What's in your range bag?


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Atom Smasher
April 25, 2012, 05:10 PM
I'm putting together a new range bag to take with me for pistol shooting, and got to thinking about what I needed to include. I know some guys who only bring their pistol/mags and ammo, others who bring their entire set of gear.

Personally, I find that I like to have something and not need it rather than need it and not have it, so I bring a lot of stuff:

1. Extra Earpro
2. Extra ammo
3. Small vial of white lithium grease, in case I get a jam - I've never had to use it on my own guns, but have loaned it out more than once
4. Tupperware (for spent brass)
5. Water bottle
6. Mag loader - again, don't usually need it, but on brand-new mags and for people who aren't used to loading a boat-ton of mags every shoot it's nice to have

So what do you guys carry with you to the range? I'm assuming people who shoot a lot of rifles have extra gear, but maybe I'm missing a cool thing that would help me out at the range?

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Hunterdad
April 25, 2012, 05:30 PM
A little screw-driver/gunsmith set, ammo, front and rear bags/rest, eyes & ears, staple gun and targets.

Certaindeaf
April 25, 2012, 05:32 PM
A stout rod.

allaroundhunter
April 25, 2012, 05:34 PM
My range bag is from MidwayUSA and it is fairly large so here is what I put in it for a typical range trip.

1. 2 pistols (Glock 19, S&W M&P9)
2. 3 mags for each pistol (in mag pouches in an outside pocket)
3. 4 AR-15 mags
4. ~300 9mm rounds
5. ~150 .223/5.56 rounds
6. ~40 .270 WSM rounds
7. Ear muffs and plugs (+3 pairs of plugs)
8. Eye pro (+1 extra set)
9. Cleaning rod, lubricant, rag (not a full kit unless breaking in a new rifle)
10. Mag loader with the magazines
11. Targets
12. Staple gun
And I think that's about it, I keep my Leatherman MUT multi-tool on my belt so I don't need any tools in the kit.

moonman16
April 25, 2012, 06:34 PM
TWINKIES, for the coming troubles 2012.

bannockburn
April 25, 2012, 06:34 PM
Atom Smasher

In addition to what you have listed:

1) Protective eyewear
2) Swiss Army knife
3) A couple of small screwdrivers
4) Brass cleaning rod
5) Assortment of pens, china markers, and stick-on target markers
6) Tape
7) Targets
8) Shooting gloves
9) Silicone cleaning rag
10) Spare mags

Furncliff
April 25, 2012, 06:35 PM
:banghead:Take so much stuff I need a hand truck to get it to my vehicle.

JRH6856
April 25, 2012, 06:55 PM
1. Ear plugs
2. Ear muffs (to wear over the plugs when someone is firing a loudenboomer.
3. Shooting glasses
4. Stapler & Staples
5. Silicone gun cloth.
6. Screwdrivers
7. Hex wrenches (folding set)
8. Leatherman multi-tool
9. Masking tape
10. BreakFree CLP
11. 1/4" and 3/8" x 10" hardwood dowels.
12. Towel
13. Brass catcher
14. Binoculars (until I get a spotting scope)
15. Ammo
16. Guns (in pistol rugs)
17. Magazines and speedloaders
18. Targets
19. 2 Sharpie markers, red and black, 1 white china marker.


All carried in a 13"Hx18 1/2"Wx8"D catalog case.

SlowFuse
April 25, 2012, 07:59 PM
My pistol range bag consists of this, I have a rifle range bag also that varies slightly but this gives you the gist of it...

Pistols
Magazines
Strippers
Ammo
Holsters
Targets
Eye Protection
Earmuffs/Plugs + plenty of extras, that goes for eye protection too in case someone didn't bring theirs.
Hat
Hand Sanitizer/Towelettes
A few shop towels
Masking/Electrical tape
Twine/String
Staple Gun
Minimal cleaning kit (rods, oil, lube)
Locks and Keys for triggers/actions
Punch Set
Multi Tool
Decent sized knife
Small Flashlight
Ziploc Bags
Zip Ties
Binoculars
Gun sock(s)
Clothes pins
Pens, Sharpies, Hi-Lighters
NotePad
First aid, small trauma kit, band aids, tampons etc.

