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What to bring to range day

What to bring to range day

So, you have decided to go to the range, by yourself or maybe with your family or friends… and the question of what you need to prepare for the day is asked.

When it comes to the range a few questions may come to mind, weather, indoor, outdoor, ammo restrictions and equipment. All are good questions and need to be thought of.

  • Location of the Range:

If the range you are visiting has a website, visit the site as they will have a list and/or brief description of what is allowed at their range from start to finish. If the range does not have a website call them and worst comes to worst visit the old google or yelp for helpful information. (Don’t trust everything you read on the internet)

The bare minimum you will need for the range typically is…. yourself! Again, calling the range or looking up the policies is the smartest thing to do.

Most ranges have eyes and ears to rent while you are in the range. Eye protection and Ear muffs are a MUST. Depending on the range and state you reside in you will be asked for 1 or all Government Issued Identification, the range operator will keep your ID while you are in the range and/or if you are renting their firearms.

If you are bringing your own firearms make sure its locked properly as they may not let you inside the establishment if it is not.

  • Lube:

It’s always good to lube your rifle or pistol before the range.

  • Ammo:

Double check with the range to see what is or isn’t allowed at the range. Some ranges will not allow reloads, aluminum, bird shot, steel core and other ammo. The range typically has ammo for sale in case the ammo you have is not allowed.

  • Firearms:

Most ranges have firearms for rent when you rent a lane. This is the fun part, try them ALL. You never know what you like or do not like if you do not try it. Most of all have FUN!

  • Multitool:

It is always a good decision to bring some sort of multitool. Just in case something becomes loose or unscrews itself. That way you have the means to tighten it to your liking.

  • Shooting Bags:

Shooting bags are a great addition to any range day. They offer the shooter the ability to rest the rifle without using a bipod. They usually weight about 5-10 LBS. So as long as you are not traveling far, they are a great addition.

This, in short is what you may need at the range. Always do your research to see what that particular range allows and will require. Ladies – I would advise close toed shoes, a shirt that does not have a low cut as the shells can make their way down your shirt and they are hot as HELL!

The different types of firearms coatings

The different types of firearms coatings

These days, gun owners have various coating options, ranging from bluing to Cerakote to Parkerizing. Each of these coating options has its own unique properties and benefits. The process of choosing the right type of coating depends on many factors. Decide the amount of money you are willing to spend on the firearm coating. Other factors include the quality of the piece and the expected environment in which you will be using your firearm. Each type of firearm coating is qualified for some specific applications. You’ll find differences in each one of them on their levels of effectiveness, corrosion protection, longevity, and durability.

In this article.

1. Gun Bluing: It is also known as steel bluing; it is a process by which the metal of the firearm is given a rust-resistant finish. It is simply achieved with the help of an electrochemical process; the iron present in the steel is converted to magnetite (black oxide). This process provides alone a minimal amount of rust protection to your gun. In order to ensure maximum corrosion protection, you’ll require frequent light oiling or some other kind of protective treatment.

2. Parkerizing: This process includes the submersion of firearm steel into a phosphoric acid solution. It protects the steel surface of the firearm from corrosion and helps in increasing its overall resistance to scratches and nicks. Phosphating and bonderizing are some other popular names used for Parkerizing. Copper and chlorates are often added to zinc or manganese to create a Parkerizing solution. This Parkerizing solution is then heated at high temperatures of about 190-210 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll find streams of tiny bubbles rising from the metal part of the firearm during the Parkerizing process of the firearm. The streams of bubbles will cease eventually as the process completes.

3. Anodizing: This process is used to increase the thickness of the layer of natural oxide on the metal surface of the firearm. For the reaction to take place successfully, the piece of the firearm that needs to be treated becomes the anode electrode. It increases the overall lubricity of the firearm and also leads to an improved adhesive surface for glues, paint primers, etc. The process of gun anodizing leads to a dimensional increase in the piece that was treated. Sulphuric acid is used as the most common electrolyte used in the anodizing process.

4. Cerakote: It is a ceramic-based coating used for firearms and is available in various colors. If you are looking forward to custom-color your firearm, then Cerakote is one of the simplest finishing options available in the market today. The best thing about choosing the Cerakote coating is that it offers a higher level of lubricity to the treated parts of the firearm. Cerakote is known for its superb properties like heat reduction and resistance towards scratches. Cerakote coating can be applied to various types of materials like metal, plastic, composite surfaces, etc. It lasts for years when treated with little maintenance.