Suggestions wanted for the best option for checked luggage with firearm

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    Suggestions wanted for the best option for checked luggage with firearm

    There have been quite a few threads about "First airline trip", "Flying with a gun" and so on. In those threads some people posted various options for ones checked suitcase with the firearm in it.

    The last trip I took my hard side lockable pistol case was buried in the 32" soft side bag, and most recently in my wife's hard side case that is not equipped with a TSA lock that she bought in Thailand (try and find one now in the US).

    I've been eyeballing a Pelican 1620, which is the largest "Case" that you can get that is not considered oversize by 95% of the airlines. Problem is that it weighs in at a hefty 19.5# empty. With a 50# limit, that complicates things a bit (the hard side case that I packed this trip came in at 47#).

    With airlines lowering the weight cap, and charging for checked bags, this is becoming problematic for a tough & secure way to fly with a firearm, and not incur additional surprise fees when you hit the check in counter.

    If I was flying by myself it would be a non issue (I can go for a week and get everything I need in 2 carry on size bags - if I bring my laptop, the wife however...)

    So, let's hear what you all use (brand/type - model) for the best piece of mind while flying.
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    You need a 20lb. Pelican?

    I'm not sure how much armament you need to take along on your trips, but this works quite well for me:

    In Car Gun Lockers

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    I'm not looking for a single gun case, I am looking for a case that will hold a gun case, and everything else I am traveling with.

    Hard side suitcase, lockable, Non TSA imbedded locks, preferably with wheels.
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    Near as I can tell, as long as the firearm is in a "Hard Sided" lockable case, internally it can be wrapped in a sock or underwear for all they [TSA] care.
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    I have an old Samsonite hard side 2 suiter, it has non-TSA key locks on the ends (but probably easy to pick) and a combo lock in the middle. When I fly I put the handgun in a metal Center of Mass portable "safe" and the usual procedure is show the counter agent the gun is unloaded, put declaration slip on top and lock the suitcase. Then take to TSA screeners and declare a firearm so they scan the bag while I wait, twice I've had the TSA bring the case to me because they could not verify the contents of the gun safe. Usually they just say something like "You're fine" and I go on my way.

    If you want a non-TSA suitcase I would suggest checking out pawn shops and maybe hitting a few garage sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F350 View Post
    ...If you want a non-TSA suitcase I would suggest checking out pawn shops and maybe hitting a few garage sales.
    Yeah, I see a lot of thrift stores in my future.
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    For transporting my pistols, I use an Army NVG case, holds 2-3 pistols with various accessories. For long guns, I use a StormCase that holds my M4 & Rem 700 and 2 pistols. Meets all the airline/tsa requirements, and weighs in under 50lb fully packed.

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    I like Porter Case I travel and fly a lot for work and have found their products versatile and durable I have three of their cases: Porter Case PCi
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    There's no law against disabling a built-in TSA-approved lock on your own suitcase.
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    Deviant Ollam of Packing and the Friendly skies uses these:

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    Dimensions: 25 in. long x 13 in. wide x 7 in. high. Almost works as a carry on (if it weren't for the contents) (and about 1" over on length and height). $20. Also 20 Lbs.

    According to the site they may need re-painted.

    Now... Just 'cause I like the idea... enough that if I traveled a lot on the airlines to states that were gun-friendly; I'd have a matched pair either painted OD green or covered in denim... and I'd put some real locks on 'em (not hasps as deviant suggests) That doesn't mean they're for everyone... But they do make a statement!
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