Top 10 New Year’s Gift Ideas for Gun Lovers

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Code Red: Christmas is in two weeks, the New Year. But fret not If you are still behind on your gift list. We can give you a helping hand, or head, to be more precise, if you still need a gift for a person who happens to love guns. The list is not extensive to save you time, there is a table of contents to give you the general idea, and the most expensive item on the list is $167 (the rest are cheaper than that). So, no more introduction, let’s cut to the chase. 

Gift Ideas

Shooting Targets
Metal Ammo Cans
Magpul DAKA Pouches
Shooting Glasses
Earmuffs
EDC Knife
Tactical Flashlight
Gun Cleaning Kit
Gun Belt
Rangefinder

Shooting Targets

There is no such thing as too many shooting targets. Since the majority of them cannot survive more than one rendezvous with a gun owner, one needs many a dozen targets to hone their marksmanship. But we are all just people, and sometimes it feels like more work than benefit buying extra targets, so we settle for something simpler. But you can break that vicious circle and spare those poor cans and plastic bottles the fate of being shot again and again. 

Shooting targets are an excellent gift option because there are just so many types to choose from that you can give a whole smorgasbord as a gift. You can surprise your giftee with a 3D resetting target from Birchwood Casey, or opt for traditional paper ones. They are the most numerous category, after all. There are targets that mimic the silhouettes of animals and people (check out this set of 100 Police Silhouette Targets) and the ones that play around the traditional bullseye form. If you lean on a more creative side or have a friend who might appreciate such a gift, Birchwood Casey has a line of Darkotic Targets with Zombies printed on them.  

Ammo Cans

Metal Ammo Cans

If you want to give something that will surely solve one of the gun owner’s problems, ammo can is always a safe choice. See, ammo flows in a never-ending river through gun owners’ houses, and all of us need to contain it somehow. We buy ammo quite frequently or in big volumes, and both of these scenarios call for some storage solution. 

Durable and versatile, metal ammo cans are perfect for storing and transporting ammunition. After all, how are we supposed to bring a hundred or two rounds to the range without bringing loads of ammo boxes? Ammo cans securely keep the rounds in one place, safe from moisture and dust. Some ammo cans are caliber-specific like this MTM AC3C 50 Cal Ammo Crate. Others are more versatile and can house ammo as well as whole magazines. If you want something to go along with the ammo can, you can put a set of magazine skins from GunSkins. They are super affordable and are not something a person would necessarily buy for themselves unless they really want to.

Magpul DAKA Pouches

Magpul DAKA Pouches

Continuing the “solving the problems” theme, there are storage solutions for items other than ammunition. Some of these items also need to be taken to the range, and we need them in one piece. For such things, Magpul DAKA pouches are simply indispensable. They are compact, they are versatile and they are good for organizing things in whatever bag one uses. There are see-through and opaque designs, a wide variety of colors, several size options and designs to choose from. They are resistant to water and dust, you can rest assured the contents will remain intact unless something truly extraordinary happens.

Oakley Shooting Glasses

Shooting Glasses

Now let’s transition from solving problems to preventing them. It’s hard to convey how important safety is when it comes to gun handling in general. This includes the safety of people around as well as the gun owners themselves. Shooting glasses protect the eyes from potential hazards like ricochets, debris, and even less tangible threats like UV rays. With shatterproof lenses and different tint options in their arsenal, shooting glasses can keep the wearer’s eyes safe while also increasing visibility in varying light conditions.

If you want to give a pair of high-quality shooting glasses as a gift, the OAKLEY Standard Issue Ballistic Sunglasses are just what you’re looking for. This particular model features Prizm lens technology, which enhances color, contrast and clarity, thereby improving visibility and target recognition which ultimately results in improved accuracy. The glasses’ ballistic-rated design ensures they meet stringent safety standards and are built to withstand the rigors of shooting sports.

Walkers Ear Muffs

Earmuffs

Let’s say your giftee’s eyes don’t need a new protector, but their ears might! The movies created an image of a shot being distinct, but only slightly loud and uncomfortable to the ears, which has nothing to do with reality. In reality, shots are extremely loud, to the point they can impair hearing if one is exposed long enough. But there is a way to prevent that from happening. Shooting earmuffs are an essential line of defense against potential hearing damage. Of course, every range provides shooters with ear muffs, but it’s always better to have a pair of your own. Besides, your giftee might wait to sharpen their skills out in the wild, and no one is lending ear muffs there. 

The Walkers Game Ultimate Power Ear Muffs are a perfect example of high-quality shooting earmuffs. They’re designed not just to reduce harmful noise, but also to amplify low-level sounds, providing a balance between protection and situational awareness. This dual functionality is particularly useful for hunters or shooters who need to be aware of their environment while also protecting their hearing.

These earmuffs feature four individual high-frequency response microphones (seen on the upper part of each earmuff) that provide superior sound directionality. This means that the wearer can accurately identify the source of a sound, which can be crucial in hunting or tactical scenarios. Compared with the device’s superior noise reduction rating, Walkers Game Ear Muffs make for an excellent gift for a gun lover.

