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OhioAAA
March 24, 2009, 04:37 PM
The handgun cases I have from the original manufacturer do not have any padded feature in them -- hence, the gun is often scratched.

I want to get some kind of off-brand case/box that has foam or cushion in it, any suggestions? I will be using those to take the toys to the range.

I heard there are differences in foam? is that true? Is there a specific material that's not good for the gun ?

ar15chase
March 24, 2009, 04:40 PM
DoskoSport makes a good case. I got mine for about $10 at Academy, way better than the factory cases I have had. The one I have will hold 2 medium frame pistols.

Chris_B
March 24, 2009, 04:45 PM
The handgun cases I have from the original manufacturer do not have any padded feature in them -- hence, the gun is often scratched.

I want to get some kind of off-brand case/box that has foam or cushion in it, any suggestions? I will be using those to take the toys to the range.

I heard there are differences in foam? is that true? Is there a specific material that's not good for the gun ?
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I recommend Pelican cases. See this thread, I did a write up of making a nice pistol case a little while ago:

http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=264615

Absolutely there are differences in the foam. There's many, many types of plastics. Some "foam" will attract and trap moisture, and some will break down under exposure to gun oils. Some will stick to metal as they degrade. The Pelican cases don't use foam that will harm the gun; the US military uses them for weapons and electronics

Hirlau
March 24, 2009, 05:33 PM
+1 on Pelican

I used this case 4 trips to Texas and Denver. Built like a tank.
"Flight Proof"

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk73/typhoonwinds/Flightproofpistol.jpg


http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk73/typhoonwinds/FlightProofRifle.jpg

earthskater
March 26, 2009, 12:02 PM
Our client, www.eFoamstore.com sells low cost foam for any need including carrying cases for guns. You may want to contact David at eFoamstore directly if you are looking to build your own gun case and don't know which foam to use. David could help you to choose the right foam for your needs depending on size, thickness, stiffness, and type of foam. Just call David with any questions at 866-336-2678 or visit his site at http://www.efoamstore.com.

Chris_B
March 26, 2009, 04:49 PM
Excellent suggestion to check out lower cost products. Since this is your first post, earthskater, and it is in effect an ad hawking a product, I am leery of the advice however. It's just good practice to question that sort of thing, when the very first post by a new member is to sell a product. No offense is intended

Low cost is always good. But low cost+oils and solvents used in firearms may spell disaster.

Pelican for example uses closed cell polyethylene foam. I am not a plastics engineer but I know something about plastics, and there's a huge spectrum of plastic foam to avoid using when in contact with a gun. Here's a bit from a discussion I had a while back about the foam Pelican uses in these cases, in regards to guns:

"But as mentioned however, this is closed cell, not open cell. The US military really does use exactly this line of cases to transport equipment including firearms around the world- I am involved in part of that process actually. In addition "foam" is a very broad term describing an incredible range of plastics with various properties

Typically, polyethylene is not considered bio-degradable as it takes centuries to break down and does not dissolve at room temperatures. The melting point of this stuff is probably around 200 F. There are of course many types of polyethylene. Oils should not harm it. Things like toluene and benzene can, but you should stay away from toluene and benzene anyway"

I only mention this a a precaution, as most folks see "inexpensive" and think "GREAT!". Exercise caution here folks, know what you're buying and why unless you want a gooey mess to potentially bond itself to your gun

bangbangshootshoot
March 26, 2009, 09:12 PM
Why not just use an army surplus bag, with your pistols in their holsters? Works for me & not a scuff to be seen.

Chris_B
March 27, 2009, 11:07 AM
For a variety of reasons
Glad you have no scuffs. That's your business, I won't risk that but you're free to although it is a fact that enough pulling in and out of a holster can wear a finish. Also as you can see, I have more than just a pistol in my cases

You might want a dedicated pistol case because:

-The pistol is not appropriate for carry
-The pistol you carry is on your hip, and you want to take multiple pistols to your destination
-You are travelling somewhere and you cannot carry at your destination
-your local laws dictate that while you may buy and own a pistol, you cannot carry concealed
-your local laws dictate that handguns must be securely locked while being transported
-short term storage away from your person
-securing the pistol away from the passenger compartment while driving
-you do not want to wear the finish away by placing in a holster
-the sock drawer is full, and your socks are oily and smell like cordite

bangbangshootshoot
March 27, 2009, 02:53 PM
Ahh, I jumped the gun on that reply before checking out your case. That's a nice setup Chris.