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Red Oxx Gun Runner and Flat Dog Soft Gun Cases

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Red Oxx Gun Runner Gun Case

Red Oxx Gun Runner Gun Case

Red Oxx

The Bottom Line

Red Oxx is a name that I hadn't known for very long when I originally wrote this review, but it grew on me. I've been using their Gun Runner and Flat Dog cases and both are very good. The company owner is a down-to-earth hunter and shooter who knows what it's like to travel with guns, and the products bear this out. These cases are not cheap, and they're not cheaply made - and with the unconditional lifetime warranty, they should pretty much last forever.

Pros

  • Well-made, of very tough materials.
  • Designed by a shooter, for shooters.
  • They look good while protecting your gun(s).
  • Unconditional Lifetime Warranty - if you break it, they will replace it.
  • Made in USA.

Cons

  • Inner lining of the Gun Runner is slick, and your gun may slide around inside.
  • Outer pocket is not padded.

Description

  • Gun Runner has heavy-duty self-locking zipper with double pulls on case and external pocket.
  • Flat Dog is a slip-in case that serves well as a liner for the Gun Runner.
  • Both cases are plenty long; I even got a looong Swedish Mauser 96 into the Gun Runner.
  • Gun Runner is lined with "slick" 420 denier nylon; has 1000 weigh urethane-coated Cordura shell.
  • Flat Dog has same Cordura shell with soft velour lining. End folds and ties with tough nylon strap.
  • Can be used together for extra protection.
  • Gun Runner's padding is 3/8" neoprene rubber blend; very tough stuff.
  • These cases work well with the Tuffpak hard gun case (see link below) for airline travel.
  • Available in ten different colors.
  • Red Oxx also makes more gun cases than just these, plus hunting/shooting accessory bags.

Guide Review - Red Oxx Gun Runner and Flat Dog Soft Gun Cases

These are very good cases. I have owned many soft gun cases over the years, but none as tough as these. My main complaint was that the end of my Gun Runner allowed the muzzle of the gun to ride against the zipper, but Red Oxx has remedied that and all future Gun Runner cases will be stitched on the end for extra strength and protection.

The liner in the Gun runner is slick nylon, which allows the gun to slide around a bit. That is countered by the inherent toughness of the liner fabric, combined with the 3/8" neoprene padding. Semi-sharp edges on guns inside the case stand little chance of slicing through this liner, as they may do on other soft cases. And if the Flat Dog is used as a liner, this disadvantage is completely cancelled out.

For folks who travel by air with their guns, the Tuffpak system (see below) is a good one. Guns in soft cases can be slid into the Tuffpak, and the voids filled with clothing and other gear. I can't think of a soft case system I'd rather use for that than the Gun runner/Flat Dog combination.

These cases are not cheap, and they're not cheaply made - and with the unconditional lifetime warranty, they should last you, say, forever.

- Russ Chastain

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