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Is Bushmaster XM15ES rifle case TSA approved?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by docnyt, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. docnyt

    docnyt Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  2. joeschmoe

    joeschmoe Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. docnyt

    docnyt Well-Known Member

    As always, thanks for the helpful input. Will likely purchase a Pelican or similar case if I can find one locally.
  5. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. docnyt

    docnyt Well-Known Member

    Bought a Pelican 1720. Sturdy case for a whopping $239.99 at Academy. Thanks for all the input.
  7. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    Excellent choice. Enjoy.
  8. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    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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