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Need reccomendation for luggage for firearm and clothes

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Trebor, Dec 19, 2006.

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  1. Trebor

    Trebor Member

    Feb 15, 2003
    I want to pack my clothes and my handgun (s) in the same bag when I fly. I need some suggestions for hard sided luggage that is lockable and would be large enough to hold both three or four days of clothes and a smaller case with a handgun or two.

    I figure the gun case has to be locked anyway, so why not take advantage of that fact and have the ability to lock all my stuff up?
  2. roo_ster

    roo_ster Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    1. First off, read up on the TSA regs and your airline's policy. Print BOTH off & have them with you when you travel.

    2. Usually, you'll have to have the handgun in a lockable case inside some other sort of luggage.

    3. In some cases, ammo & weapon must be in seaprate luggage, necessitating two pieces of luggage and two lockable cases.

    4. If you lock your larger luggage container containing your locked & cased gun, expect to get called back to unlock your luggage or have the luggage's lock destroyed when TSA decides it needs to examine your luggage by hand. Every time I have flown and locked my luggage, this has been the case. I have taken to cable tieing instead of locking the outer luggage, as I have gotten tired of being called back or having locks busted. The cable tie is no lock, but is an indicator to me that my luggage has been tampered with.

    I use garage-sale hard-sided Samsonite luggage with the lock hardware removed, nowadays.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2006
  3. javacodeman

    javacodeman Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Charleston, SC
    Good info jfruser. I've posted so I can find this again whenever I fly.
  4. John Wesley

    John Wesley Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    I have a large gun case (although it does not look gun specific). When I fly I put my gun (or guns) in a factory case and lock it with a padlock. Then I place that case in the larger case which locks with a key.

    There is a lot of foam and a lot of protection for the firearm but there is some wasted space I guess.

    The advantage is that the gun is always easy to pack. It is inside a hard case that is inside a hard case so there aren't any problems with any rules on any airlines that I could find. (Unless they prohibit guns altogether.)

    I put my clothes in a "typical" suitcase with wheels (along with the ammo). The ammo is placed where it is easy to get. I usually place it right under where the zipper on the case opens for quick retrieval.

    When I raise the handle of the large suitcase I slip the handle of the small one over it and rest the gun case on the top of the suitcase so I don't have to carry it.

    When I get to my rental car, I partially unzip the suitcase after I place it in the trunk and slide the ammo into my pocket. (20 round case) I put the gun case up front. At the first opportunity I load the mags and take the gun out and put it on.

    I have been asked to unlock the case just one time. Other than that everything has been fine. Maybe I am just lucky.

    I know you wanted to keep it down to one checked bag but if you have to separate the ammo then you'd be in trouble. I didn't want to have to worry about how to pack every time I fly a different airline so I always do it this way to make it easy on me.

  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Also print out the airline's requirements. I've flown AA, Delta, USAir and NW with firearms without trouble. If the ammo is in the box and the gun is in a locked hard case unloaded without ammo you'll meet TSA and most airline requirements, but always print the airline and TSA requirments the day before you go.

    I've always used a TSA passkey combi lock on a plastic pistol case and packed it in a large zipper duffle with TSA passkey combi lock securing the zippers together.
  6. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    In a Los Angeles coffin.

    Check out SKB cases..http://www.skbcases.com Their locks are TSA approved. But you may want it for your firearm alone.
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