Our step-up pick is the Osage River Tactical and it has ample space to store your hunting or shooting gear, with a 600D ballistic nylon build for its materials, so that it is not very easy to rip apart. It also has a pouch for pistols and it has enough room for most ammo with good zippering capabilities. The padded dividers also keep your gear organized as much as possible.
The budget pick is the Allen Tactical Deluxe and this one has a removable handgun pocket that makes it easy to organize everything and protect your handgun due to the padding. It also has a couple of zippered pockets for accessories to keep your gear organized as much as possible. The Endura fabric construction also makes it durable against the test of time and the conditions in the range or in the wild.
A Little Background
A range bag is a kind of target shooting sack that can be used for target shooting or hunting supplies. The primary purpose of a target shooting sack is to help you carry all of the items that you need to use for your game or rounds.
It can be very durable depending on the materials that were used for the target shooting sack. It needs to be durable because it will house all of the items that you will need for a successful target shooting or hunting game. Common bag recommendations include the vertx a-range bag, the gunmate range bag, and anything with heavy-duty zippers.
You need a durable target shooting sack to make sure it can withstand traveling within a wide range. The durability is usually measured in denier and is closely tied to the material used for the target shooting sack. It should have a rainproof material if you want to be able to use it for outdoor purposes and for really unpredictable weather. You should find it strong with its fibers and all to get more out of your money.
If it has many pockets then that will be able to help you to keep the different supplies that are needed for target shooting or hunting. The pockets can serve as a carrier for the smaller target shooting or hunting supplies, such as the target shooting or hunting guns, as well as a first-aid kit, and anything you can carry, such as a pistol of any kind.
It can also house the target shooting or hunting ammo and so much more. It can serve as a holder and an organizer at the same time, so that you will be able to get more storage volume out of your target shooting sack.
A waterproof target shooting sack may be useful for adventures in the pouring rain. The waterproof target shooting sack is essentially constructed with the use of a target shooting sack material that will not easily get soaked in the rain or one that may have properties that are not water soaking or what we may call hydrophobic, which can be helpful so that the innermost part of your shooting sack cannot be drowned in water, especially in the rainy days.
To protect your precious target shooting or hunting guns, which might cost expensive amounts, you need a decently working target shooting sack to house them properly. There are many people who do say that target shooting or hunting is a game for the rich people, simply because target shooting or hunting is a sport that may require you to get a target shooting or hunting license and a set of nice hunting guns that are usually expensive.
In addition to that, target shooting or hunting is labeled as a rich man’s game because of many other things such as gadgets to invest on. To protect all of these target shooting or hunting items, you need to consider a target shooting sack that will be fit for the job and that will not fail you at all when it comes down to protection.
How we Picked
In choosing the best range bag, you need the following criteria:
Volume or inner capacity: the inner capacity refers to the volume or the space that you can be able to fit within the target shooting or hunting carrying sack so that it will be just right and fitting for your target shooting or hunting elements and target shooting or hunting items. It is important to know about the volume or inner capacity because if you don't, then you won't find a target shooting sack that fits all of your items correctly and might also break your items at hand.
Materials used: the material should be super strong, such as synthetic fibers that are usually waterproof and weatherproof, as well as those that are scratch resistant. A good target shooting sack to invest on for a very long time is one that can withstand years of use and will still provide ample protection for your target shooting or hunting gear.
Durability: if you want to buy the best target shooting sack then you should consider one that is definitely durable with materials that are of high quality, such as a higher denier cordura nylon synthetic fabric so that it will not easily rip off when you used it too much during target shooting or hunting adventures. Your target shooting sack should stand up to the competition of the target shooting or hunting sport in general.
Design: you also have to consider a good design that fits and suits with your preferences for the target shooting sack so that it will be truly yours and will not get mistaken for someone else's bag. This is also important since you would want the features that are what you want and not just something that is in the current trend.
Number of pockets: a good target shooting sack to invest on would be one that has many pockets for you to use. This makes it much more organized in terms of keeping the items because it will help you and the other players organize your games together much better.
A well organized target shooting sack also makes it easy to travel from one place to another. Some may even keep a water bottle and have pouches for you to carry around things easily, such as those with pistol pouches.
