The Reluctant Paladin got me to thinking with his post on concealed carry options yesterday.
Range bags and gun cases are handy things for carrying your shooting irons, and if you're one of those mall ninja types, you might even enjoy carrying a "tacticool" black bag or case festooned with all sorts of gun logos that leave no doubt as to the contents of such bag or case. To each his own, I say, but sometimes, discretion is a good thing, especially if you want to avoid the attention of thieves or others who do not have your best interests at heart.
My personal range accessories tend to be a bit more low-key.
Exhibit #1: The humble backpack.
Just $15 or $20 at Wal-Mart or any similar big-box store, you see these everywhere. Every kid, every student, every bike rider all seems to have one and the draw no attention whatsoever.
I can take my backpack practically anywhere and no one will look at me twice.
Try doing that with a soft-sided short rifle case that says "Uzi" or Colt Firearms" on it and see how many people watch you as you walk past. Sometimes it's best not to advertise or draw attention to yourself.
That brings me to Exhibit #2, the humble briefcase. Because sometimes, a backpack may not fit the environment or your personal look that day.
In many quarters, almost everyone has a briefcase. The mark of the businessman, they hold court papers, work documents, yogurt, and every now and again, guns!
Note that there's plenty of room in both the backpack and the briefcase for spare mags, extra ammo, and other gear. I use the Uzi as an example precisely because it is big and otherwise difficult to conceal. But if you don't have a sub-machine gun or don't want to carry one, these also hold lots of pistols and even a few SBRs. The point here is that you should be thinking outside the box as far as your legal carry options go. Dedicated gun cases are great, and I have plenty of them, but there are those times when I don't want to tell the world what I'm carrying, even if I'm just going to the range.
Just a thought and a suggestion for my gunny brothers and sisters out there who might want to be low key while out and about with their shooty goodness.