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Old 11-11-2009, 12:02 PM
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Can anyone suggest a decent case, for a model 41. It seems a shame to put this pistol in the case this pistol comes with. What do most of of you guys use. The reason why I am asking is because the foam in my case is shot. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:47 PM
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They are somewhat costly, but Americase puts out a very good quality case for not only handguns, but rifles and shotguns as well.

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ebay sometimes has some of their seconds for sale as well as firsts.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:36 PM
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What length barrel do you have?
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When I pickup my Model 41 tomorrow, it will sit beside my other target guns for Bullseye, in the Gun-Ho case.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:10 PM
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I have the 5.5, it is sweet piece. The trigger is amazing....
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Yes, they are sweet.
I have a presentation case for a 7" is why I was asking what barrel length you had, but then I figured out you were probably asking about a "using" case instead of a "sitting around looking pretty" case.
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Anyone tried one of the Apache case at Harbor Freight? I use a 3800 for carrying two pistols, but I'm thinking a 2800 would work fine for a single Model 41.
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I have used the 2800 for single pistols and have plenty of room left for magazines. It should work great for the barrel length your Model 41 has. The Apache cases are incredible for the price!
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Old 09-05-2020, 05:58 PM
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I have used the 2800 for single pistols and have plenty of room left for magazines. It should work great for the barrel length your Model 41 has. The Apache cases are incredible for the price!
I neglected to mention my M41 will be the shorter 5.5 inch barrel. I'm going to make a sheet of cardboard "silhouette" of my M41 and take that to Harbor Freight to try it for size. I'll have the pistol in the top, with extra magazines, ammunition boxes and miscellaneous tools in the lower level. That's how I built up the Apache 3800 I use today.
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I neglected to mention my M41 will be the shorter 5.5 inch barrel. I'm going to make a sheet of cardboard "silhouette" of my M41 and take that to Harbor Freight to try it for size. I'll have the pistol in the top, with extra magazines, ammunition boxes and miscellaneous tools in the lower level. That's how I built up the Apache 3800 I use today.
That's a smart idea, I'm sure it'll be perfect for your needs. If you didn't have too much gear the 1800 might even work. Make sure you look for coupons before you head down to the store.
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I have seen the 4800 side-by-side with a case I own that cost about 2-1/2 as much, and aside from the foam and a few details, the Apache case seemed just as good as mine at less than half the price. I have not seen a 2800 or a 3800.

I think it is just personal preference, cubed foam vs precut compartments vs custom closed cell foam.

All I would add is that any case you plan to keep hermetically sealed for any length of time, the contents can benefit from a handful of silica gel bags or capsules. Aside from that, all the contemporary cases seem better than the what was available when the Model 41 was new,
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"Nice" is subjective! If you want a really nice one start off with a leather attache' case and make a custom interior with foam, suede and or wood. Don't know if you have the patience, skills or desire - but that would be a great way to get a high-end custom made case to your spec's.
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Go to Hobby Lobby. They sell nice unfinished wood boxes with hinged lids in various sizes. Make your interior and finish in the stain/varnish of your choice...........And come out WAY CHEAPER.
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A tip for the Apache cases. After plucking out the cubes to form the compartments, use spray can Plasti-dip to seal and lock all of the foam cubes together.

This will seal out moisture, add strength/rigidity to the foam, and keep gun gun chemicals from degrading the foam.

It usually takes 3-4 coats. 1st coat is a light "wetting" coat, then apply subsequent coats until it's to your liking.

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That's a smart idea, I'm sure it'll be perfect for your needs. If you didn't have too much gear the 1800 might even work. Make sure you look for coupons before you head down to the store.
I don't have my M41 5.5 inch barrel pistol yet, so I have been trying to get dimensions from the internet. Every site I've found lists the length as 10.0 or 10.5 inches, without mentioning the barrel length. The 1800 case is 8 and 1/8th inch so I don't think it would work without having the pistol "tilted" in the case. But it any event, those Apache cases are really good.

I have a 20% off coupon; thanks for that reminder. I just wish the Apache case were available in a color other than black. I could get a Pelican case in a different color, but we'd be talking a whole lot more moola!
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A tip for the Apache cases. After plucking out the cubes to form the compartments, use spray can Plasti-dip to seal and lock all of the foam cubes together.

This will seal out moisture, add strength/rigidity to the foam, and keep gun gun chemicals from degrading the foam.

It usually takes 3-4 coats. 1st coat is a light "wetting" coat, then apply subsequent coats until it's to your liking.

