Comp-Tac Trojan Horse Heavy Rated Long Gun Case Review

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

I use Comp-Tac’s magazine carriers daily, either for my Glock 19 or my S&W M&P Shield. They are absolutely top-notch quality. I carry my pistols appendix, so I don’t use their pistol holsters, but some of my friends or fellow students own the Minotaur MTAC or Spartan holsters and love them.

Anyway, I subscribe to their mailing list and I saw something interesting near the bottom of an email: the Trojan Horse “heavy rated” long gun case.

I wrote to Comp-Tac and they sent me one for evaluation. Please see my disclosure at the bottom of this post, but here’s my review of the Comp-Tac Trojan Horse “heavy rated” gun case.

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Purpose / mission

If you haven’t already, please read my post about different types of carry bags. The Trojan Horse is definitely a purpose-built bag, as it’s made specifically to carry firearms. It’s also a non-traditional gun case shape. I wouldn’t call it a racket bag like the BLACKHAWK! Diversion bag, but it does a good job of not looking like a regular rifle case.

I sub-categorize bags like the Diversion and the Trojan Horse as “transport” bags. Meaning, they are best suited (and shaped) for transporting your firearms from one location to the next. For example, my friends come over every Sunday night for dinner and games. Several of them bring their AR rifles or pistols over in bags similar in purpose to the Trojan Horse. They don’t use these bags to carry rifles in public, just back and forth so their neighbors (and our non-carrying guests) don’t know what’s inside the bag.

This review will focus on the Trojan Horse’s capabilities as a purpose-built transport bag. I don’t think it’s designed for EDC, so I’m not going to judge it as such.

Simply put: this bag is for transporting your firearms from one place to another without drawing attention to its cargo.

Construction and size

The pictures in the marketing email and Web page don’t adequately show several aspects of the bag. One aspect is size. The bag is large (by my standards, at least), and measures 36″ long and 15″ wide at the widest point. The scalloped shape allows you to keep a rifle loaded with a 30-round magazine inside. The bag is about 4″ thick. The sides are made out of heavy duty, reinforced nylon fabric.

Comp-Tac released an earlier version of this bag but received some feedback about the construction and weight / load capacity. They’ve discontinued the “light” Trojan Horse (it’s on clearance right now), and the Heavy Rated Trojan Horse can hold up to 35 pounds and is very sturdy.

The Trojan Horse has a thick, rigid exterior. This is great for keeping the rifles from printing. It also eliminates the development of rub marks. For example, the backside of one of our bags has rubbed a nice rendition of the KPOS Glock SBR on it. The Comp-Tac Trojan Horse won’t suffer from that problem.

The materials and stitching of the Trojan Horse are top notch.

The materials and stitching of the Trojan Horse are top notch.

The bag is only available in black, with silver stripes on it. There is a logo, but it isn’t the familiar Comp-Tac logo.

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You can also see the sheen of the hard side panels in this photo.

I’m not a fan of logos, but the size and shape of the Comp-Tac bag is a massive tell for those “in the know” anyway. If this were an EDC bag I’d take some points off, but since this is a transport bag I think this discreet logo is fine. I am pleased that Comp-Tac decided not to put their usual logo on it. Almost every other manufacturer is guilty of this, and completely defeats the purpose of a covert carry or storage bag.

The zippers are heavier duty than one is used to on “common” bags / luggage, and somewhere in the middle compared to what I’ve seen for tactical bags. The zipper was smooth once it got going, but the tapered end needed a little extra tug to get things started. I think it would become easier to open over time. Not a big deal.

The pulls were nice, but I’d like to see an integrated lock ring on them. I live in a state with strict rifle transport laws. Rifles have to be in a locked container. Most use their trunks for this, but in the case of a hatchback or SUV I’d like to be able to lock the bag shut.

When I’m training I will lock my SBRs up in their bags so I am in compliance with the ATF’s NFA “direct access” requirement.

Hopefully a future version will add pulls with a lock ring.

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Interior

The Trojan Horse has two sections, separated by a divider.

One side of the divider has PALS webbing for all of your MOLLE gear.

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The other side has a large hook-and-loop pad and two hook-and-loop strips if you need to secure accessories or maybe secure a more delicate, precision rifle by the barrel and stock:

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What’s that? You want MORE STORAGE? The Trojan Horse has a larger administrative pocket on one side:

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and a smaller accessory pocket on the other side. I’d use this pocket for batteries, pen, notepad, etc.

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The Trojan Horse has two grab handles sewn into the middle of the bag, but it also has a shoulder strap. The strap is made out of thick webbing and has an adjustable padded shoulder sleeve.

Capacity

The Trojan Horse easily ate my converted Saiga AK47 and my S&W M&P MP15-22 trainer rifle. The Saiga has a 16″ barrel and a fixed, Warsaw-length stock. The MP15-22 has a 16″ barrel and measures about 30.5″ with the stock collapsed.

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I found it easier to put the MP15-22 in the larger compartment with the PALS webbing, but the Trojan Horse ate ’em both up easily.

There was still plenty of room for magazines, especially if you don’t mind just stuffing them in with your rifles. You could easily secure them with the provided hook-and-loop strips or by installing some MOLLE magazine pouches.

If I were going to use the PALS webbing to attach some bags I’d probably only carry one rifle in the bag, but I was very impressed with the Trojan Horse’s capacity.

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To give you a sense of scale, I’m 6′ 0″ flat. The bag is really big. I have both rifles in the bag, and the rigid panels are keeping either of them from printing. The sides are also reinforced, and as such you won’t see the barrel or buttstock printing like you would on a common bag like a hiking backpack.

This isn’t a covert / EDC style bag, but most people won’t think there are two full-sized civilian defense rifles inside.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market for a large-capacity bag to transport one or two rifles back and forth I think the Comp-Tac Heavy Rated Trojan Horse is a good choice. It’s really well made, and the side panels are hard enough to keep the contents from printing but not so hard it looks like you’re carrying a rifle case around.

This would make a great bag for some of the guys I train with — we usually go out to eat after a class, and some of them don’t have trunks. If they put their rifles in the Trojan a thief might pass their car by as opposed to spotting the usual rifle case in a backseat.

I also think this would be good for “truck guns,” where the bag would serve more as a storage container and less as a transport bag.

My own needs are quite different, since I carry my SBR AK47 in a backpack to work everyday. The Trojan Horse doesn’t look like a typical gun case, but I feel like it looks out of place in general population.

The Trojan Horse Heavy Rated case is $100 before shipping. That puts it above the price range of typical tactical rifle cases, but at the same price point or a little less than Allen or 5.11 cases.

If you’re in the market for a purpose-built transport bag, give the Trojan Horse a look.

Disclosure

I contacted Comp-Tac and asked to review their bag. They sent one to me for free as part of their Test and Evaluation program.

I had the option to keep the bag in exchange for writing a review. There was no stipulation that I’d write a positive review, and these are my honest opinions.

I’m going to continue Comp-Tac’s generosity and give it away to anyone signed up for my email newsletter mailing list. I will have more details in a future post.

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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