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liberty47
07-01-2012, 7:14 PM
I feel like I want a range bag and don't need one. Is buying one a waste of money since I have a medium sized duffel bag and some ammo cans I use?

Thoughts?

jmust1991
07-01-2012, 7:16 PM
I highly recommend one. It made going to the range less of a chore. I always keep the staple gun + staples, shoot n C packs, uplulas, earmuffs, etc.

When I go out shooting all I have to do is add the guns and ammo, and I am off!

liberty47
07-01-2012, 7:30 PM
I highly recommend one. It made going to the range less of a chore. I always keep the staple gun + staples, shoot n C packs, uplulas, earmuffs, etc.

When I go out shooting all I have to do is add the guns and ammo, and I am off!


any good ones you can recommend?

jj805
07-01-2012, 7:38 PM
any good ones you can recommend?

I just got this. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Gun-Maintenance/Cleaning-Kits-Accessories%7C/pc/104792580/c/104814180/sc/104270580/Cabelas-Competition-Series-Range-Bags-with-Cleaning-Kit/1317830.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fshoo ting-gun-maintenance-cleaning-kits-accessories%2F_%2FN-1102325%2FNo-0%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104270580%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMMcat1047 92580%253Bcat104814180%26WTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_ stype%3DGNP%26recordsPerPage%3D48&WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104792580%3Bcat104814180%3Bcat104 270580 It might be a little exessive, but you never know.

http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_231064_002_02?rgn=0,0,2000,1551&scl=5.2631578947368425&fmt=jpeg&id=165nJiskw7E7gdLS6thvaC
http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_231064_002_alt01_02?rgn=0,0,2000,1255&scl=5.2631578947368425&fmt=jpeg&id=1bpTshS3rqjOuJWOOWQXMy

ckyrulez
07-01-2012, 7:39 PM
Get one. All the pockets help keep your gear organized.

I'd been using a regular gym bag for about 4 years and debated whether to buy a dedicated range bag or not. My friends bought new range bags recently so I gave in and bought one too. Definitely worth it.

I recommend any of the Midway range bags, but wait until they go on sale.

skosh69
07-01-2012, 7:46 PM
Don't laugh, I went down to The Home Depot and picked up an 18" tool bag for less than $20 bucks and it works pretty good. Has a heavy duty zipper that I can lock and plenty of outside pockets for mags, lube, etc.

It also came with a second smaller bag that my wife uses for her gun and supplies.

http://howto.homedepot.com/videos/watch/1251224031001/Husky-12-in-and-18-in-Tool-Bags-The-Home-Depot.html

Merc1138
07-01-2012, 7:56 PM
Doesn't really need to be a "Range bag" but something that can carry some weight and have pockets/compartments/dividers/whatever to organize things is nice to have. It definitely doesn't have to be "tactical", cost $200, or be something so huge you can't practically carry it around.

I have 2 range bags, a big one and a small one. The small one goes to the range if I'm only taking a couple guns or everything is the same caliber(if I only feel like shooting rimfire or something). The large one goes when I'm taking a whole bunch of stuff.

DannyInSoCal
07-01-2012, 7:56 PM
Use a briefcase.

Easy to carry and doesn't even get a second look if you get pulled over...

jyo
07-01-2012, 8:33 PM
Everybody needs a range bag---keeps your shooting stuff organized so you can grab it and go---once you've loaded it with the right ammo of course.

ChaneRZ
07-01-2012, 8:35 PM
Range bags are helpful and very handy. Ammo, magazines, targets, etc in one bag.

0321jarhead
07-02-2012, 8:44 AM
Buy a "Range Bag" is the rant. Okay. Briefcase is a good one. Here is what I have been using for years. It can be locked, easy to organized, cannot be cut open with a knife, inexpensive, can take a beating and content can remain intact, holds ammo and tools like stapler and you can put stickers on it too. I bought this one at Sears. I have also seen them now at Orchard Supply Hardware. I also have a gun bag but rarely use it. http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii546/0321jarhead/100_4158.jpg

RedFord150
07-02-2012, 8:59 AM
My 'Range Bag' is a sports duffel bag. Small padlock on zipper of main compartment.
You can get as big as you want and lots of pockets, if you like.
Nothing on my range bag tells an outsider that I have guns.

