As the old saying goes, “Three times the guns, three times the fun!” Nobody ever mentions the end part of that saying, which is, “…and three times the stuff to carry.” Hauling your gear around the range and keeping it clean and organized can be daunting. Most shooters, myself included, can benefit from some forethought and planning in this regard.
For most of my 3-gunning career, I’ve used an Eberlestock* Phantom pack to haul my guns and gear around. It’s a wonderful piece of gear, but lately I’ve decided that it’s just not all that well-suited to multigun competition. The big benefit of the Phantom, aside from the flawless build quality, is that it keeps all your guns and gear in one place. The problems with it, well, there are a few, and I’ll likely detail them in a future post. Suffice to say that it’s not my cup of tea, and I’m ready to change over to another system.
So when looking for a gear-hauling system, it’s probably a good idea to start by listing all the gear you’re going to be hauling. In fact, why not write down a list of all your match gear, and stick a copy of it in your range bag?
This is all the stuff that goes in the pistol bag. Not shown are my AR magazines, magazine carriers, shotshell carriers, sling, and bipod. Those will all go in the long gun case.
- 5″ STI .40 Limited gun, 6 140mm magazines, and a few spare parts, all in an iShot gun rug.
- 200 rounds of pistol ammo, in boxes.
- 200 rounds of rifle ammo, in boxes.
- 100 rounds of 12ga. birdshot and 25 12ga. slugs, in boxes.
- Electronic earmuffs and foam plugs
- Two sets of wraparound shooting glasses and five lens sets, in case.
- A small cleaning kit.
- A small first-aid kit, along the lines of moleskin, athletic tape, and eyedrops.
- CED-7000 shot timer**.
- Laser rangefinder.
- Knee and elbow pads.
- 2 liters of water, and some minimal snacks.
This is enough equipment and supplies for one day at the MGM Ironman, or an entire local 3-gun match. All in all, it takes up about 3000 cubic inches of space, and weighs about 40 pounds.
Coming soon, Part 2! In which I expound at length on rifle cases, airline transport, and why only complete and utter weenies haul their gear in carts…