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If you own a gun and use it for hunting, or in the field as a professional, you will need to use a quality range bag to hold and transport your gun and ammunition to and from hunting areas, shooting ranges, or on patrol.
Knowing what to look for in a range bag is half the battle.
Range bags are available that fit virtually any potential need you may encounter, are constructed for all types of guns, and are fabricated with a huge variety of materials. The best hunters, sports shooters, and professionals always come equipped with a quality, well-made range bag when they set out on the hunt, compete, or on patrol.
The Various Range Bag Types
There are many different range bags for the types of guns most people possess, each with various features, advantages, and made with an assortment of materials. The basic types of guns are the handgun or pistol, shotgun, and rifle, and they each require range bags that suit different needs. Range bags made specifically for hunters, sports shooters, or professionals serve different needs and are constructed with different needs in mind.
Let’s take a look at the different types of range bags and the purposes they serve that are available in the current marketplace today:
1. Range Bags
Range bags are what are used by clay shooting sports enthusiasts or target shooters when they go out for a whole day of shooting at the range, typically for events and competitions. These bags must be comfortable enough and large enough to allow for easy portability, while also storing everything you need for the day.
Slots for magazines is one feature you will find in the better range bags. Space for personal ID and cash, cellphones, and other small items is also an essential feature you won’t want to do without. Range bags are available in a wide variety of materials, shapes, and sized as well as styles.
2. Tactical Backpack
Tactical backpacks are used a lot by hunters and professionals who need more space to store their gear and go out in the field.
Tactical backpacks are made for serious professionals mostly, but anyone with a hardcore use for them would benefit from them. They sport many features such as ammunition pouches, glove friendly zippers, pouches for eyewear, compression straps, hydration pockets, large pockets and compartments for weapons and all other gear, and more. Available in many styles and colors, they are made of different materials that run the full range.
3. Tactical Bag
Similar to the tactical backpack, this bag also features many of the same benefits, including hydration systems and storage for guns, ammunition, first aid supplies, food and survival gear, and other items depending on the model.
For use by serious hunters or law enforcement personnel mostly, tactical bags are intended for long hunts or major stake outs where being out in the field for at least a day at a time is the norm. Many different styles and materials are available, depending on the model and manufacturer.,
4. Shooting Bag
For those who are serious clay shooting sports enthusiasts, you will definitely need a shooting bag that has many important features required for those who spend long periods at shooting ranges.
A good shooting bag will be durable and hold many items such as ammunition, personal items, and other gear comfortably while protecting them from knocks and bumps. A waterproof shooting bag is a good idea for those who will be in bad weather during competitions or practice on a regular basis.
How to Pick Out a Range Bag
Before you evaluate range bags, think about the purposes you are using them for.
If the needs you have are primarily practical, rather than show, you may want to invest in the most rugged range bags made of the most durable materials. If you are competing in shooting competitions, you may want a more attractive bag that looks good when you are at the range.
If you are going to be in cold weather conditions or in areas such as a desert or jungle, you may want camouflage colored range bags. If you are a professional such as a law enforcement officer, you may have other needs to consider, such as the time you will spend on tactical missions and how much space you will need to carry crucial items.
Compare factors such as materials, style, color, and function to make your final decision.
No matter which bag or back pack you select, you will need to have a bag that will hold everything you require for your purposes, so make sure to check out the dimensions of your selection and compare them with the sizes of your items you plan to fill them with. You should leave enough room in the bag to be able to accommodate additional items when necessary.