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Old 08-13-2019, 12:23 PM
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What's in your informal shooting kit?

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I like to keep things simple.
A box of CCI
My target pistol
A case for transporting
"Eyes and ears"(protection)
A staple gun or roll of masking tape
Some Slow Fire 50' pistol targets (or Index cards or paper plates or an incomplete deck of playing cards or a roll of Necco wafers)
A grassy berm to shoot into,
An old and venerable tin coffee can for spent brass & target trash
A well laundered cloth diaper for a wipe down, and
A cap to shield my eyes from the sun.

I have other gear of course---spare magazines, cleaning supplies, spotting scope, screw drivers etc...but the above list is more than adequate for a fun time at the range with my .22

What do you take along?

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I like to keep things simple, but I am not very good at it. I tend to accumulate things in the trunk of my car, until it reaches its carrying capacity. The punishment for this behavior is cleaning out the trunk every 6 weeks or so, if we have a family trip or the like.

I have a shower caddy that contains all the odds and ends that come in handy every third range trip or so on average:

Extra foam ear plugs, Bald Eagle Rest special adjustment tools. Set of Imperial, metric, torx hex wrenches. Weed-whacker line for cleaning pistols, one for rifles. Small bottle of Hoppes No. 9, patches. Extra staples, a sharpie, and a torpedo level. Ball point pens, a Wheeler set of screw drivers/bits.

Targets, front rest, bipod, spotting scope, stand for same. Ammo, of course. Shooting mat (sometimes). MTM plastic pistol rest. Hyskore pistol rest (sometimes),

Then a knapsack with front and rear sandbags, a sissy bag, a cleaning rod (sections)(for squibs), ear-muffs, stapler, sling.

Small igloo cooler for ammunition.

Sometimes, I even bring a firearm or two.

Then, seasonally: cap or hat. Water or coffee, notebook. Gloves, mittens, what-have-you.

As crazy as the above sounds, I have used every piece of that gear at one time or another in the past six months. Sometimes it is helping a buddy out with a screwdriver, or the loan of a stapler. Sometimes it is something I need for a scope adjustment or tightening down a rest. Also the fields of fire for pistol and rifle can overlap, so if I am primarily shooting rifles, I tend to pack a pistol too, and vice versa. We have a half-hour rule at the range, but I hate to ask a guy to either wait or hurry up, so if someone is there shooting pistol, I'll shoot with him until he leaves (or rifle, if that's the order of the day).
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:01 PM
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What do you take along?
I skip the paper targets. I like using swingers for informal shooting.

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Old 08-13-2019, 05:15 PM
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I like to shoot different "disciplines", to use the word loosely, so I've created a large range box that holds shooting bags, targets, rattle cans, hammer, ground spikes, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam. Contains everything I need no matter what I'm shooting. I just have to grab the guns I need and some ammo. After I dial back the number of different shooting "styles", I'll be able to empty some things out of the box. I can manage to go to the range with a much smaller loadout, but I usually don't. It is an hour round trip to the range so there's a pretty heavy penalty for leaving something at home.

Edit to add to what Sophia said. I've been collection a few pieces of steel, a couple of spinners and a gong. I find myself using them more and leaving the paper target stand in the box of the truck.

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Old 08-13-2019, 08:23 PM
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More or less fits in one of these bags..

The black one is 14", the other two are 12"

It's a matter of how you stack stuff .

Use a lid on your coffee cup. It keeps flying brass out of your beverage!

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Old 08-13-2019, 11:12 PM
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Its always a "mission specific load-out".
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