Protsc 1080a gun bag
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- Last updated: 19/12/2016
There are plenty of hard cases on the market, from the Rolls Royce of the hard case world, Peli, through to more economical offerings, but I just needed a soft bag to sling in the car and maybe take on the course in wet weather. A search online didn’t find too many cases capable of offering both the length and width required, then a friend suggested PROTSC.
A quick look at their website at www.practicaltacticalbags. co.uk soon offered me just what I was looking for and I ordered one of their 43 inch 1080A egg crate foam bags. This is far from the only case on offer, on the contrary PROTSC have a wide range of soft rifle, pistol and kit bags.
Arriving extremely wellwrapped, I was surprised just how compact and light the 1080A is, but as soon as I offered up a couple of rifles, it became apparent that looks can be deceiving, and the case is more than capable of accommodating a modern rifle and scope, even one with a scope riser fitted.
There is a double zip fastener around the bag, with the addition of a couple of clip shut straps and the two webbing handles can be held together with a Velcro wrap. On the front of the bag is a large zip pocket and within that are two well-sized pouches also with zips, a clip on shoulder strap, a pellet pouch and a score card/document folder.
On opening the bag you are immediately greeted by egg crate foam both top and bottom, there are also two further clip shut retaining straps. The bottom section of the bag actually has two layers of foam, which can be removed, depending on you requirements. As I don’t intend to use the straps, I tucked them under the foam and put both layers back in.
As can be seen from the photos, a full-sized FT rifle and scope fits in the bag perfectly, with the width sufficient to allow for both a raised scope and a knee riser.
On closing the bag it becomes clear that the top and bottom interlock, as the top has a full-depth shoulder. Once closed, the zips easily close with a side wheel scope on the rifle, something that can be an issue and which sometimes requires surgery to the inside of the bag.
Made of 600D polyester and using YKK zips, the 1080A is a nice light yet robust bag. I have not travelled too many miles with it yet, but I have been using a larger bag from PROTSC for a little while, so I know how tough these bags are.
Now for the kicker, the price, at £72.95 plus postage this is an extremely well-priced bag, even allowing for the £10 P&P I paid, and it was seriously packed, it still represents excellent value for money and the perfect solution for my needs. www.practicaltacticalbags.co.uk