Is Bushmaster XM15ES rifle case TSA approved?


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docnyt
February 23, 2013, 02:58 PM
Apologies if this has been asked before but couldn't find it. Does the original plastic lockable Bushmaster rifle case for the AR15 model XM15ES meet criteria for TSA / airline travel? I couldn't find anything saying otherwise on their site. Anybody with experience traveling on an airline with it as checked baggage? Thanks a lot.

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joeschmoe
February 23, 2013, 04:01 PM
If it says "Bushmaster" on the side then not a good idea. Unmarked containers.


There is no such thing as "TSA Approved". It's marketing hype. TSA does not "approve" or review cases. There is an often confused, sometimes intentionally, term for how many flights commercial cases are "rated" by the manufacturer for a particluar weight. Almost obsolete now.

No markings indicating a firearm inside. Hardsided, lockable container that you trust with your gear. Plano, Samsonite, Pelican, etc.

Outlaw Man
February 23, 2013, 05:56 PM
My Bushmaster case was damaged in shipping from the factory. It has a box around it, and I'd almost guarantee the shipping company handled it more gently than the TSA and airport baggage handlers.

Those cases already mentioned would be well worth the upgrade.

docnyt
February 24, 2013, 12:37 AM
As always, thanks for the helpful input. Will likely purchase a Pelican or similar case if I can find one locally.

MrCleanOK
February 25, 2013, 06:46 AM
As others have said, you want an inconspicuous, strong case. The factory hard case that rifles come in is just glorified packing material. Even padlocked, most of them are flimsy enough that you can get the gun out without tools if motivated.

docnyt
February 27, 2013, 08:39 PM
Bought a Pelican 1720. Sturdy case for a whopping $239.99 at Academy. Thanks for all the input.

Outlaw Man
February 28, 2013, 03:37 PM
Excellent choice. Enjoy.

Drail
March 4, 2013, 09:35 PM
The specifications for an acceptable case are determined by the air carrier you use, not the TSA. The TSA couldn't care less if your case falls apart while being handled by the bagage gorillas. The basic criteria most airlines use is you have to be able to put a big honkin' padlock on it. I used to throw bags on aircraft and believe me some of those guys can destroy anything.

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