Every gun owner’s top priority is the safety and protection of their firearm.

How can I ensure that my firearm will be well protected? What should I look for?

Well, there are a many factors to consider when purchasing a custom gun case, but the three most important are:

  1. Durability The overall toughness of the case. How much weight can it withstand? Is it waterproof?

  2. Reliability How long does the case actually last? (Always look for a lifetime guarantee)

  3. Customer Reviews See what other customers just like you have said about their Gun Case.

A company’s product is only as good as its public reviews. Before making any purchases always read the reviews of the exact product you are looking to buy.

There are two main classes of rifle gun cases:

     1. Hard Cases – Utilize a tough outer shell made from durable plastic and metals, combined with a soft foam interior to keep your gun secure.


  • Crush proof

  • Waterproof

  • Foam interior keeps rifle secure

  • Impact protection

  • Great for firearm transport


  • Heavy / bulky

  • More expensive

     2. Soft CasesOffer a lucid outer layer that is lighter and quieter than hard cases. Their interior contains a thin layer of foam coat designed for more portable usage. This makes soft gun cases much more suitable for hunting.


  • Lightweight

  • Portable

  • Quieter

  • Typically designed to float on water


  • Less protection

  • Not always lock compatible

  • Generally not waterproof (there are some exceptions)

Before you decide which class is best for you, first think about what kind of rifle you own, where (geographically) your firearm will be most used, and what conditions your future case may endure.

To give you more of an idea of what good quality rifle gun cases look like, we put together a list of our top 5 personal favorites! Both hard and soft rifle gun cases.

The following hard and soft rifle gun cases are ranked as such based on the three key factors we discussed above: durability, reliability, and customer reviews.


Top 5 Hard Gun Cases for Rifles


     5. SKB iSeries 3614 Double M4 

SKB Hard Rifle Gun Case - Black


Manufactured by: SKB

Model: 3i-3614-DR

Case Weight: 20 lbs.

Retail Price: $209.99

The iSeries Double M4 Short Rifle Case offers excellent protection for (up to 2) M4 style short rifles. The interior consists of a rigid foam bunk bed system for a tight and secure fit. This case comes with 4 trigger latches and a retractable pull up handle. Check out our website for more details on this product:



     4. Pelican Vault V770


Pelican V770 Hard Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Pelican

Model: V770

Case Weight: 24.95 lbs.

Retail Price: $149.95

The Pelican Vault V770 has five layers of protective interior foam to maximize the protection for your firearm. This case is built to withstand harsh weathering conditions and routine impact. This case has four push button latches and two stainless steel lock hasps for maximum protection. Learn more about the Pelican V770 here:



     3. Plano AW2


Hard Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Plano

Model: AW2

Case weight: 15.6 lbs.

Retail Price: $94.99

This 42” all weathered case comes with optional customizable foam inserts to fit your rifle’s exact dimensions. The AW2 is built with reinforced dual stage latches which are excellent for travelers. This case also comes with a continuous pressure release valve and a dri-loc seal.


     2. Universal AR-15 Rifle Case

Hard Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Case Club

Model: AR-15 Rifle Case

Case weight: 14.6 lbs.

Retail Price: $179.99

The Case Club AR-15 Rifle Case comes with pre-cut foam inserts that will fit your AR-15 perfectly! This spacious rifle case can also hold full size rifle mags or a compact pistol along with your AR-15. This rifle case combo also includes a silica gel canister, waterproof accessory box, and several more pockets for accessories.


     1. Pelican Storm Case Long Rifle

Hard Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Pelican

Model: iM3300RFL-X0001

Case weight: 23 lbs.

Retail Price: $259.00

Here at South-Pak, we work hands on with thousands of cases. We genuinely feel that the Pelican Storm Case rightfully deserves the number 1 spot on our list. The Pelican Storm Rifle Case is coated with a lightweight/high strength plastic shell.

This case utilizes six push button trigger latches and double layered soft grip handles. Not to mention bonus features such as stainless steel hardware pins and an automatic pressure release valve.

