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What's in YOUR gun bag?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Caedo, Jul 9, 2011.

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  1. Caedo

    Caedo Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Florida (i.e., God's waiting room)
    So, I've been antsy to go shooting lately, and having gotten a fresh new can of Mosin ammo to satisfy my cravings, I checked my gun bag this morning to ensure that I am all set to go on Monday. And a question popped into my head. Am I the only one who carries so much crap around with him? Does everyone else really even have a "gun bag" they take on range trips?

    Because I'm curious to know, and just for the hell of it, I want to know what everyone has in their gun bags. If you have more than one, list them! My gun bag is a range bag and cleaning supplies bag, which may not be recommended, but it really works for me and I like having everything in one place.

    I am only 18, and though I shoot a lot of guns on a regular basis, I only technically own one in my name, so my gun bag is a little centered around my Mosin 91/30, which I love dearly.

    I have..

    • Two bottles of Hoppe's #9 Powder Solvent
    • A can of Rem-Oil
    • The oil bottle that came with the Mosin
    • The tools that came with the Mosin, in a really nice leather pouch
    • God only knows how many rifle patches
    • A cloth pouch with all of my rod-end accessories. Brushes and jags and loops, etc.
    • A few pads of red Scotch Bright in case of surface rust on my bolt
    • A few sheets of sand paper, with varying grit levels all the way up to 600.
    • The Mosin's Century Arms manual. I don't use it or need it, but I keep it.
    • My cleaning rod, which are sections that screw together. It's brass. I really want a one piece rod, though.
    • My 7x50 binoculars, to see how crappy my groups are at long ranges
    • A T50 Staple Gun to hang up targets at the range, and a buncha spare staples.

    It's true. I take everything BUT the kitchen sink with me to the range. :)
  2. Shienhausser

    Shienhausser Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    1 Smith and Wesson 686.
    200-400 .357 Mag rounds.
    1 Leather shooting gloves.
    2 Earplugs.
    1 Glasses.
  3. mrbro

    mrbro Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Hoppes Rest
    Bean bags
    screwdrivers and leatherman
    2 sets of muffs
    duct tape

    ammo goes in other bags

    tripod and spotting scope (often forgotten)

    case of clay pigeons always in the trunk

    bag with water bottles (water good!)
  4. F-Body Demon

    F-Body Demon Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Eastern North Carolina
    Yellow Shooting Glasses
    Ear Plugs

    Brass Cleaning Rod, Jag, Loop and BoreBrush (for when I finish shooting)
    Hopps #9
    Copper Solvent
    Boresnake (for while im shooting)
    3 Red Shop rags
    Allen wrench set
    Screwdriver set
    Adjustable Pliers
    And a good set of Soft/Med/Hard brushes

    I also like to make sure I have a good sling on my rifle and a big leather glove for my non-shooting hand so I can eliminate my pulse from effecting my shots.

    I also like to bring el-cheapo paper plates to shoot as targets, 100 for $1.29. The white ones show hits really easily so I can see them from up to 100 yards with no optics.

    Also bring masking tape to cover shot hits in my good targets for when im shooting a real target (not dinnerware)

    Your saying you shoot a Nagant, which is cool. I was shooting my Mausers when I was 18 (7 years ago) because they were cheap back then. So I can understand your itch! Stay with it! The older you get the cooler your toys get!
  5. GCBurner

    GCBurner Member

    Nov 18, 2010
    I don't carry cleaning supplies to the range, other than a rag for wiping things off if they're oily, greasy. or get sand on them. I carry a multi-tool for loose screws, jams, and minor adjustments. I usually bring cold water to drink, particularly this time of year, but I keep it in a separate insulated bag. The day pack I use as a range bag contains:
    • hearing and eye protection
    • paper targets, target pasters, stapler & staples
    • spotting scope and table tripod
    • small first aid kit
    • Swiss Spirit multi-tool
    • boxes of ammo for whatever I'm shooting that day
    • magazines, as required
    • shooter's notebook and pen for making notes about loads, groups, sight settings, etc.
    • clean rag for gun items, and wet wipes for me
    • crushable hat and sun screen

    The guns travel in a separate gun case. I keep my benchrest in the trunk of the car, for when I'll be shooting rifles from the bench.
  6. Chris Rhines

    Chris Rhines Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Potomac, Maryland - Behind enemy lines!!
    I have a bunch of shooting bags, and most of them have the usual shooting stuff in them. Here are a couple of less common things I find handy.