Kershaw-Knives-EDC

EDC Knife

There isn’t a single person who wouldn’t benefit from having an EDC, gun lover or not. But, since we know almost surely that your giftee values preparedness, an Everyday Carry knife has all the chance to be to their liking. EDC knives are typically compact and designed for easy carry, making them a handy tool to have at all times. They can be used for simple tasks like opening packages or cutting cords, as well as more complex tasks like food preparation or even self-defense in emergencies. The versatility and practicality of folding knives can come in handy in a myriad of situations, so you are basically giving a skeleton key of a knife world. 

The Kershaw Leek 3in Black Folding Knife is a prime example of a high-quality EDC knife. It features a 3-inch blade made from high-carbon stainless steel, known for its durability. The knife’s slim, sleek design makes it easy to carry, whether in a pocket, bag or attached to a belt. Its black-oxide coating not only gives it an attractive finish but also provides extra corrosion resistance. But the main standout feature is its SpeedSafe-assisted opening mechanism, which makes one-handed handling a piece of cake.

Maglite Tactical Flashlights

Tactical Flashlight

We all could use some light in our lives, so a flashlight can be both a practical and symbolic gift. Tactical flashlights are better than regular ones, as you can rest assured they will break only under the harshest of conditions. Besides, there is much more to them than being just an ordinary source of light. Whereas a tactical flashlight is primarily used to illuminate dark environments, in emergencies, it can serve as a signaling device or even as a self-defense weapon. The last case is an unlikely use for a gun lover, but hey, it’s better to have an option and not use it than to need one and not have it.

Among the brands that produce light products, Streamlight is a leader, at least one of the leaders for sure. Their Poly-Stinger LED Flashlight boasts everything one might need from a flashlight. It features a powerful 385-lumen output, capable of both lighting up large areas or focusing on distant objects. This flashlight also offers three different lighting modes—high, medium, and low—allowing the user to adjust the intensity based on their needs.

One significant advantage of this particular model is its durable construction. The housing is made from super-tough, non-conductive nylon polymer, sure to withstand rough handling, whether in the shooting range or wilderness. Additionally, it comes with AC/DC chargers, which makes the flashlight a cost-effective and environmentally friendly choice compared to disposable battery-powered flashlights.

Gun Cleaning Kits

Gun Cleaning Kit

If you want to show you care for a person, give them something they can use to take care of something they enjoy. A gun cleaning kit is an indispensable tool for any responsible firearm enthusiast, which also makes it a thoughtful gift. Proper maintenance of firearms not only extends their lifespan but also ensures their safe and efficient operation. Therefore, a comprehensive gun cleaning kit makes for a wonderful gift idea for a gun owner.

The thing about gun cleaning kits is that, to be effective, they need to be tailored for a specific caliber. And unless you know exactly what firearm your giftee uses, choosing a gun cleaning kit might be a bit of a shot in the dark. You play it safe and fish out this information casually or venture a guess. If you choose the latter, the OTIS 5.56mm & 9mm I-Mod Cleaning System might be a good choice. It’s a well-rounded gun cleaning kit fit for two extremely popular calibers. This kit includes everything needed for a thorough cleaning: bore brushes, a cleaning rod, Memory-Flex cables and various cleaning patches and solvents. All these tools are neatly organized in a compact, lightweight soft pack case, making it easy to carry to the range or on hunting trips.

If you want to go with something even more versatile, you can take a look at the Beretta Universal Tactical Cleaning Kit. It contains tools you can use to maintain shotguns (12, 20 and .410 gauges), pistols (calibers 9mm, .38, .40) and even .45 carbines.

Gun Belts

Gun Belt

Concealed carry is an extremely common practice, so you can take it as a base when deciding on the gift. A proper gun belt is an essential accessory for any CC practitioner, but it might be a good choice for other gun enthusiasts as well. Unlike regular belts, a gun belt is designed to support the weight of a firearm without sagging, twisting, or bending. This is crucial for maintaining a consistent and reliable draw stroke, which can make a significant difference in self-defense scenarios. It also provides a secure and accessible platform for carrying other essentials (our folding knife sends its regards). Besides, a gun belt can also be a fashion accessory, so it’s really a two-for-one gift.

The Nexbelt Bond Gun Belt could be a simple fashionable belt, but its robust construction makes it a perfect fit for a CC belt. It’s made from a combination of leather and nylon, providing an optimal balance of durability and flexibility. This belt is also reinforced with a poly-core interior, ensuring it remains stable and rigid even when supporting firearms that lean on the heavier side.

Halo Rangefinder

Rangefinder

Finally, if you know the gun lover you’re choosing a gift for also happens to be a hunter or specializes in long-distance shooting, a rangefinder can be a solid option. They can bring the shooting experience to a new level by providing precise distance measurements that shooters can use to adjust their aim. The lack of guesswork is crucial in hunting scenarios where estimating the correct distance to the target can make the difference between a prized trophy and a missed opportunity.

The Halo Optics XLR2000 Rangefinder is a rangefinder that any gun enthusiast would be happy to receive. It boasts an impressive range of up to 2000 yards and offers 6x magnification, making it ideal for both hunting and long-distance shooting. Its Auto Acquisition feature acquires instant readings on targets even when they’re moving, which is especially beneficial for tracking game in the wild.

There are many other items that could make for great gifts for a gun owner. Being a store that focuses on firearms and firearm-related products, we have a widest collection of items that would put a smile on any gun owner’s face. Be it range equipment, firearm accessories, something from the realm of storage solutions or hunting gear, we have many items and trinkets you could put in a stocking or under the Christmas tree.

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