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Solid wood range pistol cases

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by xringjim, Dec 11, 2009.

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  1. xringjim

    xringjim TS Member

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    O.K., work with me here. I like to work with wood. If I were to make up some range pistol boxes say like a Pachmayr size 19" length, 14" high and 9" wide, (4 gun) would you guys here be interested? I mean, I'd make them from solid sheets of fancy wood (what's available) and fit them with all the nice brass corner and latch pieces. Off hand I'm thinking I'd have about 200 to 300 bucks into each box for materials. Would people here be willing to pay 600 or more for a one of a kind box? I'm serious so give me some good feed back. Thanks, Jim
     
  2. KEYBEAR

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    I bought one from a lady about 10 years ago . Her old man had it before he past away . I gave her 50 cents for it nice box and I use it .
     
  3. RobertT

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    Jim, I remember pistol range box's being highly desired during the 60's and 70's, even coveted one myself but don't see them often anymore, other than an old one like Alf described. Though you may find the rare individual who appreciates your craftsmanship and is willing to pay, the fact is you are looking at a small market. I believe the advent of hard cases and specialty carry bags pretty much killed the market for your product. Best of luck, I hope I'm wrong.

    Robert
     
  4. capvan

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    I'd love to have one, but I would have to pick it up at a VERY good price. All I see on the range these days is soft bags. Even the bullseye shooters (a vanishing breed around here) use soft range bags. Your price range really limits the market.

    Bruce
     
  5. washandwear

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    Hi

    The last one I saw was for a single target pistol along with a spotting scope built into the box. You may want to get some pics of various boxes used by target pistol pros to see what they are using. A suggestion.

    Regards

    W&W
     
  6. hmb

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    Maybe an economy version would have more appeal. HMB
     
  7. xringjim

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    I KNOW that a cheap version would sell extremely well. I can't bring myself to produce a pressed board box. I'm old school. Guns are to be respected not just for they're ability to cause harm. But to be held in high regard for they're workmanship and beauty. My goal would be to house four pistols of above value in price and to make the owner proud of the box that holds them. Crap! Who wants to put 8,000 dollars worth of guns in a cardboard box? Not me either. I'm going forth and make some of these. When I do I'll post pictures of them. I'm betting that a guy that takes care of his guns and really appreciates their care will pay 600+ for a one of a kind case. I mean, old Pachmayr cases go for 200 bucks every time they're listed on ebay. Jim
     
  8. crusha

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    If you say you've got $200~300 worth of materials into them before even posting them for sale...and genuine Pachmayr boxes get _bidded up_ to a final price of $200 on E-Bay...I think you just answered your own question.


    Doesn't sound like the numbers are working very well there.
     
  9. xringjim

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    Ya Buzz, but there is no Pachmayr case that EVER could be as nice as what I'd make. Jim
     
  10. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    I think you're trying to talk yourself into the project. You're receiving the advice you asked for. But, you're not lisening.
     
  11. dverna

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    xring,

    As an ex-Bullseye shooter here is my view. First, you are asking on the wrong site.

    I believe you can sell a few high end cases a year. Americase sells hundreds of cases for $400 to hold a shotgun. A well designed and unique pistol case for $500-600 is not much a stretch.

    I have an old Pachmayr that still serves me well but they weigh quite a bit when loaded up with three or four pistols, spotting scope and ammo. The old farts like me that can afford one of your cases do not want to lug heavy crap around. Younger, well-heeled shooters who want/need to impress others are your target.

    Good luck and do not let the nay-sayers discourage you. You are looking at a small investment to try your idea. Finding the right venue to sell your product will be the real challenge. Do a Google search for Bullseye forums and see what you find.

    Don Verna
     
  12. xringjim

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    Barfin, thanks for your input. Will make sure that won't happen. As one other poster stated weight could be a problem. I may be limited to certain types of wood. Jim
     
  13. pduryee

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    I feel fortunate having just bought one in like new condition for 75 bucks including shipping.
     
  14. crusha

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    "Oh, it can't possibly be as nice as mine, blah blah blah..."
     
  15. Jerry944t

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    As an ex bullseye shooter I still have my Pachmayer case. I rarely use it because it is just too heavy and I have a bad back. I have been eying a new Gun-Ho case or possibly looking at a Case-Logic case because they are lighter.

    While a beautiful case has some appeal I think you are looking at a very limited market. I have seen some beautiful cases on the line but they are usually made by their owners, not as a commercial venture.

    Go to the Bian Enos forum and pose the question there since the demographics are basically handgun competitors.
     
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    Make one up and post pictures, let us drool.
     
  17. Shane in WI

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    I built some reloading benches to sell with similar results to your feedback. Made 4 of the 6' deluxe bench and 4 of the 4' simpler reloading bench. Only sold a couple. Just never could understand how there wasn't more of a market for a quality bench with as much time as we all spend sitting in front of it. Think I have a good universal design and a good product, but never really got alot of interest or orders. I have a cabinet shop so building the benches are not a big issue. Still have a few in my warehouse. I think there are pictures on the company website. Good luck with your boxes.
    Shane
     
  18. mike campbell

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    I managed to sell a half dozen of these for $500-600 before I got bored.
    Oak, walnut, spalted maple, sycamore, black cherry...


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  19. xringjim

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    Mike, VERY nice work. Anything that can add to the experience to getting out to the range is a great product imo. Jim
     
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