7 things You Need for Your Next Match

I always ask my guests on my other podcast (Unload and Show Clear) what they keep in their range bags. Aside from the usual stuff, of course. What's in mine? Here's a look.

Adventure Medical Tactical Field Trauma Kit
Shooting sports are potentially dangerous. You are, after all, shooting guns. Yes, there are safety rules and officials to keep an eye on things, but stupid can happen anywhere. I once saw a guy re-holster between strings on a classifier and send a round down his pants leg, shattering his cellphone and coming out next to his foot. Excrement happens, and not just to you. A good trauma kit is a must. When I started shooting in 2012, this was the trauma kit that I purchased and which is still in my range bag.

Folding Portable Camping Chair
A well-run match will keep you pretty busy, but there will inevitably be opportunities to take a load off and rest. Backups at busy stages, waiting for awards after the match, or just to take a moment to rest your legs. These chairs are invaluable.

Jackery Portable Battery Pack
If you record video with an action camera or a cell phone, having a way to keep your devices charged is a must. I have used this charger since 2016 after going through lots of other models.This one charges fast, can handle multiple devices at the same time, and it fits perfectly in a pocket of my range bag.

Zippo Rechargeable Hand Warmers
For years I used those chemical baggie handwarmer things to keep my hands warm in the chilly mornings at a match. Well, those things suck. Especially if they're old. Mia saw these USB powered hand warmers at the Zippo booth at SHOT Show a couple of years ago and recommended them in her segment later that week. This bean-shaped warmer fits in your hand, warms up quickly and lasts six hours. Unlike the chemical warmers you can turn it on and off and reuse them over and over. They will even double as a USB battery charger if you don't have cold hands.

Cat Crap, Anti-Fog Lens Cleaner Balm
On a humid day there's nothing more fun than having your shooting glasses fog up while you're in the middle of a stage. Sgt. Bill recommended this product to me at a match a couple of years ago and now I have my own jar in my range bag. Just dab a bit on your lens and then rub in with a soft cloth and you won't have to deal with fogging any more.

DUDE Wipes Flushable Wet Wipes
If you have ever been to a match, you know what the facilities are like. Typically it's porta-johns, if you're lucky. If you're not, there's no toilet paper. If you're at a match and need to drop a deuce, these wipes are a must.

Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon
I know this doesn't fit in your range bag, but your range bag will fit in this awesome cart. I saw other shooters using this cart for several years and then I got one for Christmas and I don't know how I lived without it before. It gives you room to put your range bag, folding chairs, coolers and more. It has heavy duty wheels so it won't bog down in large gravel or loose sand. And it folds down flat for easy storage.

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