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What Do you Keep in Your Range Bag?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by King, Dec 26, 2002.

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  1. deputy tom

    deputy tom Member

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    My buddy said He was happy that I purchased a small range bag so I wouldn't carry a ton of stuff that I'd never use.I have to admit that time He was right.Put a carp in a tank and He'll grow to fit.tom.;)
     
  2. 22x9

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    I have a Medium Size Range Bag, I believe. Itsa Wal-mart special and holds:

    - 2 Pistols in Rugs
    - Stapler, Masking tape
    - .22 Target Gauge
    - Small set of targets
    - A couple of bricks of .22
    - a couple of boxes of Win. White Box 9mm FMJ
    - 1 box of Win. White Box 9mm JHP
    - Eyes and Ear Protection
    - Pen and notepad
    - Gerber Legend 800 MultiTool
    - Bore snakes(.22 & 9MM)
    - Handi-wipes in resealable packaging

    I haven't developed a Skeet Range bag yet. When I do, I'll buy a new bag.
     
  3. 10-Ring

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    Let's see...eyes, ears, ammo (500 22lr & 200 or so 9mm or 45 acp), orange dots, masking tape, screwdriver, binoculars, multi-tool, extra mags & the 2 guns I've brought....oh, & my club membership card.
     
  4. ed dixon

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    Only use a range "box" that has small, collapsible versions of all cleaning supplies, tools(including a mill bastard for filing iron sights), eyes/ears, patches-flints-jags(for blackpowder), some stick-on flourescent bullseyes, price tags to cover old holes, instant-blue pen, and... finally upgraded to a stapler after years using a vial filled with pushpins. (No, I don't carry a plastic change purse.);)
     
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  5. King

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    Thanks all for your posts. Perhaps we all get a better idea of what we need or don't need in our range bag as a result.

    It appears to me that I'm hauling around all the essential stuff. I will likely add some small tools and guns cleaning paraphenalia plus a small rubber mallet that I already have and I'll be there. To the extent that I add the tools, I may keep them in a small bag inside my range bag.

    Again, thank you all for sharing.
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    I was introduced to a concept called "bag-itis" a few years ago. Basically, the bigger the bag, the more stuff will be found to carry in it. I purposely bought a small bag so I could only carry the stuff I need.
    Big range bags are cool for long shooting excursions/trips/ competitions etc, but for most shooting sessions of just a couple of hours or so...less is more IMHO
     
  7. Big Al

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    Earmuffs, three pairs of glasses, extra foam earplugs, duct tape, stapler, silicone cloth, small sandbag.
     
  8. JohnBT

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    Not too many bench rest shooters here, huh?

    Rubber tub with a windage-topped front rest and three or four sand bags, a towel, some targets, pasters, a couple of 6"x6" 1-inch boards, powder for the bags, etc.

    Nylon bag w/ shoulder strap that holds a hard case for 2 scoped rifles.

    Big bag with the usual tools and cleaning stuff for rifles and shotguns, ears, eyes, targets, etc.

    Another bag - what most of you would call a range bag - with handguns and handgun stuff.

    Canvas ammo bag (or two).

    Canvas ammo bag for the spotting scope if I take one.

    I even carry a back-up stapler. :D

    Oh yeah, and a cooler in the car for my lunch and maybe supper.

    John

    P.S. - If I'm just going for an hour or two I use an old Zenith laptop bag that will hold two pistols, ears, eyes, ammo and targets.
     
  9. Sactown

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    Duct tape....it holds the universe together.

    small screw driver set, cleaner, qtips, stapler, staples, old t-shirt, KFC wet wipes, target, stickers, pen, patch worm, patches, ammo, benchrest, rabbit ears...oh yeah and ammo.
     
