Least Conspicuous Long Gun bag?


April 25, 2008, 09:51 AM
I'm in an apartment in a college town where there are a lot of eyes around. What's a good bag or container to use to transport my long guns to the car without anyone raising suspicion of there being guns involved?

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April 25, 2008, 09:52 AM
Bat bag?

April 25, 2008, 09:52 AM
Golf club bag
Baseball bat bag

Red Tornado
April 25, 2008, 10:11 AM
Hanging clothes bag? Just get a little creative on attaching it to the hanger.

April 25, 2008, 10:15 AM
Golf bag travel cover.


April 25, 2008, 10:20 AM
Get one of those army duffle bags that have a strap for carry and a tie up top. Put the guns in, surround them with clothes and no one will even know guns are in it.

Took me a little work but you can get one here:


Halfway (edit: ok, it's only 1/4 of the way) down the page, "over the shoulder duffle bags". One of them is 50 inches long. If you've got a gun over that... take it apart man.

Further edit: I know nothing of the quality of these bags I linked. Please shop around before buying anything, this was just the first website I found with a picture of what I was thinking of.

April 25, 2008, 10:22 AM
+1 on the army duffle bag. They're also good camouflage for when you have to leave the guns in the car for any reason.

April 25, 2008, 10:24 AM
I second a golf club bag, especially a hard case, with a cover....after all, if you're shooting sporting clays, it IS called "golf with a shotgun" - what could be more apropos?

April 25, 2008, 10:25 AM
My hard Strat case works for me.


April 25, 2008, 10:27 AM
Golf bags work, as do lacrosse stick bags . . . it helps if you can "dual use" the bags with actual golf/lacrosse equipment to maintain "deep cover" in case someone asks about your driving range or lacrosse league . . . old "sea bags" could work as well for your purposes.

April 25, 2008, 10:49 AM
i use a couple different ones

i found a really inexpensive tent pole bag that works just great
i put the long guns in a padded case and put the cases in the pole bag

i have also bought a mic stand bag, which was also cheap and
works well, since it is padded. it only fits a couple where the
tent pole bag isnt padded and fits about 3 or 4

best of all, they both have logos on them that arent at all
related to what is actually inside them, so it works even better

(i think kahr sells a violin case for their tommys...now that is cool!)

hope this helps

April 25, 2008, 10:51 AM
Anything that will carry them, that itself does not advertise something worth stealing.Tell people you have a second part time job, and have a long bag stencilied with "Johnsons' Portable Chemical Toilet Cleaner - We're Number 1 in the Number 2 business!" Add some artistic painted brown "stains", nobody will EVER touch it.

April 25, 2008, 12:37 PM
guitar case

April 25, 2008, 12:38 PM
Trombone case?

April 25, 2008, 01:29 PM
I used to use a soft guitar case that the previous renter left in the closet.

It seemed like a great idea until the girl next door asked me to play something for her.

If the gun has any way to take it down (an AR or a shotgun, for example) short hard cases usually don't scream gun like the long ones do.

April 25, 2008, 01:34 PM
I went to goodwill and found a guitar case for cheap. I added a little egg crate foam and it seems to work ok.

April 25, 2008, 01:53 PM
Dry cleaning. Works great. Put the rifle in between the shirts and grip the sling with the same hand that holds the hangars (all your rifles DO have slings, dont they?)

April 25, 2008, 02:19 PM
You could try breaking down the rifle if possible, make it a smaller package.

April 25, 2008, 03:29 PM
I put my folding stock AKs in Wilson tennis bags.

April 25, 2008, 03:33 PM
I like the golf bag idea. A hard-sided golf bag without the dividers would hold several long guns. Just wrap them in something so as to protect them from dings and the like.

Might want to put the travel hood on the bag too. Otherwise everyone will be wondering about this weirdo carrying around a golf bag with no clubs in it. ;)


April 25, 2008, 03:42 PM
I would love to have a little sub gun and put carry it around in a violin case!

April 25, 2008, 03:50 PM
Cavalry Arms Discreet Rifle Bag:



April 25, 2008, 03:50 PM
I would love to have a little sub gun and put carry it around in a violin case!

I met a guy at the range once who had exactly that. A Thompson sub in a red velvet-lined violin case. I just about wet myself it was so cool.


April 25, 2008, 04:00 PM
Coffin. :p

Violin cases are pretty short... Cello might work better. Guitar, too.

Those army duffles look promising.

April 25, 2008, 04:04 PM

I bet a keyboard case would bee great


April 25, 2008, 04:06 PM
Just use a regular gun case, and put "Gay Pride", "Rainbow", "Lamda Rising",
"Support Gay Marriage" stickers all over it.

If anyone even LOOKS at you funny start whining about being persecuted and how you're going to call the ACLU and "I can't BELIEVE you would question my right to exist!"

