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December 30, 2012, 02:08 PM
What do you guys use for range bags? Can you post pics, and give some details about them? maybe list the pros and cons? Thanks.

December 30, 2012, 02:32 PM
I use one of the large Craftsman tool bags. If you watch for sales, they can usually be had in the $20-30 dollar range. Lots of little inside pockets for magazines and smaller items, and many outside pockets as well.

4V50 Gary
December 30, 2012, 02:57 PM
Rooster canvas tool bag with leather bottom. Bought it over two decades ago. It doesn't shout, "Gonne!" whenever you go anywhere.

December 30, 2012, 04:25 PM
There are a few high quality bags & kits out there.
I used a great plastic lockable MTM case with 2 sections.
For nylon or fabric bags, I'd check these popular models; Maxpedition, 5.11 Tactical, Blackhawk, VooDoo Tactical, CSM Gear.

For firearms, I highly suggest a Bore-Store bag to protect them from rust & damage(nicks, scuffs, etc).
For ordering see; www.uscav.com www.galls.com www.policehq.com www.blackhawk.com www.midwayusa.com www.natchezss.com .

NOTE; some "armed professionals" prefer the low profile range bags w/o decals or logos. It may prevent thefts or any hassles when you travel.


December 30, 2012, 04:47 PM
I've been using this heavy duty tool bag made by CLC Custom Leathercraft for about 3 years now. After going through a couple range bags over the years, I decided to look for a quality large tool bag because they're designed for heavy loads and heavy duty use. I also needed something a little larger because of other family members sometimes making the trip to the range with me. In the center main compartment I can carry about a dozen boxes of ammo on the floor of the bag with room for 5 or 6 handguns in padded carry pouches. Also a few accessories like a couple of pair of hearing protectors and such. Other side compartments carry paper targets, ear plugs, eye protection, mags, a few gun tools and some basic lube and cleaning stuff. I like it alot because it can carry everything I need for a range trip and fully loaded, the shoulder strap is definitely a plus.

December 30, 2012, 08:47 PM
I recently received a Midway Competition Range Bag as a gift and really like it.

December 31, 2012, 01:01 AM
$9.99 from academy

All this
Fit into this

Now I use one from 5.11 tactical, $120ish, can pack it heavier than I'd prefer to carry at the range. Only have a novelty pic I took of it. Traveling so can't take a better new pic.

January 6, 2013, 11:10 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm thinking the tool bag and gun rugs might be the way to go.

January 8, 2013, 01:04 PM
I'm trying to find something myself. I have a knock-off of the 5.11 up above I think, but it's just a bit small in overall dimensions for the CTK Brass Catcher. I'd like to fit it into the range bag. Anyone have any leads on a range bag, or something with enough pockets and organizers to lend itself to the function that's say 16.5x16.5 or better?

January 8, 2013, 01:12 PM
Check out Midways site. They have a couple of very decent range bags for the money.

January 8, 2013, 01:13 PM
I recently received a Midway Competition Range Bag as a gift and really like it.

Did the same thing a few years ago, it's a very nice bag:


January 8, 2013, 01:18 PM
Will they close over a CTK Precision brass catcher? And which one(s) I've been there, and they have several.

Spats McGee
January 8, 2013, 04:17 PM
I couldn't find a pink bag with a biohazard symbol and "Dirty Diapers" on it, so I say use this one:


If you have to leave it in the car, no one will guess it has guns in it.

January 8, 2013, 06:08 PM
The heavy CLC or Craftsman style tool bags work great, are stronger than most true range bags, and do not look 'gunny'.

January 8, 2013, 07:27 PM
I found an Eddie Bauer diaper bag at Marshalls for $10. Works great.

January 9, 2013, 11:55 PM
I use an East German day pack that I got from CTD for $5. Its not as big as all the other ones but it holds what I need it to. I keep my pistols in a separate hard case so the range back is just for targets, an old towel, ear/eye protection, Gerber multi tool, mags and ammo. Its wicked strong too..

January 12, 2013, 11:39 PM

I shoot IDPA and you've got to shuffle from stage to stage. I like to have the bag on my back instead of in my hands.

Also, with this style of bag, you have several small compartments, but what I like more is how the bag opens up all the way. Then you aren't digging for anything, it all is laying there flat.

January 19, 2013, 01:13 PM

For $20 I think is a great value. It seems to be well made. I accidently got 2 for Christmas.

One thing I really l ike is that the flaps that cover/close the outside paockets are adjustable so that short or taller items can be put in them.

January 19, 2013, 05:09 PM
My wife got me the 5.11 tactical bag
I love it. Heavy duty bag with room for everything I carry to the range. The only other thing I carry is a rifle case

January 19, 2013, 05:18 PM
I got a Competition Range Bag from Midway back in March of 2009. It is in fact two bags in one. Has two zippered pistol rugs inside, along with a spent case drawstring bag and a small bag I use for glasses and ear plugs. I couldn't be happier. I got it on sale at $39.99 back then. I also bought one for my Dad and he likes his very well.

Note: This is same bag as mentioned by Shootniron below

Old Grump
January 19, 2013, 07:13 PM
Hard bottom canvas plumbers tool bag. It's inconspicuous and holds everything I need with lots of pockets for all of my small parts. Got mine at my local plumbing supply store.

January 19, 2013, 07:25 PM

I have had this bag for several years and it serves very well for us.

January 20, 2013, 06:59 PM
I use an nra range bag. Its perfect. Im too stupid to post a pic from my iphone. They might have them for sale on ebay or nra website?

January 20, 2013, 11:33 PM
My brother bought me the Cabela's bag with cleaning kit for Christmas.


It works great (I only shoot handguns) and it's nice to have a small tool-kit with me (actually used it last week to fix a sight that had worked loose. Loaned the cleaning rod to another gentleman who had a stuck round).

Downside, it does kind of scream "guns in here"...

January 21, 2013, 06:26 AM
Midway USA bag all the way!

January 24, 2013, 04:40 AM
Same here, Midway bag on sale, no regrets.

January 24, 2013, 06:20 AM
I use a Canvase duffle bag with a handle and wheels on it. No carry for me unless I'm just shooting pistol ( which is rare). It still takes at least 3 trips from truck to bench to unload everything. Just my front rifle rest ( F-Class) weights just short of 20 lbs.

January 24, 2013, 01:10 PM
Midway USA bags are great!

January 24, 2013, 09:44 PM
Im using the CTD Swat Responder Bag. Plenty of pockets and pistol mag sleeves. Nice bag for the money

January 25, 2013, 08:17 AM
I'm looking for one myself as well...

I did make a rugged pistol transport case.. at work,
I disposed of an unfunctional piece of test gear...that was housed in an old
PELICAN case.. I deep sixed the old dried flaking foam, and rough cut some replacement layers. cut much larger than tke pistol outlines, so I can grab them. I will house the magazines & ammo in a different case
Here in Connecticut ammo & guns are to be separated during transport.
I don't know how professionals cut foam nicely, I tried to do a nice job,
but it came out so-so...( I'll stick to electronics)

January 25, 2013, 07:00 PM
I've had my Midway Competition Range Bag for over three years now. That sucker can hold a lot of stuff and full of pockets so everything stays organized. Like I said, it holds a lots of gear and fully loaded it can weigh a ton. It has held up great and not one thing has broken or ripped on it. I paid $39.99 + shipping.

January 27, 2013, 10:13 AM
I use cargo pack found at Hanks Surplus, pretty good overall..