Fitting It All In
Testing the limits of the Cannae Pro Gear Triplex Acies 3 Gun Bag
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.