A gun case is not just for transporting a firearm – many people use it for storage and for protection from scratches or other damage. Therefore, a gun case with multiple features would be desirable. The most desirable features for the gun case would be: that it is legal to use for transporting in a vehicle or otherwise, it breathes enough not to trap moisture and stays dry, and has enough padding so that the firearm is protected from drops, bangs, and other damage that can occur – and the Blackhawk Sportster Tactical Carbine Gun Case seems to be just that!
I’m not someone that stores firearms in their respective gun case, but rather use it solely for transporting to and from the range or the field. However, when I found the Blackhawk Sportster it came with what I needed and more. The first thing I noticed was the magazine pouches. Each pouch can easily carry 2 30-round AR magazines and is held closed by a very strong hook and loop closure. There are 2 additional pouches for storage. One in the middle section of the case and a larg er pouch on the barrel end of the gun case. The large pouch is protected by a large flap with a very robust hook and loop closure. The first drawback I found is that the middle pouch does not come with any sort of closer making the smaller pouch basically useless.
The construction seems very well built and durable, and according to Blackhawk, “is constructed of tight-weave, heavyweight 600 denier polyester with thick PVC Laminate for stability” The inside of the gun case is made with a very soft but seemingly durable fabric rapped around one layer of soft open-cell foam to protect the firearm and then a layer of closed-cell foam for shock protection.
The Blackhawk Sportster gun case zips shut with a medium to heavy duty zipper with a metal D-ring at the closed end for a lock. One issue I found with the zipper is if I unzipped it all the way to the very end then it was a little stubborn to get it moving again. A simple work around was to stop just short of the end and no more problem. There is a shoulder strap attached to the gun case in what many people seem to think is in an odd place. The attachment points are in the middle of the ends of the case rather than the top or bottom of the ends. The reason for this is the case is designed to be slung over the shoulder and not carried under the arm.. This is a much more practical approach than under the arm.
Lastly, the size of the case makes it perfect for a firearm with an RMR or scope. For my purpose, I did need to collapse the stock, so keep that in mind if your firearm stock does not collapse. Blackhawk does make a longer Sportster in that event – located here on Amazon
Other than the small, middle storage pouch being not very useful due to no sort of closer, and the workaround for the zipper, I’m very happy with the Blackhawk Sportster Tactical gun case, especially given the price of $35-$40. If I was in need of another carbine size tactical gun case I would defiantly purchase this one again. If you would like more information or would like to purchase the Blackhawk Sportster gun case, you can find it here on Amazon
To find more great reviews and other information on outdoor gear, sporting goods and shooting gear go to JCBower.com