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Need travel case suggestions for revolvers

Post by FreuderLocks » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:41 am

Hello all!

Travelling to California here in the next few weeks and plan on putting a few wheel guns. I'm very well aware of TSA travel guidelines, have a few hard side rifle cases that are approved, need one to fit up to 4 large revolvers, including a scoped 7.5 inch Super Redhawk.

Does anyone have suggestions for a hard, locking, TSA approved case? Cost is not a problem, I want my pistols to be safe as possible. I looked at case club, plano, etc. Just wondering what you guys use / favor?

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Re: Need travel case suggestions for revolvers

Post by raptor » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:19 am

I am going to suggest a Pelican case like this:
https://cotradeco.com/products/2275-pel ... oam-insert

or a Haliburton case like this:
http://zerohalliburton.com/lifestyle/camera-cases/

I personally use a Haliburton case that is bare aluminum because it looks like camera gear and not firearms. I have two cases and break down the rifles and reassemble them when I arrive so that they fit in a case that does not scream firearm.

If I were doing over I would go with the Pelican case because while the Haliburton is great quality and looks nice, the Pelican is much more water proof and has external pad lock pads hasps. It is therefore much more versatile for other uses just just flying on a plane.


In both cases the life span is many decades so it is worth spending the money on quality; which is good, since neither is inexpensive.

BTW I try to avoid containers that scream "firearm!" and thus stay away from black cases. That and yellow is much easier to spot in a baggage area. YMMV

A couple of suggestions.
If possible, pack the case in a larger suitcase and fill that case with clothing to keep to from rattling around. It conceals the firearm further during transit. That and you have to pay per bag checked any way so you may as well get your $25 worth, but keep it under 50 lbs.

Get a TSA approved lock and keep a replacement lock for your destination since I assume every crook in the world has the TSA master key by now. :roll:
http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/02/tsa-travel- ... nized.html

Edited to add for the sake of clarity the TSA approved lock is for the earlier mentioned larger suit case.
In some cases, TSA officers will have to open your baggage as part of the screening process. If your bag is unlocked, then our officer will simply open and screen the baggage if any item alarms. However, if you decide to lock your checked baggage and TSA cannot open it through other means, then the locks may have to be cut.

My $.02
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Re: Need travel case suggestions for revolvers

Post by The Twizzler » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:19 pm

If money is no concern those Haliburton cases look awesome. If you want to save some money, not stick out, and have good protection (specifically for a large revolver) you could look at Case Club
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Re: Need travel case suggestions for revolvers

Post by ultra magnus » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:32 pm

raptor wrote:I am going to suggest a Pelican case like this:
https://cotradeco.com/products/2275-pel ... oam-insert

or a Haliburton case like this:
http://zerohalliburton.com/lifestyle/camera-cases/

I personally use a Haliburton case that is bare aluminum because it looks like camera gear and not firearms. I have two cases and break down the rifles and reassemble them when I arrive so that they fit in a case that does not scream firearm.

If I were doing over I would go with the Pelican case because while the Haliburton is great quality and looks nice, the Pelican is much more water proof and has external pad lock pads hasps. It is therefore much more versatile for other uses just just flying on a plane.


In both cases the life span is many decades so it is worth spending the money on quality; which is good, since neither is inexpensive.

BTW I try to avoid containers that scream "firearm!" and thus stay away from black cases. That and yellow is much easier to spot in a baggage area. YMMV

A couple of suggestions.
If possible, pack the case in a larger suitcase and fill that case with clothing to keep to from rattling around. It conceals the firearm further during transit. That and you have to pay per bag checked any way so you may as well get your $25 worth, but keep it under 50 lbs.

Get a TSA approved lock and keep a replacement lock for your destination since I assume every crook in the world has the TSA master key by now. :roll:
http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/02/tsa-travel- ... nized.html
In some cases, TSA officers will have to open your baggage as part of the screening process. If your bag is unlocked, then our officer will simply open and screen the baggage if any item alarms. However, if you decide to lock your checked baggage and TSA cannot open it through other means, then the locks may have to be cut.

My $.02

Do NOT use a tsa lock. You are specificly not supposed to. They should NOT have access to your firearm without you present.

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Re: Need travel case suggestions for revolvers

Post by FreuderLocks » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:05 am

ultra magnus wrote:
raptor wrote:I am going to suggest a Pelican case like this:
https://cotradeco.com/products/2275-pel ... oam-insert

or a Haliburton case like this:
http://zerohalliburton.com/lifestyle/camera-cases/

I personally use a Haliburton case that is bare aluminum because it looks like camera gear and not firearms. I have two cases and break down the rifles and reassemble them when I arrive so that they fit in a case that does not scream firearm.

If I were doing over I would go with the Pelican case because while the Haliburton is great quality and looks nice, the Pelican is much more water proof and has external pad lock pads hasps. It is therefore much more versatile for other uses just just flying on a plane.


In both cases the life span is many decades so it is worth spending the money on quality; which is good, since neither is inexpensive.

BTW I try to avoid containers that scream "firearm!" and thus stay away from black cases. That and yellow is much easier to spot in a baggage area. YMMV

A couple of suggestions.
If possible, pack the case in a larger suitcase and fill that case with clothing to keep to from rattling around. It conceals the firearm further during transit. That and you have to pay per bag checked any way so you may as well get your $25 worth, but keep it under 50 lbs.

Get a TSA approved lock and keep a replacement lock for your destination since I assume every crook in the world has the TSA master key by now. :roll:
http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/02/tsa-travel- ... nized.html
In some cases, TSA officers will have to open your baggage as part of the screening process. If your bag is unlocked, then our officer will simply open and screen the baggage if any item alarms. However, if you decide to lock your checked baggage and TSA cannot open it through other means, then the locks may have to be cut.

My $.02

Do NOT use a tsa lock. You are specificly not supposed to. They should NOT have access to your firearm without you present.
Correct. I NEVER use one. Always lock the case after they inspect it and keep the key as I have been instructed by TSA agents in the past. TSA agents are NOT authorized to handle firearms, they can't even touch them. Case inspection is a joke for sure. Poking the foam and x ray the case lol.

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I think I'm going to use a hard side, TSA approved rifle case for now. Thanks guys!
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Re: Need travel case suggestions for revolvers

Post by raptor » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:12 am

FreuderLocks wrote: A couple of suggestions.
If possible, pack the case in a larger suitcase and fill that case with clothing to keep to from rattling around. It conceals the firearm further during transit. That and you have to pay per bag checked any way so you may as well get your $25 worth, but keep it under 50 lbs.

Get a TSA approved lock and keep a replacement lock for your destination since I assume every crook in the world has the TSA master key by now. :roll:
http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/02/tsa-travel- ... nized.html
In some cases, TSA officers will have to open your baggage as part of the screening process. If your bag is unlocked, then our officer will simply open and screen the baggage if any item alarms. However, if you decide to lock your checked baggage and TSA cannot open it through other means, then the locks may have to be cut.

My $.02

Do NOT use a tsa lock. You are specificly not supposed to. They should NOT have access to your firearm without you present.[/quote]
FreuderLocks wrote: Correct. I NEVER use one. Always lock the case after they inspect it and keep the key as I have been instructed by TSA agents in the past. TSA agents are NOT authorized to handle firearms, they can't even touch them. Case inspection is a joke for sure. Poking the foam and x ray the case lol.

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I think I'm going to use a hard side, TSA approved rifle case for now. Thanks guys!

Sorry I should have been clearer in my post. The TSA lock is for the "larger suit case" I mentioned in the paragraph above.



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