What's in YOUR gun bag?


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Caedo
July 9, 2011, 10:59 PM
So, I've been antsy to go shooting lately, and having gotten a fresh new can of Mosin ammo to satisfy my cravings, I checked my gun bag this morning to ensure that I am all set to go on Monday. And a question popped into my head. Am I the only one who carries so much crap around with him? Does everyone else really even have a "gun bag" they take on range trips?

Because I'm curious to know, and just for the hell of it, I want to know what everyone has in their gun bags. If you have more than one, list them! My gun bag is a range bag and cleaning supplies bag, which may not be recommended, but it really works for me and I like having everything in one place.

I am only 18, and though I shoot a lot of guns on a regular basis, I only technically own one in my name, so my gun bag is a little centered around my Mosin 91/30, which I love dearly.

I have..


Two bottles of Hoppe's #9 Powder Solvent
A can of Rem-Oil
The oil bottle that came with the Mosin
The tools that came with the Mosin, in a really nice leather pouch
God only knows how many rifle patches
A cloth pouch with all of my rod-end accessories. Brushes and jags and loops, etc.
A few pads of red Scotch Bright in case of surface rust on my bolt
A few sheets of sand paper, with varying grit levels all the way up to 600.
The Mosin's Century Arms manual. I don't use it or need it, but I keep it.
My cleaning rod, which are sections that screw together. It's brass. I really want a one piece rod, though.
My 7x50 binoculars, to see how crappy my groups are at long ranges
A T50 Staple Gun to hang up targets at the range, and a buncha spare staples.


It's true. I take everything BUT the kitchen sink with me to the range. :)

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Shienhausser
July 9, 2011, 11:04 PM
1 Smith and Wesson 686.
200-400 .357 Mag rounds.
1 Leather shooting gloves.
2 Earplugs.
1 Glasses.

mrbro
July 9, 2011, 11:31 PM
Hoppes Rest
Bean bags
screwdrivers and leatherman
handi-wipes
2 sets of muffs
targets
stapler
duct tape

ammo goes in other bags

tripod and spotting scope (often forgotten)

case of clay pigeons always in the trunk

bag with water bottles (water good!)

F-Body Demon
July 9, 2011, 11:45 PM
Yellow Shooting Glasses
Ear Plugs

Brass Cleaning Rod, Jag, Loop and BoreBrush (for when I finish shooting)
Hopps #9
Copper Solvent
CLP
Boresnake (for while im shooting)
3 Red Shop rags
!!!Q-Tips!!!
Allen wrench set
Screwdriver set
Adjustable Pliers
And a good set of Soft/Med/Hard brushes

I also like to make sure I have a good sling on my rifle and a big leather glove for my non-shooting hand so I can eliminate my pulse from effecting my shots.

I also like to bring el-cheapo paper plates to shoot as targets, 100 for $1.29. The white ones show hits really easily so I can see them from up to 100 yards with no optics.

Also bring masking tape to cover shot hits in my good targets for when im shooting a real target (not dinnerware)

Your saying you shoot a Nagant, which is cool. I was shooting my Mausers when I was 18 (7 years ago) because they were cheap back then. So I can understand your itch! Stay with it! The older you get the cooler your toys get!

GCBurner
July 9, 2011, 11:56 PM
I don't carry cleaning supplies to the range, other than a rag for wiping things off if they're oily, greasy. or get sand on them. I carry a multi-tool for loose screws, jams, and minor adjustments. I usually bring cold water to drink, particularly this time of year, but I keep it in a separate insulated bag. The day pack I use as a range bag contains:

hearing and eye protection
paper targets, target pasters, stapler & staples
spotting scope and table tripod
small first aid kit
Swiss Spirit multi-tool
boxes of ammo for whatever I'm shooting that day
magazines, as required
shooter's notebook and pen for making notes about loads, groups, sight settings, etc.
clean rag for gun items, and wet wipes for me
crushable hat and sun screen


The guns travel in a separate gun case. I keep my benchrest in the trunk of the car, for when I'll be shooting rifles from the bench.

Chris Rhines
July 10, 2011, 12:31 AM
I have a bunch of shooting bags, and most of them have the usual shooting stuff in them. Here are a couple of less common things I find handy.

3x5" and 5x8" index cards. My favorite targets. Cheap, easily replaced, useful sizes, and they come in many colors.
Nail clippers. I'm always tearing and splitting nails while reloading my shotgun, loading magazines, etc...
A blowout kit. (https://www.tacmedsolutions.com/store/Products_Detail.php?ProductID=56) We've all seen the YouTube videos, right? If we're going to be playing with guns, being prepared for a gunshot wound is not a bad idea, no?
Sharpies. Handy for marking targets, making index marks on guns, numbering magazines, etc.
Gorilla Tape. For field repairs of broken slings, broken holsters, hanging targets, and a thousand other things.
Microfiber cloth. I keep one in a ziploc bag in my glasses case, and another for general wiping down in the outside pocket of my gun bag.

