BSA Tactical Bags
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- Last updated: 01/07/2019
The gun luggage on test has been part of the BSA accessory list for a very long time, meaning it’s still a practical design. Manufactured from heavyweight black polyester with industrial nylon zips, both have high-density foam padding, pockets along one side and are lined to protect your rifle. First up, the Tactical Backpack, available in two models, full length (43”) and carbine (38”). While they differ in length, all other dimensions are the same.
As the name implies it carries like a rucksack, with adjustable, wellpadded shoulder straps and a chest harness, which is detachable using QD clips that attach to D-rings positioned on one side of the bag. Extra rings are positioned on the reinforced spine, so you can use one of the straps for a to carry it on your shoulder. There are also two webbing carry handles that Velcro together forming a very comfortable hold at its mid carrying position. It also boasts a large, bellows-style pocket, two ‘buddy bottle’ type pouches with flapped Velcro closures and a smaller pocket that’s large enough to take compact binos, laser rangefinder, radio etc.
When open, the bellows pocket reveals an inner zip fastened slip pocket, ideal for storing documents and maps. The bag secures with a heavy-duty, double zip opener and has an internal safety gusset at the rear, plus two Velcro fastened securing straps to keep the rifle in place during transit. There’s also a nifty silencer pocket positioned on the inner top edge towards the base, with a strong elasticated opening.
Alternatively, the casemat measures 48” x 12” x 3”, making it roomy enough to take a scoped rifle with bipod and is ideal for virtually all full-length air rifles. As the name implies due to the wrap around heavy-duty double zip fastening, it can be fully opened out to use as a shooting mat. Also, it boasts a 22” long waterproof fold out front extension that protects and prevents your elbows having to touch the ground. It has the same number of pockets as the Backpack, but the bellows pocket is quite large as is the inner zip fasten slip pocket. Carriage is catered for by double webbing handles plus an adjustable shoulder strap. A point of note is the padding on the casemat is thicker but slightly more forgiving, to strike a good balance between protection for your rifle and comfort when used as a shooting mat.
Incidentally, if you don’t require as many pockets or dislike the ‘Tactical Style’, BSA also offer a Polytwill gunbag that features double-reinforced end sections plus a retaining flap for the rifle’s butt and a safe-stop zip, which, when open, retains the muzzle preventing it sliding from the case. There’s also a large external accessory pocket plus a securely zipped internal pocket.