Pelican V700: Longstanding Protection At An Affordable Price

Released in mid-2018, the V700 is one of several in Pelican’s newest Vault series of hard cases. The V700 is specifically designed for carbine-sized tactical rifles, SMGs, or long rifles broken down, but the case can also accommodate a variety of items to fit within it. The Vault series of cases continues to provide Pelican’s leading protective cases to consumers using its proven materials and design.

As with all Pelican cases, the V700 Takedown Case is made from Polypropylene to deliver a watertight, crushproof, and dustproof case that provides a significant amount of external protection. The V700 is considered the revision to the traditional Pelican 1700 Protector rifle case, but includes a refresh design and new features specific for the consumer.

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Exterior

With an overall exterior dimension of 39.61” (L) x 17.65” (H) x 6.65” (W), the V700’s exterior is comprised of Pelican’s traditional open-cell polymer construction for maximum strength and an impact resistant shell.

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The V700 includes six newly redesigned push-button latches that secure the lid to the bottom. In addition, there are three heavy-duty, ergonomic and foldable handles on either end to aid in picking up.

Several protective features built into the V700 are its four stainless-steel padlock protectors, and its an automatic pressure equalization valve.

The V700 has three high-visibility panels on the front aid in easy identification of the opening side.

Interior

With an interior space of 36.50” (L) x 14.50” (H) x 6.00” (W), the V700 has an overall internal storage capacity of 1.84 ft³.

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A one-piece, rubberized O-ring provides a watertight seal to the interior storage space.

The V700 comes with five layers of open-cell, one-piece foam that is customizable to meet storage needs. (Editor’s Note: For the purposes of field testing, one layer of un-customized foam had to be removed to transport firearms to the range.)

Specifications:

The V700 Tactical Rifle Case only comes available in Black (featured).

Product Evaluation Scores:

  • Cost – Excellent (5/5): At $149.95 the newer Vault series by Pelican is intended to be a more cost-effective option for consumers who want Pelican’s renown legacy in protective hard cases, but have shied away from the higher price tags to some of its previous product lines. For example, the V700’s direct Pelican comparison is the iM3100 SMG case ($243.95) which has been around for years with a proven history of professional and field use. Arguably there are any number of direct competitors to the V700, one competitor would include the iSeries 3614 M4 rifle case by SKB ($290.99) or the Mil-Spec Tactical Long Gun case by Plano ($199.99), yet both demonstrate a higher price point for the consumer and thus highlight the affordability of the Vault product line.
  • Comfort – Good (4/5): While the 36” internal length of the V700 case was long enough to accommodate any full-sized carbine; the third, middle handle made transporting and maneuvering the case much easier than if it had only had two. The high-visibility panels made it easy to recognize the top and opening side – even in low light. The push-button latches were a notable improvement over more traditional C-type clamps, and provided an additional level of security against accidental opening (despite continually trying to force it open from the bottom of the latch). One difference between the Vault and Protector series was the absence of locking cleats on the exterior of the Vault, and that resulted in the case sliding off when stacked on top of other cases (the resolution was to use retention/cargo straps or stack vertically between other cases).
  • Durability – Good (4/5): Made from Polyethylene a type of high-density plastic similar to high-density polyethylene, the principle material of the V700 (and indeed almost all of Pelican’s hard cases) was amazingly durable and resistant to shock. The open-cell foam inserts provided added protection to the equipment and firearms contained inside (more so if the user takes the time to cut specific patterns into the one-piece foam for a specific item), but the foam (by design) tore somewhat easily. The case was dragged over rocks, thrown into a truckbed a number of times, and left out in inclement weather (cold/rain) with no detrimental effect to the foam, stored contents (although some surface marring was noted), or moisture penetration.
  • Functionality – Average (3/5): From a functional aspect, the V700 is similar to other Pelican hard cases – it being a protective box. Pelican has a large array of products for the consumer, military/LEOs, first responders and more to choose one that best fits their specific needs. And while the V700 had improved angles and new push-button latches, the Vault series was designed more for the consumer in mind, and not members of the military or first responders. Features like the pressurization valve were essential as part of the design for long-term use or storage. The stainless-steel protectors and hinge pins likewise fill an essential aspect of design as it ensured forced entry (shy of cutting) wasn’t possible. As noted above, the lack of rigidity due to the absence of locking cleats was offset on the side by the reinforcement to the push-button latches, but the lid and base themselves lacked that added reinforcement. Thus, when opened, the lid had a little play in it given its one-piece design. This was less noticeable in the base, having for sides to draw on for structure. Since the V700 is intended as a carbine or SMG rifle case, there were fewer aftermarket applications that could expand the case’s functionality beyond its current application.
  • Weight – Good (4/5): For its size and the volume of Polypropylene material, the V700 weighed 16.25 pounds with foam (14.25 pounds w/o foam). The advent of the third handle midway along the length of the case defiantly made moving it (loaded or empty) easy. In comparison to the market alternatives noted above, the SKB case weighed 20 pounds (with an interior storage dimension of 36.50” x 14.50” x 6.0”) and the Plano (being slightly larger) weighed 26.25 pounds (with an interior of 47.50” x 18.10” x 7.75”). Thus, the V700 had a good level of lighter weight materials for its overall dimensions, and sacrificed nothing to the hard case’s protective qualities.

Overall Rating – Good (20/25)

Product Link: https://www.pelican.com/us/en/product/cases/takedown-case/vault/v700

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