Essential Gear for Range Bags

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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. 

Eye Protection

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

Smith & Wesson M&P Harrier Half Frame Interchangeable...
Shooter's Edge OTG Over-the-Glass Z87.1 Safety Shooting...
Smith & Wesson M&P Harrier Half Frame Interchangeable...
Shooter's Edge OTG Over-the-Glass Z87.1 Safety Shooting...
$26.89
$14.99
Smith & Wesson M&P Harrier Half Frame Interchangeable...
Smith & Wesson M&P Harrier Half Frame Interchangeable...
$26.89
Shooter's Edge OTG Over-the-Glass Z87.1 Safety Shooting...
Shooter's Edge OTG Over-the-Glass Z87.1 Safety Shooting...
$14.99

Ear Protection  

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. 

Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification...
ProCase Noise Reduction Ear Muffs 2 Pack, NRR 28dB Shooter...
Decibullz - Custom Molded Earplugs, 31dB Highest NRR,...
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification...
ProCase Noise Reduction Ear Muffs 2 Pack, NRR 28dB Shooter...
Decibullz - Custom Molded Earplugs, 31dB Highest NRR,...
$65.88
$31.99
$22.09
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification...
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification...
$65.88
ProCase Noise Reduction Ear Muffs 2 Pack, NRR 28dB Shooter...
ProCase Noise Reduction Ear Muffs 2 Pack, NRR 28dB Shooter...
$31.99
Decibullz - Custom Molded Earplugs, 31dB Highest NRR,...
Decibullz - Custom Molded Earplugs, 31dB Highest NRR,...
$22.09

Medical Kit

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. 

Ever Ready First Aid Meditac Tactical Trauma IFAK Kit with...
Tactical Tourniquet & Trauma Medical Shear Pouch MOLLE PALS...
Ever Ready First Aid Meditac Tactical Trauma IFAK Kit with...
Tactical Tourniquet & Trauma Medical Shear Pouch MOLLE PALS...
$59.95
$8.99
Ever Ready First Aid Meditac Tactical Trauma IFAK Kit with...
Ever Ready First Aid Meditac Tactical Trauma IFAK Kit with...
$59.95
Tactical Tourniquet & Trauma Medical Shear Pouch MOLLE PALS...
Tactical Tourniquet & Trauma Medical Shear Pouch MOLLE PALS...
$8.99

Hat

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 

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The Hat Depot Tactical Operator USA Flag Low Profile...
  • 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

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. 

Mechanix The Original Covert Glove Black Medium
Magpul Technical Glove 2.0 Lightweight Work Gloves, Coyote,...
FREETOO Knuckle Tactical Gloves for Men Black Military...
Mechanix The Original Covert Glove Black Medium
Magpul Technical Glove 2.0 Lightweight Work Gloves, Coyote,...
FREETOO Knuckle Tactical Gloves for Men Black Military...
$23.25
$36.95
$25.99
Mechanix The Original Covert Glove Black Medium
Mechanix The Original Covert Glove Black Medium
$23.25
Magpul Technical Glove 2.0 Lightweight Work Gloves, Coyote,...
Magpul Technical Glove 2.0 Lightweight Work Gloves, Coyote,...
$36.95
FREETOO Knuckle Tactical Gloves for Men Black Military...
FREETOO Knuckle Tactical Gloves for Men Black Military...
$25.99

Targets 

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. 

Splatterburst Targets - 12 x18 inch - Silhouette Shooting...
Official NRA B-29 Police Silhouette Shooting Targets, 14"x...
Splatterburst Targets - 12 x18 inch - Silhouette Shooting...
Official NRA B-29 Police Silhouette Shooting Targets, 14"x...
Price not available
Price not available
Splatterburst Targets - 12 x18 inch - Silhouette Shooting...
Splatterburst Targets - 12 x18 inch - Silhouette Shooting...
Price not available
Official NRA B-29 Police Silhouette Shooting Targets, 14"x...
Official NRA B-29 Police Silhouette Shooting Targets, 14"x...
Price not available

Staple Gun

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  

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Stanley TR110 Heavy Duty Steel Staple Gun 84 Staple...
  • 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. 

Shooting Logbook: Target, Handloading Logbook, Range...
Shooting Log Book: 100 pages (6"x9") | Record Target...
Shooting Logbook: Target, Handloading Logbook, Range...
Shooting Log Book: 100 pages (6"x9") | Record Target...
$8.99
$6.99
Shooting Logbook: Target, Handloading Logbook, Range...
Shooting Logbook: Target, Handloading Logbook, Range...
$8.99
Shooting Log Book: 100 pages (6"x9") | Record Target...
Shooting Log Book: 100 pages (6"x9") | Record Target...
$6.99

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. 

Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine...
Zebra Pen Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point,...
Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine...
Zebra Pen Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point,...
$4.89
$5.60
Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine...
Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine...
$4.89
Zebra Pen Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point,...
Zebra Pen Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point,...
$5.60

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.  

GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Hunting Handgun Shotgun...
24027 Remington Accessories, Remington Oil, 10 oz....
GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Hunting Handgun Shotgun...
24027 Remington Accessories, Remington Oil, 10 oz....
$27.90
Price not available
GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Hunting Handgun Shotgun...
GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Hunting Handgun Shotgun...
$27.90
24027 Remington Accessories, Remington Oil, 10 oz....
24027 Remington Accessories, Remington Oil, 10 oz....
Price not available

Tools

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.  

Real Avid The Gun Tool (Silver/Black)
Gerber MP600 Sight Tool Multi-Plier, Black [30-000588]
Real Avid The Gun Tool (Silver/Black)
Gerber MP600 Sight Tool Multi-Plier, Black [30-000588]
$21.98
$80.87
Real Avid The Gun Tool (Silver/Black)
Real Avid The Gun Tool (Silver/Black)
$21.98
Gerber MP600 Sight Tool Multi-Plier, Black [30-000588]
Gerber MP600 Sight Tool Multi-Plier, Black [30-000588]
$80.87

Conclusion

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.   

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