There’s nothing like that first warmish, sunny day after a long, cold winter to make you want to run to the range and log a few hours of lead therapy. But if you’re like me, and live in the Northeast, those “warmish” temperatures can range anywhere from 20 to 70 degrees, with varying amounts of snow and rain mixed in.
Depending on whether I’m sending rounds downrange trying to break in a new pistol acquired over the winter or shooting some defensive drills to sharpen my skills, there’s nothing like those cool, crisp first days of spring. When you get outside and into the sunshine, it makes all the winter dry fire practice worth it.
I’ll admit, I’m pretty basic when I go to the range, regardless of the season. I usually have a limited amount of time, and pre-plan what I’ll be doing on a given day to maximize my time at the range. Because shooting outside in the early spring can be chilly, my range bag contains a few extra items that don’t make the cut in late August.
Here’s what’s in my bag when I head to the outdoor range in the early New York spring:
Midway USA Compact Competition Range Bag