[SHOT 2016] Explorer Cases

    I have a soft spot for storage things and ways to carry stuff. Probably some off-shoot from my OCD. Anyway, I am drawn to boxes and packs and hard cases whenever I see them. This year, I had been pre-contacted for an interview for a company that had a couple of products of interest to me, International Supplies.

    The primary product that interested me (and had some great marketing) was their “Explorer Cases” which are very much like Pelican or Storm cases with a claim for being impervious and indestructible (sans shooting or reducing with HE I would assume). A couple of promo shots show the cases being chewed on by a Great White and mauled by a polar bear. Personally I had a Pelican case in Iraq (one of the wheeled medium sized boxes for carting my electronics around and it could not keep the sand out). It was okay for storage and bump protection (and maybe some sprinkled water) but that was about it.

    Pistol box with precut foam

    Pistol box with precut foam

    Color options

    Color options

    Rifle case with a soft insert that is layered with loop fastener (allowing you to secure things how you like)

    Rifle case with a soft insert that is layered with loop fastener (allowing you to secure things how you like)

    MOAR cases.

    MOAR cases.

    Locakable tool chest

    Lockable tool chest

    Multi-rifle case with locking bar.

    Multi-rifle case with locking bar.

    The Explorer cases certainly are rugged and they come in a very wide variety of shapes and sizes (though nothing in the very small range). Additionally they have pluck foam inserts as well as discreet soft bags designed to fit the form factors of the cases. I should be getting in a case for review and we will see if my special “talent” can overcome it’s integrity. While I was at the booth a filmographer (Cirina Catania of The Catania Group) was there and she extolled the cases, having dragged a set all around the world in a variety of environments.

    Of other note, International Supplies does also distribute a gun lube (as well as a cleaner and conditioner), ZMax, which has it’s own following. Lubes are such a Holy War that we generally try and stay away from reviewing them, and personally I’m not in a place where I can autoclave one of my guns clean to try it out—do any of you readers have experience with it that want to weigh in?

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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