Cloud Defensive: ATB
This week we decided to try something different and review a piece of often overlooked range gear, the ammo container. Many of us have used the tried and true metal ammo can for decades but lately my shooting style has changed and I figured I should change my gear along with it, so enter the Cloud Defensive Ammo Transport Bag or ATB as it’s known.
What is It ?
The Cloud Defensive ATB is a small purpose built soft sided ammo storage bag that uses a blend of simplicity and great materials to provide shooters a different way to get ammo and mags to the range. Cloud Defensive uses 500 Cordura nylon, trusted #10 YKK zippers and 1/2″ thick closed cell foam to craft a bag that is not only durable and water resistant but features the company’s no BS lifetime warranty. A simple well executed design, no gimmicks or flashy stuff, this seems to be a pattern with all the Cloud Defensive gear I have reviewed or read about to date, it’s really a refreshing business approach to see.
Manufacturer: Cloud Defensive
Product Name: Ammo Transport Bag (ATB)
- Coyote Brown
- Urban Gray
- Olive Drab Green
- Height: 5.75″
- Width: 8.25″
- Depth: 6″
- Weight: 9.6 Oz
- 9mm: 900 rounds with 5 magazines
- .223/5.56mm: 300 rounds with 4 magazines
- Lifetime Warranty
- MSRP $49.99
- Designed to fit inside most backpacks
- Hook & loop patches for caliber specific patches for easy ID of contents
- Smooth sides for no snags on inside of packs
Impressions / Real World Use
I know the literature from Cloud Defensive lists a few options on ammo capacity with or without magazines but for our real world test I used 13 boxes of 9mm and 5 Browning Hi Power round magazines and they all fit perfectly fine. I figured I wanted to test the Cloud Defensive ATB with a slightly heavier than normal range session for myself and my trusty BHP. Generally I carry 500 rounds and 5 magazines on an average outing but this time I went over a bit and brought 650 rounds, as shown in our above photo.
What I found after my short range session of dragging the Cloud Defensive ATB around from my garage to my jeep to the range and all around that yes in fact it is handier than my old ammo can in every way. It didn’t show any signs of weird sags, stress or potential tearing at any of the corners or edges. This may sound “soft” to some but I enjoyed the fact I could toss it in a bag and not have to worry about a sharp edge poking a hole in my bag or myself like could occur with a traditional sharp edged metal ammo can.
Long Term Testing
We intend to continue to use the Cloud Defensive ATB for the rest of the summer here in Alaska and are ordering a 2nd one in brown so that we can clearly decide who’s owns which one, since someone like to borrow my range gear lately. On a serious note though this bag seems to hit all the right spots perfectly. Well made/lifetime warranty, good pricing, simple design, a decent degree of adaptability and fits my needs very well so far.
Anytime we find field gear that is made by a company like Cloud Defensive we get excited to review it. The company doesn’t have a massive product line but what they produce they produce extremely well and thats always a good sign. So far the few pieces of gear we have received from Cloud Defensive when can give it high marks across the board and the ATB looks to continue that tradition. We are curious to see what new products the company might be rolling out later in 2021 or early 2022, there are always rumors floating around it seems.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to read on the Cloud Defensive ATB, a great little piece of kit that should make range trips a little easier and less cumbersome. If you are interested in the ATB please check out the company’s web site at www.clouddefensive.com
Full Disclosure Statement: The Cloud Defensive ATB was not furnished by the company to Paragraph4.Media for testing, it was purchased using 100% of the writers own funds. No part of this review was sanctioned or paid for or endorsed by Cloud Defensive or it’s staff.