If you’re a gun enthusiast, you know that there are certain supplies you need when going shooting. Not only do you need the proper firearms and ammunition, but you also need gear to protect yourself and your equipment. Here are essential supplies that every shooter should have with them at all times.
A Good First-Aid Kit
You never know what kind of accidents may happen when shooting, so it’s important to have a first-aid kit with you. Some examples would include various cuts or bruises that could occur from falling or ricocheting bullets, heat exhaustion if you’ve been hunting in the sun and possible hearing damage from how loud your gun is when it goes off.
The kit should include gauze and bandages to clean up wounds, antibacterial ointment, and antibiotic creams like Neosporin or Bactroban for treating cuts and scrapes. It should also have dressing pads for covering wounds, adhesive tape to cover the bandage if desired, and tweezers if you get debris stuck in your skin. Have a first-aid kit on hand at all times if you’re going to be shooting.
When going shooting, it’s always best to bring extra ammo with you. This is especially true if you’re going to be gone for several hours. Standard 9 mm rounds are the most popular and widely used bullets in handguns and semi-automatic weapons like rifles and machine guns. With that said, it may be a good idea to bring along 250 rounds 9mm ammo box with you when shooting.
Targets and Stand
Bringing along your targets is a good idea because it ensures you have something to shoot at all times, so you don’t waste any valuable time trying to find the right target. Targets are made out of paper, but metal, self-healing, breakable, and pull-tab targets are also available. You can also make your paper targets using printables online for free.
You can’t just set up your target on the ground because it’ll get destroyed by bullets after just one shot. To prevent this, it’s wise to invest in some steel, or wooden target stands to hold your targets up. It may be a good idea to bring along five to ten stands with you, depending on how many people are shooting simultaneously.
It’s a good idea to wear ear protection when going shooting because guns produce extremely loud sounds that can damage your hearing in the long run. There are headphones and earmuffs you can use when going shooting. Either option is suitable, but it’s recommended to get both if possible since they’re not the same thing.
When going shooting, it’s essential to have all of the supplies mentioned above with you at all times. You never know when an accident may occur while handling a firearm. This is why it’s important to be prepared for any scenario that may arise. Keep the first-aid kit and other supplies in your car if you’re planning on taking a long trip to the shooting range.