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Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by flexible, Jan 21, 2023 at 9:08 AM.

  1. flexible

    flexible Member

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    Hi everyone, flexible here. This should be a simple question and maybe i'm overthinking/overorganizing.
    I shoot: rifle, pistol and shotgun. my one big range bag is falling apart.
    I have small bag 9x18.
    Thinking of using the small bag i have for stuff that applies to all shooting: glasses, ear protection, staple gun, tools, etc.
    Thinking of getting one large bag for shotgun shooting (the ammo is larger and takes up more bag room) while getting 2 slightly smaller bags - 1 for rifle and 1 for pistol.
    I figure it would spread the load out to carry 2 bags for each type of shooting. One common, small bag and the other 'gun specific' bag.
    thanks
    flexible
     
  2. uuolf

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    I like your idea of spreading it out over several "item specific" bags... Especially as I get a "little" older... I use an all in one bag for everything BUT ammo and firearms and then type specific bags for the actual guns and ammo... Now that's what I try to do... It usually means loading EVERYTHING in the truck... Disorganized... Just in case I wanna shoot with something else... Or a friend shows up and needs something...lol
     
  3. 2ndtimer

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    I have a smaller bag for .22 rimfire pistols and ammo and a larger sturdier bag for center fire handguns, ammo and other stuff. I generally have to take both with me to the range since my club badge is in the big bag, although I frequently leave the rimfire bag home when only shooting center fires. Sometimes it seems like loading all the stuff in the truck wears me out before I leave for the range!
     
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  4. Seedy Character

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    1 suggestion, get different type bags.

    My bags are BLACK, CAMO in a 9x13; GREEN and TAN is a size larger.

    Seriously, don't overthink it. For the most part, the bag doesn't stay loaded, except for range bag, which is a plastic, .50cal, ammo can. (tacks, targets, staples, pen, muffs, earplugs.)

    Depending on what I'm doing, rifle ammo goes in gun case, with the rifle.
     
  5. Armored farmer

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    I have a large bag from midway that has several sippered handgun bags that fit into a compartment. There is room for muffs, glasses, targets......you know...all the extras. That bag along can handle rifle/pistol duties. My shotgun bag is specific stand alone shellbag. Ammo is bulky...empties are really bulky. No rests. No targets. No staplegun needed.
     
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  6. flexible

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    Thanks, and yup, I just turned 74 and even though I'm in the gym 6 days a week, those damn bench rest guns are heavy!!!!! I might go to at least 2 bags.
    flexible
     
  7. AK Hunter

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    I just have one small bag to carry ear & eye protection, stapler & staples, a small amount of cleaning supplies, & a few tools in case a gun needs a little adjustment & some stick on dots or tape to cover holes in targets for the next go round.
    My guns each have their own carry bag or box & the ammo is in a labeled ammo can just for that caliber.
     
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  8. Charlie98

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    Go big or go home...

    0UePwX2m.jpg

    My wife bought me a rolling tool box for my birthday a few years ago... now I finally have all my range stuff in one central place. Whats nice about it is... I can put all my pistols, range stuffs, ammo, targets and whatever in the lower box... and just pull it along while carrying the rifles, making it a little easier to navigate the doors and double doors at most ranges. If weight is an issue, I put the light stuff in the (big) lower box, and put the ammo in the shallow upper box, and leave the middle box at home, etc. Granted, I have a pickup, too, so I'm not trying to wrestle it in and out of a car.

    If I'm just going to shoot a pistol or two, I have the Midway pistol bags, and a regular duffle bag it all goes into. I usually carry my pistol ammo separately in an ammo can, because of the weight.

    It doesn't have to be fancy...
     
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  9. jmorris

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    I have different bags for different games.
     
  10. mcb

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    I have a big Competitive Edge tournament range bag for when I go to an actual match like USPSA or NRL22. A folding wagon is handy for the bag and other gear.

    For the range and headed out to the hunting property I have been using Milwaukee Packout tool boxes. The big one with wheels get the spotting scope, bags, targets, stapler etc.

    One of the smaller boxes gets all my tools and trama kit. Another one gets a compact cleaning kit what ever handgun I am carrying some ammo and if I have a rifle with me spare ammo and magazines for that too.

    I also occasional use those small tool bags you can get from harbor freight and similar. They are just big enough for a hand gun and ammo/ magazines
     
  11. Rule3

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    I have 3 bags
    Main range bag(guns, tools mags etc)
    one bag for ammo
    one bag for 22 stuff only(mostly different ammo for testing. It gets mixed up or lost in my ammo bag which has reloads

    I have to much stuff but our range is in the woods and one must be a Boy Scout and go prepared!:what:

    This one plus another small one for the 22lr stuff.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/939221689?pid=259680
     
  12. tominboise

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    I have a backpack that carries my staple gun, some targets, rangefinder, muffs, target dots, etc. I have a big plastic toolbox that I carry ammo in. Another old tool bag to carry my front rest. A 4 gun plastic pistol case for my pistols. Sometimes another small soft tool bag for more ammo or guns.
     
