Design Your Own Firearm Case

In my opinion, the word “custom” is used too often, especially in the gun world. However, I came across a company at the NRA show offering a truly custom product – cases with foam cutouts designed by the customer on the company’s webpage. They’re called MyCaseBuilder, and I think they’re awesome.

It's like building a house in The Sims.

It’s like building a house in The Sims.

They currently have a small library of handguns and a basic M4/AR, and sell cases and foam inserts for 10 different brands, including Pelican, Seahorse, HPRC, Storm, and so on. They can also make a foam insert for any case you might have, as long as you can supply dimensions. That’s just the ticket for the cool old military hard case a friend gave me a while back, but for which, until now, I had no particular use.

Their website allows you to pick a case and then drag and drop firearms or shapes of any size you specify – either through entering precise dimensions or dragging your mouse in an approximate shape – onto the case. Once you think you’re ready to purchase, you can rotate a 3D model of your potential foam insert to make sure it’s what you want. And if you want to make a case that holds a Glock and a digital camera or iPad, you can do that too.

"Don't put the 1911 and the Glock too close together. They'll start arcing if they touch."

“Don’t put the 1911 and the Glock too close together. They’ll start arcing.”

You’re also able to mix shapes, so you could take their Glock 17 3D model and add the dimensions and location of a suppressor, if you so desired, or a mini red dot sight, and so on. These custom dimensions can be incredibly precise, and if you save it to their library for others to use, the company will pay you royalties every time a customer orders a case with the 3D model you created.

This level of awesomeness isn’t free, of course. A Pelican 1300 case which retails for $48.35 on – with Pelican’s standard “pick and pluck” foam – will cost $141.67 with an insert cut to your specifications. However, the 1300 insert alone through MyCaseBuilder is $55, so if you wanted to save money, you could order the case from Amazon and the foam from MyCaseBuilder. Alternately, if you don’t need the super-tough Pelican case, you could try one of the other, lesser-priced alternatives.

What this comes down to is what your time is worth. For $50 or so, you could have a case insert precisely cut to your specifications – or you could use the standard insert and cut it with a knife or tear it into the shape you want. I have done the latter enough to feel that it’s worth the cost for me to at least try the custom case designer. I’m pretty excited about it, frankly.

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • n0truscotsman has a enormous thread about this. Seriously. That thing is epically huge.

    • It sure seems to be worth the price. I’d sure pay that much for a case like this!

      • n0truscotsman

        it never ceases to amaze me how creative people can get with firearms cases. just when i design one and think its the bakers bread, someone else posts something that blows my mind away.

        gun people: the women may not find us handsome, but they sure find us handy.

  • noob

    sweet. You could also use it as a less expensive case for a high quality 4K DV camera for film crews.

    although that might not be smart if it looks too much like a gun case. hmm.

  • Ares4991

    Sounds like this’d be awesome if you wanted to make some DIY gun cases out of surplus ammo boxes…

  • Mystick

    Been doing this myself for years with purchased cases and an hobby knife,

    I guess it’s good for people whom lack the ability to… cut foam… in a timely manner..

  • allannon

    You know you can do this yourself with some foam from e.g. (I’ve bought a few types from them) and a $90 hot-wire cutter? Or $20-$30 to DIY yourself a hot-wire cutter?

    I’ve done several of my own cases that way, and it’s a pretty easy couple hours to do a two-gun long case.

  • This is really neat! I want to design a case for my camera and gun in one case.

  • arron

    and for those of you who have a cnc router, this can be done in minutes.

  • ElGuapo

    Just checked it out but I don’t see any pre-done shapes and the “Shape Library Beta” button is missing. I hope they start accepting user provided shapes, as this could be a great way for people to share their creations through forums, etc.

    • John Smith

      Hey. Looks like they added that button back in. That thing is ridiculous! They had my Glock 17 in there and I just ordered one.

  • Graham 1

    Reminds me of the Resident Evil 4 inventory system