Question of the Day: How Do You Transport Your Handguns?

As they say, one is none. One reason why gun guys and gals don’t take a single handgun to the range. Some of you probably throw hard cases into your range bag and call it good. When traveling by plane, same deal, only fastened with locks. I recommend upgrading to a purpose-built hard case. There are two main advantages . . .

First, handguns are better protected and secured — as in locked — inside a hard case. Second, they look WAY cooler nestled in their little slots.

I have a number of cases for the job. These include Pelican, Boyt hard and the new, dual-purpose $349 Lojel Concealment Case (press release below). I’ll be reviewing them in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, how do you transport your handguns? Please name, shame or exclaim below.

[If you’re especially ambitious and seek internet fame, please send a case review — complete with star ratings and jpegs — to We’ll enter it in our current content contest for a chance to win a Beretta APX.]


LoJel Pistol Case

Our Story

We set out with a mission to give travelers the ability to transport anything they could imagine in our luggage—and we succeeded.

Our partner MyCaseBuilder had developed a way to insert foam-fittings into our luggage. The quality of the foam is undeniable and the reviews speak for themselves. This victory inspired us to explore several new industries and we felt that SHOT Show would be the perfect venue to debut the fruits of our partnership for the firearms industry.

The pride we take in our hand-crafted products is unmatched. From the materials we combine to the style-conscious quality we pursue—it has always been about our customers. We have been able to bring a superiorly sophisticated, stylish, and discrete alternative to the gun casing industry.

The Novigo 5 Gun/18 Mag Concealment Case

We wanted to ensure that we have models that we customized ourselves to serve a variety of common needs for the firearm enthusiast. Consequently, the 5 pistol & 18 magazine foam was born—with our latest pride, the Novigo, as its defender.

Novigo, our sophisticated security option, translates to innovation in the language of Esperanto. Featuring Lojel’s patented unibody trolley handle for strength in mobility, two TSA certified combination locks, a super strength alloy frame, ultra-lightweight polycarbonate body, and a 4-caster, 8-wheel system which also features its own dual-caster braking system–the Novigo is truly our greatest achievement to date.

The 5 Pistol and 18 Magazine concealment case provides the ability to discretely transport a variety of smaller firearms and supplies on trips to the range, work, or training.

Not only can its owner transport their firearms with peace of mind in terms of security, but they also will not call any unwanted attention to themselves.

And, here’s our favorite part: When you’re going on vacation with the family, just remove the foam—you’ll have an exquisite, high-end luggage to use as your carry-on; fixed with all the fittings and the 10-year warranty that Lojel customers enjoy.

As many travelers know, it can be difficult to plan for the unexpected. Lojel’s US branch closed 2016 by donating 5% of its annual sales to the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross exists with the purpose of being prepared for the unexpected. As a travel-centric brand, Lojel empathizes with the community at large and believes their values align with the American Red Cross’s mission.

To find out more, visit the website at

About Lojel

Founded in 1989, Lojel is an international brand producing high-quality luggage and travel accessories. Originating in Japan and growing from humble beginnings, the brand has over 25 years of experience in innovative design. Lojel is now sold in over 30 countries across five continents worldwide, proving its staying power and reliability in the industry.


  1. avatar VillarPerosa says:

    sigh, grown men treating guns like faberge eggs.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Well exactly.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Of course!

    2. avatar Johannes Paulsen says:

      Actually, it’s federal laws which require us to do this.

      I agree, the laws are pretty dumb. A firearm owned by a law-abiding citizen that is holstered on his person would be safer.

      1. Citation?
        I understand the hard side case with locks.
        But I don’t believe foam slots are mandated.

      2. avatar Mud says:

        Your still going to get the zip-tie treatment. Might scratch the finish on your fancy case.

    3. avatar neiowa says:

      If you need wheels on your luggage you are a sissy hauling too much crap. Can’t lift it you don’t need it – ALICE or American Tourister

    4. avatar Mud says:

      This seems like a great piece of gear. Its a hard side carry on bag for your pistols. Good luck getting it on board.

      If you can’t get it past security, at least you know it has 2 point TSA approved security keys. Look, I found a source for backup keys if you lose yours.

