Review: Colt 36″ Double Rifle Case

Guest Post by Brent Sauer

I have been a Colt AR-15 collector for a couple of years. I typically only take one rifle to the range at a time due to time constraints. As a result, over the years I have used one of two Pelican brand cases that I own for my rifle transportation needs. This year, I decided to purchase a couple of soft cases to use for rifle transport due to the ease with which you can move them around. The fact that smacking the doorway on my way out of the house won’t result in damage to our painted door trim is an added bonus that keeps the queen of the castle happy.

As I began to look at what cases were available, I came across the Colt 36” Double Gun Case, Item #C12-301BL in black on Ebay one night. As a Colt AR-15 collector, buying the Colt branded item seemed like a good idea. Using an Ebay 10% coupon that was available that day, I hit ‘Buy It Now’ and purchased the case. After paying the ‘Buy It Now’ price of $81.00, adding $9.00 shipping, my final cost was $90.00.

Upon receiving the case, a quick inspection of the manufacturing tag indicated that the case was made by a company called Drago Gear which I was not familiar with. They are manufacturing an assorted line of Colt branded packs and weapon cases under license from Colt Manufacturing Company. You can see their Colt product line here: http://www.dragogear.com/product-category/colt-gear/ This 36” double rifle case is the only Colt branded rifle case that is available from Drago Gear. I prefer to buy products made in the USA so I was a bit disappointed to see that this case was a product of China. If I looked close at all the market offerings, I imagine this is probably pretty standard.

The overall dimensions of the double rifle case is 37” x 14” x 12.5”. Looking at the front of the rifle case you will see (from left to right) a 4” wide x 8” tall zippered pocket with a small amount of MOLLE attachment points on the front of it. The zipper has a heavy-duty, nylon, 3” pull string attached to it. The zipper seems to be of high quality. All zippers mentioned in this review are identical to this zipper I just described. There is a larger pocket with dimensions of roughly 8” tall x 6” wide. The pocket has an expandable depth of about 4”. In the center, there is a larger pocket that is 8” tall x 7.5” wide. Its expandable depth is about 5”. To the right of this center pocket is another, previously discussed, large pocket followed by another 4” zippered pocket on the right side. Each of the three pockets are secured by a combination of straps with quick-release buckles (primary) and Velcro (secondary). Each pocket additionally has an adjustable elastic cord with a polymer, spring-loaded tension retainer. See photos or details. There are two retention straps that close over the top of the case after it is zippered closed. The straps are adjustable with quick-release buckles to hold the case closed in the event of zipper failure. Additionally, there is a Velcro retainer that closes around the double handles.

The three large pockets discussed in the previous paragraph are sewn to the front of a larger, double-zipper pocket. This pocket measures 11” tall x 25” inches wide. When you open the pocket it up, it opens with the flap coming towards you, attached at the bottom of the case. The inside of the flap that opens toward you has two zippered, nylon pockets. One pocket is 8.75” tall x 10.5” wide. The second, internal, zippered pocket on the flap has an 11.5” opening but a useable space of 10.5” x 16”. The back of the this larger compartment has two pockets that are 10” x 10.5” with Velcro closures. These are advertised as padded pistol compartments on the Drago Gear website.

When you open the main compartment where your two rifles would be kept, you immediately notice the padded divider. The divider is 8.75” tall x 32” wide and .5” thick. I think the padded divider is a nice, necessary feature to make the two gun case concept an attractive option. As is often preached, rifles are tools meant to be used but I doubt anyone wants their rifles to bang together in transit. There is a 3” tall x .5” thick padded ‘border’ that runs around the front and both sides of the case when it is open. This padded border would keep your muzzle/flash hider or stock from rubbing or pressing on the zipper when the case is closed up. Each side of the rifle compartment has two (left and right) triangular fabric retainers. One is for the stock end, and one is for the barrel end. Evenly spaced on each side is two 11.5” wide x 11” long Velcro retaining straps. Each retaining strap is comprised of two 8” long pieces. However, due to their overlap, you only get about 11” that is usable retention length.

The back of the rifle case is dominated by a pair of heavy-duty shoulder straps. The straps are adjustable for length at both the top and the bottom which will enable you to get optimal fit from the padded portion of the straps on your upper body. The tension can be quickly adjusted at the top of the straps by pulling down on the buckle. Or, if an urgent situation arises, you can completely drop the case by releasing the two quick-release buckles toward the bottom of each strap. There is a metal D-ring on the front of each shoulder strap for your use. There is an elastic, adjustable sternum strap that holds the two shoulder straps in place if you choose to use it. It also has a quick-release buckle.

For my ‘test fit’, I used my 18” barrel (roughly 37” overall length) Special Purpose Rifle and a standard 32” Colt LE6920. The LE6920 had plenty of room. It was almost too short with the stock completely retracted. The SPR was a bit long at 37” obviously but, to my surprise, I was still able to close up the case and zippers without much problem. Once the case was closed up, there wasn’t any movement from either weapon in the case. Additionally, due to the padded divider, there wasn’t any audible evidence of the weapons coming in contact in any way.