-C

FIVETWOSEVEN
July 10, 2011, 12:35 AM
Some shotgun shells, About 40 slugs and 45 rounds of buckshot both factory and reloads.

Furncliff
July 10, 2011, 12:37 AM
Large Midway range bag...(man I love that thing)
Anywhere from 3 -6 handguns
Magazines and speed loaders
Lula loader
Ear muffs
Spare foam ear protectors
spare batteries for optics

The ammo carrier that came with the bag
Stacked with CF ammo.

Modified aluminum case.
A large variety of .22 ammo
Targets
Tape
Magazines for target rifles
Sunshade for scope
Glass cleaner for the optics
Lens brush
Tools, pliers, screw drivers a set of allen wrenches, bore light
Pens, pencils, markers
Razor knife
Small gun oil
Spare safety glasses for guest
Small flex wire cleaning kit (I should carry a cleaning rod too)

Hard side briefcase
Carries the Chrono when its needed

Medium sized mechanics tool box
This is padded and carries the spotting scope to see how poor my groups are at long range:)

I shoot about twice a week and there's a bunch of stuff that just lives in my truck. Target frames, metal gongs and on and on. Just listing it all here makes me feel pretty silly:o

Toforo
July 10, 2011, 01:01 AM
Same here - a couple of range bags "ready to go" (except guns/ammo) depending on "where, when, and what" -
- but here are a few things that are in EACH of the range bags.....

- thumb tacks/stickie-pins (to hang stuff like paper targets)

- a few paper targets (and tape and markers to patch and write notes on the targets)

- ear protection (both plugs and headsets) - eye protection

- two "multi-tools" - one general and one for 1911's

- Maglula magazine reloader (yes, one for each bag)

- de-leading (treated) cloth; silicon (impregnated) cloth;
.45cal "bore-snake" soaked in Ballistol (works ok for 9mm .38 .357 .40 as well) and kept in a zip-lock bag -
I do a quick "range cleaning wipe down" before I head home just in case something happens and I don't get around to a proper "post range-day" cleaning for a day or two..

- several small and several large ziplock bags (to pick up range brass) or anything I need them for

- gloves (shooting gloves and surgical gloves)

- minor medical kit including: band-aids, medical tape, "gallon-size" tea bags (GREAT "astringant" and emergency pressure pack for minor wounds - major wounds if necessary) - stole tea-bag idea from a Veterinarian I shoot with.....

That sounds like a lot of stuff, but it's really not - it all fits in the different outside pockets of my range bags....

(GOOD thread, nice to get other ideas from it - thanks! lol)

;)

wrs840
July 10, 2011, 01:09 AM
OK. Fun thread. I like it.

Midway compact range bag ( I have two and really like them, one at home, one under my desk at the day job )... Each carries:

A stack of 8.5 x 11" targets off the copier. A roll or two of "Staples" brand tape for taping targets to boards or cardboard boxes (at home or work I'm shooting outdoors with 55gal blue plastic barrels to set targets on). A 100 ft tape measure. A fat supply of foam earplugs. A set of safety glasses. One set of cans. Several surveyor's flags. A pistol rug. A couple of washcloths to wipe sweat from my forehead. A couple of Sharpies. A few zip-lock plastic bags handy to put brass in if I forgot to bring a coffee can to put brass in.

Beyond that, it's whatever I'm going to shoot that day. I have learned that I have more fun if I limit what I intend to shoot in any given session to two firearms max, plus whatever I'm CCing at the time, and when possible, preferably all in the same caliber.

b.thomas
July 10, 2011, 02:32 AM
At my local indoor range:
handguns
extra mags
UpLULA loader
ammo
eye/ear protection
Gun cloth

outdoor range in about a hour away so:
everything above plus shotguns and everything I'll need for that..................which usually includes the kitchen sink! :D

USAF_Vet
July 10, 2011, 11:18 AM
The range I go to is about a four minute walk from my gun safe, so I don't take a whole lotta stuff to the range. Usually, it's whatever gun I'm using, ammo, targets, hearing/ eye protection and maybe a camp chair. I leave everything else at home.

Mick_W
July 10, 2011, 01:58 PM
In my main bag not including rifle/shotgun case.
-Couple sets of ear protection
-Couple pairs of Safety Glasses
-Multitool and mosin tool kit
-Cleaning rag
-4-6 handguns
-Ammo for whatever guns I am firing(400-500rds total typically)
-Mags/sppedloaders for whatever guns I bring

I don't typically bring cleaning supplies with, I typically check the firearms before they go in the bag to make sure they are good to go and that hasn't failed me yet.

montanaoffroader
July 10, 2011, 02:50 PM
Range bag:

Ammo

Ear plugs and muffs

Ammo

Pocket cleaning kit

Ammo

Extra magazines

Ammo

Screwdriver, Leatherman, and few misc tools

Ammo

Thumbtacks

More Ammo.............

