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  • I’m going to my first match in 1.5 weeks. What’s some not obvious gear y’all have found useful to have on hand?

     Neville updated 1 year ago 2 Members · 15 Posts
  • Neville

    Member
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    This can range from shooting equipment to some quality of life items. Thanks!

  • psalms1441

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Water, pen, small notebook, and small tool kit with allen keys for your gear.

    Edit: Since no one has mentioned it GOOD EAR PRO and if electric SPARE BATTERIES!!!!!

  • auzziesoceroo

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    On hand….a glove, maybe a watch.

    Anything more than that and your hand will be too bulky to lift

  • Mohavor

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    A towel

  • Skurploosh

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I’m also shooting my first match in a week and a half, and I haven’t had a chance to get shooting this year yet so I’m sure it’s going to go super well haha.

  • ShinraTM

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I have found a small backpack with some lightweight, but bulky gear stuffed in it to be very useful. Not sure about your shooting positions or rules, but in the long range matches I’ve been to, you can be timed from shooting point to shooting point in the same station. These shooting points could be off of the top of a big rock, so having a small backpack to throw on top of the rock and use as a shooting rest can really help you time and your hits.

  • PhlashMcDaniel

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    What are specific matches are you competing in?

  • Quant_Smart

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Bags- rear, a medium & big ass lite. Dope card holder (hand or rail mounted). Allen keys.

  • jakaalhide

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Something to carry a magazine. You can’t have a mag in your rifle when you’re not up, so you’ll end up carrying a loaded mag around most the time. It gets annoying to devote a whole pocket to a magazine. If you don’t have a mag pouch, consider taking a fanny pack. I use the one made by u/rybe390.

  • hKemmler

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Sudafed

  • BMSMB

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I shot my first match a few weeks ago… the biggest thing for me was not having binoculars. There was a sea of steel, and I needed to identify which few targets to shoot before hand.

    Beyond that, I brought some thick white painters tape to write my dope on, and was taping it to my sweater. It worked well until it got warm. The tape didn’t stick well to the sweat and sunscreen. Look into getting an arm commander if you don’t have one.

  • Cooper0313

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I’d probably bring a rifle…

  • thebubbybear

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Some nice non-shooting things to have in a backpack are proper attire (light rain jacket, wind breaker, or a light fleece), sunscreen/chap stick/bug spray, and water/snacks. They can make you more comfortable when you are outside for +8 hours, which may improve your shooting just by virtue of being in a better mood. Seems obvious, but some people forget.

  • silvab

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Make sure you have some way to look downrange that isn’t stuck to your rifle. Binos or spotting scope, tripod recommended but not needed with binos

  • ablnx

    Guest
    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Water bottle or something to put water in, and probably something for some electrolytes. Make sure you can carry all of your gear potentially up a big hill, I’ve found a sling to help a lot for lugging my match rifle around. It comes off for shooting and goes back on for long walks. Usually someone in the squad will have one of the specific bags for weird barricades and will share it with the whole squad so don’t worry about esoteric gear as much.
    Definitely know your dope and have something to read it off of when you’re actually shooting.

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