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TV-PressPass
05-07-2014, 04:22 PM
From my blog (http://tv-presspass.com/introduction-to-the-tasmanian-tiger-trojan-rifle-carrier-pack/), recreated here for your viewing pleasure.


http://youtu.be/ig_6DZtC82I

In case you don't like watching videos:

Rifle packs are a great way to carry a gun, especially if you’re climbing up trails and over hills.

I’ve been using various carriers (eberlestock) for years, but at the start of 2014 I received a new and unique system: the Tasmanian Tiger Trojan.

The Trojan has a lot to offer as a rifle carrier, and after a few months of using it I can see myself retiring some of my older packs.

At its core: its an ultra-flexible rifle carrier, that can be modified for different distinct uses.

There are two primary parts to the Trojan: an assault pack, and a rifle scabbard.

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The assault pack has a large interior compartment with included camera-case-style velcro dividers and 8 interior pockets. On the outside of the pack, you have a large flat zip pocket on the front, and four small compression straps at each corner. There’s a rubberized handle on the very top of the pack, and a velcro section for attaching whatever patches your mission or vanity requires.

External elasticized water bottle holders and drinking tube vents on each side round it out as a proper hiking pack. I’m a thin waisted guy, so I appreciate the elasticized strap retention, which I’ve always preferred over the velcro-rolls common on other straps.

4 molle binding straps snap the scabbard in between the assault pack’s carrying system and it’s main pouch. The molle straps mean you can move the scabbard up or down, and even remove it entirely.

When you remove the scabbard, you can zip up the assault pack to remove the dead space, and make sure the load of the main pouch is against your back where it belongs.

The scabbard itself has its own set of shoulder straps that are hidden when inside the main pack. They also attach via molle, and while they’re only flat strapping, they do have a functional chest strap and allow you to carry the rifle scabbard alone.

There’s also a molle threaded handstrap on the scabbard, which I opted to transfer over to the side of the assault pack.

If there was one thing I could change about this pack: I would add a second one of those hand-grips onto the other side of the assault pack. I like having handles when tossing packs like this into the back of a vehicle.

I can carry my mags, lunch, spotting scope, and a folding stock Vz58 in the completed trojan without needing to use the butt-cover. The scabbard is deep enough to cover the entire rifle, but a butt cover is available for larger units.

I have a wide variety of guns, and take them to all kinds of different places. I know the Trojan is going to see a lot of use this summer because its flexibility means that I can quickly and easily make it the right solution for a given trip. It made a great camera bag at Shot Show this year:

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Ms TVPP with the rifle scabbard on its own

Fusilier
05-07-2014, 04:59 PM
Nice review and nice pack. It's nice to still find OD kit and not just digital cam.


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TV-PressPass
05-07-2014, 05:20 PM
Good point about the colour! TT used to use something called "cub" which could be a little brighter than most OD stuff. This is their new "Olive" thats much dustier. If you're familiar with Crye's ranger-green, this almost matches that.

jwirecom109
05-07-2014, 05:38 PM
Great review

Lord Vader
05-08-2014, 08:24 PM
Thats a pretty cool pack. Any word on a Canadian retail price?

TV-PressPass
05-09-2014, 09:42 AM
Oh! $300, so the same ballpark as the Eberlestock Gunslinger II. I think I paid $375 for my gunslinger II back in the day

Grouse River has them online, but I believe CSC (site sponsor) has them on the shelf!

Satain
05-09-2014, 12:26 PM
Cool Review TV Press :Beer time:

TV-PressPass
05-12-2014, 10:17 AM
I finally found my SD card loaded with photos of the complete pack put together! Click for biiiiig:

http://i.imgur.com/2Kon8RD.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tv-presspass/14190277963/)

Sadosubliminal
05-14-2014, 07:35 AM
Cool pack.

GTA Dragon
08-03-2014, 10:27 AM
Man nice Pack, cool review Bud!

lone-wolf
08-03-2014, 11:14 AM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/12278621176_ff7eb8889b_z.jpg

You hunt tvpp? I see this and think of setting up for yotes or wolves.

GTA Dragon
08-03-2014, 11:46 AM
Be a good setup up for that. just need a little collapsible stool and a thermos of something warm to drink after the kill

CanuckWR
08-03-2014, 04:01 PM
I like it. The flexibility is worth it as long as the quality is comparable to a Gunslinger II.

TV-PressPass
08-05-2014, 12:21 PM
You hunt tvpp? I see this and think of setting up for yotes or wolves.

I was out calling coyotes two weeks ago!

But I'm not a big game guy just yet.

It's definitely on the same level as the gunslinger. I actually like the internal organization better on the Trojan. No floppy top pouch that requires extra straps and is a pain to access.

Joe549
08-06-2014, 04:12 AM
Tasmanian Tiger is top of the line as far as I'm concerned. I have looked into many different packs over the years and TT has been the best of everything I have owned and handled. I finally had a chance to get my hands on a Maxpedition pack not all that long ago and after carefully checking it out, it was no better than Condor at twice the price. When it comes to packs now, TT is all I will look at.