      If the keys don’t work for you, it does come with brakes so at least it won’t roll away from you at an inopportune time, like say when taking care of business in the head.

      The shiny exterior will be easy to find coming off the baggage ramp if you end up checking it. All in all, I give this 349 stars. I wonder if they make foam inserts that would fit my wife’s curling irons?

  2. avatar Shire-man says:

    I toss handguns into the range bag and rifles I pile on the backseat in the truck.
    Last time I had some visitors from a slave state who wanted to try shooting and couldn’t make up their mind as to what they’d like to shoot I jammed rifles and handguns into a surplus duffle bag.

    If I had enough money to buy some sort of heirloom quality piece worth babying I’d probably do something with the money other than buy a gun.

    1. avatar MLee says:

      You probably don’t clean your guns either after shooting them. Some people don’t treat their equipment, tools and property the way you do. It doesn’t have to be an heirloom quality piece to be worthy of not abusing.
      Not impressed with your style.

      1. avatar Shire-man says:

        Oh, I clean. After every use and sometimes if I’m just bored.
        They function 100% at all times. I make sure of that. I log rounds down the pipe, swap out springs and buy new barrels when I need to.
        Scratches and scuffs? Pfffftttttttt…….

        1. avatar Stephen Wilson says:


          I do like your style Shireman

  3. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Well, shit. RF, that was not fair, the only reason I opened this thread was that picture, which I now see was the case sitting on a wood table, reflecting the wood grain. It *looks* like a custom wood case in that pic, I just had to see the price tag, suspected it would be in the thousands. Turns out, just another plastic case, no big deal.

  4. avatar AlanInFL says:

    Not a bad idea.

  5. avatar Rick the Bear (MA to NH) says:

    Shire-man and MLee,

    While I don’t baby my guns (Shhh, Daddy is typing), I do use soft cases for non-secured transport. For traveling to MA or CT, cases that can be locked. And I do typically clean after every range trip. Sue me.

    To everyone,

    For airline travel (Delta not withstanding), my concern is an increased chance for theft will present if I use a “gun case”, not to mention an additional fee. I’ve not had to fly with a long gun, but I would clearly need a case separate from my clothes.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Zippered and locked golf bag makes a dandy stealth rifle carrier.

      I’ve been known to use my fly-fishing rod bag on occasion, as well…

  6. avatar 300BlackoutFan says:

    Last time I flew, I put 3 pistols (2 9mm, 1 22lr) in a MTM hard plastic ammo can, with ammo and cable locks, along with 2 suppressors. The ammo can has 2 places to lock the lid.

    There was padding between the firearms. The MTM case was locked, and fit INSIDE my luggage bag (which was locked with a separate TSA luggage lock). If anything, there were cosmetic blemishes as a result of the cable locks. Otherwise, it was perfect, and cost a whopping $10. Note, it’s complete security theater, but a damn sight better than zip ties on luggage….

    TSA didn’t bat an eye – it met all of the requirements (hard sided, locked, …).

  7. avatar Sam says:

    Cocked, locked and on my lap while I drive there. Throw it in a paper sack to keep them from getting excited at the range. Just kidding.

    Generally, in a soft case in the range bag for pistols and a hard case for rifles/shotguns.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I must advocate for possession of a lockable hard case, just for the event, likely or not, that you might need to fly with your gun for some reason. Better than throwing the gun away, for instance if you have a car wreck 1000 miles from home, how do you get your gun home?

      1. avatar Sam says:

        One goes to the local gun store and purchases one in that eventuality. Similar to going to the tire store in the event of a flat.

  8. avatar Mr.Savage says:

    range bag or my good ol hip for pistols, and line the rifles up in the back of the SUV or hang on the rifle rack, I don’t mind wear or scratches either, kinda like craftsman tools, they are still tools right?

  9. I transport my pistol AIWB.
    When I fly, I either use a gun vault tossed inside my backpack or if I am also taking my AR, I have an SKB that has the same dimensions of the Storm case but with metal hasps. And it’s $100 cheaper.

  10. avatar Mark N. says:

    I usually put pistols in holsters in a range bag, rifles in hard or padded soft cases. I hardly ever travel, so there is no issue with TSA.

