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Less Obvious AR Cases

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by LMGTEXAS, Jan 25, 2010.


    LMGTEXAS Semper Fi! - TSRA & NRA Life Member, GSSF Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    Anyone here used something other than a regular (and thus very obvious) gun case to transport their AR-15? That's not a bad idea, particularly if you are transporting your rifle in your car or if you are taking it out to or from the car.

    Someone recently suggested a baseball bat bag/case or a tennis racket case. The bag/case would need to be at least 34" long x 11" wide (if a magazine was already inserted into the magazine well) x 4" thick to fit my Bushmaster M4. I've found a couple of tennis racket "back packs" that meet the size criteria and are only $30 dollars or so. Added advantage are the shoulder straps and a couple of exterior pockets for extra magazines.

    Has anyone tried this approach to "concealed carry?"
  2. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    Go to your local thrift shops and score a rectangular double tennis racket case. They are usually padded and the ball pouches work great for mags. They fit an M4 size rifle perfectly.

    FYI- a single tennis racket case with the 'profile shape' fits my GSG-5 with collapsable stock & inserted mag like a champ. And the extra mags fit in the outside pocket. it was made for it!

  3. Range Rat

    Range Rat

    Mar 5, 2009
    GA & SC
    I use a sniper drag bag bought from It has nice padded backpack straps, tie down straps for the rifle, and plenty of storage compartments, so it's very convenient hauling it and all of my other stuff from the car to the range and back. I wouldn't recommend it if you are trying to be discreet however.
  4. furioso2112


    Dec 12, 2007
    There are plenty of hiking backpacks for which you could get an internal frame, floor, etc., to reduce parts poking out, and fill with some foam cut-outs very easily. It would require separating the upper and lower, but what's less obvious than a backpack? I have never looked at a backpack and wondered - 'Is there an AR in there?' Have you?

    A baseball bat/tennis racket is a little more noticeable - perhaps not immediately advertising "AR INSIDE!!!", but especially in winter, or if carrying without the associated garb, backpack has greater 'pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain' status.
  5. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You have already received some pretty good suggestions. Here is what I did:

    I bought a RealTree pattern soft side case for a compound bow, which is sort of like a half circle with the wide part down. There are some strong web handles and an industrial strength zipper. I then went to a local foam and fabric store and bought some closed cell foam, about 1 1/2 inches thick.

    I then traced the outline for the AR-15, with optic mounted, and cut out the area where the gun will nestle. One side was glued into the case, and when the case is unzipped, there she lays, complete with two 30 round mags, just waiting to be caressed.

    Enjoy her....:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2010
  6. actionpup

    actionpup Psycho Pup!

    Dec 2, 2001
    Yes, however I don't think discussing them online is a good thing. There are dozens of different discrete carry options...especially when you break it down.
  7. TxDeputy


    Nov 11, 2005
    East Texas
  8. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    Very cool Idea

    If you break your upper and lower down you can fit it in a lot of different things. I have a friend that does the tennis racket thing and another that has a backpack made for laptops. Just measure your upper and make sure you measure the dimension of the bag.
  9. DonL


    Jul 22, 2002
    When I lived in an apartment here in Phoenix....I didn't want to be seen carrying guns out. So I got a used golf bag and made it to accept a rifle or two. I'd throw in some clubs and put golf covers over the rifles....worked great and nobody suspected anything but me heading out to play golf.
    Lowes toolbox should work just fine also.
  10. nipperwolf


    Oct 3, 2002
    One of my buddys uses a black, nylon, guitar case. :supergrin:
  11. ajp3jeh

    ajp3jeh AKA John Hearne

    Oct 30, 2000
    Northern Mississippi
    I have a 9mm AR that is a training tool and not a serious rifle. I use a 26" tool box from Lowes to carry it. I haven't bothered to cut foam and simply put bubble wrap in the bottom and between tbe upper and lower. The tray on top hold four magazines, an Uplula magazine loader, allen wrenches, lube, and a can of whit spray paint for any steel I shoot.
  12. TangoCharlie145


    Jul 31, 2009
    Try looking at these. They are very discreet and no one really knows what it may be. It looks like a skateboard case.
    Hope this helps.
  13. KalashniKEV


    Sep 24, 2003
    Pretty cool, but if they are trying to make "sneaky bags" why are they in OD green and black?

    There is a really funny video on youtube of Chris Costa with an OD green rectangular case which he points out has no external mag pouches so he, "just tells people it's his keyboard inside."


    It may not have crazy mag pouches, but OD green, 550 cord zipper pulls, and "tactical" (to me) looking strap and hardware... I mean, it looked exactly like an M1950 weapons case.

    I'm 95% sure I know the case and he wasn't flipping it over b/c there is a large velcro square for those cornball colorform barbie dress up patches.

    You guys have the right idea w/ tennis or instrument cases...
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2010
  14. SVTNate

    SVTNate Chargers fan

    Sep 20, 2000
    Orange County, CA
    Just sling it on your back, and wear no pants. Nobody will mention the rifle.

    LMGTEXAS Semper Fi! - TSRA & NRA Life Member, GSSF Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    Thanks for all the great ideas!:cool: I already have a great gun case for my weapon but just wanted something that would be a little less conspicuous.

    I ended up purchasing a colorful, inexpensive baseball bat bag from a local sporting goods store. It is 36"x12"x6", with a vertical zipper up one side so it fits my assembled M4 perfectly, even with a magazine in place. The bag also has an exterior side packet that holds about 8 magazines and some cleaning gear.:upeyes: So........I can carry my AR with a magazine in place making it very accessible and not so obvious to anyone watching. This is great in town (not such a big deal at my place in the country).

    Again, thanks for all the great input!:cool:
  16. markman


    Dec 30, 2004
    N. IL
    I like the guitar case idea, reminds me of the old gangsters and the violin case for the "Tommy Gun".
  17. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
  18. KalashniKEV


    Sep 24, 2003
  19. Not to start a flame war here... but why be discrete? Assuming you are not violating an ordinance or local/state law, there is nothing wrong with carrying a bag that clearly has a firearm in it.

    I know... people freak out...

    The anti gun mob has trained the general public to be afraid of law abiding citizens who are exercising a Constitutional right. Sad.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2010
  20. RabidDeity

    RabidDeity Frequent lurker

    Jun 5, 2003
    back in the USA
    True. But on the other hand, why would I want to advertise that I have firearms in the house? It makes my apartment or house a target for theft, if any potential burglars happen to be watching. I don't worry about someone breaking in while I'm there, but I'm not at home 24/7. Besides the sheeple freakout potential, there are other reasons to be discreet.

    I wouldn't carry loads of cash out in the open. Same reason.