Any high-quality, expensive tool needs a case. In order to take care of your tools properly and to transport them securely, sometimes clandestinely, they need to be protected from bumps, dings, scratches and the adverse affects of gravity. Rifles especially. There are many styles, colors and configurations available for soft-case shoppers. Keep in mind why you are looking for one, the type of rifle for which it is needed and your spending limit. Soft cases are great alternatives and can offer a level of flexibility not found with expensive, hard-sided cases. We’ve made our case. Now, find yours.
The USB50 is a rifle-carrying backpack that features a unique zip-open design that allows the USB50 to be transformed into a full-sized shooting mat with integrated bipod stops. A 15mm layer of closed-cell foam between the inner and outer shell adds extra protection for your rifle, as well as the user, when it is in shooting mat mode. The interior features tie-down points and bungee straps to keep your gear secure. The backpack straps can be removed and stored in a dedicated pocket, while the heavy-duty handles (top and side) are well padded. A front compartment is perfect for mags and accessories and features webbing and compression straps. This bag is made from a water-resistant material, while the back has a polyurethane coating.
Hogue’s Standard Rifle Bags come in three sizes (large, medium, small) and are available in green or black. The exterior pouch has three internal sections for accessories and ammo. The front zippered pouch was designed to hold cleaning kits, paperwork or additional items. There are secure points to attach a shoulder strap onto the bag to increase and customize the carry options, while an extra handle on the rear enables easy removal from a vehicle. The internal lining is made from 100 percent cotton, while the exterior is heavy-duty nylon secured bar-tack stitching at the stress points. The large bag is 42 inches long; the medium is 40 inches; and the small is 34 inches. All three sizes are 10 inches tall.
MSRP: $149.95(large); $144.95(medium); $139.95(small)
The Deluxe 42-inch padded case (by Voodoo Tactical) is designed to carry two rifles up to 42 inches in length, as well as two handguns and eight 30-round rifle and six pistol mags. The handles are wrapped with extra padding for comfort, while the detachable and padded shoulder strap is adjustable and features PALS webbing. All rifle, pistol and mag compartments have locking zipper pulls with included padlocks, and the padded partition keeps the weapons separated and secure with hook-and-loop straps. The case is made from ballistic pack cloth construction and closed-cell foam padding, featuring a 2-inch padded interior perimeter lip with padded divider to keep your weapons safe. This case best fits AR-15, Mini 14, M-16 and HK-93 and is available in black, olive drab and coyote colors.
Weighing only 4.2 pounds, the 16-pocket Tactix 1-Day Backpack, which attaches to the rifle case, is constructed with 500 and 1,000 Denier water-resistant nylon. The YKK zippers and Duraflex hardware will ensure durability and longevity in the field. There are three removable compression straps on the exterior, as well as repositionable shoulder straps that ensure a correct fit. The shoulder straps and back panel feature spacer mesh with dual-density foam for comfort. The main compartment measures 12x19x8 inches and features a hook-and-loop and web platform for unlimited placement of pouches. The removable internal backboard with posture-conforming aluminum stay may be used as splint, shovel or paddle. The Tactix comes in black, olive and coyote.
5 Allen Company Monument Hill Rifle Case (50 Inches)
Made with rugged Endura fabric and attractive polyurethane “leather” accents, the Monument Hill Rifle Case is an affordable option for rifle storage and transportation. The inside of the case features a dual layer of heavy-duty foam padding, while the well-organized pockets allow for a variety of storage options. The handle is made of durable polyurethane for comfort and ruggedness.
With multiple rows of webbing for attaching pouches and accessories, this affordable rifle case has enough space to allow a scoped rifle to fit without having to remove the scope. Designed for rifles up to 48 inches, this case is made with 600 Denier polyester and a thick layer of PVC laminate, making it particularly rugged and water resistant. The dual-density foam padding keeps the rifle secure and in place.
Suggested for weapons no larger than 34 inches by 7 inches tall, this case features inside hook-and-loop weapon hold-down straps, padded muzzle protector and added PALS webbing. It has a detachable, padded, adjustable shoulder strap; self-repairing, locking, nylon zippers; and a reinforced wrap carry handle. On the exterior are rows of PALS webbing so you can attach your modular ammo and gear pouches, while the 8½x8x1½-inch double-zip pocket can be used for ammo, eye and ear protection, or cleaning gear. Available in black, olive drab and coyote colors.
