Are you trying to find the perfect gift for someone you care about? A new tie and socks? A pair of flannel PJ's and some perfume? Those may be heartfelt and great gifts, but what about something useful for the gun owner in your life?
Figuring out exactly what to buy can be a challenge. After all, what kind of gear would they really like or use? Well, whether you're looking at gifts for your loved one, or you're a gun owner who is dropping hints about something you have wanted for months, we have you covered. Below are 11 gifts that are sure to warm the heart of every gun owner.
Dryfire Gear –
Even if there wasn't an ammo shortage, which there is, dryfire (practicing with an unloaded firearm) is an incredible way to become more proficient. There are a whole host of different items you can get to make dry fire practice more enjoyable, and more beneficial. Here are some options:
1) Mantis X:
The Mantis X is a small device that attaches to your gun, pairs with your phone, and tracks muzzle movement before, during, and after the trigger squeeze to help diagnose and correct issues with fundamentals. But the device can analyze so much more. There are drills and skill development courses that work with dry fire as well as live fire.
2) Next Level Training's SIRT Pistol:
Laser guns are not only cool, but are super useful for practicing things like draw, grip, presentation, and trigger squeeze. Pair it up with a shot recording program like LASR X, and you can set up a virtual range in your home.
3) Barrel Blok:
Safety is important, and dryfire practice at home is no exception. The Barrel Blok is an inexpensive, caliber-specific, device that is inserted into your firearm to render it incapable of chambering or firing a round. Everyone who practices at home should have one.
Range Gear –
Messing around with sub-par gear at the range is annoying and detracts from learning or enjoying the time there. Everything listed is sure to be a hit at the next range session.
4) Electronic Ear Protection :
There really is no good reason to not have quality hearing protection. Sure you can jam a nasty foam plug in your ear or wear earmuffs that muffle the sound of gunshots, as well as everything your friends or instructor is saying, if you really wanted too.
But for slightly more than the price of quality, standard ear muffs, why not get electronic ear muffs that block out any harmful sounds, while also allowing you to hear conversations, the beep of a timer, range commands, and talk at a normal volume?
Once you go to electronic hearing protection, you never go back.
5) Safety Glasses:
Having ballistically-rated glasses that protect your peepers is really important. Don't just throw on a pair of sunglasses and hope they protect you from a projectile fragment moving at hundreds of miles per second. I have found SSP Eyewear to have great options and styles at terrific prices.
Being able to change lenses, or having more than one pair to account for sunny or overcast conditions also make a big difference. After all, it's hard to accurately shoot what you can't see. If you or your loved one wears glasses, SSP offers options so you are not trying to wear a pair of safety glasses on top of your prescription glasses.
6) Maglula Uplula Magazine Loading Tool:
Okay maybe this one isn't a must-have item, but when you need it, you need it. Despite the weird name, the device is incredibly simple and useful. It helps you fill magazines with ease. If you shoot in very cold weather, it becomes almost impossible to fill magazines when your fingers are numb. Or, if you shoot high volumes of rounds, and don't want to spend range or class time filling mags, the MAGLULA Uplula is a terrific option.
7) Range Bag:
A good range bag is an easily overlooked, but critical piece of gear. Your tools are no good if you don't have them when you need them. A backpack like the Handgunner is a great option that allows you to carry everything you need at the range. It is also sectioned off to protect your guns and gear, as well as being able to find them and access them without digging through a duffle bag.
8) Medical Gear & Training:
This may seem overkill to some of you, but hear me out on this. The emergency trauma kit your gun range may or may not have is likely hit or miss in quality. Maybe it is good gear that hasn't expired or been messed with, then again maybe it has.
Maybe there is someone who knows how to use it, maybe not. Maybe it's accessible, maybe you will bleed out waiting for someone to get it. Get the point? Having your own dedicated trauma gear must be something you take to the range, and I would recommend having a dedicated kit in your home and vehicle as well.
Mountain Man Medical has kits of all types to fit the purpose and they are priced great. I am not speaking of a first aid kit with bandaids and alcohol swabs. I mean a trauma kit with a legitimate tourniquet, pressure dressings, chest seals, and hemostatic gauze.
Hopefully, you will never need to use it on yourself or anyone else, but it literally could determine if someone lives or dies. While we're talking about using the kit, knowing how to use the gear is just as important as having it. Providing immediate care to a trauma patient doesn't require a medical degree, but it isn't something you're going to learn at your CPR class. So get some training on how to use the basic tools that could save a life.
Gun Gear –
Here are some catch-all items that will be appreciated by the gun owner.
9) Gun Sights:
If the gun is going to be used on a self-defense gun, a great gift would be a set of sights with a high-contrasting color front sight. A gift certificate to purchase sights like those from Hi-Viz or XS Sights would allow for a great upgrade to the gun and the owner to pick what they think would work for them.
10) Talon Grips:
Gripping the gun is super important and any way to get more of it is a plus. Applied grips like those from Talon Grips are a non-permanent, cost-effective way of making your gun grippier and easier to hold onto while shooting and drawing out of your holster.
11) Gun Cleaning and Maintenance tools:
There are a lot of basic kits that allow you to clean and lubricate your gun(s). Having a multi-tool, like this one sold by Real AVID, which can fix basic gun issues or take the gun down past simple field stripping is a great thing to have.
There you have it. Pick any one of these items, wrap it up, and present it with confidence to the gun owner in your life.
Let us know about some of the items you find valuable, as a gun owner. For full disclosure, many of the products mentioned in the article are items that our company sells. They aren't included because of that reason. Instead, they are items I personally use and have no hesitation recommending to anyone.