When gift cards and new socks just won’t cut it for that special gunny in your life, you need a more tactical surprise to make this holiday season memorable.
Red Ryder BB guns, leg lamps and Ovaltine are deeply-rooted in classic holiday traditions—but gun guys and gals who made the nice list this year are dreaming of new guns, gear and ammo for their collection.
Since the elves up north can’t make enough .22 LR to fill every stocking this year, we’ve rounded up some of the best gun gift ideas sure to please shooters of all ages.
Designed specifically for competition with its slide cut to accept optics and extended sight radius, the M&P Pro C.O.R.E is an ideal option for USPSA and 3-gun matches. As with all Smith & Wesson firearms, the Pro C.O.R.E. is made in America and backed by a lifetime service policy.
Champion Electronic Ear Muffs reduce noise by up to 25dB while amplifying quiet sounds such as human voices. These muffs are adjustable and collapse for convenient storage in your range bag. Look to this pair of muffs as a great value for an electronic set of hearing protection. They’re also available in pink.
The Galco KingTuk holster is a hybrid, tuckable inside-the-waistband rig with a leather back and Kydex holster pocket—creating a comfy holster you can wear all day while still providing a quick draw and easy return. The back is lined with saddle leather, while the front is finished in Napa leather. The KingTuk has removable metal clips for belts up to 1.75 inches, and can be moved up or down to set carry height and angle.
Galco also offers optional injection-molded nylon C-hooks (sold separately) for belts up to 1.25 inches, which offer a lower profile on the belt. A wide variety of guns fit the KingTuk, including a new model for the Springfield XD-S.
The new Hornady Hot Tub sonic cleaner has a 9-liter capacity, and is long enough to clean a 16-inch AR-15 upper. The unit employs four transducers, and a heating element enhances the cleaning action.
Combined with Hornady’s One Shot Sonic Clean solution, the micro-jet action of the Hot Tub removes carbon residue and other debris from cartridge cases, gun parts and other metal equipment. A 1.7-quart inner tank can be used in the main tank for cleaning smaller batches or for using separate solutions at the same time. Features include integrated drain pans in the lids, small parts basket and five temperature settings from 100 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The main tank measures 25.5-by-7-by-4 inches; the inner tank measures 6.7-by-4.7-by-3.2 inches.
LaserLyte has taken their reactive targets one step further with their new Laser Plinking Cans. Now you can practice and plink in the comfort of your home, all while avoiding boring dry-fire practice.
When shot with a LaserLyte laser, Plinking Cans tip over and give shooters immediate feedback on their hits.
The Editors at G&A tested these cans at various distances, racing each other to see who could knock them over faster. We found the cans are responsive to laser hits out to at least 90 feet.
LaserLyte Plinking Cans will be available in the first quarter of 2014. The package comes with three cans, three 9V batteries and an instruction card.
Having a small, compact cleaning kit such as an Otis—with a toothbrush, bore brush, small bottle of lube and patches—will be very handy when your rifle or pistol doesn’t want to run and you need to clean it on the spot.
Otis kits come in a convenient storage pouch for easy transport to and from the range, and include all the necessary parts to clean your guns when you’re in a pinch.
The Real Avid Gun Tool has become hugely popular, and for good reason. They collect all the tools you’ll need to work on a firearm and pack them into one convenient package. Real Avid is also offering specialized versions—such as the Ruger Gun Tool, packed with the tools you’ll need to disassemble/clean any Ruger firearm. You can find them just about everywhere online, with various versions selling for specific applications.
RockTape is a high-tech elastic tape that supports muscles and joints without reducing range of movement. Rocktape is intended to support Achilles tendons, plantar fasciitis, lower back problems, shoulders, calves and more. It can provide greater support on the range, if your barrel is moving in a figure 8 while you’re acquiring your target, tape can help alleviate some of the sway which will give you a better chance to hit your target.
The Slide Fire SSAR-22 stock transforms the semi-automatic 10/22 into a rapid-firing, bump-fire gun. The kit includes an OGR stock, chassis system platform, handguard with an integrated Picatinny rail, interface block, nut retainer, hex key and mounting hardware.
Also included are a custom Slide Fire 3-pound, match-grade trigger; an A2 pistol grip; and a collapsible M4 buttstock for converting the 10/22 to a standard M4 configuration. The SSAR-22 kit is made in the USA and constructed from reinforced high-strength polymer, and it installs with no permanent modifications to your 10/22. It’s available in right- and left-hand models.