It is an age-old tradition to give gifts to others, and it is one that can bring a lot of joy to the recipient. However, when it comes to buying presents for a gun enthusiast, the task can be daunting. There are so many options out there, it can be hard to narrow down the choices. After all, gun enthusiasts can be a special breed who tend to know exactly what they want! To make it a little easier, we’ve compiled some great gift ideas that are sure to make any gun enthusiast smile. Whether they are experienced shooters or just getting started, these gift ideas will be sure to impress.
A Shiny New Scope
Is there a hunter or competition shooter who doesn’t want to attach a brand-new scope to their firearm? The answer is none because every gun owner (bar owners of classic weapons) can make use of scope in one form or another. However, while this can be a fantastic gift, in reality, it can raise more questions than it can answer. For example, you need to consider how they shoot, what distances they shoot at, and, most importantly, the firearm they use. Furthermore, the type of ammunition they prefer will significantly impact any scope’s usefulness (or lack thereof). For example, if a shooter uses a 300 Blackout AR-15 rifle, they will need to put on 300 Blackout scopes for optimal performance. Conversely, if your gun-owning friend prefers pistols, it is wise to research the best red dot or holographic sights. The key takeaway is that while a scope can be a fantastic gift, you need to make some effort to ascertain what scope would suit their specific shooting style and weapon.
Every passionate gun owner understands the need to keep their firearms in top condition and in perfect working order, which requires regular cleaning. Consider gifting them some basic cleaning supplies such as gun oil, bore cleaner, and cleaning patches. For those who like to go the extra mile, you could also consider giving them a gun cleaning kit that includes a bore snake, cleaning rod, and gun cleaning solvent. You have two choices with this present:
- Buy an off-the-shelf kit: This is best if you don’t have detailed knowledge related to firearms, as most contain everything the average shooter needs to keep their weapons ready to roll.
- Put the kit together: If you are relatively familiar with guns, you may prefer purchasing the items separately and assembling the set yourself. Not only will this allow you to build things your friend can actually use, but it shows that you put more thought into it.
Every gun needs ammo, but the costs can quickly add up if you purchase a lot (thanks to inflation and monopolization). Ammunition is an excellent gift for gun owners because it is an investment they can use in the future. Ammo is also a gift that can be used for target practice to increase their ability further.
A Gun Safe
A gun safe is a must-have item for any gun owner as it keeps guns out of the hands of children and thieves and protects them from the elements. The gift of a gun safe is one that they can use for years to come and is a gift that will continue to provide safety and peace of mind. Although they are on the pricier side of things compared to the other items on this list, they are available in various sizes, so you can choose one that fits your budget and your friend’s needs. You might opt for a handgun case with a lock or go the whole hog and get them something like a Liberty Centurion 24, which can store numerous firearms and ammunition.
A Firearm Case
If you’re looking for something more utilitarian, look no further than a gun case. Gun cases are available in different sizes and styles, so you can find one to fit any gun collection. Hard cases are great for protecting guns from the elements, while soft cases are perfect for those who want to take their weapons on trips without having to worry about damage. They also make it easier to transport guns to and from the range, and they come in a variety of colors, so you can find a case to match your gun enthusiast’s style.
Last but not least, here’s a gift idea that isn’t so much one specific gift, but rather a range. If you are genuinely struggling with what to buy if your friend already has everything, you can look on the lighter side of things and give them something like an AR-shaped whiskey decanter or reusable bullet-shaped ice cubes, etc.
Finding the right gift isn’t always easy for the person who enjoys the thrill of shooting and hunting. However, whether your recipient is an avid hunter, a competitive shooter, or simply a collector, these gifts are sure to please and make sure that they have a memorable shooting experience.