Inside the Range Bag

This is the Sportster Pistol Range Bag from Blackhawk. Whichever range bag you choose, make it's big enough to hold all the gear you need, and then some.

A lot of shooters have asked me over the years what I carry to the range. For what it’s worth, here’s what I keep in my range bag.

• Three pairs of shooting muffs, one of which allows me to hear conversation. (Why three? For people I teach, and for the occasional pitiful bastard who shows up on the line with a pair of cotton balls.)

• Screwdrivers. Standard blade, Torx, Allen wrenches, and one great big screwdriver for the windage screws on Leupold scopes.

• Belding & Mull takedown steel cleaning rod for knocking out stuck shells.

• Leatherman Wave.

• Two pairs of molded ear plugs. (Used in combination with the hearing protectors when I shoot rifles with muzzle brakes.)

• Weatherproof notebook for recording chronograph readings.

• Chronograph aiming cards and sunscreens.

• Scoring gauges for .22 rimfire matches (sometimes I get to do this.)

The Leatherman Wave multitool is a great range companion.

• Ball-less whistle. (For range officering.)

• Stopwatch. (Same.)

• A roll of heavy, black stick-on aiming squares. For when my geezer eyes need some help.

• Three pairs of shooting glasses. One for me, two as loaners. If you have a spare pair of eyes, you can skip these.

• Bug repellent. The little bastards love me.

• Two Fisher Space Pens. One small Sharpie. One great big Sharpie. One big fat Magic Marker. Writing is better than trying to remember.

• 100 rounds of.22 LR High Velocity for practicing with my .22 rifle, and 100 rounds of CCI .22 LR Pistol Match, for practicing with my S&W Model 41. Having the ammo on hand encourages me to practice. I need it.

The weight of all this would bring a mule to its knees, but what the hell, part of shooting is about having lots of stuff, so why not?