What Do you Keep in Your Range Bag?


December 26, 2002, 05:14 PM
Santa brought me a new and much needed range bag for Christmas. What do you keep in yours (or should keep )?

I keep ear protection, goggles, field glasses, the guns I plan to practice with, ammo, masking tape and old t-shirt to clean my guns off.

What am I missing?

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December 26, 2002, 05:18 PM
Non perishable food.

Junk food... "It does a body good." :D

Sleeping Dog
December 26, 2002, 05:21 PM
A small bottle of windshield washer fluid, for cleanup after corrosive ammo.

Screwdriver, channel-locks, locktite, allen wrenches, patches, AK front sight adjuster, M1 SLED, pen, Mossberg M44 magazine, cleaning rod, jags.


December 26, 2002, 05:23 PM
Pretty much the same stuff you've got. Add a stapler for putting up targets, spare magazines so I don't leave 'em at home,
a multi-tool just 'cause if you need one, you need one, a three-piece cleaning rod 'cause once again if you need it you really need it.

December 26, 2002, 05:32 PM
Aw, you're forgetting the really useful stuff. Brass for calibers you don't own anymore. Foam ear plugs that turned to concrete a decade ago. Empty staple boxes. Reloads that some guy you'd never met before gave you, and you swear someday you're going to pull apart and reload yourself.

December 26, 2002, 05:35 PM
I use a small "mechanics toolbag" for a range bag, and it keeps me from stuffing everything but the kitchen sink in it just to go shooting.

I generally pack 2 guns & mags, ammo, shooting glasses, a rag, and ear protection.

It's small & economical, compact, and it's easy to tote around.

I used to have a huge "range bag", that was chock full of pretty much anything I or someone else might need, but it was just a pain to lug around...

El Tejon
December 26, 2002, 05:35 PM
[running down to armoury, running back]

Moist towlets (handiwipes, whatever) for cleaning hands,
tape for paper targets,
trash bags for collecting trash,
eyes, clear and tinted,
ears, extra set in case anyone forgets,
ear plugs,
gunsmithing tools (hammer, bigger hammer),
cleaning and lubing stuff (patches, rod, q-tips, bushing wrench),
marker for marking targets,
training mags,
list of drills in outside pocket,
pocket change,
Kotex and tape.

Oh, yeah, I wrote my name, address, phone number on the outside of the bag. Handy if you fly with it.

Oh, oh, yeah, in the summer I keep sunscreen (Bullfrog so I don't sweat it off) and bug stuff. None of those are a concern for me at present.:D

December 26, 2002, 05:49 PM
pen/notepad (gotta keep track of what kinds of malfunctions, if any, and how many rounds into the session it occured)
cleaning kit
large towel to drape over the bench (keeps things cleaner and lessens the chance of getting splinters off that dang old bench)
eye/ear protection
buttload of ammo
every mag i can find
oh yeah, and the guns.

but a range session wouldnt be complete if i didnt forget at least one item.

December 26, 2002, 05:55 PM
Sounds like I need to add a few small tools and some cleaning rods and paraphenalia for "just in case".

I do keep some extra ear plugs (to go with my headset type ear protection) as well. They come in handy when the range guy puts me too close to someone with a cannon. I also keep a writing pen in my bag because I tend to write on my targets (circle all the holes so I can see what new holes I'm making, date the target, etc).

Any other magic items to make my bag complete?

rock jock
December 26, 2002, 05:58 PM
Stapler with spare staples, Sharpie pen, can of white spray paint for swing targets, one or two of most magazines. Actually, the only thing I do NOT carry in my range bag is guns.

December 26, 2002, 06:18 PM
Pretty much anything i might ever need or think someone else might ever need.

I started out with a plastic cleaning supply tray that with ammo, eyes and ears, and a few essentials, ( sharpie, targets, tape) Now I have a range bag big enough to qualify as checked baggage, and which would certainly be assesed a fee for being overweight.

Gotta lighten up

December 26, 2002, 06:31 PM
Birchwood/Casey Shoot-n-See targets
Masking tape for targets
Stapler and box of staples for targets
Candybar wrapped inside of towel, inside of plastic bag
Extra plastic bags or ziplocks to take empty brass home with
Leatherman tool
Foam ear plugs, and non-foam ear plugs
Shooting glasses/goggles
Pen and some paper for writing stuff with
Binocs and rangefinder :D
A couple small boxes of 22LR ammo

In another small mechanics bag, I have all of my cleaning gear, that fits inside of the range bag, complete with solvent, patches, rags, scissors, cleaning rod, brushes, jags, lube, rubber mallet and matches.

