Owning a firearm carries with it the responsibility to make and keep your gun safe, when transporting, using, or storing. Not every gun owner will take the steps to own a gun case for their firearms, but those who do are making an investment in protecting their firearms and providing a measure of safety for others.

Gun cases serve a variety of purposes, from showing the gun off, to the physical practicality of transportation and safe storage. There are all kinds of different gun cases for virtually every type of gun, and they are fabricated using an equally diverse array of materials.

The Different Types of Gun Cases

different types of gun cases

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For those who own firearms, there is a never-ending selection of gun cases available with varying degrees of quality for any gun you may have. The basic types of guns the average gun owner will possess that use gun cases are the handgun or pistol, the shotgun, or the rifle.

There are many features available for gun cases that serve a wide variety of needs and specifications for any type of situation. Gun cases are available in hard or soft types and are constructed of materials such as polymer plastic and resins, foam, metal such as aluminum, and fabric such as cotton or denim, leather, or other strong fabrics.

1. Pelican Gun Cases

The cases made by Pelican are hard gun cases with premium features and excellent materials.

There are a number of advantages to using these cases over other types of gun cases. Functionality is one of them, as the hard shell provides protection for your firearm, as well as other features.

Also, these stylish cases are exceptionally attractive, and are suitable for gun shows or to brag/show off in front of your friends or competitors at gun meets. Some of the notable features of the exclusively hard shell gun cases include:

  • Watertight
  • Crushproof
  • Dustproof
  • Press and pull latches
  • Padlockable hasps
  • Soft-grip, double-layered handle
  • Vortex valves
  • Powerful hinges
  • Strong, lightweight HPX resin construction
  • Automatic locking
  • Light touch opening
  • O-ring seals
  • Deep lids
  • Retention strap
  • Foam interior
  • Made in USA
  • Guaranteed for life

2. Shotgun Case

There are a number of different types of shotgun cases available, both hard and soft-shell varieties. Hard shell models usually have a foam insert where the shotgun is placed for storage with a lock and space for ammunition storage and gun cleaning equipment. This is the type of case you may want if you travel a lot to go to sport shooting events or are a more serious hunter.

Soft-shell gun cases are either open or closed styled, with the open style cases allowing the end of the shotgun to protrude beyond the edge of the case of easy access and firing capability. The closed variety may be suitable for many households, where the shotgun is used for defense but must be placed out of reach of children or others who are not allowed access to them. Many of these have locking mechanisms to further provide safety.

3. Gun bag

Gun Bag

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For many people, the gun bag serves as an alternative to the traditional hard or soft gun case and can be used for those who regularly use their firearms and need to transport them quickly, with additional supplies such as ammunition, hunting items, and cleaning kits, as well as hearing protection and protective eyewear space.

These bags can also hold other items such as wallets, cellphones, id, cash, jewelry, or valuables. Many have locking mechanisms available to ensure your gun and valuables remain secure.

How to Select Gun Cases that are Right for You

First of all, you should evaluate your gun and the need you want satisfied from your gun case.

If your purpose is hunting, you may want to get the most durable and practical gun cases for your shotgun or rifle. If you are a gun collector or are using the gun cases to display the firearms at gun shows or events, you may want the most attractive and ingenious gun cases made with materials that will showcase the beauty of your firearm, as well as attend to the practical aspects of storing and protecting your guns.

You can select hard materials if your aim is to protect your gun more than anything else. If you need to have the guns locked, make sure to pick a gun case that includes a strong lock. These are available either in combination lock style, or through use of a key system.

If you are looking at gun bags to quickly transport your guns, select one that fits your gun and additional ammunition as functionality is key for many sports shooters. You will also have to find gun cases that are within your budget that suit the purposes you require, so compare models and makes of gun cases extensively before you acquire them.

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