Range bags?


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ed dixon
January 1, 2003, 04:00 AM
Any recommendations for a good quality, medium-sized range bag that could hold a pistol or two, basic tools, cleaning gear, eyes, ears, etc.? Brand and retailers appreciated, since I've seen very few around. (Typically me, looking to "streamline" by buying something else.)

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Nosferatu
January 1, 2003, 07:56 AM
Give these a look. Nice bags at a reasonable price.

http://www.arcamgroup.com/i-shot/

El Tejon
January 1, 2003, 09:23 AM
Waller. They fly well, very tough bags.

Fed168
January 1, 2003, 11:42 AM
I finally got a Dillon. Plenty of room for everything, well built.

SIGarmed
January 1, 2003, 12:47 PM
Eagle.

Lotzinger
January 1, 2003, 01:56 PM
Blackhawk
www.blackhawkindustries.com

I have a lot of their stuff right now
- it´s still the best I ever had and I won`t miss it

MR.G
January 1, 2003, 02:52 PM
Just got two free from Smith & Wesson for buying new guns. A special they were running for a couple of months. Nice bags. Better than I expected. They sell them for about $40.00.

762x51
January 1, 2003, 04:33 PM
Just got a Bagmaster tournament model 2 for christmas. Great bag for the money.

http://www.bagmaster.com

eap
January 2, 2003, 06:11 PM
go to wal-mart, target, home depot, lowe's or the like and pick up a soft tool box or duffel bag of sorts and save yourself some serious cash.

Plan-B
January 2, 2003, 08:24 PM
I have the iShot and like it. A similar question is being asked in another thread here. (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1652)

garrettwc
January 2, 2003, 11:34 PM
I have one of the I-Shot bags as well. Nice bag with plenty of room.

My B choice would be to go to Walmart and get one of the soft fishing tackle boxes. They're just as tough as a range bag and don't cost a lot.

VictorLouis
January 6, 2003, 07:52 PM
There's some really nice heavy-duty canvas tool bags to be found at the Home Depot. Also examined some Brunswick bowling ball bags at the K-mart. Obviously, they are intended for up to 32lbs. of balls and gear, so they must be fairly stout.

Sleeping Dog
January 7, 2003, 10:13 AM
I just use a Sears big yellow plastic toolbox, plenty of room.

I'm thinking of getting a canvas tool bag for carrying muzzle-loading junk around.

Regards.

Navy joe
January 8, 2003, 02:44 PM
Well I'm still on the incredible 40lb Jansport backpack, it hasn't died yet. When it does I don't know, I've seen a lot of nice bags. I-shot is a THR member, keep that in mind.

ChristopherG
January 8, 2003, 06:18 PM
'Nuther member of the toolbox brigade here. I looked for a soft bag for a while, then came across a 15$ plastic toolbox at Walmart and realized I had no idea why I wanted a soft bag. A hard case is gonna hold more more comfortably and securely, right? Am I missing something? Is there a reason a softcase is preferable?

eap
January 8, 2003, 08:25 PM
chris, good point. as far as soft cases, i can slip a gun in the side pocket and it won't get scratched up. or it's easier on the interior of my truck.:D

i think the smaller tool/tackle box size plastics are better suited to ammo, staple gun or hammer. i've seen these type boxes designed for ammo purposes. never saw the point though, my ammo already comes in a nifty container.;)

Coltdriver
January 8, 2003, 08:38 PM
I use a bag designed for a laptop. The maker of the bag is Targus, anyone from k mart to target to wal mart to any office supply has them.

Great center compartment will hold two or three pistols in a pistol rug. There are velcro straps in there and pieces you can compartmentalize the area with if you are inclined. I put a browning hp and two revolvers in it last trip to the range. It will accomodate a pair of .45's no problem.

Top compartment holds my glasses, ear muffs, ear plugs, a couple of tools, extra magazines, a moon clip tool and a few other assorted range goodies. There is a little carry slot in that compartment that I use to keep my range pass and other paperwork in.

Side slot is full of targets. I bought a 100 pack of pistol 25 yard targets and have a bunch of shoot and sees in there.

Side pouch is very handy for holding ammo and I have put up to 200 rounds of .45 in it or a ton of smaller ammo.

It also does not scream anything but lap top bag even though it is in tactical black. :D Has a shoulder strap if you have it really loaded up or a long way to carry. I usually just use the padded handle. It has been my only range bag for about five years now and is still in great shape. Under $50.

