Going to the Range, show me what's in your bag!

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Stuie, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Stuie

    Stuie New Member

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    Okay like I said before, I am newbie, and I have never officially been to a range. My gun shooting has always been out on oil leases, handgun and skeet.

    So since I going to be getting my CHL soon, and for handgun training, I am getting a membership to the only range around here with an hour's drive of where I live.

    So I have seen a lot about range bags and the like. So what do I need in mine?

    Eye and Ear Protection is a no brainer.

    So what do I need starting out, what do I need to shoot for, and feel free to post pics of yours!
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I keep mine fairly simple. Eyes, ears, plenty of ammo, whatever guns I plan to fire and if I'm going to spend time behind a rifle or I'm testing a new load I usually take some cleaning gear to keep the barrel clean so there are fewer variables. With pistols I don't usually worry about it, I'm not trying to bench rest a pistol at 25 yards...
     

  3. kdog

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    I take my pistol and ammo.
    Then I have my spotting scope including my tripod, since we shoot 25meters and rifle at 100meters it`s easier to see how I hit the target. The targets are fix mounted at 25 meters.
    Pen and paper to make some notes
    Eye and ear protection, cleaning gear for the pistol just in case and a set of small screw drivers incase something needs to adjusted.
     

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  4. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    I like that spotting scope. I gotta get me one now.

    :)
     
  5. bgeddes

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    Extra ear plugs, it seems there is always a spectator without. Depending if it's a pistol or rifle day, the spotting scope and tripod. Staple gun and extra staples, and/or thumbtacks for hanging targets. Tape or a good pen to mark the hits in an effort to make targets last longer. Boxes of ammo, basic field cleaning gear, including required tools. Stick on targets, sometimes they fit the bill (I like the ones that change color when you hit them). A bottle of water or other cold drink, and some tidbit to eat (granola bar or trail mix). I take a cheapo dollar store towel to lay out on the bench in the event I have to take a gun apart, easier to keep parts together and clean. The multitool is on my belt at the range.

    After a few trips you'll find out what you need or don't need. Be sure to throw a folding chair in the car.
     
  6. kdog

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    @ SGT-Miller,

    got that for my B-Day last year fom my parents.
    I like to use it, since it spares me having to walk to the target so often.
    Also, when my wife come to the range aswell, she dosn`t like to shoot, but she will be my spotter and tell me how my hits are, so I don`t have to lower the pistol, but only have to adjust the aim.....:D

    I havn`t tried it on 100meters yet, since my friend has his own scope and I shoot his rifles.

    Ken
     
  7. cpttango30

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    Whats In my bag. Thats not my bag baby. OK Sorry I couldn't help the shamless Austin Powers reference.

    OK
    1. Ears
    2. Eyes
    3. Ammo
    4. Coyote Calls
    5. Screw Driver x2
    7. Note pad
    8. Chrony
    9. Condoms
    10. Mags for my 511x
    11. Spotting scope
    12. Scope tripod.
    14. Pistol rugs x2
    15. Gum
     
  8. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    nice spotting scope
    how much did it cost you?

    this is kinda off topic but whats a decent spotting scope?
    i was thinking about picking one up...
     
  9. kdog

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    I don`t know, what my parents payed for it, but depending on the magnafication you can get them from about Euro 60,-.

    The One I have is a 20 - 60 x 60 Zoom.
    So on 25 meters, I can leave the zoom on 20 and have a perfect view of the entire target.

    If you do long range shooting on targets over 100 mters, then you should get something like a 20-80 x 80 zoom.Here some links.

    NcSTAR 20-60x60 Spotting Scope Green Lens With Tripod / Laser NG206060G w/ FREE UPS 20-60x60mm

    Tasco 20-60X80 World Class Spotting Scopes 80 mm WC206080 FREE SHIPPING Spotting Scope 20-60X80mm Hard Soft Cases Tripod

    Ken
     
  10. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Here's the basics -
     

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  11. SGT-MILLER

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    I see what you're doing...................

    You just found the perfect excuse to rub those awesome Nighthawk 1911s in our faces..........

    Seriously though, nice kit.

    :)
     
  12. Dillinger

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    LOL - Actually I just unpacked what was in my range bag and laid it out for all to see.

    Your jealousy is dripping into a pool near your keyboard though. :D

    Thanks Bro -

    JD
     
  13. SGT-MILLER

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    It's hard not to admire a nice Nighthawk.

    It's like looking at a beautiful lady. You can't help but drool.:D
     
  14. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    What's with #9 in your gun bag???
     
  15. SGT-MILLER

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    Female range officers maybe?

    :D
     
  16. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Seeing how long it would take for someone to catch it. LOL
     
  17. XMPnPA

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    #9

    See.. I wasn't sure if you were kidding or not. We used them to keep rain and sand out of our barrels in the kitty box. Of course we've all seen those cute range officers out there a- miller, of course few and far between... usualy fat bald guys..... Not that there's anything wrong with being a fat, bald guy.... just "not my bag", since we're throwing out Austin Powers. hahah..
     
  18. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    My field bag is mostly ammo, eye & ear protection, targets, and a small collection of tools. It's nothing fancy, just a way to haul crap to the gun range. I do keep a First Aid kit in my truck, just so in case...
     
  19. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I used to work as a hunting/wilderness guide and I got into the habit of carrying all sorts of useful crap in my backpack everyday. I always have some tools, flashlights, first aid kit, duct tape, some rope, etc. I keep it all organized in clear lid Pelican boxes, my girlfriend calls it my little kidnapper's kit.

    When I go to the range I just add my guns, I buy the ammo there since they give discounts to club members.
     
  20. trustkill676

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    -you carry a microtech otf knife in your range bag?! or did you mistakenly open up your weekend superhero bag instead?