Securing Firearms While Traveling
Traveling with firearms is no easy task. We take every precaution to ensure our guns make it through our travels safely. A news story popped up a few days ago and reminded me that there is more we can do to protect our guns when traveling.
Our story takes us to Portland, Oregon where a baggage handler stole guns from five people who had checked their bags. Now, this crime spree spanned over several weeks last year. You can read more about it HERE.
Another story hits closer to home, where multiple baggage handlers were in on the take. They stole everything from laptops to firearms. It seems nothing was off limit to this bunch. You can read about that one HERE.
I struggle to think every person failed to secure their firearm correctly, but I could be mistaken. When I'm traveling with guns I make sure to secure the gun rests in an actual safe. The box that the gun came in does not count as a quality lock box. The plastic gives way when pried open. To protect gear, you’ve got to make it difficult for the would-be thief. Here’s a quick rundown of safes that work for you when you travel.
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Hornady RFID RAPid Safe 2600 – I like the RFID safe because it stows away easily and doesn't take up a ton of room in my luggage. It only houses one firearm, but I'm good with that. It exceeds industry standards and checks all the boxes from the TSA. There just happens to be a rebate on this one. CLICK TO BUY
Liberty Safe HD-100 Quick Vault – Liberty is known for its quality. I've used the HD-100 to travel with, and it is easy to use. It fits one gun and a box of ammo nicely and has some fancy anti-pry technology. CLICK TO BUY
GunVault NanoVault Pistol Safe – I consider the NanoVault safe a bare minimum. It only runs $29.99, but more importantly, it keeps it locked away. Now, I’ve never used the NanoVault, but have a GunVault in my house, and it is well built. So, if this is all I could get I'd be more then happy to fork over the 30 bucks. CLICK TO BUY
Pelican Cases – I trust my guns with any Pelican case. My go-to long-gun case is the Pelican 1700 Rifle Case. I’ve traveled many places and never had issues with damaged goods or scopes knocked off before a hunt. Gun Talk has an entire section in our Amazon store dedicated to traveling with guns. We even have locks we use. I’m a big fan of the Abloy locks. Be prepared to spend some serious coin on these locks. Safety isn’t cheap, but they are impenetrable. CHECK OUT OUR STORE
TRAVEL TIP: I've gotten into a habit of leaving a Tile in my gun case…and the wallet. What is a Tile you ask? Tile is a small device that tracks your things. You download an app on your phone so you can locate your items. Throwing one in the gun case is easy, and once you've landed, you can track your luggage. CLICK TO BUY
The great thing about each of the handgun cases is they come with a cable. Cables need to be used to anchor the case no matter where you keep the case. When I'm traveling with luggage, I secure the cable to the bag. That makes it just a bit more difficult than just walking out with a box. They'd have to devise a super plan to get out with an entire bag. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and often finds himself in a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.
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