December 26, 2002, 06:32 PM
Kotex and tape.
And you would bring these along because....

December 26, 2002, 07:29 PM
I keep a range bottle of FP-10, qtips, toothpicks, eye and ear protection, ammo, knive/s, penlight, money, masking tape, targets, shoot and sees, my guns, a small rag, various colored pens, and screw driver.

December 26, 2002, 07:40 PM
Ammo (some for every gun I own, even though I usually only bring one or two at a time to the range.)

Staple gun
Paper towels
Hand wipes (diaper-wipe type thingies)
Duct tape
Foam plugs
First aid kit
Paper plates (for when I forget my targets)
Paper clamps (for when I run out of staples)

I usually forget something, even so. Once I went with no guns but what I happened to have on my belt. I was not pleased.

-Jorah (aka The Airhead)

December 26, 2002, 08:03 PM
Screwdrivers, for sight adjustments. Allen wrenches for scope mounts, comps, grip screws. Cleaning rod, knife, and any other tools you might need.

Navy joe
December 26, 2002, 08:33 PM
And you would bring these along because....

Because they are excellent materials for patching bullet holes in people. I keep guaze, battle dressings and ace bandage for the same reasons. Everything else varies with the intent of the range visit. Spare anything I might need in short.

El Tejon
December 26, 2002, 08:39 PM
SK, you stuff the Kotex into any new holes and tape over until you can get to the horsepistol.

Saith the wise man in Tejas, "no one thinks about bleeding until they are." Further, to paraphrase Roosevelt I, make plans for trouble and you won't have any.

Part of being around guns is accepting the fact that firearms are dangerous and are used to make holes in people. We follow the 4 Rules as they are life, but sometimes others around us who are too cool to train do not follow these 4 Rules (they have their own adopted from gun rags). When people fail to adhere to our precious 4 Rules, they can make those around them bleed. We stop the bleeding and we hope save their life.

Like our firearms, we hope never to use the Kotex or our medical training, but it is there just in case.;)

Sleeping Dog
December 26, 2002, 09:11 PM
Then there's the detritis.

Bunches of stripper clips from 8mm ammo, and a few cotton bandoliers for the same. Empty brass that I WILL get around to cleaning and sizing, SOON. A broken Tasco scope (no reticle) that I use when I forget the spotting scope or just cant be bothered with it. A stripper clip full of 7.62x39 that seems to just sit there. Two keys, but can't remember what they fit.

Someone mentioned a stapler. Good addition to the pile.


December 26, 2002, 09:47 PM
I wish it was just A bag. When the "Gang of Five" goes to the range it is with BAGS!!! Four of them.

1 bag with rifle ammo (at least 6 different calibers), magazines, cleaning rod and gear.

1 bag with shotgun ammo (.410, 20 and 12 ga.), cleaning rod and gear, and sundries such as different choke tubes and wrench.

1 bag (now a nice box after I got one for Christmas) for pistol ammo (.22, 9mm, .357sig and .40), cleaning rod and gear.

The last bag is full of safety gear, stapler and staples, targets, binos for spotting, camcorder, etc.

I am in the process of converting a closet into the designated storage area for all of this stuff. Can't wait to have it all in one spot!

Our club range is just a couple of miles down the road and is almost always deserted. It's great to get everyone set up at a station and just go at it. When my wife and I get a place further up state we are going to build an all-weather shooting station onto the back of the house so we don't have to load anything but our magazines!

December 26, 2002, 10:15 PM
Haven't seen this one yet.....scope cleaning pen. Great to have.

December 26, 2002, 10:41 PM
spare mags
eyes x 2
ears x 2
staple gun/staples
shooting/batters gloves
plastic container with spare parts
T-handle punch, the only tool you need for a glock.;)

December 26, 2002, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by El Tejon
[running down to armoury, running back]

gunsmithing tools (hammer, bigger hammer),

Reminds me of the adage..."Use the right tool for the job."
Which brings me to...
JackShandys addendum..."The right tool is whatever you have handy."

Seriously, what specific bags do you guys have. What brand/model would you recommend for, say, two handguns (one revolver & one auto) w/ ammo?

