What to Wear to a Gun Range (And What to Leave Behind)

Ready to hit the shooting range and show those paper targets who's boss? Hold your horses (and your guns) there, cowboy, because before you can channel your inner John Wick, you need to learn what to wear to a gun range. Sure, you might think you look slick in your sandals and shorts, but the only thing you'll be shooting with that getup is your reputation (and your toes, if you're not careful).

So, if you're ready to rock and roll, keep reading because we're about to give you a rundown of how to look cool and stay safe at the range.

What to Wear to a Gun Range - Proper Shooting Range Attire

Before you step foot in the range, you should know a few things about proper shooting range attire. Let's get it out of the way – the cowboy hat and boots are out.

You want to wear comfortable clothes that allow for a full range of motion. That means lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking fabrics are your new best friends, as they keep you cool and dry during extended shooting sessions.

What to wear to a gun rangeAnd for the colors - stick with darker colors to avoid getting stained with gunpowder and other range debris. And remember, no matter how tempted you are to break out the camo, leave it at home unless you want to look like you're going hunting.

8 Shooting Range Outfit Tips

Here are eight shooting range outfit tips that will ensure you look sharp, stay comfortable, and keep you in the good graces of your range mates.

1. Choose Your Pants Wisely

If you want to ensure your trip doesn't end up like a scene from a bad action movie, you better choose your pants wisely. You don't want anything too tight or restrictive that'll leave you feeling like a sausage casing, but you also don't want to show up in your Sunday best. It is best to opt for something with more room to breathe. Cargo or tactical pants are a great option, with plenty of pockets to stash your ammo and other essentials.

tactical pants

2. What to Wear to a Gun Range - Shirt Edition

Now, when it comes to choosing the best shirt for shooting, you'll want to keep two things in mind:

  • you don't want anything too loose or baggy that might get caught on your firearm,
  • you also don't want anything too tight that'll leave you feeling like you're wearing a corset.

It's all about finding that sweet spot of comfort and functionality. A moisture-wicking fabric is always a good choice, especially if you sweat when you get your range time in.

moisture-wicking T-shirtAnd for the ladies, here's a tip to take your shooter girl outfits from basic to bangin': add a shirt with a gun-related pun or graphic! Just make sure the design isn't too distracting for the other shooters.

3. Invest in Eye and Ear Protection

If you're hitting the range without shooting ear and eye protection, you might as well be wearing a "kick me" sign on your back. Not only do you risk damaging your hearing and vision by not following the safety rules, but you also risk looking like a total rookie. So, let's talk about proper protection.

Shooting Protection #1 - Shooting Earmuffs

These bad boys provide some serious hearing protection. To avoid being that person yelling "WHAT?" every time someone tries to talk to you, you should try out shooter earmuffs from TradeSmart. These babies are ANSI-rated, which means they meet the highest standards for ear protection.

shooting earmuffs

shooting earmuffsThey've also got a US-certified 6-layer noise reduction system inside, so you can block out all those annoying sounds from your fellow shooters. With an NRR of 28, you can shoot like a pro without sacrificing your hearing. And the best part 一 these earmuffs come in various colors, so you can choose the one that matches your shooting outfit!

Shooting Protection #2 - Shooting Earplugs

Earplugs for shooting might not be as stylish as earmuffs, but they're much more discreet. Plus, they're super portable, so you can always keep a pair in your backpack.

Why did the shooter wear earplugs to the dinner party? - They heard there was going to be a lot of loud cutlery! Okay, this joke is not the best, but TradeSmart's earplugs for shooting are! These little guys pop right into your ear canal and provide some serious NRR 33 hearing protection. And with BASF foam, they fit so snugly that you'll forget you're wearing them!

disposable foam earplugsdisposable foam earplugsPro tip: If you want to kick it up a notch, slap on a pair of TradeSmart earmuffs simultaneously. These two work together like peanut butter and jelly and pump up the NRR to a whopping 38! You'll be so protected that you'll feel like you're in your little bubble.

