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Typically, many people do not put a lot of thought into picking a gun case and even ask do I need a handgun case? They often think and say, any old bag will do — which is somewhat true.
However, for those who like to look at all of our options and consider the possibilities, we have come up with three things to consider.
These three things are arguably the most important when considering what pistol bag to purchase:
1. Miscellaneous Items
What do you carry? What do you use at the range? This will vary from person to person, but here are a few items to consider when purchasing a handgun case.
- Eye Protection
- Hearing Protection
- Cleaning supplies
- Ballistic Meter
- Range Passes
- Gun Holsters/Magazine Holders
All of these items play a part in picking the best pistol bag for you. After using our pistol range bag for a long period of time, I’ve noticed that these particular items tend to take up more room than I originally realized.
It sounds silly, but it matters what gun(s) you plan to carry in your handgun case. If you’re shooting a full-size 1911, it will take up a more considerable amount of room in your gun bag than a compact Glock.
So you may want to consider purchasing or taking a large pistol bag with you to accommodate the larger gun and additional gear.
Also, the number of magazines you plan to carry to the range is considered. The more magazines you plan to carry, the more room you will need. If you are like me and don’t mind just throwing your magazines in a pocket, this isn’t as big of a deal.
But if you are like my pal, Ron, and must be organized, you’ll need to use the magazine holders and consider that when purchasing your range bag.
Pretty obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people forget how much space a box of ammo takes up. If you’re running multiple handgun calibers, then the amount of ammo you will be carrying will increase.
I have often used an entire bag to carry just my ammo to the range, so consider how much ammo you typically carry to the range and how many calibers.
How you plan to carry your ammo may determine what range bag you need to purchase. Without ammo, the range is going to be a very dull place.
Now it’s time to get your handgun case!
I hope we’ve made selecting the right range bag or rifle case for you a little easier. This isn’t an exhaustive list and we will continue to update this list as we get more feedback from our customers and readers.
But for starters, try considering the above three items the next time you are in the market for a handgun case. If you need to learn more about handgun bags and cases, read our guide.