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Range Kit
« on: May 24, 2019, 02:41:10 PM »
Every air gunner, or so it seems, has a range kit, emergency kit, call it what you may. In that kit is everything you should need in case something breaks. But does it? Let me share with you what’s in mine, but allow me to digress for a moment.

I always wear my bright orange safety vest (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X3SX7XT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I really shouldn’t need a safety vest at the range, but on two occasions over the years, I did! (I’ll save those stories for a later time) In the pockets of the vest are an anemometer (wind speed measurer), a laser range finder, varmint caller (blow through type), my hunting license, a range card, and most importantly, a small supply of pellets. These items need to be refreshed occasionally, hence the range kit.

My range finder and anemometer both use uncommon battery types (CR123 & 2032), so the local convenience store isn’t going to have them. So spare batteries for these devices, plus a battery extender (USB type) for my cellphone are included.

Most state game laws do not require you to have a hunting license to shoot varmints and unprotected species. But over the years, it has proven to be a valuable (and obvious) asset, when dealing with F&G personnel. Further, my license has a current-year habitat stamp, which allows me to be on state trust lands. Without it, the fine would be nearly 10 times the price of the stamp! In the same pocket as the license, are copies of my permission letters; a state of New Mexico requirement.

I usually carry two spare (350 count) tins of pellets. In my case, that’s 25.39 grain, JSB Exacts, in .25 caliber, the only ones I shoot in the field. Incidentally, I use a single load tray (I carry a spare one too) rather than a magazine (personal preference). I do carry a couple of loaded magazines, just in case.

When it comes to tools, I have every Allen wrench needed, even those minuscule ones for the trigger adjustments. And, the proverbial small crescent wrench, requisite screwdrivers, and a curlycue pick! If you’ve ever lost a breach o-ring, you’ll know what that pick is for. And speaking of o-rings, I carry two complete sets, save for the valve assembly. If the valve dies, that’s pretty much a bench job anyway.

If I’m leaving town, I take whichever tank (big or little) I think I’ll need. I take a cleaning rod too, although I’ve never needed to use it. I have o-rings for the requisite Foster fittings as well. And just in case you’re interested, a .25 caliber, Marauder breach o-ring is an exact replacement for the Foster female fitting.

Since Summer is coming, sunscreen, DEET (insect repellent), spare sunglasses, and lots of bottled water are added to the kit.

I’m sure I’ve left something out you might need. Like an AR-10 stock wrench, extra large Allen wrench for the hammer spring adjustment, scope levels, a few pairs of disposable gloves, plastic bags, and whatever personal hygiene items you might require. But I won’t leave out a few, rather important items, especially in hot weather!

I carry a spare 3.0k, 3.5k, and 5.0k pressure relief fittings, and the correct wrench to service them (3/8 closed end). I even carry spare ones for both my high-pressure tanks. And just recently I added a 12 volt, PCP compressor. Will you need all of these things? Maybe not, but you just never know, do you?



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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 05:37:32 PM »
I bet you are tired when you get.  How do you walk wit all that.
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2019, 07:43:05 PM »
I think you bring more than me. Ask Kevin!
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2019, 01:28:11 AM »
Some basic hand tools.
Some O-rings for DIN connector fosters and probe.
Dental hook.
Bubble level.
Torc wrench for mounts.
Cleaning rod.
Spare fill hose.
And thats it i suppose.
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2019, 04:11:47 AM »
My range kit stays in my vehicle, unless I need it. The vest I wear, weighs in about about one pound, but the WAR Cobra is almost 10 pounds! Yet, my typical day at the ranch, amounts to ±1.5 miles of walking! I think that's a good thing as it keeps me healthy.
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I have a Hill EC-3000 compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your tank as a courtesy (4,250 PSI limit).

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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2019, 07:28:55 AM »
A couple of extra bullets in pocket, protein bar, toilet paper, hunting regulations (for reading while 'prepping' for toilet paper use) lighter for burning used toilet paper, and more toilet paper for use about 30 minutes later when you realize that you should have spent a couple of extra moments during the first session.

