Buying a Gun case

What Should I Look for When Buying a Gun Case?


Mathew R Reed
October 30, 2022

Buying a Gun Case is not always at the top of the shopping list. But having a gun case that can keep your gun safe is important.

Here are some things you should look for when buying a gun case:

  • Full-length zippers
  • Strong seams
  • Tough Material Construction
  • Weather resistance
  • Air Travel approvals
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Thick inner padding
  • Ample storage
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to carry and transport
  • Shockproof

Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Gun Case

Customizable Fit

The best gun case should be customizable to meet your rifle, always choose a rifle case 2 inches longer than your rifle, the case should also be customizable for scoped rifles and other accessories such as magazines.

Completely Watertight

The best gun case should be waterproof if you are caught up in the rains, these feature is made possible by O-ring seals and pressure equalization valves.

Trusted by Professionals

Gun safes should be trusted by professionals such as law enforcement, hunters, military and safety personnel


Gun cases that you choose should have a durable and sturdy construction for durability and long life. Ensure that the materials used to make it are of high quality. The interior foam of the case should also be durable and of high quality. Quality materials also ensure your gun is stored safely.


This comes down to whether it is a hard or soft case. It is recommended to use a hard rifle case for airline travel. Therefore, ensure that the exterior of the case is made of hard materials.


You should get a lightweight case so that mobility is easy for you regardless of the terrain. Get a case with a weight between two and eight pounds. The lesser the weight, the better. However, less weight should not compromise the build quality.

TSA Approval

For you to be allowed to travel on air, you have to get a gun case that is TSA-approved. Most of the gun cases approved by TSA are made in a way that adheres to the guidelines of the airline.


You need to know the length of your rifle for compatibility, in most cases, the gun case should be 2 inches longer. It is a waste of money to get a case that is too large or too small as your weapon will not fit snugly. Also, some cases are usually large enough to hold multiple weapons and accessories at once.


Ensure that you do not compromise on the features and utility aspects even if you choose a less expensive product. So, get the best case that is affordable to you without compromising on the quality and features.

Mathew R Reed

Mathew R Reed is a professional gun seller who runs a dedicated gun store in the suburbs of Oakland, CA. A hardcore hunting enthusiast since childhood, Reed has ample experience with guns and accessories. He is the founder of and creates some of the most helpful gun-buying guides and explainers. If not in the gun shop, you can find him on the nearest hiking trail or nearby hunting spot.