Ulfhednar Range Bags and Cases: Ready for the Field
by Matthew Umstead
Ulfhednar (pronounced Ulf-heth-nar) is a Norwegian company based outside the capital of Norway. They are a development company involved with developing shooting sports, equipment, clothing, and weapons parts for long-range shooting sports and hunting. Norway’s harsh climate and unique landscape play a critical role in their development of durable and functional equipment.
Range Bag, Pistol Small UH012
Dimensions : 15 3/4″ x 11 13/16″ x 7 7/8″
MSRP approx $90 USD
Gun cover AR UH034
Dimensions: 39 3/8 ” Long
MSRP approx $118 USD
First Impressions:I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the range bags. The stitching is extremely detailed and appears to be durable. At first, I was hesitant with how soft the outer fabric felt. But, after some tinkering, adjusting the straps, and setting them up for a range day I started to like the softness; it feels extremely strong and durable but not rough or loud when handling. Being an avid outdoorsman and hunter having a silent bag makes a big difference in the field.
The AR 100 gun cover is a simple pack for transporting and protecting your AR-style rifle. The simple minimalist design allows for personal customization using MOLLE system attachments if desired. The backpack double style straps impressed me with the nearly limitless number of adjustments you can make allowing it to fit and ride where it is comfortable and functional for your body type. The zipper pulls are by-far one of my favorite aspects of both bags, the large “T” handle allows for easy single-handed opening and closing even with heavier winter gloves or mittens on.
Getting ready for a range day I was surprised at how much I was able to get in the bag. I usually bring way to much to the range to include several guns, holsters, mags, and ammunition. I also do not want to have to make several trips from the truck to the firing line. Even though this is a smaller bag than I usually use I was able to transport just about everything I needed to include a 150 round box of 5.56 on top of 100 for each the 10mm, .357sig, and 9mm plus magazines.
The back has a large zipper pouch that opens completely while lying flat giving you workspace for loading mags. Along with the bag are individual slots for your mags, some of my single stack mags were able to do be doubled up in the pouches allowing me to bring more mags. The large main compartment has two dividers you can adjust to conform to your needs. I set the middle up to be slightly larger to allow for easy access to ammunition and keep the sides slightly smaller for holsters, hearing protection, and some eye protection even though you would be hard-pressed to find me without my sunglasses I do bring addition eye protection to accommodate for different lighting conditions. The heavy “D” rings held solid and didn’t buckle or twist even under heavy load, they are tightly sewn in I do not believe they would break free or become twisted upside down which drives me crazy. The designers kept this a simple range bag it left nothing to be desired; I couldn’t find a single aspect that didn’t fit my needs. It is better designed for the individual shooter as it does not lend itself due to the smaller size for use on days with several students. However, it will be a go-to for some instructor proficiency and recreational range days to come.
Gun cover AR:
The quality of the AR-style rifle bag impressed me from the moment I started messing with it. The pack has two straps on the back allowing for hand-free carrying with multiple adjustments. Points it allowed me to get the bag to sit comfortably even with my AR-15 and four loaded magazines and an additional four empty mags. It was easy to carry along with the other range bag. The straps have thick padding and the softer Cordura fabric at first I thought it would cause the shoulder straps to slip. It held in place despite my initial reservation. Only time will tell on how the softer fabric will hold on the abuse I put my equipment through. With the first of many range days done I can say the cover has adequate padding to protect your rifle without causing the cover to become bulky and cumbersome to carry. The Velcro straps on the inside can be adjusted to fit your rifle. However, they seemed slightly too long for me to secure my rifle in such a way where it wouldn’t shift slightly as I would move to bag around. The lack of dedicated magazine pockets was a slight miss in the design for me even though the end pouches held several loaded and empty mags and having MOLLE loops on the outside could allow the addition of mag pouches I prefer to keep it on the slimmer side.
I cannot see any reason why the Range Bag or Gun cover would not provide a simple adaptable solution for your range days for many years to come. The weatherproof materials used the quality in design and workmanship shown throughout the bags even down to the smaller details of clear pockets on both bags for name badges or business cards.
For more information, check out the Ulfhednar website: https://www.ulfhednar.no
Available at these United States retailers:
Optics Planet INC at www.opticsplanet.com/
USIQ at www.usiq.com/
West a Precision Firearms at www.westmanprecisionfirearms.com/
ABOUT OUR AUTHOR
Mathew Umstead is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran with 4 years active service as Military Police where he spent most of his time on a Special Reaction Team becoming proficient in special tactics and response. After his time with the Marine Corps, in 2007 he transitioned into law enforcement where he spent 8 years as a federal police officer. He now spends his days in Alaska as a lead firearms instructor teaching federal police officers, contractors, and military personnel on basic marksmanship and weapons tactics for various firearms ranging from 9mm pistol up to the .50 caliber machine gun. When not at work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking with his family