Perfect Gifts for Gun Lovers [2018]: All Budgets

Perfect Gifts for Gun Lovers
Perfect Gifts for Gun Lovers

So you know your friend, family member, or significant other likes guns.

But that’s about it…

Don’t worry!

We’ll help you choose the perfect gift for them…and at whatever budget you want to spend.

We’ll focus on general gifts that any gun lover would want…not something that’s very subject to personal taste or type of gun.  But if you have an idea of what guns/gear they already have…check out our Editor’s Picks for specific recommendations.

Almost everything is what I use myself (and would recommend).

*Updated 2018 with more tested goodies!

$25 and Under

Shooting Targets

Splatterburst Targets

Splatterburst Targets

If there’s one thing a gun lover can always use more of it’s ammo and shooting targets.

Since you might not know what caliber they are shooting (or if you do click here), you can’t go wrong with targets that easily show where you’ve shot them.

Tactical Stocking

Tactical Stocking

Tactical Stocking

Prices accurate at time of writing

A little lols for the holiday…although I do *hat-tip* the person who first thought of tactical stockings.  Multicam all the way for me.

Real Bullet Cufflinks

Bullet Cufflinks

Bullet Cufflinks

Prices accurate at time of writing

I gave bullet cufflinks to my groomsmen as part of their gift box.  Guaranteed to get lots of remarks at the next social event.

There’s a couple variations but unless your gun lover has really large wrists, I would stay away from shotgun shell (12 gauge) cufflinks.

Ammo Cans

Everyone can use more ammo cans to hold small accessories and…ammo.

I like the size of the .50 Caliber ammo can shown above.  But you can also opt for the smaller .30 Caliber ($19) can too.

There’s some genuine used ones out there but I’ve found those are a crapshoot…you might end up with a smelly rusty one.

Blowout Kit

QuikClot Trauma Pak

QuikClot Trauma Pak

Prices accurate at time of writing

Hopefully something that is never used…but it’s always good to have a blowout/trauma kit in your range bag.  Has “Quikclot” to aid in blood clotting and comes in a small sealable bag.

Combo it with a Compression Bandage and Tourniquet to take care of the most serious injuries.

Tactical Ugly Sweaters

Ugly Gun Christmas Sweater

Ugly Gun Christmas Sweater

Prices accurate at time of writing

I’m totally getting this AR-15 sweater ($20) if there’s an ugly sweater event.  Make sure to read the reviews since it seems some “sweaters” are more like t-shirt material.

Camouflage Tie and Gun Tie Bar

Camo Tie

Camo Tie

Prices accurate at time of writing

Ties.com Tie and Tie Bar
Camo Tie and Gun Tie Bar

Have to suit up sometimes?  This camo tie ($25) and gun tie bar ($20) from Ties.com has got your guy covered.

$25 – $50 Gifts

Electronic Earmuffs

Howard Leight Impact Sport

Howard Leight Impact Sport

If you’ve ever been to the range with normal earmuffs or those pesky foam things…you know it’s hard to hear other people talking.

“HUH?!?” you loudly scream?

These electronic earmuffs amplify normal sounds while still cutting off gunshots.  There’s a reason it’s 10k+ reviews with 4.5 stars.

Tactical & EDC (Everyday Carry) Flashlight

Tested Flashlights
Tested Flashlights

We bought the most popular flashlights and subjected them to torture tests and daily use.

Our pick for a favorite “tactical” flashlight is the ThruNite TN12 for outstanding brightness and tail-cap activated so you can hold a pistol in one hand and flashlight in the other.  Check out the other Tactical Flashlights.

Best Tactical Flashlight
ThruNite TN12 2016 XP-L

ThruNite TN12 2016 XP-L

Prices accurate at time of writing

Our favorite pick for an everyday carry (EDC) is the Fenix PD25 for it’s compact size and multiple modes.  Check out the other EDC Flashlights.

Best Overall EDC Light
Fenix PD25

Fenix PD25

Prices accurate at time of writing

Cleaning Kit

M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaning Kit

M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaning Kit

My go-to cleaning kit with my favorite cleaner and oil combination.  Suitable for a wide range of guns.

The soft-sided pouch also makes it easy to pack it up for the range.

