Regardless of where you live, you don’t want to advertise the fact that you have firearms. Unless you live on a remote stretch of land, where you can shoot at your leisure, then you’re going to need to transport your firearms to a shooting range to get your range time. If you’re like me, you don’t want your neighbors or passersby to have any idea what you are carrying, so you probably have a need to do some covert transport of firearms.
Covert Transport of Firearms
We are lucky, that here in the USA, we have our 2nd Amendment. While it’s always under attack, we are mostly free to own, posses and use firearms. This doesn’t mean that we want to advertise the fact that we own guns. Criminals are always looking for a home where they can steal weapons, so it’s best to keep yourself off their radar.
Pistols aren’t normally an issue. You can stick a pistol into a backpack, tackle box or any other type of non-gun bag or box. Rifles tend to stick out like a sore thumb.
Traditional rifle cases look like rifle cases. They were a one size fits all case, so everything from your hunting rifle and shotgun to your battle rifles would be in one very long 50-53 inch case. The good news is that with folding and adjustable stocks, manufacturers have realized that shorter cases are viable, and that they don’t have to look like a rifle case.
|UTG Alpha Battle Carrier Sling Pack 34-Inch Multi-Firearm Case This is my favorite case. It has a shoulder sling and holds 2 rifles and a pistol. It does not look like gun case, I’ve been asked if it’s a skateboard or a musical instrument.|
I then put it to the ultimate test, and asked my wife “Does this look like a gun case?”
To which she replied “It makes you look too much like a douche, to be a gun case.”
Good enough for me, better to look like a douche-bag, who’s being all fancy, with some type of sling case, than a gentleman heading to the range, and obviously carrying guns.
| UTG Deluxe Covert Homeland Security Gun CaseThis is my other covert carry rifle case. It’s a little more subdued than my other case, but it’s still fairly discreet. I’ve never had anyone ask me if it contained guns. This looks more like a musical instrument case, a fancy tennis racket case or a case for multiple pool cues. It will also carry 2 rifles and has plenty of room for accessories. This case also has backpack style straps on the rear of it, so you can wear it like a backpack. I didn’t see that mentioned in any of the descriptions, so it was a pleasant surprise when it arrived.|
An Alternate idea
Another quick (and cheap) idea is to find a cardboard box that your existing long gun case will fit into, or use cardboard to make a box that will slip over that long gun case.
I used the box idea once. I was gun sitting for a friend who was moving between states and when it was time for him to come pick up his guns, I thought it would be a bad idea for him to be seen carrying a ton of gun cases into his new home. Luckily I had just finished assembling a bunch of Ikea furniture, so I cut down the boxes and made covers for all of his gun cases. The best part of this story is that when he was carrying in a load of his guns, a new neighbor stopped him, gestured the boxes in his hands and said “looks like your wife has you assembling some new furniture.”
He had no idea that those were firearms, some quite valuable.
We need to train with our firearms to maintain proficiency, but that doesn’t mean that we want to advertise the fact that we own guns. Practice Opsec and utilize Covert Transport of Firearms.
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