7.6 tech score Over all the sling pack Hazard4 is a good covert bag.An excellent choice for covert op shooting support, the Select Sling Pack is created to covertly & securely store a sub-machine gun or similar stock short arms while remaining inconspicuous.
Ever since I started training with a rifle, I’ve noticed that my trips to the range usually involve me carrying several heavy, bulky bags. A standard range bag used to be sufficient to transport a handgun and ammunition, along with water and other field gear. Add a rifle to that mix and along with it comes a long gun case. Somehow, there never seems to be room in either for my water bottle, so I end up carrying that separately. Now usually, I don’t mind hauling all of that stuff around – it’s not as if it’s very far from the parking lot to the firing line. However, in thinking about how I would transport firearms in a “bug out” scenario, I realized that having several bags just for hauling gun stuff might not be very practical.
I had heard of people using “Sat-Com” bags – surplus bags originally intended to haul satellite communications gear – to pack long guns – typically an AR-15 in its taken-down state with the upper and lower receiver separated. Sat-Com style bags tend to be long and shaped like rectangular boxes. Their relatively narrow profile makes them convenient for transport in crowded vehicles, where they can be stashed between seats or (if you’re a passenger,) upright between your knees. A little research and I found that Hazard4 makes several versions of the Sat-Com bag, with one in particular designed specifically to haul a taken-down AR. Appropriately, it’s called the Take Down.
As they have many times before, the right folks at Mojo Tactical hooked us up with a Take Down to check out. While I have not had a chance to take it to the range, here are my initial impressions:
As with all Hazard 4 products I’ve looked at, the Take Down is well-built and well-designed. No surprises there. Materials are top-notch, with reinforced stitching at all the critical stress points. It is also loaded with features that make the Take-Down ideal not only as a range bag but as a rifle go-bag as well.
Configuration – the Take Down is a sling-style pack, allowing the user to pull the bag around to the front for quick access without having to take it off. The single strap is thickly padded with breathable foam and can be switched for either right or left shoulder wear. There are multiple MOLLE mounting points along the belt for small pouches, knives, etc. The strap also has a large side-release buckle in case the bag needs to be shed quickly.
There are multiple heavy-duty drag handles at key points in the bag. One sits at the top and another on the side so you can carry the Take Down horizontally like a traditional long-gun case. There is also a sturdy drag handle on the bottom so the user can pull the bag around quickly to the front.
The outside of the bag has three accessory pockets of varying sizes. The largest contains an internal organizer and looks big enough to stash several 30-round magazines. There is a medium-sized pouch, measuring approximately 6″ x 8″ that has a velcro lining. It looks to be the ideal size for a velcro CCW handgun holster. The small top pouch is big enough to stash compact binoculars, pistol magazines, an individual first aid kit, etc. All pouches have zippers on three sides so they can be opened from either the left or right side.
The sides of the Take Down have MOLLE attachment points for securing miscellaneous pouches, etc. I’d probably stick a water bottle pouch on. However, the Take Down also has a hydration bladder pocket that runs along the well-padded back.
Now here’s the right stuff: open the main compartment, and you’ll find a padded “envelope” held down by a set of straps with side-release buckles. You can stash either your upper or lower receiver in the container to keep it from banging against the other half.
However, if you happen to have a rifle with a side-folding stock, you may not have to take down your gun at all. The SIG 556 with a 16″ barrel and standard Swiss-style side-folding stock fit
And, if you’re lucky enough to have an SBR, you may be able to stash that without taking it apart either.
Use the padded divider and compression straps to secure food, clothes and other assorted gear, keep your rifle on top and extra ammo in the outer pouches, and you have yourself a go-bag. I might just have to keep this one…