BLACKHAWK! Diversion Waxed Canvas Satchel First Impressions Review

We saw some great bags at SHOT Show 2015 this year, including the 5.11 Box Pack and the Vertx Commuter Sling bag, the latter we wound up purchasing.

We also spent quite a bit of time talking with Chris Laack from BLACKHAWK! He was one of our favorite people in 2014, as he understood the concept of every day carry (EDC) of short barreled rifles and point defense weapons.

Chris was very proud of BLACKHAWK!’s 2015 waxed canvas line. We did an interview with him about the canvas Diversion bags, so I am not going to go into great detail about the series.

Several months ago BLACKHAWK! sent us a waxed canvas satchel for review, and here are my first impressions.

The Satchel is extremely discreet — even more so than other covert bags from BLACKHAWK!, 5.11, Vertx, SneakyBags, Voodoo Tactical, etc. Unless you already know that the Diversion Satchel is a “gun bag” you would never suspect it to be.

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We spent some time with the Satchel at SHOT Show 2015, so we already knew about the quality materials and construction that went into the bag. The canvas is made by a company named Martexin , and is a nice middle of the road 10.10 weight. The stitching, zippers, handle and should strap are all top notch.

The longer we had the Satchel in our possession, the more I liked it.

The Satchel has three main compartments and a zippered accessory pocket on the inside. Two of these main compartments are covered in loop materials, so you can attach anything with hook (the spikey side of Velcro) inside. It’s also nice and soft, and won’t hurt the finish of any firearms you might put inside.

The Satchel is meant to carry a handgun, but you’re reading a blog about short barreled rifles. I’m happy to say that my MasterPiece Arms 930SST fits quite well, despite the 30-round STEN mag sticking out by about an inch. Luckily the flap of the Satchel completely obscures the bottom of the magazine.

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I think this bag would pair excellently with the new MPA 930DMG. You could also put in the original MAC10 size (MPA 30 and 30DMG). A Scorpion vz61 would definitely fit. I am not sure about the new UZI Pro. The KPOS is too tall for the bag.

Concerns

I have two concerns about the Satchel. One is the price, and one is a lack of a way to secure the bag. If you’re resourceful, you can solve one of these problems.

The Satchel retails for just under $105 directly from BLACKHAWK! You can find the bag for $80 – $90 on Amazon, and for as low as $65 on LA Police Gear (hurry, they are running low on stock). The price range for purpose built concealed carry bags runs wide, with the Satchel somewhere in the middle.

I understand where the money goes — the Satchel and the rest of the waxed canvas line are premium products and are really well made. However, I do understand price is important — and for the same amount of money you could buy the excellent Adidas Rydell or similar.

At some point we have to realize the waxed canvas line is a fashion item as well as a functional item, and that doesn’t suit a direct price comparison.

The other thing about the Satchel is that there is no way to lock it. I keep a lock on my EDC bag for when I have to leave it unattended or when the kids are home. The Satchel is an open-top bag. There are no zippers that can be locked together, or buckles that can be locked. While this is great for accessing contents, this may make the Satchel a non-starter for people who want to secure their bags.

I have been waiting on writing this review until I was able to do some drills from the bag with my 930SST. Unfortunately I’ve had a hard time getting my stock attached to the MPA 930SST and haven’t been able to do anything with it. I have some different parts on order, and hope to get some live fire practice with both the 930SST and the Diversion wax canvas Satchel this summer.

 

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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