April 25, 2008, 04:06 PM
You guys have cases??!?!? Just kidding... I actually play the trombone, so I have a spare case, that happens to be padded and long enough to fit an AR, Mini14 and my 10/22 (not all at once unfortunately) and is extremely discreet so +1 on the trombone case idea.

April 25, 2008, 04:16 PM
Bass cases are longer...

April 25, 2008, 04:18 PM
Cavalry Arms Discreet Rifle Bag:

Couldn't CavArms find a less geeky looking model? She doesn't have any curves at all compared to the ones Mike Dillon uses... Oh, and that FACE.... ARGH! ARGH! ARGH!

April 25, 2008, 04:43 PM
I agree with the bat bag. We found a potential shooter here that had carried some in his bag. He was wearing a baseball jersey, shorts and ballcap so no one suspected.

Kind of Blued
April 25, 2008, 05:01 PM
It wasn't made terribly clear, but from the OP I was more convinced that you live OFF-campus. Is this incorrect?

If not so, be PROUD. If so, plenty of suggestions here. Bass guitar cases can be really long and well-padded and easily carried.

April 25, 2008, 05:19 PM
If you get a golf club travel case like one of these: http://www.nextag.com/hard-golf-travel-case/search-html you can put long guns in soft cases and stuff a whole bunch in there. Fill the spaces with handguns in soft cases. This will fit a lot of guns.

The golf club cases typically have locks (I lost the keys to mine, though). That's good to fulfill legal requirements for transporting firearms, where required.

Be advised, people do steal golf clubs, too, but the case is discreet.

Also, shotgun takedown cases often fit inside a big Outdoor Products duffel bag. I've done that to keep thieves from eyeing a shotgun in the car.

April 25, 2008, 06:36 PM
You could put them in coverall legs or even in a pair of jeans.

April 25, 2008, 07:11 PM
This works for me and I can get three rifles in it.


April 25, 2008, 08:35 PM
Outside cover to a folding camp chair. Take out the chair and slip the cover over your cased long gun.

The Annoyed Man
April 25, 2008, 10:52 PM
Try these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX8Y5-BZLaM). :D

April 25, 2008, 11:33 PM
The ugly padded gig bag that my Tele came in (used) is perfect for the AR15, can easily hold the rifle with the mag in and the rear sight up, plus an extra mag or two. It's got a shoulder strap too.

Nice thing about a guitar case is that nobody seems to notice it.

EDIT: Man that bag on that carpet is an eyeful.

April 25, 2008, 11:40 PM

April 26, 2008, 12:07 AM
if guns arent allowed on your campus, then do you think it's a good idea to sneak back and forth with them like that? Even if you will probably never get caught...

either way, bat bag works great for any normal long gun. If you want to be more discrete, then you can always disassemble the gun so that you can stash it in something smaller if possible to seem even less suspicious

April 26, 2008, 12:09 AM
Jake, those colors hurt to look at, yikes.

April 26, 2008, 12:13 AM
Man that bag on that carpet is an eyeful.
Austin Powers, welcome to THR. :p

April 26, 2008, 03:45 AM
(water or snow) Ski bag.

April 26, 2008, 04:27 AM
When I lived in a dorm I transported my SKS in an acoustic guitar case.

April 26, 2008, 05:21 AM
I was in a store the other day (I think Sportsmans Warehouse) and they were selling a "guitar" gun case!

Now it is mainstream!

One of my good friends in college lived next door to a bit of an out-of-the-closet gun nut. This guy constantly entertained me... Living in an apartment complex just off-campus, would always tape his targets to the picture window that everyone had to walk by on the walkway at the apartment... All kinds of gun owner signs, and he didn't seem to believe in gun cases. I'd always see him walking out with a bolt rifle or an AR-15, just all casual like :)

So much for the discrete near-campus thing!

April 26, 2008, 08:46 AM
I found a long box from some cheap vertical blinds they use in my apartments slide in the rifle and some padding and you are good to go. Also helps with theft because there are better things to steal than cheap vertical blinds....

April 26, 2008, 08:07 PM
I'd say just get a nice Storm case and carry it in that, if anybody bothers you say "none of your business".

April 26, 2008, 09:01 PM
I'm actually in the same boat as the OP, I have a couple soft guitar cases that work great for most of my long guns but not my savage or my M1, the savage being just under 46 inches long.

I'd like a soft bag with shoulder straps for it so I can ride on the motorcyle with it. like I can do with the 10/22 and the AR.

April 26, 2008, 09:03 PM
Guitar case, i have a hard case for a bass guitar and it can fit maybe 3 long guns in it.

April 26, 2008, 09:17 PM
When I break down my PS-90 in two pieces (upper and lower), it fits inside my standard backpack. :) Travels well on my motorcycle, too! :D

April 26, 2008, 09:17 PM
I think something like cavarm's bag is great, it looks like a folding camp chair. Guitar and golf club bags may disguise the gun but they're still targets for theft in a college town.

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