Summer 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. To ensure range trips stay fun I usually bring along a kit I like to refer to as my Range Box .
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.
- All-weather notebook and pencil
- Multitasker AR-15 Tool
- Chapman gunsmith kit
- Oakley M-Frame 2.0 glasses
- Browning Midas electronic hearing protection
- Slip 2000 EWL
- 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 would recommend to everyone to have in their vehicle or range kit is the Wild Hedgehog Tactical EDC Trauma kit.
A standard-issue .50-caliber ammo can is the other major component of my range loadout. They are available at Wal-Mart and at almost any Army-surplus store, and are very affordable. I only use metal cans because plastic tends to shatter in the sub-zero winter temperatures where I live. Inside the can, I store extra magazines for whatever weapons I am shooting, plus the following items:
- MagLula/Butler Creek AR-15 magazine loader
- MagLula/Butler Creek AK-47 magazine loader
- 9mm Hoppe’s BoreSnake
- .223-caliber BoreSnake
- .30-caliber BoreSnake
- Cleaning rag
- Silicon cloth
That’s an inside look into the basic loadout I put in my car when I load up to head to the range. Occasionally, I will toss in a few more tools, or knee pads when I know I am going to be shooting from prone or kneeling positions.
What’s your range-day loadout?