This particular review is on the big daddy rifle case #818 a 53 inch monster of a case. There is no way around not mentioning how huge this case is! I can easily fit two chassis rifle builds in it along with magazine space and ammunition. Now we all know Condition One and their dedication to making some serious quality products but not charging more than what they protect. This case has tons and tons of features and I am excited to tell you about them below after the factory specifications.
- Light-weight polypropylene copolymer.
- Rugged O-ring seal makes it air tight.
- Automatic pressure valve that adjusts to its environment.
- ATA/TSA approved for travel.
- Comfort rubber molded handles.
- Spring loaded latches.
- Outside diameter, 52.94” x 16.50” x 5.87”
- Inside diameter, 51.94” x 13.83” x 5.13”
- Weight: 26.7 pounds
- Made in the USA.
Upon receiving the case via FED EX my review began, I have always considered the packaging to be rather important when it comes to the consumer. The package they shipped the case in had absolutely no play and was tight to the case itself to prevent scratches (I love getting pristine product as anyone should). Once you get it out of its packaging I will warn you it will smell pretty funny however, the way I got rid of the smell was to leave it open outside for a few hours. I did notice after I brought it back inside that a corner of the rubber gasket came out of its slot but I am going to chalk that up to the extreme temperature shift (I keep my house a constant 67 degrees and when I put it outside in direct sunlight it was about 90 degrees) but after using my thumb to put it back in its channel it has not moved since.
So, getting to a few tests I conducted during my review, the case has been dropped, submerged in water, exposed to trail riding, as well as quite a few range trips. While I was doing my drop tests they were from a twelve foot ladder from various angles, the case suffered no damage. When I submerged the case under a foot of water for 45 minutes, the case let no water in. when I strapped it to the back of my ATV and rode almost 3 miles through swamps and crappy terrain, the rifles did not shift or move. That is a lot more than the average person would ever put it through but I like to be as thorough as possible. The case performed in outstanding fashion no matter what I threw at it or what I threw it into.
Getting to some of the features, the carry handles are super comfortable with the rubber over mold they have on them. The locking latches have a super strong hold and will not open without depressing the center section (major bonus points for me the cheaper cases I had before the latches would fall off). Now the good stuff! This case features three identical layers of foam so if you are a DIY kind of guy if you mess up your cut out you have another two chances. That is a major benefit for the guys new to the shooting world, if you mess up you simply put what you cut out back into the foam and use it on the bottom layer. Not everyone can afford to have a company do a rifle cut-out on foam for them so I am very grateful to see they are looking out for the regular guys like myself.
I can definitely understand this is a massive case but with the long range shooting sport growing at an such a rapid rate you should definitely get yourself a good case you can grow into. With new calibers being developed almost monthly and shooters constantly trying to gain an edge against one another with longer custom barrels you might as well get a case the can adapt with you. You can definitely appreciate the case #818 over the case #229 I say it to my friends all the time “go big or go home”. Condition One cases are certainly ready for just about anything you can throw at it (probably why I own quite a few). Buy for what you might need in the future for a few dollars more you can see this case here.