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August 9, 2009, 09:31 PM
My range bag right now is a soft-sided thing I picked up at the local Target department store... it was intended to be a tackle box for fishing. Has a large compartment 6" wide by 6" deep by 10" long, with a couple of pockets on the sides and a shoulder carrying strap. I can typically stick a couple of pistol mags, a couple of centerfire rifle mags and a couple of rimfire rifle mags in it along with about 200-300 rounds of ammo depending on if it's rifle or handgun... plus a brick of .22.
When loaded up as such it is very heavy and the strap bites at my shoulder.
I want some more capacity in the bag. I want something that has enough room in it to go take a week-long class at Frontsight or Thunder Ranch or something. Something with a pocket in it for a handgun or two. Something that cleanly holds magazines so they aren't just loose and bouncing around.
I want it to be well supported inside so it doesn't just cave over in the center from the weight of the contents.
If it has room to hold spent brass separately from good ammo, that's awesome.
Basically, I want a sturdy compartmentalized dufflebag.
I saw a 5.11 bag at Shooter's World in Phoenix today that would have been perfect... except for the freakin' $100 price tag on it.:eek:
Sorry, it ain't luggage. Just not gonna pay that much for a range bag. I can maybe see $50 or so.
I keep my ammo in MTM/Dillon reloader cases, or in factory boxes... it isn't all loose and floating around.
I don't own gun rugs for my pistols... I tend to use holsters if I want my guns in something.
Looking for something 8-10" wide, 8-10" deep and maybe 18-20" long and well organized.
Suggestions from TFL?
August 9, 2009, 09:39 PM
I'm looking for something along the lines of this:
5.11 Range Ready Bag... $120 MSRP
5.11 3 in 1 patrol bag... $69 MSRP
But, closer to the $50 price point.
August 9, 2009, 09:54 PM
MidwayUSA's bag is what I have. Don't think you'll be disappointed. If you don't find it on their site, hollar at me and I'll post the link. I paid under $50 two years ago and it's one tough bag. More compartments than you can shake a stick at. Has dedicated mag compartment like the one you posted. Two removable pistol pouches. It will hold a lot of weight....a lot.
August 9, 2009, 11:20 PM
I'd look at mil-surp stuff. I think CTD has a Israeli duffel for a decent price.
August 9, 2009, 11:33 PM
MidwayUSA bag!! No questions!! I just bought one, and it's comparable to other bags costing 3x as much.
August 9, 2009, 11:34 PM
Go to Amazon.com and do a search for shooting bags. They have a good selection of bags from different manufactures to look at and very good prices.
August 9, 2009, 11:50 PM
Ordered the Midway one Tuttle mentioned... also got an AR rifle case that I've been meaning to get.
Looks like midway is back on the "stab you in the back" shipping philosophy. $21 just for shipping.
I did complete the order... $90 for an AR case and a new range bag after shipping is still cheaper than that 5.11 range bag on its own, especially since tax would have been another $10 on top of it.
It don't cost no $21 to ship me two pieces of curdura nylon shoved into a box, though.:mad: I only ordered because they had the price slashed on the bag from $60 to $40.
August 10, 2009, 12:03 AM
Check out Klein or Plano Plumbers tool bags. Made out of canvas, vinyl bottom, some have pockets, can get them from 16"-20" long. Shoulder strap can be added, I used an old army surplus equipment strap that worked just fine. Advantage is it doesn't scream gun bag.
August 10, 2009, 12:46 AM
5.11 Range Ready Bag...
Must have.......will buy.......:)
August 10, 2009, 02:16 AM
my "range-bag" is a plastic (some polymer or another) 20" tool box.
it comes with a tray that sits on top.
I never need to walk with it more than 20 meters, so I find it very convenient.
August 10, 2009, 11:09 AM
I have a I-shot pro shooter, and love it. Great value for the money.
August 10, 2009, 11:17 PM
Let us know what you think of the bag once you get it all chocked full...
August 10, 2009, 11:25 PM
I use the SIG bag
August 11, 2009, 09:31 PM
Ive got one of these http://www.tacticaltailor.com/gunrug.aspx for my kimber and one these Ill take out if Im shooting my AR http://www.tacticaltailor.com/activeshooterbag.aspx
August 11, 2009, 09:36 PM
I use a Browning Claymaster (http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/accessories/detail.asp?value=012J&cat_id=121&type_id=44241) carrys 3 handguns, a few hundred rounds of in factory box ammo, drink, eyes/ears, extra ears, extra tools, and has an expandable pocket great for empty hulls/brass.
August 11, 2009, 11:54 PM
I use a 16"-18" soft tool bag from Home Depot. It will carry everything except long guns. I have a regular range bag by Bagmaster but like the tool bag better as it is stronger and more heavyduty. It has traveled to Frontsight with me.
August 12, 2009, 10:18 AM
i-shot makes a decent bag for the money.
August 13, 2009, 12:13 PM
"I have a I-shot pro shooter, and love it. Great value for the money."
+1 for I-shot. Great customer service as well as value. After a few years use one of my 'brass bags' stitching was loose. I called to ask about repair and they sent a new one on that day.
August 21, 2009, 09:05 PM
The Midway bag is unbeatable for the cost, size, quality. You couldnt go wrong with it and I think it is one of the cheapest ones out there.
