If you’ve spent much time shooting a rifle in the prone, like me, you’ll know that the ground can sometimes be uncomfortable because of dirt, mud, or water. This means that once you lay down to shoot, you quickly become part of what you’re laying on or in.
An easy solution to this is to use a shooting mat!
Shooting mats help give me some padding (especially helpful as I get older) and they definitely help me keep my gear clean and dry.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the biggest and thickest shooting mat is the best – I am still going to have to carry it with me. So, if you’re looking for a mat for the shooting range, go ahead and get a big and thick one, you’ll already be carrying a bunch of other gear anyway and you might as well be comfortable.
As a side note, if I plan on carrying a mat with me out in the field, I always want to go with something thinner/lighter.
Also, don’t forget to have an extra shooting mat for a friend if you plan on taking someone with you to the range.