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Posted: 7/30/2006 12:49:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/24/2018 7:05:15 AM EST by Docsprague]
I have a Pelican 1750 with no foam, just got it used, and I order new foam for it.  I would like to see some pics on how everyone sets them up, not that it is rocket science, but ideas such as how to cut slots for mags would be great.

EDIT:  This thing is still going on for over 8 years and still not tacked.
Link Posted: 7/30/2006 10:52:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/30/2006 11:16:02 AM EST
agreed, how does one cut the foam so nice?
Link Posted: 7/30/2006 11:26:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/30/2006 2:22:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By JTrusty:
Patience. You need to make sure you lay everything out first. Trace all items with chalk or as
in my case, a black sharpie marker. When tracing, angle the pen in towards the object so that
you are making an outline a bit smaller than the intended object; this will ensure a snug fit.

There has been plenty of discussion regarding the best method of cutting the foam. It has been
suggested to use an electric turkey carving knife, which does work well most of the time, however,
mine died about 5 seconds in and I had to resort to a box cutter. The worst thing you can do
when cutting foam is to use a sawing motion. This will leave extremely ugly, jagged edges.
Make straight clean cuts using a long sharp razor such as the inserts found in box cutters.

Make sure to take your time. This can not be stressed enough. The slower you go, the better
the end result. If you decide cutting the foam yourself is not for you, or you simply want a
professional job, there are services out there that will cut to your specifications. They aren't
cheap, but you get what you pay for.

Here is one such service for reference: CaseCad


JT

thanks for the good info, while I believe you that theres been discussion on here on how to cut foam. Ive never seen one, so your info was really helpful!

CaseCad seems like a nice nitch company IF i ever saw one.
Link Posted: 7/30/2006 4:26:39 PM EST
Here is my Pelican 1700

Link Posted: 7/30/2006 6:46:57 PM EST
I believe someone mentioned freezing the foam will allow you to have a nicer cut.
Link Posted: 7/30/2006 7:12:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/30/2006 7:13:43 PM EST by MadDogDan]
Here is an old picture.  I have changed things around and need to get more foam and do it all over again.

MadDog

Link Posted: 7/30/2006 7:16:57 PM EST
Here's my 1750..   I used an electric carving knife - piece of cake! Freezing the foam does help, especially if you're cutting it with a razor. Definately take your time - the end result is worth it!

Link Posted: 7/30/2006 8:32:41 PM EST
This is something I want to do for a few of my rifles, where are you guys buying the Pelican or Stormcase products, any deep discounters selling online?
Link Posted: 7/31/2006 12:02:24 AM EST
I Got mine from Here

You can also get them Here

You can pick them up at a lot of places, just do a search and look around for the best price on them ..
Link Posted: 7/31/2006 12:17:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/31/2006 12:34:49 AM EST
I have one of these on order for my new 15" Macbook Pro.  I'm thinking about camoing it.

Link Posted: 7/31/2006 6:22:07 AM EST
6.8mm 16" Carbine.  The case is a Pelican 1720.

Link Posted: 7/31/2006 6:55:10 AM EST
I have a case sitting at home that I need to get around to cutting.  Even went out and bought an electric knife for it.
Link Posted: 7/31/2006 6:55:18 AM EST
BTW - if you have access to a bandsaw, they work great for cutting foam.

That's what the pros use - that and hot knives, water jet cutters, CNC cutters, etc...


Link Posted: 7/31/2006 8:33:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
BTW - if you have access to a bandsaw, they work great for cutting foam.

That's what the pros use - that and hot knives, water jet cutters, CNC cutters, etc...


www.ecscase.com/cushion1a.jpg

How do you do it with a bandsaw?  I assume you have to make an insertion cut from the outside and then connecting cuts from one hole to the other?
Link Posted: 7/31/2006 8:36:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By in_burrito:

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
BTW - if you have access to a bandsaw, they work great for cutting foam.

That's what the pros use - that and hot knives, water jet cutters, CNC cutters, etc...


www.ecscase.com/cushion1a.jpg

How do you do it with a bandsaw?  I assume you have to make an insertion cut from the outside and then connecting cuts from one hole to the other?




*real* cushions are typically built up with layers and pieces.   These are glued together.

You can buy 3M #77 spray adhesive at home depot, which is equivalent to the glue that foam shops use.

I just design cushions, I don't figure out how to build them, so I can't really say what all you can do with a band saw.

