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Posted: 1/25/2009 7:21:38 PM EDT
I was wondering what people would recommend as a travelling hard case for a AR going on a airplane.

Worries of course is getting it broken into so I know there should be more than 1 locking location.. but if it could be disguise a little bit, it would be best.

I was looking at stuff from Storm and Pelican.. but they are kind of obviously gun cases.. I was hoping to find a case that looks little more discreet.  Don't know who's better, who's best.  I also believe I saw one that has a softcase insert into the hard case which looked good too.

I suppose I could box up the hard case to conceal it..  (not hide if from the TSA or security.. hide from people willing to steal it)
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:11:11 PM EDT
[#1]
You have to declare the firearm or risk huge trouble.  So, don't worry about disguising it.  You declare, they look at it, you lock it and at your destination you pick it up at the luggage office.  It does not come down the carousel.  I utilize a plain-cheapo plastic gun case with a padlock through the handle.  Works fine and I've never had a problem.  Don't over-complicate this issue.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:15:47 PM EDT
[#2]
Oh I wasn't planning on hiding it from the TSA.  It was if it came down the carousel.. anyone could grab it.

So you have to pick it up at the office?  Is that at all airports or just the big ones?  I just want to make sure my weapons don't end up in the wrong hands.

Thanks
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:18:20 PM EDT
[#3]
A declared firearm will typically have to be picked up from the airlines baggage office not off the carousel.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:24:51 PM EDT
[#4]
DO NOT TRAVEL BY AIR WITHOUT DECLARING.  Big,big trouble.  Its perfectly legal and safe.  You will pickup at the office.  its really easy.  I like walking through the airport with a rifle case.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:44:35 PM EDT
[#5]
Sweet.. that's a big relief if I have to travel for some training.

BTW how is Ammo handled, or no ammo is allowed?  I'm assuming right now just to mail it or buy it where your going.

I'm guessing no ammo with gun since that's a security risk.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:12:29 PM EDT
[#6]
If your like me, and don't want to attract a lot of attention, i bought a smaller pelican case and traveled with my AR broken down.







I could fit my broken down AR. 4 20rnd mags, 4 30 rnd mags (Or 8 30 rnd mags) small bottle of CLP

Also enough space to add a place for my kimber if i wanted to, plus some space on the top


Edit- Most of the time ammo can be transported, but it has to be in a separate case and not cased with the gun itself. i actual had 100 rnds of 45 acp pretty much rolling around in my suitcase on the way home from AZ
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:13:10 PM EDT
[#7]
I would definately go with the Pelican Case. Check the airline web page for specifics on ammo etc.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 10:32:16 PM EDT
[#8]
Quoted:
If your like me, and don't want to attract a lot of attention, i bought a smaller pelican case and traveled with my AR broken down.

http://a307.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/47/l_0602c317517ce7f03a9afa2b6d592a2a.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_7c16bc99c7438e4a124120936c36d1fa.jpg

http://a334.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/40/l_d7ebfcd043dc64b80217d1840f0dbfe5.jpg

I could fit my broken down AR. 4 20rnd mags, 4 30 rnd mags (Or 8 30 rnd mags) small bottle of CLP

Also enough space to add a place for my kimber if i wanted to, plus some space on the top


Edit- Most of the time ammo can be transported, but it has to be in a separate case and not cased with the gun itself. i actual had 100 rnds of 45 acp pretty much rolling around in my suitcase on the way home from AZ


That is a slick set up.

For the OP...

Get a Pelican, Storm, or Starlight case. Do NOT get a Gun Guard or Doskocil case.

I've said this a thousand times:

Once your weapon case goes down into the belly of the airport's baggage system, it will get thrown, beat, bashed, and...possibly run over by vehicles. I know, I work at a big airport.

As for weapon cases and theft...

It all depends on the airline you are flying on and/or the airport you are flying into.

Some airlines will hand carry your weapon case to their baggage service office and you have to pick it up there.

Some put it on the "oversized" baggage conveyor (usually not near the carousel where your other bags are coming out).

Some just treat it as normal baggage and put it on the same carousel as all the other bags from that flight.

Also, these same airlines will have different polices/proceedures at different airports.

