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The hardest people to buy gifts for are people who are REALLY into their hobby. You don’t want to buy them the wrong thing, or something that they won’t use.
Don’t worry, if you’re finding this post because you’ve got a competitive shooter in your life, I’m here to help.
A lot of shooters use grip lotion on their hands when shooting. It helps get a little more grip on the gun, especially on those hot sweaty days on the range.
Safety gear is really important, as is being able to see the gun and targets as unobstructed and clearly as possible. I recently (earlier this year) upgraded to some of these Wiley X Saber Advanced glasses for shooting. They’ve got interchangeable lenses, and they’re high quality. Previous to buying these, I was using regular sunglasses which didn’t offer the protection that these do, and they obstructed more of my vision that these do. I’m a big fan of them.
These Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic ear muffs are pretty much the standard ear muffs in action pistol shooting. It seems like everybody and their brother has them, probably because they’re pretty inexpensive, and they work pretty well.
Electronic ear muffs are great for competitive shooters because they allow you to have a conversation by amplifying voices, but cutting out the loud crack of gun shots. When we’re trying to hear what the range officer is telling us, or scoring targets, or just shooting the breeze, these are pretty great.
If you’re wanting to get the shooter in your life the best of the best, consider the MSA Sordin ear muffs. I’ve not personally used them, but I have several friends who use them and give them lots of praise.
A lot of shooters don’t want to spend the money to buy actual targets for practice. Some folks will scavenge the range after a match to get their hands on some old, shot up, junky targets to use in practice. A while back I bought 100 USPSA targets for use in practice, and it’s so nice to have the actual targets that I see at a match to use in practice. They last a long time, you can generally use them for several practice sessions, and a big box of targets would be a great gift for the competitive shooter in your life.
If you’re loved one is a USPSA shooter, get either style of these targets:
Alternatively, if your loved one is an IDPA shooter, get these:
If you’re not sure what game the person you’re buying for shoots, send me an email at [email protected] and we’ll figure it out together.
If you’re getting them some targets, get them some pasters too. These are little brown stickers used in competition to cover up the bullet holes from one shooter to the next so that targets can be accurately scored. They’re also great for practice so you can really see how you’re doing on different drills.
If the competitive shooter in your life reloads their own ammo, it’s really important that they have a chronograph. Basically, this device tells them how fast their bullets are going. This is important, because in most competitions, if your bullets aren’t going fast enough you can’t shoot for score, and if they’re going too fast, it could be unsafe.
I have the Caldwell Precision Chronograph, and I really like it. It’s pretty inexpensive, has an app for your Android or iOS device, and mine works great. You can spend a LOT more on different brands, but I’ve been really happy with the Caldwell.
Anyone who is at all serious about competitive shooting should have their own shot timer. When I finally bought one, it was a turning point in my shooting, and helped me go from C-class to A-class in 6 months.
A nice quality gun rug is a really nice thing to have. This 5.11 Tactical one looks nice, because it has a separate zippered compartment for the pistol to go in, that keeps it separate from the magazines. I don’t personally own this one, but I like the looks of it, and 5.11 makes good stuff.
Here’s a few books that are highly regarded in the shooting sports:
I really like having a set of gloves when I’m at a competition. They’re great for a couple reasons:
- Picking up and re-setting steel targets. The targets are always covered in lead from getting hit with bullets, and they always seem to fall in the mud.
- Set-up and tear-down. Targets are stapled to sticks, which can tear up your hands, and tearing down at the end of the day can get dirty too.
My Mechanix gloves have a permanent spot in my range bag just for this sort of stuff.
Hopefully this list was helpful. If you’ve got any questions about more specific gifts for the competitive shooter in your life, shoot me an email at [email protected] and I’ll do my best to help you out.