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    Default Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    Hey guys,
    Going to be flying down to Florida to see my old man next month with my wife and kids and I want to take a pistol, probably my PF9 for ease of conceal. I know checking the firearm is (should be) easy and all, I am just looking for a good reccomendation on a case that others have used with good results. It may pull double duty as a mini-safe for my nightstand gun when I'm in bed, so a secure lock (tumbler maybe??) would be preferable. If you could link me to a site where I could buy it that would be great, just trying to avoid any "oh that isnt NTSB certified" bullshit suprises. Thanks!!!
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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    If you check with the airline you are traveling with they can give you some info.

    That said, IIRC, it just has to be a hard case that is lockable. You will have to have it examined by the TSA to insure it meets their rules. After the exam, you will lock it and keep the key. DO NOT allow anyone to tell you that your bag has to be marked that it has a gun in it, that is against any of the airline and TSA regs. If someone persists in pushing this, IMMEDIATELY get a policeman and report it, do not let anyone bully you into this.

    Your gun has to be unloaded and the ammo in a container, not in the magazine or in speedloaders. If you don't have the original box, I have never had any problems with a plastic ammo box.
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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    Just be careful, Phila airports are notorious for having weapons stolen from luggage.

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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    Can a TSA approved case be locked and placed inside of your other luggage after inspection?

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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Daedalus View Post
    Can a TSA approved case be locked and placed inside of your other luggage after inspection?

    Yes, it has to be locked.


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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    I use one of those hard sided, foam rubber filled cases, I have two different sizes depending upon what I am taking. I take my Super Redhawk .44 magnum with a 7 1/2" barrel when I go to Alaska requiring a big case, or one of my .45 semi-autos elsewhere.

    I put one of the bicycle type gun locks in the gun's action and put it in the case, lock the case with a TSA lock, lock the case handle through a steel bar that is part of the internal structure of the suit case with a another bicycle type Non-TSA lock. This helps slow down a quick open and grab. Then I lock the bag with a TSA lock. I think that's about the best you can do.

    Has worked so far. A couple of airlines don't allow firearms under any condition. I found USA3000 (if they are still around) wouldn't transport firearms after I bought non-refundable tickets. Check before you book. That was the last trip I took with those folks.
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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    This is what I was planning on picking up for airline travel and storing by itself. It's fairly inexpensive and it meets TSA guidelines (from what the description says anyway)

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...=cat20799&rid=


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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Warpt762x39 View Post
    This is what I was planning on picking up for airline travel and storing by itself. It's fairly inexpensive and it meets TSA guidelines (from what the description says anyway)


    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...=cat20799&rid=



    I have one of these, and I bolted it down in my truck console. Works great.

    For flying, I use the original case the gun came in. Hard and lockable.


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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    I was just talking with Cabelas about that same case - the keyed lock ones are 19.99 on sale at Cabelas right now !

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    Default Re: Reccomendation on single pistol case for flying please?!?!

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...080&hasJS=true

    might be larger then you want and more money then you want but i watched these guys drive a jeep over one of there flight proof cases and the case and the guns were un harmed. this is why i carried my Sig 556 in one and there stuff is no joke.

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