Skip to main content

Baggage Handler-Proof Gun Cases

Baggage Handler-Proof Gun Cases

By J. Scott Rupp

Any shooter who travels knows all too well how rough airline baggage handlers can be on luggage, especially gun cases. So when I fly I want my rifles packed in the best protection available. I've been using Americase's 2-Gun Safari case for about a year, and it's by far the sturdiest and most well-designed airline case I've tried.

Made of .080 anodized extruded aluminum and featuring high quality hardware, this case can take a beating. It's not light. At 27 pounds, plus the weight of two rifles, you'll be glad it has wheels. It also has spring-loaded handles on all sides.

I especially like the interior design: Both rifles sit side-by side, completely encased in foam, resting upright with no pressure on the scopes. There are two storage compartments inside that work well for bolts, slings, and cleaning supplies — no more digging under the foam to find these small parts. The case is made with a Santoprene seal around the lid that keeps out moisture, dust and dirt.


Rifles up to 48 inches long can be accommodated with ease; for longer rifles or rifles with large tactical-style scopes, an XL version is available. When my wife and I flew to New Mexico together last fall to hunt mule deer, the case easily held our two scoped Ruger No. 1s, slings, shooting sticks, basic cleaning supplies and a few other miscellaneous items. When we opened up the case at camp, nothing had moved.


All of the hardware on the outside of the case is recessed, making it nearly impossible to have a piece broken off or bent. The latches work with a half-turn to clamp down and seal the case, and both latches can be padlocked. Because of the aforementioned recessing of the hardware, the latches must be locked with fairly small padlocks, as locks with large, thick hasps won't fit through the openings made for the locks. Once you find a couple of locks that fit, just keep them with your case.

I'm looking forward to putting a lot more miles on this case in coming years. $425, Americase, 800/972-2737

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Scott Rupp gets a chance to talk to Aaron Oelger about a few new products from Hodgdon and why reloading store shelves are empty.
Rifles

Hodgdon Reloading

Beth Shimanski of Savage introduces their all new straight-pull rifle. With an Accu-Fit stock and left hand adjustable bolt, this rifle is a perfect choice for anyone!
Rifles

Savage Impulse

RifleShooter Magazine editor Scott Rupp breaks down all the features of the Mossberg Patriot Predator rifle chambered in 6.5 PRC.
Rifles

Mossberg Patriot Predator 6.5 PRC Rifle Review

Introduced in 1965 with the .444 Marlin cartridge, the Model 444 was the most powerful lever action of its day.
Rifles

Marlin Model 1895 in .444 Marlin

J. Scott Rupp takes a first look at the Springfield M1A Loaded rifle chambered in the popular 6.5 Creedmoor.
Rifles

Review: Springfield Armory M1A Loaded Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor

If looking to acquire an automated powder-charge dispensing unit to speed up precision reloading, don't judge the RCBS ChargeMaster Lite powder scale and dispenser by its name; the Little Green machine packs a heavy-weight punch with speed and accuracy.
Rifles

RCBS ChargeMaster Lite Review: Not 'Lite' on Ability

The new Sako Finnlight II sports an innovative stock and Cerakote metal paired with the terrific 85 action.
Rifles

RS Sako Finnlight II

The Remington Model Seven is ready, willing and able to handle just about any task.
Rifles

Remington Model Seven SS HS Bolt-Action Rifle Review

RifleShooter Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the RifleShooter App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Rifle Shooter stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All RifleShooter subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now