Ridgeline Sniper Bag
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
For a day at the range or trip in the field, it’s often not just a rifle you need to lug around. Expensive and worthy of protection as it is! The Ridgeline Sniper Bag from Highland Outdoors has all the answers and plenty of pockets to store the ancillary kit such a gun attracts alongside it.
The build shows a backpack- style with internal compartments to store the rifle and two large external cargo pockets. The heavy Cordura construction in a pleasant shade of mid green is dotted at several points with MOLLE-type loops to attach further items externally. Internally there are four straps to secure the rifle firmly to a stock pocket and similar webbing loops.
ON YER’ BACK!
One inch webbing threads through 3” wide shoulder straps to form the backpack harness complete with belt for comfortable long term carrying. Elsewhere we find further straps that flow through QD buckles to restrain the pockets you might fill to bursting. Along the internal spine there is a sleeved pocket to carry a cleaning rod which is a neat feature and dual zippering extends from end to end, allowing the bag to fold out flat into a shooting mat.
Interestingly, the larger of the two main external pockets can be entirely detached to form a secondary bag or perhaps swap the entire shooting accessory setup from bag to bag in one go. The main shoulder straps can be detached and fastened to it if required and even when packed full, the 3” paracord loops on the zippers allow you to easily pull them closed. The smaller pocket has both internal and external sections for I.D’s/valuables etc. and if you fill everything, it certainly adds up!
PRACTICAL WITH A P
I really liked this bag for a range visit or distant trek where I require a lot of kit. By the time binoculars, ammunition, rangefinders and items like cameras are carried, having it all in one place does help to prevent losing things stored piecemeal. The backpack-style really makes it easy to carry as although weighty, the mass is evenly spread with the rifle as the backbone of your kit and both hands still free to aid walking, additional carrying or assist balance.
A single carry handle at the top of the bag allows a vertical hold on the pack and for putting it in and out of cars; two grab handles are present toward the centre and Velcro together for a single hand carry. At the muzzle, there is a drag handle if you are so inclined and a Velcro patch leaves room for ‘moral patches’ stuck on the outside. My 26” barrelled tactical rifle comes in at 46” overall and went into the 54” model perfectly but a smaller 47” is also available. The larger will certainly attract F-class and target rifle shooters whose 30”+ barrels require generous leg room.