Hera’s staff essential gear recommendations for a successful range day

As summer heats up, it’s the perfect time to head out to the range and hone your shooting skills. Whether you’re a seasoned marksman or a beginner, ensuring you have the right gear can make all the difference in your shooting experience. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the 15 essentials you’ll need for a successful and enjoyable summer range day. Seeing that Hera has a keen focus on rifles, most of these tips and product recommendations will be relevant to the AR-15 platform.

The Basics

  1. Firearms: Your choice of firearms is obviously the cornerstone of your range day. Make sure before you head out you ensure that each weapon is in good working order.Weapons can be quite expensive, but it’s crucial to invest in the rest of your gear to maximize your shooting experience and range days.
  2. Ammo: Bring plenty of ammunition, considering both the quantity and type suitable for your firearms.
  3. Magazines: Extra magazines will keep your shooting session smooth and uninterrupted. At Hera, we usually bring at least three magazines to save time. If you’re shooting with an AR feeding system choose amongst our collection of magazines (keep in mind your state’s round restrictions).
  4. Targets: Pack a variety of targets to keep things interesting and challenging.

Advanced Gear

  1. Cleaning Kit: Keep your firearms in top condition with a reliable cleaning kit. Regular maintenance ensures performance and longevity. Make sure that your kit also includes lubricant.
  2. Multi-Tool: A versatile multi-tool can be a lifesaver for minor repairs and adjustments.
  3. Laser Range Finder (LRF): Essential for long-range shooting, a good LRF helps you accurately gauge distances so you can keep pushing your personal best. We also advise keeping a notebook to record your progress.
  4. Heavy Duty Rifle Bag: Protect your valuable firearms with a durable, padded rifle bag. This is where Hera’s all new Hera Gear collection comes in; introducing our 42″ and 33″ soft rifle cases. Our rifle cases are suitable for any range day with its heavy duty waterproof nylon, secure zippers. Hera rifle cases have sufficient space and padding to carry all of your range day essentials. Shop here.
  5. Optics: Quality optics, such as scopes and red dot sights, can significantly improve your accuracy.

Comfort and Safety

  1. Shooting Bag & Gun Mat: A shooting bag provides stability for precision shots, while a gun mat offers comfort and protection when shooting prone.
  2. Binoculars: Spot distant targets and observe your hits with a pair of high-quality binoculars.
  3. Masking Tape: Handy for patching up targets and marking shot groups.
  4. Ear Protection: Protect your hearing with earmuffs or earplugs. This is a non-negotiable safety item.
  5. First Aid Kit: Be prepared for minor injuries with a well-stocked first aid kit.
  6. Eye Protection: Safety glasses are crucial to protect against ricochets and debris.
  7. Sunscreen: Protect against skin damage with a high SPF sunscreen, especially during long hours outdoors. Tip: choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and reapply at least every two hours.
  8. Hydration: Protect your health: stay hydrated to maintain focus and avoid overheating. Bring plenty of water or sports drinks with electrolytes.

Preparation is Key

Before you head out, use this guide as a checklist to ensure you have everything you need. As you know, nothing is more irritating than driving long distances to the range and being ill prepared. It’s important to invest in your gear; being well-prepared will enhance your experience and allow you to focus on improving your skills and enjoying your time at the range.

Whether you’re planning a solo trip or a day out with friends, having the right gear can turn a good range day into a great one. Let us know if there’s anything that we’ve missed on this list. Happy shooting!