    3x5" and 5x8" index cards. My favorite targets. Cheap, easily replaced, useful sizes, and they come in many colors.
    Nail clippers. I'm always tearing and splitting nails while reloading my shotgun, loading magazines, etc...
    A blowout kit. We've all seen the YouTube videos, right? If we're going to be playing with guns, being prepared for a gunshot wound is not a bad idea, no?
    Sharpies. Handy for marking targets, making index marks on guns, numbering magazines, etc.
    Gorilla Tape. For field repairs of broken slings, broken holsters, hanging targets, and a thousand other things.
    Microfiber cloth. I keep one in a ziploc bag in my glasses case, and another for general wiping down in the outside pocket of my gun bag.



    Aug 28, 2009
    Some shotgun shells, About 40 slugs and 45 rounds of buckshot both factory and reloads.
  8. Furncliff

    Furncliff Member

    Dec 10, 2005
    Western Slope of Colorado
    Large Midway range bag...(man I love that thing)
    Anywhere from 3 -6 handguns
    Magazines and speed loaders
    Lula loader
    Ear muffs
    Spare foam ear protectors
    spare batteries for optics

    The ammo carrier that came with the bag
    Stacked with CF ammo.

    Modified aluminum case.
    A large variety of .22 ammo
    Magazines for target rifles
    Sunshade for scope
    Glass cleaner for the optics
    Lens brush
    Tools, pliers, screw drivers a set of allen wrenches, bore light
    Pens, pencils, markers
    Razor knife
    Small gun oil
    Spare safety glasses for guest
    Small flex wire cleaning kit (I should carry a cleaning rod too)

    Hard side briefcase
    Carries the Chrono when its needed

    Medium sized mechanics tool box
    This is padded and carries the spotting scope to see how poor my groups are at long range:)

    I shoot about twice a week and there's a bunch of stuff that just lives in my truck. Target frames, metal gongs and on and on. Just listing it all here makes me feel pretty silly:eek:
  9. Toforo

    Toforo Member

    Feb 13, 2011
    Columbia, MO
    Same here - a couple of range bags "ready to go" (except guns/ammo) depending on "where, when, and what" -
    - but here are a few things that are in EACH of the range bags.....

    - thumb tacks/stickie-pins (to hang stuff like paper targets)

    - a few paper targets (and tape and markers to patch and write notes on the targets)

    - ear protection (both plugs and headsets) - eye protection

    - two "multi-tools" - one general and one for 1911's

    - Maglula magazine reloader (yes, one for each bag)

    - de-leading (treated) cloth; silicon (impregnated) cloth;
    .45cal "bore-snake" soaked in Ballistol (works ok for 9mm .38 .357 .40 as well) and kept in a zip-lock bag -
    I do a quick "range cleaning wipe down" before I head home just in case something happens and I don't get around to a proper "post range-day" cleaning for a day or two..

    - several small and several large ziplock bags (to pick up range brass) or anything I need them for

    - gloves (shooting gloves and surgical gloves)

    - minor medical kit including: band-aids, medical tape, "gallon-size" tea bags (GREAT "astringant" and emergency pressure pack for minor wounds - major wounds if necessary) - stole tea-bag idea from a Veterinarian I shoot with.....

    That sounds like a lot of stuff, but it's really not - it all fits in the different outside pockets of my range bags....

    (GOOD thread, nice to get other ideas from it - thanks! lol)

  10. wrs840

    wrs840 Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Brushy Mts, NC, growing feed-crops.
    OK. Fun thread. I like it.

