Let’s kick off this review with a confession, a bit of brutal honesty. It’s like this, I have severely neglected my range gear over the years. Maybe because I don’t get out to shoot much or possibly because my money goes to different investments. Either way, I’ve been using a pair of Walmart special hearing protection and a rifle case that dates back to the 1980’s. I knew I needed to upgrade my gear, but didn’t really get the motivation until I picked up the Ranger Gun Case from 3V Gear.
Once it arrived in the mail, I was more than happy to toss out the old rifle cases and focus on getting the new one setup properly. Thanks to the wealth of built in pouches and MOLLE webbing, customizing this for my own needs was easy. This is the first set of changes for the case, I may add more items in the future, but for now this setup is a perfect foundation to build on.
First let’s go over the specifications:
- Ranger Gun Case Carries Tactical Shotgun, M-4 Carbine and weapons up to 36″
- Rugged 600D PVC polyester construction
- Water resistant
- Detachable padded and adjustable backpack straps
- EVA foam padded sides and internal center divider
- Front Velcro ID panel
- Weapons are secured via internal Velcro keeper straps
- Large zippered front compartment (24″ x 10″ x 2″) with two padded pistol pockets
- Exterior: 3 pockets for ammo and range gear
- Exterior pocket measurements: two pouches; (9″ x 5″ x 2″) and single (9″ x 7″ x 2″)
- Overall measurements w/external: 36″L x 12″H x 8″D
After making sure my two favorite commie rifles fit in the case, I wrote up a list of range essentials. First addition was an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit). Somebody might get stupid and shoot off a finger, so a trauma kit is a no brainer.
Since it’s great to have extra magazines on hand, I added an old flashlight pouch to hold a Glock 19 magazine and then used an exterior pocket to store two additional AK magazines.
Hearing protection and eyewear was added to the center pocket and finally I figured it was good idea to add a box of 9mm ammo and binoculars to the remaining exterior pocket.
Finally, no range trip is complete without targets, duct tape and staple gun. All these items fit nicely in the front compartment which contains a total of 4 pockets, two zippered, two with Velcro closure.
The main compartment fits any long gun up to 36 inches in length. A total of four retention straps holds any weapon securely in place while the padded divider keeps them separate,
When it comes to carry options, the case can be transported using the standard carry handle. Depending on the situation the two heavy padded straps on the back can be used to wear the case like a backpack. If you don’t feel like using them, the straps are easy to detach and store for later use.
Overall the case fits two long guns and a minimum of two pistols. I really can’t imagine carrying more guns to the range, unless of course I’m headed to the annual machine gun orgy at Knob Creek. Now apart from the roomy design and organizational details, the most attractive feature is the price. Currently it’s only $64.99 on the 3V Gear website.
Compared to similar brands such as Condor, the design is essentially the same, however this case has a generous amount of MOLLE webbing on the front and two zippered compartments on each side. Good options to have if you’re a little OCD like myself and prefer to mount your own pouches.
In regards to color, I’m considering giving the case a quick spray job with Rust-Oleum, but I’m liking the all black so far. I can’t think of much I would change except that it might be nice to have some Velcro panels or MOLLE webbing on the inside of the front compartment.