December 26, 2002, 11:08 PM
El Tejon, makes perfect sense.

December 26, 2002, 11:16 PM
I'm going to clarify a little:
My range bag contains the items I listed plus up to five handguns.

In a medium sized Rubbermaid box is everything else: targets, the stapler & staples, ear muffs & glasses (enough for 4 extra persons, sons friends like to go), a large plastic soft drink cup with a lid to put empty casings into, sandbags and anything else I might need at the range.

If the kids go there's a couple boxes of empty bottles, milk jugs to be filled with water and any non-functional electronic device they can get their hands on. Great having a trash pit at the range!

I got tired of getting to the range and finding I had forgotten something, putting the stuff in the Rubbermaid ensures that if I need it it'll be there.

deputy tom
December 26, 2002, 11:33 PM
My buddy said He was happy that I purchased a small range bag so I wouldn't carry a ton of stuff that I'd never use.I have to admit that time He was right.Put a carp in a tank and He'll grow to fit.tom.;)

December 27, 2002, 12:07 AM
I have a Medium Size Range Bag, I believe. Itsa Wal-mart special and holds:

- 2 Pistols in Rugs
- Stapler, Masking tape
- .22 Target Gauge
- Small set of targets
- A couple of bricks of .22
- a couple of boxes of Win. White Box 9mm FMJ
- 1 box of Win. White Box 9mm JHP
- Eyes and Ear Protection
- Pen and notepad
- Gerber Legend 800 MultiTool
- Bore snakes(.22 & 9MM)
- Handi-wipes in resealable packaging

I haven't developed a Skeet Range bag yet. When I do, I'll buy a new bag.

December 27, 2002, 01:07 AM
Let's see...eyes, ears, ammo (500 22lr & 200 or so 9mm or 45 acp), orange dots, masking tape, screwdriver, binoculars, multi-tool, extra mags & the 2 guns I've brought....oh, & my club membership card.

ed dixon
December 27, 2002, 01:26 AM
Only use a range "box" that has small, collapsible versions of all cleaning supplies, tools(including a mill bastard for filing iron sights), eyes/ears, patches-flints-jags(for blackpowder), some stick-on flourescent bullseyes, price tags to cover old holes, instant-blue pen, and... finally upgraded to a stapler after years using a vial filled with pushpins. (No, I don't carry a plastic change purse.);)

December 27, 2002, 08:47 AM
Thanks all for your posts. Perhaps we all get a better idea of what we need or don't need in our range bag as a result.

It appears to me that I'm hauling around all the essential stuff. I will likely add some small tools and guns cleaning paraphenalia plus a small rubber mallet that I already have and I'll be there. To the extent that I add the tools, I may keep them in a small bag inside my range bag.

Again, thank you all for sharing.

December 27, 2002, 11:25 AM
I was introduced to a concept called "bag-itis" a few years ago. Basically, the bigger the bag, the more stuff will be found to carry in it. I purposely bought a small bag so I could only carry the stuff I need.
Big range bags are cool for long shooting excursions/trips/ competitions etc, but for most shooting sessions of just a couple of hours or so...less is more IMHO

Big Al
December 27, 2002, 12:36 PM
Earmuffs, three pairs of glasses, extra foam earplugs, duct tape, stapler, silicone cloth, small sandbag.

December 27, 2002, 04:43 PM
Not too many bench rest shooters here, huh?

Rubber tub with a windage-topped front rest and three or four sand bags, a towel, some targets, pasters, a couple of 6"x6" 1-inch boards, powder for the bags, etc.

Nylon bag w/ shoulder strap that holds a hard case for 2 scoped rifles.

Big bag with the usual tools and cleaning stuff for rifles and shotguns, ears, eyes, targets, etc.

Another bag - what most of you would call a range bag - with handguns and handgun stuff.

Canvas ammo bag (or two).

Canvas ammo bag for the spotting scope if I take one.

I even carry a back-up stapler. :D

Oh yeah, and a cooler in the car for my lunch and maybe supper.


P.S. - If I'm just going for an hour or two I use an old Zenith laptop bag that will hold two pistols, ears, eyes, ammo and targets.

December 27, 2002, 04:57 PM
Duct tape....it holds the universe together.

small screw driver set, cleaner, qtips, stapler, staples, old t-shirt, KFC wet wipes, target, stickers, pen, patch worm, patches, ammo, benchrest, rabbit ears...oh yeah and ammo.

