PROTSC Rifle Case
- By James Osborne
- 1 Comments
- Last updated: 16/12/2016
There are a number of considerations to take into account when selecting a rifle case and in my experience it isn’t always easy to find one that fits the bill. The trouble is, as with most things in life, there are generally compromises to be made. For example, when it comes to rifle cases the ultimate in protection is provided by a hard case, but weight can be an issue with such cases and they aren’t too forgiving to their immediate environment should you catch something like a door frame with them.
Recently I chanced upon PROTSC and their comprehensive range of shooting related bags. I quite liked the look of what I saw so I thought I would take a closer look at one of their rifle cases.
The case on review here is one of several different sizes of its type in the range sharing the same features. In fact it is the availability of different sizes which first drew my attention. As a Field Target shooter my rifles and scopes require larger than average cases to allow for oversize scopes, stocks and butt hooks. The dimensions of this case are 45x14x4 inches, and just happen to fit my rifle beautifully. By this I mean there is room all around the rifle without too much excess space which can be a nuisance when transporting the case.
Build and Materials
The outer shell of the case is constructed from 600D polyester, which has a waterproof backing, useful if the case happens to be left out at the mercy of the weather. That polyester feels like it will be resistant to tearing and snagging too. This model’s interior features egg box foam for its padding but if you prefer the case can be supplied with pick and pluck foam for a small extra cost.
On one side there is a huge pocket, approximately 19 x 10 x 4 inches in size. Inside this zippered pocket are further secure pockets for organising all those odds and ends that inevitably accompany our rifles. In the pocket I found an adjustable shoulder strap which can be clipped to the case to be used as an alternative to the permanently attached carry handles. Compression straps can be found on both the case exterior and interior, these seem a little redundant to me however, especially the interior straps as I would worry about the plastic clips damaging my rifle. I found it easy enough to tuck them out of the way and it is, for me at least, the cases standout feature that makes me feel they are unnecessary.
This case isn’t just a single outer layer which relies upon the interior foam to hold its shape and give protection. Encased within that outer shell is a layer of high density foam which not only covers either side of the case but goes all around the edge. The foam around the edge is unbroken across the depth of the case and one side neatly fits over this protection allowing the heavy duty zip that runs along the centre to be closed. I thought this may be a bit of a nuisance but the design is such that everything fits together nicely and the zip closes with the minimum of fuss.
With a price of £70 I believe the PROTSC rifle case offers good value for money, especially considering the value of its likely contents, and the design is one of the better ones I have come across regardless of price. I don’t see any issues with the quality of the construction either but I guess the bottom line is that I would be happy to trust this case with the protection of my own rifle in all but the most extreme circumstances.
For more info contact PROTSC on 07787420768 or visit www.practicaltacticalbags.co.uk