Pelican 1200 Case

Pelican 1200 Case

Sure enough after buying a full size Pelican gun case, I was convinced I needed to acquire the smaller sized cases the rest of my gear. The Pelican 1200 case is part of their small case line, and it's the perfect size for a single handgun, camera, or if you're me, a chronograph for those trips to the range. Like it's big brothers, the 1200 has the same super rugged copolymer polypropylene shell, open cell foam core and solid wall construction which makes it stronger and lighter that the competition. It's tough to find cases this small that also are deep enough to fit beefier items like cameras, lenses, batteries, and firearms accessories.

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Available in several colors, I picked up a Pelican 1200 case in tan, since it's all the rage in the gun world still. The nicest feature of the 1200 is the pluck 'n pull foam layer inside. Instead of tracing and cutting out relief for your gear, you just pry strips of foam out until your desired fit/shape is achieved. I recommend having a pen knife of other slim blade at hand to help initiate separation of foam, especially on corners. Obviously whatever shape you make will be somewhat squared due to the precut grid, but it's really great to be able to chose your own layout for items. While many reviews complain the foam is too thick and makes retrieving certain items from the bottom problematic, you can easily plan ahead by removing the foam in as big a piece as possible, then cutting that chunk in half (or thirds, or whichever) and reinserting into place for a shallower compartment.

Pelican 1200 Case

As mentioned earlier, I purposed this 1200 to fit my F1 Shooting Chronograph. Even with a lowly $100 price tag, I wanted to protect the Chrony as best as I could, since I go through such great lengths to not ventilate it at the range. The fit was perfect, and the rods just barely fit within the case's interior width (had to complete remove foam on the sides of the slot, the fit was literally just right). The batteries fit ontop of the rods, retaining them from falling out if the case is opened in a bad angle. The diffusors also conveniently fit under the main unit (the flat segments) and the 4 side segments fit lay flat on top of the foam.

Pelican 1200 Case

 Like my previous review on the 1750 case, the 1200 case can be thrown in the trunk and taken on bumpy roads, or surviving the trials known as TSA luggage handlers. Dang near indestructible and keeps your expensive stuff from banging around or drowning in the drink, the Pelican 1200 will easily outlast other cheaper cases out there. Just beware, their almost like potato chips... just one is never enough!

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Claim to Fame: Pelican Protector Cases are stronger and lighter that the completion. The Pelican 1200 Small Case is a waterproof, crushproof, and dustproof case perfect for handguns, cameras, and other sensitive equipment.

Target Market:  Handgun Owners and/or Hunters, Photographers, Videographers, Air Travel, Water Travel, ATV Travel

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Polypropylene Shell Construction
  • Foam 1.3 lb Polyurethane
  • ABS Latches and purge body
  • Watertight, Crushproof, and Dustproof
  • Easy open Double Throw latches
  • Open cell core with solid wall design
  • O-ring seal
  • Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
  • Fold down handles
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Pluck 'n Pull foams gives owner complete customization
  • Personalized nameplate service available
  • Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence
  • INTERIOR (L x W x D): 9.25" x 7.12" x 4.12"
  • EXTERIOR (L x W x D): 10.62" x 9.68" x 4.87"
  • WEIGHT : 2.87 lbs (with foam)  2.65 lbs (w/o foam)
  • BUOYANCY: 12.02 lbs (5.45 kg)
  • RANGE TEMPERATURE: -40 / 210° F (-40 / 99° C)

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black, Tan, OD Green, Silver (discontinued), Yellow, Orange

What others are saying?: "When you need to fly and transport handguns, then there is no better case that protects your firearms and exceeds TSA requirements. Use Pelican Cases for all your firearms needs. " Midway User Review

"I bought this to replace the plastic case that came with my Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm, type F (full size). It fits the pistol along with the factory supplied spare magazine, and there's room for another spare magazine if you want to fit it in. This case allows the use of a small pad lock, which I prefer over the cable lock that came with the pistol. The shooting range I go to requires that your firearms to be cased AND locked when you're in their store area signing in, and this case works well for this purpose. I deducted 1 star for the pluck and choose foam. While they are fairly easy to pluck out to create the shape necessary to fit the pistol, I wish they've made the foam so that you can pluck it out at half-height only." Amazon User Review

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Brownells or Amazon

Our Rating:


  • Foam is denser than most other cases and is easier to cut / more supportive
  • Pluck 'n Pull = user customizability!
  • Shell has raised ridges surrounding a perfect area for stenciling / labeling
  • Perfect size for cameras, chronographs, etc


  • No steel reinforcement to padlock points like larger Pelican cases

Score: 9.0 Amazing



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