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  • Range cart ? Pictures please

    I’ve been going to the National Matches at Camp Perry for a few years and took the GSM course 5 years ago ( excellent class thank you Doug and Liam) with the intention of entering a few competitions but have never pulled the plug.

    This year I’m entering at a minimum the Carbine match. The only thing I’m missing is a range cart. I was able to find a few older threads on different carts being used, but a lot of the pics are no longer available and I’ve saw a few at some of the competitions that I’ve watched but wasn’t really paying a lot of attention to them.

    I’m looking for something that I can get at a reasonable cost and modify it. It seems a lot are modified golf carts, jogging strollers, wagons and dollies.

    I would greatly appreciate any pictures and/or ideas on what you use and where to start with this project.

    Thank You in advance

  • #2
    In my opinion, the Cadillac basic range cart was the Creedmoor stool with what I think is the Ray Vin 14” solid wheel and handle kit.

    The kit is not made anymore so people make similar carts like this,

    The thing that makes it so nice is it is light weight, wheels are large for rolling easy over uneven ground and the handle comes off for putting in a car. You can find the wheels on EBay, make an axle from aluminum rod and bend a handle from conduit or aluminum tube. The trick is mounting the axle and the handle to the stool.


    • #3
      I made this 9 years ago to haul everything from the parking at the ODNR range to the firing point at one go without having to be an Army pack mule . or taking multiple trips.

      all the range carts I've seen people use are either garden wagons, kiddie wagons, etc... and that wouldn't be good for me as I have a car not a truck or SUV. and a jogging stroller, golf club cart is too small, so I decided to make my own to my own specification

      bought a stroller at a garage sale, it was cheap something like 20-30 bucks, I gutted it, then I built a foldable box from Luan plywood to fit in the frame. I can fit this easily in the trunk of my small CHEVY CRUZE. and I can load it up with 4-6 rifles, tool kit, spotting scope, ammo, mags etc....

      before I made this, I was using a old lady folding grocery cart, it was tall enough where a couple of rifles would fit in there and wouldn't fall out, but I was limited to what I was able to haul to the firing point

      anyway that might give you some idea to make your own, although you might want to change the wheels out to larger diameter, if you'll be going over broken ground
      Last edited by UncleBilly; 02-28-2022, 01:11 PM.


      • #4
        GOOGLE “Range Cart” and look at images, you’ll get all the input you need. People have used everything from a cheap dolly with a milk crate bungeed to it, a rolling trash can, a child’s wagon, collapsible carts, golf cart, etc. The main considerations should be that it must: fit your vehicle, hold all your equipment, and get everything to the line with some level of organization to afford you maximum amount of prep time. The Creedmore cart looks like just the ticket for a purpose driven cart but I needed something that I would use for trips to Perry, Sporting Clays, and (hauling gear) for casual range trips. I use a repurposed Jogging Stroller which I fashioned after this: The (bicycle) 20 inch wheels roll over uneven ground easily, it collapses to fit in my vehicle, and cost me less than $50. ATV style racks/holders can push price up I had found mine on clearance, cheap.

        See many similar to this at pistol matches:

        A little big/heavy for my tastes, but when these sold for $40-$50 they were popular for modification for those who drove PU trucks:


        • #5
          I have a nice jogging stroller from a garage sale for ten bucks. 10" air tires. Loaded for the day, it pushes easy with one hand.


          • #6
            While many folks make their own cart, I favor purpose built carts. Purpose built carts generally can be used as a shooting stool and have adequate storage in the seat bag. The shooting stool isn’t just for sitting on, it also is a place to set gear next to your shooting position. It is sort of a table in that respect.

            Any cart with small diameter wheel will not work well on ranges like Camp Perry. What is acceptable hauling gear across a parking lot might not work well across terrain like the Camp Perry ranges.