Also, for round holes - you can make a pipe cutter - just sharpen the end of a pipe
Link Posted: 8/1/2006 3:17:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/1/2006 3:24:46 PM EST by swenis]
This was my first attempt at outlining case foam.  It turned out fairly well.  My only mistake was not keeping the carving knife perfectly perpendicular to the foam.

Pelican 1700

Link Posted: 8/3/2006 6:41:52 PM EST
Well I got it finished, this is what my 1750 end up looking like.  Hopefully I left enough room for future optic changes.

Link Posted: 9/18/2006 10:38:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By MadDogDan:
Here is an old picture.  I have changed things around and need to get more foam and do it all over again.

MadDog

img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/MadDogDan/df00f0b8.jpg


What's the black round thing?  Dessicant?
Link Posted: 9/18/2006 11:06:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By Krackels:

Originally Posted By MadDogDan:
Here is an old picture.  I have changed things around and need to get more foam and do it all over again.

MadDog

img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/MadDogDan/df00f0b8.jpg


What's the black round thing?  Dessicant?



Bottom left?   Surefire spares holder
Link Posted: 9/18/2006 11:52:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/23/2006 10:24:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/23/2006 11:35:27 AM EST
Great thread!

HS1
Link Posted: 9/24/2006 10:46:47 PM EST
Here is my Pelican 1700

Link Posted: 9/27/2006 3:16:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/27/2006 3:23:12 PM EST by perimedik]
A pelican 1200 hold ten 30 rounders or eight 30 rounders and four 20 rounders perfectly!
Just throw a silica pack in there and it's already air and water tight.
Older pic (sorry) but you get the idea.
Link Posted: 9/30/2006 2:13:28 PM EST

Link Posted: 10/3/2006 10:33:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By stephen_101st:
6.8mm 16" Carbine.  The case is a Pelican 1720.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v342/stephen_101st/Gear/DeploymentCase.jpg


This is the ultimate pic for me.  Thanks!  I should have my 16" 6.8 upper in the mail today!  This pic is just what I needed.

Thanks! and nice looking weapon!
Link Posted: 10/26/2006 8:10:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By perimedik:
A pelican 1200 hold ten 30 rounders or eight 30 rounders and four 20 rounders perfectly!
Just throw a silica pack in there and it's already air and water tight.
Older pic (sorry) but you get the idea.
img242.imageshack.us/img242/4147/pelicanui2.jpg


Can you see how many AK mags can fit in that same case?......
Link Posted: 12/13/2006 10:07:02 PM EST



Link Posted: 12/13/2006 10:12:58 PM EST
I should get a pelican case.
Link Posted: 12/13/2006 10:16:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/18/2006 4:15:10 PM EST
Question for all you Pelican owners out there;  is cutting the foam really necessary?

I flew out to KS last month for some pheasant hunting, took my O/U and a Rem 870 in my new 1720;  didn't cut the foam at all.  Seemed to work just fine.

So what's the problem with just leaving the foam as-is?  Not cool enough?  Potential case/rifle damage?

Inquiring minds want to know...
Link Posted: 12/18/2006 4:46:53 PM EST
I think cutting the foam is critical as the guns can, if the case drop hard enough, slide between the uncut layers of the foam possible banging into each other if there are multiple items in the case. JMHO.



My 3-gun setup in my 1750 Pelican case.

RRA AR-15 Coyote Rifle
Browning BPS Stalker
Springfield Armory XD-40 Tactical

mcb
Link Posted: 12/18/2006 6:25:07 PM EST
Not to mention it kicks ass on the cool factor.  Pardon my lack of research but I too am looking for a Pelican case.  Do they sell foam to go with the case or is this aftermarket foam?  Also what size would work for a 16" carbine?  It looks as though a 1750 would suffice nicely for a 20" AR?


Daryn
Link Posted: 12/21/2006 12:22:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By Boxer745:
Not to mention it kicks ass on the cool factor.  Pardon my lack of research but I too am looking for a Pelican case.  Do they sell foam to go with the case or is this aftermarket foam?  Also what size would work for a 16" carbine?  It looks as though a 1750 would suffice nicely for a 20" AR?


Daryn

If you store your carbine with the stock closed then a 1700 will work.  I keep my stock in the middle range so I ordered a 1720 to make room.
Link Posted: 12/21/2006 5:59:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By Boxer745:
Not to mention it kicks ass on the cool factor.  Pardon my lack of research but I too am looking for a Pelican case.  Do they sell foam to go with the case or is this aftermarket foam?  Also what size would work for a 16" carbine?  It looks as though a 1750 would suffice nicely for a 20" AR?


