Condition 1 cases have proven themselves again and again in my eyes. I was sent the 44” Shotgun and rifle waterproof gun case #229. This case is huge, I was able to successfully and comfortably fit my 10.5in AR15 5.56 pistol and 18in 350 Legend rifle into the case with both the brace and stock collapsed. They both optics on them, the pistol has a Holosun 510c-GR elite and the 350 Legend has a Trijicon Accupower. This makes for a snug but comfortable fit, will minimal movement inside the case, thanks to the multiple layer foam.
I started with my usual test, proving the case was waterproof. I took out my kid’s kiddy pool, filled it up and then sat on the case for about a minute. The case did not take on a single drop of water. While this is not the absolute maximum this case can go, they are very buoyant and I have to figure out how to drown it completely short of filling it with concrete.
I was at a loss at how to test this case some more. I was going attempt to copy another larger manufacturer case testing, but found that to be a bit, dull. So, while hanging out in a group on Facebook, I asked what I should do to my case. I was asked to throw it out of a two-story window. This just so happens to be the height of my house. I grabbed the case, put my AR15 pistol into it and then proceeded to throw it out of my window. This was nerve racking for me, this test is nearly three times the height other similar cases are tested at. I went to my case, flipped it over and checked it over. The only notable damage to either the pistol or the case, was a small bit of foam that was damaged by the ambidextrous charging handle.
I love my Condition 1 cases, this #229 is my favorite due to how many guns I can store inside of it, the wheels which are rugged enough to make it through some of the uneven terrain I need to walk through to get to the range. I have a soft spot for flat dark earth and the case falls right into that soft spot.