This is a great affordable option for your new AR-15 or short rifle enthusiast with basic guns (no accessories) and is not looking to make a major investment. I would not recommend it for someone that has quite a bit invested in their rifles or plans on using the case for heavy duty use. If those are you needs, I would go ahead and invest in the VTAC line of cases.
Let me be the first to say that I am 5.11 enthusiast, I have been a fan years and will always recommend their products over any others because of quality. With that said I was a little taken back by the quality of the case once I received it compared to my expectations.
Don't get me wrong, the case was nice and well constructed, just not up to the quality I expected or required when I compared it to the ATAC and VTAC case series.
The case lacked the construction and support I have come to expect, but was understood for the value. The padding and support of the side walls of the case was not what I expected and there was no padding on the bottom center of the bag.
The padding used in the bag is great to protect a basic rifle without any additional equipment. The pad ring that is just inside the zippers was not what I expected. With the upgrades and equipment I have added (glass sights etc.) to my rifle I felt the case was not adequate for my protection, storage, and transportation needs.
The case has nice storage pockets on both sides of the front of the case which can store about three 30-round magazines each laying on their sides from bottom to top. The pockets are a little thin and once filled with the mags there is not much room left for anything else but the storage is adequate for the cases value. I do really like the elastic loops added at the edge of the zipper in the closed position that will allow you to pass the zipper tassel through to secure zipper to keep it closed.
There is only one set of "hook and loop" (Velcro) fasteners straps to secure the rifle in the case, the straps were a tad on the short side and secured the rifle, the straps just limit the options for placement in the case and tended to pull the sides in if tightened too much.
Once the bag was loaded I was not happy with the way the rifle sat in the bag and left a weird bulge in the bag. This was probably due to the extra weight and size of my rifle form the added accessories compared to a stock rifle.
The shoulder carry strap was just that, an inch wide nylon strap without any extra shoulder padding. I really liked the elastic bands added to the straps to keep it extra strap from flapping around once adjusted to the desired length. I do like the added triangle on the back of the bag that allows the should strap to convert in to back pack straps so the case could be carried vertically.
This case would be great from the house to car, and the car to range but not for long distance transportation.
I purchased the case for storage, protection, and transportation of my AR-15. In the end, I exchanged the case for the higher end VTAC line case to get the added protection I was originally looking for. Don't get me wrong this is a great case for the value for a basic rifle or starting buyer who does not have or does not want to have a ton of money in a starter AR-15, it just did not meet my needs. Price really drove my buying decision, but in the end I still bought a 5.11 product. No one else compares.