AIM 50 Tactical Drag Bag
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- Last updated: 15/12/2016
Shooting is an equipment- based sport, and as a lifelong, overly keen enthusiast, I’m only too aware of the lure that has to be resisted on a daily basis, with regards to ever more sophisticated kit. If you’re passionate about shooting, then it goes without saying that our much valued hardware needs protecting. The classier the kit, the more important this becomes.
AIM Fieldsports are now an established brand, recognized for their quality and design, and their latest range of dedicated shooting products reflect just how seriously they take gun protection and transportation.
With several military forces using and effectively endorsing their products, we can probably assume that quality is up to scratch, but when a large parcel arrived from the company, containing one of their cases for review, I couldn’t wait to sample and evaluate the merchandise.
Rugged really is the word, and certainly the first impression one gets of these upmarket gun cases. My test sample was the AIM 50 Drag Bag, with the ‘50’ denoting the length in inches. The case is also produced in ‘40’ and ‘60’ spec, with all the same functionality. All these cases will take rifles up an inch less than their specified length. The shorter model would obviously best suit carbine models, keeping everything nice and compact; whilst the extra long version will comfortably accommodate any rifle/scope combination, fitted with extra silencers and moderators for example. My sample came in Lincoln Green, although they are also available in tan or black.With the widest cross measurement of around 12inches, most rifle/scope combos should easily fit.
The Drag Bags are constructed from super strong 1000 denier Cordura nylon material which is designed to withstand the rigours of operational use by professional forces, or just hard service from shooting enthusiasts. Ultra dense padding is incorporated, so the precious cargo can’t be easily knocked.
Uncompromising functionality comes with the inclusion of a series of fully adjustable internal straps, to hold any rifle snugly and totally securely within. The butt of the gun actually sits inside a strong sleeve, which apart from properly restricting movement, keeps the weight of the rifle off of the zip. High quality fastenings are used throughout mind you, including a full wrap-around zip, allowing for the whole case to be opened out. An additional, removable end flap adds extra strength and protection from both knocks and the elements, if the gun was to be carried for any length of time.
Standard features include a variety of enormous utility pockets, which can absorb an array of shooting accessories and add-ons. Side flaps; cross zipped pockets; Velcro fastened internal retaining straps - even an internal sleeve to take a cleaning rod: the more you look - the more there is. Internal gusseted pockets are also built in, to take magazines, ear defenders, walkie-talkies and such like.
Fastening points in the form of strong loops, are all over the exterior of the case, allowing for even more accessories to be attached via a clip as required - all with quick availability in mind.
In addition to the impressive list of features incorporated, these Drag Bags are also designed to be carried, either by the ultra rugged Velcro-grip handles, slung on the shoulder, or carried as a full back pack. For the latter option, two ultra strong adjustable straps are supplied, which clip together at the front with a sternum strap. The result is a sturdy, totally secure harness effectively, allowing for confident gun carriage.
For £12.99, a plastic cover is now available as an optional extra, which gives 100% rain protection. As standard, these drag bags should resist light rain for a few hours. With multi-stitched, heavy nylon webbing re-enforcing the possible weak points, it should by now be clear that this is a cut, way above your average gun case.
In short, this Drag Bag is easily the most comprehensively thought out and protective rifle case, that I have encountered to date - only surpassed by some hard cases, which are both weighty and largely impractical, outside of their vehicle transit role.
AIM have clearly canvassed their target market, namely discerning shooters who demand a strong highly functional and reliable product. The result is impressive indeed, and whilst these bags aren’t cheap, they are superbly made and largely unique for the level of detail; making them very hard to beat for peace of mind.
•AIM 50 Tactical Drag Bag – RRP £141 (on test)
•AIM 60 Tactical Drag Bag – RRP £159
•Aim Operational Drag Bag – RRP £115
AIM Fieldsports Tel 01606 860678 www.aimfieldsports.com