Discreet Long Rifle Transport Bag?

kft101

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Anyone have any recommendations for a discreet long rifle carry/transport bag?

I live in a major metropolitan city, and I'd like to be able to transport my rigs between my place and FFL/range without lugging around a hard case that advertises what is inside.

Ideally it would be a padded soft case, rectangular in shape, with lockable zippers, and a shoulder strap or two for duffel or backpack style hauling around.

I was looking at tall light stand bags from the major camera retailers, but don't know how securely a long rifle can be held inside.
 

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How long are your rifles? There are guitar shaped, soft padded rifle cases available on Amazon. The name escapes me right now. I have one and it works great for my AR and anything with a foldable stock.

I am looking at having a soft case made for my longer non-folding rifles.
 

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Doesn’t matter what material it’s made from, long rectangle screams gun. You’d need something like a cello case (I'm not advocating that) not to announce that you’re moving a rifle. A carbine with a folding stock can be discrete, but I’ve never seen a case for a precision rifle that didn’t say...

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all joking aside its not the case that will give you away.

its the walk, cadence, hair cut etc.

you see a shaggy guy walking with a big rectangle and you think its art supplies, or his cardboard box

see a guy in tan pants, tight har icut going to a pick up truck and it screams weapon.

hard case with wheels, no straps, no handles, dirty, not black or tan with stickers that are all scratched

or use a sports equipment bag:

something like these


 

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all joking aside its not the case that will give you away.

its the walk, cadence, hair cut etc.

you see a shaggy guy walking with a big rectangle and you think its art supplies, or his cardboard box

see a guy in tan pants, tight har icut going to a pick up truck and it screams weapon.

hard case with wheels, no straps, no handles, dirty, not black or tan with stickers that are all scratched

or use a sports equipment bag:

something like these



Well they probably think I’m a bum with a big bag full of wild irish rose.
 
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I live in a large northeast city and I use a team hockey stick bag with some sewn in velcro. Add in a back pack and some other sporty looking clothes and no one looks twice on the subway. Got the idea when I saw a guy with a ski bag last winter.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations, guys. Yes, it’s for a full length bolt action rifle in a traditional McMillan stock, so any of the suggestions for folders or collapsible stocks will be too short. With the input, I think my best bet may be a sport (ski, snowboard, etc) or long light stand carry bag. Maybe I can find one big enough to stuff a cheapo Plano single rifle case in.
 

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just get a pelican and throw some guitar and music stickers on it, now you are a traveling musician.
 

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Check out FHF (Fish, Hunt, Fight) Gear. They make a bag that might be just what you are looking for.
 

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I recommend a U-Haul trailer. Not only can you put your guns in it, you can also pack up and move to a place where when you carry your rifle case to the truck people will know it is a gun and be happy, probably ask what caliber and what kind of reloading recipe you use.
 

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Guitar case, golf bag, cello case, snowboard bag.... etc.

They all scream, "something expensive i want to steal."

I like where this is going, but would like it to scream, "not worth my time and effort" to steal.

Let's keep brainstorming.
 

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I would hate to live a place that I have to hide a firearm just exercise my rights.

But I am worried about thievery since the liberals took over and believe criminals have more rights than law abiding tax paying citizens. Like was said, anything that represents something expensive worth the effort to steal to buy a next bag of dope defeats that purpose to hide a firearm.
 

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Dress up in biohazard gear and have hazard stickers all over the case. Boom...noone wants to touch biohazard shit.

But a serious idea ive considered is a soft case inside of the bags that come with big tents.
 

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What do you do for work?
Find something there that fits into that line.
Had a buddy that lived downtown in an apartment. He did photography. So he was always having some big photo/tripod cases in and out.
 
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7095744 that could be very discrete and only 40 dollars and most big citys have a music store or pawn shop that sell them.
 

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Guitar case, golf bag, cello case, snowboard bag.... etc.

They all scream, "something expensive i want to steal."

I like where this is going, but would like it to scream, "not worth my time and effort" to steal.

Let's keep brainstorming.
In NYC no one gives a shit about hockey sticks.

Might try:
 

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I use a long duffel bag, wrap a strap around it to keep the “clothes” from shifting.
 

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Cheap ugly and no crack head attention? Roll it up in some carpet and tape the carpet to hold it rolled. Re tape when you need to close it up.

No one wants to steal your roll of old carpet
 

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Do an AT/AX and remove the barrel, use a 26" (or shorter)tool box, etc. This question came up some time ago about the repeated removal/install of the barrel and Apparently Tom Irwin reported no ill effects with the ones he/company done while traveling about.
If you run a short barrel, a folder may be an option also.
 

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I flew home from Spain Saturday (man are my arms tired) and there was a.hard case for golf clubs on the carousel. My first thought was that I could get four rifles in it.
 

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What do you do for work?
Find something there that fits into that line.
Had a buddy that lived downtown in an apartment. He did photography. So he was always having some big photo/tripod cases in and out.
Someone finally hit on one of my big issues with hiding as other equipment. Someone may strike up a convo about music, golf etc and if you don't play, are you going to go hard on CIA level back story, keep up the charade?

Either get a generic bag (If it'll fit, I like the grey ghost bag, regardless of hiding or not) or do something related to your work which is probably boring so no one will likely ask, and if they do you can talk about yourself openly.
 
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After looking at various long bags (snowboard, longboard, etc), I decided to get a Sector 9 Field Bag, which are meant for long skateboards. I can fit a cheap Plano single long rifle case in there almost perfectly. Have to squeeze the ends in there, but she likes that. It's got some carry options with top handles and backpack type straps, but is still relatively plain on the outside and relatively incognito. It's also on sale from the manufacturer's site, but of course it only comes in black and woodland camo, so maybe that defeats the original purpose of getting it, lol.
 
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for work we often use the condor guitar bag. It works very very well. I actually sewed a bunch of band labels on mine, my favorite is the Grateful Dead. Ha!
 
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Hard Golf club bag like this
Edit
Now you got me thinking and looking
This other one is really stealth should you need it!
So the only problem with an actual golf club bag is that many places want to put them someplace because they’re so expensive. I’ve seen people in the same line with me having golf clubs triple checked out because they tend to be so damn expensive.

I went for the photo graphic equipment route because it makes it look like you’re just moving tradeshow materials

Edit: The only downside is that an aircraft firearms are supposed to be hand carried to a special place at the destination airport. When they see a nondescript photographic equipment container they tend to put it directly on the belt… I’ve had this happen about three times in Las Vegas
 
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