Bringing the right gear is essential for a successful day of competition shooting.
When shooting in competitions, having the right gear can make or break your day.
But what about the gear no one told you about? What about those pesky necessary secondary items that people forgot to mention to you?
Here are some things I learned the hard way I needed to throw into the range bag for competitions. Some of this stuff lives in a second bag from my main range bag with my other gear I need for all day range time or competitions.
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What are some other pieces of gear you could recommend? We would love to hear some of what you have in your range bag.
Keeping the sun and UV rays off is important. It’s keeps us healthy and safe. A good Sunscreen with at least a 50 SPF is important to have. It can make your hands a little greasy, but there are ones out there that have a low grease factor to them. Make sure to reapply it regularly and stay in the shade if you can. Coming home after a good day shooting and frying like an lobster is not fun. Been there myself.
Along the same lines as the sunscreen, having a ball hat or sun visor of some sort to shade your eyes and keep the sweat from rolling down your face is something good to have. You get bonus points if it’s a firearms industry related hat.
Not only are they good for cleaning up your hands after handling ammo, they come in handy after a quick bathroom break and wiping off sunscreen. I throw these in my bag to try to keep too much lead off my hands when using lead round nose bullets.
Let’s face it. No matter how much we wished we didn’t, we sweat. Some of us more then others. It gets in our eyes, on our hands. Keeping a hand/face towel near by is a good idea. That way you can dry off your hands before shooting to help not drop your gun and get a good grip or wipe the sweat from your face so you can see.
Moving all your gear around the range can be a huge hassle. Bringing along a modified stroller or a wagon can help make things so much easier and save your back. Heck, even a strong kid is willing to help out some times just to be able to be on the range with you.