A range bag is pretty everything when you need to carry your range essentials. With your ammo and firearm set, you’re ready to practice shooting at the range, right?

No, you’re absolutely wrong! A firearm and ammo are just the basics. You need more gear to make your shooting practice a success. From hearing protection to shooting gloves, there is a lot to pack.

So how do you go about packing your range bag? How many of the items in the range bag do actually use? Most people tend to have their range bag filled with everything from hand sanitizers to lip balms. But, how many of these items do you get to use?

In this article, I’ll show you how to organize a range bag.

Choosing a Range Bag

Even before you learn how to organize a range bag, you need to have a tactical range bag that fits all your essentials. Range bag selection is quite important for successful shooting practice.

You need a range bag that is purposely built for the range. There are a few things to consider when choosing a range bag. First, the bag needs to be of the right size. Consider the number of essentials to carry and choose a matching bag size.

Next, make sure you consider the bag compartments. This is what will make the organization a lot easier. A typical range bag needs one large compartment and several zippered small side pockets.

Make sure you also consider the straps. Carrying a heavy range bag can be quite difficult without proper straps. Make sure the bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and carry handles.

In addition, make sure the bag is waterproof and durable. You want to keep your essentials dry and safe whenever the weather changes. The ideal range bag should also be sturdy and durable to withstand heavy gear.

Now that you have a quality range bag in place, it’s time you packed it. So, how does one go about packing a range bag?

How to Organize and Pack a Range Bag

Is your range bag more like your purse? Most people have everything they use outdoors packed in their range bag. The first thing is to remove every item in the range bag.

There are probably a bunch of unnecessary items in the range bag. Make sure you remove everything from the range bag before starting to organize it.

Once you have all items out, gather every essential you need for range shooting practice. You need to separate essential items from non-essentials. Create two separate piles of must-have items and one that is not necessary.

Here is a list of items you’ll likely use at the range:

  • Hearing protection: You need a pair of quality hearing protection to protect against loud gun sounds. Consider electronic earmuffs or plugs.
  • Eye protection: Choose a pair of impact-resistant eyeglasses to protect the eyes. Consider glasses that allow for a change of lenses. This allows one to use it during sunny weather and foggy weather.
  • Targets might be needed if they are not provided at the shooting range.
  • Masking tape to fix the targets in place
  • Ammo boxes to transport ammo
  • First aid kit
  • Rifle and ammo

This is a simple list of the essentials you must pack in your range bag. Next, you need to create a pile of useful but not essentials. A few of useful to consider include:

  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Cleaning kit
  • Binoculars
  • Chamber flags
  • Gloves
  • Sunblock
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Speedloaders
  • Magazines
  • Holsters 

The second list is useful but one that you can do without. Having the two lists separate allows for easy and neat organization of the range bag.

Lastly, you can even add a third pile of luxuries. These are items that you don’t need but items that can make your shooting experience worthwhile. The list includes:

  • Lip balm
  • Extra hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Camera 
  • Chair

With the three piles sorted, you can start organizing your range bag.

Organizing a range bag

Start organizing your range bag by starting with the essentials. You need to pack your ammo in ammo boxes and fit it in the bag. In addition, make sure you store targets, magazines, targets, and pretty much everything on the first list.

You can then move to the list of useful items and pack them singly. If you have two pairs of sunglasses, make sure you pack one. Finish by choosing a few luxuries, but only if there is space available.

Make sure you label everything as you pack. In addition, make sure you add a name to the tags just in case of anything. An emergency contact phone number on the essentials is highly recommended.

You can always use small bags to store items before packing them in the range bag.

Well, organizing a range bag is pretty easy. Make sure you know your essentials and pack them accordingly.

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