Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means shopping for the perfect gift for your sweetheart. While we always recommend a gun as one of the best gifts you can offer, sometimes rifles, pistols or shotguns are just slightly out of reach. For that reason, we’ve gathered up some great quick gear ideas for shoppers looking for versatile, functional gifts for gun folks.
Targets and Ammo
A dueling tree and other reactive targets help spice up range time. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
One thing any gun owner is sure to use on the range is targets. Though these tend to be affordable, constantly buying your own can add up. For this reason, consider stocking up on multiple packs of targets. Champion Targets, in particular, makes colorful and game-oriented targets that help gun owners work on skills or just have fun plinking. If your sweetheart has the luxury of a backyard range, take shooting to the next level by investing in a set of steel targets.
You can gift targets without also adding in some ammo for range day. Plinkers will appreciate value boxes of Winchester or American Eagle. Nothing says love like a full mag!
TheTrijicon RMR Type 2 on Shadow Systems’ MR918 Elite. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Optics are an easy means to increase accuracy while shooting and anything that makes your loved one smile on the range is worth investing in. While scopes help magnify targets, they also pull double duty providing markings that allow shooters to predict where shots will land once the trigger is pulled.
Red dots —which fit onto rifles or pistols – are a non-magnifying means to accurately place shots on target. These handy tools opt for an illuminated dot that serves as an aim point for shooters. Some shooters find red dots much easier to use than traditional iron sights.
Though a good scope or red dot isn’t going to be easy on the wallet, these gifts are practical and functional.
While we’re on the topic of range gear let’s not forget range clothes. Help your gun owner preserve their everyday wear by grabbing some range wear for them to sport while plinking. 5.11 Tactical and Vertx make decent options for men and women that are proven to hold up while training.
The Ruger M77 Hawkeye bolt-action rifle is a robust and budget-friendly hunting companion that will last you a lifetime. From deer and elk to smaller game, this reliable gun offers performance even in harsh conditions.