CGT80
07-02-2012, 9:55 AM
I have an I Shot bag that I bought a few years back. Unfortunately they don't make that version any more. I really like it. The good news is that it doesn't show any wear after using it for 3 years at an outdoor range and shooting 1-3 times per month. It is quite large and gets very heavy when I load it up. Yesterday, I shot a competition with some practice afterward. I had my 460 8" revolver and my xd 4" along with 150 rounds of 45lc, 70 rounds of 460, and 400 rounds of 9mm all in ammo boxes. I also keep 8 mags for the xd, cleaning tools, timer, clipboard, hand wipes, tools, etc. in there. The double zippers can be locked with a mid sized 4 digit combo pad lock (to satisfy CA transportation requirements).

My brother and parents set me up for shooting clays, as a Christmas gift. I have the bass pro redhead canvas and leather shotgun range bag and a double pocket shell holder with belt. They are made in china, but they have worked great for my last 4 outings to the skeet range. I keep the bag loaded with 200 shells and my other gear. I just grab the range bag, shell pouch, and shotgun case and I am ready to go.

I still need to setup a rifle bag. Now that I have pistol and shotgun bags, I wouldn't go back to trying to gather everything up right before a trip. I used to have a list to follow so I wouldn't forget something. Now all the important stuff is in the bag.

My mom uses a tool bag as a pistol bag, but the zippers can't be locked and it isn't organized as well. She thinks she wants to upgrade to a range bag. YMMV

Ryououki
07-02-2012, 10:40 AM
I bought a large range bag from Midway USA and am glad I did. It carries everything I need, but sure gets very heavy when loaded up. :)

Kyle1886
07-02-2012, 11:11 AM
I use a regular rolling travel bag. Check out the local "thrift stores" and sometime can be had for just a couple of bucks.

Respectfully
Kyle

BKinzey
07-02-2012, 1:03 PM
I bought a Bagmaster, it really helps. Bagmaster makes very nice range bags. Mine has side pouches that you can slide in 2 padded handgun pouches. So I can carry 4 handguns if I want. The padded pouches were nice enough I bought extra so all my handguns are stored in their own pouch. I just grab the individual pouches I want out of the safe and slide them in the range bag.

ironmike
07-02-2012, 2:17 PM
Use a brown paper bag. Hold ammo in pockets on your person as well as loaded magazines. It's a natural thing in places like Oakland or Richmond and also in the L.A. SoCal area. Best of all you can keep a bag for free when you are done with the Colt 45.

dls
07-02-2012, 3:11 PM
I use to use random bags, Finally picked up an Uncle Mike's.
Padded storage, removable compartment for use as gun rug, lockable side compartment...

I keep everything I need to do a little shooting stored in it all the time,minus the gun and ammo.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/610839/uncle-mikes-deluxe-range-bag-nylon-black

the_t0ny
07-02-2012, 5:37 PM
Before I bought a Midway USA range bag, I used either a 50 cal ammo can or a Craftsman tool bag that I paid $25 for from Sears a few years back. If I had never purchased a MidwayUSA bag, I'd still be using the Craftsman bag. It was built pretty sturdy and felt better than the Midway bag, but the Midway bag with multiple comparments did help with keeping everything organized.

wjc
07-02-2012, 5:39 PM
I use a Tank Mechanics tool bag that I got from my local Army-Navy store.

It has plenty of pockets for small stuff. This is fine for me as I keep all my guns
in a case and ammo in ammo boxes.

I hear good things about the Midway U.S.A range bag though...

TNP'R
07-02-2012, 7:42 PM
Yes, I think so I take one to carry all my ammo as well as cleaning supplies and tools if needed.

FLIGHT762
07-02-2012, 9:01 PM
I use a back pack with 3 + compartments. Goes on the back, leaves the hands free to carry other things.

