GPS Tactical Range Backpack — It’s a Beast of a Range Bag!

When you’re planning a trip to the range, you want all your gear organized and accessible, right? That means the range bag you choose is fairly important. There are plenty of different styles and options, but today we’re taking a closer look at the GPS Tactical Range Backpack.

In the video below Chad, with Green Light Shooting [YouTube channel], walks us through the features that this bag has to offer. He addresses both benefits and negative points. 

GPS Tactical Range Backpack
The GPS TACTICAL Range Backpack is built to be free-standing and makes it possible to transport a large quantity of gear to and from the range, hands-free. (Image: Green Light Shooting)

GPS Tactical Range Backpack Technical Specs

  • 1000 Denier polyester construction
  • Water-resistant Dupont Teflon coating
  • YKK oversized, self-tracking zippers
  • Duralast buckles and hardware
  • Box and Bar track reinforced stitching in all critical areas
  • Lockable zipper on all main compartments
  • Silent paracord zipper pulls
  • Four outside zippered pockets for ammo and other accessories
  • Internal honeycomb frame for pack rigidity
  • Triple-stitched MOLLE webbing
  • Patent-pending Visual I.D. storage system
  • Multiple interior and exterior pockets
GPS Tactical Range Backpack front, side, and back
Chad dons the backpack and shows us how it looks from the front, side and back. From the side, you can see how bulky it is, reminiscent of a Ninja Turtle. But, if it carries everything you need, maybe its worth it! (Images: Green Light Shooting)

What can you put in the GPS Tactical Range Backpack?

GPS Outdoor tactical range backpack with all pockets open to see contents
Maybe the better question is, “What can you NOT put in this bag?” (Image: GPS Outdoors)

As you can see from the above image, this pack is a beast. Aside from sheer storage capacity, there are a few things that make this range bag stand out. Notice the main bottom compartment. It’s got three removable pistol storage cases, and each of them has four spare mag pockets. Cool, eh? And, to make sure your pistols are secure, the compartment is fitted with lockable zippers.

main compartment lockable zipper
Just slide a mini-lock through the lockable zippers to add more security for your handguns. (Image: Green Light Shooting)

Let’s take a look at what Chad put in his bag.

Front Bottom Pocket

Chad has his shooting gloves, a flashlight, and a knife in this pocket. He points out a couple of nice details here, one of them is the icon on the pouch that’s included in this pocket.

front pocket with tool pouch, plastic compartment container, and pockets with flashlight and knife
This backpack has a Visual I.D. Storage System, with clearly marked pockets for ear plugs, shooting safety glasses, shooting targets, ear muffs, tools, and more. In this image, you can see the tool icon, signifying that this pouch is meant for storing tools. Brilliant! (Image: Green Light Shooting)

The front panel of this pocket drops flat to offer a working surface at the range, and the inside of this panel is lined with a soft velcro-like surface.

Front Top Pocket

GPS Tactical range backpack top front pocket
The top front pocket has three pouches designated for eye and ear protection, as you can see by their visual ID icons. (Image: Green Light Shooting)
Mantis training system
Chad also has his Mantis training system in the top front pocket (Image: Green Light Shooting)

Bottom Side Pocket

gorilla tape in range backpack pocket
The bottom side pocket is roomy enough to easily hold something as large as a full roll of Gorilla tape. (Image: Green Light Shooting)
GPS tactical range back stapler pocket
The zippered pocket at the front is marked for storing a stapler, which you may need for stapling up your targets. (Image: Green Light Shooting)

Bottom Main Compartment

This compartment is where the magic happens. It contains three individual pistol storage cases.

GPS tactical range backpack main compartment with three pistol storage cases.
The main compartment at the base of the range backpack has three pistol storage cases to keep your handguns separate, organized, and protected. (Image: Green Light Shooting)
pistol storage case
The cases open flat and each has three layers of storage. (Image: Green Light Shooting)
pistol storage case magazine pockets
Each of these cases has four pockets for extra magazines. (Image: Green Light Shooting) 

Top Front Compartment

The compartments at the top of the pack have plenty of room for more gear.

GPS Tactical Range Backpack top front compartment with ear protection muffs inside
This compartment has a flat base. Chad has a couple of pairs of over-the-ear hearing protection headsets in this pouch. (Image: Green Light Shooting)

Top Back Compartment

Smith Optics Aegis Ballistics glasses case
Chad keeps his Smith ballistic goggles here. (Image: Green Light Shooting)

This compartment, like its neighbor, is flat on the bottom. It would be a good place to store boxes of ammunition. Chad says there is a removable partition between these two compartments if a single large space is preferred.

Waterproof Rain Cover

It seems GPS has thought of everything. They’ve even included a way to protect the pack from the rain.

GPS Tactical Range Backpack waterproof rain cover
The attached waterproof rain cover is found at the top back of the bag. Just unzip the pocket and unroll the pouch and use the cover to keep your gear protected from the rain. (Image: Green Light Shooting)

Is there anything to complain about with this pack?

There are a couple of things Chad doesn’t like.

  • Without any padding on the back panel, it’s uncomfortable.
  • Aesthetically speaking, the backpack is really big and thick.
back of the range backpack
There isn’t any padding on the back, which Chad says makes the backpack a little uncomfortable. He says the straps are comfortable, though. (Image: Green Light Shooting)

As Chad points out, there are some trade-offs with this range bag. This is a large pack, designed to carry a LOT of gear. So, if you want to go out hiking and find a spot to shoot, you can take your three handguns with you—and everything else too. Your eye and ear protection, ammo targets, tools and other gear can all be packed into this one backpack. He likes how it can be thrown over the shoulders to free up the hands to carry a rifle.

All in all, Chad says that he really likes the concept of this range backpack and the benefits definitely outweigh the negative points. As for the price range, it’s a bit on the pricey side because it’s sturdy, with a durable construction. Chad says you could buy this bag today and still use it for ten to twenty years.

So, if you’re looking for a backpack that can carry your handguns as well as pretty much any accessories you’ll need at the range, Chad thinks the GPS Tactical Range Backpack is a fantastic choice.

Watch his full review in this Green Light Shooting video:

What do you think? Is a range bag like this too much or just right? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.


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