            • #7
              Originally posted by rickgman View Post
              Any cart with small diameter wheel will not work well on ranges like Camp Perry. What is acceptable hauling gear across a parking lot might not work well across terrain like the Camp Perry ranges.
              which is why my last sentence in my post reads; "anyway that might give you some idea to make your own, although you might want to change the wheels out to larger diameter, if you'll be going over broken ground"

              Chas, the other thing you might consider is making a cart from wood, there are plans on the net if you use a search for "range cart plans".
              Last edited by UncleBilly; 02-28-2022, 09:31 PM.


              • #8
                Thank You all for the information and ideas. I may just see what I have laying around lol.

                Thanks again for all the ideas


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                  • #10
                    From baby jogger to range cart:
                    Here's one pic

                    Here are all

                    Link to a thread on this topic

                    Last edited by rubicon762; 03-08-2022, 09:42 AM.
                    Camp Perry is not "a place for experts". It's a place to help YOU become an expert.
                    "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun... Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks." Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785.
                    Read "War is a Racket" by MG Smedly Butler, USMC. He knew war and was awarded the Medal of Honor twice. You can find it online.


                    • #11
                      Gotta go with Bml on this.. the creedmore one is about the best for the money


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bml View Post
                        In my opinion, the Cadillac basic range cart was the Creedmoor stool with what I think is the Ray Vin 14” solid wheel and handle kit.

                        The kit is not made anymore so people make similar carts like this,

                        The thing that makes it so nice is it is light weight, wheels are large for rolling easy over uneven ground and the handle comes off for putting in a car. You can find the wheels on EBay, make an axle from aluminum rod and bend a handle from conduit or aluminum tube. The trick is mounting the axle and the handle to the stool.
                        I have a older Creedmoor stool with a Ray-Vin kit with inflatable wheels. With a full load it remains easy to haul across pavement but it can be a challenge to move the stool/cart over uneven ground. I'm looking for a way to modify my stool/cart to carry all my gear plus more (I'd like to be able to add a small cooler) and be easy to move over rough ground.

                        The benefit of a three wheeled jogging stroller/3 gun cart is the ease of moving the cart between shooting positions (especially from 300 to 600). Sport carts like the Mac Sports four wheeled cart has the same advantage but neither work well as a shooting stool on the firing line. Hauling a fully loaded two wheeled stool/cart conversion can be a challenge over rough ground.

                        Has anyone ever built a stool/cart with two axles and three or four wheels?

                        Has anyone used additional parts to lengthen the wheelbase?

                        If yes, how did it work out, was it worth doing and what parts did you use?

                        Option #2 would be to load the stool into a sports cart to haul everything between firing points and just take the stool from the ready line to the firing point.

                        Any and all suggestions are welcome!


                        • #13
                          I keep my shooting gear in my cart and my gear in a backpack. Backpack holds a small lunch cooler, 1/2 gallon water, rain jacket, sunscreen etc. That way I can keep the weight of the cart down, plus leave the cart behind and take the backpack for pit duty. Also, my cart stays configured for shooting and I know where everything is; this might not matter at a club match but at a place like Perry it is essential to be efficient because you only get two minutes before rolling into prep.

                          My backpack was about $10 at Walmart. My cart is a creedmoor stool with their cart conversion kit.


                          • #14
                            not cheap but I've seen a couple of these on the line

                            The rifle carrier and scope carriers are built like a tank. The video shows a guy picking up the whole cart by the rifle and scope stand. He never touches the cart


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Chas100 View Post
                              Thank You all for the information and ideas. I may just see what I have laying around lol.

                              Thanks again for all the ideas
                              There is going to be a pearl harbor match at Youngstown rifle club next Sunday. You should attend. Great match for a good cause. The guys at Y-town put on one of the finest walk and paste (no cart needed, covered firing points) matches I've ever attended.
                              Indoor and outdoor pistol ranges, outdoor rifle range and Trap, Youth Shooting Sports, Ladies Night at the Range

                              Great networking opportunity to find gear and get some shooting in