Got everything in it I need. Targets, pasters, markers, stapler, dope book, Leatherman, sunblock, chapstick, first aid kit, Motrin, Tylenol, water, sand socks, Kestrel/wind-temp gauge, ears,eyes, etc.,etc.,etc.

Rhythm of Life
07-02-2012, 9:09 PM
I feel like I want a range bag and don't need one. Is buying one a waste of money since I have a medium sized duffel bag and some ammo cans I use?

Thoughts?

Does your bag fit everything you need?


Then you don't NEED a range bag.

joker70
07-02-2012, 10:08 PM
I already had a large messenger bag that I wasn't using for anything else. Holds everything I bring to the range except the actual guns. My hard plastic case holds 1 AR, 1 upper and 2 pistols. My soft case holds my other rifle.

paul0660
07-02-2012, 10:11 PM
I got one free from the NRA. I wish it did not say NRA on it.

saki302
07-03-2012, 12:18 AM
+1 on the Midway USA large range bag. It works great for anything- pistol, rifle, shotgun, plenty of pockets for tools and targets.

-Dave

2shotjoe
07-03-2012, 12:21 AM
Don't laugh, I went down to The Home Depot and picked up an 18" tool bag for less than $20 bucks and it works pretty good. Has a heavy duty zipper that I can lock and plenty of outside pockets for mags, lube, etc.

It also came with a second smaller bag that my wife uses for her gun and supplies.

http://howto.homedepot.com/videos/watch/1251224031001/Husky-12-in-and-18-in-Tool-Bags-The-Home-Depot.html

Thats what i use, i keep all my cleaning supplies in it and some tools.

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medicdude
07-03-2012, 8:27 AM
Midway USA range bags are awesome. I use the large one for guns, and the compact for a diaper bag.

Glockshooter626
07-03-2012, 8:59 AM
I use my backpack. I put my G19 in the box it came with along with the 4 mags I have, lock up the box using the gunlock and put it in my backpack. Then I'll put the ammo, ear muffs and goggles in a seperate compartment. Doesnt really weigh much and no one knows what I have inside.

sanjosebmx
07-03-2012, 2:46 PM
I did a little review of the Midway Bags.. you don't NEED anything (except health insurance apparently..) but I do like these..


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locosway
07-03-2012, 8:43 PM
Wait for the Midway bags to go on sale and get one of them. I have a large and a small. I use the large bag for the range, and the small one to store extra gun related things in.

The large bag is ideal for two pistols, but you can put more in it if you like.

zfields
07-03-2012, 8:45 PM
Invest in a good one. I went cheap and am regretting it now.

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locosway
07-03-2012, 8:48 PM
Invest in a good one. I went cheap and am regretting it now.

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Yes, for most bags this is true. I've found the Midway bags to be excellent, except I don't care for the layout of their Drag Bag so I'm looking for a different one. Their range and rifle bags are great and much cheaper than their competition.

Downside? Made in China... But Midway is a great company and they donate a lot of money to the NRA via their roundup program.

Bro KV
07-03-2012, 8:54 PM
+1 on the Midway USA large range bag. It works great for anything- pistol, rifle, shotgun, plenty of pockets for tools and targets.

-Dave

+2 MidwayUSA

erik_26
07-03-2012, 9:19 PM
Get a range bag.

Like others said, keep your eye & ears in there, masking tape, staple gun & staples, targets, rags, cleaning supplies, ammo, some minor first aid stuff, multi tool.... etc.

russ69
07-03-2012, 9:30 PM
My buddy uses a fishing tackle box. Every week I ask the same question: "Are you going fishing?"

FrankDux
07-03-2012, 10:01 PM
Invest in a good one. I went cheap and am regretting it now.

The Midways are nice! I went cheap with a Wolf range bag loaded it with good amount of ammo and ripped the seems. Went with a Larue bag. Little on the pricey side but great bag and great quality.

zfields
07-04-2012, 9:13 AM
The Midways are nice! I went cheap with a Wolf range bag loaded it with good amount of ammo and ripped the seems. Went with a Larue bag. Little on the pricey side but great bag and great quality.

