The Vertx “Course of Fire” range bag has accompanied me on every range trip this month. It has withstood my destructive nature thus far, so I will vouch for the durable construction and materials. I thought I would share some observations in this: Vertx COF Heavy Range Bag Review.
I am a huge fan of the non-tactical look of this bag. Its appearance resembles a professional duffel and does not draw attention. On the outside, there are cable lockdowns should you want to secure it in a vehicle. I find they work great as a grab handle too! It also has normal duffle style handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. On the bottom, it has four rubber feet to keep the leather water repellent and damage-free.
Vertx also included a pistol magazine pouch that accepts 6 magazines. This was a nice surprise when I opened the bag. It fits my Glock G20 10mm magazines nicely and keeps them organized.
The top compartment opens via a U shaped zipper. I LOVE this. I dislike digging around a bag to find things using my hands instead of my eyes. This design allows for quickly finding items. The top flap has two mesh zipper pockets, great for light and thin items. In the top compartment, there are two more mesh zippered pockets that fit a variety of items like batteries or pens. This main compartment has an “upper deck” which is a nice size and has a hard floor that is an out of the way spot to store papers. On the side, there is a sleeve that is great for handguns, or in my setup, extra magazines. The wall is made of loop fabric, which can accept velcro. I have the included magazine pouch folded so that it stays in place and allows quick magazine storage and access.
The outer zipper accesses a side view of another well-designed compartment. There are two more zippered mesh pockets. Under the “upper deck” there are two drawers that are great ammo caddies. These are well sized for most ammo boxes and when removed, the bag keeps its shape thanks to the rigid plastic inserts. Each drawer has a mesh bottomed bag that can be cinched closed. Perfect for loose ammo or catching brass.
Vertx COF Heavy Range Bag Review
Design 5 out of 5
Quality 4.5 out of 5
This would have gotten a 5 but the stitching for one of the velcro squares meant to secure the mesh bottom bag to the caddy came off. A local seamstress repaired it for me.
Aesthetics 5 out of 5
I’m fashion blind, but it doesn’t scream GUNS and I love that.
Value 5 out of 5
With a $209 MSRP and $130 on Amazon, it is an expensive item. That being said, I believe it is worth it.
Practicality 5 out of 5
Keeps things organized and accessible.
Tony Molina is the Range Operations Manager and a Senior Lead Shooting Instructor with the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience. Learn more about Tony HERE.