Range Gear


January 8, 2003, 06:14 PM
On a separate but connected thread regarding range bags or boxes...

What do you take to the range?

For instance, my basic range gear is:

Ammo(s) for gun(s)
Hearing protection
Eye protection
Note book
Spotting Scope
Targets (pistol, rifle)
Sight adjusting screwdriver
Cleaning rod, bore brush, jag and patches, solvent, lube
Bench rest support and sand bags

If I'm doing load development, add:
Chronograph and stand
Peak Pressure Meter

By determining what you need to take, you can more adequately assess your need for a bag or box. (In my case, a small hand truck.....)

Any other thoughts?

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January 9, 2003, 07:20 AM
Living here in Sunny Florida I would have to add lots of sunblock and lots of water and don't forget the bugspray!

Something else that I have found useful is to have a container of Wipe'Ems in my range bag.

January 9, 2003, 03:01 PM
Here's what I take with me and what fits in my iShot bag:

- Guns, Up to 3 in separate compartments, but could probably fit more
- Magazines, has loops for up to 8
- Ammo, whatever is the flavor of the day
- Ear muffs
- Extra ear plugs, just in case
- Cleaning kit, has rod, brush, jag, patches, etc.
- Speed loader, saves the thumbs to shoot longer
- Letter size paper targets with Shoot-N-C's attached
- Roll of masking tape
- Small bottle of Break Free
- Rubber gloves, in case I clean it immediately after
- Pen
- Small screwdriver for sight adjustment
- Paper towels, to wrap the muzzle of guns afterward, keeps things cleaner
- Towel & wet wipes, keeps hands clean
- Sales receipts for my guns, in case anyone asks

I think that about covers it.

January 9, 2003, 03:18 PM
I usually take...

shooting glasses
hearing protection
Rig grease
small screwdriver
Targets, once in a while

I try to go light, so I don't have a lot of things to keep track of...I am bad about losing things.:)

January 9, 2003, 11:24 PM
Add a small first aid kit.

I never can get a range season without some type of cut on my hands.

January 10, 2003, 07:36 AM
Hearing protection
Eye protection
Gunsmith screwdriver

January 10, 2003, 11:17 AM
I might add a timer to the list.

January 10, 2003, 03:13 PM
I stopped bringing anything other than water to drink because of the bugs.

January 11, 2003, 12:49 AM
I usually bring:
2 guns
200 - 500 rounds of ammo for each gun
screwdriver, small pair of binoculars, eyes & ears & a rag
Membership ID to the range

January 11, 2003, 09:01 AM
I would add a fold up chair or stool (in case I have to wait for a

shooting lane or just want to take a break), and a small towel.

Also extra batteries for anything electronic (muffs, crono, timers


January 14, 2003, 07:44 PM
Having a snack available is always a good option also.

Dave Markowitz
January 18, 2003, 09:13 PM
I bring:

Guns and appropriate ammo.
Cleaning kit (take down rod, patches, a few Q-Tips, old toothbrush).
Bore solvent.
Some Windes (to neutralize the salts from corrosive ammo).
Ear plugs (I wear glasses all the time so I don't need shooting glasses.)
MTM Jammit target stand.
Staple gun and box of staples.
Spotting scope or binoculars.
A hat with a brim.
Bug repellent.
Pen and notebook.
Canteen and maybe a snack.

[Edited to add:]
Lyman stubby ratchet screwdriver.
Hoppe's gun screwdriver.
Gerber Multiplier, if I remember to pack it.

January 19, 2003, 09:01 PM
For handguns, I usually use a backpack with at least 2200 inĀ³ (have three from different maufacturers). These will hold at least 4 different guns in their OE cases. Plus hold a few other things like ammo, paper targets, towels, etc.

Having been fed up with hiding and forgetting where I put my cleaning and repair tools, safety equipment, targets, etc in different locations, I finally put all that crap in one plastic toolbox that comes along to the range. At least one time I've had a bullet lodge in the barrel due to no powder charge and had to pack up because I didn't have a dowel and hammer to pound it out. A hammer and rod are in the box. A few times I didn't have an Allen wrech to adjust things. A set of Standard, English and Torx are in the box. Etc. Basically, I've gone over what has happened in my past at the range and put it in the toolbox to prevent it from happenning again.

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