So you've got your gun and you're headed to the range, huh? That's a great start, but you're going to need a few more things before you open fire. A day at the range is a day well spent, so don't mess it up by leaving your gear at home.
Here are a few things to remember before you hit the range:
If your range doesn't come pre-equipped with steel targets, you may need to bring your own paper targets, which can add up. Target tape is one of the best kept secrets of seasoned range shooters. After sending a few rounds through a target, you can bring it back to life if you have some tape in your bag to patch it up. We all know that shooting at the range can get expensive, and this is one way to make sure you're getting the biggest bang for your buck.
The best way to get the most out of your gun is to make sure it is properly maintained. It's good practice to keep your cleaning kit in your range bag so you can make sure it's clean and clear before you store it. You'll thank yourself next time you take it out of the bag.
This one is tricky. Some ranges allow you to draw and shoot from holsters, and others don't, but—if you have the go ahead—bringing your holster to the range is a great way to practice shooting accurately when drawing from the hip. This can prove to be extremely valuable for shooters with concealed carry permits who want to be prepared to shoot on a moment's notice.
Ammo is an obvious necessity for any shooting session. Save yourself some time at the range by pre-loading your magazines before you head out. This will make reloading more efficient and let's you get the most out of your time. If you plan on shooting a lot, you may want to consider getting an ammo can to haul your ammo around.
The range is a great place to dial-in your skills. Make sure you use your time there to the fullest by having your bag packed with everything you might need to make your day of shooting a good one.