The gun enthusiasts and vendors at our local gun shows engage in oftentimes long discussions about the best firearms, ammunition, and shooting essentials — and rightfully so. You have to know all of your options before deciding what to purchase. But there’s one thing that’s almost always overlooked in these discussions: range bags.
You have to choose a range based on your weapon’s size and configuration. It should keep your firearms safe and your gear organized for smooth operations on the range. Of course, you also have to consider other essentials that should be in it.
What’s in the bag?
Your range bag is meant to keep everything you need in one organized place so that you don’t have to spend too much time searching for your shooting essentials. But before you buy a bag, narrow down the items you need based on your preferences and training environment.
Every range bag should have these essentials:
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
- Rapid-application tourniquet
- Emergency personal injury kit
- Ammunition for when you’re on the range
- Cloth to wipe down and polish your firearm
You may also want to pack a handy cleaning kit and general-purpose tools to keep your equipment in great condition. The bag should have everything you need for every trip to the gun range.
In addition to the basics, consider your personal training habits and training environment.
What type of gun do you use? Do you shoot indoors or outdoors? Do you prefer standing target practice or dynamic shooting activities? Pack your range bag based on what you need for your specific situation.
How do you choose a bag?
After you’ve made an inventory of everything you need to pack in your range bag, figure out the best type of bag to bring with you. It boils down to the following factors:
Material and Construction
The first thing you have to consider is the material used for your range bag. It must be durable, something that can be dragged around and tossed onto vehicle trunks without tearing. Take note of box X stitching at stress points of the bag — this pattern indicates a strong weight-bearing bag that can support your gun, ammo, and equipment.
Shoulder Straps and Carry Handles
Imagine being high on firing adrenaline, and you think nothing can stop you, but your shoulders start hurting because of the weight of your gear bag. You can prevent this from happening by choosing a bag with padded straps and handles. On a related note, interior padding can keep your firearm and ammo extra safe in the container.
When you’re on the lookout for quality range bags, don’t just consider the bags on the shelf. Maybe you’ll find someone who can customize your bag’s interior configurations and external compartments based on your unique preferences and needs. You may even have velcro patches customized just for your bag.
Visit one of our local gun shows in Phoenix and talk to fellow gun enthusiasts who can help find the right range bag for you. Contact us today for inquiries.