Father’s Day is on the horizon, so we thought we’d put together a list of guns that all dads should aspire to add to their safe. These guns serve different purposes, but they all have a special dad quality to each of them. So, without further ado, lace up your New Balances, fire up the grill, and sit back as we run through the five most sought after, highly praised guns that every dad should own.

1. Hunting Rifle for Medium to Large Game – Remington 700


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The Remington 700 is a versatile gun that can be classic looking or adapt to a more modern day feel. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)

If dad likes going after whitetail in the fall, then he’s already got this gun covered. Every dad should feel the calling to provide meals for his family, and wild game is perhaps the best main course to provide. Not only is the protein purer than store-bought meats, but it really brings the circle of life back around to the dinner table in a meaningful way. Plus, there are endless ways to cook delicious wild game into everything from jalapeno poppers and smoked venison brisket to homemade jerky that are sure to be a hit. 

All that said, a good hunting rifle should be an essential for dad. The GDC Staff pick is a Remington 700, which provides classic style and bolt-action reliability that is paired with a time-tested winner in the field. Even if you’re dad wants something other than a bolt-action rifle, there is plenty of selection to choose from below.




2. Plinking Rifle – Ruger 10/22


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The Ruger 10/22 is timeless. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)

This dad is all about starting firearms training at a young age so kids have time to master safety and shooting techniques early. What’s more classically American than bonding with your dad on the range while knocking down old soda cans? To that end, millions of dads across the country from all different backgrounds and upbringings have turned to the Ruger 10/22 for generations


It is perhaps one of the most versatile firearms on the planet. It can meet the demands of any dad looking to create lifelong memories on the range. Pair that with drum mags that can exceed 100 rounds, and the range is sure to be a fun day.

Check out our great selection of Ruger 10/22s below.



3. Magnum Revolver – Colt Python


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The Colt Python is as American as apple pie or muscle cars. (Photo: Guns.com)

It doesn’t matter if your dad wears orthopedic shoes and tucks his shirt into his underwear. If he busts out a Colt Python on the range, he’s got some sense of style. Let’s be honest, all magnum revolvers are cool, but the Colt Python – especially those of yesteryear – are like the Cadillacs of all magnum revolvers

There is something special about holding one and shooting it that makes you feel better about yourself. Whether it’s hanging off a Yaqui holster at a Texas BBQ or stuffed in the range bag for shooting trip, the gun will always be iconic. Dads everywhere should aspire to own a magnum revolver, especially if it’s a Colt Python. Check out a nice selection of Pythons below.




4. Home Defense Rifle or Shotgun – The AR-15 Rifle or AR-12 Shotgun


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The AR-15 is America's Rifle for a reason, there isn't much it's not capable of, just like a good dad. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)

If dad loves being tacticool, then he probably turns to an AR-style home defense gun. The AR-15 has many practical uses for home defense. Among the chief benefits is that you can dress it up or down as you like. AR-patterned rifles have also become increasingly affordable again, whether you want to buy new or used. Dad can start simple and build his way up. If looking for an affordable and sleek beginner AR rifle look no further than the ZRO Delta Base rifle.

If that doesn't get you going find any number of AR-15s below.



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AR-12 shotguns are all the rage these days. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/Guns.com)

Along the same lines, shotguns like the AR-12 are becoming increasingly popular due to a surge in imports. Typically, you will see these in either a bullpup or AR-style rifle configuration. Just like their rifle counterparts, they feature plenty of Picatinny rail for as many upgrades as dad desires. Whether it’s a light or a laser, tacticool has never looked so stylish. If you're looking for a good AR-12 shotgun that will make dad look extra tacticool then look no further than Landor Arms. Great shotguns at a good price.

If those don't work for you then check out any of the others below. 



5. The Always Collectible 1911 – Union Switch & Signal M1911


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The 1911 is a throwback and a must have for dads everywhere. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)

A list of guns for dad wouldn’t be complete without a throwback to one of the greatest pistol designs of all time, the 1911. John Moses Browning’s masterpiece deserves a spot in every dad’s safe. Even if it’s not shot, even if it’s just a safe queen, a 1911 is as iconic American as it gets. Therefore, every proud American dad needs one of these. 

We happen to have a beautiful old WWII dated Union Switch & Signal that would make a great collectible. This gun has been around and certainly witnessed some history. If it could tell stories, I’m sure it would have some doozies. If trigger time over collectibility is more dad’s thing, then we also have a wide collection of 1911s ready to hit the range any day of the week.

Pick anything from Ed Brown and Wilson Combat 1911s to Springfield and Rock Island Armory by just clicking that button below.




It doesn’t matter if your dad has one or all the guns on the list, he’s doing good. Treat him right this Father’s Day by taking him out for a trip to the range. If guns are too expensive for your blood, be sure to check out the gift guide we put together of gifts under $100 for the range. A trip to the range is always appreciated, especially if you’re shooting with dad and any one of the guns mentioned above. 

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