From its lightweight yet durable shell to the advanced interior protection, this case has everything a rifle owners needs and more! Get yours here:



Top 5 Soft Gun Cases for Rifles  


     5. Bulldog Extreme – Scoped Rifle Case

Soft Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Bulldog Cases

Model: BD100-40

Case Weight: 1 lb.

Retail Price: $39.50

The Extreme – Scoped Rifle Case has a fur interior lining for protection against scratches and dents. The double stitched exterior is made of durable nylon water-resistant material and has an adjustable shoulder strap with metal swivels.

     4. Explorer R-46 TAN

Soft Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Explorer


Case weight: 1.1 lb.

Retail Price: $77.88

The Explorer R-46 can hold up to 3 full size rifles at once. This soft case is very spacious. There are three different storage compartments for tactical gear, pistols, and personal items.  


     3. Tactical Rifle Assault Case

Soft Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement

Model: 64005

Case weight: 1.2 lbs.

Retail price: $111.65

The sole fact that this rifle case is trusted by our very own US Police Forces says it all. This tactical rifle assault case has an interior handgun pocket along with 2-inch foam padding for additional protection. The outer coat is made of tough 600D polyester. This soft rifle case has three exterior pockets for gear, and plenty of room for a shotgun or rifle.


     2. Allen Dakota-CXE Gear Fit

Soft Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Allen Company

Model: 987-48

Case weight: 1 lb.

Retail Price: $113.56

Allen’s Dakota-CXE Gear Fit rifle case can house scoped rifles up to 48” long. This soft case has four spare pockets for gear, mags, ammo, etc. There are compression flaps on both the front and rear of the case which are useful for carrying larger accessories. What this soft case lacks in size it makes up for in toughness and durability.


     1. Condor SINGLE-P

Soft Rifle Gun Case

Manufactured by: Condor Outdoor Products

Model: Single Rifle Case

Case weight: 8.5 lbs.

Retail Price: $66.94

Condor Outdoor Products Inc. has over 20+ years of experience in all kinds of tactical/outdoor gear. But our favorite product of theirs is the single rifle soft gun case. We ranked this case as our number 1 soft case simply because of the quality/price ratio. The Condor Single Rifle gun case has all of the features from the previous standard rifle cases AT HALF THE COST. This case has: 3 exterior storage units, lockable zipper, interior pouches, floats on water, durable outer shell, soft interior,  you name it!


Please keep in mind, these are just some of our personal favorites from over the years. There are thousands of other options available if none of the above appeal to you.

We hope you found this article helpful! If you have any further questions please feel free to reach out to our main office number at (888) 996-4461 or check out our website https://south-pak.com/ and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can!




     1. How can I customize the foam interior of a hard case to fit my rifle?

     If your rifle gun case does not come with pre-cut foam inserts, we can custom cut your hard case to match the dimensions of your rifle exactly! Depending on the type of stability you are looking for we can also replace the existing foam with more durable and trustworthy interior lining. We specialize in custom designs just for you! Give us a call and we can help fit your rifle seamlessly in a custom case!  (888) 996-4461

     2. How do I clean my rifle gun case?

     A hard rifle gun case can be cleaned by washing it with a damp cloth on the inside of the gun case. Some soft gun cases are machine washable, but it is recommended to check with the manufacturer first.  

     3. Where can I find an affordable Hard Gun Cases for my Rifle?

     You’re in luck! South-Pak has custom affordable rifle cases just for you! Our plant is located in Norcross, GA and we specialize in providing quality customizable products for all of our clients. Check out our fine selection at: https://south-pak.com/products/hard-cases/long-gun-cases/

     4. Can rifle cases also be used to store shotguns?

     If the interior of the rifle hard case is not pre-cut, then typically yes. Be sure that the dimensions of the rifle case are large enough to fit another firearm before attempting. Make sure that your firearm is tight and secure before stow away!

     5. Are soft cases waterproof?

     Typically, soft cases are not water water proof, but most are water resistant. Some even float on water. However, if you are looking for a weatherproof rifle case you are most likely in the market for a hard case.