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jemrey81
12-02-2011, 8:38 AM
I have the compact midway range bag and I have the hard case that my gun came in that I can lock and put in my range bag, but that hard case takes up a ton of room and all of the accessories that were in that hardcase are now in the range bag anyway.... I am wondering what is legal to use. Can I have a zippered soft case with a luggage lock on the zippers (like this one: http://www.casesandmore.com/NcSTAR-CVD2904-NCS1383.html) or does it have to be some sort of hard case?

It is strictly for transporting to and from the range in my range bag.... I just don't want to end up doing something illegal.

thanks!

SCZ
12-02-2011, 9:59 AM
From everything I've read here on the forums, soft cases are considered locking containers when locked appropriately so that someone could not access/manipulate the firearm. Keep in mind if there are 2 zippers locked together, but you can pull them far enough apart to manipulate the weapon through the gap, this wouldn't stand the test of locking case. Also if there's a big enough gap where the zipper meets the edge that you can squeeze fingers in and manipulate the firearm, it's no good.

Also, I want to point out that you said "luggage lock." I'd recommend not using a TSA approved lock. Who knows how many TSA masters have made it into the wild?

Here's an example of what looks promising.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/939165008/midwayusa-pistol-gun-case
Quote below was one of the reviews on it.
Fits my G23 and all three mags (one in the pistol) perfectly! The case is designed so it can be locked when zipped close. Also, there are loops on both ends that would allow one to attach a handle or strap if one was so inclined. As an added bonus, this case fits perfectly inside the extra pocket on Midway's 48" soft rifle case!
Just make sure that when it's locked, the firearm remains inaccessible.

jemrey81
12-02-2011, 10:39 AM
Thanks man, I was originally looking at that case since it matches my range bag but I somehow missed that review (I quickly went through the reviews to see if they were made to be locked... too quickly I guess!)

By luggage lock, I didn't necessarily mean a TSA approved lock... just that size in general (one that fits in the zipper holes).

I really appreciate your description of what it takes for it to be considered legal... I will place my order for the Midway one now.

SCZ
12-02-2011, 10:56 AM
No worries, I hope it works out well for you!

Also, there was a post somewhere in the forums that talked about grommit kits to lock through for softcases. Interesting info in there, might be relevant should the lock tab fail, or should you need to make a locking case out of a $9.99 walmart rifle bag.

weinerd
12-02-2011, 11:04 AM
I have a nanovault 3 with the combo lock. It's a little heavy, but easy to access if the need arises.

glockman19
12-02-2011, 12:02 PM
I use Allen locking bags:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1921324805/allen-locking-pistol-gun-case-nylon

http://media.midwayusa.com/productimages/medium/324/324805.jpg

lorax3
12-02-2011, 12:06 PM
I use Allen locking bags:

Do you happen to have a picture of the locking mechanism/loop on those? Just a zipper with a the holes that cross over and let you slip a lock between?

I've been using small hard cases I bought for $9 at Turners, but would like a soft case solution.

glockman19
12-05-2011, 7:20 PM
Do you happen to have a picture of the locking mechanism/loop on those? Just a zipper with a the holes that cross over and let you slip a lock between?

I've been using small hard cases I bought for $9 at Turners, but would like a soft case solution.

It is an actual locking zipper with key.

lorax3
12-05-2011, 7:23 PM
It is an actual locking zipper with key.

Ah, neat. Thanks

acegunnr
12-05-2011, 7:50 PM
+1 on the Allen Locking cases. I got mine from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Company-Endura-Locking-Handgun/dp/B000TV87R8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323143356&sr=8-1