I keep a few basics in the bag and then stuff it full of ammo, and sometimes I need 2 or 3 extra containers for the overflow.......:D

animator
July 10, 2011, 03:00 PM
Mine generally depends on what I'm shooting for the day. I don't bring cleaning equipment, other than a rod.


Mostly, it consists of the magazines for the weapons I intend to shoot that day. I always take two mags per rifle per shooter, in case one is not working for some reason.


I also take eye/ear protection for each shooter I happen to be with. Usually, it's just myself, but any time I have someone else with me, I have them covered, even if they have their own.


Stapler for posting paper targets, with a supply of staples.


A small assortment of tools/wrenches. Even if I don't need them, there's almost always someone at the range that does. I loan them out, and make sure to get them back.


Ammo goes in ammo cans, spotting scope goes in its own bag, and everything else fits in the range bag. I don't need a lot. If I have to make more than 2 trips to the car, I have too much stuff.

Nushif
July 10, 2011, 03:01 PM
This one is easy.

A special tapered aluminium rod to tap out squibs ...
Ammunition ...
One bottle of Hobbes Lube ...
Ear muffs.

And finally: Any handguns that are not in my holster.

If I get a squib, I end up usually tapping it out with a rock, so no hammer, either. Yeah. I pack light. Whever I go. I hate carrying things in my hands. So all this is in a backpack in the first place.

Dr.Rob
July 10, 2011, 08:33 PM
See my reply in this thread and I'll say it again,

TOLIET PAPER

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=571684&highlight=range+bag

Weevil
July 10, 2011, 09:22 PM
Ear muffs
Ear plugs
Targets
A pair of safety glasses
Clothes pins
A soft cloth

Josh45
July 11, 2011, 12:43 AM
I usually carry to bags cause one is actually a small backpack...

The backpack contains

1x SP-01
1X Taurus PT 145 Mil Pro
1x Lorcin .25
Ear plugs
Glassess

The second bag

Ammo. About 200 rounds of 9mm
About 100-200 rounds of .45
555 rounds of 22
Hoppes #9
Cleaning Patches
Rem-Oil
Cleaning cloth

The usual stuff....

CapnMac
July 11, 2011, 01:07 AM
Well, I got a good deal on those sorta-military bags with six external pockets and a shoulder strap.
One is for pistols, the other for rifles. Both have a Case, Individual, First-Aid clipped on. Both have a mini-carabiner holding a key-chain box for hearing protection. The bags have an internal pocket between the outside pouches and the inner space, so, there's a note pad and at least one Sharpie in each.

Then, they diverge.
There are some cut-down sheets of printer dots are in the rifle bag. Pouches are about half empty to carry spare magazines for which ever long arm is going out. There's a couple of MTM boxes to gather stripper or en bloc clips. And a multi-tool. Which sits on two packages of pocket-sized Kleenex (multiple uses).

Pistol bag has spare magazines for all the pistols (prevents forgetting them). There's an MTM box with extra hearing protection, a "golf-tool" style multi tool. The pistol bag has blank scoring sheets for the TX CHL test, too.

Inner compartments have plenty of space for ammo or accessories, depending upon need. This is spiffy in practice. Grab the ammo wanted; stage it to the bag; leave bag by door; take same.

Spotting scope, rest and sand bags, spare set of muffs, all have their own tote bag.

stonecutter2
July 11, 2011, 09:32 AM
I keep a range bag packed with things I might need.

Hand stapler + box o' staples
Ammo for whatever I'm shooting
Earplugs (extras for whoever might need a pair)
Ear Muffs
A lighter (for starting a bonfire if I want to)
2 digital camo rags
Binoculars and/or Spotting scope
Cleaning rod/patches
Rem Oil
Hand sanitizer
Band Aids
10/22 Mags
Shooting gloves
A holster or two

In the back of my SUV I have a rectangular, flat storage tote that has targets, bench rests, and other random things in it.

csa77
July 11, 2011, 12:23 PM
aside from ammo and guns.

roll of tape
magic markers-black and red
many sheets of white printer paper
screwdrivers-for adjustable sights
knife-helpfull in removing FTE's from ruger MK3
afew paper towes- to dry gun or my hands
earplugs as back up for electronic headphones
Sansa Mp3 player to plug into my headphones
afew jollyranchers

i use the white printer paper as cheap targets, i draw my targets using the tape roll to make perfect circles- black for the ring red for the center. also use tape to hold paper to the cardboard.

