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May 12, 2008

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My Range Bag

Thanks to the blogger who suggested this.

Here's what goes into my range bag.

Three pair of headphones, one with sound in them. (Why three? For people I teach, and for the occasional pitiful bastard who shows up on the line with a pair of cotton balls.)

Screwdrivers. Standard blade, Torx, Allen wrenches, and one great big screwdriver for Leupold windage screws.

Belding & Mull takedown steel cleaning rod for knocking out stuck shells.

Leatherman Wave.

Two pairs of molded ear plugs. (Used in combination with the headphones when I shoot muzzle brakes.)

Weatherproof notebook for recording chronograph readings.

Chronograph aiming cards and sunscreens.

Scoring gauges for .22 rimfire matches (sometimes I get to do this.)

Ball-less whistle. (For range officering.)

Stopwatch. (Same.)

A roll of heavy, black stick-on aiming squares. For when my geezer eyes need some help.

Three pairs of shooting glasses. One for me, two as loaners. If you have a spare pair of eyes, you can skip these.

Bug repellent. The little bastards love me.

Two Fisher Space Pens. One small Sharpie. One great big Sharpie. One big fat Magic Marker. Writing is better than trying to remember.

100 rounds of Winchester .22 LR High Velocity for practicing with my .22 rifle.

100 rounds of CCI .22 LR Pistol Match, for practicing with my S&W Model 41. Having the ammo on hand encourages me to practice. I need it.

The weight of all this would bring a mule to its knees, but what the hell, shooting is about having lots of stuff, so why not?


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If you ever come back and read this. I have spent my fair share of time behind the scoring table using the plug. I can't tell you how many times I have had to make the decision on whether to call it in of out. I started shooting 4 position small bore rifle when I was 13, when I turned 18 I got my NRA assistant Rifle instructor certification, at 21 I got the full Certification and helped to coach till they closed down our range due to a guy getting lead poisoning. (no he did not shoot him self.) (he was over using the range and probably not using the exhaust fans.) But anyway our team would host a match twice a season and we would have to score all the targets.

Tom the Troll


Sounds like a bag that only someone who is in it many many years would build especially the carrying things for others part


Not really, every one has their favorite equipment and when you find something that works better for you what you had gets relegated to the bag or box. I usually have two pair of ear muffs with me when I shoot and close to 1 or 2 thousand rounds of .22 with me in all different manufactures and weights and shapes. When I go to the outdoor range I usually take most of what I got with me and make a afternoon of it. Two or three .22 rifles, a SKS with a carton of ammo, several pistols and ammo for them. The rifles and pistols usually get passed around I try one of theirs and they try one of mine. I like something on their rifle and they like something on mine. Or oh I have never seen one of those before.
Most of the time the shooting community is pretty usually friendly. Sure there are the few exceptions when you run in to a total jerk.

Tom the Troll


Clay Cooper,
I was reading your post about the Charcoal briquettes and shooting at paper. Briquettes are nice for fun shooting but they don't offer any challenge. What I mean is when you are used to trying to hit a pin dot on a international target with a .22 at 50 yards. When I was younger I shot 4 position small bore rifle competitions. We used the NRA 50 foot and International targets. The international targets used a pin dot as the 10 ring. Now a briquette at 100 yards can be fun with open sites.

Tom the Troll

Del in KS


Clay forgot to say you must richocet your bullet before you hit the charcoal briquet. Heck, anyone can just aim at them straight on an hit 'em. We use to use richocets to strike wood matches before the eyes started to fail. You can do it with a modern gun but a flintlock longrifle like Natty Bumppo used makes it more interestin'. Kinda frustratin' when that big ball takes the head off the match instead of just lightin' it.

Jim in Mo.

Del, Clay
We used to take it one step further just to prove how fast we were. We'd set a firecracker next to the match and when the richocet lit the match and the match lit the fuse we had to race down range and replace the burnt match before the echo of the firecracker died down.

Jim in Mo.

Hate to sound naive here but whats the difference with the ball-less whistle and why?

Clay Cooepr

Thomas, you’re thinking in the box Sir!

Now a briquette at 100 yards can be fun with open sites?

Now you’re catching on their Son!


It has been a while since I have shot at reactive targets. When I used to help coach a junior small bore rifle team the last practice of the season was fun night. The other coaches and I would come up with fun targets to shoot at. We used moth balls, life savers, necco wafers, assorted hard candy, playing cards turned sideways, and bowling pins. Yeah I know bowling pins are easy to see but hard to knock over with a .22 Cal pistol. (in the hands of younger kids) They would use Remington 513 Match Masters and Anshutz/Savage Model 10's. We also had a left handed youth Anshutz Model 64. We would allow the younger shooters use the prone position but the older ones they had their choice of either off hand or off hand. It evened the playing fields a bit.

Tom the Troll

"Ball-less whistle." Wouldn't that be a "female whistle"?

Fisher Space Pens are the best ball-point pens on the market, bar none. I carry at least one at all times.

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