Every shooting sports aficionado has “the nightmare” at some point.
You know, the one where you show up to the range without all your gear?
(Nothing hurts your pride like having to ask your neighbor if they have an extra set of earplugs.)
Whether you’re about to embark on your first trip to the range or you’re a seasoned veteran, there are certain range day essentials you need to make sure are in your range bag.
The next time you’re ready to do some shooting, here’s what to pack:
1. Guns, Ammo and Mags
Yes, we’re starting with the obvious.
Sometimes, the most important gear is the easiest to forget.
Pack the guns you’ll be planning on shooting in their cases and get ready to rock.
Unless you want to pay the higher price for range ammo, bring plenty of ammunition along as well.
Throw in some spare mags while you’re at it.
2. Ear and Eye Protection
Safety is important, especially when it comes to your hearing and vision.
Every range bag should include some form of ear and eye protection.
Invest in a pair of high-quality shooting glasses and earmuffs.
You might also want to have a backup pair of each, or at least some extra plugs.
(If your earmuffs are electronic, don’t forget batteries, either.)
Just like ammo, you can find targets at the range. But who doesn’t want to save money?
Pack plenty of range-approved targets so you’ll have something to shoot at.
There are lots of customizable and fun options when it comes to targets (e.g. zombies, terrorists, etc.).
Stock up on your favorites and make sure they’re part of your range day essentials collection.
4. Cleaning Kits
You might not be cleaning your piece after every shot, but what about jams?
Be ready for them and other defects, dirt or debris with a quality cleaning kit.
Make sure your cleaning kit includes rods, brushes and oil or another lubricant.
Don’t forget a multi-tool, either. You never know when you’ll need one.
5. First Aid Kit
Cleaning kits aren’t the only kind of kit you’ll need.
Be ready for an emergency with a good first aid kit.
It should have all the basics, from bandages and medical tape to gloves and meds.
(Brushing up on your CPR techniques wouldn’t hurt, either.)
There are, of course, other important things to bring to the range — like holsters, gloves, mag pouches, belts, sunscreen, etc.
But you really don’t want to forget any of these five essentials.
Do you have any other range day essentials? Let us know in the comments below!