Ease of carrying: because you will be constantly and always traveling from one place to another when it comes down to your target shooting sack, you need to have a super comfortable and reliable target shooting sack so that it will not be too much of a hassle to use along the way. Some of them will have a shoulder strap, which can be useful for a gun range or a pistol range.
Adjustability: you should definitely consider a target shooting sack that has a lot of adjustability options. A good example for this would be the one that has a padded shoulder strap and other adjustments that could make you feel more comfortable with your target shooting sack so that it will not make you feel in hassle when you go through the scorching heat or drizzling rain in the gold range itself.
Color choices: a choice of color can be a minor consideration when it comes down to choosing the best target shooting sacks but it can be useful if you also want a truly personalized target shooting sack. It also makes it easier to see in the dark if the target shooting sack has some reflective material on it.
Weatherproof: a good target shooting sack should have a high waterproof rating if you want to make it a waterproof item for the target shooting or hunting sport. Waterproof materials are usually measured in IPX ratings, and higher ratings and numbers mean that your target shooting sack is definitely prepared for the action ahead.
As our top pick, the REEBOW TACTICAL Duffle is a good range bag that can allow you to keep magazines, goggles, earmuff, handguns and other supplies that are needed for hunting or target shooting. You can also store as many ammunition or ammo as much as you want and durability will not be compromised due to the 600D nylon fabric that the bag is made out of. What’s more, there’s also a main compartment with pistol compartments.
The whole duffle is made with scratch resistant materials so that you don’t have to worry about getting your gear damaged. You can use it either as a shooting bag or photography duffle bag for your needs. In short, you will find that there are a lot more options with this well organized and pocketed duffle. The front and back parts also have full width zippered pockets. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
The only con but not a deal breaker with the REEBOW TACTICAL Duffle is that it might not be big enough for bigger guns and magazines, but this is only attained with higher priced gun bags.
The Osage River Tactical is our step-up pick, which can be used in any target shooting or hunting adventures. It give you space to store your gear and to organize it well because this will be needed when you are in action. There are 2 adjustable dividers that are padded to make sure that your gear is safe and away from scratches and dents and the like. Not to worry about zippers because they are smooth and easy to open.
The handle and padded shoulder strap carry options can make things easier while traveling or moving from one place to another. Made of 600D ballistic nylon for its material to make it durable, it has a large dividable main compartment so that you can fit many items at once. There are also a total of 10 magazine or accessory pockets in the duffle for your best needs, as it can even contain a J-frame revolver if you like.
The Allen Tactical Deluxe is our budget pick, which has a padded shoulder strap that is removable for your best comfort needs and a gripper to make it easy for you to grip onto your backpack or duffle.
It also has a removable handgun pocket that is also padded to make sure that your ammunition or ammo and guns do not get scratches at all. The main compartment has a total size or volume of 17 x 8 x 8 inches.
What’s more, all of the pockets for accessories are zippered well so that you can use them again and again to keep your gear organized as much as possible. What’s more, the internal compartment dividers keep your gear safe and divided equally to make sure it is organized. It is definitely recommended for and will do just fine for any beginner in target shooting or hunting, and may even be used to carry some reloading equipment.
Best Range Bag with a Rainfly
The Case Club Tactical is our pick if you want to include a rainfly to keep your gear safe and sound from the bad weather. You can store 6 extra magazines each in the included two pockets on the side to make the access of your magazines super easy. You can also hold 4 handguns in the cradle with a foam padding to make sure that they stay protected from scratches.
The transportation process with this kind of duffle makes it super easy for you to travel within the shooting area. Also, in case of a sudden downpour, you have the rainfly to depend on. Moreover, MOLLE straps wrap the backpack so that you don’t have to worry about durability.
In fact, the whole duffle is so spacious that a full size 1911 will fit inside. Moreover, the materials used for the duffle won't absorb liquids at all, so you can keep your gear dry.
Best Range Bag with MOLLE Webbing
For those who need a shooting duffle that has MOLLE webbing, the BlackHawk Pistol SPORTSTER may be your choice. It has coil zippers of standard size but are of heavy duty so that they won’t fail you in times of need. The 600D polyester material also keeps your gear intact and away from getting ripped apart. The additional slash pockets for the side for handling small items and magazines can be helpful for organizing your other stuff.