Should have clarified. I am an amazing cheap skate. I spent 20 bucks on my range bag, and its completely worthless. One box of ammo and the damn thing folds up on itself. I plan on getting one of the medium sized midway or cabelas bags soon, along with a new "war bag " to replace my duffle bag.

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rbetts
07-04-2012, 9:36 AM
We sell this one:

http://www.condoroutdoor.com/images/products/display/136_003_F2.1.jpg

http://www.aftactical.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/3/136007_f.jpg

- Main compartment with removable divider.
- Two adjustable side pockets.
- Two pen pocket.
- One tactical flashlight pocket.
- Four accessory pockets with Velcro closures.
- Two zippered compartments.
- Padded Removable Shoulder Strap
- Velcro panel front pocket for concealment weapon.
**Universal Holster (UH1) included**
-Full range of tactical colors
9 1/2" H x 13" W x 4" D

Fractured
07-04-2012, 9:45 AM
I love my midway.

Burbur
07-04-2012, 12:04 PM
I use an ice chest.

Covert, it's got wheels and a handle. Plenty of room for all my stuff!

Kappy
07-04-2012, 10:57 PM
You know... people love range bags and cases...

I'd recommend a basic gun case to meet the expectations of LEOs while transporting... everything else, I'd get a basic tool bag from Home Depot, OSH, or Lowes. They work very well. Or check an army surplus store for a mechanics tool bag. I have two of those, and they're better than any range bag I own.

Bro KV
07-05-2012, 9:40 PM
Even when the Midway bag went on sale they charged me about 20 bux for shipping.

locosway
07-05-2012, 9:49 PM
I don't mind my Midway bags. :)

https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/168258_3341906794015_1569422005_n.jpg

Excitable Boy
07-05-2012, 10:20 PM
I used all sorts of stuff including old brief cases, backpacks, etc., but I bought one of these a couple of years ago:

http://www.bagmaster.com/cart/products/332/Pro-Shooter%27s%20Bag%20Tourn.%20Model%202.htm

It's been great. It will hold two pistols and all the ammo I need for a range trip with two pistols and a long gun. I leave my eyes, ears and other accessories like pasters and a staple gun in it. It can get heavy, so I'm not sure I'd want to go much larger, but it's perfect to hit the range for an hour or two here and there.

If you're the type of shooter that is determined to shoot eight guns and spend the entire day at the range, you probably need a bigger solution, but for a shooter that takes a couple guns a couple times a month, this would be perfect.

ckyrulez
07-06-2012, 6:06 PM
Even when the Midway bag went on sale they charged me about 20 bux for shipping.

That's been my only "complaint" so far about the Midway bag. But I guess if you buy it on sale and consider that you don't pay sales tax, it isn't too bad.

windrunner
07-06-2012, 9:44 PM
I purchased Eagle Industries' E&E bag from a Calgunner a couple of years ago. It's the perfect size for a range bag and it serves a dual purpose of course. I paid about $70 for a bag that typically runs around $150.

http://www.wiskurtactical.com/images/P/EEMSLE.jpg

Check your local military surplus stores if you don't want to spend a bunch of money. Save it for shooting. You can always find something in a mil surp store.

Kappy
07-07-2012, 7:04 AM
I just realized... I have a bag for cleaning my AR, a bag for general gun tools, a range bag with my shooting gear (eyes, ears, mags, etc.), a REALLY big bag which I accidentally bought thinking it was smaller, a Pachmayr box, and a Ruger range bag.

Maybe the wife is right... I might have too many bags. Damn. I thought she was being crazy.

sjlollipop
07-07-2012, 7:42 AM
I just use a travel backpack. Lockable main compartment and I added some DIY holsters. Backpacks are easier for me to carry when the load gets heavy with ammo.

157995

Though this guy I saw from G-outdoors looks awesome. But I'm cheap so I modified my own.

http://img.tapatalk.com/4b2d6f06-5a08-e625.jpg

GunninIt
07-07-2012, 7:46 AM
I use an ice chest.

