What do you carry your stuff to the range in?


July 21, 2013, 10:48 PM

I've recently joined a private range and now my trips to the range include bringing a lot more stuff than I used to carry. For example, things like shooting bags and spotting scopes I now tote to the range where before there was no need to bring these items as they were provided by the range.

So, what do you guys in a similar situation do to help get all your gear to the range?

Thanks in advance

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July 21, 2013, 10:54 PM
Tool box works for me for the misc. stuff. Ammo box for the ammo, or military canvas tool bag. Spotting scope if I take one, in the hard case it came in.

July 21, 2013, 10:59 PM
I put it in my Tacoma pick up truck. :)

Arkansas Paul
July 21, 2013, 11:00 PM
I have this bag from Midway. It's very large and has lots of storage space. Love it. It's on sale right now too. $31.00 off.


Oh yeah, bamacisa. The bag goes in my Tacoma on the way to the range as well.

July 21, 2013, 11:01 PM
Thanks, jcwit. I carry the same stuff too but what I'm wondering is whether you have something larger that you put all of these cases into. The cowboy action guys that I know, for example, have all built these little specialized hand carts to wheel there stuff around in.

July 21, 2013, 11:03 PM
I carry targets, ear & eye protection, and cleaning gear in a backpack. Ammo in a metal ammo can. Guns in a case. My club has several different ranges and I spend most of my time at the steel plates. I keep a pvc target stand in my trunk for those times I decide to put holes in paper instead of just making fun pinging noises on the plates.

July 21, 2013, 11:07 PM
I have two boxes that basically live in my truck for range use (camper shell)

One is a lowes basic tool box with the lift out tray and snap compartments on top.

It holds..
target stencil and ink pads
An old scope for spotting
Various stickers
Misc tools

Then I have a larger lidded tote that holds bulkier items like
Rolls of target paper
Front/rear sandbags
Shim wood
Sandbag cradle (homemade)
And who knows what else

Guns/ammo are separate because they go in the house after each use, the above items are my range kit that stays in the truck

July 21, 2013, 11:07 PM
When I was in the Army, my 'B' bag was an aviator (a.k.a. parachute) bag. I've been thinking about trying one of these out, does anybody use one?

July 21, 2013, 11:09 PM
I currently shoot on my "south 40" so I do not travel far. Load up the utility vehicle and head out. For handgun, I use a Midway Range bag, probably the same as Arkansas Paul's.

The bag holds two or three handguns, ammunition, targets and other stuff.

For rifle, I have a plastic carry box from Berry Mfg for ammunition, magazines, and stuff. The spotting scope and stand are carried separately as well as the chronograph if I am planning a chronograph session. The Midway bag would work as well but I keep things separate so that I do not have to repack. Hmmmm, maybe I should get another range bag in a different color.

When i shot Service Rifle, I had a stool, ammunition/magazine bag, spotting scope and stand, shooting jacket, shooting mat and the rifle. I rigged a hand cart to wheel all this stuff from the car to the shooting line.

July 21, 2013, 11:21 PM
I have a small craftsman tool box that I use to store small stuff such as tools, sunshades, stapler, notebook, towels, bag wax, levels, etc. Along with that, I have a 3 gallon bucket(empty drywall mud bucket), and a small toolbox for cleaning supplies. Once I get to a match or range, I load everything into a Taylor Made dock cart and wheel it to the line. I can fit my front rest and bucket in the basket and strap my toolbox, cleaning box, cradle and drummer throne to the top with a bungy strap.



July 21, 2013, 11:22 PM
I use a large Pelican dry box to carry targets, staple gun, eye & ear protection, tools, etc. I use a plastic under the seat tool box from Sears to carry my cheap Simmons spotting scope. I added foam padding to it. I use ammo cans for larger amounts of ammo or, if I'm only taking a couple of boxes I will put them in the Pelican box. I can back my vehicle up to the firing line at most of the ranges in my gun club, so there is no need to have everything in one large container - my Chevy Equinox IS the large, wheeled container that I carry my stuff to the range in.:D

July 21, 2013, 11:24 PM
The CZ for IDPA fits with all requisite accessories in a lunch bag.
Small rifles fit in a small guitar gig bag from Guitar City.
The revolver for bowling pins has a Pellican case.
Small pistols, Chroney, binocs, tools and sunscreen go in a range bag I got for re-upping in the NRA.

I find an old Dodge Dakota to be a good compromise between tactical and stealth. The paint falling off blends well with the Gadsden flag and "Weird Load" bumper sticker.

July 21, 2013, 11:24 PM
I back my Nissan Versa right up to where I'm going to shoot. . .