    Midway compact range bag ( I have two and really like them, one at home, one under my desk at the day job )... Each carries:

    A stack of 8.5 x 11" targets off the copier. A roll or two of "Staples" brand tape for taping targets to boards or cardboard boxes (at home or work I'm shooting outdoors with 55gal blue plastic barrels to set targets on). A 100 ft tape measure. A fat supply of foam earplugs. A set of safety glasses. One set of cans. Several surveyor's flags. A pistol rug. A couple of washcloths to wipe sweat from my forehead. A couple of Sharpies. A few zip-lock plastic bags handy to put brass in if I forgot to bring a coffee can to put brass in.

    Beyond that, it's whatever I'm going to shoot that day. I have learned that I have more fun if I limit what I intend to shoot in any given session to two firearms max, plus whatever I'm CCing at the time, and when possible, preferably all in the same caliber.
  11. b.thomas

    b.thomas Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    At my local indoor range:
    extra mags
    UpLULA loader
    eye/ear protection
    Gun cloth

    outdoor range in about a hour away so:
    everything above plus shotguns and everything I'll need for that..................which usually includes the kitchen sink! :D
  12. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    Hastings, Michigan
    The range I go to is about a four minute walk from my gun safe, so I don't take a whole lotta stuff to the range. Usually, it's whatever gun I'm using, ammo, targets, hearing/ eye protection and maybe a camp chair. I leave everything else at home.
  13. Mick_W

    Mick_W Member

    Jul 9, 2011
    In my main bag not including rifle/shotgun case.
    -Couple sets of ear protection
    -Couple pairs of Safety Glasses
    -Multitool and mosin tool kit
    -Cleaning rag
    -4-6 handguns
    -Ammo for whatever guns I am firing(400-500rds total typically)
    -Mags/sppedloaders for whatever guns I bring

    I don't typically bring cleaning supplies with, I typically check the firearms before they go in the bag to make sure they are good to go and that hasn't failed me yet.
  14. montanaoffroader

    montanaoffroader Member

    May 14, 2011
    Big Sky Country
    Range bag:


    Ear plugs and muffs


    Pocket cleaning kit


    Extra magazines


    Screwdriver, Leatherman, and few misc tools



    More Ammo.............

    I keep a few basics in the bag and then stuff it full of ammo, and sometimes I need 2 or 3 extra containers for the overflow.......:D
  15. animator

    animator Member

    Nov 26, 2010
    DFW, TX
    Mine generally depends on what I'm shooting for the day. I don't bring cleaning equipment, other than a rod.

    Mostly, it consists of the magazines for the weapons I intend to shoot that day. I always take two mags per rifle per shooter, in case one is not working for some reason.

    I also take eye/ear protection for each shooter I happen to be with. Usually, it's just myself, but any time I have someone else with me, I have them covered, even if they have their own.

    Stapler for posting paper targets, with a supply of staples.

    A small assortment of tools/wrenches. Even if I don't need them, there's almost always someone at the range that does. I loan them out, and make sure to get them back.

    Ammo goes in ammo cans, spotting scope goes in its own bag, and everything else fits in the range bag. I don't need a lot. If I have to make more than 2 trips to the car, I have too much stuff.
  16. Nushif

    Nushif Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Corvallis, OR
    This one is easy.

    A special tapered aluminium rod to tap out squibs ...
    Ammunition ...
    One bottle of Hobbes Lube ...
    Ear muffs.

    And finally: Any handguns that are not in my holster.

    If I get a squib, I end up usually tapping it out with a rock, so no hammer, either. Yeah. I pack light. Whever I go. I hate carrying things in my hands. So all this is in a backpack in the first place.
  17. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
  18. Weevil

    Weevil Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Ear muffs
    Ear plugs
    A pair of safety glasses
    Clothes pins
    A soft cloth
  19. Josh45

    Josh45 Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    I usually carry to bags cause one is actually a small backpack...

