Inside the Range Bag

A lot of shooters have asked me over the years what I carry to the range. For what it’s worth, … Continued

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?