Shooting Sports USA - December 2020 - 9
I organized and oversaw the shooting trials
where, over the run of the series, hundreds of
hopefuls tried out on a range in Southern California hoping to be chosen for the program. In my
humble opinion, the presentation of guns and
gun handling have not been the same in the eyes
of Hollywood since.
Tell us about your range bag and what you
carry in it besides your firearms.
I'm primarily a high-power rifle competitor. My
range kit focuses on what it takes to efficiently
compete in across the course matches. Full
distance tournaments in this discipline involve
moving all your gear from 200 yards, 300 yards
and finally 600 yards. Over the course of the
day, you'll shoot offhand, rapid sitting, rapid
prone and slow prone strings.
My range bag is actually a shooting cart. I'm
currently using a Creedmoor Sports model.
The cart has provisions to mount a scope and
stand and a rack to mount my rifle. Note that
the rack has surgical tubing tie downs to keep
the firearm firmly connected to the cart, an
important consideration if one hitches a ride
on the back of a golf cart at Camp Atterbury
or Camp Perry. My cart is customized with
pneumatic tires to make it roll a little easier;
it comes with solid tires. I have cords to keep
things tied down as well. In addition, two
accessory pouches attached to the cart; one to
hold record keeping supplies, while the other is
a dump pouch to collect empties.
Everything I need for shooting a match goes
into the cart. Transport to the range is via a
surplus night vision hard case. The kit includes
(clockwise from the bottom right):
■ A score book that's kept in an aluminum
case. Pens and pencils are inside it.
■ Clipboard for score cards.
All of this fits into the hard case. Not shown are a set
of MSA Pro-X earmuffs and a box of disposable soft
ear plugs. Don't skimp here-hearing is precious.
My handy notebook.
Lens cleaning tool for scoped service rifles.
Short cleaning rod with a .45 caliber brush.
Allen keys for shooting match rifle.
Empty-chamber indicator. There are
usually half a dozen of them in my cart.
Cartridge pouch for shooting offhand.
Applied Ballistics Model 4500+ Kestrel.
These portable weather stations are lifesavers for shooting and coaching.
Hat. This one is a David Tubb model with
brim flaps to manage glare. Depending on
conditions, I also have basic baseball caps
and others to protect my neck from the sun.
Shooting gloves. I have half-finger gloves,
full-finger gloves and mitts.
Shooting glasses. Mine are prescription
lenses that correct for astigmatism and have
progressive power mounted in adjustable
Jaggi frames. I'm able to move the lens to
achieve maximum clarity for a variety of optic and iron sights; important when shooting
M-1s, Springfields and A1/A2-type ARs.
Fit-over eyeglasses protective lenses.
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