    The backpack contains

    1x SP-01
    1X Taurus PT 145 Mil Pro
    1x Lorcin .25
    Ear plugs

    The second bag

    Ammo. About 200 rounds of 9mm
    About 100-200 rounds of .45
    555 rounds of 22
    Hoppes #9
    Cleaning Patches
    Cleaning cloth

    The usual stuff....
  20. CapnMac

    CapnMac Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    DFW (formerly Brazos County), Texas
    Well, I got a good deal on those sorta-military bags with six external pockets and a shoulder strap.
    One is for pistols, the other for rifles. Both have a Case, Individual, First-Aid clipped on. Both have a mini-carabiner holding a key-chain box for hearing protection. The bags have an internal pocket between the outside pouches and the inner space, so, there's a note pad and at least one Sharpie in each.

    Then, they diverge.
    There are some cut-down sheets of printer dots are in the rifle bag. Pouches are about half empty to carry spare magazines for which ever long arm is going out. There's a couple of MTM boxes to gather stripper or en bloc clips. And a multi-tool. Which sits on two packages of pocket-sized Kleenex (multiple uses).

    Pistol bag has spare magazines for all the pistols (prevents forgetting them). There's an MTM box with extra hearing protection, a "golf-tool" style multi tool. The pistol bag has blank scoring sheets for the TX CHL test, too.

    Inner compartments have plenty of space for ammo or accessories, depending upon need. This is spiffy in practice. Grab the ammo wanted; stage it to the bag; leave bag by door; take same.

    Spotting scope, rest and sand bags, spare set of muffs, all have their own tote bag.
  21. stonecutter2

    stonecutter2 Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    Bloomington, IL
    I keep a range bag packed with things I might need.

    Hand stapler + box o' staples
    Ammo for whatever I'm shooting
    Earplugs (extras for whoever might need a pair)
    Ear Muffs
    A lighter (for starting a bonfire if I want to)
    2 digital camo rags
    Binoculars and/or Spotting scope
    Cleaning rod/patches
    Rem Oil
    Hand sanitizer
    Band Aids
    10/22 Mags
    Shooting gloves
    A holster or two

    In the back of my SUV I have a rectangular, flat storage tote that has targets, bench rests, and other random things in it.
  22. csa77

    csa77 Member

    Jun 14, 2011
    aside from ammo and guns.

    roll of tape
    magic markers-black and red
    many sheets of white printer paper
    screwdrivers-for adjustable sights
    knife-helpfull in removing FTE's from ruger MK3
    afew paper towes- to dry gun or my hands
    earplugs as back up for electronic headphones
    Sansa Mp3 player to plug into my headphones
    afew jollyranchers

    i use the white printer paper as cheap targets, i draw my targets using the tape roll to make perfect circles- black for the ring red for the center. also use tape to hold paper to the cardboard.
  23. Mike1234567

    Mike1234567 member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Alamo City
    Safety Glasses
    Whiskey (just kidding)

    ETA: Oh... and mags.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  24. ny32182

    ny32182 Member

    Oct 17, 2003
    Clemson, SC
    You have a long way to go before reaching kitchen sink level. :D

    I clean at home, so I don't bring cleaning gear... my bag is pretty light compared to some (typically centered around IDPA). It all fits in a small Midway range bag and typically contains:

    -200-400rds of ammo
    -Holster/mag carriers
    -binder clips for targets
    -target pasters
    -shot timer
    -gun club badge
    -hand towel
    -selection of allen wrenches, screwdrivers, and sight adjustment tools
    -Notebook and pen
    -IDPA rulebook
    -Photocopy Form 1s/4s
    -A few spare Glock parts
    -athletic tape
    -Brass bag

    Outside the range bag, depending on what I am shooting that day, I will have targets, chrono, vest, belt, shoes, rifle rest, food/water... etc.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  25. wooldl

    wooldl Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    St. Jacob, IL
    I carry all my stuff in a 5 gallon bucket with the foam cooler lining and a lift-out shelf. I have.....
    • 10/22 mags
    • CZ 452 mags
    • ear plugs
    • safety glasses
    • Sharpie marker
    • small notebook
    • ink pen
    • targets
    • Gerber multi-tool
    • various allen wrenches
    • sight adjustment tools for Tech-sights and SKS
    • 22 ammo
    • a few Enbloc clips loaded for my M1
    • staple gun and staples

    I carry most 30-06, 7.62x39, 9 mm and 45 cal ammo in individual ammo cans.
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