Brownells' Signature Bags and Cases
Range bags? Ho-hum.
Gun cases? Yawn. When Brownells announced it was offering a new line of bags
and cases, I was, frankly, bored with the news. Whos gonna get excited about a few
more gun cases and shooting bags?
Like most compulsive
shooters, Ive lost count of the range bags and gun cases I own. When you get right
down to it, one bag or case is pretty much like another Ð at least thats what I
thought until I got my hands on a couple of cases from Brownells new Signature
lineup. Id asked Brownells to send me a sample to review for Rifle readers, but when
I opened the shipping box, I actually said, Wow!
The inside dimensions of
the range bag were roughly the same size and shape (7 1/2x7x16 inches) as the other bags Ive
used to tote protective ear muffs, shooting glasses, ammunition, handguns and other
paraphernalia to the shooting range. But instead of being made of black nylon or canvas,
Brownells Signature Leather Pro Shooters range bag is constructed of heavy 4-ounce
genuine suede leather. The wraparound carrying handle is brown Cordura¨ nylon and sports
a snap-together suede handgrip.
The YKK zipper pulls (all
five of them) are made of sturdy brass, and the detachable Cordura shoulder strap also has
brass fittings. The main compartment is accessed by pulling two parallel zippers connected
by a leather strap, then lifting the long suede cover. All the zippers are solidly
double-stitched in place against heavy nylon backings, while a wide VELCRO pad secures the
cover at one end.
A pair of sturdy
partitions with VELCRO fittings allow you to customize the space inside the main
compartment. Separate, full-length compartments on either side contain removable, heavily
pile-padded pockets to protect handguns, scopes or other gear. As an added custom touch, a
handsome, weathered leather Brownells patch stitched to the outside of the bag serves as
an auxiliary pocket for business cards or other small items. Two bottom layers of
corrugated, waterproof plastic are positioned at 90-degree angles, allowing the bag to
carry seriously heavy loads without buckling.
Okay, its just
another range bag, but what a range bag! This handsome suede bag should last a lifetime
and is guaranteed to catch the eye of other envious shooters.
If you want a larger
version to tote more stuff, Brownells Pro Shooters Deluxe range bag measures 23x16
1/2x12 inches. This bag isnt suede leather but is made of rugged 1000 denier Cordura
nylon. The Leather Pro Shooters range bag is priced at $129, while the more voluminous Pro
Shooters Deluxe bag goes for $246. For more information, go to www.brownells.com.