Ogdens Bullpup Tactical Case
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- Last updated: 26/01/2022
The rise of the Bullpup airgun has seen most major manufacturers throw their hats in the ring and introduce their own take on the theme, with a succession of high grade, often fairly pricey airguns hitting the marketplace. An ever-expanding army of serious enthusiasts know what they want and are prepared to invest, but the obvious point is that after spending out on a piece of state of the art technology, it really does pay to have a highquality case to protect it. In addition, there’s little point in having a super-compact gun, only to carry it around in a full length, overly cumbersome rifle bag
I’d not encountered Ogden’s Tactical Systems before, but it turns out this bespoke English manufacturer has been producing high-class specialist accessories since 1998. Game bags, cartridge bags, fishing products, leather goods and many more, adorn their website and having now had several conversations with the man behind the business, Phil Ogden, it’s clear that his products are all about quality, with no compromise in the build.
Adapting to the demands of the market is the name of the game and the company’s latest creation is the Tactical Case aimed specifically at bullpup airguns. Available in two lengths, the super-compact 30” or the version I had for review, 35”, these cases are certainly made to last, and compete with the likes of AIM, in terms of overall quality of manufacture.
Made from military-grade Cordura, this tactical case has been very well thought out, with a host of features that come as standard. Measured dimensions of my test case came in at 34.5 x 14 x 4”. A full-length, wrap-around YKK zip is a good start and the superstrong handles are webbing, plus are box stitched for durability. The comfort carry handle section is a tough, compound material that pops together and just feels totally robust. There’s a large cargo pocket on one side with a wide waterproof zip, and a second slimline pocket set in the front that’s suitable for documents, a silencer or other add-on accessories. On the back, there are double rucksackstyle shoulder straps that are well padded, along with a chest strap for added comfort, plus drag loops on each end for further fixing points. So, all bases seem to be covered for the shooter who likes to get out and push his kit to the limits. Again, full wrap-around webbing reinforcement is reassuring, adding total strength where it matters, and it all does look extremely well made.
Further attention to detail comes with webbing connection loops at each side of the front pocket, plus a Velcro pad on the front.
Open up the case and two adjustable retaining straps can be used to keep the gun safe in transit, with a small slide-in pouch at each end. Just slip the butt into one end, strap up, and the treasured cargo should be safe and sound for the duration. Opt to ignore the straps, and there’s plenty of padding regardless. Thick foam panels cover each side, with thinner foam around all the sides, so overall protection is assured.
When I took delivery of this case, it set me thinking about the average length of a bullpup, and after a quick check of my records, the figures are as follows. Just looking at a few of the big players, the Hatsan Gladius, which is admittedly a bit of a beast, hits 34.5”, BSA’s Defiant comes in at 31”, the Galahad is around 27.5”, Cometa Orion BP 28”, and the Daystate Pulsar and Renegade both come in at 30”. Personally, I would opt for the longer case every time for the sake of a few extra inches, as this will give that extra room for protection. Maybe a bit tight for the Gladius, but otherwise, any of the other models will fit a treat, with room to spare for neatly stowed and wrapped accessories too, if desired.
Overall then, this new Tactical Bullpup Case gets a massive thumbs up. It’s a neat design, built with high-quality materials, and it’s even made in England. Three cheers to that!.