Lightning Review: 5.11 Range Ready Bag – Good to Go

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There are range “bags” that are designed to hold gear and then there are “range bags” that beg to be hauled and mauled. The 5.11 Range Ready Bag is the latter, now having stood up to my grueling usage for over six months with nary an issue. So what makes it so good?

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Note: The review is over a personally owned bag purchased by my wife as a Christmas gift. It has been used for any and all shooting trips since then. As a writer and 3-gun shooter, I go to the range often with an eclectic mix of tools and lots of ammunition. 

Simply put, the bag is well made. Yes, its made overseas, but someone took the time to choose good materials and more importantly to sew the thing  with enough of good thread to keep it together. While I have not weighed my typical load, it has easily carried over 50 lbs of guns and gear without snapping, ripping or tearing. My previous range bag (a repurposed Tumi bag), was utterly destroyed under similar conditions.

The bag itself is a system of three components:

  1. The main outer shell w/ 18″ x 10″ x 9″ main compartment
  2. Removable 16″ x 7″ x 6″ insert
  3. Mesh brass holder
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The main compartment opened up with the ammo tote inset. You can see the side pouches easily.

The main compartment is accessed through a dual-zipper top flap revealing open space with two vertical storage spaces running parallel. On the end of the bag is a large GP pouch and on the mirror end is a skinnier pouch with a bottle holder (great for 4 oz. CLP). The sides of the bag are either two equal-sized GP pouches and a purpose-built magazine pouch running the entire length of the bag. The magazine pouch can hold 8 double-stack magazines or 20 single-stacks (some can fit three).

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The main compartment with the two vertical storage spaces visible. I put targets in the bottom of my bag.

Between the pouches, I am able to keep my entire range kit nice and organized. Contained within is enough supplies for three people to shoot with glasses and electronic ears and ammunition for the hungry guns. Despite the constant usage, the bag has not worn, torn, or otherwise failed.

Fully Loaded, I have at least the following it:

  1. 50x 8 1/2″ x 11″ Targets
  2. 200 12 Gauge Shells
  3. 500 Pistol Rounds
  4. 200 Rifle Rounds
  5. 2 Sets of Electronic Hearing Muffs & Disposable “Softies”
  6. 4 Sets of Shooting Glasses
  7. LULA Loaders for Pistols & Rifles
  8. CLP
  9. Clearning Kit
  10. Unjamming Rod
  11. 8x Extra Pistol Magazines
  12. Staple-Gun w/ Staples
  13. Knee Pad
  14. Gloves
  15. Water
  16. etc.

The 5.11 Range Ready Bag is listed for a retail of $109.99 with samples available through major online retailers ranging from $100-145. The bag is also available in “Sandstone” Tan. My wife found mine on special with a 5.11 pistol bag for under $75 during the Holidays. You may be able to find similar layout bags black-labeled. Members of my 3-gun team have copies of the bag made by either Midway (which has ripped) and Brownell’s (which has survived so far).

The 5.11 Range Ready Bag is a good buy. It hauls everything you ask it to without issue and has a convenient layout designed for shooters. I love mine, but I really wish she found it in Tan. As a Marine, I dislike black!

OVERVIEW:

  • Highly functional pistol range bag
  • Segregated, padded storage for multiple pistols
  • Drop-down front flap stores 8 magazines
  • Removable ammo and brass totes
  • Integrated hydration storage
  • Accessory pockets sized for optics and ear protection
  • Reinforced grab-and-go handles

 SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Durable, all-weather 600D polyester
  • Range bag measures 10” H x 21” L x 14” D
  • Removable padded shoulder strap
  • YKK® zipper hardware
  • hook and loop fastener grab handle unifier

Gallery: Note- The bag was not fully loaded during the photo session. The pictures were taken at the end of a range day. 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Bruce

    I dunno who makes these bags, but they are the same no matter who’s name is embroidered on the side. Mine says Midway. Wanna make a million dollars? Make the interior yellow so you can actually see things in there.

  • firedigger

    How about a tourniquet and a couple of IBDs?

  • DrewN

    5.11 gets a lot of crap for their ‘wannabe’ factor, but the couple of things I own by them are pretty well made and durable. The Tac Light boots are awesome for outdoor work here in SoCal, as light as sneakers, well ventilated and comfy. I don’t get alot of use out of their messenger bag, but that’s because I usually need much less than it carries or much more. If I ever carried a laptop it would probably see alot more use.

  • spencer60

    As mentioned, this is one of the most rebranded bags out there, but also one of the best.

    I’m on my second one and the only fault I really have with it is the flimsy way the zipper pull loops are secured. One end or the other always pulls free, leaving you to constantly re-knot them on the zipper.

    Eventually the other end will pull free, and then you will have to move the zipper without the pull at all, or dig up another piece of string to use instead.

    Actually, there is one more fault… they are so big, with so much room inside, you end up packing everything and the kitchen sink into them.

    • hkryan

      And then they weigh a ton! Now I separate the ammo out into its own can so the range bag is easier to lug around.

  • MrPotatoHead

    The 5.11 Range Ready Bag is NOT the same as the Midway bag. They look the same and the pattern is almost identical, but they are not the same bag re-branded. The materials in the 5.11 bag are more robust, the seams are better sewn, and the size is actually different. Both the 5.11 and Midway bags are direct copies of the Shooters Connection range bag. The difference there is the SC bag is made in the USA with better materials. SC bag costs more, but that’s the price for buying domestic.

    I own all three. They are not the same.

    • I’ve used my Midway bag A WHOLE LOT for several years. Besides being a little dirty, it’s as good as new. The Shooters Connection bag must be amazing.

      • hkryan

        Agree, mine’s held up well too. I do feel bad about the foreign-made copycat thing… but not bad enough.

    • DOGG

      When I was shopping for range bags I couldn’t decide between the one from 5.11, the one from Midway, or the one from Allen. To settle it I went so far as to order all three and compare them. When they arrived, ALL were the exact same design and layout, but that is where the similarities ended. After inspecting and seeing them all up close, the Allen was the clear winner. I would encourage anyone who is looking at this design, which by the way is very efficient, to look at the model from Allen.

      Oh and by the way, Allen, made right here in the good old USA.

  • Connor Stephens

    I couldn’t agree more — 5.11 Tactical is a premier brand and I use them exclusively for additional range bags. You did a nice job really outlining the bag and taking great pictures. It really shows off the bags storage and usability. http://www.bestrangebag.com/5-11-tactical-range-ready-bag-and-tactical-patrol-ready-review/