  10. Sven

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    Usually:

    Mags: 4 Glock, 4 CZ 9mm, 2 CZ .22, 3 Wilson #47

    Ammo: 4 boxes of .45 ACP, 2 boxes of 9mm (both S&B). 2 boxes of Wolff Match .22

    Protection: Earmuffs. Clear Glasses in case with two other lenses (yellow and smoke)

    Cleaning: Gun cloth.

    Future plans: gunsmith screwdriver set, small bottle of FP-10
     
  11. Ekhawaii

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    Range Bucket!

    Actually, I keep my guns, mags and ammo in a range bag, but what I've found works for all the other stuff is a bucket from Home Depot with one of those canvas tool insert things that hangs on the lip of the bucket and has lots of pockets and straps.

    Tape , targets, tools, staplegun, extra staples, rubber mallet, extra cleaning rod for squibs, black magic marker (don't know why, just because I like to have one around ;-) ) Big Office Depot Binder Clips (We have to bring our own target stands and cardboard to the range here, I use the clips to hold the cardboard onto the frame)

    With all the pockets stuff doesn't get lost in a pile, I can access it easily and can check to see if I packed every thing up when it's time to go home.

    It is fondly called "The Bucket 'O Fun" in our house...
     
  12. Nanook

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    I use one of those tool bags with pockets inside and out for a range bag. It works out great, lots of room inside for essential stuff.

    I carry ammo, cleaning rods, eyes and ears, small binos when I don't want to bring the scope, and an original Leatherman. Also the usual staple gun with extra staples, targets and duct tape for messed up target holders. A nice four-way screwdriver, a gunsmith screwdriver set, and a brass hammer/punch set for drifting sights.

    A lot of the pockets carry brass after shooting, keeps it separate by caliber. Extra earplugs in case anyone forgets theirs, bug spray in the summer.

    All in all, probably pretty standard stuff. The bag does seem to attract all kinds of 'gizzies' as time goes on.
     
  13. 2dogs

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    The guns I'll be shooting that day, mags, ammo, ears, pen. May add pliers.

    I used to keep the cleaning stuff in there too, but now that stays at home in a separate bag.
     
  14. Wakal

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    My Green Mountain range bag isn't that heavy. Excluding the pistol, ammo, holster rig, and magazines:

    squib rod/cleaning rod
    cleaning jig/brush set
    pens
    small brass mallet
    punch set
    lube
    magazine brush
    extra fiber optic
    lighter
    aspirin
    lens cleaning packets
    Super Leatherman
    bushing wrench (no idea why I have that, my IPSC guns are all bushingless...go figure)
    STI spare parts (every pin/bolt/spring and part, less slide/barrel/grip/frame)
    small towel

    Not much at all! Now, we won't talk about all the junk that fills up the big toolbox on my truck...targets, 4 pound sledge, rain gear, sweater, hats, target tape, target stands, 10" spikes, tarp...etc., etc...



    Alex
     
  15. Roadrunner

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    Besides having alot of what has been previously mentioned, I carry a first aid kit after my first "Garand thumb" years ago.

    I also carry some spare change, sun screen, range membership cards, etc.
     
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  16. Soap

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    Peltor Tac-6
    Eye protection- Sun and clear
    Extra Ear and eye protection
    Leatherman
    Sunscreen
    Water
    Clif Bar
    Loopy Lenspen
    CLP
    Kotex and Tape (...yeahyeah...I need to buy a Blow-Out kit)
     
  17. Guyon

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    Range bag???

    Who the heck only has one?
     
  18. Mark IV Series 80

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    I didn't see this one mentioned:

    Toilet Paper

    and packaged "Wet Ones" wipes for cleaning-up afterward.
     
  19. Guyon

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    Actually, I use a tool box from Home Depot. It has the following:

    cleaning supplies (there's a lot of this stuff)
    tape
    push pins
    hearing / eye protection
    stapler
    screwdriver kits
     
  20. vertigo7

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    My current range bag is also a tool box from Home Depot. It usually holds:

    Hearing / Eye protection
    Ammo
    extra magazines
    mag loading tools
    gun cleaning supplies
    stapler
    duct tape (this month's flavor is blue)
    paper targets
    shoot-n-see targets
    small first aid kit
    sunscreen
    aloe sunburn cooling gel
    dry hand cleaner
    pocket change
    cell phone
    small notebook
    pens / pencils
    manuals if shooting a new gun or adjusting new optics.
     
