This is a gear review for something that HOLDS guns we review. That said, watch the video. It definitely completes the overall look at what Starlight Cases can withstand.
Sometime down the road sooner or later you’ll end up traveling with your gun(s). I think if I had my way I’d drive everywhere I could with them. But if you shoot a lot, and compete, or especially hunt as many places as you can, sooner or later you’ll end up flying with your guns. I’m not gonna give a lesson on what it takes. There’s plenty of guys who have done it more and written better how-to’s than I could hope to, but I want to show you a product that after testing (or torturing?) appears to be a great option for packing your guns while you travel.
I figure if something advertises how tough it is as a selling point, that’s what we need to be testing (see Fenix TK35 Flashlight Review). So I personally tested the Starlight Pistol Case by tossing (not just dropping) it off the peak of my roof 4 times, 4 different was. Flat on its side, on the corner of the case where many are weakest, by pinwheeling it before dropping and tumbling it end over end out in my yard. Currently we’re in the middle of a pretty severe draught so the already high-desert ground is dry as a bone and hard as one to boot.
THEN, before opening the case to check how my guns (Glock 22 RTF 2, Regent R200s 1911, Kahr CW9 + their magazines) which went for quite a ride today had fared, I took it out front to the curb where I proceeded to run over it, park on it and skid it on the driveway with my truck no less than 6 complete (complete = front & rear tires) times. Only once did I hear a “cracking” sound and as evidenced by the pictures I saw one small crack on the side where the lip overlaps the bottom tub. No biggie though. The case looks like it just went through hell, but for all appearances on the exterior it survived with the front latches bent a little, the crack and some pretty deep gauges into the outer shell. Still though, the interior would be the true test.
Upon opening to check my babies, I found each gun and magazine in 100% perfect working condition. You couldn’t even tell I’d done my best to destroy them with extreme prejudice. The foam insert had shifted substantially, but after the amount I had cut out to get everything to fit thus removing 50% or more of the structural integrity it’s not a surprise. The hinges held up, the latches stayed tight and thankfully no guns were harmed in the making of this video.
The Starlight Case ended up making it out a little worse for wear, so I doubt this is one I’d feel comfortable flying with, but in the end it’s about protecting what’s INSIDE. And realistically, I gave this thing a lifetime worth of beating in just one hour and the case took it like a champ.
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