You have the capability to keep your quality shooting gear intact and scratch free with the spacious design of 16 x 9 x 8 inches. You can even keep other gear inside, such as shooting glasses, rounds, speed loader, ear muffs and many more. Moreover, it has a shoulder strap that is very durable yet not restrictive to your shoulders when carrying it. You may also even put your cleaning kit for your handguns and supplies with this inexpensive duffle.
Best Range Bag for Competition Use
Great for competitive usage, the Nc Star Competition comes with metal D-rings to keep your gear in place and your duffle in the right area. It also has metal zipper tabs that provide added durability to the D-rings on the ends. It has a digital camo design but there are also other designs available for you to choose from. The dimensions and volume of the duffle is 18 x 12 x 11 inches, so it is spacious for its price.
You can also put it on the floor and secure it with the four rubber spikes on the feet. It is also definitely water resistant to keep your gear safe from the rainy days. The pockets for organization and storage are fairly sufficient so that you can keep your gear organized as much as possible.
You can also put in some clips and other accessories for your target shooting or hunting. It is not too pricey yet it is made with good quality materials.
Best Range Bag with Magazine Pouches
For those who need extra magazine pouches for their target shooting or hunting needs, the Explorer Tactical Range may be a good choice for you. The total dimensions and volume of the duffle is 10 x 14 x 18 inches so it is clearly very spacious inside. It has inner partitions to customize depending on your needs, as you can remove or include them so that you will be able to fit your items perfectly as much as possible.
The magazine pouches in front compartment make organization of your hunting or shooting gear a breeze and the 4 magazine pouches on the rear part also makes a lot of space possible. It has a total of 8 design choices so far so you can also choose one depending on your favorite color or motif.
You can be able to put your ammunition or ammo, hand guns, eye protection, ear muffs and cleaning kit just fine with this kind of duffle due to the wide space available inside.
Best Range Bag with Different Color Choices
The Nexpak Tactical Duffle has a ton of color choices for you to look for so that you can match it with your favorite color or design. It has various MOLLE style shoulder straps to keep your gear intact and in place without sacrificing durability. It also has a #10 heavy duty zipper to make sure that your sack stays zipped and the duffle in its place. 600D polyester of high density is what makes it strong and resistant to scratching.
Other than that, the PVC material also proves to have a lining that is resistant to water splashes and the rain. You can also use it for other outdoor activities other than for hunting and target shooting. Different colors have various sizes but the general size is from 15 inches up to 30 inches in maximum. For most people, carrying average amount s of gear, it will be fitting for everything for your gun range visits.
Best Range Bag for the Weekend Warrior
For the weekend warrior who doesn’t always have to bring a lot of items to the shooting area, the Bulldog Cases Economy is a good choice with a sufficient size of 12 x 6 inches (interior) and 13 x 7 inches (exterior). It has a shoulder strap that can be easily adjusted to your needs and an extra storage due to the presence of the pockets in the construction. In addition, the water-resistant outer shell is durable with nylon material.
The main compartment of this duffle economy sized sack is quite large for more gear to be fitted in. You can carry it over your shoulder or carry it by the handle. It also has a locking mechanism by the means of the double zipper method. You can fit in other accessories such as ear protection, eye protection, gloves and many more, into this sack duffle, while you are keeping smaller items separated.
Best Range Bag with a Camo Design
For those who like a camo design for their gear keeper, the NPUSA Tactical Duffel is a great choice with many colors of the camo to choose from. There are 2 small pockets, both of which have shoulder straps for added compression to keep your smaller gear safe and sound. There’s a top access for the two main compartments of this sack duffle. It measures 18 x 11 x 9 inches with an inner capacity or volume of 1,800 cubic inches.
It also has a total of 5 pockets on the front to keep your other smaller gear organized. The #10 zipper is of heavy duty and can help you keep your gear intact no matter the competition. It has a Velcro pouch as well, with other pouches and a zippered pocket.
The polyester material is of 600D so it is of quality build and is also water resistant to keep your guns and ammunition away from water as much as possible. There is also a Velcro grip handle that can be detached at will.