Enachos
April 25, 2012, 08:40 PM
1) Pistol of choice
2)Eyes and ears
3)3 Magazines
4)Lee Reloading Press and .40 S&W dies (never know when you might need to do some reloading)
5) Tupperware for brass
6)Cleaning kit
7)Targets
8)Pen/pencil
9)Multi-tool
10)Folding Knife

Plastikosmd
April 25, 2012, 08:58 PM
for me it is range 'bags'

Omaha-BeenGlockin
April 25, 2012, 09:01 PM
Range bag "stuff" is what :)

Walkalong
April 25, 2012, 09:09 PM
Small screw drivers. Allen wrenches. Brass rod. Chrono. Bag for brass. Oil. Pens. Magic marker. Small clip board with my data sheets for chrono data. Stapler. Extra staples. Extra 9V batteries for Chrono and 3032 batteries for Red Dot sights. Temperature & humidity meter. Earmuffs. 3 or 4 sets of new ear plugs.

The first aid/survival kit, along with water and food are always in the car, regardless of where I am going. That is not range bag stuff.

Josh45
April 25, 2012, 09:25 PM
All cleaning gear for pistols.
Lots and lots of ammo
Targets.
Ear protection
Eye protection
Gun smith tools.
ETC

Walkalong
April 25, 2012, 09:27 PM
Eye protection
I knew I was forgetting something easy. :o

jhop73
April 25, 2012, 09:37 PM
bag #1(big midway range bag)
1 to 4 handguns
magazines
galsses
ear muffs
foam ear plugs
staple gun and staples
a couple shop towels
chamber flags
mesh bag for empties
first aid kit
notepad and pen
bag #2(small range bag)
extra eye and ear protection
gunsmith screwdriver set
plastic box with spare pins, springs and screws
squib rod
basic cleaning kit
mosquito spray

plastic ammo can with ammo.


i leave bag 2 in the truck until needed.
i try to keep bags on the lighter side because i have a bad back.

Win1892
April 25, 2012, 09:48 PM
This stays in it all the time:

Cased multi-bit screwdriver set
Micro screwdriver set
borelight
squib rod
Breakfree
remington dry lube
earplugs
3 pairs glasses
sharpie
ziploc bag

Added as needed:

ammo
firearms
magazines

I have a rubbermaid container for targets
A cleaning kit in a multi pocketed bag
Large Pelican for handguns
rifle cases
canvas bags for MTM ammo boxes

O C
April 25, 2012, 09:51 PM
I just go to the range in my service truck. Welder, air compressor, come-along, 6" grinder, impact wrench, assorted hand/power tools. 8000w generator, 9000lb winch, and a small flat blade screwdriver. If I have to, I can make target frames, weld up the shot up ones, power the fridge, and convection oven, put out the box fan, BBQ grill, and wish I had remembered to bring a gun!

JO JO
April 25, 2012, 09:59 PM
pistol of the day
mag
ammo
hearing and eye protection
leatherman all in one folding tool thing
rem oil wet wipes
ziplock bag for brass
note pad and pen for notes on reloads

303tom
April 25, 2012, 10:52 PM
My range bag is, what ever I can shove into the back of the wagon.................

denton
April 26, 2012, 12:41 AM
Lots of good ideas given. Wish I could get a service truck into my range bag. Obviously, I need a bigger bag. (That was a great post, BTW.)

In addition to the good ideas posted....

1. A few dollars in cash and coins.
2. Paper towels, in case I need TP.
3. Small tool kit. Fits in a plastic soap dish. Hex wrenches, screwdrivers, small pliers, etc.
4. Tiny first aid kit. Also fits in a plastic soap dish. 1 bandaid, antibiotic ointment, papaya tablet for bee/wasp stings.
5. Spare ear plugs
6. Small tube of sunscreen, small bottle of near pure DEET.
7. $5 Walgreen light with LED at the end of a gooseneck (bore light).
8. Single AA LED flashlight.
9. Spare batteries for chrono, flashlight, bore light.
10. Small bottle of Rem Oil.

Ringolevio
April 26, 2012, 02:03 AM
1 or 2 pistols, extra mags
Ammo
Earplugs
Can of non-chlorinated auto brake cleaner
Pouch containing: oil, solvent, rod, brushes, jags, & patches (cut from old cotton T-shirts)
Shop towels
The Amazing Sham-Wow
Stick-on target markers and masking tape
"Sharpie" marker
Granola bars, raisins (survival food)

(Leatherman tool always on my belt, Mini-Maglight and gloves always in my pockets)

stl_303
April 26, 2012, 02:13 AM
Good thread!

