fathers day shooting gift guide

Knowing what to get the gear hound in your life can be a difficult task, even more so if that person is an avid shooter. Fear not. We’ve sifted through all the best new shooting gear and guarantee that something on this list will appeal to the trigger puller on your list. And just in time for Father’s Day. You’re welcome.

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I’ve come to love this product for the simple reason that it helps me keep all the bits and pieces of my guns organized when I take them apart. The mat is made of a dense material that lies flat on your work surface and has a tray at one end to keep small items from getting lost. One of the compartments in that tray has a magnetic bottom to hold items in place, like screws, that always seem to roll onto the floor. The Smart Mat is a great way to avoid frustration. ($20; Real Avid)


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This book is a broad-based look at modern shooting equipment and technique. It covers the essentials of how to master handguns, shotguns, hunting rifles, long-range precision rifles, and AR-style carbines. ($22)


Hammerhead Bolt Knob

Beef up a bolt handle with this knob.

The shape of this knob lets you work your bolt faster than standard designs no matter which technique you use to cycle the action. The hourglass cut on the bolt gives your index finger and thumb an easy-to-find hold while manipulating the bolt, and the textured end has a positive gripping surface if you want to grab the bolt in your closed hand. The 5/16-24 threading fits most bolt handles. ($35; Catalyst Arms)


Area 419 Loading Block

Upgrade Dad from a wooden block to this one.

These attractive loading blocks are machined from aluminum and, while they might not make your reloads any more accurate, they will add a bit of bling to your workbench. They are offered with seven different hole diameters to accommodate cartridges from the .223 up to the monster Cheytacs. ($50; Area 419)


Kuhl Revolvr Pants

The best warm-weather pants out there, just in time for summer.

I’ve put several pair of these pants through the ringer while shooting in competition, during training seminars, and hunting in the backcountry. They are comfortable, durable, cut so they don’t bind while moving, and made of a cotton/nylon/Spandex blend that is light, has a bit of stretch, and breathes well. Pockets along the sides can hold phones or spare magazines. They are about the best warm-weather outdoor pant out there. ($79; kuhl.com)


Atlas 46 Yorktown Tool Roll

This roll makes a handy bundle for easy transport.

The only problem with this tool storage bag is deciding whether you want to dedicate it to your household, automotive, or gun maintenance tools. You might end up getting more than one. The individual pockets keep tools neatly organized by type and the innovative strap system cinches the bag into a tight, handy bundle for easy transport. ($99; Atlas 46)

It can be difficult to get a good reading on smaller objects at a distance when using a rangefinder offhand. The stabilization software in this new Nikon locks the crosshairs on target, minimizing the wobble from the user’s hand. It’s particularly handy when trying to thread the needle and get an accurate range on animals or steel that are partially obscured. ($416)



Forget the chronograph—this works with handguns, rifles, bows, and even BB guns.

The beauty of the LabRadar is that it is so easy to use. You point the face of the unit toward your target, power it up, punch in a couple variables regarding the type of projectile you’re shooting and it records your muzzle velocity with each shot. It won’t affect your point of impact so you can shoot for group size at the same time you’re measuring velocity. It works with handguns, rifles, bows, and even BB guns. The only downsides are that it drains AA batteries quickly and you need to be consistent with where your muzzle is in relation to the unit. ($560; LabRadar)


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This is about the easiest to use red dot I’ve ever attached to a firearm. The sight can be purchased with the base attached, making it a one-piece unit. Just insert one AAA battery and use the throw lever to clamp it to a Pic rail and you’re in business. It’s light—just over 8.5 ounces with the AR15 spacer—but tough as a railroad spike. It comes with integrated pop-up lens covers, can be submersed to 150 feet, and has intensity settings that cover the spectrum from night vision to retina burn. The CompM5 that I have is designed so that it will co-witness with an AR’s iron sights for a hassle-free and lightning-quick sight picture. A single battery lasts for years. ($1,079)


Annealing Made Perfect

Revolutionize Dad’s handloading game.

“I can’t wait to anneal my brass,” said no one ever—or at least until the AMP came along. It’s hard to overstate how cool this gizmo is. With its sophisticated induction heating technology it turns out perfectly annealed brass about as fast as you can insert and remove cases from the machine and has become the secret weapon of many top shooters pursing ultimate accuracy. You select a program based on the specifics of your brass (cartridge, manufacturer, and neck thickness) or upgrade to the AZTEC program ($195) and the machine will figure it out for you. An automatic case feeding system is in the works and will make the AMP even easier to use. ($1,100; Brownells)


Maven RS.1 2.5-15×44

A first-focal plane scope that isn’t overly complicated.

For a big-game hunter looking to use a first-focal plane scope that isn’t overly complicated, this Maven is a good option. The holdover reticle has plenty of reference marks to make longer shots without the need to dial elevation. The optical quality of the scope is top-notch and the power range is ideal for everything from close encounters in thick timber to longer pokes in open country. ($1,200; Maven)