I started with loading (100) 357 cartridges, then ADHD happened and I primed a few hundred case, then I finished reloading, then ADHD happened again… So I organised some stuff and this post happened.
I like the idea of having everything ready to go, so tonight I organised everything into one range bag and took some photos.
Why? Because I feel like it, also because I go shooting at like 4 different locations, excluding hunting. Some 20 minutes away, others are 1 to 2 hour drive. Local ranges are easy – I just bring the essentials, safety gear, ammo and a gun… However, longer trips, I make a day off it and try to be self-sufficient, so I can solve, at least temporarily, any issues that may come up and not ruin my day.
Some hard lessons:
- New chassis not fastened tight enough and hex key is not long enough to fix that issue – came to shoot that gun, shooting over.
- Owning a Marlin, LOL! Well, I do love that gun, but I had a Marlin jam and lucky someone had a screwdriver…
- No correct hex keys for peep sight adjustments…
- Live round, rim-jam in a Mosin mag – no needle nose pliers. Solved eventually.
- Shot target stand, could not reattach backing material – no more target shooting, (just plinking at long range gongs, which I love, but that wasn’t the plan).
- …and the list goes on.
So, inside the range bag…
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The range bag! Found online somewhere, actually same one issued to local law enforcement, I am told, but I got it directly from some 3-rd world factory overseas, cheap-cheap I like it, durable, heaps of compartments, lots of pockets, also comes with brass collection pouch (love it) and handgun case (don’t love it). Pretty much what a range bag should be.
I am thinking, if I find the right backpack, I’d use that, maybe. For now, I love my bag.
What’s inside my range bag - overall
What’s inside my range bag - by numbers
- (spares) Batteries for hearing pro, range finder, scope, etc.
- (spares) Staples
- (spares) Ear plugs
- (spares) Brass (get ammo discount if I return some, so I always have some spares if I can’t find mine)
- (spares) Sharpie
- (spares) Notebook
- (occasional, depends where I am going) Binos (spotter is on a wishlist)
- (cleaning) Pouch with bore snakes (sometimes to patch oil out, sometimes it just needs a quick clean)
- (cleaning) Hand wipes (for hands)
(cleaning) Gun oil (because nobody likes going in dry)
10.1 (cleaning) Hiding under gun oil is a rag.
- (cleaning) Scope cleaning kit
- Lock (for ammo can)
- Club membership card, etc.
- Range finder
- Gaffer tape (because McGyver!)
- Leatherman (because Leatherman!)
- Grease (because I like old milsurps)
- Bunch of tools and pouch
- Spare clay thrower machine tokens
- Small tape measure (target shooting)
- First aid (Paracetamol, bandaid, wound dressing, tissues for when I see a bigger gun)
- Staple gun (target shooting)
- Recoil pad (for some larger milsurps, because I am soft like that)
- Bug spray
- Sunscreen (because Straya)
- Muesli bars (because they are delicious)
- Chamber flags
- Spare choke for shotgun (I’d lose it if it wasn’t in there)
- 22LR Spee-D-Loader
- Safety glasses (sometimes range rules, sometimes mad science load experiments)
- Hearing protection (soon to be replaced with better electronic earmuffs)
- Bunch of targets (and what looks like a target, but used to be gluten-free pizza base boxes)
- Hi vis vest (range rules for walking out further than armchair-commandoes can)
- Clips (for milsurps, yes, clips to go in magazines)
- Brass collection pouch (came with the bag, but I use it)
Rifle stand and rear bag. I’ve tried a few rear bags, but I haven’t found anything better than my old hiking socks filled with rice.
Stuff that’s not in the photos, obviously guns and ammo. Also target stand (just a metal frame) and spare magazines, but that depends on guns I’m taking.