Review: Propper Pistol Rug
Here’s an interesting piece from Propper, with some pretty specific uses. This padded, zipperable case is marketed as a pistol case, and here’s what I thought of it.
Constructed of durable Cordura material on the outside, with a quality zipper along two and a half of the three sides, the case is both well put together and well presented. A leather foot fits along the base of the zipper, to ensure it remains secure and adds to the overall finish of the piece. This is the Propper Pistol Rug.
Propper offer this in 8″, 11″ and 13″ sizes. The two I have are the 11″ model. Probably the best feature of the case is the all-encompassing soft closed-cell foam that fills the middle of each panel. This foam runs right up to the case’s edge, and is faced with a soft fabric lining. This will keep your gold-inlay and pearl handles safe and scratch free. But for me the best part is that the soft foam keeps whatever you store in the case pinned in place, yet doesn’t silhouette against the outer faces. You don’t get any indication of what is inside it once its zipped up. I have a bass-guitar case that I carry swords around in from time to time, like some sort of Aussie nordic metal mariachi, and apparently this case lets you do the same thing with firearms.
Living in Melbourne, Australia, its rather difficult for a regular citizen to own a handgun; not impossible, but there’s a lot of red tape to get and maintain the appropriate licenses. I’ve not gone down that path, but I do have a reasonably good mock-up training tool at my disposal. This solid aluminum cast of a Walther P99 has a decent look and feel. You can see that you can also carry a reasonably big knife like my Super Colubris in one of these, to the same effect. Both are contained nicely by the bag and can take a fair amount of abuse before the tools contained slip around and reach an edge, away from the padding.
One very clever design feature is that the metal D-ring located at the closed-zipper end of the bag, as well as being a lanyard loop, can also act as a locking point to attach a padlock for additional security. Sure, it won’t stop a dedicated evil-do’er or zealous airport border-security professional, but it will certainly keep little hands and drunken idiots off your dangerous tools.
It will also limit the chances of an accidental exposure of your piece. This is especially important if you want to transport your tools without flashing the neighborhood. This case isn’t armoured, it isn’t waterproof, and isn’t high-speed. It’s just a padded bag, but a well thought out one.
When filled and zipped, the bag will slip nicely and inconspicuously into the bottom of a pack, again without silhouetting or drawing unnecessary attention. With no other external features other than the logo, it’s stealth without LOOKING like it’s stealth, which is perfect for the casual carrier. Security through obscurity. [Late note:] I managed to swing a play with one of these simulation/training Glock’s this week and the Pistol Rug seemed to work perfectly. I managed to stop myself from wandering off with the pew pew toy and thus will live to play another day.
Mad Duo, Breach-Bang& CLEAR!
Emergency: Activate firefly, deploy green (or brown) star cluster, get your wank sock out of your ruck and stand by ’til we come get you.
About the Author: Josh Orth is a second generation expat currently dwelling in the arguably civilized outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. He’s lived in deserts, jungles and urban sprawls around the world and traveled/adventured into assorted inhospitable places around the world and has a keen sense of the speed with which the trappings of ‘civilized Western life’ can disappear. This has led him to begin writing about his interests and observations when it comes to the gear, skills and other necessities of self reliance of being equipped for whatever a capricious, occasionally indurate life might throw at him. This isn’t by any means to say our eccentric friend truly experiences genuine vorfreude about dystopian life, but if he had to he might not complain. Read more by Josh at Apocalypse Equipped.