Accurizing Torque Wrench

Wheeler Accurizing Torque Wrench

Wheeler Accurizing Torque Wrench

If you know your buddy is more hands on with his guns, this torque wrench will enable them to mount scopes and other accessories at the correct poundage to maximize accuracy.  A must have for any serious precision shooter or builder.

$50 – $100 Gifts

Everyday Carry Knife

Spyderco Delica 4

Spyderco Delica 4

Prices accurate at time of writing

Even if your buddy isn’t into the EDC scene…he’ll love this Delica 4 knife.

Great blade and super easy to open with a flick of your fingers and wrist.

Take my word for it…4 years and still going strong.

Gun Bag and Shooting Mat

VISM Shooting Mat

VISM Shooting Mat

Prices accurate at time of writing

This combo range bag and shooting mat is what I use to carry my rifles to the range.  And then plop onto for those long range precision shots.

I like how it has shoulder straps plus places for putting notes on your shooting holds.

Multitool

Leatherman Wave Multitool

Leatherman Wave Multitool

Prices accurate at time of writing

Leatherman’s best selling multitool and what I have in my range bag.  Enough said.

$100+ Gifts

Tactical Watches

Sunto Core Watch

Sunto Core Watch

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Suunto Core (Black on Black) came highly recommended and it’s what I’ve worn for the past five years.

I love the look and the measurements it can take (altimeter, barometer, compass, temperature).  Downside is that the black on black can sometimes be hard to read and I’ve had to replace the battery every year.

Or for something less tactical…the Casio PRW-3000 ($180)

Weapons Flashlight

Streamlight TLR-1 HL

Streamlight TLR-1 HL

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Streamlight TLR-1 is my go-to flashlight to put on my pistols.

Bright, robust, and with strobe capability.

Electronic Ear Muffs

My Hearing Protection
My Hearing Protection

If you know they shoot a lot…get them the best and what I use…the MSA Sordin Supreme X .  Super clarity and most importantly…the most comfortable ear muffs I’ve ever tried.  Make sure to get the ones with “gel seals.”

MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X

MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X

Rifle Case

Pelican 1700

Pelican 1700

Prices accurate at time of writing

It would probably help to know if your buddy has a rifle and a crappier case.  But if they do…upgrade them!

The Pelican 1700 is the gold standard for hard cases with pressure venting, pickable-foam to fit anything, and rolling wheels.

Gun Safe

Fort Knox FTK-PB Handgun Safe

Fort Knox FTK-PB Handgun Safe

Prices accurate at time of writing

My go-to safe for my home defense pistol is the Fort Knox FTK-PB.  It’s what I suggest to all my friends.

Check out my full review here.

Or is your buddy super techy and would appreciate a biometric AND Bluetooth enabled safe?

Vaultek Safes

Vaultek Safes

Prices accurate at time of writing

Full review of the different versions here.

I Have No Idea…I Need Gift Cards

Ok, no judgement.  Sometimes it is best to let them choose their own gift.  These are my go-to places for everything gun.

Conclusion

Did that help?  What perfect gift did you end up getting for the gun lover in your life?

And if you need more inspiration (or have some idea of what guns or gear they have)…check out our Editor’s Picks.

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Joe L
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Optics Planet has become my go-to for Firearm accessories. You can always find a coupon code for X% off, or free shipping. What’s more is you can use your Amazon account for payment, so Amazon gift cards can be used as well.

Jeff
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Another interesting & informative article. I’d suggest “Sportsman’s Guide” for “Shoot-N-See” targets and ammo cans. They have the best pricing anywhere and frequently offer free S/H. There’s a (optional) yearly membership fee of $39.99. They give you back $20 in coupons after joining. Been a member since 2013. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars a year on their lower (membership) prices plus free S/H. Example: $13.49 (on sale from $17.49) for qty. 100 6″ dia. “Shoot-n-See” targets or qty. 50 8″ dia. or qty. 25 12″ dia. targets. They’re ammo prices are hard to beat too.

James Chen
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I just also want to thank you and the other writers for the wonderful articles! This blog was the perfect intro to the world of guns and shooting, especially for someone who grew up in NYC. Keep up the great work!

33ww
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“EDC scene”? Lol

David
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Eric, I love your blog and your posts. Great work. I read every one of them.

For some reason, the product photos are not loading on this post when I view it on my iPhone. Just thought you might like to know. It renders just fine on my desktop using Safari. This has happened on others posts as well.

You do a GREAT job!
David