Mine contains:
1) ammo I plan to use that day
2) clips / chargers
3) safety glasses
4) muffs
5) foam ear plugs for doubling up on the centerfires
6) staple gun and staples
7) LED flashlight I got for free from Harbor Freight
8) front sight adjustment tool
9) punches and small hammer (for stubborn sight adjustment)
10) Rem Oil
11) Hoppe's #9
12) BoreSnakes in ziplock bags (patching and boil-out gets done at home)
13) masking tape
14) those black pincher style paper clips for ranges with wire target hangers
15) Sharpies
16) notebook
17) shop towels
18) Leatherman style multi-tool

It all fits into a Craftsman soft tool sack that I happened to have in the garage.

From this thread I'll be adding: First Aid kit, bug repellent, sun screen

Serenity
April 26, 2012, 02:26 AM
9 mm and mags and 38 special
100+ rounds for each
eyesx2 and ears
markers
dragon patterned duct tape
rem oil
fobus holster
nylon holster
belt
bullfrog bug n sun
cute tin for brass
toe warmers
toilet paper for outhouse
water bottle
wheat thins
super bandage
leatherman is always on me

PaulKersey3
April 26, 2012, 02:26 AM
Tape is always a big one for me. Paper and duct

Dr.Rob
April 26, 2012, 02:36 AM
We've had this discussion many times:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=571684&highlight=range+bag
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=559846&highlight=range+bag
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=507087&highlight=range+bag
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=399198&highlight=range+bag
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=292573&highlight=range+bag
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=246311&highlight=range+bag

I will say it once, and again and again: Toilet Paper, don't leave home without it.

shotgunjoel
April 26, 2012, 03:11 AM
1. Ammo
2. Extra Magazines, speedloaders (if applicable)
3. Targets
4. Duct tape
5. Ear plugs
6. Glasses
7. grocery bag for brass
8. Rag, Hoppe's, Breakfree CLP (especially if shooting corrosive)
9. takedown brass rod
10. Binos (if shooting rifles)
11. Sharpie to mark hits

I am always sure to bring water, a ball cap and my Leatherman Wave too, but they don't go in the bag.

Shoobee
April 26, 2012, 03:30 AM
I'm putting together a new range bag to take with me for pistol shooting, and got to thinking about what I needed to include. I know some guys who only bring their pistol/mags and ammo, others who bring their entire set of gear.

Personally, I find that I like to have something and not need it rather than need it and not have it, so I bring a lot of stuff:

1. Extra Earpro
2. Extra ammo
3. Small vial of white lithium grease, in case I get a jam - I've never had to use it on my own guns, but have loaned it out more than once
4. Tupperware (for spent brass)
5. Water bottle
6. Mag loader - again, don't usually need it, but on brand-new mags and for people who aren't used to loading a boat-ton of mags every shoot it's nice to have

So what do you guys carry with you to the range? I'm assuming people who shoot a lot of rifles have extra gear, but maybe I'm missing a cool thing that would help me out at the range?

Funny that I do NOT bring any of those.

I only shag rifle brass. Not sure why I do, because I don't reload anymore.

Here is what I bring:

- range stapler & staples
- targets I have made myself corresponding to the size of a deer's center chest on which I put an orange spot
- yellow flag to show my chambre is empty
- binos
- rangefinder
- boxes of cartridges
- clean rag

dubya450
April 26, 2012, 06:05 PM
I always keep my ruger mk 1 in it along with a few hundred 22lr rounds because everyone seems to love shooting it. Whatever other pistols/rifle I bring has its own hard case. At least 50 rounds of whatever pistol, a box of rifle ammo unless I'm testing brands out and sighting in then usually 3-4 different loads. My earmuffs, shooting glasses, and a few extra sets of eyes and ears incase something breaks or someone forgets theirs. Its a pretty simple and common range bag; ammo, gun, eyes and ears. I don't feel like i need to bring the whole closet with just to shoot.

loose noose
April 26, 2012, 11:54 PM
I carry two range bags, containing all the above mentioned items, as well as a target holder, a target (cardboard backing), and a portable shooting bench all in the back of my pickup truck. This isn't to mention two granola bars, water, and coffee in a thermos. My range is the Mohave Desert needless to say.:neener:

ElToro
April 28, 2012, 06:05 AM
small first aid kit.
scope lens brush

FROGO207
April 28, 2012, 07:41 AM
My "range bag" is the back of a Jeep Cherokee. I could never carry what I typically take in 5 range bags let alone ONE.:eek: What I have with me entails several firearms, loaded ammo, targets/supports, reloading stuff, tools for anything I might want to fix, med supplies, and snacks and such for a full day of shooting. I typically will remove one firearm and fill a 5 gallon bucket with STUFF for supporting it at a time.

SabbathWolf
April 28, 2012, 07:59 AM
wow..

I shoot at home in my bag yard.
I don't even have a range bag.

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