Daryn


1700, 1720, or a 1750 would work for a 16" carbine.  I have a 1720 for my 16" carbine, that I ordered from kblagg @ Ballistic Sounds.  Most Pelican cases come with foam, though you can purchase without.  You can also purchase the foam by itself.

My case is cut for my carbine and a bunch of mags.  No pictures, cause my camera is very shitty, and you wouldn't be able to pick the black rifle out from the dark grey background.  The case is cut for 6 20 round mags and 4 30 round mags.  I'm going to get new foam here in not too long and cut it for my carbine and my 1911, and store the mags seperate.  The new foam will come after the new buttstock for the rifle.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 11:02:54 PM EST
Just got a new 1750 tonight, thanks for all the pics and ideas.
Link Posted: 1/17/2007 12:31:57 AM EST
Just Finished this up tonight.  I'm Pretty Happy.



Link Posted: 1/21/2007 6:43:12 PM EST
Are the Pelican/Storm cases acceptable for storage as well as transportation?  The foam makes me nervous about corrosion, anyone use their's for storage?  I'd like to use one for gun safe overflow.

Thanks!
Link Posted: 1/21/2007 6:54:23 PM EST
No, dont store guns in the cases.
Link Posted: 1/29/2007 7:28:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By perimedik:
A pelican 1200 hold ten 30 rounders or eight 30 rounders and four 20 rounders perfectly!
Just throw a silica pack in there and it's already air and water tight.
Older pic (sorry) but you get the idea.
img242.imageshack.us/img242/4147/pelicanui2.jpg


The picture seems to have dissapeared, any chance of re-hosting it? I'd like to see what it looks like.
Link Posted: 1/29/2007 10:41:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By gck5150:

Originally Posted By perimedik:
A pelican 1200 hold ten 30 rounders or eight 30 rounders and four 20 rounders perfectly!
Just throw a silica pack in there and it's already air and water tight.
Older pic (sorry) but you get the idea.
img242.imageshack.us/img242/4147/pelicanui2.jpg


The picture seems to have dissapeared, any chance of re-hosting it? I'd like to see what it looks like.


Here's a couple of mine with 10 thirty rounders in them.  Don't have the 20round mags though.  And sorry about the crappy pic.  

-X

Link Posted: 1/30/2007 9:33:05 AM EST
Thanks, that's awesome!
Link Posted: 1/30/2007 9:53:08 AM EST
Nice cases! Now I have to go and spend more money...
Link Posted: 2/3/2007 10:26:38 PM EST
Does Pelican make a gun case with egg crate foam on both sides?  Quite frankly, I think cutting foam to fit one gun is stupid if you have multiple firearms and want to use the same case.  

Can anybody help me out?

Link Posted: 2/3/2007 10:35:59 PM EST
1700 case works great with a 16" Carbine with the stock closed, or a 14.5" with perm phantom with stock open.

1750 case is a huge bitch!
Link Posted: 2/3/2007 10:37:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By XCR440SP:
Are the Pelican/Storm cases acceptable for storage as well as transportation?  The foam makes me nervous about corrosion, anyone use their's for storage?  I'd like to use one for gun safe overflow.

Thanks!


I've got rifles stored in Pelican cases for years with no corrosion problems. But i live in the desert southwest.
Link Posted: 2/4/2007 11:57:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/4/2007 12:00:31 PM EST by HighStrung1]

Originally Posted By scottryan:
Does Pelican make a gun case with egg crate foam on both sides?  Quite frankly, I think cutting foam to fit one gun is stupid if you have multiple firearms and want to use the same case.  

Can anybody help me out?



Gotcha.

www.casesbypelican.com/1700G.htm


Link Posted: 2/4/2007 1:17:01 PM EST
This is my 1720 case.  This is my personal patrol rifle that I keep in the trunk of my patrol car.  I'll be adding an EOtech at a later time.  I had to set up this case to allow for a quick grab and go of the rifle.  Single point sling rolled up.  Also, if you are wondering, the yellow thing in the case is a safety block that you insert into the mag well and stick ups thru the ejection port.  We use these when we train at the range so I keep it handy.  It is a great way of making sure that the rifle is absolutely safe.  
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/Denny347/Other/DSCF1012.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/Denny347/Other/DSCF1011.jpg
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