There were other target shooting sacks that were simply not durable enough, so they were not included in our top list. It is important for a target shooting sack to withstand the test of time and at the same time, keep your target shooting or hunting gear in good shape all the time.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the different designs of an outdoor or travel sack?
A: A travel sack can be used for outdoor purposes and some may be even used for sporting events such as in shooting areas for target shooting and the like. Some may be even used for hunting. Here are the different outdoor travel sack designs you can choose from:
Type of sack
1. Hands-free traveling
2. Great for climbing
3. Easy to carry
1. Might cause a backache or a shoulder ache
2. Gets hot on your back during hot weather
1. Traveling with a lot of gear with you
3. Traveling up the mountains or trekking
7. L.L. Bean
1. Super durable and secure
2. Keeps documents intact and wrinkle-free
3. Professional looking
4. Great for keeping cash
1. Prone to theft
2. You may forget the combination lock
3. Leather may deteriorate if it is made of leather
1. Business trips
2. Transferring money
3. Transferring documents or valuables
2. McKlein USA
3. Kenneth Cole
1. A lot of storage room
2. A lot of compartments
3. Better organization
4. Ease of fitting into airplane overhead compartments
1. Can be stressful for your shoulders
2. Not meant for hours f carrying
3. Most likely too heavy for some people to carry
1. Sporting and athletics
2. Hunting or target shooting
3. Anyone with a need for a ton of luggage
1. L.L. Bean
2. Eagle Creak
3. Briggs & Riley
1. Great for stairs
2. Dual purpose backpack and roller
1. Wheels may tend to add weight
2. Not ideal for uneven ground
1. Frequent travelers
2. Elementary students
1. Eagle Creek
5. J World NY
1. Great for travelers
2. A lot of room for items
3. Better organization
4. Fits into overhead compartment
1. Not ideal for uneven ground
2. Wheels may tend to add weight
3. Can be too heavy for some people
1. Frequent travelers
2. Anyone needing more gear space
2. Eagle Creek
4. L.L. Bean
1. Very fashionable
2. Very lightweight
3. Keeps your personal items and essentials easy to access
1. Usually not big enough for a week supply of clothes
2. Not big enough for larger gear
1. Light travelers
2. Going to work (esp. office work)
3. High school and college students
1. L.L. Bean
2. Tommy Hilfiger
3. Michael Kors
4. Steve Madden
5. Calvin Klein
1. Very fashionable
2. Some have wheels for mobility
3. Carry a lot more stuff
1. Prone to theft
2. Really expensive
1. High class travelers
2. Corporate officials
1. Louis Vuitton
2. Bottega Veneta
3. Ralph Lauren
5. Alfred Dunhill
1. Lightweight and small to carry
2. Secures well to your body
3. Keeps essentials easy to access
1. May put shoulder strain if you put too much items
2. Not enough space for larger items
1. Very light travelers
2. Workers in the delivery or door-to-door sector
2. J World NY
4. Claire Chase
Travel laptop case
1. Keeps all the laptop accessories safe and sound
2. Extra pouches for other electronics
3. Handle and rolling wheels for mobility
1. Not ideal for clothes
2. Not good with uneven terrain or stairs
1. People who basically need to carry around their laptop and electronics around
4. Mobile Edge
1. Keeps papers and documents wrinkle-free
2. Keeps money securely
3. Wheels and handle for mobility
1. Not ideal for uneven terrain
2. Some airlines may charge additional baggage fees
1. Students and children
2. Adult travelers
3. Business trips
Q: What are the different target shooting accessories?
