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A Day at the Range – Part One; Tactical Bag, Magazines, Speed Loaders, Rounds & More

You’re planning a day at the range. You’re going to sharpen your skills using let’s say a Glock 19 in 9mm and a 4 inch S&W 686. You have a good range bag, so what are you going to take with you? Most police agencies have their people packing at least three magazines, two in the belt and one in the gun. Another aspect is the state you are living in. If your state limits you to ten round magazines you may want to invest in a total of four. Many for range purposes may have up to six or more magazines.

Glock or Other Speed Loader

Then there is that ‘wheel gun’. Let us say you have 7 round version and appropriate speed loaders. How, many? You should have at least four speed loaders for 28 rounds to go. Now if that gun was say a 5 shot 682 Airweight. It holds five, so with four speed loaders you have twenty shots. Revolvers because of their construction are limited in compacity. The same restrictions are faced by the 1911 user because of the maximum 8 rounds in that straight stack stick magazine. That is why compact semi-autos are the favorite of the concealed carry crowd. But some of us also appreciate the reliability of the revolver.

Practice Rounds

Of course, you are going to go through in a box or two of practice rounds. For the auto this usually dictates ball ammo, hopefully close to the bullet weight and velocity. In California you may have to use sintered frangible bullets or solid copper or some other non-lead option. Most of us carry something in line with a hollow point defensive round that probably will cost more per round than some surplus 9mm balls. Too expensive to practice with, only police departments shoot duty ammo, as they can then rotate to fresh ammo increasing reliability and the shooter does not have to compensate for a different point in aim aiding the effectiveness of range training. Most of us can’t afford to do that. The revolver ammo will be something close to what we carry. That five shot will probably be loaded with 125-grain jacketed hollow points loaded to +P pressure. But for practice, being the pragmatic sort, we shoot standard velocity 38 Special with probably a lead semi-wadcutter of 158-grains. The reality of personal combat is that it rarely occurs beyond 30 feet, so the point of aim is not that far between the practice and your carry ammo. The handgun is not a precision weapon, it doesn’t have to be unless your shooting competitively. Your 686 in probably loaded with 125 – 158-grain bullet, .357 Magnums. In those states prohibiting lead, you will be using an alternative. Sintered, compressed metal fragments don’t ricochet and generally being iron present little or no health hazard. Regardless of choice you may have resort to some exotic bullet construction to dodge the ‘no lead’ rule. Most ammo, both rifle and sidearm are loaded with solid copper projectiles.

Shooting Range Design & Construction

Now that we have gotten the ammo sorted out, what next is in that bag? Safety equipment which we delve into in Part 2. The principal element in the design and construction of every shooting range product designed and built by Shooting Range Industries is shooting safety. Our shooting ranges feature bullet traps, shooting stalls, HVAC, metal fabrication, target retrieval systems, ceiling guards and more. Contact us to learn more today!

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