  13. CapnMac

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    I started with just the one bag.
    But, then, I need a gimme tote bag for what wouldn't fit.
    And separate metal ammo cans to tote the ammo to the range.

    Eventually, after uh-ohing a time or two cementing the notion that the range bage needed at least one, if not two or more of all the magazines, that carrying the mags meant wanting "more specific" bags. In my case, one pistol and one rifle.

    The notion touched on above, that the bags ought have differing appearance is almost essential, to my thinking.
    Pistol:
    Pistol Bag splayed.jpg
    Rifle:
    Rifle bag small.jpg
    Both feature shoulder straps, and had-carry handles (both essential to my thinking & experience).
    Note, I have IFAK on both, too.
    Not seen, but I have a Gerber Dime in both for being a handy multi-tool and very compact, too.
     
  14. tazbigdog

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    I have several, one from Midway, Glock and Ruger. Even have NRA bag I’m going to sell.
     
  15. W.E.G.

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    I run multiple bags/bins.

    Mostly backpacks.

    Main pack - definitely gets used - glasses, earplugs, pens, batteries, brass-bags, small tools, medications and first aid
    Second pack - might get used, but stays in the car - spare glasses and clothes mostly - handwarmers in the winter - sometimes handguns
    Third bag (tool-bag) - carried sometimes in the car, especially if there is possibility of NEEDING to repair a weapon on the range - mostly larger tools. Otherwise a few SMALL tools get carried in the main pack

    Target bin - definitely gets used - just a rubbermaid brand tote with a bunch of targets and staplers and such in it
     
  16. hso

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    Separate bags in different colors and a padded lid bucket.
     
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  17. JDeere

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    I use 1. Remove everything except my screwdriver kit and target circles after each trip. Put what I need in there for the next trip the night before. Easiest way for me to keep up with my stuff and not collect stuff I don't need...
     
  18. Varminterror

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    I use multiple range bags, and stock each of them to be ready to go. The only transference is electronic earpro and my LRF - although I do keep a couple of cheap, older 1000yrd LRF’s in a couple of my bags.

    For a few years, I have also used a common “catch all” bag - more like a padded fabric box - which has several external and internal perimeter pockets, but then also has a big open compartment in the middle which allows quick transplant for ammo. It’s a MidwayUsa bag. It also has a couple of pistol wallets which stand in internal sleeves, and a padded fabric “bucket” of sorts. Having two of the bags, I keep one loaded with “range necessities” and an empty main compartment, so I can just drop in the necessary ammo and accessories, using the pistol wallets and the buckets for independent types of shooting, just swapping those from the shelf when I need them.
     
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  19. mavracer

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    I have a medium and large Midway general purpose range bags I have them both stocked the big one I used for outdoor range and the smaller one for indoors.
    I also have several small range bags that I have set up for various pistol set ups and Midway pouches for all my 22 pistols.
    Luckily my job keeps me stocked with ear and eye protection.
     
  20. CapnMac

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    Used to be, more than several years ago there was an add-on shoulder strap for standard buckets a person could get at Blowes or Home Despot. Have not seen them in a while--but, using buckets as tool carriers may have fallen out of favor (and you can get a "bucket style" bag in a better size, too).
     
  21. shoobe01

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    Yes.

    I have a somewhat large range bag of sorta everything normal, plus the ammo and mags for my primary 9mm pistols as they get shot the most, are always on me even if some other range day.

    Each important caliber I shoot a lot (7.62, 5.56, .300...) has a bag, with the mags for the main guns in that cartridge.

    And there's a precision rifle bag with logbook, spotter and tripod, bags, different .308 ammo, kestrel and LRF, etc.

    For the most part, a range day is putting cased guns and the proper bags in the truck, driving away. No rifling through boxes and shelves to get what I want.
     
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  22. lostchild

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    I'm on a fixed income, I use the harbor freight tool bags.
     
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  23. jmr40

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    Cabelas sells these for about $12. They are usually loose in a big bin in the middle of aisles in their stores and in multiple colors. I've picked up several in assorted colors over the years and use them for a lot of stuff. Including range bags. I'll usually carry at least 2 for range trips. I've used them as a gym bag and even luggage for a one nighter road trip.

    Cabela's Catch-All Gear Bag | Cabela's (cabelas.com)

    Another idea is a tool bag from a hardware store. They tend to be pretty heavy duty and cheaper than a bag sold as a range bag.

    Tool Bags - Tool Storage - The Home Depot

    This looks like a deal for 3 bags

    Husky 18 in., 15 in. and 12 in. Tool Bag Combo HD60258A-TH-FD - The Home Depot

    This question came up a few years ago and someone suggested a diaper bag. :cool: No one will steal a diaper bag out of your vehicle.
     
  24. Walkalong

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    I have more than one, a couple are dedicated to one game. I have one main range bag that goes for testing or playing, if it can't hold what I need I have a small bag for ammo to make room.
     
  25. jaguarxk120

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    If you go to estate sales, many times there are small travel bags very much
    like range bags. Several zippered pockets and one or two large
    compartments.
    They can be had for cheap!
     
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