Top 10 Range Bag Essentials

Top 10 Range Bag Essentials

By Amy Dillon for Gatorz Eyewear

Top 10 Range Bag Essentials

By Amy Dillon for Gatorz Eyewear

“A bad day at the range is still better than any good day at the office.” 

I remember hearing this quote when I first got into shooting over 20 years ago and thinking to myself, that I would never want to have a bad day at the range! Being able to go to my favorite shooting range (whether indoor or outdoor) is a lot of fun and can also be therapeutic! But the fun can be ruined if you are unprepared, or worse yet, if there is an unexpected safety incident and you find yourself seriously injured.

“A bad day at the range is still better than any good day at the office.” 

I remember hearing this quote when I first got into shooting over 20 years ago and thinking to myself, that I would never want to have a bad day at the range! Being able to go to my favorite shooting range (whether indoor or outdoor) is a lot of fun and can also be therapeutic! But the fun can be ruined if you are unprepared, or worse yet, if there is an unexpected safety incident and you find yourself seriously injured.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 essentials you need in your range bag in order to be safe, prepared, and ready to have fun on the range. Stay safe!

  1. Ear protection + extra batteries. Routine shooting practice can cause permanent hearing damage, including tinnitus, which can be devastating. Invest in a high-quality pair of headphones or sports hearing protectors. An electronic pair with noise reduction ratings of at least 22db and ability to amplify low-level ambient sounds is ideal.
  2. Quality eye protection. Dirt and other projectiles from your or another shooter’s firearm can cause severe and permanent eye damage. The right eye protection is imperative to your safety.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 essentials you need in your range bag in order to be safe, prepared, and ready to have fun on the range. Stay safe!

  1. Ear protection + extra batteries. Routine shooting practice can cause permanent hearing damage, including tinnitus, which can be devastating. Invest in a high-quality pair of headphones or sports hearing protectors. An electronic pair with noise reduction ratings of at least 22db and ability to amplify low-level ambient sounds is ideal.
  2. Quality eye protection. Dirt and other projectiles from your or another shooter’s firearm can cause severe and permanent eye damage. The right eye protection is imperative to your safety.

 

3. First aid kit. In addition to the basic bandages and ointments, pack sunscreen with your first aid kit. This ensures you are prepared to go shooting at both indoor and outdoor ranges.

4. Multi-tool kit with screwdrivers. You never know when you might need to make adjustments to your firearm or another piece of equipment. Carrying a toolkit is always wise.

5. Gun oil and disposable wipes/cloths. Gun oil to keep your firearm lubricated. You can wipe your firearm and any magazines down, if needed. You’re also likely to have encountered lead and other heavy metal particles during firing, so use disposable wipes to clean your skin before leaving.

6. Squib rod. Squib rods are key for dislodging a stuck bullet or casing. Be sure to have one on hand to keep your gun functioning optimally. You can use a cleaning rod for this purpose, just make sure you have the correct length you will need for a handgun or a long gun.

7. Flashlight or tactical light. This is essential for when small adjustments or repairs are needed on or down the barrel of your firearm.

8. Ammo, Magazines and/or Speed Loader. Always bring more ammunition than you think you’re going to need, and that you bring the correct ammo for the firearms you are planning to use! Ensure you have the correct magazines as well. Save time, as well as your thumbs, with a good speed loader, if needed.

9. Training items such as a Holster and/or Shot Timer. Practicing shooting your concealed carry firearm? Pack your normal holster to get accustomed to how it feels along with the shooting. These are great training tools and are also another item that, while not necessary, can enhance your experience at the range.

10. Admin Supplies: (Notebook/Pen or Marker/Masking Tape). In case you want to make notes on rounds fired or to keep track of your shots on your paper target. Masking tape is great for taping up targets or covering certain shots on a given target.

 

3. First aid kit. In addition to the basic bandages and ointments, pack sunscreen with your first aid kit. This ensures you are prepared to go shooting at both indoor and outdoor ranges.

4. Multi-tool kit with screwdrivers. You never know when you might need to make adjustments to your firearm or another piece of equipment. Carrying a toolkit is always wise.

5. Gun oil and disposable wipes/cloths. Gun oil to keep your firearm lubricated. You can wipe your firearm and any magazines down, if needed. You’re also likely to have encountered lead and other heavy metal particles during firing, so use disposable wipes to clean your skin before leaving.

6. Squib rod. Squib rods are key for dislodging a stuck bullet or casing. Be sure to have one on hand to keep your gun functioning optimally. You can use a cleaning rod for this purpose, just make sure you have the correct length you will need for a handgun or a long gun.

7. Flashlight or tactical light. This is essential for when small adjustments or repairs are needed on or down the barrel of your firearm.

8. Ammo, Magazines and/or Speed Loader. Always bring more ammunition than you think you’re going to need, and that you bring the correct ammo for the firearms you are planning to use! Ensure you have the correct magazines as well. Save time, as well as your thumbs, with a good speed loader, if needed.

9. Training items such as a Holster and/or Shot Timer. Practicing shooting your concealed carry firearm? Pack your normal holster to get accustomed to how it feels along with the shooting. These are great training tools and are also another item that, while not necessary, can enhance your experience at the range.

10. Admin Supplies: (Notebook/ Pen or Marker/ Masking Tape). In case you want to make notes on rounds fired or to keep track of your shots on your paper target. Masking tape is great for taping up targets or covering certain shots on a given target.

Notes From the Field

Travis Kennedy firearms shooting range

“I have been wearing [Gatorz] for over 10 years now. I got my first set when I was going through SEAL training and haven’t looked back since. The biggest thing I love about these things, first off, they’re American made. I love the metal, completely customizable to your face, and the protection they offer for me when I was a SEAL and even today, for my eyes. These things are fully functional, full protection of the eyes…they look great, both while you’re training and outside your training….They’re durable; they last forever.”

- Travis Kennedy -

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