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Padded, Soft-Sided Case (Pistol Rug)


  • Light, easy to handle and store
  • Less costly than hard cases


  • Less protection than hard-sided cases
Padded, soft-sided handgun case

Material: canvas, nylon, neoprene, polyester, or leather

Lockable, Hard-Sided Case


  • Lightweight but sturdy
  • Meets airline standards
  • Can include deep foam padding that holds handgun in place and cushions impact
  • Composite models can be molded to fit handgun
  • Available in waterproof models


  • Bulkier and costlier than soft-sided cases
Lockable, hard-sided handgun case

Material: aluminum or composite

Range Bag


  • Holds handgun(s), ammunition, magazines, and accessories in separate padded sections
  • Keeps all equipment in one location for transporting it easily to the firing range


  • Not for use as a storage location since the handgun(s) and ammunition would be stored together
Range bag for handguns



  • Often used as a second case to carry a handgun from a vehicle into an outdoor shooting area
  • Comes in a variety of styles, letting you select the one that meets your needs and personal comfort


  • Must get your handgun first and then get a holster to fit the gun
  • Usually requires some type of carry permit
Handgun holster

Gun Sock


  • Lightweight protection from dust, dirt, and moisture
  • Offered in camouflage
  • Often used as a second case to carry a firearm from a vehicle into a hunting area


  • Minimal protection from elements or impact
Handgun gunsock

Material: durable stretch fabric (polyester/acrylic) or soft pile materials

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