August 21, 2009, 09:48 PM
I'd have to agree with Mick on the Midway bag. I just ordered another one from Midway because they are such a good deal. They are on sale for $39.95 thru the end of August so I just had to take advantage of that. Great bag for a very reasonable price.
August 22, 2009, 09:05 PM
Put me down as another shooter who owns and loves the Midway USA comp bag! A couple of guys on our local IDPA club use them and I ordered one of after checking them out at our last match.
The bag is fantastic at any price but when you consider I bought it for $39.99 it simply rocks!
September 5, 2009, 05:06 PM
I have one of these and more than happy with it.It has enough room to put my ammo,earmuffs,ductape,and still have room for my sandbag.It has several internal pockets and more small pockets in the outer large pockets for safety glasses,etc. Its a very heavy duty nylon with large zippers.I've had no problems with it. http://www.unclemikesle.com/products/belts_bags_gloves/bags/bags_deluxe_range.html
September 5, 2009, 06:17 PM
I have one of these:
There are also smaller bags like this one
I can fit all my stuff in it except the rifles (pistol in it's case, ammo, scopes, targets, food, drinks, ear muffs, glasses, clothepins, allen wrench, screwdriver, etc)
September 5, 2009, 06:45 PM
My brother uses this one:
It's a great bag and very durable.
September 5, 2009, 08:11 PM
Ive got an old mechanic bag and use it for everything from my C&B to my 0-6. i have various screwdrivers cleaning kits pwoder ammo everything i need
September 5, 2009, 11:33 PM
Got my Midway bag for $30.99 and it is a great value.Padded everywhere and has many compartments. Even comes with 2 padded pistol cases.
September 5, 2009, 11:37 PM
I read this thread and found the Midway Competition Range Bag. Ordered one, and used it for the first time yesterday.
All i can say is awesome!! Its a great bag, and at $39 it was a steal. Saw a pretty much identical version by Bob ALlen at my range. That would have set me back $89. Glad I didn't see it earlier. Might have bought it and F'd up.
Don't hesitate to support Midway's products.
September 6, 2009, 02:52 AM
If you must bring a lot of stuff to the range:
September 16, 2009, 11:14 PM
Anyone got a link on that midway bag? Went to the website and it was a bit screwy sending me to odd locations.
September 16, 2009, 11:27 PM
Went and looked around some more apparently this bag is now 59.99 :(
September 18, 2009, 10:20 PM
I got my range bag at Lowes, its a rugged canvas "tool" bag that works very well to transport guns, ammo, cleaning supplies, etc... Nice quality and worked out a lot better than I anticipated.
September 19, 2009, 05:13 PM
WhenceCameYou,it's product # 259680. I have one and it's a nice large bag.
September 22, 2009, 07:13 AM
Here are some range bags i use
September 25, 2009, 11:55 AM
It is $39.99 again until 10/31.
October 4, 2009, 09:52 PM
So far my Midway bag is working great! Holds a ton of stuff and keeps me very organized. Great deal for $39.98.
October 4, 2009, 10:42 PM
Another recommendation for the MidwayUSA competition range bag. It's on the large size but holds a lot of gear.
If an Academy sporting goods store is in your area, they sell a range bag that appears to be the same as the Midway competition bag, but with the Academy logo. The cost is $59 v $39, though.
I would caution against paying over $100 for the 5.11 bag. I have heard through the grapevine that it is the same bag as the two mentioned above, but with a different logo.
Avoid the Glock range bag. For the $, you can get a much better bag at midway.
(Disclaimer: this is the only time you'll hear me say "avoid Glock products". I'm such a fanboy I even have the entrenching tool.)
October 4, 2009, 11:11 PM
ua payz da $ once and have it for da rest of uze life.
October 5, 2009, 07:13 PM
The best range bag that I have found was at TJ MAXX. It is an Eddie Bauer diaper bag. It has lots of storage. I paid 10 bucks for it.
October 10, 2009, 09:19 PM
I got both the large and the small Midway bags and they are both great bags for the price. I think that I paid about $40.00 for the large and about $28.00 for the smaller one (both on sale). I just wish that their website was a little bit faster, it is almost a pain to shop there.
October 10, 2009, 09:48 PM
yup another +1 for the MidwayUSA range bag! Received mine in the mail Thursday. Awesome bag for $39.99:) There is just SOOOO much storage room it's amazing for the price.
October 12, 2009, 07:04 AM
ishot range backs are the best!
October 12, 2009, 07:17 AM
I use a small suitcase/large attache case I bought from a flea market for $5. It's some kind of plastic with study hinges and latches.
When open almost all of its contents are in full view. Nothing can get dented or banged up sliding around in the trunk. It was cheap. It is inconspicuous. I like it much better than the soft bag I used to carry.
October 15, 2009, 08:16 PM
ua payz da $ once and have it for da rest of uze life.
I agree, but try here - www.straightShotShooting.com
I have Bagmaster bags at a discount.
October 15, 2009, 08:54 PM
I ordered the 40$ midway bag after seeing it linked here and I recieved it tonight just a couple days later. I fit almost everything I have into it except for my mauser :D Left a pouch open for a medkit as well.
October 25, 2009, 03:48 PM
This was a very timely and helpful thread - thank you for the recommendations. I ordered a Midway bag - the $40 price/value was too good to turn up.
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