Spring has arrived, and with it comes the best time of year to head to the shooting range for some family fun. Shooting sports are a popular family event for many of us, so we figured it was time to get people brainstorming and talking about what equipment they take to the range with them. I go to the range for different reasons: Sometimes it’s to test out a new gun build or to help friends with theirs, other times it’s with my family to just relax and have fun.
I always have a basic loadout I take with me no matter the reason I’m shooting. I’m a fan of simple things; my usual gear box is a .50-caliber ammo can and a patrol bag I picked up from L.A. Police Gear that has been discontinued and replaced with their Jumbo Range Bag.
Inside the patrol bag, I put the following:
- All-weather notebook and pencil
- Multitasker AR-15 Tool
- Chapman gunsmith kit
- Oakley M-Frame 2.0 glasses
- Browning Midas electronic hearing protection
- FIREClean lubricant
- Shooting gloves
- Water bottle
These are the basics I put in the range bag. I also make sure that my individual first-aid kit (IFAK) is attached to it. My range IFAK contains QuickClot gauze and a SWAT-T tourniquet in the unfortunate case of someone getting struck by a bullet. A good all-in-one package that I have seen a lot of people use on the range instead of a full IFAK is the Outdoor Adventure Trauma Pack.