  11. avatar Warren says:

    I use a Pelican case when I fly, and everything else either goes in a gun sock, holster, or bare all other times.

    1. avatar DallasMatt says:

      Pelican case works fine – small case for 2 pistols & empty mags. Secure with 2 disc padlocks.
      Put it inside my checked suitcase. Have had no problems at Southwest, Virgin & American. At the Dallas American checkin, the muslim baggage assistant – not the AA agent – thanked me for declaring – she said a good number of folks don’t declare their weapons when checking bags. I like travelling with pistols – you damn well know AA will not lose your bag and have to report it to TSA.

  12. avatar Steven says:

    It has TSA combo locks with a slot for a TSA skeleton key. This case is not secure at all. Ill pass

  13. avatar Don Nelson says:

    A wheelie bag for handguns?

    Next – a wheelbarrow for rifles! (Feel free to use capitalize that, royalty free, bold entrepreneurs.)

  14. avatar DrewN says:

    I’ve used Goodwill luggage for years here in California where the locals are easily frightened. Cut some foam and Bob’s your uncle.

  15. avatar JOSEPH L. SEXTON says:

    MY PROBLEM IS THE $349 PRICE TAG. All of my luggage didn’t cost that, I buy cheap, if it breaks, I throw out & buy new one.

  16. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    When I go to a range, I put handguns in holsters and then put those in whatever is handy: a range bag, 5-gallon bucket, ammunition box, etc. I carry long guns in padded soft cases and put those in the trunk.

    I transported my handgun via checked luggage on an aircraft precisely once. I acquired a fairly small Pelican case and removed foam to accommodate the handgun, three magazines, and a 50-round box of ammunition. I clasped two locks on the Pelican case and then put that inside a large suitcase. The airlines and TSA behaved themselves and everything was fine.

  17. avatar TexTed says:

    I generally transport my handgun in my ass crack.

    Oh, wait, I got myself confused with this guy.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      That .380 wasn’t in his ass crack…

  18. avatar jimmy james says:

    Soft cases in a range bag to the range. Had a hard case that looked like a mini anvil brief case or tool case when I used to fly to big matches. I checked that thing one time flying to a big match in Florida. I was standing around the baggage claim carousel, got my suitcase/duffel and kept waiting for the mini anvil to show up. All bags gone. All people gone. No mini anvil. Color draining out of my face. A door opens and a baggage handler unceremoniously sets my anvil brief case down. Turns around and goes back thru the door. Anybody could have picked it up. With a big orange sticker that said checked firearm…I like the idea of having a hard air travel case that looks like everybody else’s. Checking a firearm is still a risky proposition. Better to ship it to an FFL near your hunting or match destination.

  19. avatar says:

    My transport bag has some slots that secure 2-4 (depending on size) handguns very nicely. Only gun in my immediate family, let alone my possession, of any value beyond just being a firearm is a bringback Hi-Power. That one is lubed for preservation, not shooting.

    I don’t think I’ve actually flown anywhere in my life yet.

  20. avatar Anon in CT says:

    “you’ll have an exquisite, high-end luggage to use as your carry-on”

    . . . which will be covered in gunpowder residue, providing endless fun and gropings from the TSA (Team Surprise An*l).

  21. avatar strych9 says:

    It depends on where I’m going and what I’m doing.

    If I’m traveling with just me EDC pistol then I have a smaller hard Pelican case for that which goes inside one of my checked bags. It’s custom cut foam that I cut myself for the gun, mags, a small cleaning kit and the gun’s can.

    When traveling with more, it depends on what. My AR and my good long distance rifle both have customized cases (again, I cut that myself) but if I’m taking one or more of them plus other guns I just use a big SKB or Bone Collector wheeled rifle case because that’s what I have on hand. In those cases there’s foam but I haven’t cut it out in any way because they’re my generic “traveling with 4 or more rifles” cases.

  22. avatar Scoutino says:

    I use an old bowling bag for my handguns and ammo. My vz. 58 folder goes in a Head tennis racket bag. The AR in soft guitar gig bag. Not because of Op Sec, I’m just a cheap bastard.

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