  21. Dr.Rob

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    Besides the obvious, ie Magazines, ammo etc.

    I have a couple of shop towels, some cleaning patches, a small all-in-one pistol cleaning kit, CLP, a bit of Gun Grease, some q-tips. Also have my ear protection and a pair of leather work gloves. Sharpie pen, sunscreen, mesh bag for spent brass (which rarely gets used in favor of dumping empties into the bag) ALWAYS TP, sometimes a camera.

    My "range bag" for rifle shooting is smaller, and includes a 1 piece cleaning rod in the case.

    My shotgun kit includes a 2-piece wonder-kleen rod that makes cleaning really really easy.

    My black powder range bag is a tacklebox full of tools and gadgets for cleaning, shooting, and repairing front stuffers. This goes inside my range bag in addition to all the regular stuff in there. By FAR the heaviest/biggest range bag I have.

    Sometimes you'll find a bottle of water or two, a thermos and some gun show jerky.


    Sometimes I think about getting one of those cowboy action carts, or making a red rider wagon into a chuckbox for shootists.
     
  22. sm

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    I cheat

    Use stuff at the office of private range. Been known to show up with CCW only. Use Range guns and ammo too.
    Backpack or canvas tote if carry another gun(s), neighbors at apts think I'm heading to class

    We have all that stuff mentioned above at office...especially med supplies and extra cellphone.
     
  23. BigG

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    Paraphernalia - gotta love the stuff!

    Go to any major store and look in the luggage dept. You will probably find something that will fit your needs. A cloth gym type bag works for me.

    A terrycloth towel is nice to lay your stuff out on and can double as a rag as necessary.

    A couple small well made screwdrivers for sight adjustment. A brass or nylon drift for dovetail sights. A smalll hammer.

    Everybody else pretty much covered it.
     
  24. Cougar

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    I use a generic medium duffle bag. In it are:

    Extra mags/speedloaders
    Targets
    cellophane tape
    duct tape
    small screwdrivers for sight adjustment
    Dan Wesson tool for the Dan Wesson
    Feeler gauge for the Dan Wesson
    Lots of ammo
    various colored markers/pens/pencils
    small spiral notebook
    four sets of ear plugs
    two pairs of shooting glasses, clear and tinted
    change for pop/snack machine
    moist towlettes
    old rag
    Band-aids
    shooting gloves (actually they're bike riding gloves)
    Molon Labe baseball cap


    If going to outdoor range I also pack:

    Carpet remnants - one to lay on, and one for in front of muzzle to keep dust down if shooting prone
    Cooler with water/ice/pop
    old sheet to place on ground where brass lands
    target stand
    folding chair
    insect repellant (although they tend to stay away from concussion of Magnums)
    Garbage bags
     
  25. rick_reno

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    I don't have a range bag - I use a Gun-Ho box. In it I have my little Kowa spotting scope, muffs, ammo, scoring plug(s), pens, pencils, money (I usually forget my wallet), gun(s), magazine(s), two screwdrivers, allen wrenches, reading glasses in case I have to shoot open sights, eye patch that clips on my glasses, cleaning kit, firing pin(s), patches, cleaning solvent, battery for dot scope, plastic bag to cover the whole thing with if I'm outdoors and it starts raining, NRA membership card (matches sometimes went your number), spotting scope stand attached to box, old washcloth for setting gun on on bench, a few targets, shot plan. There is probably something I'm missing - it's in the garage.
    It's great having a box or bag - I take gun(s) from the safe, put it in the box and I'm ready to go. I used to try and remember to bring all this crap with me and I always forgot something.
     
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