GUN MOLLE Bags: 36" vs. 42" v.high-res pics

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  1. ZCP M3

    ZCP M3 Active Member

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    There is much debate going around in the AR Crew on wether or not to get the 36" over the 42" MOLLE bag from Cheaper Than Dirt. Both are exactly the same price and contrary to popular belief, the 36" does NOT have the "exact" same features as the 42"! Well, I have both currently in my posession and have decided to do a full comparison with pictures. I'm going to return whichever one I don't like. :cool:

    First up is a comparison picture of the overall size of the bags. Obviously the 36" is shorter than the 42" but height and depth are about the same.

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    Onto the outside compartments. Both have the same outside compartment dimensions, two small ones flanking one larger one. Both also have the same type of closure system, bungie cinches, velcro, and buckles. However, the 36" pockets are FIXED to the bag. The 42" pockets are REMOVABLE via the MOLLE strap system. The only MOLLE webbing on the 36" flanks the outer pockets and is barely wide enough to attach a two-strap bag to it.

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    The interior pockets on the 36" and 42" are identical. Two pockets with velcro closure.

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    The rifle compartment is where things are also slightly different. The 36" has two more pockets on the front-side lining that are zippered shut where the 42" has none. Perfect for putting those Shoot-N-C targets and the like.

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    Most importantly, here are pictures of the fitment of a 16" AR15 in the 36" bag with an EOTech as well as with a 30rd magazine. Both will not fit at the same time.

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    It fits perfectly snug with the stock in the 2nd position and has a much smaller chance of the barrel riding down against the bottom.

    Slightly different carry system on both too. The 42" uses a single strap while the 36" has a backpack-type solution.

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    All that being said, I'm keeping the 36" case. The rifle fits better and the stock pockets work for me.

    36" Case Pros:
    -Fits 16" AR better
    -More interior pockets for stickon targets

    36" Case Cons:
    -Almost no MOLLE modularity webbing that's useful.
    -Won't fit anything larger than a 16" AR15 with a fixed stock.

    42" Case Pros:
    -Can carry a 20" AR15 with fullsize stock.
    -Full MOLLE modular webbing on the front.

    42" Case Cons:
    -Shorter AR's will ride barrel-down.
    -No smaller interior pockets.

    Any questions, let me know! :wavey:

    EDIT: Links to purchase
    36" Case in Black: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/MOLLE206-63754-888.html
    42" Case in Black: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/MOLLE202-41692-888.html
     
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  2. A96HondaAccordCoupeEX

    A96HondaAccordCoupeEX Silver Member

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    Will that material melt or burn, if you put a hot rifle in there?
     
  3. ZCP M3

    ZCP M3 Active Member

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    It's all high-grade nylon, i really doubt it would. I haven't personally tried it yet though, always let my rifle cool until the barrel can be held by hand.
     
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    A96HondaAccordCoupeEX Silver Member

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    In my experience, when I see shiny fabric material = melt.

    I try to let my rifles cool before i bag them up, but that isnt always possible. That looks like a nice bag too.
     
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    I melted a semi-circle in my S&W factory hard case. I've been looking at a new case and that 36" is :coold:

    got a link? I may pull the trigger on that.
     
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    Added the purchase links at the bottom of the first post. :coold:
     
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    do a test to see if that fabric melts. I vote it does. Drop a few mags and touch it to the case. it's just plastic afterall.

    Hot bags, thanks for posting photos!
     
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    ZCP M3 Active Member

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    I won't be intentionally trying to burn/melt my bag. Someone else can try that one!
     
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    yea good point, duh... haha im retarted(sic)! i guess I should have said, "don't try to dump a bunch of mags and put it in there"
     
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    damn you.... I have the 42" in OD green, but I really like the looks of that 36 in black, and it has the backpack style strap. thing is, with the 42" I can fit my Rem 700 LTR and the M4 in there. hrm...
     
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    thats why i love 10.5" AR-15's, i only have one 16.5"
     
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    BagdHoe Draggg it!!

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    I bought the 36" as well. Very nice bag for the price and options.
     
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    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    I've put my AR in my 42" bag with the barrel far too hot to touch and it didn't
    have any problems
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Great review!

    Any chance of checking if both a midlength AR and a shotgun such as a 870 or 590 will fit simultaneously?
     
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    A96HondaAccordCoupeEX Silver Member

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    Why not? :o Try it for all of us. :x:

    Get a car cigarette lighter. That should imitate a rifle pretty accurately. As long as you let the lighter sit for about 15-20 secs
     
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    993kgt building an airplane whee

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    get some TAB gear nomex from riflesonly.com i highly recommend

    my suppressor had been damaging anything it touched, but with his sleeve, i can store right after shooting two magazines through it
     
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    ZCP M3 Active Member

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    I assume you mean in the 42" bag? I may be inheriting a 12ga. shotgun this weekend from my grandpa, I'll try it out if so.

    The only problem I see is there's nothing keeping the guns separate in the bag. You'd need a piece of foam or something to put inbetween them to keep them from scratching eachother.
     
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    Keep the 42" solely for the Rem 700, and get a 36" solely for the M4. I personally dont like the idea of putting two rifles in the same compartment. :o
     
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    993kgt building an airplane whee

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    i wouldn't get a bag for a bolt long gun, get a drag pack, it doubles as a shooting mat
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    I take the foam out of my Pelican and use that when I take my bolt out to play. Jesus, that sounds perverted...
     
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    :rofl: :wtf:
     
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    Like the backpack option :cool:
     
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    The 42" case is wide enough that it too can be used as a shooting mat, but probably not very effectively when the front pouches are full of stuff. most drag bags get pretty pricey... and i already have the 42".
     
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    Very cool. Just ordered a 36"
     

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