We’re all familiar with the myriad ways people conceal — or don’t conceal — their guns in and around their homes or in their vehicles. There are safes, guitar cases, boxes, drawers, mattresses, shelves…you name it, it’s being done somewhere in America. Frequently by a number of makers.
It would be nice to see something unique and that’s where the Skinner Sights HTF Garment Bag comes in.
Skinner Sights is best known for their iron sights, specifically those for levers, but they’ve branched out beyond that (their irons for lever are excellent, though). Their HTF Garment Bag is one such product and is basically what it sounds like: a garment bag…for your guns.
Andy Larsson, the owner of Skinner Sights, sees the garment bag as a logical step because, as he asks, “Who steals clothes?” And he isn’t wrong.
The HTF Garment Bag has room for one long gun up to forty inches long, two handguns, three rifle magazines, eight pistol mags, and a variety of accessories. If your long gun is too big for the bag, you can actually open and extend the center topmost portion of the bag for some added length (just be aware it makes it pretty clear something is in there that isn’t a suit).
The bag is either green or black on the outside, black inside, and zippered. It’s made of Cordura, which is pretty tough material, and has heavy stitching to strengthen seams. The hanger it ships with is heavy-duty, not some flimsy plastic or wire thing that’s going to bend or break the instant any weight is put on it. Just make sure the bar you’re hanging it from is sturdy enough.
You can even fold the bag in half lengthwise, similar to actual garment bags, with guns inside for easier carrying with the attached wrap-around handles. So now you know the basics. How about actual use?
Here’s where this bag comes in really handy for me. I travel with guns a lot, whether I’m going to the range, driving to a hunt that isn’t local, or going to take classes somewhere around the country. Yes, I own an assortment of cases, boxes, and bags, and I use them a lot. When I stop at hotels along the way to or from my destination, my guns always go inside with me. Always. After all, your truck isn’t a gun safe.
But when you wheel a rifle case through a hotel lobby, it’s difficult to pretend it’s something else, even when it’s covered in band stickers. The Skinner Sights HTF Garment Bag is the perfect camouflage. Carrying a garment bag through a hotel lobby? No one notices and no one cares.
Whether or not you choose to hang it in your closet at home fully loaded is a personal preference. If you do, do you put a lock on the zipper? Do you hide it among other garment bags and clothes at the back of your closet?
It’s true that most thieves aren’t going to look for clothes to steal, but they probably will go into your closet looking for a wall safe or other storage for valuables, so keep that in mind when staging guns.
So, what do you guys think?
MSRP: $189.00 in either Olive Green or Black
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