Gear Review: Brownell’s 3-gun Competition Bag

For the past few months, I’ve been using Brownell’s soft case for storage and transportation to both my local range, and for airplane rides across the country. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the bag, and here are some of the reasons why.

3-gunners have a lot of gear. Imagine all the gear you need for one gun, and basically multiply it by 2x-3x. Having one bag to carry all three guns is a very nice arrangement. Inside the main compartment, there is room for two long guns which is separated by a thick foam divider. Straps on each side keep the long guns in place. Nice padding lines the edges of the bag as well.

Two long guns fit in the main compartment.

Two long guns fit in the main compartment.

Velcro straps slipped through loops help secure your long guns.

Velcro straps slipped through loops help secure your long guns.

A thick nylon covered foam surrounds the entire border of the bag, providing additional protection.

A thick nylon covered foam surrounds the entire border of the bag, providing additional protection.

A pistol pouch protects a pistol of your choice.

A padded pistol pouch protects a pistol of your preference.

The pistol compartment is on an outer pocket, which consists of a padded nylon pouch to store your pistol. You’re now left with two sizable outer pockets to store magazines, tools, ammo, etc.

Mags, wrenches, chokes, and other tools needed out on the range can be stored in two good size pockets.

Mags, wrenches, chokes, and other tools needed out on the range can be stored in two good size pockets.

The Brownell’s 3-gun bag also comes with shoulder straps which are very useful. My one suggestion to the Brownell’s team is to increase the padding on the straps since all that weight on one’s shoulders could use more support.

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The handle has a really nice leather support with velcro.

The handle has a really nice leather support with velcro.

When flying to matches, I simply throw my Brownell’s bag into my SKB hardcase and lock it up. Some 3-gunners have custom-cut foam inside of their case, but then they have to lug their bulky hard case to the range. With my arrangement, I can leave the hard case at the hotel room and simply carry the soft case. The Brownell’s case will fit in most sedan trunks and I like not having to fold down a back seat (like I have to do when traveling with a hard case) which announces to any passersby that there is something valuable in the car. Note: The SKB case will not typically fit in sedan trunks unless you drop a back seat.

The Brownell's 3-gun case inside of an SKB hard case. Great for traveling.

The Brownell’s 3-gun case inside of an SKB hard case. Great for traveling.

The case is available in 48″ and 54″ lengths. All pictures shown here are of the 48″ model.

The Brownell’s case is made of durable nylon and has treated me well the past few months while I’ve been actively shooting and traveling. I look forward to many more months and years of use.

www.Brownells.com.





Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.

www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • sianmink

    ” A padded pistol pouch protects a pistol of your choice”
    no no no you missed a golden opportunity:
    A padded pistol pouch protects a pistol of your preference.

  • kyreb

    Been using this case for two years now. It is an excellent product.

  • Mahler

    Not listing the price?

    • Limonata

      Follow the link, its $198. Really, you can find other even better for less if you spend some time searching. You can often find one from Voodoo for about $80 on sale.

      • Mahler

        Oh my comment was more aimed towards that I thought the price should be included in a review of an item.

        I do appreciate the heads-up on the Voodoo case. I’ll look into that.

        • Thanks for your feedback, Mahler. I oftentimes do include the price in my reviews, but somehow overlooked it this time!

          • Mahler

            No problem. Thanks for the review of the gear.

      • Suburban

        Some of the Voodoo Tactical stuff is made in the U.S., but the rifle cases apparently are not.

  • James_G

    The NRA bag similar to this is half the price and made well.

  • Vorpalis

    How long is the barrel on your Benelli? I was going to get the 48″ bag, which I thought would be plenty long for my 42.5″ Benelli M2, but in the second photo your shotgun barely fits. You’ve got the 54″ bag, right?

    • My M2 has a 22″ barrel and it snugly fits in the 48″ Brownell’s bag.

      The longer 54″ bag will not fit in this particular SKB case. I also realized that I made an error in the original article where I said the bag was the 54″ model. Just measured my bag to confirm that the pictures are of the 48″ model.

      • Vorpalis

        Thank you!