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Padded, soft-sided gun cases

Padded, soft-sided case

Material: Canvas, nylon, neoprene, polyester, or leather

Advantages:

  • Light, easy to handle and store
  • Many designs accommodate scoped rifles
  • Offered in camouflage
  • Waterproof and floating cases available for duck hunters
  • Less costly than hard cases

Disadvantage:

  • Less protection than hard-sided cases
Lockable, hard-sided gun cases

Lockable, hard-sided case

Material: Aluminum or composite

Advantages:

  • Lightweight but sturdy
  • Meets airline standards
  • Can include deep foam padding that holds firearm in place and cushions impact
  • Composite models can be molded to fit firearm
  • Available in waterproof models

Disadvantage:

  • Bulkier and costlier than soft-sided cases
Gun socks

Gun sock

Material: Durable stretch fabric (polyester/acrylic) or soft pile materials

Advantages:

  • Lightweight protection from dust, dirt, and moisture
  • Offered in camouflage
  • Often used as a second case to carry a firearm from a vehicle into a hunting area

Disadvantage:

  • Minimal protection from elements or impact