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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?

I bet you are tired when you get.  How do you walk wit all that.

I think you bring more than me. Ask Kevin!

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.

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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