New Inflatable Gun Cases From Air Armor Tech

Every now and then something rolls through my inbox that makes me stop and say “that’s really cool!” The Air Armor Tech inflatable gun cases are one of those products that made me take notice. The use of an airbag style case is an innovative take on protecting valuable firearms that stemmed from an air padded fighter pilot helmet case.

The developer of the collapsible air padded was convinced by fellow pilots to adapt the padded helmet case for rifles and optics that have the ability to be packed down to 15% of the inflated size. The new case is available in two sizes that are 42″ or 52″ long depending on the model.

So how small do they get? 18″x9″ for the 52″ long gun case and 17″x8″ when you roll the mid-length 42″ case up.

The cases are also reasonably lightweight at 7 pounds for the 42″ version and 8 pounds for the 52″ model when compared to the standard 12 pound Plano two rifle case that so many shooters use. Air Armor Tech uses 1,000 denier nylon for the outer shell, a lighter weight 500 denier nylon for the inner shell and an even lighter weight 200 denier urethane-coated material for the air bladder. Also included is MOLLE attachment points on the outside of the case, a reinforced muzzle pocket, inner pockets for a pistol as well as accessories, and an integrated backpack system. They even made sure that the buckles that keep the case closed are mil-spec as is the YKK zipper.

So what does one of these bad ass cases MSRP at? You are going to have to part with $499 for the 42″ version and add another $50 for the larger 52″ case. If you are still interested in these cool cases, check out the Air Armor Tech website.


  • Nimrod

    Is it just me or does the idea of putting a helmet inside an inflatable case to protect it not make sense? A helmet is a protective device to protect your head, why do you have to protect the thing that protects your head? I can see putting a helmet in a bag to carry it but an inflatable case? Now… for a gun it makes sense particularly if you have to float your gun across the river to attack an enemy stronghold. And only $500? It’s so cool they should charge twice as much.

    • Because the protective properties can get damaged during transport. It is similar to my shooting glasses, when not in use I protect them from damage. But while I use them I don’t care about damage because if they got damaged they probably did their job and protected my eyes.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Because the helmet for the new joint strike fighter costs about half a million dollars and isnt mainly a protective device but a piece of gear to interface with the airplane.

      • Anomanom

        You’re correct of course, but it still *seems* wrong. Much like the ballistic armour plates marked “do not drop” and “handle with care.”

        • Just like the most effective way to protect against explosives is to strap explosives on the outside of a tank.

          I mean who first thought up that concept. Could you imagine the conversation “No, don’t call security. I’m not crazy look at my numbers.”

        • Tox

          Ahh the beauty of ceramic plates and the need to X-ray them to ensure integrity!

    • h4rr4r

      If you want the helmet to work later, you need to protect it now.

      Do you want to be the guy who died because the baggage handler cracked your helmet?

  • As someone that travels with guns a lot, I like the idea. Fly in the hard case, and use a softcase while on the ground.

    But between the cost and weight it just doesn’t seem practical.

    • MrBrassporkchop

      Oooh how about a hard shell you keep the soft case in? Like a normal hard case without that foam stuff but the 2nd software case fits perfectly inside.

      • That is actually what I use presently. But they don’t protect quite a well as a well fitted foam case.

  • Dan

    How am I supposed to lose my guns in a tragic boating accident if the case floats?

    • K-Gunner

      You must live in California where there are ever new “assault weapons” laws. I think many guns will be going for boat rides.

  • gunsandrockets

    Oh, you pay for that storage convenience!

  • Matt O

    I wanted it till I saw the price

    • Russ Kell

      That. Right there.

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  • RazorHawk

    Hmm, is this bulletproof? I wonder if a bulletproof life vest was possible.

  • jerry young

    I can see an inflatable bladder in a hard case to secure your firearms and make them less susceptible to sinking if dumped in water, I have a few different hard and soft cases and haven’t found one I truly like how they secure my guns, I like the idea of the soft that would fit into the hard but even if these were compareable in price with hard cases I’m not a big fan of soft cases, you can’t lock them when all it takes is a knife to get in them.

  • Nimrod

    Duct tape, air mattress…just saying 😉

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Something that is designed to be rolled up for compact storage, with molle webbing on it.

  • InfiniteGrim

    The coolest part is how they roll up so small. Who else has a ton of wasted space full of just empty gun cases? I have an entire closet.