Lightweight and made from a rugged 600 Denier polyester (exterior shell) that repels moisture and abrasion, the Shock rifle case features a 1,513-cubic-inch interior compartment made from 300 Denier polyester. This case is best suited for weapons 42 inches or fewer. The adjustable shoulder strap can be converted to backpack-carry mode in seconds, while internal rifle retention straps and locking zippers keep the main compartment snug and secure. Additional features include an ID window. This case is available in sandstone, black, or double tap (dark gray).
Made from rugged ballistic pack cloth and with heavy-duty zippers and three adjustable outside covered accessory pouches, this Voodoo Tactical 36-inch case features wrap-and-carry handles, removable closed-cell foam padding and an adjustable shoulder harness (with a shoulder harness storage pocket). Inside is an assortment of accessory pockets, while the outside features universal attachment straps and five rows of PALS webbing. It will fit collapsible folding-stock weapons up to 36 inches long and comes in black, olive drab and coyote colors.
The 0.375 inch of closed-cell foam in Blackhawk’s 48-inch Scoped Rifle case does well at absorbing shock and abuse but won’t retain moisture or water if it gets wet. The seams are double stitched and taped on the raw edges, while the handles’ attachment points are box stitched. The case incorporates a zippered cargo compartment instead of the magazine pouches found on its other cases. The YKK zipper opens all the way, allowing for the case to double as a flat shooting mat. This case is also available in a 51-inch length.
Made with durable 500 Denier nylon exterior and 10mmthick closed-cell foam for the interior padding, First Tactical’s rifle sleeve is designed to easily carry and protect a rifle. The straps are silent locking, and the carrying handles are padded and reinforced. First Tactical’s “Thru System” of hanging hooks, hook-andloop interior mounting points and compression-molded barrel mount make this line of functional rifle sleeves practical and durable. The 36-inch sleeve has 600 cubic inches of capacity, while the 42-inch sleeve has 695, and the 50-inch sleeve has 820 cubic inches of space. Colors include black, olive and coyote.
MSRP: $59.99 (36-inch model); $69.99 (42-inch model); $79.99 (50-inch model)
The Patrol Double Rifle Case features backpack straps that offer different carrying methods. Made from Endura fabric, this case holds two rifles that measure fewer than 42 inches in length. The weapons are kept divided by a padded insert. Side compartments are designed to store two handguns, while multiple internal and external storage pockets have ample room for a variety of gear. The shoulder strap is padded for comfort, and the exterior features a MOLLE web system for the addition of compatible pouches. This case also comes in a 36-inch configuration.
The heavy-duty Endura fabric used to construct the 3 Gun Gun Case features an easy-to-clean polyester lining. The rifles are secured inside their separate compartments via corner pockets and two pairs of hook-and-loop tie-down straps. The exterior has adjustable backpack straps, as well as a shoulder strap. Outside, there are four double magazine pockets, a zippered accessory pocket and a series of external MOLLE webbing.
The heavy-duty exterior fabric of Plano’s durable, soft-sided Gun Guard Tactical Case offers ample protection for your rifle while in transport. Its interior padding and five pockets provide convenient storage for your rifle’s accessories. The case fits any long gun up to 42 inches in length.
The XT Premium Rifle case is configured to fit an AR-15, Mini 14, M16, HK91/93 and other similar-sized weapons inside its 42×12-inch dimensions. The five magazine pouches are designed to carry .308 and/or .223 mags. Made from PVC tactical nylon, with 1⅛inches of closed-cell foam on each side, the case features a padded zipper protector and a 3-inch support rib down its spine. The stitching is reinforced, and the threading is bonded. It is water resistant and covered with a fire retardant. According to the manufacturer, the case will float with a rifle inside. The padded shoulder strap is adjustable, and the zippers are lockable.
With a padded ballistic polyester fabric shell, water-resistant urethane interior, padded internal corners, MOLLE webbing and three external pouches, the Alpha Double AR Case will keep any AR and its associated gear organized, protected and consolidated. Made from a heavy-duty, padded ballistic polyester fabric, the entire front of the case is covered in webbing, allowing the addition of most any kind of accessory. The self-healing nylon zippers feature corded pull tabs, while the handles and padded shoulder straps offer a variety of carrying methods. There is a large external pouch and two removable interior pouches. At 37 inches in length, this case offers plenty of room for two rifles, as well as extra gear and a pistol, to be stored in a secure and protected configuration.
