What to Bring—All Events
The most common question we are asked is “what to bring?” This page provides some guidelines that will ensure you have the best experience at one of our events. The specific products and vendors below are just suggestions or examples of a type of product that may work well for you. There are many other similar gear options.
- Our volunteers are neither gunsmiths nor armorers; please ensure your firearm is safe and functional!
- Eye and ear protection is required at all events. We highly suggest electronic ear protection as it makes it easier to hear instruction and line commands.
- Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Most guns have the proper ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Do not shoot without the proper ammunition. Revere’s Riders strongly suggests the use of factory ammunition. Handloads are generally not necessary at our service-rifle and pistol inspired events—originally these events were intended to be fired with bulk issue “ball” ammunition!
- Dress appropriately for a day outside at a firing range (closed-toe shoes, high neck shirts, long sleeves if weather allows, etc). Our events occur rain or shine. Dress for the weather!
- Avoid loose-fitting clothing, especially around the neck line. You don’t want hot brass going down your shirt!
- A hat with brim will keep the sun out of your eyes and deflect any hot brass headed towards your face.
- Bring a pad and paper for taking notes.
- Bring a pen or marker for taking notes and marking your targets.
- You may want to bring gloves. They protect your hands in inclement weather and also keep your hands from getting torn up working through drills.
- A towel or mat is useful for using in the prone position as well as covering your firearm in inclement or hot weather during breaks.
- A folding chair is nice to have during lunch and history presentations.
- For full day events, pack a lunch (note that a few events will provide lunch; the event listing will specify if lunch will be provided).
- Bring snacks and water. Proper hydration is essential—in the summer plan on one quart per hour as a rule of thumb and supplement your water with sports drinks, salty snacks, etc.
Recommended General Safety Equipment
Below is a list of equipment that our instructors have found to be functional, durable and useful:
Peltor TEP-100 Tactical Earplug
3M Peltor TEP-100 Tactical Digital Earplugs help protect hearing while offering improved auditory environmental awareness over conventional hearing protectors by actively adjusting to loud and soft environmental sounds. These rechargeable digital earplugs can help to improve awareness by amplifying lower volume sounds like voices, while limiting hazardous steady state and impulse noise. The TEP-100 tactical earplugs utilize environmental microphones to detect sounds. These sounds can either be amplified to make them easier for the user to hear in quiet environments, or the sounds can be attenuated (reduced) to help protect the user’s hearing. When using the TEP-100 tactical earplugs, sounds such as warning signals, or approaching vehicles may be easier to hear than when using conventional hearing protection. When exposed to impulse noise, such as gunfire, the TEP-100 earplugs immediately soften sudden loud noises such as the blast of a gun or rifle, making these earplugs an effective hearing protection solution for hunters and gun range shooters, as well as tactical users such as members of armed forces and police officers.
Wiley X PT-1 Shooting Glasses
The Wiley X PT-1 Shooting Glasses offer complete protection for your eyes and are a must-have at the range. The PT-1 glasses feature a matte black frame with wrap-back designed lenses which reduce tunnel vision and provide excellent peripheral vision. Wiley X’s Take Flight nose piece will adjust to any size nose bridge.