Essential shooter items.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CoyoteSix, May 29, 2013.

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  1. Twiki357

    Twiki357 Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    Prescott Valley, AZ
    A lot of good suggestions there. If your on a budget, a spotting scope can be a bit pricey. I use a cheap $17 2x9 rifle scope. I actually find it more convenient than my spotting scope.
  2. Cee Zee

    Cee Zee member

    Aug 23, 2012
    To me a torque screwdriver is essential if I want to hit what I am aiming at. Yeah you can get it close by guessing but it makes for a much more accurate weapon when you take the guesswork out of the equation. And of course you'll need all the Allen wrenches to deal with your scope. Some spare screws could be a good idea. A good lens cleaning kit or just a lens pen which is mostly all I use these days.
  3. pyro073

    pyro073 Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    SE, Idaho
    A good set of basic tools and and a good first aid kit.

    Once thing I have also found that is nice is some good sturdy pants and shirts. I like to set a plate up and move around and hit it at different angles and distance and get down int the dirt/weeds when doing so.

    Also, hello from a fellow Idahoan!
  4. Walter

    Walter Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    You may not want to bother with it, but I carry a notebook, or "logbook" with me every time I go to the range for paper punching. I record what guns I shot, at what ranges, the type and amount of ammo I shot, and a general description of how I shot.

    I also write down any problems with the guns I may have had, any problems of any other nature I may have had, and maybe the general weather description.

    I know most people don't bother with something like this, but I find it valuable to be able to look back over time and see what I've shot, and just how things were, back in time. My wife laughs at it and calls it my "diary", but I keep doing it.:uhoh:

  5. readyeddy

    readyeddy Member

    May 8, 2012
    If you're shooting alone in a desert, then maybe carry a sidearm.
  6. InkEd

    InkEd Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    Parts Unknown

    Money to bet your friends
  7. cja245

    cja245 Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    A cleaning rod wrapped in electrical tape for removing stuck bullets from squibs. Its rare, but it happens and it's incredibly frustrating if not prepared.
  8. Crash_Test_Dhimmi

    Crash_Test_Dhimmi Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    -reloading gear

    this is only the essentials ;)
  9. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Always do when I'm out there, alone or not. :D
  10. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    +1 on the sidearm and an extra full mag. I TRY not to shoot my last rounds before leaving. Also take a folding chair to go along with the table.

    I don't use a pop-up, but I managed to put together some 3/4 inch PVC pipe to support a 10 x 10 piece of camo netting attached to the side of my Jeep to create some shade. Lots cheaper and the Jeep helps keep the incessant wind and sand out of my weapons.
  11. 230RN
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    230RN Marines raising the left-leaning Pisa tower.

    May 27, 2006
    Good lists above, and most of those items are in my range bag.

    I'm limited to shooting at an indoor range nowadays, but you could add a collapsed cardboard box or two to open up and staple or tape targets to. That's if you're going shooting on the free ranges. (BLM, Grasslands, mountains, desert.) Here's my range bag with some contents.


    I found green masking tape (instead of the tape shown) is good for covering previous shots in the greenish Transition II silhouette target.

    The orange-painted stapler is so I can tell my stapler from the range's staplers, and to visibly remind anyone who may borrow it (yeah, like somebody else said, that's a pain) not to pack it up with their stuff when they leave.

    There'a also a bottle of eyedrops.

    I don't use the sight blacking much any more, since I painted my front sights red. You can spray over the red (nail polish) if you want to because the sight blacking comes off easily.

    I dont use the 2 meter handi-talkie any more either since I finally broke down and entered the 20th and 21st Centuries and got a cell phone. :)

    Earplugs for under the muffs, a borelight, markers and pens for notes.

    Inside the bag is most of the stuff mentioned in the above posts, including a collapsible cleaning rod, but I've picked up a couple of hints myself from this thread.

    One thing I haven't seen is a couple of segments of 2-1/2 or 3" cardboard tubes for rolling up targets in and bringing them home.

    Just for the indoor range, I keep my handguns in a cheap grocery bag. I can fit three guns in there in their individual cases:


    Bags like my range bag are cheap at the thrift stores. Seems like sooner or later, folks donate all kinds of nice sturdy "luggage" to the thrift stores. Luggage, like, you know, for lugging stuff around. I always find a couple of computer bags there. This one I got for $5.00 or so a couple of years ago, but it's regular luggage, not a computer bag.

    Terry, 230RN
    Last edited: May 31, 2013
  12. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    This should be a sticky thread.

    In addition to what's been mentioned, I bring:

    --Several flour sack clothes. These are very nice for general purpose cleaning esp. with messy black powder.
    --First aid kit with lots of 4x4 pads for bleeding.
    --Extra ear protection. So I have plugs, and then put muffs over those. Plugs are not enough if someone next to you is banging away with a magnum handgun or a hunting rifle with a compensator.
    --Knee protection of some kind, usually a padded shooting mat.
    --Waterproof pad and pen for writing handloading results.
    --Little bags to keep your various test loads organized
  13. doc2rn

    doc2rn Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    SW Florida
    Or a brass rod n hammer, wooden dowel rod also works well.
  14. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    Oct 6, 2009
    do not use wood....wood can splinter and get jammed in the barrel, then youll have a real mess to deal with....

    sticking with brass is your best bet.
  15. Miss Stana

    Miss Stana Member

    May 17, 2013
    Northern Nevada
    I like to bring the kids and a spotting scope. Not only do they keep me company and tell me where I hit, but they have more energy and can set up and take down the targets. Besides, it teaches them about shooting and helps them develope a love for it. It's also a good idea to have a good tool box.
  16. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    I have found that the best investment I have made in a long time was three target stands, that use furring strips to hold up targets. I can set them at any height, and stake them down in the wind. They hold IDPA torso targets, and I can tape or staple anything I want to them.
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