Fit­ting It All In

Test­ing the lim­its of the Cannae Pro Gear Triplex Acies 3 Gun Bag

Firepower - - CONTENTS - TEXT & IMAGES BY JOHN SCOTT

When you head to the shoot­ing range for a day of fun, do you find your­self tot­ing more bags than you wish you had to? We find that vis­its to the range of­ten­times re­quire us to bring more gear than our bags can fit. Whether it’s a long gun that’s a few inches too long for our ri­fle bag or a cou­ple of mag­a­zines and a pair of eye pro that are just thrown in loosely, it can be a chal­lenge to find a sin­gle bag that can ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­thing you’ve got.

Cannae Pro Gear’s Triplex Acies 3 Gun Bag may look like a tra­di­tional ri­fle bag from the out­side, but a closer in­spec­tion will re­veal that it is so much more. Named af­ter the an­cient

in­fantry for­ma­tion em­ployed by the Ro­man le­gions, Cannae ex­plains that the Triplex Acies was one of the most flex­i­ble and adapt­able for­ma­tions on the battlefield. Like the famed Ro­man bat­tle for­ma­tion, Cannae sought to cre­ate a bag that is ca­pa­ble of un­ri­valed flex­i­bil­ity and adapt­abil­ity.

Con­structed of wear-re­sis­tant 500D Cor­dura ny­lon and ro­bust Du­raflex buck­les, it is ev­i­dent that the bag is well put to­gether and made of noth­ing but qual­ity com­po­nents. Its lock­able YKK zip­pers are built to zip smoothly and not bind any­where along their tracks. Af­ter all, no­body likes a stuck zip­per.

Although the bag is called a “3 Gun” bag, un­doubt­edly named with the shoot­ing sport in mind, the Triplex Acies in fact com­fort­ably fits four guns, two of the long va­ri­ety and two pis­tols. If you’re like us (we like to get our money’s worth), you can prob­a­bly go be­yond its de­sign pa­ram­e­ters and cram another few pis­tols in as well.

The large com­part­ment com­pletely un­zips, al­low­ing for a gen­er­ous, wide-open space that fits two long guns with a re­mov­able padded di­vider di­vid­ing the space. The en­tire in­te­rior is padded and well pro­tected from im­pacts. One side of one of the com­part­ments fea­tures a con­ceal­able zip­pered ex­ten­sion that un­furls to re­veal another 12 inches of length, giv­ing you nearly 60 inches of over­all length for ex­tra-long ri­fles or shot­guns.

The front of the case is de­signed with two large zip­pered com­part­ments, a smaller padded fleece-lined com­part­ment for sen- sitive-to-scratches equip­ment such as eye pro­tec­tion and smart­phones, and a smaller hook-and-loop sealed pocket that is com­fort­ably large enough to house ear muffs and other range es­sen­tials such as a range finder and shot timer. Both com­part­ments have 48 MOLLE mount­ing points sewn in for the at­tach­ment of

“a zip­pered ex­ten­sion re­veals another 12 inches of length.”

op­tional pouches, and the right-side com­part­ment has a loop field to dis­play your fa­vorite morale patches or other hook-backed gear.

One of the large zip­pered com­part­ments is made to hold two pis­tols and eight pis­tol mag­a­zines. The sec­tion is di­vided in half, with one side lined with loop ma­te­rial for the at­tach­ment of hook-backed ac­ces­sories such as a stor­age hol­ster. The other side fits eight pis­tol mag­a­zines in se­cure elas­tic-topped pock­ets. The sec­ond large zip­pered com­part­ment man­ages to swal­low up four ri­fle mag­a­zines and also has a flap-cov­ered stor­age pocket suit­able for smaller gear in­clud­ing tools and clean­ing sup­plies.

Ex­ter­nally, the Triplex Acies has a few car­ry­ing op­tions. For longer treks, or if you need to keep your hands free, full-sized—and com­fort­able, we might add—back­pack straps con­ceal within its back­side. De­ploy them when you need them or stuff them when you don’t. The bag also comes with a re­mov­able padded shoul­der sling that can be at­tached in sev­eral ways to help you carry a balanced load. Two of our fa­vorite fea­tures in­clude top and bot­tom grab drag han­dles that make drag­ging the bag out of the bed of a truck much eas­ier, and its com­pres­sion straps help keep your gear in place.

Af­ter us­ing the Triplex Acies for a cou­ple of range trips, it was clear to us that with this bag we were able to cut down on how many bags

“the triplex acies is named af­ter one of the most adapt­able for­ma­tions used by the ro­man le­gions.”

we needed to take to the range. It swal­lowed up a lot of our guns and gear and showed no signs of weak­ness at its stress points. With the bag fully loaded it is a heavy load to lug, which is ex­pected when you stuff a large bag, but with its many grab han­dles and straps it was eas­ier to han­dle than ex­pected.

The Cannae Triplex Acies mea­sures 44 inches long, 4 inches high, and 13.5 inches wide. It weighs just un­der 5 pounds empty and is large enough to ac­cept the long­est ri­fles in our col­lec­tion with another 12 inches to spare in its ex­pand­able bar­rel com­part­ment, an im­pres­sive feat.

Con­sid­er­ing its util­ity, flex­i­bil­ity, adapt­abil­ity, qual­ity build, thought­ful de­sign, and an MSRP of only $150, we’d qual­ify this bag as a ter­rific bar­gain. The Triplex Acies is rich in fea­tures, both in­side and out; we look for­ward to tak­ing it to some classes and com­pe­ti­tions to see how it holds up over time.

With the Triplex Acies, Cannae sought out to cre­ate a bag that is ca­pa­ble of un­ri­valed flex­i­bil­ity and adapt­abil­ity.

The Triplex Acies is con­structed of durable 500D Cor­dura ny­lon and in­cor­po­rates ro­bust Du­raflex buck­les.

Although it’s billed as a “3 Gun” bag, the Triplex Acies in fact com­fort­ably fits up to four guns and a whole lot of aux­il­iary gear like mag­a­zines, ear pro, a range finder, tools, and more.

The Triplex Acies com­fort­ably fits in a hard­case when ex­tra pro­tec­tion is re­quired. The bag weighs just un­der 5 pounds empty and is large enough to ac­cept the long­est riles in our col­lec­tion, with another 12 inches to spare in its ex­pand­able bar­rel com­part­ment.

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