Our friends at Mystery Ranch have given us the task of showing you guys the new assault packs they are releasing. We will be detailing one of the new packs each month for the next several months so you can see what they are all about. In this feature, we’ll be showcasing the Mystery Ranch Gunfighter 14. Although designed with a military end user in mind, it is imminently suitable for use as an EDC bag or daypack on the daily.
We talked a bit about them during SHOT Show this year but will finally be going into a bit of a deep dive on them with oodles (yes oodles) of pictures so you know what’s out there. Starting off we will be talking about the smallest of the new assault packs: the Gunfighter 14.
Mystery Ranch Gunfighter 14 Daypack / EDC Pack
The Gunfighter 14 is one of the smallest packs in the Mystery Ranch military line but is designed with lots of organizational features crammed into it for EDC bag use or specific mission work.
To start off we will talk about the outside of the bag and what you can expect. The bag has two stretch water bottle pockets one on each side. Water is life, so it’s nice having two. Up to you whether you use one for a second canteen or dedicate one to quick access snacks, smokes, snuff, bugfuque/sunscreen, whatever. The back of the bag has a small admin pocket on the outside. It contains four mesh pockets within, giving you ample compartmentalization to organize extra batteries, writing utensils, and other quick-access items you need to secure but still have at hand. The pouch is secured with a reinforced zipper.
Above the water bottle pockets on each side of the pack is a section of two columns of laser-cut PALS webbing where you can attach a knife, multitool, or any small pouch.
Webbing like this is also great for attaching carabiners and other clips or tieing gear off of it. They also work well for stuffing a permanent marker in for dealing with maps. Just above the PALS slots is a loop on each side to tie off gear that you store internally. i.e. down in the bag so you don’t lose it (because otherwise, you know damn well you will).
The main flap of the bag has a 2″x2″ velcro square for slapping on a morale patch, IR patch, or just a flag. The flap itself opens with a snap at the bottom center and a tug upwards will pull the flap open similar to how the Mystery Ranch RFAK opens. This provides speedy access to the internals.
Before we get to the internals let’s talk about his strap situation.
At the very top, you get a grab strap. This makes it easy to pull your bag out from between seats in a vehicle or to act as a drag handle if you’re trying to move someone whose rig doesn’t have one.
The actual pack straps on the bag are shaped straps. In my and my wife’s experience (there are many Mystery Ranch bags at my house), these are supremely comfortable.
These are not your straight childhood pack straps. Nor are they a callback to loadbearing designs from half a century ago. These are contoured around the neck and shoulder. At the top of the straps is an elastic band to run your hydration tube or a comms cable through.
Speaking of the comms and hydration, the Gunfighter 14 has a zipper at the top to open to run cables and tubes through should you need to do so. The shoulder straps have a sternum strap which I personally think every pack should have. There is also a thin removable waist strap if you want to use it (though that’s not as often necessary on a pack of this size).
Now we get into the inside of the bag where most of your All The Things will be crammed.
Topmost inside is a cord with a plastic toggle used to hang your hydration bladder.
Just under that is a zippered document slot for things like a passport if you are traveling, ID cards or field notes you might need, or even a photo of that single dancing mom you spent too much of your paycheque on.
Not that we’d judge. Hell, depending on who is reading this, we might have a picture of your mom in our pack.
Each side of the bag on the inside has a zippered mesh pocket allowing for easy identification of the contents. There is also a pocket running on the backside of the main part of the bag to stuff some other items in.
The bags come in a plethora of colors as long as you like Coyote Brown or Multicam. You can snap one up when they release by heading over to Mystery Ranch’s Website or your local dealer (like Rampart, if you are north of the border like me).
More to follow! Meanwhile read other articles, including some reviews of various Mystery Ranch packs.
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