Range Props: Budget Cones

When I’m at the range, I like to get right to the training.  Time wasted with laborious setup is wasted training time.  Moving and shooting is a critical skill, but setting up good positions is key to making the training more productive.  Rubber traffic cones and shooting boxes are common methods to delineate shooting areas, but they can be heavy, bulky, and time consuming to carry or set up.  

Miniature traffic cones would be ideal, but a very simple and cheap solution is to use brightly colored plastic cups.  A stack of 8 of the disposable cups pictured took up little space in my range bag, and only seconds to drop into position.  These cups would also work great indoors for your dry practice setup.

Make your range time work for you!

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About Hilton Yam

Hilton Yam is the founder of 10-8 Performance, LLC. He is a full time law enforcement officer in Florida with extensive experience working robbery and violent fugitives. He is currently assigned to firearms training and SWAT. He is a team leader as well as the lead instructor for his team, responsible for providing training in firearms, CQB, rappelling, defensive tactics, and team tactics. Hilton is also responsible for RDT&E of equipment. He has carried a 1911 extensively on duty, and has spent a great deal of time examining what makes the guns succeed and fail.

7 thoughts on “Range Props: Budget Cones

  1. Wow what a great idea,for shooters boxes I have found that hoola hoops work great.thank you for that range tip.
    Stay low ,always reload.

  2. Pin some weights in them to keep them from blowing away outdoors in the wind. Works like a charm.

  3. CVS has 4green cups for like 98C. They are a little heavier.

    and green

  4. On our range those cups would take off and fly into the next county.

  5. You can probably tape or place some heavy washers on top of ’em on windy days! Great idea!

  6. Set them upright and fill them with rocks/range dirt to keep them from blowing away?

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