Do Any of You Guys Use Pelican Hard Cases?

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    Do Any of You Guys Use Pelican Hard Cases?

    I was thinking about the kind of case that would be a good choice for storing an AR15. I'm not really sure what I'm going to end up with but with the cost of a rifle easily approaching or exceeding a thousand dollars by the time you finish it out with optics, etc., it makes sense to perserve and protect it in a nice durable case. I've never had any but the Pelicans look like they are really nice cases and they appear to be the same ones that the military use, etc.

    Do any of you guys use Pelican cases and if so, what do you have to say about them? From what I can tell, a case to house a rifle is going to be right around the $200 range. It seems like a lot of money for a case but if it protects a somewhat expensive rifle w/optics, it may be worth it in the long run. If you take care of it, it may even possibly outlast the rifle in which you could use it for the next - if that ever happens to be the case. I'm not too worried about this part because by the time I wear the rifle out, I suspect I'll be too old, sick and crippled to worry about replacing it. ;-)

    WARNING: The following is me trying to RATIONALIZE;

    I guess this isn't really any different than a guy buying a $180 guitar case for a $1,200 guitar...


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    I have a Pelican 1700 for my Colt AR-15 Govt. Carbine. It's a little cumbersome and a PIA to lug around. However, the level of protection for whatever is inside, is the best there is. I can say that in 20 years, it's been banged around and scuffed up a lot and the rifle remains pristine.

    I use Blackhawk padded rifle cases for all my other long guns and find those to be top notch, lighter weight, a lot easier to lug around, and more than adequate protection. I will probably end up getting a Blackhawk case for the Colt someday, it just hasn't been a priority.

    I do have several other Pelican cases I use for other types of gear which needs above average protection.
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    I prefer Hardigg/Storm just for the latches. I spent 25 years busting my knuckles on crappy Pelkican latches, and I refuse to give them a penny. I know they now have improved their latches, but the pain lasted a long time.
    Pelican has purchased Storm, so now they are the same ownership, but Storm still has better latches.
    Here's the downside of any Pelican or similar case: They are heavy.
    But as far as indestructible, it doesn't get any better. I ship my Storm cases all over the country as freight, and have never had a failure.

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    I use a soft case for my AR , however use Pelican cases for cameras. Cameras being more fragile than guns, I found these cases work well for impact and water protection.
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    You guys are awesome! Thank you for the insightful responses. I have never even heard of Storm but will look into them to see what kind of latches they have. I was also not aware of the Nighthawk soft cases. They look like they give great protection for half the money.

    I was also thinking about getting a Pelican case for a Canon DSLR I've had my eye on for awhile...all of which will have to wait til I see an improvement in some things.

    So it sounds like it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a Pelican to last 20 years or more? What if a Pelican latch breaks or something like that? Does Pelican guarantee these things for life or do they have a standard warranty like any other company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefConGun View Post
    You guys are awesome! Thank you for the insightful responses. I have never even heard of Storm but will look into them to see what kind of latches they have. I was also not aware of the Nighthawk soft cases. They look like they give great protection for half the money.

    I was also thinking about getting a Pelican case for a Canon DSLR I've had my eye on for awhile...all of which will have to wait til I see an improvement in some things.

    So it sounds like it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a Pelican to last 20 years or more? What if a Pelican latch breaks or something like that? Does Pelican guarantee these things for life or do they have a standard warranty like any other company?
    Lifetime warranty, and you can buy replacement foam inserts and gaskets for a nominal fee.

    In 20 years, I've replaced my "O" ring gasket once on my rifle case. It cost about $7 for the rifle case (1700) I have. For all my smaller Pelican cases, I've never had to replace anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Lifetime warranty, and you can buy replacement foam inserts and gaskets for a nominal fee.

    In 20 years, I've replaced my "O" ring gasket once on my rifle case. It cost about $7 for the rifle case (1700) I have. For all my smaller Pelican cases, I've never had to replace anything.
    That is awesome.

    I've noticed on the Pelican site, they also sell desiccant and Zerust Anti-Corrosion Rifle Bag. Did you ever have a need for these products or is it something that is more contingent upon the area in which you live? I'm in KY and we have a lot of moisture and a gunsmith told me that I need to get a silicon gun sock so I'm guessing this would be a nice addition to keep in the case?

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    My son the professional photographer uses nothing but Pelicans. He has more invested in cases than most their equipment. Expensive? Yes. Heavy? Yes. Impervious to airline abuse? So far, yes. It depends on what you plan on doing with the case.

    Travel on airlines? Travel in a car? Camping and hunting camps? Extreme camping or hunting? Nice storage at home? I'd suggest most folks do not need the quality of a Pelican for most of their needs.

