What We DON’T See in Peoples Range and Bug-Out Bags!

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I climb upon my soap box” and scream “ENOUGH!” We don’t see enough, but can we have “enough?”

What we do not see in Range Bags: tools, the right tools for the weapons and mechanical items contained therein (site adjustment tool, break-down kits, D.O.P.E Cards – Not that kind of Dope, Data On Personal Equipment cards!). All these tools and a cleaning kit . Planning on what people are going to the range for other than pushing rounds down range (which is fine if that is all they are planning). I see people trying to sight in weapons with no dope sheets or without the instruction on the sight; people running different grain rounds within a magazine, or even different grains in different magazines when they are scoping in a weapon. No First aid kit. My last three trips to the range and I saw no one with a first aid kit, with 50 shooting positions occupied (Saturday mornings).


I see this because I abhor inefficiency, so like the person who is annoyed by a barking dog because they are not a dog person, I am annoyed by inefficiency. Don’t get me wrong, I love pushing things down range just because, once the sights and all else are working. And I love dogs, not so much cats as they are natures definition of inefficiency, but that is an opinion based on my personal preferences 😉 BTW, the “just because” has a purpose because practice makes better (only in the movies does it make perfect.) Bottom line, goals are important and planning is always rewarded.


When do most injuries occur because of a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake? The first 24 hours after the storm. Why? Because we prepare for “the storm” more than “the aftermath” which is always longer and has many more components to it. Looters, downed power lines, animals, ruptured utility systems, broken infrastructure, uncontrolled fires, contaminated supplies, panic, no information, no situation awareness. In earthquake California, we build houses on mountainsides held up with stilts, you know, the ones you see on the news sliding down a hill side in a rain storm that would be considered “high humidity” in most other parts of the country. In New Orleans, we build houses across from dikes almost 30 feet high, making the homes 30 feet below sea level, in a hurricane zone, in what was once a swamp. Yes, I understand all the economic and political considerations compounded by population density, and on and on, but still.

Bug-Out Bags: Enough, we never see “enough” bug out gear – enough water, MEDICAL supplies, food and clothes and ammo. Since you don’t know the duration of the emergency only common sense and personal experience of your needs can be applied to solve this, your SWAG (Scientific Wild-Assed Guess.) Tools to support what you did bring; tools to help you live for the x days if the rule of law fades or disappears. PLANS, a purpose, a destination, an alternate and a way back. A portable Ham Radio, rechargeable batteries and rechargers and a solar way to recharge them, flashlights, more than one knife, a saw, a shovel, paracord, alternative shelter, foul-weather gear, water purification, a second good medical kit . I know, it is starting to sound like a fully stocked motor home may be too small to carry everything. Reality is that may be true, so we plan, project and hope.

You know mobile phones are only “cellular” to the nearest cell tower, right? While some of these may use microwave to further transmit the signal, it is good for one or two hops before the call is routed through existing land-lines. Not knowing things such as this may kill you, end your plans or just push you further down the food chain, none of which is a plus.

There are articles ad nauseum as to how many millions of rounds of ammo you MUST have, how many millions of gallons of potable water, and just about everything else. I do not dispute any of them but propose that having a staged plan helps us all with these. For a range and bug-out bag (these should be a matched-set and never far apart, like you and your dog when you are cooking in the kitchen.) I carry 3-days’ worth of supplies. I also have my 3-days “past due” plan – where I go on day three and what I stockpiled there. If I am home and home is safe still, fine. But everyone should have an alternative location planned, restock their matched-luggage set and be ready to move out again if required.

As I put the final edits on this post sabers are rattling around the world, some very big ones, so keep those bags close as the view from the soap box can be scary at times. Climbing down now.


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A former rocket scientist (really) who has traveled the world, father, freedom lover, hates to stay indoors, and loves wild places, people and things. PC challenged, irreverent but always relevant and always looking to learn new things.

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Jeff McCann
Good advice. I’ve been a paramedic for decades and I am also a federal disaster responder who has been deployed to many disasters (9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Haiti earthquake, etc.) As a result, I have also been a longtime prepper. I have a GSW-subkit in my larger medical bag that slides right out and into my range bag when I go shooting. It is based on the recommendations of tbe Tactical Combat Casualty Care cirriculum. It contains 2 large chest seals, 2 tourniquits, 2 trauma/compression dressings, 1 thoracotomy needle, 1 nasopharyngeal airway, and related items like scissors, gloves, etc. However, if… Read more »
Live Your Faith

The fact is, just because you think something’s a good idea, doesn’t mean everyone should agree with you.
If you think they should, that’s the very definition of leftism/liberalism.
Leave people alone.

I don’t need dope cards if I go to the range. My AR has a 50/200 zero. I know out to 300 yards I have a 7.5″ deviation. 50 is dead on, 100 1.5″ high 200 dead on and 300 6″ low. I put the red dot on the neck at any range and I’m going to get a lethal hit. No dope cards needed. However if I’m shooting a bolt gun in .338 lapua mag out to 1000+ yards then dope becomes important. In terms of buyout bags, how much stuff do you want to carry? Water, clothes and… Read more »

Carrying ammo in boxes is dumb. It’s akin to carrying your pistol in its original case stuffed in your pack.

And we need to switch back to disqus. This new commentary format sucks. If my post gets to the point the post comment icon disappears, I can’t post my comment. Unless I delete sentences until the icon comes back up.

R. Ann

I miss the notifications so you can respond to somebody even if it’s been a while and the thread is off your radar. Some hit spam/junk or never showed up, but by and large it was nice.
I guess if I’d never run into it, I wouldn’t miss it now. And, hey, no Russian escorts have propositioned me for a while, so that’s nice. 🙂

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Cheers! – Rebecca Ann


Thanks Rebecca!


Consider educating yourself about cats. Cats have been an efficient aide for humankind for thousands of years. Gonna have enough mouse repellent in your bugout bag for your food stockpiles? HAHAHAHAHAAA!!! GOOOD LUCK! A little HANTA in your corn? Yummy. Wise up.