All other equipment options are luxury items.
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2019, 08:57:21 AM »
I once knew a guy, who did as you do. The last time out, he couldn't find a suitable spot, so he sort of squated. Unfortunately, that innocent looking bit of shrubbery wasn't just ivy!
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I have a Hill EC-3000 compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your tank as a courtesy (4,250 PSI limit).

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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2019, 10:05:20 AM »
Okay, I’ll play.

The Kit:
Born Wild Shooting Chair (totally addicted)
First Aid Kit in Truck
Cleaning Rod and supplies
5 gallon bucket filled with rubber mulch and target stapled to lid
Suitcase of big bore bullets
3 - SCBA bottles with hoses and one regulator
Rangefinder
Binoculars
Chrony and tripod
Adjustable wrench
Allen wrenches
Screwdrivers
Ballistol or one shot spray
Silicone cloth
Staples
Stapler
Pen, paper
9 volt battery
Hat, fleece, rags, cotton gloves
Silicone for bullet lube
And a bunch of airguns
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2019, 10:46:43 AM »
I once knew a guy, who did as you do. The last time out, he couldn't find a suitable spot, so he sort of squated. Unfortunately, that innocent looking bit of shrubbery wasn't just ivy!

At least it wasn't fire ants.
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2019, 10:22:01 PM »
Hmmm..Steve's stapler. I want to take that evil little piece of $#!t and throw it the creek next time I see it.
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2019, 04:52:39 AM »
Allow me to give you a hind about attaching targets. But first a question... Why does everyone use a stapler? Don't answer that!

I use roofing felt nails (see photo), and a one pound box is under $10. It should be glaringly evident that they hold the target more firmly. You can even use them as the target, if you run out of paper! The only thing else you need is a small hammer, or a rock.

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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2019, 07:41:37 AM »
Not sure that’s a good idea Alan.

Kevin is dangerous with a stapler, and bleeds like crazy when he staples himself with one. And oh the language! I blush recalling the last episode. 

I can only imagine the mangled fingers if I were to hand him a box of roofing nails and a hammer or rock!
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2019, 10:35:09 AM »
Allow me to give you a hind about attaching targets. But first a question... Why does everyone use a stapler? Don't answer that!

I use roofing felt nails (see photo), and a one pound box is under $10. It should be glaringly evident that they hold the target more firmly. You can even use them as the target, if you run out of paper! The only thing else you need is a small hammer, or a rock.

Alan you sure that won't attract something from the project  :D
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2019, 11:10:37 AM »
Allow me to give you a hind about attaching targets. But first a question... Why does everyone use a stapler? Don't answer that!

I use roofing felt nails (see photo), and a one pound box is under $10. It should be glaringly evident that they hold the target more firmly. You can even use them as the target, if you run out of paper! The only thing else you need is a small hammer, or a rock.


@ the 60 yard indoor range we had a guy using a thumbnail on everly corner off his paper target.
After the lane was cleared.
First thing to do, shooting the top thumbnails trough his target 😂

We used tape 😇
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Re: Range Kit
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2019, 03:53:51 PM »
That's hilarious!

Speaking of targets, I had some old 10" continuous rim tile blades that are worn out. I kept looking at them and the little arbor hole thinking that they would make a good target. Steve had given me a board with holes bored in the top to place 'sidewalk chalk' in. Cool target as they 'puff' colors when hit. Anyway, I took a piece of 3/4" PVC and glued it to the back of the blade just above the arbor. An unneeded allen wrench was glued at the side/junction between the PVC and the blade and acts as a 'rest'. Dropped a piece of the chalk into the tube and Voila! I have a self loading active target. When I miss the center hole at 50 yards it gives a metallic ring and when the pellet goes through the arbor there's a 'whack' and a puff of colored chalk dust, Gravity self feeds more chalk as needed. First version is getting pretty dented up; may try hanging two blades together so the money blade on the back side stays straight.
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