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Old 04-21-2011, 12:37 AM
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Gun, ammo, eyes, ears and a towel perhaps? What else? New guy just curious. Thanks. Bud
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My range bag typically contains:

Gun(s)
Ammo
Targets
Rag
A screwdriver
Eye and ear protection
First aid kit
Speedloaders/Quick Strips/Magazines (depending on what I'm shooting)

I typically shoot no more than 200 rounds per session, usually just one gun. If I shot more, I might add a toothbrush, a bore brush, and maybe a small bottle of CLP. If shooting my Glock I might add a G-TUL and mag brush. I'm going to add a Dejammer to my keychain when I get a chance.
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A screwdriver set that fits all the screws on the gun, a wooden dowel-a hardwood one-in case I get a squib, a can of lubricant, when I fire a centerfire auto, a brass catcher of some sort.
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I've collected so many odds and ends either in my pistol box or my range bag that I carry all kinds of junk with me. In my pistol box, other than guns, ammo, ears and a rag, I have a small screwdriver with different bits (very handy), speedloaders, loading blocks, a knife, a small bottle of Militec-1, and probably stuff I don't remember is in there.

My range bag is even worse...it's accumulated lots of junk. One of the handiest things is a little rifle cleaning kit that came with a rod that screws together in several different sections, has brushes and all, and it rolls up into a vinyl pouch, plus all of the stuff mentioned above. At some point I've used all of it.

It also doesn't hurt that when I go shooting it's out at my granddad's and I've got access to everything in the toolbox on my truck
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Usually lunch. If I can get the whole day at the range I arrive early and leave late and I need the energy. Plus the range box, tools etc.
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My range bag has eyes, ears, guns, mags, ammo, CLP, toothbrush, and a screwdriver. This is stuff I need to shoot

My range box (red plastic tool box) has hammer, nails, staple gun, tape, targets, timer, spray paint for steel targets. This is basically for target support box.

Then there is the 16'x20' two story work shop ajacent to the range that has all the ammo, targets, reloading press, wood tools, etc.......

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Water, sunscreen, hat, baby wipes to wipe my hands and face before eating or drinking...
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My Sig range bag usually has 4 handguns, eye protectiion, hearing protection, S&W screw driver and cleaning rod for an 8 3/8 revolver. I carry my ammo in a gym bag or 50 cal ammo can depending on what handguns or rifles I'm taking. I also shoot a lot of 22LR after shooting my other calibers so at least a brick of 22 ammo.

I also take a few empty coffee cans to put my spent brass in as I am a reloader. That way when I get home I can dump them in my thumbler and clean the brass. My range bag has a seperate side pocket for magazines so I always have a spare magazine for every semi auto I own in there.
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All or most of the above plus: spotting scope, toothbrush for when I'm shooting revolvers to brush under the extractor star if necessary. I do most of my shooting at an indoor pistol range but I also have a wooden rifle rest I made up and a bag with a stapler, tape, roll-up style cleaning kit, and some other odds and ends that rides around in my trunk all the time for when I go to the outdoor rifle range.
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I have been accused of taking the kitchen sink. I think the comments are just jealousy. My wife gave me a storage chest w/wheels on one end to make it easy. Guns, ammo, glasses, ear protection, targets, small target frame in case the range frames are busy, if the kids are going...the metal .22 spinner, sand bags, bench rest, cleaning supplies, small tool kit, bench pad (made from a sleeping bag pad), water, spotting scope, lense cleaner, WalMart bags for empties, notebook (particularly if testing a new load).....kitchen sink.
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i usually take;

gun (s)
ear muffs
ammo
targets
stapler
Rem Oil
Rags
Cleaning rod and jags
bore snake
flitz
gun cleaning mat
etc.

i find it easier to sit down and clean the gun on the spot rather than take it home and let laziness kick in. i usually go to the local gun club with several friends and we always sit down and dissassemble and clean our guns after shooting. seems less like work when your still at the gun club.
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A screwdriver set that fits all the screws on the gun, a wooden dowel-a hardwood one-in case I get a squib, a can of lubricant, when I fire a centerfire auto, a brass catcher of some sort.
+1 on the wooden dowel. For the first time last weekend, I had a case (a factory reload) that split and stuck in my revolver. Could not get the ejector rod to move, so I had to wiggle out all the spent cases by hand. Had the dowel, but it was sitting in the garage on the work bench, so it did not do me much good when I needed it.
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With all that has been listed, the only thing missing is that one item left on the bench at home. You know it, the thing that you have never needed at the range until you do and it's at home.
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earmuffs
ear plugs (in case)
glasses
sunglasses
staple gun
push pins/thumbtacks (in case I run out of staples)
hammer (for driving target stakes, mending backboards, etc)
targets
red spots
duct tape
mat (excess tool box liner)
spotting scope
zombie targets (for kids)
screwdriver
file
45 bushing wrench
bicycle gloves (for the wife and I get slide "bite" from my 1911's)

All of the above fits into a 5 gallon Rubbermaid box marked "range box"

Ammo

wife

First aid kid (in the truck) that includes:
Quick clot
bandages
Super glue
duct tape
aspirin (hey, I'm getting old)

Coffee and/or water.
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Eye and ear protection, ammo, range rod, multitool, small screwdriver, lubricant, some clean rags preferably cotton terry, small flip top bottle of Hoppes, vinyl coated Dewey pistol rod with brushes and patch jag. Also, some caliber appropriate bore patches, a jar of J-B bore cleaner, a couple bandaids and usually a cold drink in a coozy. A borelight is also in the bag. I also try to keep a roll of paper towels in the truck.

