*Please allow a 4-week production lead time.
The Premier Gun Case: As Good As Your Rifle and Scope
"The main value of the case is to protect your rifle and scope along with other valuable items. The ability to secure these items safely lies with the rows of MOLLE-compatible PALS webbing, the two vertical aluminum stays integral to the case, and the support straps. When used properly, this system provides 360º x 360º degree protection. We initially provided the ladderlock type adjustment buckles sewn to 1” straps. While very secure, they do take some time to fasten and adjust snugly. Although we have had no complaints from our customers, we strive to make our products continually more user-friendly and efficient.
We are now including two (2x) upgraded 16”-long attachment straps sewn to contoured side-release buckles. There is also a ladderlock/tri-glide buckle attached to each strap to secure the adjustment. This strap system is notably faster both to secure the weapon into, and retrieve it out of. We like these new straps so much that we are sending a set out retroactively to everyone who has purchased one of our Premier Gun Cases in the past. We are still including the existing 1” straps with ladderlocks for users who don’t need to fasten or unfasten the straps quickly. Additional straps with contoured buckles are also optionally available.
To set up your securing system, first remove the tri-glides from the 1” nylon straps so they can fit through the PALS webbing channels. Rest your weapon in the open case on top of the PALS webbing field and determine where the front and rear support straps should wrap around it. Note that the vertical load-bearing ability of the case comes primarily from the aluminum stays inserted inside of the two vertical pockets on the PALS side of the case. The closer you can locate your support straps to these stays, the more support your weapon will have. While the PALS webbing bars are heavily sewn between columns, we recommend threading the support straps vertically through at least two rows of PALS for the most secure support without shifting.
When choosing where to locate the straps supporting your weapon, you may want to avoid pressure switches and cabling for lights/designators or bare barrels (which could still be hot for some time after shooting). As a safety precaution, do not run the strap through the triggerguard or near the trigger of any gun, or near a charging handle.
Once the straps are in the desired position, thread the 1” nylon straps down through the PALS channels. We prefer to keep the attached buckles at the top (towards the case' carry handle). When the strap is run through the channels, re-attach the tri-glide buckles. Slide them several inches down the strap length, then feed the running end of the strap through the tri-glide style end of the side-release buckle. Pull to snug the strap around the weapon, then lace the loose strap end completely through the securing tri-glide buckle. Adjust for snugness. Any excess strap may be tucked into the PALS channels. This system takes a brief amount of time to set up, but it should not loosen or change unless you intentionally adjust it. To secure your weapon, simply place it in the case and plug the buckle ends together.” — Ralph Holzhaus, President
After 30 years of making world-class nylon products like our gold-standard Original Instructor Belt, the Giles Tactical Sling (the first modern tactical sling), and the unconventional Safepacker Holster, we have finally made a rifle case worthy of our reputation for innovation and supreme quality. The new Wilderness Premier Gun Case is a high-end discreet rifle, carbine, SBR and shotgun case with a hybrid construction that allows it to be soft yet very rigid. Its rectangular shape does not automatically signal its true purpose. With numerous options, you can build your dream rifle case in a configuration to suit your needs and budget.
Designed by Wilderness president Ralph Holzhaus with longtime consultant Giles Stock, it offers the ability to suspend the weapon by attaching it to MOLLE-compatible PALS sectioned webbing bars on the inside – but we do it differently than anyone else. In most common discreet cases, the weight of the weapon usually pulls the soft structure down from inside and crushes it out of the correct shape it had when empty. Not ours. An innovative aluminum stay system (inspired by our bombproof backpacks) has created a hybrid internal frame that supports the weight and suspends even heavy weapons with no sagging. We recommend securing the weapon on or near the two vertical stay pockets to achieve optimum performance from this system.
The Premier Gun Case offers full 360ºx360º padded protection for the weapon with 3/8" closed-cell foam. On most cases the customary protective baffle (the padded strip around the inside perimeter of cases intended to absorb impacts from the edge) often collapses and falls out of proper position, failing to protect the weapon from side impact and also causing a further loss of firmness and body to the case structure. We solved the problem by enhancing the baffle with a rigid, polymer-reinforcement. It is always in the correct position to prevent damage to your valuable firearm and optics, and it adds a lot of rigidity to the case. Thanks to the firm case body the heavy-duty YKK closure zipper glides smoothly around the perimeter, yet still allows the case to be fully opened completely flat. The zipper ends are attached deep inside the storage compartment with loop fastener along the bottom of the case spine allowing the zipper to be replaced in the event of future wear.
To secure the weapon and gear to the PALS webbing face, we include two (2x) 12” ladderlock nylon straps, two (2x) 18" ladderlock nylon straps, three (3x) 6” single-wrap self-gripping straps and three (3x) 12” single-wrap self-gripping straps which may be cut to length by the user to fit their specific needs. Additional straps are optional. Any MOLLE-compatible pouches or pockets may also be attached to the PALS interface.
The opposite face of the case’s inner compartment is covered with loop (fuzzy) fastener to hold the included single-wrap self-gripping straps. These wide loop-fastener strips may also be used as a storage library for morale patches, flag patches, name tapes, blood tapes, etc. Our small "Schultz" Pack has a hook-fastener backing and may be “stuck” anywhere on the matching loop surface inside the case. The Schultz Packs are great at holding small items, such as cleaning supplies, a boo-boo kit (band-aids, alcohol pads, etc.), or even batteries.
