The season of gift giving is in full swing and if you’re still stumped as to what to get that special shooter in your life, I have some ideas. Let’s face it, gun enthusiasts can be tough people to buy for. Here is my latest video on 4 gift ideas for the shooter followed by a few of my favorite things if you’re still searching for the perfect present this holiday season.
This one is a very popular gift for the the holidays and whether you’re looking for a small handgun safe or a large, multi-gun vault, safes are the kind of thing people often have a hard time buying for themselves. The shooter that already owns a keyed handgun vault will appreciate a biometric upgrade like the Liberty HDX 250 Handgun Vault. A large, secure gun safe that fits a number of guns and valuables gives its new owner a sense of security all year round. Bonus! Liberty Safes happens to be running this promotion right now.
I’ve been loving the Rudy Project Tralyx’s ventilation this season and in a recent Youtube video I talked about Rudy’s latest shooting kit, the Tralyx XL Shooting Kit. Help your shooter replace old, scratched up eye pro with a fashionable option with lens options and a carrying case. Shooting kit offerings are available here.
An affordable gift, books make a great gift and there are many to choose from. There are beautiful coffee table books featuring favorite brands and historic firearms to how-to-books like my book SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition, a primer for those interested in getting started in the shooting sports. There is even an adult coloring book for the connoisseur of firearms, Full Metal Coloring by my friend Kimberly Kolb Eakin
A sharp looking shooting jersey can turn heads on the range and Techwear makes great ones. In fact, I partnered with them for my very own Julie Golob Signature Jersey. You can purchase many designs ready for sale here so your special shooter someone can look as good as they shoot. Keep in mind you’ll want to order this gift sooner than later because they are made to order. According to Techwear, you’ll need to get your orders in by Dec. 12th in order to make it in time for Christmas Eve and Hanukkah or you can always request a gift certificate, more on that later.
Upgrading that old competition rig to a new Safariland ELS set up is something a competitive shooter will greatly appreciate. For that CCW holder a new holster like the IWB 575 GLS that provides a fully adjustable cant and fits most popular compact and subcompact pistols is a gift that will make a great “fit.”
You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate because, let’s face it, shooters can be so picky! It makes gift cards a great present for specialty items or as a stocking stuffer when you’re really stumped. It’s also an advised option if you’re buying clothing. For example, giving a gift certificate to Girls With Guns Clothing is the ideal way to let that lady shooter in your life pick a garment that fits her personality and style.
Seriously, you cannot go wrong with a box or case or two of ammo for your shooter. Look for that new load they’ve been wanting to give a try, like Federal Premium Syntech. You can buy a box of HST’s, favorite hunting load or a brick of 22’s. You’ll be giving a gift they truly makes an impact. 😉
MSR’s, revolvers, 1911’s and striker-fired guns? Yes, please! Giving a firearm is a most memorable and generous gift for responsible gun owner but do keep in mind there are some things you should know about gifting guns. The National Shooting Sports Foundation spells it out nicely here.
If there’s one thing I love about the shooting community is its generosity. Donations to a veteran’s charity, junior shooting program, gun rights organization or shooter in need are just a few ideas that help spread kindness and goodwill. Make the donation in your special shooter someone’s name for a gift that represents the season.