Learn the pros and cons to choose between a hard or soft rifle case.
A rifle case not only makes it easier to transport your gun, but it protects it, too. Rifle cases generally fall into one of two categories: hard cases and soft cases. Both have their pros and cons. Whether you’re flying to your hunting spot or throwing your rifle in the back of your truck, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you choose the best rifle case for your needs.
Pros – Hard rifle cases offer more protection than soft cases. Typically made from plastic or aluminum, the hard exterior protects your gun from the elements and any other outside forces. The interior is lined with foam to protect your gun from impact. It also helps keep the gun from shifting around in the case. When you’re looking at the interior foam, the thicker the better. Some cases will come with model-specific foam for the perfect fit. If you’re flying with your firearms, you will need a TSA-approved hard case.
Cons – A hard rifle case is typically more expensive than a soft one. They’re also bulkier and heavier, which can make transport difficult.
Pros – Soft rifle cases are lightweight and easy to carry on your hunting trip. They’re also quieter than hard cases, which makes them a great option when you’re actually in the woods. Waterfowl hunters will often use soft cases that are waterproof and designed to float. Soft cases can even serve dual purpose as a cushion when the gun isn’t inside. If you plan on flying with your firearms, it’s a good idea to bring a soft case or gun sock with you for when you’re actually hunting. That way you don’t have to haul your hard case around.
Cons – A soft rifle case isn’t as secure as a hard case. Some hard cases come with a locking system, whereas soft cases do not. Plus, they don’t keep your gun in place like the foam interior of a hard case.
Other Rifle Case Features to Keep in Mind
Legal Issues – If you plan on flying to your hunting destination, you need a hard case for transport. Look for an Air Transport Association (ATA) approved case. An ATA-approved case designates that the case is durable enough for air travel. However, size and weight restrictions still apply as far as getting your gun through check-in.
You also need to know your state’s requirements for transport. Most states require that you have your firearm in a case for any mode of transport. These requirements can range from a simple gun sock or sleeve to a latching, lockable hard case. It’s important to know the state requirements before purchasing a rifle case.
Safety – Whether you’re looking for a hard or soft rifle case, you need one that’s lockable. Hard cases can come with a locking system, while most soft cases have zippers that can be padlocked. A locking rifle case not only keeps your firearms safe, it helps keep kids away from your guns. Plus, when you’re flying, your case needs to be locked. It’s also a good idea to put a sticker or other marker on your case to make your gun more identifiable when you’re traveling.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand there’s a lot of options for hunting equipment storage. That’s why we offer a variety of gun cases, safes and cabinets to fit your needs. With durable brands like Stack – On, Plano and Mossy Oak, your firearms can be safely and securely stored until your next hunting trip. For more tips on gun safety and hunting, visit our hunting blog.