When you’re heading out to your local range, a range bag is an essential item in anyone’s inventory. They can come as a soft case or a hard box. The advantage of a range bag is the fact that they are designed from the ground up to serve their function. You can in theory put all your items in a plastic bag or the like – but you won’t get the same organization, protection of your items and usability out of it compared to a range bag. When looking for the best range bag and backpack, a couple of things that you should look for:
Space – generally speaking, the more space you have, the better. It’s almost always better to over pack than to under pack. You don’t want to be the guy always asking others for supplies. Just bring everything you could want at once so then no matter what happens, you’re good to go without wasting any time or causing any frustration.
Organization – having a lot of space is one thing, but having a lot of space that you can organize is completely different. It can get downright annoying having to waddle through your clump of items, finding the 1 thing that you need. This is why you should look for bags that have a lot of potential organizational pouches as well as separated compartments. Some bags can only hold 1 handgun – others can hold 4 or more. It all depends on what kind of bag you are looking for.
Materials and Construction – the bag that you get would preferably last you a long time. At least, that’s what I would expect if I’m shelling out my hard earned money for a range bag. As such, build quality and material strength both play an important role in choosing your range bag. The construction is also important in making sure that you gear is safely kept and won’t be damaged or scratched in any way.
Some common materials that range bags are made of are polyester and nylon. You might also see a denier number in the material list. The denier number itself represents the weight of the material in grams of 9000 meters of the specified fiber. Typically, the higher it is, the more durable the material is. However, a 450D polyester is much stronger than even a 600D nylon due to the fact that polyester is inherently a stronger fiber type.
|Name||5.11 Tactical Range Bag||Osage River Tactical Shooting Gun Range Bag||Every Day Carry R5||Explorer Tactical Range Ready Bag||Blackhawk Sportster Deluxe Range Hunting Bag|
|Material||600D Polyester||600D Ballistic Nylon||600D Polyester||600D Polyester||600D Polyester|
|Dimensions||10″ x 21″x 14″||10″ x 18″ x 13″||8″ x 17″ x 9″||10″ x 18″ x 14″||10″ x 15″ x 11″|
|Dedicated Magazine Storage Slots||8||14||8||11||0|
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If you read my reviews before, you know that 5.11 manufactures pretty good premium gear. Nothing different about this range bag – it definitely deserves its spot in the best range bag and backpack list. It is made out of 600D polyester which is a pretty standard and durable material for range bags. However, it is also one of the biggest ones on the list, with its dimensions coming in at 10″ x 21″x 14″, meaning that you can hold plenty of items in it.
In addition to its big size it also has 4 handgun/ pistol pouches so you can bring all of your favorite handguns while remaining organized thanks to its roomy side pockets. However, it only has 8 dedicated magazine storage slots, which is one of the few areas where other bags tend to do better. You can always throw your magazines in the main storage area however and I would value separated handguns more than magazines but the choice is ultimately yours.
This bag also has removable ammo and brass totes which make it very easy to clean up after. In addition to that, it features a hydration storage which is something that other bags lack.
The only other con of this bag is the fact that it is designed to be used with pistol mags which means that if you have something like the AR15 you would need to purchase separate magazine pouches for it.
While Osage does not have the same prestige as 5.11, this range bag is certainly a fierce competitor. Let’s start with its material, 600D ballistic nylon. It is the only range bag on the list that has nylon and not polyester and as mentioned above, nylon is an inherently much
stronger fiber type. This means that it is much stronger than most range bags so if you are looking for something that is made to withstand tough environments, the Osage River is a good choice.
Another thing that you will appreciate is its lifetime warranty which covers almost everything, allowing you to return the bag if you don’t really like it. This is something I appreciate since it shows the confidence that Osage River have in their product.
It also has 14 dedicated magazine/accessory pockets which is more than most range bags usually have. This, in addition to its 9 total storage compartments, makes this bag a great choice for those who like their things well organized.
What Should I Carry In a Range Bag?
This depends on your personal preferences, but there are a couple of essential items that mostly everyone should consider bringing with them. The first one would be eye protection. I always advocate safety, and eye protection is inexpensive to have but invaluable to get. You have hot brass ejecting from your guns in addition to the lead spattering from steel targets – neither of which are friendly to your eyes. On the topic of safety, it is also important to bring ear protection with you for obvious reasons. And don’t forget your first aid kit.
Next up is targets and stapler with staples to put those aforementioned targets up. You can download your own targets here, or you can buy a pack from a store. The choice is yours on which targets you would want to bring with yourself. It also would help if you bring a multitool with you. (multitool link here) Finally, bring some masking tape to cover previous holes to keep better track of your shots and a cleaning kit to keep your guns nice and usable.