Here’s a simple tip that could save you a great deal of money and heartache. Before you leave for your next trip to the range, make sure you include your contact info in your range bag, rifle case, spotting scope case and any other gear you’ll be taking with you. An index card, sticker or a piece of paper with your name, email address and/or phone number is all you need to include in your case or bag to exponentially increase the chances of recovering your important belongings, should you ever leave something behind.
Even if you’re only taking a couple of items with you, or you believe you will never make the mistake of forgetting something, I would highly recommend doing it anyway. I consider myself a responsible person, but I accidentally left my competition belt out at the range last year. I was VERY fortunate that the match director found it and sent an email blast out to those that shot the match that day.
While there’s no guarantee you’ll get your stuff back, the shooting community is by and large some of the kindest and most honest group you’ll ever be a part of, and I know for a fact that they will go out of there way to try and reunite a lost item with its owner. Let’s all make it easier for each other by adding contact information to anything that’s going out to the range.