U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Up until about 10-15 years ago, I didn’t have a range bag. Whenever I ran to the shooting range, I just threw everything together and headed out. As I get older though running helter skelter isn’t acceptable any longer. Or maybe since it’s how I make my living now, it’s just become necessary to be better organized and more professional. If you’re in the market for a range bag or need to replace an old one, you ought to check out the 5.11 Range Ready Trainer Bag.
Here’s why I say this. When I go out to shoot it may be for something as simple as I just mounted a scope and have to run out and sight it in for an upcoming hunt. Or I may be taking a pile of guns and a lot of different ammo to test. Either way, I need the same equipment, whether I’m shooting one gun or five. If I forget any one item, it’s a wasted trip because I can’t fulfill the purpose of the trip.
I soon found that it was smart to keep the bare essential items in a bag so they’d be available. But over time, my “bare essential” list has grown…. A lot bigger. Let’s list a few items we need while at the range.
- Staple gun or tape
- Ruler to measure groups
- Alan wrenches to tight scopes
- Screwdrivers to tighten scopes, Picatinny rails, etc.
- Can of degreaser for our semi-autos
- Wipes to clean your lenses
- Otis Lead Wipes
- Ear muffs and ear plugs
- Cleaning gear
- Note pad & pen to take notes
Then on top of the above items, you’ll need targets, sandbags, and so forth. I often go out to the high desert to shoot instead of the local gun range. That way, I’m not trying to work around other shooters and held up, so I’ll take a Caldwell Stable table to shoot off of.
But moving back to the list, so I don’t get to the range and sadly discover that I forgot a necessary item, I’ve started swearing by religiously using a range bag. But over time, my list of necessary items has lengthened, which meant that my normal range bag was bulging at the seams. That’s when I discovered the 5.11 RANGE READY TRAINER BAG 50L. It is huge!
I even used it for a totally different purpose last week. My youngest daughter got married last week so a lot of the relatives had flown in for the wedding. After the wedding, some of them hung around for a few days. We were going to take my brother-in-law and sister-in-law from Nebraska up to the mountains to mess around.
One day, Tim was asking me some questions about binoculars. I assume he was wanting a set to use while checking cattle. I started explaining what to look for when buying a set, which depends on what the job you’re wanting to accomplish.
We discussed binoculars for a moment, and then I said look, we’re running up to the mountains today, let’s take a few pairs of mine, and you can determine what works best for you. I saw my 5.11 RANGE READY TRAINER BAG 50L setting there and thought that it’d work great to carry them in. So I threw in 5-7 pairs and was once again reminded of how big the 5.11 bag is. So if you’re looking to upgrade your current range bag or buy your first one, I suggest you check out the 5.11 Range Ready Trainer Bag 50L. The MSRP is $145.00, and as usual, we will close with the company specs.
The Range Ready Trainer Bag has space to hold everything you need for a day at the range. Fully padded with a PE board base to keep your gear safe, the removable dividers let you customize the bag. Internal quick-access elastic mag and accessory panel, as well as elastic loops under the lid, give you the ability to carry loaded anywhere you go, and that’s just the main compartment. Three side compartments and MOLLE webbing let you take even more.
- Large loop front panel for patches/ID
- Fully padded construction with PE board base
- Left side pull-down pouch with internal org, name tape
- Right side external web MOLLE
- Dual rear zippered pouches
- Top carry handle, removable shoulder strap
- Quick access front internal elastic mag/accessory panel
- Internal removable dividers and elastic bands
- Underside lid elastic bands
- YKK® lockable zippers
- 600D Polyester
- 10”H x 21”L x 14.5”D
- 3051 cubic inch / 50-liter total capacity
- Weight 1.95 kg
About Tom Claycomb
Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman and an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net, and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal, you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening for $.99 if you’re having trouble.”