Covert, it's got wheels and a handle. Plenty of room for all my stuff!

While I have a range bag, and am a big fan of them, I have to laugh and say that Burbur's idea is ingenious! LOL I wouldn't do it, ultimately, but I have to give you props for gettin' it done.


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TNP'R
07-07-2012, 8:50 AM
I use an ice chest.

Covert, it's got wheels and a handle. Plenty of room for all my stuff!

And a few beers? LOL.

TNP'R
07-07-2012, 8:59 AM
Whatever you decide to do, keep all the various things you need, in the same place, and never move them between sessions. That way you won't have to go searching for: ear pro, magazines, eye pro, etc. etc. etc.

And, if you get too large a range bag and stuff it full of ammo, etc. you will also enjoy a weight lifting workout!

Seriously, they can get VERY heavy in a hurry.

I keep most of my range stuff, sans ammo and weapons, in the back of my SUV, at all times, that way I can just grab gun and ammo and head on out.

I use an old briefcase to keep all my targets and staple gun in one place, oh, yes, staples too. Nice to have that all in one place so I don't have to go looking for all that.

Agree, 3 or 4 boxes of ammo 3 magazines can get pretty heavy.

TNP'R
07-07-2012, 9:13 AM
Well, if that's all you are going to shoot, why bother going at all?

;)

3 or 4 boxes 100 rounds each is enough for me for one session plus I usually shoot my brothers guns when we go shooting. Also i'm not rich I can't afford to shoot 1000 rounds every trip.

ElvenSoul
07-07-2012, 9:31 AM
Those Swiss Ammo Boxes they like to make bicycle panniers out of would make a awesome range bag.

FourLoko
07-07-2012, 1:00 PM
I need to man up and buy one. When I do, no cheesy Midway. It's going to be 5.11 or Maxpedition.

MAC USMC
07-08-2012, 9:57 AM
Suggestion

For HANDGUNS I use a heavy canvas CAMERA BAG which has lots of compartments, strong carry handle and a good shoulder strap. I put my cell phone on the outside for easy access and display purposes. No has ever paid the slightest attention to this bag including LEO's.

I also put a NIKON sticker on the front as a decoy emblem. On the inside a put
sheepskin padding on the bottom, but it really was not a necessity.

I carry this bag everywhere I go (have a CCW) and even put it on the table in a restaurant.

CC Gunsmithing
07-08-2012, 10:11 AM
lockable, won't absorb water, lots of compartments and panels that can be adjusted... Well, the one I have that looks like this is, I've had it for 15 years at least now...
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=25882/Product/SHOOTER-ACCESSORY-BOX

Bro KV
07-08-2012, 3:26 PM
That's been my only "complaint" so far about the Midway bag. But I guess if you buy it on sale and consider that you don't pay sales tax, it isn't too bad.

Indeed

Merc1138
07-08-2012, 3:51 PM
I need to man up and buy one. When I do, no cheesy Midway. It's going to be 5.11 or Maxpedition.

The midway bags aren't cheesy at all. If anything I find your statement to be quite silly considering you favor 5.11 as not being cheesy. The 5.11 products I have are indeed well made(bags, pants, some other stuff), but if you're paying anything remotely close to full price, their gear is absurd. And maxpedition? You mean the tactical fanny-pack company? Some of their gear is nice, but for some reason it seems like they're almost afraid to make backpacks and would prefer everything to be that annoying single shoulder strap stuff.

FourLoko
07-08-2012, 6:47 PM
The midway bags aren't cheesy at all. If anything I find your statement to be quite silly considering you favor 5.11 as not being cheesy. The 5.11 products I have are indeed well made(bags, pants, some other stuff), but if you're paying anything remotely close to full price, their gear is absurd. And maxpedition? You mean the tactical fanny-pack company? Some of their gear is nice, but for some reason it seems like they're almost afraid to make backpacks and would prefer everything to be that annoying single shoulder strap stuff.

You're clueless if you're hating on Maxpeditoin. Their line is quite extensive and they have plenty of "regular" backpacks.

