Hot off last week’s announcement that GORUCK is discontinuing both their Echo and Rucker 15L it turns out the GR1 Shooter is on the chopping block as well. The GR1 Shooter has been in the GORUCK arsenal for roughly three years now and, although it’s a very capable ruck, doesn’t seem to get the same love their original GR1 does.
I bought a GR1 Shooter years ago, reviewed it, and am still a fan of the pack. They’ve actually enhanced the pack since I purchased mine by adding two internal rows of webbing.
If you were considering the GR1 Shooter now’s probably a great time to scoop it up. At $275 it’s $120 off retail making it even less expensive than the “Rep Your School” and “Military Branch” GR1s up for pre-order.
This decision makes me wonder if GORUCK removing their GR1 Shooter has to do with their new “GORUCK: The Rucking Company” branding. Although firearms events still play a major role in the GORUCK event lineup the GR1 Shooter doesn’t directly align with that message.
If you’re worried about the GR1 Shooter leaving the lineup don’t fret too much because you can always use a Shooter Conversion Kit (review) from Ruck Customs to turn a GR1 into a GR1 Shooter.
Have any thoughts on GORUCK discontinuing the Shooter GR1? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
i love the shooter backpack. it’s a shame they will no longer be available. it was a fantastic well made gr1. u have a gr1 standar black, and a shooter. i can say the shooter has a better quality in construction, more detail.
lets see whats new on the future.
Pete W. says
My unhappiness lies with the fact that all of the attachments which GORUCK used to sell are now no longer in inventory. I wish that they would have closed out all of the items at one time so I could put together a complete Shooter.
Brian ADR says
Agreed! They really didn’t commit to the line. The good news (for those who like Velcro loop) is that there are a large number of other companies who have pockets that work with it. In addition you can use these (or similar) “tear away panels” to provide webbing on the inside of a Shooter ruck. Companies make various sizes so you can make your favorite pouches compatible with Velcro loop.
I was about to buy a GR1 … and now I doubt whether to buy a GR1 Shooter ONLY for the discount.
Is the Shooter of the original GR1 very different? I do not have a gun, only a 15-inch Mac.
Thanks for the advice
Brian ADR says
The only difference is that the GR1 has a pocket and 3 rows of webbing while the Shooter has a Velcro back panel. Besides that they’re identical. I use mine a lot for camera gear and it works great. The discount is really nice too!