Pelican 1720 Long Case – Gear Test
(www.gunsamerica.com) By Guy J. Sagi- Even if you’re only driving to a nearby destination, there’s no reason to risk your long-term investments on a bargain-basement rifle case. There are some great deals out there, but if you value your firearms and gear, a good case for travel is the least expensive “insurance” you can buy. Pick the right one and it will pay dividends for years. Whether it’s an unexpected downpour or clumsy baggage handlers, the Pelican 1720 Long Case is designed to maximize the chances of your rifle’s safe arrival. Lots of companies make the same claim about their products, but during testing this case kept its contents moisture free after 24 hours in the snow, four hours in the rain and in the back of a truck driving through an ice storm. The automatic pressure-equalization valve refused to admit any water, and the polymer case remains relatively scar free, despite airline travel. Internally, three foam inserts mean there’s little risk to the thousands of dollars and countless hours you’ve invested in setting up your rifle and optic.
There are tradeoffs, though. The Pelican 1720 Long Case is hardly a flyweight at 19 pounds, it will set you back around $200 and the maximum rifle length it can hold is 42 inches (ideal for most ARs, but too short for many hunting rifles).
The polymer case measures 44.37x16x6.12 inches and is available in black, desert tan and OD green (special order). Walls, lid and base all have ¼ inch thick polymer walls, which accounts for some of the heft, but there’s probably just as much weight found in the body’s well-designed reinforcement.
A good example of the thought that went into this case is found on the lid. Its 709.9 square inches of flat surface begs for heavy objects to be placed atop when loading a truck, van or cargo hold. A quarter inch of polymer is pretty tough, but with enough pressure it can fatigue, inching closer to the rifle and optic as it bends and warps. Pelican remedies the problem by adding four pairs of vertical ribs across the lid, each ¼ inch tall and ¼ inch wide, effectively making ½ inch of polymer bear (and distribute) most of the weight.