In typical Wilderness fashion, there are no raw-cut edges and all seams are taped. The robust carry handles wrap around the entire case body for superior strength. The bottom of the case is covered by an extra layer of abrasion-resistant nylon “skid” webbing. The case is constructed of rugged 1000D Cordura. External standard color options currently include solid black, coyote, Ranger green, and Urban Gray. Various two-tone combinations are available as an extra cost option and may occasionally be available in-stock from our webstore’s Special Editions section. Solid colors will generally be stocked, while combinations will require a brief production period.
An optional ***bellowed outer utility pocket is lined with loop fastener for securing optional “shingle" inserts (***Please note that the outside pocket is made early in the manufacturing process of the case body, so unfortunately it can not be added after the fact to a completed case.). Modules include a magazine carrier for three (3x) 5.56mm AR-type or 7.62x39mm AK mags. The adaptable pockets even fit magazines with protrusions (AUG or AK). We also have a version for two (2x) 7.62mm mags (M14/M1A, SCAR).
Several lengths are available: 31", 36", 1-meter (39"), 45", 55” (inside lengths) These sizes cover everything from SBRs to full-length duck hunting shotguns and precision rifles. The height will allow a 20-round magazine to be stored inserted into an AR if desired. The smaller sizes are also great for broken down AR precision rifles, or as storage and transit cases for multiple AR uppers.
It should be noted that their are straps ends showing through the seams inside at the top. These straps hold the D-rings which must, in our opinion, go all the way through the seams because if a strap is sewn only into a seam there is no way to know how much of the strap was caught by the stitching. This could later pull out, as I’m sure we have all had happen on a product we were using. Our system is foolproof in that regard. The ends are finished into loops which may be used to carry a cleaning rod or used to dummy cord items.
An optional 1.5” carry strap is available to interface with eight (8x) D-rings on top of the case, and a Slimline Sling/Shoulder Strap Pad may also be added to the carry strap.
Cost was not the guiding limitation when we were designing this case, and it is luxurious in it’s fit and finish. However, like all our products, the details reflect not just American-made quality, but Wilderness-made quality. It’s not for everyone, but for those who want the most carefully made case, this is the one. Holster-making legend John Bianchi once said a quality holster should cost about 10% of what the gun cost. Considering the cost of a quality AR with optics and lights, a precision rifle and scope, or a fine Perazzi or custom-built Vang Comp shotgun, we believe we fall into that reasonable range for discerning users who want the best.
*Only listed options are available to order; we are not doing customizations outside of these options.
**Photos show late prototypes and may not reflect minor changes to the final product. We reserve the right to modify our products and make improvements at any time that may not always be seen in product images or explicitly noted in product descriptions. Photos also show cases with optional additions above the base configuration.
***Please note that the outside pocket is made early in the manufacturing process of the case body, so unfortunately it can not be added after the fact to a completed case.
Using the Features on the Wilderness Premier Gun Case
"The specially designed baffle forces itself out so as not to collapse inward, thereby not allowing the gun to be damaged if the case is dropped upside down. This requires no action on your part.
The zipper terminators allow easier change of the zipper pulls. Also no action on your part. Notice the points on each side where the zipper ends go into the case? It's all wrinkly. We call those the sphincters for obvious reasons.
The optional outside pockets can be used with the optional mag holders that can be placed in the pocket and secured by the loop fastener, which is sewn-in. The straps in the pocket allow a Safepacker pistol case to be secured therein.
The inner case has PALS webbing on one side and loop material on the other side. You will have some hook and loop single-wrap straps attached to the loop part. The single-wraps can be used to secure things to the Pals webbing on the other side. Be sure to use the plastic pieces to slide the single-wrap strips under the PALS webbing to keep from damaging the webbing. The accessory straps are to be used to secure the weapons in place. Be sure to strategically place the weapon in the case and the accessory straps to the parts of the weapon which will not allow slippage or movement of the weapon. When tightening the accessory straps, use the thumb of one hand to push the main part of the strap toward the buckle while pulling the loose end of the strap away from the buckle and over the thumb that's pushing the main part toward the buckle. (Whew). There is a plastic tweezer looking thing that is to be used to start the straps under the PALS webbing.
There are two vertical pockets under the Pals webbing with aluminum stays in them, which are removable. Don't remove them unless you really want to. These rigid stays add vertical integrity to the case which holds the weapon in place, so that the weapon won't "bottom out" if dropped. Same goes for dropping the case upside down. Would that be "topping out"? Wow.
You will be able to secure things in open areas of the PALS webbing, but be careful to place these things where they won't hit other items such as your gun and secure them well.
Obviously, there are four D-rings on the top which are, as you have figured, for shoulder straps. The important part is that the webbing which attaches the D's is doubled all the way through the seam and both ends come out inside the case. The ends of the webbing are sewn together so as to allow something to hang on them or a rod to be held up by two of them.
There you have it. There may be some other features that may be beneficial to you, but we're far too modest to mention them.
NOTE: You may see points on the case where our multi-stitching shows. It may not be as neat looking as a single-stitch, but it sure as hell is stronger. Don't be concerned about the multi-stitching damaging the material, we use only ballpoint needles which separates the fabric instead of cutting it." – Ralph Holzhaus, President
SHIPPING TIME NOTE: Premier Gun Cases are made to order and usually require 1-2 weeks lead time. We make your case specifically for you when you order it!