I have experienced all of the above with regard to my weapons cases.

firepyro515 has a good set-up. It protects his AR and it does not look like the typical long gun case. However, when theives see a heavy duty case, they will think something of value is in there anyway and it will attract some unwanted attention.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:44:55 PM EDT
[#9]
Quoted:
Quoted:
If your like me, and don't want to attract a lot of attention, i bought a smaller pelican case and traveled with my AR broken down.

http://a307.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/47/l_0602c317517ce7f03a9afa2b6d592a2a.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_7c16bc99c7438e4a124120936c36d1fa.jpg

http://a334.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/40/l_d7ebfcd043dc64b80217d1840f0dbfe5.jpg

I could fit my broken down AR. 4 20rnd mags, 4 30 rnd mags (Or 8 30 rnd mags) small bottle of CLP

Also enough space to add a place for my kimber if i wanted to, plus some space on the top


Edit- Most of the time ammo can be transported, but it has to be in a separate case and not cased with the gun itself. i actual had 100 rnds of 45 acp pretty much rolling around in my suitcase on the way home from AZ


That is a slick set up.

For the OP...

Get a Pelican, Storm, or Starlight case. Do NOT get a Gun Guard or Doskocil case.

I've said this a thousand times:

Once your weapon case goes down into the belly of the airport's baggage system, it will get thrown, beat, bashed, and...possibly run over by vehicles. I know, I work at a big airport.

As for weapon cases and theft...

It all depends on the airline you are flying on and/or the airport you are flying into.

Some airlines will hand carry your weapon case to their baggage service office and you have to pick it up there.

Some put it on the "oversized" baggage conveyor (usually not near the carousel where your other bags are coming out).

Some just treat it as normal baggage and put it on the same carousel as all the other bags from that flight.

Also, these same airlines will have different polices/proceedures at different airports.

I have experienced all of the above with regard to my weapons cases.

firepyro515 has a good set-up. It protects his AR and it does not look like the typical long gun case. However, when theives see a heavy duty case, they will think something of value is in there anyway and it will attract some unwanted attention.




That's the downside, last time i traveled with it, i just made sure to stand right where the bags drop out and to not let it out of my sight. Goes without saying, heavy duty cases normally carry valuable items such as firearms, cameras, imaging equipment. besides keeping your eye on it where ever it goes, there's not much you can do. 2 locks can only stop someone for so long, once they can get bolt cutters, they have your weapon. The nice thing is that it really cuts down on the amount of people watching you. i've traveled with people who have long gun cases and they always get nice stares and glares.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:58:32 PM EDT
[#10]
I transported my FAL and AR15 last month between IL and TX.  They got lost for a coupe days, but found.

Lessons learned:

1. Calculate your total flying time with drive to airport, layovers, baggage wait, etc and compare to driving.  Drive that bad boy if you come within hours difference.  

2.  Pelican. I transported in an aluminum case and it GOT FUCKING TRASHED, BENT IN THE MIDDLE.  
3.  Identification inside, outside
4.  Airlines only provide about $3K protection...you can buy 100 increments for additional protection...do it if you exceed this.

5. That guncase will go on the carousel.  Hawk the baggage, well, like a hawk.  

6. Smile that smile of freedom when everyone in the line behind you gazes upon your tricked out rigs and then looks at you like, "I won't fuck with that guy!"  Then look for the smirks of approval on the hot bitches when they know your a real man!

After 2 days TSA called me and said they found my guns (after I put in a trace with AA) the handle got ripped off as well as the baggage tag that was wrapped around it.  
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 11:59:48 PM EDT
[#11]
Quoted:
If your like me, and don't want to attract a lot of attention, i bought a smaller pelican case and traveled with my AR broken down.

http://a307.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/47/l_0602c317517ce7f03a9afa2b6d592a2a.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_7c16bc99c7438e4a124120936c36d1fa.jpg

http://a334.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/40/l_d7ebfcd043dc64b80217d1840f0dbfe5.jpg

I could fit my broken down AR. 4 20rnd mags, 4 30 rnd mags (Or 8 30 rnd mags) small bottle of CLP

Also enough space to add a place for my kimber if i wanted to, plus some space on the top


Edit- Most of the time ammo can be transported, but it has to be in a separate case and not cased with the gun itself. i actual had 100 rnds of 45 acp pretty much rolling around in my suitcase on the way home from AZ



