I’ve never found any dedicated range bags that seem to really address my needs. All of the ones I’ve tried seem to be a variation on the gym bag style, and not offer a lot of additional functionality. Consequently, I wind up just using a large, heavy duty duffel rather than any of the special bags on the market.
However, I was recently introduced to the Hackett Equipment Range Bag, and I am intrigued. Instead of being just another duffel with extra pockets, this is a backpack that appears to have some real thought put into its design.
First off, I like the idea of a backpack since it leaves both hands available to carry other gear from the car to the bench. But, I’ve not used typical backpacks simply because I like the ability to open up a duffel and have access to everything at once. It appears the Hackett Equipment Range Bag solves this issue as it unzips all the way down the sides and allows the pack to be completely opened on the bench.
Inside, there are a plethora of pouches and compartments designed to hold all of your gear. Four pistol pouches are standard, as is a divider that holds paper targets and a wealth of pouches that hold magazines, tools and ammo.
The backpacks are black and are made of 900D polyester. The bags are fairly plain looking meaning they are low profile and do not scream mall ninja. The main compartments are lockable. For $99.99, the bags are reasonably priced when matched up against some of the other quality bags on the market. I know I’ve paid more for several of my Maxpedition bags that are similarly sized.