Have you ever found yourself standing over an empty range bag, puzzled about where to start? You’re not alone. Packing a range bag is a ritual that sets the tone for your time at the range.
It’s not just about cramming in as much gear as possible; it’s about thoughtful preparation, ensuring each item has its place and purpose.
Now, grab your gear, and let’s get packing!
What to carry in a range bag?
Before packing, you need to think about what should you put in your range bag. Each shooter’s needs may vary slightly. Here is a list of items for your reference.
Of course, there are must-have essentials and items that are nice to have but not absolutely necessary. However, it’s a decision up to you.
Firearms and ammunition
- Your handgun, rifle, or shotgun, depending on what you plan to shoot.
- Enough rounds for your planned activities. It’s always a good idea to bring a little extra in case you want to shoot more.
- Safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris and ejected casings.
- Earplugs or earmuffs to safeguard your hearing from the loud noise of gunshots.
- Bring extra magazines or speed loaders for your firearms, pre-loaded if possible to save time.
- Paper targets, target stands, or any specific targets your range allows, If the range doesn’t provide them or you prefer specific types.
- Shooting gloves to protect your hands and improve grip.
Cleaning and maintenance equipment
- Basic cleaning tools and supplies like brushes, patches, solvents, and lubricants for post-shooting maintenance.
- Multi-Tool or gunsmithing Tools: For any adjustments or quick fixes.
- Rags or cleaning cloth for wiping down firearms and hands.
Personal protection and medical supplies
- Basic First Aid Supplies, include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
- Trauma Kit: For more serious injuries, a kit with items like a tourniquet, gauze, and pressure dressings can be vital.
- Sunscreen and Insect repellent/bug spray: Particularly important for outdoor ranges.
Documentation and training aids
- Range Membership Card and Identification: Always carry any necessary ID or permits.
- Notebook and Pen for recording your performance or any notes on your shooting.
Comfort and convenience items
- Water and Snacks: To stay hydrated and energized, especially if you plan to be at the range for several hours.
- Hat and Sunglasses: For sun protection, especially in outdoor environments.
- Towel or Shooting Mat: Depending on your comfort needs and the range environment.
- Hand sanitizer and wipes: Ranges can be dirty places, and you’ll want to clean your hands after handling ammunition and firearms.
- Flashlight: Useful for checking the condition of the barrel or finding items in low light.
- Batteries: Spare batteries for any electronic devices like hearing protection or optics.
- Rain Gear or Extra Clothing: Based on the weather forecast and the conditions of the outdoor range.
- Ziploc Bags or Small Containers: Useful for storing small parts or keeping things dry.
How to organize a range bag?
Now you know what to bring, let’s look at how to organize your range bag effectively, making sure that you have easy access to all your gear and keep you focused on your shooting practice.
Here are some tips for you.
- Keep unloaded firearms in a padded and dedicated compartment. Make sure no ammo is inside them.
- Store ammunition in a separate compartment or pouch to avoid confusion or unwanted contact with firearms.
- Assign a spot for safety gear like glasses and ear protection.
- Store frequently used items or items that require easy access in designated pockets and pouches.
- Reserve larger compartments for items such as targets, maintenance kits, and other miscellaneous items.
- Point firearms in a safe direction.
- Use the trigger locks or cable locks on your bag if they are included to provide an additional level of firearm safety.
- Regularly clean out your bag to remove unnecessary items and keep it organized.
You’re all set with tips for packing your range bag. Think of it as prepping for a mini adventure: each item has its place, and it’s all about making your range day smoother and more fun. Next time you’re gearing up, consider what you’ll need and the best spot for each item. A neatly packed bag not only makes life easier at the range but also might just impress your fellow shooters. Here’s to hitting your mark and enjoying every shot!