Gear Review: Rugged Gear Gun Carts

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If you spend a lot of time on a sporting clays range, at 3-gun matches, or anywhere where moving long guns is something you need to do, Rugged Gear produces really nice gun carts for this purpose.

The Rugged Gear cart with a Beretta 692 O/U 12ga shotgun, a Benelli M2 12ga shotgun, and a bunch of gear.

The Rugged Gear cart with a Beretta 692 O/U 12ga shotgun, a Benelli M2 12ga shotgun, and a bunch of gear.

Rugged Gear has multiple models which can hold 2, 3, or even 4 guns on a cart. The carts are solid, made of 1″ diameter steel frame tubing, flat free tires, and neoprene lined gun holders.

The carts folds down for storage/transportation, and simply breaks in half to reduce its profile. You can easily take the wheels off if you need to reduce its profile even further.

As you can see in the picture, there is plenty of storage space for a range bag, cooler, ammo, and other gear.

The author with a Benelli M2 shotgun, and a Noveske N4 AR-15, a cooler, an ammo can, and a flat of 12ga ammunition.

The author with a Benelli M2 shotgun, and a Noveske N4 AR-15, a cooler, an ammo can, and a flat of 12ga ammunition.

Rugged Gear gun carts range from $259-$299. They also make other gear such as gun racks, ATV mounts, and archery mounts.

www.RuggedGear.com.


Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) 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. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Eric S

    As practical and useful as that seems, I don’t think my sense of masculinity would allow me to use one.

    • sianmink

      The alternative at large shooting venues is the golf cart. I’ll let you decide which is manlier.

    • noob

      would you use a golf bag-style bag over your shoulder?

    • noob

      Also, how about a gun version of the A-Frame Golf Club Carrier?

      http://golf.about.com/cs/equipmentreviews/gr/theaframe.htm

      not quite sure how to attach the guns… maybe the carrier clamps onto spare rail space with quick release levers or something?

      • wetcorps

        Looks like a good way to cause some heart attacks among safety freaks :D

        • noob

          like a horizontal shoulder holster?

          yes, we could hang it so all the muzzles point down.

  • gunsandrockets

    Pricey, but just the thing for a zombie apocalypse!

  • isaac

    hmm, id rather just clamp a gun rack on my son’s stroller. the frame looks near identical, but it has cup holders…

  • Michael

    Just use bungee cords and duct tape on the baby stroller, but remember to take the baby out first. Or teach him to be the gun bearer.
    Gun cleaning cloth= baby wipes.
    Can it carry the baby Glock.
    Babies R Us did not like it when I called the cup holders beer can holder

  • Limonata

    I go to two ranges where the distance from the parking lot to the range line is over 500 ft. You are either taking multiple trips to/from the car, or you are using something like this. I have seen many people who have purchased baby carriers at tag sales and have converted them, or, like me, created a custom Red Rider wagon that can be collapsed down. Mine is a high side wagon where I can just load everything up and drag it behind me. Some nice pneumatic tires makes transport over rough ground easy.
    If you don’t have the tools and know how, this is a pretty good option.
    Even if you roll your own, still going to cost you some money and time

  • Nicholas Mew

    Not going to lie, but I initially thought it was a baby stroller.

    • Clint Notestine

      it probably originally was

    • Gol

      Like a tactical baby stroller?

  • Lan Nguyen

    I love my green Rugged Gear cart. You could go the cheap route, but then you’d just have cheap stuff. This thing is made to last.

  • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

    I’ve read about shooters who buy a used baby stroller off Craigslist or wherever and DIY their own rig. That could save you some money, but then you’re also investing the time to put it together yourself. And for all of us, time=money one way or another.

    As for the high level question of whether to use a cart or not, it really depends on your personal circumstances. If you’re mildly injured (like a sprained foot or leg muscle) or generally out of shape, walking long distances with a bunch of guns in a bag slung over your shoulder may not enhance your shooting experience. A gun cart might be good for you in those situations, or maybe not, it’s up to you!

    • Fromthesidelines3

      What’s the point of carrying multiple guns for Sporting Clays? One gun and six chokes should cover every possible scenario, shouldn’t it?

      • http://www.TopShotChris.com/ Chris Cheng (TFB Staff Writer)

        I think the use case is all the shooters in the group can have their guns in the cart. So in a group of four, for example, one person pushes all four guns around in a single cart to give everyone else a break.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Interesting innovation. It reminds me of a similar device that has been is use for decades by pier, causeway and bridge fisherman for carting fishing rods, tackle boxes and coolers long walking distances from the parking lot to final fishing spot. The earliest models were adapted from wheeled luggage carriers, commercial / industrial cargo dollies and baby strollers, but once the idea caught on, several manufacturers and even individual bait-and-tackle shops started custom-manufacturing their own designs. I’m surprised that the concept had not taken root earlier for shooting enthusiasts, and I might even be mistaken in assuming this, but it may be because sporting clay and 3-Gun type matches did not begin to achieve the wide popularity they enjoy today until relatively recently.

  • Dave

    This wouldn’t look so dainty if it had some more solid/aggressive looking wheels.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

    Another alternative is the type used by those involved in SASS. Make your own or buy one already made.

    • Dr Jim

      Now, I REALLY like that…. I’ve got to get me one of those! Maybe when the annual SASS shoot comes to NM next summer, there will be someone selling them. Or, do you know anyone with the plans?

  • Mr. Potato Head

    Meh. I bought a used jogging stroller at a yard sale for $25 and attached a pair of double gun holders made for an ATV I got at Bass Pro for $35/ea. I also filled the tires with Green Slime. All told, the cart cost me around $100 and I can carry four long guns, a range bag, and a small cooler. My wife and I use it for three-gun, all the time.

  • OmegaDR

    It’s a baby stroller…

  • strglzer

    I have made 4 so far, 5th in the works now, given them to all my shooting buddys, our course is 1 1/2 miles long and to carry 100 plus shells a gun and drinks that long gets old, load every thing up and your on your way, and makes it much more enjoyable, also it helps my shooting not carrying all that gear….

  • strglzer

    20 to 40 dollars for the stroller, 20 dollars per set for the gun mounts, ( I put two sets on each cart ) so have about half the cost, of the cheapest and works as good as any. and can be converted in about an hour, I look for strollers that have drink holders, and have stright line side rails, If your even a little handy you can convert a strolle in no time….