These days, Gun Talk Media spends much of its time on the range. Packing for trips out to the range has become second nature. However, there was a time when the process of preparing for a day on the range could be frustrating. We’d either forget a few things or simply pack the wrong items. No matter what you’re planning on shooting, don’t forget these key items for a successful day.
Safety first. I’d put this one at the top of your list. My trauma kit doesn’t span an entire pack, but it does fill the need to treat serious injuries. I’ve said it before, but Blue Force Gear offers a one-stop shop for emergency situations. The Micro- Trauma Kit easily packs away on the small of your back and deploys easily.
Part of not forgetting important items is storing everything you wish to take in one location. For most of us that location is the range bag. If your range bag looks like mine, it has an abundant amount of loose casings, staples, staple gun, cleaning materials, tools and discarded Sabots from last season’s trip to sight in the muzzle loader. Pretty much in disarray on all levels. The range bag I currently have sufficiently eliminated the clutter. A well-organized range bag, like a Propper Range Bag, reduces time spent sifting through and attempting to locate that one box of ammunition you thought you packed.
A few weeks back, I stood safely away from the target when something clipped the edge of my safety glasses. A piece of shrapnel had barreled off the steel target and hit the glasses. Thankfully, I was wearing them. When venturing to the range, I leave a couple sets of Champion Ballistic Shooting glasses, foam ear plugs and Walker’s Razor Slim muffs in the range bag, so I never forget to pack these essentials.
Aside from med gear, firearm and ammunition, targets remain close to the top of the list in the packing order. Use fun targets when shooting with newcomers. Something like the Birchwood Casey Battle at Sea targets provide a fun game while concentrating on making the shot. If you want to be challenged as a shooter, RE Factor Tactical makes some solid sharpshooter targets that elevate concentration levels of shooters. Buddies call out numbers, colors or shapes to test the shooter’s ability to reference target and engage quickly.
Go to the range with the correct mindset. Don’t go lax on the rules or think accidents won’t happen because they can happen to you. Most likely, Range Officers are present and willing to help new and experienced shooters. Head into each range session willing to take your time and not rush. Rushing through steps leads to accidents, which can happen to the most-experienced among us. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.