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Flying with my shotgun

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by G-12, Sep 14, 2008.

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  1. G-12

    G-12 TS Member

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    I'm fying South West Airlines. I have an old John Hall case to
    house the gun. The case has one combination lock. Someone told me the lock needs to be TSA approved. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Ben
     
  2. EuroJoe

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    Your John Hall case is legal per TSA. They require a hard case that is lockable.
    On the other hand, they weren't all that durable, and if you are going to fly a a lot, you should consider an Americase or Colorado Cases, or one of the oother heavy duty cases.
     
  3. Joe Potosky

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    TSA approved locks CANNOT be used to secure a firearm, as your the only one who can have the key or combo.

    I contacted the agency a while back and confirmed...

    I have this posted on the subject.

    http://www.losttarget.com/firearmsflying.htm
     
  4. waverider

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    Check out Southwest Airlines website for their policy.

    I would stick it in a duffel bag and some clothing around it to protect it. Just make sure that you do not go over 50 pounds. You need to declare to the ticket agent that you have an unloaded firearm, they will give you a tag or form to sign. The tag/form needs to be place with the gun, so leave the case unlocked and lock it after putting the form in the case.

    I would not leave any snap caps in the chambers, not illegal but they could cause a more through inspection.

    Jason
     
  5. trim tab

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    Ben, I have a John Hall case and it is a great cse to go back and forth to the club as well as travel to a shoot in the car. I would not recommend it for airline travel as I do not think it would take the abuse that is possible with baggage handling. As others recommended, I would purchase another case from Cabellas, Warwick, Colorado etc.

    Have a good trip
     
  6. Frank C

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    Aluminum case should be YOUR minimum.....my Warwick case is dented and banged up from just 4-5 trips, if it was anything short of this metal case......??

    I always wrap a couple wraps of Duct Tape around in case they mangle the locks, the tape is usually trashed afterwards, you can see how badly they handle it by looking at the scrapes and cuts/condition of the tape afterwards. Frank
     
  7. Frank C

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    Another shot......what you cannot see in the pics is the overall beat up condition of this relatively new case...
     
  8. spitter

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    Talk to a fellow shooter and see of anyone can lend you a flight case for your trip, unless you plan to fly with a shotgun often enough to make a purchase worthwhile...

    I use a "Pelican" Browning Travel Vault, takedown case w/wheels. It has served me well on a half-dozen trips and while it does get scuffed, it wasn't as pretty as the others to start with, so it seems to get better looking with use! (lol)

    ... now what can you say that about?!

    regards to all,

    Jay
     
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