A: For target shooting, here are the accessories that you might definitely need:
1. Eye protection – to keep your eyes safe from harm from the debris.
2. Ear protection – to keep your ears from going deaf.
3. Guns and handguns – the main gear you need to carry.
4. Ammunitions – don’t forget the respective ammunitions.
5. Mobile phone – for emergencies and contacts.
6. Wallet – for keeping your money and cards.
7. Holsters – for keeping your guns in place.
8. First aid kit – for injuries on the field and range.
9. Magazines – for firearms that use magazines.
10. Wrenches – this includes Allen wrenches, torque wrenches and screw drivers
11. Multipurpose tools – for sticky situations requiring a multi-tool.
12. Lens cleaners and cloths – for cleaning your eye protection gear.
13. Ball cap – this can help prevent the glare of the sun.
14. Gloves – for a better grip and protection for the gun.
15. Hand warmers – include this if you shoot in the winter.
16. Shot timer – to time your shots.
17. Gun oil – to lubricate your firearms.
18. Tape – you can use this for bullet holes or for DIY repairing shooting glasses.
19. Gun cleaners – to clean your firearms.
20. Targets – if your shooting area doesn’t have enough targets, bring some.
21. Lip balm – to avoid dryness during practice.
22. Shooting area finder – an additional gear for practice.
23. Additional batteries for gear – in case the batteries run out.
24. Water – for hydrating yourself.
25. High protein snacks – for added energy.
26. Hygiene or cosmetics kit – to keep yourself looking fresh and clean.
27. Sack for used cartridge cases – to keep things in order.
28. Trash sack – to keep trash in order.
29. Tape measure – to measure distances.
30. Poncho – even a disposable one will do, for the rainy days.
31. Sunscreen – for extremely hot weather.
32. Flashlight – for dark hours.
Q: How many pockets does a shooting area sack have?
A: The usual number of pockets that a shooting area sack will have will depend on the following factors:
1. The number of items you need to carry
2. The design of the shooting area sack itself
3. The number of ammunitions your guns need
4. The length of time you need to spend in a shooting area
Q: What is denier in cloth items?
A: The denier is a commonly repeated term when it comes down to cloth items. It is usually in the abbreviation of D, and is usually descriptive of the construction of a fabric or cloth item. Denier applies not just to worn items but also to sacks, such as shooting area sacks, to indicate how durable they are. They are thicker than regular clothing in this case, and provide good durability for your sack.
Q: Why do people do target shooting?
A: Most people often hail a game of target shooting as a rich man’s hobby. Here are some of the most common reasons why people do target shooting (and some are addicted to it):
To keep you from feeling anxious or stressed from a job or activity.
To keep you from getting a decline in mental health, especially those of older ages.
To enhance your competitive spirit among your friends and colleagues.
Q: Are there benefits to target shooting?
A: Contrary to popular belief, just because target shooting involves killing wildlife or carrying a gun which can be used to kill people, doesn’t mean it’s always bad. Here are some of the greatest advantages to target shooting:
1. Physical discipline
2. Better focus
3. Arm strength
4. Better eyesight
5. Personal responsibility
7. Thrilling hobby
8. Sense of balance
9. A sense of freedom
Q: How do you prevent your target shooting gear from getting damaged or losing accuracy?
A: To make sure that your shooting gear, such as your guns or handguns, do not get damaged or get out of accuracy, here are things you can check:
1. Get a gunsmith to inspect the muzzle crown and barrel.
2. Know if there are bedding vibrations on the barrel.
3. Inspect if there is corrosion in any part of the rifle or handgun.
4. Check the throat of the barrel and the chamber.
Q: What is sack volume?
A: Sack volume pertains to the capacity of your sack, which is usually measured in liters or even in cubic inches or whatever unit you use. Here’s a short guideline on the different liters or sack volume:
Small, for light travel
Medium sized, for usual travel and backpacks
A little heavier, usually for backpacks
Q: How does target shooting benefit your overall health?
A: Target shooting has the following health benefits for you:
1. It helps your balance and coordination to be improved.
2. You get a better upper body strength.
3. It helps your eyes to be more accurate.
4. You also tend to make a better posture.
5. It is a stress relieving activity.
6. You also get a boost of self-confidence.
7. It helps with your inner focusing ability.
Q: What are some common misconceptions about target shooting?
A: Some people think about things about target shooting but don’t get their facts straight. Here are some common misconceptions about target shooting:
“Shot strings become longer with tighter chokes.”
Actually, you should just lessen the choke, as the tighter the grip, the more it becomes delayed.
“Longer shots can bring better accuracy.”
Accuracy is a little bit different – shots can potentially still hit even if you have missed the shot in the front. The shot charge and the target situation has different speeds.
“Open chokes create bigger patterns.”