In closing, everyone has their own brand allegiance usually. Honestly, the case having Colt embroidered on it was my primary motivation for buying it. A quick internet search turned up equivalent gun cases by 5.11 at roughly $170.00 and Blackhawk has a 44” double rifle case at roughly $80.00. I think the Drago Gear case is well made with good features. If you are just making a quick trip to the range to shoot one or two rifles, this case will serve you well by itself.

For additional information on this case, you can visit the manufacturers webpage for this product at:  http://www.dragogear.com/product/colt-36-double-gun-case/

A look at a Colt AR6951 – Part 1 – AKA I got sent some crap from a scammer.

A had a notion to buy one of these for a while. Colt makes them in batches and it seemed like each time in the past 2 years I saw them everywhere cheap, then as soon as I decide to get one the supply dried up and the prices sky rocketed.

I had recently used a Colt 6991 upper, similar to this one but 10.5 inch barreled. I had built in into a pistol configuration and ended up deciding that I didn’t care for that. I sold that upper and ordered a factory rifle, the AR6951 off Gunbroker. That is probably my first mistake.

An aside, pistol caliber carbines (PCC) are greatly growing is popularity currently. They had pretty much been written off as obsolete compared to the short barreled rifle. Now newer options like the CZ Scorpion EVO 3, Sig MPX, affordable MP5 clones, and all manner of other new guns give people more choices. These PCC have low recoil, less flash and blast than a full power rifle, cheap ammo, and are just fun. I stuck with the 9mm AR in the Colt pattern as I already have mags and am familiar with the system. If I were starting from scratch I think I would go with the MPX.

Anyways, back to my mistake. I sorted by cheapest and saw a cheap AR6951 on Gunbroker. It looked like it had a cosmetic issue, so I contacted the seller:

The seller said it was oil
It wasn’t oil

So the gun had a cosmetic flaw the seller lied about right out of the box. I wouldn’t really have cared about this issue except for the fact that the seller outright lied about it.

The seller is “Daves Guns” – David Smith AKA BulletKnife (sgteds@aol.com).
I highly recommend against buying from him.

Normally I am against naming and shaming online, but what is the value of having a gun website if you can’t call out a scumbag in our gun community?

He also left me negative feedback about this on Gunbroker. That is what I get for buying from a scammer.

Had I been smart, I would have just rejected the gun when I first saw that at my dealer and had it returned for a refund. Of course, I’m not smart.

It gets worse.

The gun is all fucked up.

There are 2 major issues that prevent proper functioning.

First the changing handle binds in the upper. If you pull the charging handle back, the charging handle has so much friction is prevents the bolt from being able to close completely. I had initially figured there was a burr or some little easily solvable issue that would go away with cycling it a few time with some oil. I was wrong.

Using that charging handle in a different upper would cause the same issue, another charging handle in that upper worked fine. That shows that the issue is an bad charging handle.

I hate to admit it, but I spent a long time with a pair of calipers trying to figure out what part of the charging handle was out of spec. Turns out it is either bent or warped. It instead of being straight it is arched, and that causes the excessive friction when it is nearly closed.

The second major, but slightly lesser issue, is that the bolt catch is not under spring pressure. Normally there is a spring and detent providing keeping the bolt catch down.

On this rifle the bolt catch can flop around. While this won’t stop normal functional most of the time, it does give the chance for the bolt catch to pop up at the wrong time and lock the action open while you are firing.

There were also other minor issues with this rifle. The latch on the stock was installed wrong and the receiver extension is crooked.

I can’t believe this rifle left Colt’s factory like that. I mean, any one of the issues maybe, but not all of them.

  • Blemished Upper
  • Bent Charging Handle
  • Incorrectly Installed Bolt Catch
  • Incorrectly Installed Stock Latch
  • Crooked Receiver Extension

That is 5 issues. I don’t see how someone could have assembled the rifle with that charging handle and NOT noticed that something was wrong.

There is more to this story, and not all of it is good. Standby for part 2.

In any event, there is no way I could recommend this Colt product to anyone. I also have to recommend against buying from David Smith of Laramie WY.

Terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch New Zealand.

Information is still coming out about this organized attack by multiple people that has killed at least 49 people. As terrible as this is, we need to keep in mind that this can happen anywhere. Laws and regulations did not stop this. I know of Churches, Temples, Synagogues, and Mosques here in the US that have decided to ensure that the congregation is armed in order to protect them selves from such attacks.

There is evil in this world and it is our responsibility to protect our selves from it.

Armslist: For Sale 5.56 Shorty

Here is a gem of a gun for sale on Armslist.

http://www.armslist.com/posts/9699801/gainesville-florida-handguns-for-sale–5-56-shorty

At first glance you might just think this is an illegal short barreled rifle, bu then it gets better, look at the third hole.

Now in the past, I would have said something like “don’t be stupid, stay in compliance with the law. It isn’t working spending time in jail over a NFA violation.” But now that I see marijuana being decriminalized or legalized due to the mass amount of people not following those laws, I’m wondering if gun owners need to do the same.

But if you are not going to comply with unconstitutional gun laws, you might not want to advertise that publicly.