Well stocked range bags are every shooter’s best friend. Range bags let you load up and organize everything you need for the most fun and productive day of shooting practice. If you’re in the market for a new range bag, you can check out our top recommendations here. If you’re wondering about the essential gear for range bags, this article is for you. Of course, you need your favorite weapon and ammo. This is about all the other gear that makes for the best day at the range.
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Eye protection should be in all range bags. To protect your eyes from mishaps at the range, you need ballistic strength, shatter-proof lenses. Regular glasses and sunglasses just don’t cut it. If you do wear prescription lenses, check out a pair of over-the-glasses shooting glasses.
Hearing damage can sneak up on you over time. You can damage your hearing without even knowing it. It is safer to over protect your self by wearing ear plugs and ear muffs. There are standard ear muffs and the new “electronic” ear muffs. Howard Leight ear cans are the best electronic model. They are “smart” they cancel loud noises from weapons firing, but they also amplify softer sounds from voices or range commands. Whatever you choose, all range bags need hearing protection.
God forbid that you ever have an accident on the range – or even see one. But emergencies do happen on the range, so you need to prepared. An emergency med kit is necessity for all range bags. It is really amazing how much life saving gear gets packed into the little kits. They don’t take up much space, and they could save life and limb. Beyond the typical first aid items, choose a kit with extra tourniquets and a quickclot agent like Trauma Pak.
If you don’t normally wear a hat, you should keep one in your range bags. They keep hot cartridges off your tender scalp, and they help keep sweat out of your eyes. No special requirements here. Any old hat will do.
The Hat Depot Tactical Operator USA Flag Low Profile Baseball Army Military Cap
- The Thin Blue Line is a symbol of respect and support for Police and Law Enforcement Officials
- Comfortable all-day wear, 6-panel unstructured, low profile
- Crown measures 3 1/2 inches deep,Bill: 2.7",Features a pre-curved bill with Quality Embroidered Flag on the front
Gloves are one of the most neglected essentials for range bags. But your hands need lots of protection on the range. Just think of all the hot surfaces, pinch points, and snafu’s that could ruin your day at the range. Have you ever had your thumb webbing caught in a slide? It sucks. Tactical glove are nice, but most of us don’t need them for a normal day at the range. There are many lightweight options too.
We’ve all forgotten to put extra targets in our range bags. Don’t waste time running home to get them or waste money buying new overpriced ones at the range. Packing some spare target in your range bags can save so much trouble.
This is a pro tip that many novice shooters wouldn’t think of. Depending on the specifics of your range, you’ll need some way to hang targets. The easiest way is with a good old staple gun.
Stanley TR110 Heavy Duty Steel Staple Gun
- Perfect for everyday stapling needs around the home or office
- Heavy Duty, with convenient handle lock for safe storage
- Quick-jam clear mechanism saves time and hassle;Bottom-loading, easy-slide, full-stick staple load
Shooting Logbook / Notebook
The range bags of the best shooter in the world include logbooks or notebooks. Data is king. If you want to improve you’ve got to track your progress and hold yourself accountable. An easy way to do that is with a shooting logbook.
Pens & Markers
This is a no brainer, but easy to forget. Put extra pen and markers in your bag to cover yourself and your range buddies. Someone always forgets a pen. Don’t let it be you.
Gun Cleaning Kit and Oil
Cleaning your weapon is often necessary on the range. And it is best practice to clean soon after shooting. Don’t wait to get home. Pack a cleaning kit in your range bags and keep your firearms operating smoothly.
Don’t let simple adjustments slow you down or drag down your scores. A toolkit or multi-tool can save your day at the range.
So this is the essential gear for range bags. Along with your favorite firearms and ammo, this gear will help you have the best day at the range. This is not everything that you will pack in your range bags. Everyone will have some individual preferences, but with these essentials you will have all your bases covered.