When I found out I was going to be field testing the Propper 36” Rifle Case, I was indeed happy to do so. First, any opportunity to test firearms-related equipment is welcomed – as it is an excuse to hit the range (as if I need an excuse, but the wife does appreciate one!). Second, I have had the opportunity to field test several Propper items and have never been disappointed. In fact, I have added several Propper items to my personal inventory because I was so impressed with the quality and price of the items I tested. Anyway, back to the 36” Rifle case. Let me share my findings with you, and if you are in the market for a new rifle case, maybe it will meet your needs as well.
- 100% polyester
- 5” x 36” x 4”
- Three exterior pockets
- MOLLE webbing
- Dual zippers capable of accepting lock
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Contrasting lining
- Dual Internal Retention System
When I first opened the box, I was impressed with the quality and craftsmanship. As I said before, I have tested several Propper items and am accustomed to each being well made – but the heft and durable look of this case was obvious even before it was out of the plastic. Once unwrapped, I gave the case a complete inspection which only confirmed my first impressions; the Propper 36” Rifle Case is constructed of rugged nylon with heavy duty double stitching sure to stand up to the worst you can throw at it during a hard day on the range or while deployed on duty.
Next, I inspected the meat and potatoes of any rifle case – the padding, straps and retention system you will count on to protect and secure your rifle. The entire case is heavily padded on all sides, providing plenty of protection while the case is carried through the woods, stored in a vehicle or deployed. The case utilizes a dual retention system with Velcro straps and corner pockets to hold your rifle in place. Both the pockets and straps are constructed of heavy duty nylon which is unlikely to wear – even with repeated use. The extra wide Velcro straps overlap more than many other cases I have tested – meaning whatever you carry will be even more secure.
Of course, all the retention in the world is no good if the case does not close and secure properly. This case provides a heavy duty dual zipper system with long grip tabs on each zipper – allowing easy access even when wearing gloves. For added security when traveling, the dual zippers can accept a small lock when married together. I was confident that my firearm would be protected – even with the optics attached – and had no worries using this case to protect my valuable set up.
Finally, it was time to check out the extras – the pouches, pockets, handles, straps and other accessories which would allow you to not only protect your rifle, but carry the wide range of other items you may need. When I go to the range, I am often filling more than one role. In addition to being a shooter, I am also a firearms instructor and department armorer so I often have more gear than someone who is simply qualifying. This means I need to carry a lot of gear, and I need to get to it without too much of a hassle. The designers at Propper recognized this possibility and hit it head-on.
The case includes three exterior pockets – all located on the same side. Two of these cases, placed opposite each other, are large enough to accept an 8” x 12” pistol case which comes in very handy when taking multiple weapons systems to the range at the same time. If carrying additional weapons is not a concern, each pocket is also large enough to carry a wide range of related items including magazines, boxes of ammo, armorer kits, etc. The third pocket, located in the center of the case and between each of the larger pockets, is expandable and also capable of securing a host of range-related items, although I found it an excellent place to put my ear muffs, gloves and a small bag with various odds and ends – in winter I would probably add a knit hat.
All three pockets are secured with large Velcro closures and the third pocket has a heavy duty buckle for added security. Other features include Molle compatible webbing on each of the pockets, a large Velcro area for attaching unit patches, name tags etc. and two carrying options (dual handles or padded shoulder strap). As with the case itself, I found each of these accessories to be well constructed and designed for heavy use.
Despite all of its advantages, I did find some areas to be lacking, or at least not what I would prefer in a rifle case. At 36”, the case is designed to accommodate a host of modern tactical firearms, however, I found that my AR – outfitted with a full-size magazine, optics and light – did not fit unless the stock was collapsed – a position different than how I normally carry it. I was also hoping for some dedicated magazine pockets, something you can easily add via the MOLLE webbing, but would have been a nice included accessory.
I also did not care for the carry strap. The included strap attached mid case via a hook and snap combination. Not only does this design make over-the-back carry impossible, it needs to be detached to allow the case to be opened. Finally, there was the contrasting interior color. The case I tested was black with a contrasting interior color of light grey. I found this to be too easily dirtied and a bit lighter than I would prefer in the field, however, the other color cases each have a different interior color and may be more to your liking.
All in all, I found the Propper 36” Rifle Case to be an excellent product that lived up to the high expectation I have developed for Propper gear in general. I believe that it will provide years of service whether you are using it to carry your target rifle to the range, a hunting rifle to the field or patrol rifle on duty.
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