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Pelican Gun Case Foam Preparation Tutorial – OpticsPlanet Inc.


Hi I’m Steve Ledin from Optics Planet and today about how I cut the foam out of a Storm 3300 case for a western hunt the Storm 3300 case is one
of the strongest cases on the market i recommended very highly it weighs
nineteen pounds it has six latches the latches are easily
opened and closed with the help of of a button in the middle of the latch even when the case is overloaded too the first thing we have to do is
determine where your firearm and other products are
going to go one of the most important uh… reasons to situate a firearm a certain way in this
case is you want to keep the weight over the wheels you don’t want to have the
heavy part of the case by the handle you want the wheels to do the work start with a firearm this is a Ruger 77 and .270 Weatherby very flat shooting cartridge great for western antelope
hunting and this is where i would like this gun
most of the weight is over the wheels but there’s a little twist to this I
really like the serial number facing up when i’d check in at the airport and
TSA has to check your baggage ideally they will open it look at your serial number and close the
case back up and let you go on your way if they have to remove the gun and check
your serial number takes a longer time but the twist to this is when we cut
this out uh… we would like the marker that you’re gonna outline all the
products with on the underside of the foam it just looks a lot neater so the twist here is i’m gonna take this gun and i’m gonna turn it over to the other
side and everything is kind of going to be like a mirror image so this will all be placed backwards and
when it’s done getting cut then i will switch it over it really looks a lot
neater keeping in mind that you can situate these on top of the
foam many many times but you only get one chance to cut it so make sure that your including all the
products that maybe you don’t want to check in with your other luggage or things you
feel uh… that are it too expensive or do
you need to be secure to fit in this case situate everything nicely cut once and remember this is a reverse image you
want the serial number on the firearm up you want the heavy parts of the case over
the wheels now you’re gonna need a couple of things i’d like to use in just a standard
sharpie and i’m gonna just start doing this right here i feel that this is situated pretty nicely nothin is too close to the edge and i’m gonna start outlining uh… with the with a sharpie one thing you want to do is as uh… you don’t have to be very very intricate all the products are going to be nestle
very nicely in very secure so you could just see how i do this and it’s not a real big deal to be so close to everything because when you cut the foam of it’s really
nestled in nicely and again trying to keep the marker pretty much perpendicular and you do not have to be so precise the products are going to be nicely secured and it is as simple as that now that we have our products outlined we can take them off and see what it looks like and again it didn’t have to be pretty because we’re gonna cut it out on this
side and the outline is going to be underneath it’s a reverse or a mirror
image so the serial number is up on the
firearm and that heavy parts of it or over the wheels one product that is absolutely needed to
do this is an electric carving knife they’re very inexpensive this is about
ten dollars at one of the big box stores my Shirley bought this for me for the
exclusive use of cutting foam out of Pelican and Storm cases when we when we cut the foam out we want to make
sure that the knife is perpindicular to the surface of
the foam one of the reasons for this is when we cut out this firearm if we want to go on a different hunt we can take all of the inserts out put him back in use that as the bottom layer of foam and now we have a fresh pallet to start with for our next trip with different firearms
are different products now we’re ready to start cutting our
foam and since i’m usually doing this uh…
myself on show you how i do it you need some kind of weight on the end of the form in this case i’m going to use the storm thirty three hundred case
itself okay i’m ready to start cutting the foam
and again it’s very important that you keep the electric knife blade
perpendicular to the foam and try and keep the lines showing you always want to cut
inside the line it’s a little more snug for your product so here we
go and you can see when you’re done if you
keep your blade at a right angle how nicely they come out it’s really the
best way to do it a razor blade or a carving knife really doesn’t do nearly as good
of a job okay we’re done cutting out the foam you
can see how it looks and you can certainly use these uh this foam like it is but you can see the marker outline what’s nice is remember that we did the
reversed image or the mirror image and now when we put or products in it looks very nice and neat we can start with our firearm with his serial number up nice and snug here’s our bolt shooters ridge bipod Smith and Wesson handgun all important duct tape and Streamlight Buckmaster headlamp Streamlight 6PX flashlight Nikon Monarch binoculars with the chest harness fits in there nicely one of my favorite fixed blade knives Nikon Riflehunter 550 rangefinder uh… this is not going anywhere no matter who’s handling your baggage this is
absolutely secure I promise you now that our case is cut-out and
we’re very secure with all our products another tip is to put some stuff underneath the top foam piece I always bring with me targets always
bring with me some ear puffs here is some Sonic Defenders from SureFire a few wrenches that I regularly use a ballistic chart some extra targets a bore snake and a cleaning rod If you are going to a place where you might need a rifle case I suggest we throw in also a very slim case now and close everything up and enjoy TSA at the airport with very little trouble

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