If I plan on an extended session, which is fairly the norm for me, I also take a cooler with drinks and some fruit and other snacks. On raceday (NASCAR) we usually also take a good portable radio.
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The range I use the most is outdoors and parking is reasonably close to the firing line, so most of the stuff I take to the range "just in case" is left in the car.
What I take to the sheltered firing line are Guns, Ammo, Ear & Eye protection, Boresake(s), small squeeze bottle of Kroil, oily & dry rags and target stuff.

I always CC, but due to the range being open to the public and in a remote location, I also open carry something very obvious and significant when I go downrange to hang targets. My friends do the same. We live in a low crime area, but there is no sense in taking chances.
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I also always carry bright colored 3x3 Post-It notes to use as small sub-targets within a larger target. They are sort of "accuracy standards" i.e. how many rounds out of 6 can you put on the note at any given distance. You can write on them and use them as notes if you want to record a phone number or shooting event someone mentions.o always carry a Boresnake and run it through the bore before leaving the range; more serious cleaning at home. Ed

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Since I've spent a load of time at the range recently attempting to tune the extractor on my Colt 1911, I've taken along everything I need to strip it down to the extractor, including my just-acquired Weigand Extractor Tensioning Tool. Now that all is well with the Colt, I plan to return to my pre-10 M&P snubbie and to TRAVEL LIGHT: just ammo and a towel!
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I went this morning. I carry a very heavy metal target frame. Today I wish I hadnt! This is a very heavy folding commercial frame. I tried out a new ruger .44 special. The sights were set way to far to the left. I put a bullet through the angle iron side. Dont know if I can fix it or not. Might have to take it to a machine shop.
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I've got one of those 20" plastic toolboxes that has become the receptacle of choice for all my miscellaneous shooting gear. Handguns go in pistol cases, and ammo goes in a small ice chest (no ice). If I'm chronographing, the CED Millennium lives in its own toolbox and tags along. Grab some appropriate targets and I'm good to go.
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i have a large S&W range bag that always goes with me...within are whatever gun(s) along with ammo..eye and ear protection,targets....one of randy's small range bag size hammers,brownells screwdriver set,shooting gloves,rags,clp,binoculars,staple gun,clothespins,magic marker,bag for spent brass,knife....i'm sure there is more in there that i use less frequently
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Over the years the list just kept getting longer and the range bag would no longer contain it all. I went to Sears and got a couple of their cloth tool bags. The larger one hauls the spotting scope, tripod, table/bench mat, spare target stickies, extra eye and ear protection for those that forget, and empty peanut jars for spent brass. The smaller one has become just a tool bag for all those repairs that need to be done at the range. So I am now a three bag man. In the truck tool box are cardboard, extra targets, one of those "U" shaped steel hoops that campaign signs use when stuck in your yard. That along with some old style spring loaded clothes pins makes an in case target stand. I still manage to not have every thing I need it seems. There is also one of those reach extenders so the old man doesn't have to bend over to pick up the brass. Would be better if I just lived at the range then I might have what I need when I need it.
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In addition to the obvious gear in my range case, I always have a screwdriver kit and rubber mallet with me. On different range visits, I've had a J-frame cylinder drop off into my hand due to a loose screw, as well as a 624 cylinder lock up and jam due to a crimp jumping round.
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I don't need to take enough gear for 5 days in the field for 2 hours at the range

I also live maybe 5 minutes from my local small range......sometimes I just grab a few targets, ear plugs, and a few boxes of ammo and just go, and I shoot whatever wheelgun I have in my waistband that day.

I don't do much with semi autos, so I have no need to bring cleaner, tools, or anything with me. If one of my S&W or Ruger wheelies malfunctions, then I guess it's just time to call it a day......
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Besides all the other stuff I usually include a couple 1 gallon freezer bags so's I have something to put all the nice once fired
45 auto brass that some shooter thoughtfully left for me. Some days I do good and others the brass magnet has been there before me. Frank
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3 strips of bacon

You do mean the kitchen range?
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My personally owned range is on minutes away from the house on my land. I keep my targets there in a box built in the ceiling on my covered shooting bench. Other than guns/ammo I usually carry a large glass of iced tea and if hot a battery powered window fan. Life is good!
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Always gotta have my army wooby (pancho liner for you civilians) to lay on the table/bench to not scratch my "stuff". Best money invested was for my Electronic ear protection. Gotta have a snack and a drink and a few cigars for story time. The Digital camera/movie maker is usually in a pocket also. I never forget a favorite .22 either. Have fun
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My favorite range is a 30 second walk from my back door, so I usually walk out with hearing protection, a gun or two, and a box or two of ammo.
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My personally owned range is on minutes away from the house on my land. I keep my targets there in a box built in the ceiling on my covered shooting bench. Other than guns/ammo I usually carry a large glass of iced tea and if hot a battery powered window fan. Life is good!
I've always dreamed about a place like that. Must be like having a little bit of heaven on earth.
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My favorite range is a 30 second walk from my back door, so I usually walk out with hearing protection, a gun or two, and a box or two of ammo.
When I burn a lot of .22's off the back deck. The wife complains when I don't sweep up the hulls.

