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Took almost all of them to the range today

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Damon555, Dec 6, 2017 at 5:58 PM.

  1. Damon555

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    I have been shuffling handguns around from case to case in order to take what I felt like shooting that day to the range.....This was getting old so I got the bright idea (not really mine) of trying a rifle case so I could carry more handguns at once and not be lugging a bunch of cases around.....My brother has been using a "small" rifle case for years so I figured I might as well just give in and get one too. I was skeptical at first but now I'm on board with the idea.....The real worry was things flopping around in there. No worries in the end though.....the Plano case I ordered holds everything but the thinnest magazine very secure......plus almost all my handguns can be crammed in there at once.....along with their respective accessories.

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    My next problem will be the load of ammo I need to stow in my backpack to feed them all. I suppose the next thing I'll need is a rolling, carry-on style suitcase to haul that pile around!

    The few hours I spent at the range today felt so organized that I think I'm on to something here......Maybe someone else can benefit from this example......either that or I'm way behind the curve here!....lol
     
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    woops......looks like this is the wrong forum.....feel free to move it admins
     
  3. Havok7416
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    I did what you did with the rifle case and came to regret it. It will seemingly hold everything secure, right up until it doesn't. Excessive movement, such as hard braking or acceleration (Or in my case, the rigors of airline travel) will cause the guns to rub and smash into each other.
    I highly recommend a Case Cruzer (https://www.casecruzer.com/guncruzer/gun-case-index.html) or something similar. I figure a good case might be pricey, but it's still a heck of a lot less than the contents it protects. A big bonus is that the Case Cruzer has wheels, telescoping tow handles and locks in addition to being waterproof.
     
  4. Damon555

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    If it comes right down to it I could just use the case as intended and cut out a spot for each gun....but the collection changes so much that it wouldn't work well after a few replacements or voids are created....They are also not going to be in the case that much....just to and from the range. We'll see how well it holds up over time.
     
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    I looked at cutouts too and had the same issues. I hope this works out as you plan, otherwise there's a lot of refinishing to do!
     
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    You need more guns, then you'll quit worrying about taking all of them to the range. I can barely fit most of mine in one safe LOL.
     
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    That wouldn't work at the ranges I go to as the guns need to be pointed down range when uncasing them.

    Pretty neat though. Kinda of like seeing how many people you can fit in a smart car.
     
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    That's a good point too and most places I have been it would also create an issue.
     
  9. Damon555

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    There's no such rule at either of my ranges.....public or private
     
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    Still a nice looking collection of pistols and revolvers!
     
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    I like the Case Cruzer recommendation offered by Havok7416 if I were inclined to take that many guns to the range. Now all you need is the forklift for all of the ammo to go with the guns!
     
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    I normally wouldn't take that many guns to the range.....but I needed to work out a few loads in some of the pistols and I wanted another one in the same caliber to verify that the loads were safe in more than one gun. Plus there were some odd lots of ammo on my bench that I needed to shoot so I could load the brass......I have tons and tons of 9mm and 45 ACP to load and the 44 special hasn't been lasting long either because I have 3 guns in that caliber now.

    My bullet orders need to start being in the thousands instead of the hundreds.
     
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    Damon555

    I like the way you think!
     
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    Is that a Coonan I see in there?
     
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    Yes sir....As you can tell from the various pieces I have quite a varied interest in firearms. The Coonan is my second newest gun next to the Gp100 44 special on the right. It is an absolute tack driver too....one of the best choices that I've ever made. It hurt the pocketbook quite a bit but man, it was worth every penny!

    Don't worry fella's, If there's any rubbing or scratching going on I'll find a better way to tote the guns around. But I suspect that for my short round trip to and from the range it will work fine.
     
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    I had one with a 6" barrel. I tend to wheel and deal a lot and ended up in it only $400. Then i was offered a 15' monarch boat with a 40hp mercury and all the other goodies as well and I couldn't turn it down.
     