    Just my .02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefConGun View Post
    That is awesome.

    I've noticed on the Pelican site, they also sell desiccant and Zerust Anti-Corrosion Rifle Bag. Did you ever have a need for these products or is it something that is more contingent upon the area in which you live? I'm in KY and we have a lot of moisture and a gunsmith told me that I need to get a silicon gun sock so I'm guessing this would be a nice addition to keep in the case?
    I keep one of these in my Pelican Case for the AR-15.

    I also keep one in each of my military ammo cans for my stored ammo. I probably have close to a dozen of these and they work great. They come in various sizes depending on how large a container you have.



    40 Gram Unit of Silica Gel Desiccant Dehumidifying Drying Agent - is in a compact aluminum canister that measures 4" x 2" x 1/2", and will cover an area of 3 cubic feet of enclosed space. It will provide lifetime protection for cases containing guns, cameras, telescopes, laptop computers, musical instruments and safety deposit boxes. Also, ideal for tool, tackle and jewelry boxes as well as a silver flatware box in addition to any small storage area that needs protection from the dangers of high humidity which could possibly cause moisture damage.

    Each unit comes with a colored indicator that shows you when they need to be reactivated - safely and easily, right in your conventional kitchen oven. There is never any need for refills or replacement parts. When the blue silica gel beneath the inspection window turns pink, reactivate as follows: Place the unit in a vented 300 degree F oven for at least 3 hours (or until the silica gel turns blue again).

    The 200 gram unit covers a 15 cubic foot area and the 900 gram unit covers a 66 cubic foot area.

    You can get them on ebay, U.S. Cavalry, Brigade Quartermasters, Cabela's or at Midway. You can get them in bulk on ebay.

    I have also looked at Z-Corr bags and they look pretty good. I'll probably eventually try a couple of them. I have them on my list of things to get, which just keeps getting longer and longer.

    About 20 years ago, Bianchi holsters used to have a bag similar to the Z-Corr. I tried a couple of their rifle bags and handgun bags and they worked well but had a 5 year shelf life. I think the Z-Corr is much improved technology.
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    I have found Pelican and Storm cases to be superior to similar products. Expecially Platt. I do industrial maintenance work and nearly every instriment needs its own case. The same for hand tools. Platt cases are simply too expensive for what you get. And lately, the ABS Plastic versions seem to get thinner and thinner. Sort of like their warranty. On the positive side Platt cases do offer ATA approved lock and tamper indicators.
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    @ Barkn', very cool. I will definitely try out the desiccant. Thanks for all of the help.
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    I take a pelican when I fly.
    Well, actually, I take a plane and my pelican with the gun(s) in it go inside my checked suitcase.
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    I have a Pelican for my Rem 700. I advise shopping around and not necessarily buy the "M-16" or "Gun Case". Below is a little rant I went on when I made my purchase.

    +1 on the desecant when storing in the case.

    Take a look at the three cases offered by Pelican, a well respected provider to the US Military and Police, comparing the price and underlying products. The first is for the US Army's M24 Sniper Weapon Systems (SWS) and it a cool $432 bucks. Hardly anything if you just dropped 5+ k on a gun. The second, the Gun Cruzer model, designed for the Remington 700 is more than $60 cheaper than the M24 SWS case at $368. The third case not purpose built for any particular product just a good solid case with the same dimensions as the M24 SWS and Gun Cruzer cases but it is well less than half the cost of the Sniper case and less than half the price of the Gun Cruzer case when you buy it from some where else at $180.00 Oddly enough all four, the three from Pelican and the cheaper one from MidwayUSA, are the exact same case, the Pelican 1750. There is some subtle foam differences but not a $252 difference. Fortunately for me I bought the cheap one. Just for fairness the "non" gun case at Pelican was $245 which quite a bit higher than Midway but still just shy of half of the M24 SWS case.



    Thats just wrong!



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    Pelican case 1750 for shipping and carrying



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    Quote Originally Posted by rolyat63 View Post
    I have a Pelican for my Rem 700. I advise shopping around and not necessarily buy the "M-16" or "Gun Case". Below is a little rant I went on when I made my purchase.

    +1 on the desecant when storing in the case.
    Thanks for the heads up. Its all in the marketing, I suppose. To be honest, if the case was $400, I doubt it would be in my consideration. I've also seen the one that they have that will hold several rifles but I doubt I'll ever have it because I can't see myself dropping a grand down on a case. I don't remember how much it holds but it would have to hold over 5 to beat the cost of buying 5 individual cases @ $200 ea.

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    I use a Pelican 1550 for a few of my microphones. My mixer case and racks come from SKB, who also makes gun cases. Both companies make a good product. Most of my cases cost about 10% of whatever is inside them cost, which I think is a good guide.

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