Suggestions for airline handgun case


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Telperion
September 20, 2003, 10:18 PM
I'm off for some pistol training in a couple of months, so I'm collecting all the supplies I'll need. I am currently debating whether I should buy a small Pelican case for the pistol or use my Sigarms blue box. The Sigarms box is lockable but nowhere as sturdy as a Pelican. Any recommendations?

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Preacherman
September 20, 2003, 10:22 PM
I highly recommend the MTM cases, for anything from one to four handguns. They're reasonably priced, too. You can check them out here (http://www.mtmcase-gard.com/products/handgun/hand.html).

Standing Wolf
September 20, 2003, 11:09 PM
I'd recommend a case that doesn't look like, seem like, appear like, smell like, or otherwise resemble a gun case: airports are full of thieves.

Sean Cloherty
September 20, 2003, 11:18 PM
I just recently purchased a Pelican case from CASES4LESS. I got the Small model 1200 for my Glock Model 30.

http://www.all-pelican-cases-4-less.com/detail_pelican_1200.html

It comes with foam that is prescored into small (.5" x .5") squares which you can pull out to fit the shape and depth of the item you want to encase.

More info from MFG at : http://www.pelican.com/cases/cases.html

rick_reno
September 20, 2003, 11:50 PM
I've used a Pelican case to take my Freedom Arms revolvers with me on airplanes. I used to put two padlocks on the case - one on each side - but these days it's recommended you leave your luggage unlocked.

With the rules on not locking luggage, I'd mail them to where I'm going - or drive and take them with me. There is no way I would trust airline luggage personnel with my guns in an unlocked case - that's simply an invitation to steal them.

Found the following when I searched the web for luggage rules. It's beautiful - you're supposed to carry your valuables - but they won't let us carry a firearm on board.

Note: The U.S. Government Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now requires all checked luggage to be screened. As this may require a physical check, locked luggage will be opened by security staff when necessary. To ensure there is no damage to bags, and that valuable items arrive safely at your destination, we recommend all passengers to leave their bags unlocked and to hand carry their valuables . Further information is available on the TSA web site at www.TSATravelTips.us.

0007
September 21, 2003, 02:37 AM
What's even better is that neither the airline or the tsa(terminally stupid a**h***s will accept responsibility for items that will be missing from your luggage after it passes through the open and rob point. Personally, I still lock mine and only pack clothes, with the dirty laundry on top...

0007
September 21, 2003, 02:40 AM
What's even better is that neither the airline or the tsa(terminally stupid a**h***s will accept responsibility for items that will be missing from your luggage after it passes through the open and rob point. Personally, I still lock mine and only pack clothes, with the dirty laundry on top... For a pistol you might look at buying a small metal cash box with a lock; place that in your suitcase.

Zach S
September 21, 2003, 03:47 AM
I'd suggest driving.

jimpeel
September 21, 2003, 05:02 AM
When I flew, I had one of these small money cases they sell at the Stationary store. People use them at swap meets and the like. It is about 4.5" x 10" x 4". It has a lift out tray for change and the bills go under. It has a slide latch and locks with a key.

I took out the change tray, put in some eggshell foam and my Rossi 88 in .38 cal fit just fine. I disassembled the crane and cylinder just to be sure and placed the small screwdriver in the case as well. Went through the line for stowed luggage just fine. opened the suitcase, opened the case, showed it to the clerk and put it all back in the suitcase. The clerk had me sign a paper and place it in the suitcase and then she put it on the conveyor.

Jeff OTMG
September 21, 2003, 02:37 PM
When flying with a firearm you are still required to lock it and you must retain possession of the key and/or combination. TSA will be notified that there is a firearm in your luggage if it is behind the ticket counter and if they need to open it you will be escorted to your luggage to unlock it for them. If TSA is in front of the counter you will notify them yourself and turn over your luggage locked, if they have CAT scan machines, or unlocked if they do manual searches. You wait until cleared, locking the case or watching it be locked if a manual search is done, and then you may proceed to the general security and the gate.

Chugach
September 22, 2003, 12:07 AM
Buy the Pelican, then put it in your larger luggage. They're stout as rocks.

Nathaniel Firethorn
September 22, 2003, 01:29 PM
Just out of curiosity, is there any way to attach a cable lock inside the case? That way, the federally-certified baggage handlers can't steal the gun even if they do require you to keep the case in easy-theft mode.

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