Want to add. Other than sighting in a rifle or handgun I seldom shoot paper. I keep claybirds, plastic oil cans, shotgun hulls, tennis balls etc. to shoot. I also have several steel gongs hanging at various distances.
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Man if this new guy takes all of you dead serious, Midway or Brownells is going to be doing some serious business. I carry ammo and weapons, eyes and ears because I don't like sharing or receiving, and paper plates (targets) for outdoor sessions. If I'm going to an indoor range I get to buy silhouettes and play with the fancy button that sends/retrieves targets.
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Lots of times there are not enough chairs for the various benches. Bought a sears tripod stool for about $40, it comes disassembled you put it together and its adjustable for height. Supposedly good for us heavier guys 300lbs. To date I've had no problems with it and if it gets dirty just hit it with the hose.
Gave one to a good friend for Christmas one year. Frank
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Thermocell, we got skeeters.........
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Large Midway Shooters Bag.
Moon Clip Loader and Demooner tools.
Extra HKS speed loaders I do not normally use.
TI 25 Round 10-22 Mags. They live in the bag for 2-Gun Rimfire Matches.
Rim Oil
Electronic Muffs
Eye Protection
Gunsmith Screwdriver set.
Gun Belt with holster for my XDm & Mag Pouch
Moon Clip Holders

Midway Handgun Case with Gun and holster. Also magazines or a Round can with moon clips in it, or Safariland Speedloaders.
My 617 has HKS Speedloaders.

Ammo in a Plastic 50 cal size Dry Box.

If I am shooting my 480 Ruger Super Redhawk I bring my front rest and sand sock for bench shooting. I also bring White Target Dots cut from card stock, and spray adheasive to attach them to cardboard, etc. I need white for the UltraDot scope. Red on Orange does not work well. Red on White works very well.

No need for pop or snacks, we have them for sale in the Club House.
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And there are tools, targets, helpful range officers. I just bring my guns, some ammo, some "Shoot N C" targets to paste on the cheap paper targets, and a large cup of ice-tea.
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Guns,Ammo,Targets,Staple Gun & Extra Staples,Eye & Ear Protection,Extra Magazine(s) & loaders,Small Screwdriver.Extra battery for Red Dot,a few cleaning patches & a jointed cleaning rod (just incase)
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Shoot N See targets.

Wish I had the patent on those frankly. Seldom go to the range without them, or purchase them there, or before if I'm doing shooting at the family farm.

Pretty much what others have said but it depends on where/when as well. Problem I have is that I end up lugging so much **** that I don't use, just in case.

But...what a problem to have huh?
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Along with all of the stuff perviously mentioned....

PERMANONE (kills on contact) !!!! It's TICK season here (and i hate ticks)!!

Some OFF is also good.... Oh yeah, sunscreen for the back of the neck! been burned by forgetting that one.....

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gun
possibles bag
specific ammo
usually another gun
more ammo
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digital camera to capture the targets for study later
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Friends .
Absolutely the best thing to take!!!!


I throroughly enjoy hooking up with my pards and blasting some rounds. Too many reasons to list.

Two added benefits is that I find that I shoot less but have more fun if I'm shooting with a buddy or two. Also you can better gauge your accuracy and rythm. For instance, you could be shooting under adverse conditions and it effect your results in a negative way. Shooting alone, you'd be dissappointed with your results. Shooting with buddies and you'll see that conditions impact everyone equally and feel better about your results.



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New.....please take this advice and thank me later on. Go to MidwayUSA.com and order at least one of their large range bags. They are very well made and will protect your gear nicely. I've got two and would like to order another real soon.

Good luck and fun shooting.
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Targets are a great idea but try a few different sizes and colors for different ranges and distances. Shooting indoors you may want a different colors for instance because of light conditions. Different sizes due to different distances that you may shoot. Get a spotting scope with a tripod and a case they cost about a $100 but it will make your life easier and shooting more enjoyable. Its better than struggling with binoculars! On an indoor range they have mechanized target holders you can pull back but on an outdoor range you wont have that luxury so get a scope when you can. Also get a good range bag so everything is together. All these things make it easier and more fun. People are quick to buy new guns but wont buy any of the above items. Ammo is good too you can forget it and leave it on the kitchen table or your workbench. Have fun. Be safe.
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sunscreen
mosquito repellent
shot timer
spotting scope & tripod
Leatherman tool
misc. screw drivers and punches
cell phone
ear protection
ammo can for brass
squib rod
snacks and water bottle
shooting glasses
shop rags
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targets and (depending) target stands
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