Hazard 4 Smuggler Gun Bag from Thomas Jacks
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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
Hazard4 are a brand I’ve come to trust for gear since I had the pleasure of meeting them in person at SHOT a few years back. They’ve become well-known and respected for their excellent load carrying gear and clothing and look away in many cases from the accepted norm to create unique designs of their own. It’s almost as if someone said “this is the way to make a pouch” and Hazard 4 asked “why?” They go their own way and are all the better for that!
As I said, right now there seems to be a battle of the gun bags, with many niche and not so niche manufacturers coming up with their take. The Smuggler is one of Hazard4’s solutions in this area and is essentially a large Evac sling pack specifically designed to accommodate carbines up to AK47 length, and shooters can transport their rifles with magazine in and optics mounted. If you need more space the Smuggler will give you just that!
The Smuggler features one large main compartment and three external zipped pockets for additional accessories. The heavily padded main compartment comes with two-way lockable 10RC YKK zipper, compression straps with buckles, soft plush inner lining, two long 2-inch wide inner nylon straps with rifle tie-downs, removable padded sleeve divider with Velcro, tough movable polymer Velcro patch for muzzle protection, and bottom vent grille for easy ventilation and drying.
A 3D thermoformed moulded back panel allows for easy air-circulation and comfortable wear even when the bag is fully loaded. Behind the padded back is a separate laptop/hydration bladder compartment, lined with extra soft material, with nylon loops for securing hydration bladders, and two separate entrances equipped with two-way YKK zippers.
My bag, man A comfortable wide and padded shoulder strap comes with breathable air mesh, large lockable quick-release buckle and multiple MOLLE straps. The shoulder strap can be placed at either the right or left lower corner, so the case aligns ergonomically in the correct body hugging direction.
The Smuggler also comes with three front YKK zipped utility pockets. The top pocket comes with external 3D rubber Hazard4 logo, while the middle lockable pocket comes with external Velcro for patches and internal Velcro for holsters. The largest bottom pocket is actually an admin compartment which features a large zipped inner pocket with multiple various sized inner sleeve pockets, and external MOLLE attachment straps.
This exceptional carrier also has three carry handles (the main one is heavily padded for added comfort), tough polymer material on high-use areas, multiple MOLLE on each side, and five steel D-rings for attachment of optional straps.
The Smuggler is tough and solid too, as it’s made mainly with Invista 1000D Cordura, so it’s going to stand up to multiple range days over a long, long service life; at £199.99, whilst it’s not the cheapest carrier out there, it is impeccably put together making use of the very best fabrics and components, and it’s most definitely a case of you get what you pay for. Weighing in at 2660g, and available in black and tan, it measures 37 x 16.5 x 3.9-inches (94cm x42cm x10cm) externally. Did I mention extra space? Our thanks to www.tactical-kit.co.uk for providing the test sample.