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    I only took ALMOST all my guns to the range one time. Then, with my OCD, I realized I needed to clean them all! :what:

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    I actually did the same thing with a Pelican case. I did make a space for each gun too, but I make sure to only dedicate a spot to a known "keeper". However, it really wasn't for range sessions as I only ever shoot three guns at the maximum on any one outing. I got this sort of case so I could transport up to 8 guns more easily when heading out of town. I don't have a gun safe yet, nor a house that really has a good space for one, and when I leave home for extended periods of time, I am really worried I will have a break in and my guns will be gone. This sort of case is easier to load and unload and I can at least bring a number of my guns along. That case is kind of annoyingly heavy though when full.

    The other reason is that in the event of a house fire, I hope I have the time to grab the case, and shove it through a window quickly so I can then grab my animals and exit the building, and recover my handguns from outside. Animals and guns are my top two priorities in the even of a fire.

    A better solution though is to get a safe, and that's what I intend to do in the future, as I am looking to move next year.
     
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    That picture makes me sad.
     
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    “Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own.” ― Gina Greenlee
     
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    Im on to looking into buying my third (and largest) safe. Wife says I gotta upgrade before I buy any more long guns.

    Looks like a fun range day! I tend to only bring 1 or two pistols and one long gun, max, to the range. I like to really focus on one goal.

    Though, as you said, testing a load in multiple guns would be a reason for me to bring more.

    Love that Coonan, might make my list soon though my 10mm 1911 seems to fit the same role.
     
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    I've run into a similar quandary in the past, and decided on several things:
    individual gun cases, or 2 pistols per case, worked out the best for me. The guns stayed secure, and I could carry maybe 4 cases at a time (with my son taking a like amount). So with some locked in a vehicle, and one person remaining with the unloaded guns at all times, we were able to move a pretty large amount of pistols efficiently. One of us would unpack the guns as the other would go get a few more cases.

    Ammo- we've discovered it pays to have a GOOD backpack or so, that can handle a load of ammo (and targets). Ammo on the shoulder, guns in the hand. Also, there is another thread asking about the death/decline of the .40 S&W... days like this is the reason I don't own any .40 cal pistols. I started with 9mm, and whenever I add another pistol to the mix, I try to keep it at 9mm (other than special circumstances). 9mm is marginally smaller and lighter in a box of 50, but when you take 10x boxes, that adds up. And by keeping to 9mm as much as possible, it means also that I can focus on bringing a bunch of 9mm ammo and shoot as much as I want, instead of making sure I bring as much of whatever else I might want, and not worry if I brought enough in the case I want to shoot, say, a Sig more. At times I have brought a whole case, often I might go with 500 or so.
    That said, I do have one 1911 in .45 acp, so I bring about 150 rds for that. I've never run out at the range with that, if I'm also shooting multiple other pistols. I have a group of 9x18 Makarov pistols, so I bring around 300 rds for those, and that seems to be enough. I have several old .32 acp's, and we usually shoot a couple-3 mags from each, enough for fun, not enough to seriously work those guns. So maybe 150 rds for those will do.

    Someone mentioned the cleanup afterwards- I have a couple large containers (big pickle jar, coffee tin, things like that). I mix lamp oil with ATF and fill one 2/3 full. When we get home, the guns are stripped in batches, and soaked 4 at a time in that. 1st group soaks while we unload the remaining ammo and stuff, and bring everything else out of the vehicle. After done unloading, we set up a cleaning site (newspaper etc), pour the cleaning solution into an empty container, unload the first batch onto the paper, and strip another batch and place it into the solution. Then we finish cleaning and reassemble the first batch. Keep alternating until all the batches are done. My pistols are all metal framed, I don't think this would be good with polymer, but it does work pretty well for what I have. I have a little air compressor and we blow out the internals after soaking, haven't yet had a problem (the guns have been cleaner than when I did my usual 1 gun cleaning routine).
     
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    I put my handguns in wool socks and then place them in a soft-sided bag for transport. They don't bump against each other and aren't uncased until I pull one out of its sock.
     
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    The dump truck is an interesting way to transport your collection...
     
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    Well I don't let your wife/gf and or kids read that!:rofl:
     
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