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What's in your "grab and go" shooting/range bag?

shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Posts: 6,112 Senior Member
I'm on a night schedule right now, which means sometimes when I finish my work during the day I have the chance to hit the range on the way to work. As such, I have inadvertently established a "go bag" for the range that has everything I need for a quick session.

Midway USA Competition Range Bag
"Pill bottle" with about 20 sets of ear plugs
2 pairs of earmuffs in case someone comes with me
Safety glasses (Oakley M Frame, worth every penny, at least at the government rate)
Range member ID card
Multi Tool
STI Trojan 9mm (1911) and 4 magazines
200 rounds 9mm and a zip lock bag for the brass.
Ruger 22/45 Mark III and 1 magazine (all I have here)
1 brick of Federal 36gr .22 LR (I have two more on standby once this one runs out, yes I am one of those guys that buys them three at a time now. I don't feel too bad because they last about a month)

Naturally I can add to this as need be. I always shoot steel for these quick range sessions, so no targets, and for any photos of opportunity I have an iPhone. I'll typically shoot up the 9mm and then finish off with however much .22 shooting I either feel like or have time for.

So what's in your typical range bag loadout?
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Posts: 2,614 Senior Member
    My bag will always have:
    pouch full of earplugs
    about 6 pair of safety glasses
    200-300 rounds of .45acp
    150 or so of .38
    100 of .357
    A pen for making notes on targets
    cleaning supplies (q-tips, gun scrubber, tetra lube, boresnakes, brush)
    screwdriver set
    target stickers (usually orange)

    What guns I pack will depend on whether or not I'm going alone, and/or what I shot last time. I'll pack ammo for whatever else I bring that's not already there.
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  • Pelagic KayakerPelagic Kayaker Posts: 1,503 Senior Member
    Wheeler screwdriver set
    Reading glasses when lighting is bad
    Hearing protection
    Otis cleaning kit
    Ammo for whatever I'm shooting
    Copenhagen (pretty dried out though)
    Chamber flag
    Deck of cards (they make great 22 targets)
    and a month old note to buy milk on the way home
  • timctimc Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    All that stays in my bag is ear plugs, baggies for empty brass, pen, graph paper to record groups, Trust and copies of stamps for suppressors, pliers, screw driver set, allen wrenches.
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  • sarg1csarg1c Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    I don't remember what all is in my range box, but here's what I usualy use.


    A couple things I always have is a staple gun and a Mosquito jacket for late summer.
  • jbohiojbohio Posts: 5,618 Senior Member
    Pens, paper, staple gun, front rest, rear bag, 22oz hammer,multi bit screwdriver, Allen wrench kit, pouch full of ear plugs, 2 pair muffs, several pair glasses, rags, rem oil, some portion of a brick of 22's.

    That's what stays in there. Add specific ammo, as needed.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Posts: 5,114 Senior Member
    tools, lots of them
    small brass and steel hammer
    full drift pin set, brass & steel
    mag tip screwdriver with every size tip
    Bore cleaner, jags, brushes, patches, bore guides, & cleaning rods
    full set, standard & metric hex wrenchs
    files & stones
    dial calipers
    break cleaner, tri-flow or rem oil, greese
    Lens cleaner
    staple gun
    note book, pens & pencils
    targets & patches
    guns & ammo

  • NNNN Posts: 25,235 Senior Member
    sight screw driver
    Ruger multi tool
    de-moonimg tool
    deck of cards with Husain's henchmen on the cards
    plastic bags
    orange duct tape
    ear plugs
    band aides

    anything else it task loaded depending on the gun to be used

    Lastly an old sock to put the spent brass in
  • orchidmanorchidman Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
    All of the above that apply to rifles......................and a spotting scope.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • snake284snake284 Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    My bag is a cheapo $15 Wally World plastic tool box. It works. I have a few sets of ear plugs, ONE set of muffs (That's all that fits), cleaning equipment, Cleaning solvents and Rem Oil or reasonable alternate, staple gun and staples, basic screwdrivers and channel Lock pliers, and a few boxes of 22 LR. I don't carry my front and rear rests in the box because it's not big enough. I carry the rests and a couple of short 2x6s about 8 inches long to shim up my rear rest if needed, separately. Usually it only takes one, depending on the rifle I'm using. Also, I have various parts of my Chrony in that bag also, such as the power cord to the remote readout.
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  • sarg1csarg1c Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    Where I go to the range, we back right up to the benches.

    JB and others, never thought about a hammer, but a hammer and brass punch would be handy to move the sights on some guns at the range... someone said a deck of cards for .22 targets,good idea.
  • samzheresamzhere Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Good question, shotgun! At one time I had a huge rangebag that kept getting heavier and more bulky, and it sort of became a vapid excuse that I could use to not go to the range.

    Eventually I was hulking around every piece of hardware you could imagine, which I decided was silly. And ammo's heavy!

    So I got 3 smaller bags (good quality NRA or 5.11) and stocked each one with the gear I'd be using depending on which guns I was taking to the range. So I had a .45acp bag, a .357 bag, and so on.

    I mostly shoot .45acp these days (1911s or XDs) so my go-to range bag has the following:

    1. 3-4 spare mags of each style (1911 8-round and XD 13-round)
    2. 100+ rounds of premium 230gr FMJ target ammo ("whitebox" and S&B**)
    3. 50+ rounds of premium CorBon PowrBall +P self-defense ammo
    4. Bausch & Lomb shooting glasses, 2 pair-- one for a girlfriend/guest to use
    5. NRA in-the-ear muffs, 2 pair
    6. A small cleaning kit -- short rod, solvent, oil, patches
    7. A couple of cleaning rags
    8. 2-3 standard 50ft targets
    9. Room for 2 pistols

    ** S&B -- Sellier & Belliot is a venerable Belgian ammo firm and I've found their standard FMJ practice ammo is reliable, accurate, and very clean-shooting, and a real bargain -- I can find cases of this ammo at gunshows usually less expensive than other "whitebox" ammo (Winchester, Federal, Remington).
  • jbohiojbohio Posts: 5,618 Senior Member
    sarg1c wrote: »
    Where I go to the range, we back right up to the benches.

    JB and others, never thought about a hammer, but a hammer and brass punch would be handy to move the sights on some guns at the range... someone said a deck of cards for .22 targets,good idea.

    The ranges I used to use didn't supply backers. It was bring your own. I used the hammer to drive the real estate sign frames I use into the ground.
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    We shoot here at the house, mostly so my bag only has eyes, ears, staplegun, targets and some orange stickers I like for handgun targets. And targets I guess. Tools and all that stuff are a few steps away in the shop.
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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    For the back yard range, I have a bucket with 2 shot bags/sand bags, a front rest, staple gun and staples. It sits in the man cave and depending on the weapon, the ammo goes in, depending on if I am developing, the notebook goes in, ect ect ect.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • AntonioAntonio Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Range bag = Small cheap plastic toolbox containing:

    - Peltor earmuffs & earplugs

    - Assorted printed A4-size targets

    - Masking tape

    - Can of WD-40

    - Small screwdriver set

    - Handful of clips (M1, Mauser small & large ring, and C96 pistol)

    - Compact binoculars

    - Pen

    - Piece of cloth

    - 4 boxes (50 rounds) of .22LR ammo.

    Got a bigger (Heavier too) range toolbox with complete set of cleaning supplies, multiple tools, ammo, radios, etc. etc. but that's usually for bigger, better planned range sessions or club shooting matches.
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