I’ve never really owned a purpose made “range bag”. For the longest time I used my “duty bag” as a range bag, and while adequate it was hardly optimal (partitioned inside for seperating paperwork, not gunstuff). When I returned to driving for a living I commandered the duty bag for its original purpose and ended up using a variety of other bags around the house to lug my range gear to and from.
This was hardly perfect either. I decided I needed a range bag, something that would be tough enough not to self destruct carrying accoutrements and ammo, something that would fit all the odds and sods comfortably and something that I could use expressly for this purpose so it would be ready to go on a moments notice and I wouldn’t have to waste energy racing around trying to gather everything together.
Dimensions: 18″ (46cm) Length x 12″ (30cm) Width x 8″ (20cm) Height
As luck would have it, a week ago, on the way to the range I found that K-W Surplus had Tactical Assault Commando Cases (or, in truth, black canvas tool bags) for $20. Space seemed adequate, construction seemed rugged, it seemed almost perfect, and it was cheap. Excellent!
Once home I transfered all the usual stuff over to the new range bag. Firearm Cleaning/Tool kit, spotting scope, groundsheet, eyes and ears (along with spare foam earplugs for guests), staplegun, staples and targets. Finally it also accomodated my Field Message Pad (which I use for holding my assorted goverment mandated firearms registration certificates, authorization to transport restricted weapons, range memberships and assorted notes). That there was adequate room left over to store a few hundred rounds of ammo, assorted magazines and whatever else I could jam in there was an added bonus. I was sold, this was to be my new “Range Bag”, just one step remained.
Almost perfect, but I felt something was needed to distinguish it from just another black bag sitting at the range. I had my tailor/seamstress/dry-cleaning lady sew a few patches (nametag and a corporate logo) on it, and we were set. In truth I should have thought this through more carefully as I will be sending the bag back for the addition of an inner partition running across the width of the bag approx 1/3 of the way down to seperate the cleaning kit and spotting scope from the ammo/magazine storage. I’d also like to add a plastic window on the end opposite the patch to keep my range membership card (saving me the trouble of wearing it while at the range).
Overall, however, I am quite pleased.