July 21, 2013, 11:29 PM
I use the same Midway range bag for glasses, stapler, pasters, tools, all the little junk I take every time and don't ever tale any of it out of the bag so it's always ready to go. I use 50 cal ammo cans for the ammo and mags, and the guns usually ride in aluminum cases. All that goes in the back of the truck.

July 21, 2013, 11:37 PM
I see we are, for the most part, in the same boat. Our sport requires almost more gear than we can get to the range with! when I make a range trip I want to shoot several guns. I'll carry five handguns and four or five rifles. Add all the assorted gear and ammo and it gets a little crazy! :what: I find it very hard to make the effort for the shoot trip that I cannot stop at just one (or two) rifles and pistols. Then later I'm thinking I don't spend enough time with a gun to really know how that gun shoots for me.

So...that leaves me with the problem of moving all that gear to the range and finding enough time to enjoy the trip!

Now I'm looking forward to my next range trip.


July 21, 2013, 11:53 PM
Same boat here too, sandbags are heavy, I have a bunch and the canvas bag full weighs a ton. Rest, bags, targets, stapler target stands, water, spotting scope, Midway cleaning box and rods, ammo, cigars, cold drinks. Two more trips to carry guns, I can back almost right up to the line though, it's not like I'm packing it into a wilderness area. Today was 102 and 30mph winds when I left, at least I have an excuse for the way I shot!!

Old Dog Man
July 21, 2013, 11:54 PM
I carry everything in a Red Radio Flyer wagon, just like when I was a kid. Works great and carries everything. My wife bought it for me for a Christmas present a couple of years ago. Before that I used a Stanley stackable rolling tool box. Wagon is better. Al

July 22, 2013, 02:08 AM
I got one of these: https://shop.aafes.com/shop/Product.aspx?dept_id=3080&PFID=A821T&gid=&AskReturn=search except that mine is plain greenish color. Unfotunately $80 doesn't get you double stitching on the seams and one of the seams on the side with the handle you pull the bag with ripped open on me on the way through Kuwait. Luckily the hole wasn't too big and nothing fell out. I later tripled stitched the seam myself and it's been a good range bag ever since.

fallout mike
July 22, 2013, 08:15 AM
R.W.Dale, why do you need toilet paper?

July 22, 2013, 08:50 AM

If I take the chrono, which I'm doing later this morning, it's the 3/4T pickup all the way. So you're asking: "What's the chrono got to do with needing that big a truck?". No, I'm not using a pendulum deflection, just an Oehler 35P with a four foot rail. With the rail base, adjustable uprights, and the rail itself it's a somewhat ungainly load that just wants to be in the bed of the pickup. And I also take enough other "stuff" to make the truck useful.


July 22, 2013, 09:01 AM
Usually in a Jeep or Ford Escape.

July 22, 2013, 09:13 AM
As i have my own private range, this is my "range bag."



July 22, 2013, 09:14 AM
I have a Maxpedition Typhoon Backpack for my tools, ears and eyes and other crap. Also bought an old fashion grocery cart with 2 front caster wheels to make life easy.

July 22, 2013, 12:30 PM
I have a large MTM dry box that I keep most of my stuff in for matches. Also, I highly recommend round mailing tubes of varying lengths/diameters for target transport and preservation. I have been using one such tube since 2003 and I don't recall ever seeing another shooter use them. It really helps keep a vehicle tidy and targets pristine.

July 22, 2013, 02:19 PM
My BOB with a rubbermade tote has been working very well for years now:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b52/Gussick/BT1.jpg (http://s17.photobucket.com/user/Gussick/media/BT1.jpg.html)

July 22, 2013, 06:06 PM
I have a huge, heavy duty canvas Hilti bag, bright red, Hilti logo, padded shoulder strap, with plenty of zippers, buckles and pockets in it. I carry a LOT of stuff to the range. I'm guessing the bag is 60# loaded.

July 22, 2013, 08:51 PM
Bottom left of the trailer is a Stanley contractors bag for staple guns, staples, hole covers, etc... Above that are 30 & 50 cal ammo cans for ammo. Spotting scopes are kept in their factory supplied cases and guns are either in the factory supplied carrier or for the costlier ones aftermarket cases.

Chuck R.
July 22, 2013, 10:15 PM
Depends on what range/distance Iím shooting. Sometimes, just a rifle and a few rounds:
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Most of my stuff, targets, steel plates, target stands, rests, pasters, hearing protection ect, I leave in a garden shed on my pistol range. The small stuff stays in an action packer in the shed. When I travel for matches I use one of those hard bottomed sample/file cases.


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