You get what you pay for.

Merc1138
07-09-2012, 8:17 AM
You're clueless if you're hating on Maxpeditoin. Their line is quite extensive and they have plenty of "regular" backpacks.

You get what you pay for.

No, they have 5 regular backpacks, one of which is tiny(pygmy falcon), 3 for some reason have no width(but if you loosen the compression straps you can pack them to stick out of your back by a foot, falcon, condor, typhoon), and only 1 backpack that I'd consider "normal"(vulture) while everything else is a fannypack/messenger bag. There are a couple of lightweight models with crappy shoulder straps, but that's not something I'd want to be stuck carrying around every day or for an extended period of time(and the compartments are still tiny). So for all of the $150 bags they make, their selection sucks.

That still doesn't make the midwayusa bags "cheesy", and if anything there has been an argument floating around on the internet for a couple of years now how midwayusa "stole"(probably licensed) their designs from another company that had been popular for years.

ElvenSoul
07-10-2012, 8:19 PM
Found some pics
http://santapakka.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/the-swiss-army-ammo-box-pannier-project/

This would be kewl as hell toooooo
http://www.joesarmynavyonline.com/servlet/Detail?no=7731

dragonboy221
07-10-2012, 10:40 PM
lol... range bag?? are you serious?


just carry your ammo in its original box, and put it all in a plastic grocery bag. carry your gun in it's case. use a towel and lay it of the range table so your gun doesnt get scratched up.

StormRaven
07-10-2012, 11:02 PM
lol... range bag?? are you serious?

Feel better about yourself now?

Back on topic...

I use a daypack/backpack as well. It was my every day bag until I thought it'd make a great "under the radar" range bag, so I got myself a new daily and repurposed this one.

Nomadic-CB-01-Wise-Walker-Multi-Compartment-Day-Backpack-Black (http://www.jetpens.com/Nomadic-CB-01-Wise-Walker-Multi-Compartment-Day-Backpack-Black/pd/5480)

Has one compartment that has the special zippers on it that's designed to be lockable. I put my pistol rug/case in there with the mags and lock it up, and other pockets hold my mag loader, ears, etc.

As others have said, if you feel you need one, get one. If you don't, then don't. And, if you do, just use what you think will work for you. I honestly feel that the only rules about enjoying shooting are the legal, safety, and maintenance ones. Anything else, do what ya like... as long as it's safe and law abiding and respects other people, shooters and non-shooters alike.

dragonboy221
07-10-2012, 11:18 PM
Feel better about yourself now?

Back on topic...

I use a daypack/backpack as well. It was my every day bag until I thought it'd make a great "under the radar" range bag, so I got myself a new daily and repurposed this one.

Nomadic-CB-01-Wise-Walker-Multi-Compartment-Day-Backpack-Black (http://www.jetpens.com/Nomadic-CB-01-Wise-Walker-Multi-Compartment-Day-Backpack-Black/pd/5480)

Has one compartment that has the special zippers on it that's designed to be lockable. I put my pistol rug/case in there with the mags and lock it up, and other pockets hold my mag loader, ears, etc.

As others have said, if you feel you need one, get one. If you don't, then don't. And, if you do, just use what you think will work for you. I honestly feel that the only rules about enjoying shooting are the legal, safety, and maintenance ones. Anything else, do what ya like... as long as it's safe and law abiding and respects other people, shooters and non-shooters alike.
$100 for a range bag? might as well buy a range bag for your pistol case and put that range bag in another range bag.

http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/23294089.jpg

Merc1138
07-10-2012, 11:57 PM
lol... range bag?? are you serious?


just carry your ammo in its original box, and put it all in a plastic grocery bag. carry your gun in it's case. use a towel and lay it of the range table so your gun doesnt get scratched up.

What grocery store are you shopping at that gives you plastic bags strong enough and large enough to carry enough ammo for a day at the range for a day you feel like shooting something besides .22lr?

$100 for a range bag? might as well buy a range bag for your pistol case and put that range bag in another range bag.


You don't shoot much I'm guessing.