If you own a gun or firearm, you’re well aware of the time and effort put into keeping it safe, secure and in tip top shape. One of the easiest ways to do this, for both storage and transportation, is with a hard shell case, filled with a custom foam insert.
Depending on your firearm, its usage style and your preferences, there are multiple foam materials, from firm, water resistant materials to soft, impact-absorbing types. Either kind offers the ability for you to cut foam to size for a case yourself, saving you time and money.
Whether it’s your first case or you’ve been making foam cut to the dimensions of your firearms for years, there are multiple methods that will work for any skill level. One of the easiest is using pick and pluck foam. These pre-scored sheets of foam feature a grid of foam cubes that can be pulled or trimmed out of the form, leaving a snug space to place your firearm. More involved methods for creating gun foam are tracing patterns on open or closed-cell sheets and cutting out the shape. One tip for creating foam casing for deeper or 3-D items is to use multiple sheets trimmed differently depending on the depth for a tight fit. Also, always make the cutout slightly smaller than the firearm, so the foam compresses around it, keeping it secure.
If you have a gun case insert that’s worn out or you’re making your first one, you can’t go wrong with custom-cutting your own foam inserts.