Freedom in theSkies
January 9, 2003, 01:57 AM
Kolpin Rangetector. It's perfect for handguns and even has a side pouch with mesh bottom, for all your spent cases.

HeadCleaver
January 10, 2003, 12:25 PM
I have had a few Bagmasters with no complaints.

larryw
January 10, 2003, 10:09 PM
Uncle Mike's Deluxe Range Bag (http://www.uncle-mikes.com/m_cases_p.asp?grpky=129) works for me.

Two lockable side compartments that are big enough for two guns each; one has mag pouches. Large central area carries all the goodies and has internal pockets with Velcro closures. Handles and a shoulder strap. $60.

I broke the handle off a zipper when my bag was a couple years old and they gave me a new bag as a replacement.

Fed168
January 11, 2003, 11:25 AM
A bunch of guys I shoot with use buckets. They get the pocketed apron that hangs off the sides and a shelf for the top.

JMLV
January 16, 2003, 02:13 PM
for this. everything from wal-mart plastic tool boxes to a set of real mason tool bags - these are canvaw with leather handles bottoms and reinforcements. the come in a couple of sizes. I also havbe a couple of the smaller range bags one from Hoppies and a small bagmanter I got with a magazine subscription. I find them ALL usefull for one job or another. check out the solutions avaiable in Home depot(masons tool bags) and walmart befour spending a couple hundred dollars on a ready made shooting bag.

agony
January 17, 2003, 12:35 AM
I got my i-shot deluxe pro shooter bag today....great, roomy, simple bag for the money. Nosferatu has the link above.

CZSteve
January 17, 2003, 11:45 PM
Have been using an old 35mm camera bag I had lying around.
Has plenty of different/adjustable compartments for everything to be kept organized (even for the most obsessive/compulsive).

Also like the ideas of using plastic tool boxes, canvas tool bags, and lap-top case.

Once again, just enjoy being cheap (I mean frugal) while still being useful & practical. Just like my CZ40B :D

txgolfer45
January 18, 2003, 09:35 PM
Has range bags. I picked up one for around $16, I think. It came with two holders for handguns. Works great for me!

Scott

FPrice
January 18, 2003, 09:47 PM
Michael's of Oregon. Solid, holds a lot. I use tool boxes for my tools and gun bags for my guns.

Dave Markowitz
January 18, 2003, 09:59 PM
go to wal-mart, target, home depot, lowe's or the like and pick up a soft tool box or duffel bag of sorts and save yourself some serious cash.

Ditto here. I used my old daypacks which I used to carry my books in college but recently just picked up a big toolbox at Lowe's for ~$12. I see no need for one of the expensive range bags. But, if one float your boat, so be it.

ed dixon
January 18, 2003, 11:19 PM
Picked up a tool bag at Home Depot for $15. Looks good, feels strong. Everything inside plus a couple pistols. Waiting to see if the new spotting scope I'm ordering will get inside too. If so, I'm good to go with one thing to tote (when no long guns go) to range instead of three or four. If the scope doesn't make it, I may go a little bigger. Best part: either way I'm only out fifteen bucks and this bag will easily get used for something else. Zipper pulls not set up to use a lock easily, but then again never plan on having it out of my sight when in use.

Thanks for all the suggestions, including the testimonials for "proper" range bags.

tw1112
January 19, 2003, 01:21 AM
I just received my iShot bags(1 large and 1 small) and I couldn't be happier! The bag design and build quality is A++++ material! Just got back from the range and this bag sure beats the backpack I was using before!

Skunkabilly
January 19, 2003, 01:10 PM
http://www.eagleindustries.com/images/prodimages/p_DPS-1014.gif

This Eagle one looks quite spiffy.

eap
January 19, 2003, 01:43 PM
since my old bag is getting small i picked up an i-shot bag. these have gotten good reviews, it comes in a color besides black(green), which is rare for "gun" stuff:rolleyes: , and the price($50) can't be beat.

i really liked the removable inside bag, the mag holders and the other pad to lay my pistols on. really like the fact it's not black! it doesn't look like i'm going on a raid to the neighbors.:scrutiny:

i also picked up a plano storage box for ammo. like the surplus ammo cans but plastic with a tray. i've been stuffing my ammo in my bag and it gets pretty heavy and a pain to take in and out of the truck. helps free up space in my bag too.

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