December 29, 2002, 01:07 PM

Mags: 4 Glock, 4 CZ 9mm, 2 CZ .22, 3 Wilson #47

Ammo: 4 boxes of .45 ACP, 2 boxes of 9mm (both S&B). 2 boxes of Wolff Match .22

Protection: Earmuffs. Clear Glasses in case with two other lenses (yellow and smoke)

Cleaning: Gun cloth.

Future plans: gunsmith screwdriver set, small bottle of FP-10

December 29, 2002, 06:06 PM
Actually, I keep my guns, mags and ammo in a range bag, but what I've found works for all the other stuff is a bucket from Home Depot with one of those canvas tool insert things that hangs on the lip of the bucket and has lots of pockets and straps.

Tape , targets, tools, staplegun, extra staples, rubber mallet, extra cleaning rod for squibs, black magic marker (don't know why, just because I like to have one around ;-) ) Big Office Depot Binder Clips (We have to bring our own target stands and cardboard to the range here, I use the clips to hold the cardboard onto the frame)

With all the pockets stuff doesn't get lost in a pile, I can access it easily and can check to see if I packed every thing up when it's time to go home.

It is fondly called "The Bucket 'O Fun" in our house...

December 29, 2002, 06:54 PM
I use one of those tool bags with pockets inside and out for a range bag. It works out great, lots of room inside for essential stuff.

I carry ammo, cleaning rods, eyes and ears, small binos when I don't want to bring the scope, and an original Leatherman. Also the usual staple gun with extra staples, targets and duct tape for messed up target holders. A nice four-way screwdriver, a gunsmith screwdriver set, and a brass hammer/punch set for drifting sights.

A lot of the pockets carry brass after shooting, keeps it separate by caliber. Extra earplugs in case anyone forgets theirs, bug spray in the summer.

All in all, probably pretty standard stuff. The bag does seem to attract all kinds of 'gizzies' as time goes on.

December 29, 2002, 07:50 PM
The guns I'll be shooting that day, mags, ammo, ears, pen. May add pliers.

I used to keep the cleaning stuff in there too, but now that stays at home in a separate bag.

December 29, 2002, 09:23 PM
My Green Mountain range bag isn't that heavy. Excluding the pistol, ammo, holster rig, and magazines:

squib rod/cleaning rod
cleaning jig/brush set
small brass mallet
punch set
magazine brush
extra fiber optic
lens cleaning packets
Super Leatherman
bushing wrench (no idea why I have that, my IPSC guns are all bushingless...go figure)
STI spare parts (every pin/bolt/spring and part, less slide/barrel/grip/frame)
small towel

Not much at all! Now, we won't talk about all the junk that fills up the big toolbox on my truck...targets, 4 pound sledge, rain gear, sweater, hats, target tape, target stands, 10" spikes, tarp...etc., etc...


December 29, 2002, 11:02 PM
Besides having alot of what has been previously mentioned, I carry a first aid kit after my first "Garand thumb" years ago.

I also carry some spare change, sun screen, range membership cards, etc.

December 29, 2002, 11:17 PM
Peltor Tac-6
Eye protection- Sun and clear
Extra Ear and eye protection
Clif Bar
Loopy Lenspen
Kotex and Tape (...yeahyeah...I need to buy a Blow-Out kit)

December 29, 2002, 11:18 PM
Range bag???

Who the heck only has one?

Mark IV Series 80
December 29, 2002, 11:20 PM
I didn't see this one mentioned:

Toilet Paper

and packaged "Wet Ones" wipes for cleaning-up afterward.

December 30, 2002, 09:14 AM
Actually, I use a tool box from Home Depot. It has the following:

cleaning supplies (there's a lot of this stuff)
push pins
hearing / eye protection
screwdriver kits

December 30, 2002, 07:27 PM
My current range bag is also a tool box from Home Depot. It usually holds:

Hearing / Eye protection
extra magazines
mag loading tools
gun cleaning supplies
duct tape (this month's flavor is blue)
paper targets
shoot-n-see targets
small first aid kit
aloe sunburn cooling gel
dry hand cleaner
pocket change
cell phone
small notebook
pens / pencils
manuals if shooting a new gun or adjusting new optics.