I can second GunHacker's suggestion. He and I did the same thing, and it makes a world of difference in how well those compartments keep their shape. I used red Plasti-dip spray to provide some visual contract, and I think it looks very good. Otherwise those feeble pick-away foam cubes lose their shape in one or two range trips.
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I have a 20% off coupon; thanks for that reminder. I just wish the Apache case were available in a color other than black. I could get a Pelican case in a different color, but we'd be talking a whole lot more moola!
Guess what? They have started offering them in different colors! I've seen green, yellow, tan and I think gray for the various models. I'd love to be able to get a couple of new cases that are different. Unfortunately the border still isn't open, so no Harbor Freight for me anytime soon.
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Guess what? They have started offering them in different colors! I've seen green, yellow, tan and I think gray for the various models. I'd love to be able to get a couple of new cases that are different. Unfortunately the border still isn't open, so no Harbor Freight for me anytime soon.
Where did you see the Apache 1800 in colors? Harbor Freight online only shows them available in black.

Border?
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I have also felt that the Model 41s out there deserve a fitted case, like many S&W revolvers have been issued. I found this one at a gun show many years ago. I was told that it was crafted on Okinawa. I've never seen another.

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Where did you see the Apache 1800 in colors? Harbor Freight online only shows them available in black.

Border?
Sorry I should have been more specific. The 3800 and 4800 are now available in different colors. I've never bought an 1800 myself as I like to take multiple guns to the range and the larger cases are perfect for that.

As for the border, yes I'm on the other side of it in Canada. I live near Toronto and for me to get to the Buffalo, NY area it's just over an hour drive. The area I visit when I'm over has two Harbor Freight stores so I'm in there to pick up a few things when we spend a weekend.

With the closure since March I'm missing picking up gear. Cases here are ridiculous in cost. A popular brand here called Nanuk is at least double what an Apache case costs even with the currency exchange. Nanuk makes a great case but no way are they worth the price they ask.

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Sorry I should have been more specific. The 3800 and 4800 are now available in different colors. I've never bought an 1800 myself as I like to take multiple guns to the range and the larger cases are perfect for that.

As for the border, yes I'm on the other side of it in Canada. I live near Toronto and for me to get to the Buffalo, NY area it's just over an hour drive. The area I visit when I'm over has two Harbor Freight stores so I'm in there to pick up a few things when we spend a weekend.

With the closure since March I'm missing picking up gear. Cases here are ridiculous in cost. A popular brand here called Nanuk is at least double what an Apache case costs even with the currency exchange. Nanuk makes a great case but no way are they worth the price they ask.
Ah, that makes sense. I have one of the 3800 cases in tan, and I prefer it over black. With all the "tactical" stuff in black, I am a rebel I suppose. I agree, that 3800 size is perfect for bringing 2 or sometimes 3 handguns to the range. But for the Model 41 I think I'll give it its own case....she's so special you know.

I do wonder when we can expect the border to open again. Many of us here in the USA don't seem to be taking the virus seriously enough IMO. I keep praying someone will find a vaccine or some other thing that will bring the world back to normalcy. But that's still in the future................
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Ah, that makes sense. I have one of the 3800 cases in tan, and I prefer it over black. With all the "tactical" stuff in black, I am a rebel I suppose. I agree, that 3800 size is perfect for bringing 2 or sometimes 3 handguns to the range. But for the Model 41 I think I'll give it its own case....she's so special you know.

I do wonder when we can expect the border to open again. Many of us here in the USA don't seem to be taking the virus seriously enough IMO. I keep praying someone will find a vaccine or some other thing that will bring the world back to normalcy. But that's still in the future................
I'm the same, I can get three pistols with lots of magazines in a 3800. I hope to buy at least one more in a new color. I too get tired of all my cases in the same shade. I had to go to Toronto last Wednesday for an appointment and my wife and I couldn't believe that 90% of the people walking down the street didn't have a mask on. In my city 30 miles away everyone is wearing one.

A lot of people here also feel that there haven't been enough people taking this seriously south of the border. The prevailing opinion is that unless things get better the border will stay closed until next year. I do hope that a vaccine will be created soon that is effective. We miss travelling to the United States and have many friends all over the country.

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Just received an email from Harbor Freight and the Apache 3800 case is on sale, no coupon is required.
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I’m a cheap pistol snob. I carry mine in S&W soft case. My pistols live in lined drawers built for the purpose. I buy more pistols with money that would be spent on cases. I have so many cases from gun deals I need to sell some. $10 will by hard plastic case at Wally World.
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