Viper Tactical Weapons Carrier
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- Last updated: 15/12/2016
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Pete Wadeson checks over a great selection of great value gun luggage and packs from the Viper Tactical range
The Viper brand is the ‘Tactical & Police’ (Gear/Clothing and Accessories) division of Thatchreed Ltd. The items of Viper kit that I’ve chosen here should suit many in the shooting fraternity, whether they be servicemen, target shooters, airsoft skirmishers or even hunters.
Most of this kit comes in black, however, two standout items, the Recon Bag and Tacpac are also available in Green. A high quality of build is maintained throughout the range, being manufactured from tough hard wearing 600D polyester, the bags are well padded, mostly lined and use strong rust-proof zips and Velcro close overflaps where they’re suited.
The Viper Tactical Weapons Carrier
This is possibly the best gun bag in the Viper range. Measuring 46” X 13” X 3”, the main compartment is protected by close cell padded foam, the lined interior has a very generous stock sleeve, opposing is a muzzle sleeve/protector, between which are two strong wide Velcro fastened rifle securing straps.
It takes firearms or air rifles up to 42” in overall length with scope, silencer and bipod fitted (depending on depth of stock). The bag closes using a heavy-duty full length double zip with two adjustable ABS snap buckle compression straps set either side of the Velcro fastened ‘wrap’ padded carry handle. When the bag is closed the straps come right over the upper edge to mate up with their female ‘fixed’ counterparts that come off the outer face of the other zip fastened pocket. This gives a high degree of security for both. Despite the reinforced almost rigid 2” thick spine (internally part sleeved at either end for holding a full length cleaning rod), the bag can still be fully opened out to serve double duty as a shooting mat.
The main external pocket measures 29” X 12” X 1 ¼” deep and like the main bag has heavy-duty double zip fastening. Internally on the inner wall are two modular plates should you wish to use smaller pouches to keep individual items more protected and separate.
The outside of the main pocket holds three detachable pouches that have ABS snap buckle fastened adjusters with Velcro fastening over-flaps. All are designed to fit on to its full length ‘MOLLE’ modular system plate, so can be replaced with any other ALICE style detachable pouches or holders in the Viper range if required.
On the opposite side of the case is a double rucksack style carrying harness, comprising two wide, adjustable shoulder straps. The 2 ¾” wide padded sections of the harness run 18” from where they’re attached directly to the upper of the bag. Price of the Viper Tactical Weapons Carrier is £85.
The Viper AK Carrier
This rifle case is named after the legendary Russian assault rifle. The styling of the case has a ‘drop nose’ and 5 external magazine pouches with Velcro fastened top closures. Measuring 39.5” long X 13” at the butt section, this will take most AK and M16 style .22 rimfire or larger calibre military man-op rifles, and virtually all AEG assault rifles and larger SMGs. Look at it through an airgun hunter’s eyes and it becomes the perfect bag for any reasonable length buddy bottle PCP with a large scope. The side pouches will also hold spare ‘buddy bottles’, bi-pod and other similar sized kit. Strong carry handles and an adjustable shoulder strap are the carrying options. Price is £39.95.
The Viper Covert Arms Carrier
The Covert Arms Carrier is ideal for discreetly carrying a take-down rifle (TDR) or small AEG SMG. Some TDRs are supplied with dedicated cases which to a degree still look like gunbags - this one doesn’t. It’ll hold any takedown currently on the market. It’s fully padded with high density foam for protection, a reinforced carry handle and an adjustable shoulder strap on the reverse side. It has two internal compartments so stored items won’t rub together to be scratched while in transit. The Covert Arms Carrier is also ideal for carrying a manual air pump for a pre-charged pneumatic TDR; just remove the base foot plate, which is quick and easy to put back on when you are at your chosen destination or when it’s needed. All the pumps I’ve tried - which is pretty much all on the market - fit it perfectly. Price is £40.95.
The Viper Tactical Pistol Carrier
This bag will take any CO2 handgun, has protective magazine pockets and the external organiser pocket will easily hold ammo, paper targets and CO2 canisters. It can also swallow up air pistols – spring powered, mechanical pneumatics or PCPs. Price is £14.95.
The Viper Recon Bag and TacPac
I’ve tested the Recon Bag before but I wish I’d had the ‘TacPac’ to go with it during my initial review. On its own the Recon Bag has a 25L main stowage capacity, external hydration pouch sleeve and a superb carrying harness – certainly a good rucksack to check out. The Recon has clever stowage facilities, ‘extendable’ design and carrying capacity, but attach the TacPac and you get even more correctly positioned stowage, so you hardly notice it’s there. The TacPac can be attached or removed from the Recon Bag in seconds due to the modular webbing system.
The main compartment of the Tacpac has a PVC waterproof lining with a mesh divider that splits it into two sections. A large outer zip fastening pocket with two more zip fastened pockets at either end. It has a detachable adjustable shoulder strap and discreet carry handle for using as a short ‘session’ bag. The Recon and Tacpac are priced at £39.95 and £17.95 respectively
For further information on the whole Viper range, contact Thatchreed Limited on 01234 740327 for your nearest stockists and a free catalogue, or visit the websites at www.viperkit.co.uk and www.thatchreed.co.uk
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