December 30, 2002, 07:48 PM
Besides the obvious, ie Magazines, ammo etc.

I have a couple of shop towels, some cleaning patches, a small all-in-one pistol cleaning kit, CLP, a bit of Gun Grease, some q-tips. Also have my ear protection and a pair of leather work gloves. Sharpie pen, sunscreen, mesh bag for spent brass (which rarely gets used in favor of dumping empties into the bag) ALWAYS TP, sometimes a camera.

My "range bag" for rifle shooting is smaller, and includes a 1 piece cleaning rod in the case.

My shotgun kit includes a 2-piece wonder-kleen rod that makes cleaning really really easy.

My black powder range bag is a tacklebox full of tools and gadgets for cleaning, shooting, and repairing front stuffers. This goes inside my range bag in addition to all the regular stuff in there. By FAR the heaviest/biggest range bag I have.

Sometimes you'll find a bottle of water or two, a thermos and some gun show jerky.

Sometimes I think about getting one of those cowboy action carts, or making a red rider wagon into a chuckbox for shootists.

December 30, 2002, 08:22 PM
I cheat

Use stuff at the office of private range. Been known to show up with CCW only. Use Range guns and ammo too.
Backpack or canvas tote if carry another gun(s), neighbors at apts think I'm heading to class

We have all that stuff mentioned above at office...especially med supplies and extra cellphone.

December 30, 2002, 08:26 PM
Paraphernalia - gotta love the stuff!

Go to any major store and look in the luggage dept. You will probably find something that will fit your needs. A cloth gym type bag works for me.

A terrycloth towel is nice to lay your stuff out on and can double as a rag as necessary.

A couple small well made screwdrivers for sight adjustment. A brass or nylon drift for dovetail sights. A smalll hammer.

Everybody else pretty much covered it.

December 30, 2002, 08:38 PM
I use a generic medium duffle bag. In it are:

Extra mags/speedloaders
cellophane tape
duct tape
small screwdrivers for sight adjustment
Dan Wesson tool for the Dan Wesson
Feeler gauge for the Dan Wesson
Lots of ammo
various colored markers/pens/pencils
small spiral notebook
four sets of ear plugs
two pairs of shooting glasses, clear and tinted
change for pop/snack machine
moist towlettes
old rag
shooting gloves (actually they're bike riding gloves)
Molon Labe baseball cap

If going to outdoor range I also pack:

Carpet remnants - one to lay on, and one for in front of muzzle to keep dust down if shooting prone
Cooler with water/ice/pop
old sheet to place on ground where brass lands
target stand
folding chair
insect repellant (although they tend to stay away from concussion of Magnums)
Garbage bags

December 30, 2002, 08:43 PM
I don't have a range bag - I use a Gun-Ho box. In it I have my little Kowa spotting scope, muffs, ammo, scoring plug(s), pens, pencils, money (I usually forget my wallet), gun(s), magazine(s), two screwdrivers, allen wrenches, reading glasses in case I have to shoot open sights, eye patch that clips on my glasses, cleaning kit, firing pin(s), patches, cleaning solvent, battery for dot scope, plastic bag to cover the whole thing with if I'm outdoors and it starts raining, NRA membership card (matches sometimes went your number), spotting scope stand attached to box, old washcloth for setting gun on on bench, a few targets, shot plan. There is probably something I'm missing - it's in the garage.
It's great having a box or bag - I take gun(s) from the safe, put it in the box and I'm ready to go. I used to try and remember to bring all this crap with me and I always forgot something.

December 30, 2002, 09:11 PM
this week it was every thing I needed at the range including blownee samich's and pepsi's. I came prepared. :cool:

December 30, 2002, 09:11 PM
I usually on have targets, ammo, mags, more ammo, handguns, some more ammo, and some small tools. 0h, I also carry ammo for rifles..etc, that I'm not shooting. :rolleyes:

December 31, 2002, 12:40 AM
Items I've found to be very useful are ziplock bags. I use them to organize my stuff - a cleaning kit, a "marking kit" (Sharpie marker and colored self-adhesive dots), mag/speedloader kits for the handguns de jour, first aid kit, munchie kit, etc. I keep several empty ziplock bags for policing and organizing spent brass, general cleanup, etc.

December 31, 2002, 11:01 AM
Thumbtacks... Ziplock bags...

If you go to black powder, you'll need a whole lot more paraphernalia.

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