Elite Covert Operations Cases are constructed of padded 1,000 Denier nylon and include closed-cell foam padding, heavy-duty zippers and hardware. They are designed to accommodate a 36-inch weapon, such as a fixed-stock M16 or a 16-inch-barreled AK-47. There is a large, external padded pocket for accessories, and a padded divider separates the weapon from the adjustable interior pouch. These cases are available in six sizes, with internal dimensions of 13 inches (height), 3 inches (depth) and from 16 to 41 inches in length.
Only 4 inches thick, the Discreet Tactical Rifle Case is made to covertly take a tactical rifle into places and situations that necessitate a low profile. Manufactured from tough nylon with features designed for convenience and functionality, the case includes four interior magazine pockets with hook-and loop-flaps, a zippered accessory pocket and full-length zipper with a padded zipper guard. One-inch-thick foam lines both sides of the case. The case is 10.5 inches tall and comes in six lengths from 26 to 46 inches.
The semi-rigid frame of the Hardline Rifle case is made with Endura fabric to ensure easy cleaning and ruggedness. Locking zippers keep the contents safe and secure, while the adjustable padded shoulder strap allows for a variety of carry options. There are multiple internal pockets for magazines and other gear. Corner pockets with hook-andloop straps keep the gun secure and in place during transport. The internal dimensions can accommodate rifles up to 37 inches long.
For tactical weapons 38 inches long (including collapsible AR-15, AK-47, HK94, MAK90, Mini 14 Folding Stock, M1 Garand folding stock and others), the main compartment of this case can hold two weapons securely with two adjustable straps on each side of the case. A protective flap separates the weapons; it can be removed and used as a small shooting pad. The outside modular pocket includes a removable, threepocket mag pouch. The case, itself, folds flat to be used as a shooting mat, while backpack rings on the back side allow this case to double as a backpack (additional strap sold separately). Made from 1,000 Denier nylon, it features MOLLE webbing and a half-inch of closed-cell foam padding on each side of the case (more padding or armor plates can be added). This case is available in many sizes and colors (black, coyote brown, olive and multi-camo).
The Assault Rifle Case is designed to provide plenty of vertical space—enough to accommodate a standard rifle with a scope attached and magazine inserted. Made from a tough, water-resistant nylon outer shell and a snag-proof flannel lining, the case features 1 inch of foam for additional protection. There are five individual external pockets with full adjustable hook-and-loop flaps to accommodate a variety of magazine sizes (or other gear). There is also a zippered accessory pocket. The strap is detachable with swivel snap hooks for optional carry configurations. The full-length zipper allows this case to be completely opened up and laid flat. The Assault Rifle Case comes in four colors: black, multicam, ACU camo and digital woodland camo.
Condor Outdoor’s double rifle cases are designed to carry two primary weapons and feature an additional 26-inch compartment for a pistol, optics or other accessories. Each case comes with three modular pouches that combine to hold up to 14 mags. A padded divider separates the two rifles, and the entire case is fully padded for complete protection. The detachable padded backpack strap (with a sternum strap) can be stored in its own hideaway pocket. The double rifle case is available in 36-, 42- and 46-inch configurations and is offered in olive drab, black and tan.
Easy-to-clean polyester lines the interior of the 36inch Battalion Tactical case. The detachable shoulder strap is padded and features metal hardware, while the padded handle makes carrying the case easy and comfortable. There are three magazine pockets, each capable of storing two mags, as well as two front and rear accessory pockets. Also available in 42- and 34-inch sizes, this case comes in a variety of color patterns: black, A-TACS FG camo, pink digital camo, tan digital camo, Muddy Girl and A-TACS AU.
The 10/22 Takedown Backpack is a discreet alternative for transporting a 40-inch, scoped Ruger Takedown rifle. Made from Endura fabric and 420 Denier fabric, it features three outside zippered pockets with reinforced bottoms perfectly sized to house your rifle components—including installed optics and bipod—with fleece-lined interiors to reduce noise and prevent wear. The zipper is self healing. The interior foam is designed to hide the shape of the rifle, while bungees hold it in place. The adjustable padded shoulder straps feature a sternum strap and whistle buckle; the shoulder straps tuck into the back for snag-free storage. This backpack opens flat to double as a shooting mat.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in a print issue of World Of Firepower.