Ready for a day at the range? Going through your head: Ammo, guns, AR500 steel targets, bad ass attitude. You think you have everything until you are at the range and find the one thing you need is what you are missing. So Instead of forgetting, here is a list of the top eight items you do not want to forget!
- Protective Eyewear- For safety purposes this is one of the most important things to bring. When going out to shoot it is important to always keep safety as first priority, protective eye wear serves as a guard from gun shrapnel. After all, new eyes are hard to find.
- Ear Protection- The average gunshot can reach about 140 Db (decibels) louder than a jet engine. Imagine if a jet plane was by your ears, wouldn’t want to have some sort of protection? Why should shooting be any different? Ear protection is important because of the permanent damage it can cause. What happens is your ear collects sound waves and these waves enter the ear canal traveling toward the eardrum. When the sound is excessively loud, the sound waves contain a lot of force. The force of the waves can dislodge the tiny bones of your middle ear. Keep your ears safe from irreversible damage and make sure to wear your ear protection!
- Clothes- Obviously very important to wear because who wants to go to the range naked? Maybe after a few beers… but let’s start off with wearing some shall we? To clarify no drinking until after you are done shooting;)! Jokes aside, the clothes you wear to the range are important. For the range, you will want comfortable and breathable garments to suit any weather that may roll in. (Also, wearing long sleeves and pants can protect you from any gun shrapnel that may hit you.)
- Sunscreen- When you are going to an outdoor range you will want to have some sunscreen handy. Providing yourself protection from the sun is important due to the harsh rays of the sun. The skin’s thin layer can often get burnt or even blister. To make sure you do not get sun poisoning, wear long sleeves and do not forget to pack a hat! Nothing is worse than getting home after a long day and being so burnt you feel like a lobster… A sunscreen that I would highly recommend is Sun Bum. It is a super light sunscreen but heavy on protection, plus you get to smell like vacation. I mean who doesn’t want that? After all, the range is a pretty good vacation spot if you ask me.
- Water- Often, we as humans forget that we need to drink water, yet dehydration can make us feel tired, irritable, or even sick. When the brain doesn’t have enough fluid, it cannot operate at peak performance. Staying hydrated is an easy way to help improve your concentration on the range allowing for more accuracy and fun!
- Dry Silicone Spray- Another good item to bring to the range would have to be a dry silicone spray, for its versatility alone makes it quite a lifesaver. Say your target is not swinging as smoothly as it once used to, just adding some spray helps reactive AR500 steel targets swing freely!
- Ample ammunition- Always bring more ammunition than you think. Bringing more ammo will never hurt… well, maybe your wallet but come on, we all know you want to shoot more, so do yourself a favor and pack some extra rounds just in case. Think, you can stay at the range and practice as much as you like or maybe you bump into a buddy at the range and you want to shoot a few more rounds off, now it doesn’t matter because you have all that extra ammunition!
- AR500 Targets- Last but not least, bringing good quality steel targets is a must. A quality AR500 target makes the difference, whether it’s how many hits it can take or even how it deflects the shrapnel from the shooter. Comparatively, the stands for the targets are just as important. Considering they can tip over or hold the target at the wrong angle can result in injury, it is best to buy a sturdy and reliable stand for your Ar500 steel targets. You can find a great selection on our website
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