The U.S. is currently home to well over 10,000 gun ranges. If you’re a gun owner who lives near one, you should make it a point to visit a gun range early and often.

Part of gun ownership is going to be making sure that you feel comfortable with a gun in your hand. And what better way to do this than by putting a gun in your hand every so often by shooting it at a gun range?

You should put together a gun range bag that includes everything you’ll need to have with you when you visit a gun range. It should have every single gun range essential in it so that you’re all ready to go.

There are quite a few items that you should stick into your gun range bag. Check out our gun range bag checklist below and use it to pack your bag accordingly.


The first thing that you’ll want to put into your gun range bag will obviously be—gasp—your gun. You aren’t going to be able to do much at a gun range without one!

The gun industry is filled with all different types of guns. You should take a look at some of the different options that you’ll have and invest in the gun that you like best.

Be sure that you go through the proper process to secure a gun legally. It’ll ensure that you don’t encounter any issues when you’re walking around with a gun in your gun range bag.


If you pack a gun without any ammunition in your gun range bag, your gun isn’t going to do you a whole lot of good. You won’t be able to take aim at any targets if you do this.

For this reason, you should obtain the right kind of ammunition for your specific gun and put it into your gun range bag. You should also see to it that you have more than enough ammo at your disposal.

The more ammunition that you bring to a gun range, the more practice you’ll be able to get with your gun. It’s why you shouldn’t be stingy when it’s time to put ammo into your gun range bag.


Most gun ranges will provide you with complimentary targets when you visit their facilities. But there are some gun owners who want to practice shooting their guns on other kinds of targets.

If you fall into this category, you should take targets from a gun range. But you should also bring your own targets along with you.

You’ll be able to get dramatically better with a gun in your hands by taking aim at the right targets. You shouldn’t be shy about bringing along a bunch of different options with you.

Ear and Eye Protection

Guns can be loud when they go off. They can be so loud that you could do some damage to your ears if you aren’t careful when you’re firing them.

Guns can also do damage to your eyes if you happen to get anything in them after your gun goes off. So you’ll also want to be as careful as you can be when it comes to your eyes when firing a gun.

It would be a fantastic idea to bring ear and eye protection along with you in your gun range bag. It’ll make sure you don’t hurt your ears or eyes while you’re working on your skills at a gun range.

Body Armor

You aren’t really going to need to throw on body armor while you’re at a gun range. You won’t be in any danger at one.

But if you own body armor, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have it in your gun range bag just in case. This NIJ Certified Body Armor would be a great addition to your bag.


You aren’t going to get better with a gun in your hand by simply going to the gun range all the time. You’ll also need to keep tabs on how you’re doing during each of your gun range visits.

You should be able to do this by packing a journal in your gun range bag. You can utilize this journal to keep records of how you’re shooting at a gun range.

You can reference this journal as you move forward to see how much you’re improving at a gun range.

Food and Drink

The last thing you want to do when you’re at a gun range is perform poorly because you’re hungry and/or thirsty. You won’t want to pick up a gun if you haven’t had anything to eat or drink in a long time.

With this in mind, you should throw some food and drinks into your gun range bag to be sure you always have something to eat and drink on you. You never know when you’ll need to pull it out at the gun range.

Start Putting a Gun Range Bag Together Today

Will you be going to a gun range soon? If that’s your plan, you should work your way through this gun range bag checklist before you do.

By utilizing the checklist found here, you’ll be able to keep your gun range bag stocked up with all the necessary items. It’ll allow you to put your best foot forward at a gun range and gradually get better with a gun in your hand over time.

Do you want to read some more informative articles about guns and ammo? Look for them by poking around on the rest of our blog.

By Manali