Valentine’s Day Gun Gifts From YOU to YOU [2019]

Who is the Mosin-portant person in your life?

If you’re looking for a gun-obsessed significant other…we have an article for that (Best Gifts for Gun Lovers).

But how about something for yourself?

John Wick Sommelier
John Wick Sommelier

Something that is a little more gun oriented?  And ever so slightly Valentine’s related.

Get ready for some terrible puns too.

Best AR-15 Muzzle Brake

Want to get back on target faster after each shot?  We hands-on tested a bunch of AR-15 muzzle brakes and crown our winner…

It had the least recoil and super minimal reticle movement.  Check it out in our video testing of side blast, decibel readings, and reticle movement.

The M4-72 Severe Duty is our overall winner but we also have picks for brake/compensator hybrid, most high-tech brake, and best bang-for-the-buck in our Best AR-15 Muzzle Brakes Article.

Tested Muzzle Brakes
Tested Muzzle Brakes

Best Electronic Ear Protection

Want to be able to hear your significant other when you go to the range?

You’ll want some electronic ear pro that cuts out the loud shooting sounds but amplifies regular speaking tones.

Three Electronic Earmuffs
Three Electronic Earmuffs

Our favorite is the Howard Leight Impact Sport since it’s pretty comfy, effective, and affordable.

Most Affordable Electronic Protection

But if you want to ball it out with our favorite…the MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X is what we use for extended range and competition sessions.

Editor's Pick Electronic Protection

Check out more details and picks (even passive protection ones) in 7 Best Shooting Ear Protection Options.

Tank Valentine
Tank Valentine…Just Because

Best AR500 Shooting Targets

Another fun thing to pick up to have fun at the range.

Nothing is more satisfying than hearing that steel *PING* when your round hits an AR500 target.

Long Range Testing PSA AR-10
Long Range Testing PSA AR-10

There’s tons of manufacturers out there but our favorite is Shoot Steel.  We’ll have a review coming soon but we love their regular targets which are pretty affordable.

But that’s not why we’re here.  This is some of their cool stuff…

356 at Shoot Steel

Prices accurate at time of writing


Best High Caliber Target Steel
176 at Shoot Steel

Prices accurate at time of writing

See more manufacturers and types of targets in Best AR500 Steel Targets.

Best AR-15 Pistol

These short-barreled AR pistols are tons of fun.

Couple of AR-15 Pistol Uppers
Couple of AR-15 Pistol Uppers

Our favorite entry-level one that has always gone bang for us is PSA’s 10.5 inch.

Best Budget AR-15 Pistol
549 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

We’d suggest going with the 10.5″ over the 7.5″ since it’s a lot more manageable in terms of recoil and loudness.

If you want to check out more uppers (and full AR pistols), see our Best AR-15 Pistols article.

Best AR-15 Uppers

Want a little more variety in your (AR-15) life?

One of our go-to recommendations is with Aero Precision.

Aero Precision M4E1 16 Midlength Pencil
Aero Precision M4E1 16 Midlength Pencil

It’s solidly built AND is nicely finished.  Plus it’s affordable.

If you want to go cheaper but will still always go bang…you can’t go wrong with PSA.

Best Bang-for-the-Buck
250 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out the full reviews and more recommendations in Best AR-15 Uppers.

Best Gun Belts

Need to keep those pants up with a handgun and extra mags?

Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness
Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness

We cover the best leather ones for concealed carry…that don’t scream GUN.

To the best nylon belts with COBRA buckles…

Blue Alpha Gear EDC Belts
Blue Alpha Gear EDC Belts
Editor's Pick Nylon Belt
69 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out the rest of our tested belts in Best Gun Belts for the Range and CCW.

Best Optics & Scopes

If you can’t quickly see your target…you’re not going to hit it.

A Couple AR-15 Optics
A Couple AR-15 Optics

If you’re just getting into the world of red dots…you can start with the Bushnell TRS-25 that’s held up nicely on my AK pistol.

And is really affordable…

Our favorite sub-$200 red dot is the Holosun HS403.

Editor's Choice
170 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

While our bring-to-battle optic is the Aimpoint PRO.

Want something magnified?

Our favorite 1-6x is the Primary Arms ACSS Reticle.

ACSS Reticle
ACSS Reticle

And how about long range…

Our favorite for 4-16x is the Steiner PX4i

Now…we have TONS more reviews and suggestions for optics.  From 3x magnifiers to truly long range scopes (5-25x).

Tested Long Range Scopes
Just a few of our favorite things

Check them all out in Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes.

Best Tactical/EDC Flashlights

Light up the love of your life with some eye-searing flashlights.

Best EDC & Tactical Flashlights
Best EDC & Tactical Flashlights

Our favorite tactical one (more power) is ThruNite TN12 with 1100 lumens.

TN12 Hill Shot 20 Yards
TN12 Hill Shot 20 Yards

And also gives you a .4 lumens to make it the perfect camping piss light too.

Best Overall
40 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

As for EDC, our favorite light is the Fenix PD25.

PD25 Hill, 20 Yards
PD25 Hill, 20 Yards
Best Overall EDC Light
58 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

See more of our tested lights in Best Tactical Lights and Best EDC Lights.

Best EDC Knife

edc pocket knives
Best EDC Knives

Our favorite pocket knife that won’t make you cry if you lose it goes to the Kershaw Leek.

Best for Light Duty
36 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

While our Writer’s Choice goes to the Benchmade Griptilian.

Writer's Choice
88 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

See the rest of our tested knives in our 8 Best EDC Knives article.


Shoot Valentines
Shoot Valentines

Check out these and more of our favorite guns and gear in Editor’s Picks.

2 Leave a Reply

  • Louis Figueroa

    Eric, When you get a chance, check out the Witt Machine 3 piece directional muzzle brake. I performs as each of the ones you have listed, but includes screw on blast deflector sleeves for use at a noise considerate range, a three gun match, or a uspsa match.

    3 months ago
  • Patrick

    Given that this is the Valentines Day article, I am surprised that there was no mention of "Thunder Bra's" or "Thunder-wear"! Whats a happy Valentines Day without a Flash-Bang Bra for the one special lady in your life?

    3 months ago
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