How to Choose a Gun Bag

When there are so many gun bags to choose from, it can be pretty overwhelming to find one that’s right for you. Luckily, we’ve developed a guide to help you choose which gun storage bag is best—and what to look for when you’re shopping. Let’s jump in. 

Hard or Soft—That’s the Question 

For anyone that’s ever looked into gun range bags, you’ve seen the major contenders are either a hard case or a soft case. So, which are you supposed to pick? Well, there are pros and cons to each.  

Back in the day, hard case gun bags were made out of wood. Talk about an inconvenience! Luckily, we’ve made progress since then, and now the majority of hard-shell cases are fabricated with either metal or plastic. Most metal options are made with a super-lightweight aluminum, so you don’t have to worry about lugging around a shotgun bag that weighs a ton. But the plastic ones tend to be the more popular option of the two. That’s because they come complete with a foam interior, offer the same great protection, and from a pricing perspective, plastic gun cases will typically be cheaper. 

Soft cases, on the other hand, can be a great option because they typically feature exterior pockets and pouches for ammo, cleaning materials, and other gun accessories. When all that’s at your fingertips, you don’t need a separate gun range bag—because your storage case does the job of both. Not to mention, soft cases are easily the most lightweight option while still offering great protection—so if you’re asking us, we’d go with the soft case.   

Let's Be Real, Size Matters 

If you’re a gun owner, you know you can’t just buy any gun storage bag—it has to be one that’s designed for whichever gun model you own. Too big, and you risk hurting your gun. Too small, and it’s now useless. If you’re not sure what size to get, consider the size of the box your gun came in. You absolutely shouldn’t go smaller than that, so be sure you’re checking the gun bag dimensions before making a purchase.  

Spring for More Features 

Do you want a lock? Do you want a crossbody strap or handles? Do you want exterior hooks and loops so you can customize your bag to fit your needs? These are all things to consider before settling on a gun bag. If you plan to do a lot of traveling with your gun bag, TSA requires you to have a lock. Not to mention, you’ll want to know how light it feels when loaded, and how it feels in your hand. Is it comfortable? Does it feel secure? Read reviews and compare products—eventually you’ll find one that meets every one of your needs. 

Go with Weatherproof 

There’s nothing better than weatherproof gun bags. Want to know why? Because when you’re shooting, you’re exposed to all the elements. Your gun doesn't care if it’s a sunny day or the middle of a heavy storm—so why should you? Whether you're on a trip, at the range, or working out in the field, you need a gun storage bag that can stand up to the toughest environments. And our WeatherLock technology is the first of its kind to keep all water out. Once you make the switch to a weatherproof gun bag, you’ll never go back. 

Here’s the deal: If you’re a gun owner, you need a gun bag—it's as simple as that. At Vulcan, we’ve set out to create the most innovative firearm accessories—and we’ve achieved that. Our WeatherLock gun range bags take all the best features of both hard and soft-shell cases, come in multiple sizes, include detachable pockets, and they’re weatherproof. So, when it comes to choosing the right gun bag for you, we think the decision is pretty simple. See for yourself.