By Kyle Jillson | June 13 2013 16:54

Come see what NRA Instructor and founder of Get A GRIP Nikki Turpeaux carries in her range bag

NRA Instructor Nikki Turpeaux

Fairfax, Virginia - Shooting Sports USA's Bag Check column features Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sitting down with some of the top shooters in the world to ask one very important question - What's in your range bag?

The contents of someone's bag, especially their range bag, can tell you a lot about a person. While the cargo alone isn't going to make you a better shooter, you may learn a handy tip or two about how to lighten your load or easy homemade solutions to common problems.

This month Barb catches NRA Instructor Nikki Turpeaux on her way to the range and empties her bag. Don't know who Nikki is? You'll want to.

NRA instructor Nikki Turpeaux, lead instructor and founder of the Get a GRIP™ Personal Defense and Firearms Training Program, recently signed on to represent 5.11 Tactical as an ambassador for its Tactical Training Alliance Program. Turpeaux, a featured instructor of Panteao Productions’ “Make Ready” video series, provides high quality tactical and defensive training throughout the United States. With bases in Alpharetta, GA, and Houston, TX, Turpeaux and her mobile training unit offers a wide range of tactical courses in handgun, shotgun and rifle disciplines, along with its ever popular Get A GRIP™ Ladies program.

In her spare time, she enjoys shooting IDPA matches with her GLOCK 19 and GLOCK 26 with XS Sights at ranges in the Atlanta area. Here’s what she packs in her favorite bag, a 5.11 COVRT 18 backpack.

  • SAFARILAND ALS paddle holster and Jones tactical belt
  • Fobus double mag pouch and plenty of double stack mags
  • Leather Palm MechanixWear Gloves (for women)
  • 5.11 Tactical Min-Pin folding knife and Leatherman tool
  • Duct tape and an extra roll of target pasters
  • ESS Eyepro ballistic shooting glasses
  • PremEar Hearing silicone molded ear protection
  • Small medical kit
  • Bingo marker – to easily mark bullet holes in targets
  • Rogers cleaning kit and Rem Oil
  • Red/Gray Training Gun (Turpeaux likes to “always be prepared to teach a newcomer.”)


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