One of my most reliable and well-built possessions is something that I rarely talk about: my MidwayUSA Competition Range Bag.
Full disclosure: I was NOT compensated by MidwayUSA for this article in any way. I just enjoy the product and think all the YouTube ads about Larry Potterfield and his Nitro Express shipping system are just as annoying as you do.
Moving right along…the bag comes two ways. Either as the bag itself ($50) or as a “system” along with a removable ammo carrier, two pistol bags and a brass carrier ($60 or $70, depending on color).
I own the system.
Pros: For $50 for the item only, it’s a great range bag with lots of little compartments that make it built for someone serious about going to the range with lots of gear. I can get three or four pistols in there along with half a case of ammo and mags for all of them. Plus there’s a spot for my brass container, as well as ear and eye pro with room to spare.
Con (but not really): My bag has had a lot of hard use over the years and regularly totes around 40+ pounds of gear. As a result, my shoulder strap broke.
I fixed it with some zip ties that I keep in my range bag and MidwayUSA offered to swap it out if I sent it back in no questions asked. However, that would involve unloading my range bag. I said to hell with it and will live with the zip tie.
I can stuff a full-size 5-inch 1911 in there and still have a lot of extra space for targets, tools, cleaning gear and the like.
I prefer to back it with a dedicated small/medium/large pistol rug for each gun for the most efficient use of space. They can be purchased separately for 5-10 bucks each.
Although the bag is 100% polyester and made in China, as much as I would prefer a USA-made bag, I haven’t seen anything come to market that matches the quality/features/etc. of this one.
One thing that sets this bag apart is that it holds more magazines than a dentist’s waiting room. That’s come in handy when you’re bringing three or four different pistols and want to organize magazines.
5.11 makes other range bags for more money that hold less gear and are similar in terms of material and setup.
It’s a good bag at a good price. If you’re serious about going to the range and hauling a bunch of guns with plenty of ammo, this is a great way to do it.