When at last you find the time to hit the range again, it’s good to have everything you need to make the most of it. There’s nothing worse that getting there, then realizing you’re missing something important.
For you beginners out there who are assembling their range bags for the first time, this list should be particularly helpful.
1. Eye protection (no explanation needed)
2. Hearing protection (like many, we’re fans of the classic, affordable Howard Leight electronic muffs).
3. Shoot-N-C sticky targets (reactive targets make life easier)
4. Maglula (our favorite pistol mag loader…by far)
5. Leatherman/Skeletool (a multi-tool is always a good idea, no matter where your are or what you’re doing)
6. A tourniquet. Know how to use it, but it’s not complicated. As JWT (a former Army medic) says, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze until the red blood stops. Here is a 1-page illustrated guide to using a tourniquet, provided by the makers of the leading combat tourniquet. Here is a TTAG article about the statistics surrounding tourniquets and their lifesaving potential.
7. QuikClot clotting gauze
8. Choke tube wrench (if you’re shooting a scattergun, Real Avid’s universal model is mighty handy)
9. Small Allen wrenches – (because stuff like scope rings, free-floating handguards and Pic rails can work themselves loose)
10. Marker (good for noting distance and ammo on your targets)
11. Staple gun (best way to put up those paper targets on wood stands)
12. Cheap extra set of eyes (we’ve loaned our extra set to other shooters dozens of times)
13. Cheap extra foam earplugs (someone always seems to need a pair)
14. Band-aids, liquid bandages, and the like (boo-boos — think slide bite, hammer bite, scope bite etc. — happen)
15. Rem oil wipes – (the classic is still the best…easy to keep on hand)
Non-beginners, is there something you’re always sure to bring to the range that didn’t make it onto the list?