Holiday Gift Guide-2016
Gifts for Birthday and Christmas for your guy or girl enjoying the outdoors .
As I get older I keep being asked what I want for my Birthday, Christmas etc.
And I think I am a pretty easy guy to buy for but apparently I, like other men who get off the couch and actually do things are hard to get a decent gift for.
So I will break it down into simple categories for family members and wives or significant others to figure out. And guys, send a link to the wife ( for you) or Mom for Dad and make this year a little easier.
Every man needs a good pair of binoculars. Not a Wally world pair.
A set he carries with pride, he can see the game from the cheap seats, or animals at dusk and dawn. Even the neighbors through the window.
Or maybe not if they are as ugly as me.
These are range finders and Binoculars in one, so 2 pieces of gear are replaced with one. Yes they are pricey. But add up what you spend on binoculars, range finders and you’ll see where 1 purchase of quality is worth every penny.
I highly recommend a tripod for using these binoculars. They are very stable on a tripod and allow you to glass for longer periods without tiring your arms and eyes.
If you need a pair for a lot less money remember you get what you pay for with binoculars, but I have 2 pairs of these and they have served well for many years
Advantages over the Swarovski? They are much less a hit on the check book. They are OK glass, very rugged and have served me well. If you never look through a pair of the Swarovski glasses you will never know the difference. I like these as much as Leupold or Vortex glass which is amazingly clear and bright all the way to the edges.
Remember, you are attaching a very significant amount of money invested in your binoculars to the tripod to hold them steady. Invest a little in a stable and well constructed tripod which will take adaptors for your particular model of binocular. Tripods aren’t something I usually carry when walking, but sitting they are worth their weight in gold for long periods looking through glass.
At some point most men who shoot want to learn how to reload their own ammunition
For that they need a kit with all the basics and then when they have the basics some items to make life easier.
I like a Turret press for basic loading as opposed to the single stage press most recommend because I set my dies up and leave them , and buy extra turrets for different die sets. I can put 2 sets in each turret so there is a minimum time between changing dies.
Something else if you are already reloading Ive found to be irreplaceable is an Electronic Powder Measure
The RCBS gets higher reviews in reloading forums and gun venues than all other electronic measures. I know I bought one after seeing a friends work for years without issues.
I have one of these as well as the Turret press above. I love them both and can load easily 100 rounds an hour for much less initial cost than a progressive press. Also, most hunting cartridges cant be reloaded on progressive presses because they are too long. The Turret press has no issues loading cases over 3 inches long.
Ultrasonic case cleaners are faster, easier to use when you need to clean cases before loading. This is a better option in my opinion than the solid media case cleaners sold cheaper. I find the Ultrasonic cleaners , using liquid media do a much better job cleaning cases than the solid media types.
I have a pile of these, literally.
The sticks I usually grab are my Trigger Sticks. I have 2 sets, a tall set with the rifle rest adapter which replaces the “V” on the top of the tripod.
I use these for walking in areas where the brush is chest high and there are no convenient rests for longer shots.
The real use for the rifle rest is zeroing heavy recoiling rifles like the 375H&H I will discuss in a later post. Standing holding a heavy recoiling rifle is much easier on the shooter, the rifle and chiropractor.
I am totally sold on solid rests for optics and rifles when I am hunting. It makes a huge difference and experienced hunters try these and love them.
In the category of rests I have used a Lead Sled for sighting in rifles. Without a doubt they work well and keep the shooter from being beaten to death testing loads for hunting or target shooting.
I have seen older models of this type which are not padded, break gun stocks. Its not the fault of the sled or the rifle. Shooters will add too much weight so the stock has to absorb the recoil completely and usually breaks off at the pistol grip. The padding and the twin rails on this version seems to work better, but it is VERY important to not overload the weight tray and break your stock.
Like most tools, they are great when used properly, and a pain when they aren’t.
This is the newest version from Caldwell, and I want one.
Ladies, if you need to get your husband out of the house and someplace besides the corner bar, maybe he should take up predator hunting. And the best way to push him out the door to do that is get him a new call
My favorite are the FoxPro digital calls. Yes again I have one of these and they work well. A good way to keep hubby off the couch and out excercising in the cold.
At the risk of starting a fued in the family, Ive never seen anyone not appreciate a good knife from ESEE
I prefer a plain edge, no serrations which are difficult to sharpen and I don’t feel make a good knife better.
I would never be upset receiving one of these either.
Ultrasonic cleaners for guns are a hidden gem in the industry, but if your significant other has hand guns they are a gift from above.
Just drop them in and turn it on. When you come back its clean, just hang it with a wire hook to let it dry.
Every man who owns a rifle and wants to take the best care of it needs a Rifle Vise. I have this model and I wont be without it. It keeps the rifle secure, doesn’t make a mess on the living room or dining table because all your chemicals stay in the slots provided and will keep domestic peace during gun cleaning
And a smaller version to keep your rifle up out of the dirt or off the concrete tables at the range. I own 2 of these, they are great for cleaning rifles at the range. It folds and drops into the range bag nicely.
After breaking more sectioned cleaning rods in the military and the cheap aluminum rods found in most kits, Ive started buying rods here and Ive never regretted it.
These are one piece, ball bearing swivel handle, carbon fiber cleaning rods. They have a common thread for most makers brushes and attachments. This is more important than you realize because uncommon threads don’t fit anything you can find when you really need it. The majority of brushes, jags and patch holders already in the gun cleaning kit will thread right on with no drama.
Gifts not really shooting related
Rtic Tumbler twin pack
I hope this will give everyone who is reading some new ideas about what to get Husbands, Wives, Girl Friends, Boyfriends ( I don’t judge) for the holidays which will be useful in their chosen hobbies. I’m figuring if you are reading my web page we have similar hobbies and this is a start.
If you have any ideas, please post them in comments, we are doing us all a favor compiling this. Anything is better than a bag full of gift cards, well maybe.