Friday, August 19, 2011
But since I'm labeled as one, I thought I aught to do a gear review. In for a penny, in for a pound. Or maybe, damned if I do, damned if I don't would be a better one. Anyway, here goes. My first gear review.
For my first gear review I'm going to review a rifle carrying case. After the latest slew of builds I was left with two rifles without a carrying case.
It's nice and wide where it needs to be, namely across the top of the shoulder. So, even as light as this bag is, it wont ever dig into the shoulder if I have to trek it in the bag any length of time. And it's truly ambidextrous. Either bottom strap can be buckled in to the bottom of the shoulder strap and the other either tucked away or buckled to the side of the strap to add stabilization. So, you can easily set it up for offside carry if that's your concern. The back of the bag has plenty of breathable fabric to help keep it comfortable in hot weather or if you're carrying it for extended periods.
Things I don't like. The red straps on the inside of the bag. Yes, they would be good for extra security for the rifle upper and lower, but I don't see a need for them really and they just get in the way. The three front pockets are basically useless with the rifle in the bag. There's no give to them and with the rifle on the inside anything you put in them is gonna be sticking through the front or poking your rifle in the bag. If they'd made them with some way to expand along the sides, that would have been better. Maybe a bit more MOLLE webbing. There's some on the shoulder strap, but that's about it. But then, a lot of that would have defeated the idea behind the whole "discrete" thing.
I've had friends point out that some states get all PSH'y if you have an assembled rifle in your car and this would be perfect for toting your AR to the range and back, rather than that giant blue plastic case that it came in.
Others of you out there are going to scream that the rifle is disassembled and therefore useless if I happen to need it in a hurry. First off, I'm not a first responder. I'm probably never going to need the rifle in a hurry like that. If, by some wild stretch of the imagination, I did end up like that, my situational awareness is shit and I deserve what I get. Secondly, come on guys, it's two take down pins. Last night, because I knew you'd make this argument, I had the thing out of the bag, assembled and loaded in under 30 seconds. In the dark. If you can't slap two take down pins in faster than I did without the blindfold, then you need to review your understanding of the AR platform.
So, there you go Vine, this geardo has done a geardo review for you. I didn't rush out and buy the shiny, or pick the first thing I saw that had "tactical" in the title. I figured out what I needed, what I wanted and got the best bag to fit the requirements. Although maybe that makes me a thinking man's geardo. hmm....