Mike1234567
July 11, 2011, 01:08 PM
Firearm(s)
Cartridges
Muffs
Safety Glasses
Whiskey (just kidding)

ETA: Oh... and mags.

ny32182
July 11, 2011, 01:27 PM
I have..

Two bottles of Hoppe's #9 Powder Solvent
A can of Rem-Oil
The oil bottle that came with the Mosin
The tools that came with the Mosin, in a really nice leather pouch
God only knows how many rifle patches
A cloth pouch with all of my rod-end accessories. Brushes and jags and loops, etc.
A few pads of red Scotch Bright in case of surface rust on my bolt
A few sheets of sand paper, with varying grit levels all the way up to 600.
The Mosin's Century Arms manual. I don't use it or need it, but I keep it.
My cleaning rod, which are sections that screw together. It's brass. I really want a one piece rod, though.
My 7x50 binoculars, to see how crappy my groups are at long ranges
A T50 Staple Gun to hang up targets at the range, and a buncha spare staples.

It's true. I take everything BUT the kitchen sink with me to the range.

You have a long way to go before reaching kitchen sink level. :D

I clean at home, so I don't bring cleaning gear... my bag is pretty light compared to some (typically centered around IDPA). It all fits in a small Midway range bag and typically contains:

-Pistol(s)
-mags
-200-400rds of ammo
-Holster/mag carriers
-Eyes/ears
-binder clips for targets
-target pasters
-shot timer
-gun club badge
-hand towel
-selection of allen wrenches, screwdrivers, and sight adjustment tools
-Notebook and pen
-IDPA rulebook
-Photocopy Form 1s/4s
-A few spare Glock parts
-athletic tape
-Brass bag

Outside the range bag, depending on what I am shooting that day, I will have targets, chrono, vest, belt, shoes, rifle rest, food/water... etc.

wooldl
July 11, 2011, 03:09 PM
I carry all my stuff in a 5 gallon bucket with the foam cooler lining and a lift-out shelf. I have.....

10/22 mags
CZ 452 mags
ear plugs
safety glasses
Sharpie marker
small notebook
ink pen
targets
Gerber multi-tool
various allen wrenches
sight adjustment tools for Tech-sights and SKS
22 ammo
a few Enbloc clips loaded for my M1
staple gun and staples


I carry most 30-06, 7.62x39, 9 mm and 45 cal ammo in individual ammo cans.

BullfrogKen
July 11, 2011, 05:42 PM
My local range is only a few miles from the house, so if I find I really need something I can usually run home and get it.

But a good first aid kit stays in my car.


I got a large MidwayUSA bag, too (I love that thing).
I keep extra eyes and ears in it.
Stapler, extra staples, Sharpie, masking tape and target pasters.
A chamber safety flag (some ranges do require it, so I keep one in there)
A Pachmayr gunsmith screwdriver kit, and a solid, 8 inch .35 cal brass rod (squib rod).
Waterless hand soap and a shop towel.
Bug spray and sun screen.
A few red (drone) guns, a drone knife, and orange dummy rounds for training.

I'm sure there's other stuff in there, but short of unpacking it this is what I can think of just off the top of my head.


When I travel I take a plastic toolbox full of weapons cleaning gear.

RichBMW
July 12, 2011, 07:16 AM
Leupold Spotting Scope w/tripod
Vanguard folding gun rest
Howard Leight "Max" foam ear plugs
Appropriate magazines for guns I am shooting
Appropriate ammo for guns I am shooting
Uplula magazine loader for easy 9mm-.45 magazine loading
"The Ultimate Cliploader" for easy loading of my Ruger MKIII magazines
Supply of "Orange Peel" or "Shoot-N-C" targets
All above contained in an Uncle Mike's Range Bag
Tools, staplers, large targets are all available at my Gun Club's range.
I do all my gun cleaning at home.

bannockburn
July 12, 2011, 09:07 PM
Besides handguns:

Spare magazines
Magazine loaders
Swiss Army Knife and several small to medium screwdrivers
Flashlight
Shooting glasses and earmuffs
Shooting gloves
Targets and bright orange stickers
Pens, pencils, and china markers
Tape

Ammo carried in separate bag

Spotting scope carried in separate case

cofcman
July 13, 2011, 10:33 PM
Indoor city range:

- Ruger P89
- 9mm ammo
- eyes and ears
- microfiber cloth
- swiss army knife
- band aids
- alcohol wipes
- extra mags
- extra batteries

Outdoors desert wilderness range:
All the above plus a 2nd bag

- 12g ammo
- targets: paper, golf ball, soda bottle/can, etc
- tool kit
- first aid kit
- cleaning kit
- binoculars
- florescent spray paint
- staple gun
- tinted eyes
- extra hat


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