The spread can still depend upon different other factors and not just on open chokes, such as the situation in the shooting area yard.
“You will tend to shoot across the sky if you swing fast.”
Not exactly true, since you would need to swing at a very high speed to even make a difference with the shot column at hand.
“You can see the shot string in water.”
If you shoot in water, what you are actually seeing is just the pattern projection for the diameter, not the exact shot string.
Q: Why do you need a good shooting area sack?
A: There are a couple of good reasons why you need a decent shooting area sack:
1. You can keep your gear protected.
2. It helps to keep your gear organized.
3. You can easily access your gear anytime and anywhere.
Q: How do you clean your shooting area sack?
A: Here are different ways you can clean your shooting area sack, but take note that YMMV (your mileage may vary):
1. If your washing machine is big enough, you can run it on super delicate cycle and let it dry naturally.
2. Use a garden hose to wash away all of the debris and then let it air dry.
3. You can use a compressor to blow away all of the debris inside the sack.
4. Use a leaf blower to dry it if the weather is too cold.
5. Depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, you can try adding a bit of laundry detergent.
Q: What are the different kinds of target shooting guns?
A: The most common shooting area guns you can find are the following:
Shooting area gun
Type of gun
- great for its accuracy
- ideal for marksmanship practice
- great for adding a little kick
- great for beginners
- comfortable to hold
Winchester Super X Pump
- fun to shoot with
- a very well-known gun maker
- not expensive
- one of the best classics
- great for any shooting area
- great for tactical purposes
- also ideal for hunting
- not expensive
- very powerful
- found in high standard shooting areas
Q: Can you put drinks in a shooting area sack?
A: Yes, most shooting area sacks do have compartments in which you can store the drinks that you want to bring. Just make sure that your drinks are properly sealed so that they do not get exposed to the lead debris that may come from the guns you shoot.
Q: What are some dos and don'ts with target shooting?
A: Here are some dos and don’ts that you should remember when you are in a shooting area:
Be courteous to anyone
Don’t use magnum power handgun loads
Leave things as you find them
Don’t use center fire rifles on steel targets
Put paper targets in the center of the board
Don’t shoot flagpoles
Follow the shooting instructions
Don’t shoot rocks
Remove all your used targets
Do not move steel frame target boards
Inform staff of damaged shooting area gear
Don’t forget your eye and ear protection
Q: What are some important target shooting etiquette?
A: To make the target shooting experience good for everyone, here are some etiquette that you need to follow:
1. Point the gun in a safe direction.
2. Do not load the gun when not in use.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger when not in use.
4. Don’t fire at target frames, supports and posts.
5. Leave the shooting area as you find it, or better.
Q: Why is target shooting considered a sport for rich people?
A: Here are the different reasons why only rich countries can afford target shooting:
1. Targets (e.g. clay pigeons) are costly.
2. Electronic targets are even more expensive.
3. Firearms are expensive, and so is ammunition or ammo.
4. Licensing a gun is also expensive.
5. Renting a shooting area or being a member adds up to the expenses.
Q: What are some common beginner mistakes with target shooting?
A: The most common beginner’s shooting mistakes include the following:
1. Wrong trigger grip: the pull stroke should be balanced in both ways.
2. Flinching: practice getting used to recoil using dry-fire or ball and dummy techniques.
3. Not following through: maintain a good sight picture after each shot made.
4. Improper stance: fix your stance to get a good balance.
Q: Can teens get into target shooting?
A: Yes, the Olympics and many other shooting associations have started welcoming juniors or the youth or teenagers in the world of target shooting. This means that they can participate in such events, as long as they have proper training.
Q: Which country plays target shooting the most?
A: Most studies have claimed that since the United States are the best in terms of firearms and war weapons, they undeniably have the most players in the world in terms of target shooting and hunting, and handling guns in general – so much that gun laws have always been a controversy for them.
Wrapping It Up
As a whole, the REEBOW TACTICAL Duffle is our pick for the best range bag, due to the compartments for various hunting supplies, the 600-denier nylon fabric and the water resistant qualities. The lock style also keeps your gear as safe as possible. Having dividers to help organize your gear, we believe this is the duffle of all duffle bags for hunting.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.