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    Default What do you bring along on a range trip?

    Let me know what you bring along (and why if it isn't obvious). Trying to make a checklist so I don't accidentally forget something. I've seen people who have minimalist rigs who have to stop shooting when they have minor trouble and I've seen people who practically wheel up a tool chest.

    My list (so far):
    Firearms
    Correct ammo for whatever firearms i am bringing
    Magazines for said firearm
    Speed loaders if i have them for the magazines
    Bipod

    Eye protection
    Ear protection

    Targets
    Staple gun
    Tape
    Markers/pens to write on and mark up targets

    Screwdrivers
    Bits
    Small hammer
    Punches
    Needle nose pliers

    Clp/oil
    Rag

    -Zach

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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    in addition to your items


    Chrono
    Spotting scope
    tripod
    Sand bags
    Cooler / water
    Extra staples
    Cardboard backers
    Plastic clips to attach backers to chicken wire frames
    Opinions are like anal apertures. They all stink but mine.

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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by 27hand View Post
    in addition to your items


    Chrono
    Spotting scope
    tripod
    Sand bags
    Cooler / water
    Extra staples
    Cardboard backers
    Plastic clips to attach backers to chicken wire frames
    Just added sand bags and beverage to my list. Thanks!

    -Zach

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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    A carry gun that is not being shot that day. I don't want to end up in a situation where someone is looking to roll up on me and take my stuff and everything with me is unloaded or just ran dry.

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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    I also take an extra gun with me for just in case. Also, don't forget your First Aid kit, again for just in case someone might be in need of it.
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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xringshooter View Post
    I also take an extra gun with me for just in case. Also, don't forget your First Aid kit, again for just in case someone might be in need of it.
    Do you have a special first aid kit just for shooting? I ask because i imagine humidity and temperature could cause any adhesive backed tapes to degrade fairly rapidly. If so, how often do you replace any adhesive items in your kit? And bare minimum for first aid?

    -Zach

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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    I was about to say "a big bag of Swedish fish".

    I read it as "road trip".
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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by jthrelf View Post
    A carry gun that is not being shot that day. I don't want to end up in a situation where someone is looking to roll up on me and take my stuff and everything with me is unloaded or just ran dry.

    I'm often alone at my range, and I've often wondered how easy it would be for some punk to jump the fence and run the 20 yards to the rifle shooting structure and lock and load my rifle while I'm down at the 100 yard targets setting up. Even a decent carry gun wouldn't help me stop somebody from taking my rifle(s) and running....

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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    Good lists - I also take Wet Wipes. Shooting lead hand loads (and 22 rimfire) can get dirty. Wipes keep me from getting hand prints on my cloths and fabric in the car. I started using wet wipes when shooting indoors where I would also wipe the lead residue off my face as recommended by the range. I always offer them to friends I shoot with when we're done. Every one gladly accepts.

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    Default Re: What do you bring along on a range trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Royinmontco View Post
    I'm often alone at my range, and I've often wondered how easy it would be for some punk to jump the fence and run the 20 yards to the rifle shooting structure and lock and load my rifle while I'm down at the 100 yard targets setting up. Even a decent carry gun wouldn't help me stop somebody from taking my rifle(s) and running....
    It wouldn't be difficult at all in reality. I've started slinging up and carrying my rifle down with me to change targets. I usually only bring one with me for the day so it's not unreasonable. I think the chances are extremely low of this occurrence, but it's something to think about for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mush View Post
    Good lists - I also take Wet Wipes. Shooting lead hand loads (and 22 rimfire) can get dirty. Wipes keep me from getting hand prints on my cloths and fabric in the car. I started using wet wipes when shooting indoors where I would also wipe the lead residue off my face as recommended by the range. I always offer them to friends I shoot with when we're done. Every one gladly accepts.
    Good idea. Another tip while we are on the subject is to always wash your hands after shooting with COLD water as to not have your pores open up and allow ingress of lead.

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