Going to the gun range is perhaps one of the most exciting activities imaginable. Holding the gun in your hands, looking down the sights, or through a scope at a target, and gently squeezing the trigger until that loud therapeutic bang goes off and the bullet goes flying down the range, hitting dead center on the target. Is there any better feeling in the world? Well, I can think of a few, but they’re frowned upon in most public settings. With all the fun that the range can bring to you, there are still a few headaches to be found in the process.
For instance: You want to be sure that you have plenty of ammunition to last you through a good shooting session, and you want to carry your brushes, and oil so that you can keep your gun firing at its full capability.
However, carrying all of these things can be a pain in the neck! Sure, you could use a backpack, and have everything that you need right there with you, but that could become very unorganized. Your rounds could be getting mixed together, your magazines are loose, and all over the place, and you end up spending more time sorting out your mess than you do shooting your guns! So, what is a person to do?
Well, I suggest the Allen Company Master Tactical Range Bag. This product is a life saver! It allows me to carry everything that I need to the range and have it all organized and waiting for me to use. No more messes in the bottom of an old backpack, and no more wasting time at the range! Since I purchased this bag, I spend more time shooting, than I ever had in the past, and you know that means tighter groupings and better shooting.
This is really where tactical meets practical. The padded design allows for easy carry and a place where my Sig .40 cal or any other gun that I may be shooting can rest safely. I like to keep my bag stocked, and ready to go. Some days I will come home from a bad day at work, grab my bag and be out at the range before dinner even hits the table.
This range bag really stands out above all of the others that I have seen, and read about. Allen Company has absolutely outdone themselves with this beauty, and with 30 years of dedication to the outdoor industry, it’s no surprise. At just about $80.00 you simply cannot go wrong. You can literally feel the durability in your hands when you pick up the Master Tactical Range Bag. Its stitching appears to be more than stable, and after a few months of heavy use, it’s still holding up just as it was the day that I bought it.
As I said before, I like to keep my bag stocked so that it’s easy to grab and go. When it is fully stocked with everything that I like to have in it, it around thirty pounds. I’ll go over my checklist just to give you an idea of the weight that is in my bag at all times.
The first thing that I put in any of my range bags is a first aid/trauma kit. You never know when something may happen. I like to think that most people who go to public gun ranges have some common sense, but that just isn’t always the case. You never know when an accident might happen, so it’s better to be prepared.
Next, I like to keep a handful of disposable earplugs, along with two sets of protective eyewear. I keep two for the days that my son likes to come out and watch me shoot, or even shoot his .22 on occasions.
Years ago, I went out to the local range with every intention of blowing through a few hundred rounds. However, my plans were interrupted when a trigger string broke on my third magazine. Needless to say, that ended my session on the spot, and I had to drive home, order the part and wait. That’ll never happen to me again. I keep a small plano box in my bag with a few parts for the guns that I like to shoot the most.
Plain and simple, if you don’t have one of these in your bag, then you simply don’t know how to properly care for a gun. You don’t have to keep a full cleaning kit in your bag, but it does help to keep a bottle of Rem Oil, a cleaning rod, a nylon brush, and some squares of fabric. (I cut up old T-shirts.)
No range bag is complete without a multi-tool, and maybe a few other tools that are specific to your firearms. A 9/32 punch, a flat head screwdriver, some hex wrenches, as well as Torx wrenches.
If you’re like me, then you reload your spent rounds when you get home from the range. Ammunition is expensive, and at times can be hard to come by. So, I always carry a brass bag to pick up my empty shells and keep them together. Anything can work, but I find that Crown Royal sleeves work great!
I like to keep 5 or 10 extra targets in the bottom of my bag for emergency situations. Most days I will grab a stack as I leave the house, or even keep a few behind the seat of my truck. But, you know the saying, “You can never be too prepared.” and when it comes to the range, that is absolutely correct. I also like to keep a roll of tape, and some push pins for mounting my targets.
There is always a few granola bars in the side pouch of my range bag, and a water bottle resting atop of everything else. This will just make those long sessions a little longer.
These can be used for a number of things, I like to use them to keep track of my shots, the groupings and any adjustments that I make.
I bet you were thinking that I forgot about the most important part, right? Not a chance! This is where most of the weight in any range bag comes from. Personally, I always carry, and always keep a gun inside my range bag. So, depending on the gun that I grab that morning, I could have a 9mm and a .40 or I could have a .45 and a .380. It all depends. I like to keep at least 150 rounds of each in my range bag at all times. On top of my normal 600 rounds, I keep an additional 500 .22 rounds for my son, and my wife on the days that they accompany me to the range. I also keep two 9mm mags, two .40 cal mags, two .45 mags, and a couple of speed loaders for my .380.
As I said, my bag gets extremely heavy. The padded design keeps the bag from folding and the bottom from sagging with all of the weight.
This is a great bag and I don’t see myself replacing it anytime in the near or distant future. On the off chance that this bag does wear out someday, I will replace it with another one exactly like it. In short, this is the best range bag on the market.
You can have the bag delivered via Amazon and save a trip into town. No need spending money on gas and a bag.
I found this video from “TacticalAdv.” He carries a few things I don’t and I carry a few things he doesn’t. Interesting to see what people have in their bags.