Shooting Protection #3 - Safety Shooting Glasses

Before being accused of being a dad-joke machine, it should be mentioned that no puns will be made about eye-rony getting poked in the eye while putting on safety glasses.

But seriously, safety glasses are no laughing matter when it comes to target shooting. They're an essential piece of gear that every responsible shooter should have 一 they protect your precious peepers from all manner of airborne debris and ricochets.

Now, let's raise a glass (or a lens) to safety and comfort - all in one handy package - that TradeSmart's eye protection for shooting offers! These glasses are a must-have for any serious shooter. Thanks to the anti-fog and scratch-resistant coating, there are no more foggy lenses and pesky scratches.

ansi z87.1 shooting earmuffsansi z87.1 shooting earmuffsAs for the protection, you can rest easy knowing that these glasses meet both ANSI and OSHA standards. They come in clear and tinted options, so you can shoot in any light condition (outdoor and indoor shooting). Plus, they offer UV 400 protection to protect your eyes from harmful rays. And the best part? They come in a variety of colors for you to choose from!

4. Don't Skimp on Footwear

Believe it or not, your footwear is just as important as the rest of your outfit. You want to wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support, especially if you're going to be standing for long periods. Closed-toe shoes are a must, but avoid anything too bulky or heavy that may hinder your movement. And, just like your clothing, dark colors are your friend, as they won't show dirt and scuffs as easily.

tactical boots

5. Shooting and Range Accessories

Let's face it, the proper shooting and range accessories can be a total game-changer. A top-of-the-line shooting belt keeps your firearm and magazines securely at your side and adds an extra touch of style to your range outfit.

shooting and range accessoriesA high-quality holster not only provides comfort and peace of mind, but it's also the perfect accessory to complete any shooter's ensemble. And if you're one to sweat under pressure, remember to bring a sweatband or wristband to help keep you looking and feeling fresh. Investing in the right accessories to enhance comfort, preparedness, and accuracy is essential.

6. Shooting Cap

The shooting cap is a classic accessory for any sharpshooter worth their salt. A good shooting cap will not only protect your eyes from the sun and face from hot brass, but it'll also help keep loose hairs or pesky sweat out of your face. Plus, it'll make you look cooler.

american flag hatamerican flag hatRemember, there's a fine line between looking cool and looking like Elmer Fudd. Luckily, it seems like TradeSmart is about to become your new BFF when finding the perfect shooting cap. Say goodbye to the hassle of scouring the internet for the ideal design 一 TradeSmart has got you covered - literally. Stay tuned; we're about to take your shooting style from zero to hero in no time flat!

7. Bring a Jacket

Even if it's hot outside, the range can be chilly. That's why you should always bring a jacket with you. A jacket will keep you warm and protect your arms from hot brass and other range debris.

tactical jacket

8. Best Friend Named Tactical Backpack

Trusty tactical backpack - the best friend of any serious shooter. With its rugged design and endless pockets and compartments, this backpack is the epitome of functionality. In fact, it's so reliable that you could give it a name - how about Tactical Tim or Backpack Betty?

TradeSmart has gone ahead and named their latest masterpiece the 'Black Tactical Blackpack', but don't worry, you can give it a name as cool as you are. TradeSmart's ergonomic range bag is a true game-changer. It's got enough space to hold all your gear, guns, ammo, and valuables while staying secure behind not one, not two but three TSA locks. And if you're worried about the weight, fear not - this rucksack can hold 50+ pounds without losing its shape.

gun backpackgun backpackWith this backpack, you'll be ready to take on anything the range can throw your way - just don't forget to give it a name as tough as its design!


Well, that's a wrap! We've covered everything you need to know about target shooting fashion, from what to wear to a gun range to what to avoid like the plague. Now, the burning question on everyone's mind - is there a dress code for the range? Well, technically, no. But let's be honest here, you don't want to be that person who shows up in a tuxedo or a ball gown.

Unless you're going for that "007" look - then, by all means, go for it. But for the rest of us mere mortals, comfortable clothing that won't hinder your movement is the way to go. Remember, safety is always in style, so ensure you're appropriately protected and following all the range rules before stepping on that range.

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