That is a slick idea.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 1:08:44 AM EDT
[#12]
Quoted:
If your like me, and don't want to attract a lot of attention, i bought a smaller pelican case and traveled with my AR broken down.

http://a307.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/47/l_0602c317517ce7f03a9afa2b6d592a2a.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_7c16bc99c7438e4a124120936c36d1fa.jpg

http://a334.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/40/l_d7ebfcd043dc64b80217d1840f0dbfe5.jpg

I could fit my broken down AR. 4 20rnd mags, 4 30 rnd mags (Or 8 30 rnd mags) small bottle of CLP

Also enough space to add a place for my kimber if i wanted to, plus some space on the top


Edit- Most of the time ammo can be transported, but it has to be in a separate case and not cased with the gun itself. i actual had 100 rnds of 45 acp pretty much rolling around in my suitcase on the way home from AZ


Very nice..might have to go that route.

Well when I plan to travel, I'll have to find out about the airport setup so I can get to my case quickly just in case.  That's what I feared was that they have more than 1 place to send the case so I might have to watch 2 areas at the same time.. which might not be possible.  (talking about carousal and the oversize baggage clam).

I doubt I'll travel much, but just trying to be safe.  My rifle is my baby and I want it safe and protected.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 5:05:44 AM EDT
[#13]
Quoted:
If your like me, and don't want to attract a lot of attention, i bought a smaller pelican case and traveled with my AR broken down.

http://a307.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/47/l_0602c317517ce7f03a9afa2b6d592a2a.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_7c16bc99c7438e4a124120936c36d1fa.jpg

http://a334.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/40/l_d7ebfcd043dc64b80217d1840f0dbfe5.jpg

I could fit my broken down AR. 4 20rnd mags, 4 30 rnd mags (Or 8 30 rnd mags) small bottle of CLP

Also enough space to add a place for my kimber if i wanted to, plus some space on the top


Edit- Most of the time ammo can be transported, but it has to be in a separate case and not cased with the gun itself. i actual had 100 rnds of 45 acp pretty much rolling around in my suitcase on the way home from AZ



Specifically which model of Pelican is that?  I like that setup, and I would love to steal it next time I fly!
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 8:23:34 AM EDT
[#14]
Quoted:
If your like me, and don't want to attract a lot of attention, i bought a smaller pelican case and traveled with my AR broken down.

http://a307.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/47/l_0602c317517ce7f03a9afa2b6d592a2a.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/27/l_7c16bc99c7438e4a124120936c36d1fa.jpg

http://a334.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/40/l_d7ebfcd043dc64b80217d1840f0dbfe5.jpg

I could fit my broken down AR. 4 20rnd mags, 4 30 rnd mags (Or 8 30 rnd mags) small bottle of CLP

Also enough space to add a place for my kimber if i wanted to, plus some space on the top


Edit- Most of the time ammo can be transported, but it has to be in a separate case and not cased with the gun itself. i actual had 100 rnds of 45 acp pretty much rolling around in my suitcase on the way home from AZ



I used a pelican 1600 case for this one. Its a Bushmaster M4gery with a full 16 inch barrel. if you are more of a storm case guy, you could use a im 2700.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 3:27:19 PM EDT
[#15]
Quoted:
You have to declare the firearm or risk huge trouble.  So, don't worry about disguising it.  You declare, they look at it, you lock it and at your destination you pick it up at the luggage office.  It does not come down the carousel.  I utilize a plain-cheapo plastic gun case with a padlock through the handle.  Works fine and I've never had a problem.  Don't over-complicate this issue.


Unless you pick it up at Louisville International Airport.

I flew in one night in Nov. 2006 to go whitetail hunting with my uncle for a week and they took it right off the carousel and he walked over to pick it up while I was waiting for my duffel bag and suitcase (I saw her take it off and standing there with the case, so I knew it wasn't going to get stolen because I was watching it from about 20 feet away). They gave him my gun with no ID, just "oh is this yours? here you go."

Link Posted: 1/26/2009 3:53:20 PM EDT
[#16]
Quoted:
A declared firearm will typically have to be picked up from the airlines baggage office not off the carousel.


  Just a couple weeks ago my son returned to Indianapolis with a rifle case and it came down the "oversize baggage" carousel (which was down the aisle and around the corner from the normal luggage carousel)
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