What to Bring—Rifle 125 (Basic Rifle)

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.

All Events

  • 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.

We have a selection of recommended general safety equipment on the What to Bring–All Events page.

Rifle 125 (Basic Rifle)

Most important is to bring a safe and functional rifle. If you haven’t cleaned your rifle, setting aside time before the event to clean it would be a good idea. If you have doubts about the safety of your rifle, now would be a good time to have it looked over by a qualified gunsmith or armorer.

  • Rifle Type: Any action type will do, but a magazine-fed semiautomatic rifle will be least frustrating for most shooters.
  • Caliber: Most basic rifle events are primarily conducted at reduced ranges from 25 to 100 yards. A .22 LR caliber rifle is ideal for these events as it is much less expensive to shoot.
  • Magazines: If using a magazine-fed rifle, bring at least two magazines (four is suggested).
  • Sights/Optics: Any sights will do, but a basic practical optic of ~4x power or aperture-style iron sights will optimize your experience. For iron sights, many students enjoy Tech Sights as a good upgrade to the basic Ruger 10/22.
  • Slings: The rifle should have a sling; a USGI web sling is best but any two point sling is fine.
  • Mat: Bring a mat or pad to lie on. We will spend a lot of time in the prone position.

Recommended Rifle 125 Equipment

Below is a list of equipment that our instructors have found to be functional, durable and useful: