Gear Review: Vanquest Rackit-36 Covert Rifle Bag

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Vanquest Gear was down at the Big 3 East and they showed off their Rackit-36 rifle case. I picked one up to try it out.

The case comes in wolf gray and black or coyote tan and black. With the bits of black fabric and the shock cord webbing on the back, the bag does not jump out as a tactical rifle bag. There is a small velcro panel for morale patches behind the shock cord but there isn’t any molle on the bag.

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The Rackit-36 is a single shoulder strap sling setup. However the sling can be switched for left or right shoulder carry. There is also a removable waist strap for added security. It is just a nylon webbing strap and not intended to support weight. However you could remove it and add a more substantial belt set up. The waist band buckle has three locking points. The two side releases as well as a third release on the top of the buckle. If you are not familiar with this style of buckle, like me, it is a bit annoying.

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On the other side of the bag, there are carry handles aplenty. I found these to be very convenient.The orientation of the bag does not matter. Even when the bag is flipped over with the straps and handles facing down, I know I can reach around on any side and find a cushioned carry handle to retrieve my bag. DSC_0412

 

 

The sling can be switched from left to right. I cut off the slip through buckle and replaced it with a snap buckle. I need to get a female buckle and add it to the other side. When I talked to the Vanquest Gear reps about this, they said it is simple economics. They would need twice as many female buckles as male buckles and you can only order them in pairs. A more reasonable question would be “how often are you going to switch the sling from left to right and back again?” I would have liked to have had a second shoulder strap and make this into a back pack rather than a sling pack, but then FASTab feature would be useless.

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The Rackit-36 has a FASTab system that allows you rapid access to your firearm. Unbuckle the waist band and swing the bag to the front of your chest. Grab the velcroed tab and rip it away from you. This will open the bag allowing access to your firearm.

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Now of course if you plan on carrying your firearm for rapid deployment, you probably would not use the buckled straps inside as they would inhibit your ability to draw the weapon out of the case.

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The zippers for the main compartment and the front pocket are locking zippers.

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The front pocket is velcro lined for containing accessories. The pocket flap can act as an ID panel.

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Here are an assortment of firearms that fit in the Rackit-36. A 16″ bbl AR-15 with optic and 30 rd magazine can fit with the bag closed.

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Keltec Shotguns fit perfectly.

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Scar 17S can fit but only if you fold the stock.DSC_0383

 

A KRISS Vector Carbine just barely fit but I could not use the muzzle cup. If I folded the stock then I could use the muzzle cup just fine. However the M4 stock adapter from KRISS ARMS does not allow for the stock to fold.

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If you have a take down bow, like this one from WAC outdoors, it can fit in the case as well. One issue I have this this set up is that the muzzle cup can only be affixed to that one side of the bag. I would like to see loop velcro on the other side so when the back is worn, the cup would hold the items. In the case of this take down bow,  the riser and limbs could slip down. If the cup was positioned on the other side, the bow parts could rest inside the cup as it was worn vertically. A minor issue.

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The Rackit-36 does fit inside a Pelican 1700 and would be perfect for travel. When I travel with firearms, I use a soft case and lock it with a TSA lock. Then I put the soft case inside this Pelican 1700 and lock that with TSA approved locks. Just as added security.

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Their bags are made out of 1000D Cordura.

Here is a guy torture testing a Vanquest pouch against a competitor pouch made of 1000D Nylon, and you can see the difference. He even sets it on fire.

The bag retails for $149.99 and can be purchased on the Vanquest website.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • JQPub

    Love it! Just got added to my short-list. Been looking for something that doesn’t freak the libbie neighbors when I go to the range (something besides the cherry bomb). Thanks!

  • iksnilol

    No offense but that thing is a bit suspicious. I don’t really see backpacks which are angled that way regularily.

    Best bet IMO if you want to be discreet would be a duffle bag. Throw some gym clothes over the guns in case someone opens the bag or something.

    • Paul White

      I don’t know about suspicious or discreet or whatever but it looks damn convenient if all I’m taking to the range is my AR.

      • iksnilol

        You have a point but it being named “covert” implies that this is for people who want to carry their AR without people noticing.

        I am not saying it is bad, just that it isn’t covert.

        • Nicholas Chen

          It depends on the people seeing the bag. We are gun guys and gals and our eye is tuned to gun shaped objects and related objects. People who are not into guns, would not think this is a rifle case.

          • iksnilol

            But they would still find it unusual, and unusual draws attention.

            Or maybe I am just being paranoid?

          • Yellow Devil

            It just depends. A couple of years back, I was carrying a rather (I thought) obvious rifle case back to my apartment, and my neighbor, an older lady (who I got along with) saw it and said “Oh, I didn’t know you could play musical instruments!”. I just smiled and said “Yeah, but not often.” She didn’t even ask me what “instrument” I played.

          • iksnilol

            It is extra funny to me because I always say that I can play an instrument. Cue me and my friends arguing over whether firearm counts as an instrument.

        • Grindstone50k

          I figure it’s more for carrying a rifle without people noticing you’re carrying a rifle, rather than preventing people from noticing you’re carrying a big bag.

    • Nicholas Chen

      I could be carrying my skateboard in it. LOL

      • iksnilol

        You could, still doesn’t make it less suspicious.

        If you want to be “covert” and whatnot, look at what kind of bags or satchels people in your area use. Then get something similar that fits your firearm.

  • sianmink

    That’s a bit big for ‘covert’.
    Certainly handy as a range bag though, and with how enormous it is, I’m just thinking armor sewn into each half of the clamshell and you’d get some darn good coverage with it open.

    • Nicholas Chen

      I dont know about that idea. As the hinge portion would not be covered. But better than nothing I suppose.

  • BillC

    You are not supposed to use TSA approved locks for firearms.

  • dan citizen

    Finally, a company that knows what covert means.

    Usually “covert bags” scream “tactical mall operator” more than a hard case. This one looks like a snowshoe bag, or maybe something that holds tennis rackets. A few sports stickers would really complete the look.

    This may even be neat enough to make me get rid of my hello-kitty backpack.

  • Graham2

    The best thing you could do with this bag is to put a cut down tennis racket in the rear section with the elasticated straps. Everyone seeing it would just assume you played tennis and not give you a second glance.

  • tonylai

    You lost me at $149.99, like it is not $150?

  • RicoSuave

    Like a good magician, some intentional leading of the observers is needed.. put a bunch of tennis or skateboarding stickers and decals on it. Should complete the camouflage.

  • Bill

    Now I think we are taking this “discreet” and “covert” thing a little far, it isn’t like we are taking ARs for walks in the park or to Starbucks…..well, never mind about that Starbucks thing. I just need a case to protect the rifle and accessories in the trunk and get it into a hotel room when traveling and not scream “MallWarts Sporting Goods Camo Guncase.”

  • MRHapla

    Anyone ever use a golf bag?

  • Steve

    If the guy modeling the case was dressed to play tennis, I might get fooled. But he doesn’t really look like someone who would be comfortable holding a tennis racket. Half a deception is no deception at all.