_Price|0&rpp=20

I will admit knowing nothing about guitars or guitar cases.
Can you point out a decent hard sided case that will hold up to weekly transport with 200rounds ammo and an AR-15.

MattS67
02-01-2010, 06:34
I will admit knowing nothing about guitars or guitar cases.
Can you point out a decent hard sided case that will hold up to weekly transport with 200rounds ammo and an AR-15.

The problem with hard cases is that the insides are molded to a specific shape of guitar.

http://www.musicinstrument.biz/images/guitar_hardcase.jpg

If going with the guitar idea, I'd probably stick with a good soft case...any full sized case should work fine. Unless you feel like cutting the insides out of a hard case and putting in your own foam..

Blacknite29
02-01-2010, 07:11
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Hokie
02-01-2010, 08:08
The problem with hard cases is that the insides are molded to a specific shape of guitar.

http://www.musicinstrument.biz/images/guitar_hardcase.jpg

If going with the guitar idea, I'd probably stick with a good soft case...any full sized case should work fine. Unless you feel like cutting the insides out of a hard case and putting in your own foam..

And people may wonder why you never show or play your guitar (if you only have it to carry your AR and do not play).

RWBlue
02-01-2010, 20:52
The problem with hard cases is that the insides are molded to a specific shape of guitar.

http://www.musicinstrument.biz/images/guitar_hardcase.jpg

If going with the guitar idea, I'd probably stick with a good soft case...any full sized case should work fine. Unless you feel like cutting the insides out of a hard case and putting in your own foam..

I assumed I would gut the hard case and fill with foam.
I assume a soft case will not hold up to the abuse of carrying a rifle and sufficient ammo.

Daekwan
02-01-2010, 20:55
I picked up this one from Primary Arms.. for the price it was unbeatable ($70)

http://www.primaryarms.com/product.sc?productId=80&categoryId=19

http://www.primaryarms.com/images/blackcase.jpg

Tac Force 36 Inch Discreet Soft Gun Case (Black)


T.T.S. Discreet Soft Gun Cases have a proven track record of durability and quality used by law enforcement and military personnel. Each case is manufactured using 900 Denier materials, high-quality components, heavy duty stitching plus the material is treated with DuPont Teflon to ensure product durability and longevity. Each case has a secondary compartment to stow additional magazine pouches, handgun or gear. Each T.T.S. case comes equipped with a padded shoulder strap, removable AR magazine pouch that holds 3 USGI magazines, and pistol sleeve. Will accommodate: AK47, MAK90, M4, AR-15, and Mini-14 folding stock rifles. Dimensions are 36 x 12 x 3.

KalashniKEV
02-02-2010, 06:09
I picked up this one from Primary Arms.. for the price it was unbeatable ($70)

That actually sounds mad high...

MattS67
02-02-2010, 19:05
Ordered this last night...I'll be lining the inside with foam and using velcro straps in various locations to strap in 1-2 ARs, a pistol or two, and mags.

http://www.champssports.com/catalog/productdetail/model_nbr--132638/sku--13601090/cm--GLOBAL%20SEARCH:%20KEYWORD%20SEARCH/coremetricsDo--true/

I'll get some pics up when it's done.

If anyone else orders, use code AFCH9CC6 for 15% off.

RWBlue
02-02-2010, 20:00
Ordered this last night...I'll be lining the inside with foam and using velcro straps in various locations to strap in 1-2 ARs, a pistol or two, and mags.

http://www.champssports.com/catalog/productdetail/model_nbr--132638/sku--13601090/cm--GLOBAL%20SEARCH:%20KEYWORD%20SEARCH/coremetricsDo--true/

I'll get some pics up when it's done.

If anyone else orders, use code AFCH9CC6 for 15% off.

Can you put a tape measure to that bag?

MattS67
02-02-2010, 20:05
http://www.mizunousa.com/equipment.nsf/1/10dia1-bgs/360142?opendocument&div=baseball/softball&cat=10dia1-bgs

Sizes: length 34" x height 10" x width 7 1/4"

MattS67
02-02-2010, 20:05
BTW, my 16" carbine w/ACS stock is 33.5" tip to tip, so it should be a perfect fit.

RWBlue
02-02-2010, 20:48
BTW, my 16" carbine w/ACS stock is 33.5" tip to tip, so it should be a perfect fit.

My 16" carbine with M-4 stock is 32 7/8s tip to tip, collapsed.

Facejackets
02-02-2010, 23:25
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/MrMetalHFFK/evilblack001.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/MrMetalHFFK/evilblack002.jpg

Now my AK resides in the guitar case.

jobob
02-03-2010, 03:31
I have one of these takedown cases. Not bad for the money.
http://www.galatiinternational.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=GIO&Product_Code=GLAR28X12

faawrenchbndr
02-03-2010, 06:34
I like the idea, but I don't like the idea of spending $62 on a toolbox large enough for the project.

Garage sales, thrift stores, pawn shops,.......

Daekwan
02-03-2010, 09:34
That actually sounds mad high...

Care to show me where the exact same case is cheaper?

vafish
02-03-2010, 10:42
How about a Cello Case:

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n75/vafish/Guns/DSCN2192.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n75/vafish/Guns/DSCN2190.jpg

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n75/vafish/Guns/DSCN2191.jpg

One of these days I'll see what I can fit in my daughters bass case.

LarryD1130
02-09-2010, 14:55
I just bought one of these: http://www.caseking.com/product_info.php/cPath/44_50/products_id/261

I paid $100 at a gun show. It isn't that discreet but It seems like a really nice case. I just have to figure out how to cut the foam so my AR fits flush.