Have Gun, Will Travel: 5 Things You Should Always Have in your Range Bag

If you are like most casual shooters, you don’t get to spend nearly as much time at the shooting range as you would like to. This means that every second spent at the range is precious. You don’t want to waste time looking through an unorganized heap of a mess for your equipment or gear. Or worse yet, you don’t want to realize you forgot an essential item at home in your safe after you get to the range.

These are just a few of the reasons why every shooter needs a range bag or even a tactical rifle case if you own long guns.

Just like if you own a smaller gun safe, is always essential to keep your range bag stocked.  You need to map it out so that you have everything you need for a great day of shooting. Below are the top five items that every shooter would do well to keep in their shooting range bag.

Extra Ammo and Magazines

Few things are worse than showing up excited at the shooting range only to realize you forgot your ammo. Keep your shooting range bag stocked with extra ammo at all times.

Do this and you’ll never leave the ammo behind again. You should also keep your range bag stocked with magazines. First, however, ensure that you know your local and state rules and regulations regarding magazine capacity.

Eye and Ear Protection

Make sure to keep your eye and ear protection in your range bag at all times. Eye and ear protection makes attending the shooting range even more enjoyable. In fact, many ranges now require both for everyone there.

Carrying a little foam ear protection as backup is another smart idea.

Shooting Targets

A day at the range isn’t complete without a good supply of your favorite shooting targets. Keep these tucked away in your range bag so you never forget them at home.

Many shooters prefer to use a pad of butcher block paper and a can of spray paint to create cheap and easy homemade targets. Some ranges also require you to bring your own stands and backboards.  Though these won’t fit in your range bag, make sure to have them stashed nearby to bring along.

Cleaning Kit and Lubricant

Another important item that every shooter needs in their range bag is a cleaning kit that includes lubricant. A number of companies offer portable cleaning kits designed for use at the range.

You might also decide to assemble yours by yourself. A rod sized for your firearms, a few rags, a toothbrush, and some lubricating oil is all you need. You don’t need anything too elaborate. Just the basics that will keep your guns in great shape.

Weapons Tool

The reason to pack a weapons tool in your range bag is similar to the reason to pack a cleaning kit. You don’t want your gun to malfunction on you while you’re at the shooting range. A simple multipurpose tool will keep you equipped to do any work that you need to do on your range bench.

Packing Your Range Bag

As mentioned above, it is a good idea to keep your shooting range bag packed even when you’re not planning a trip to the range. This will ensure that you never leave an important or essential item behind.

In addition to the top five things for your range bag that are discussed above, many shooters also like to pack shooting rests/mats, staplers with staples for targets, and the usual comfort items including clothing for warmer or colder than expected conditions. Many shooters also recommend a basic first aid kit.

A fun day at the shooting range is based on having everything you need with you for the trip.

By making sure to pack your range bag with the items above and you’re all but certain to have a great day at the range.

Ed Hawkins is a long time recreational firearms owner, having owned many different firearms over his lifetime. While his trusty CZ 75B is his favorite, Ed also enjoys frequent trips to the range with his AR-15. Ed is part-owner and managing editor at ArmsBearingCitizen.