Now things are going to get a bit interesting. Even just increasing the budget 150% over $10 can yield some fun trinkets. At $25, money starts to go a bit further, as there were a few items that just could not get under the $10 mark.
Now, with a slightly larger budget, Ten great gifts for less than $25 (again, in no particular order).
OK, I admit it, this was on the last list, but there are quite a few magazines that cannot come in under the $10 bag limit. AR magazines are aplenty below the price, but now you an snag at least one ammo feeder for some specialty platforms.
For the pistolero, these are (insert your choice of diety here) gift to to the high-volume shooter. Compatible with a huge variety of magazines (and available for various calibers) the MagLula cuts down on significant reloading time.
I hope the guy who invented this has made his millions. The product is that worth it.
There are some amazing things that can be picked for the avid shooter. Bullet cases have a tendency of ending up in all sorts of cool pieces like cufflinks, necklaces, charm bracelets, etc.
The even better part? Most of it is not mass produced and comes from small dealers through Etsy and similar sites. Prices vary from the cool to the ornate.
4. Gun Tools
Yes, there are a few kits that could have been had for the $10 mark, but with tools there is a strong tendency that you get what you pay for. With 25 bucks to spare, some interesting things from Real Avid start coming into play like the one that started it all, The Gun Tool. ($24.99 retail)
Replete with 18 of the most commonly needed tools for a wide variety of firearms, its an ideal pack and forget item for the range and comes in handy when needed.
There are other options too, both from Real Avid and other companies. Small items like these also have a tendency to be heavily discounted, so pay attention to great sales!
5. Medical Kits
Like cleaning materials, its all too common for one to head out the range without putting a thought for emergencies. Most, including myself sometimes, forget that accidents can and do happen, hence why they are called “accidents”.
Fortunately, typical medical kits have shelf-lives that can last for years. If anything, you may be giving your loved shooter something nice, but your own piece of mind.
6. Optics Cleaning Kits
Who said your firearm was the only thing that was going to be the only thing that gets dirty? Yes, there is something about that gunpowder stuff that tends to cake up on metal parts, but all too often optics are missed leading to fuzzy sight pictures.
Make sure to NOT use CLP on an optic, where the glass is extremely sensitive to oils. Special kits like the one from Zeiss are an excellent choice at $14.99 which feature purpose-formulated lens cleaners to scrub and avoid leaving any residue on the objective.
7. Self-Defense Ammo
I know more than one shooter who has not replaced their EDC ammunition in over 5 years. And while yes, that ammunition is likely going to function without issue, there is some risk that it may not. This is especially critical for those who like to chamber rounds a few times and put themselves at risk for set-back.
Most self-defense ammunition is about $20/box at a big-box or shooting store. Just make sure to ask which load your shooter uses! If they don’t know (or care) a great comparison is available from LuckyGunner.
8. Tactical Stocking
Yes, it is about as cliche’ as one can get, but that does not take back from the sheer awesomeness of having a tactical stocking. Models range in colors (the standard black, tan, and od), sizes, and the amount of tactical-ness (molle and D-rings) that cover them.
I’d take one (and hope my wife is reading this).
9. 550 Paracord.
Its like yarn, but for men. Great for preppers and hobbyist, this versatile string can be used to create slings, dog collars, or belts. Perhaps you could even make the sling for them? There are great tutorials out there on YouTube.
Packs of various colors are available from Amazon and plenty of other retails.
10. Gift Certificate.
No, this is not a cop-out. Here me out:
There are many items for shooting that easily crest the $100 mark and many shooters spend months saving up for the dream accessory or upgrade. Rather than give them something small, help them get to their dream and unlike $10, which seems small, $25 will be a larger assist.
What did we miss? Any other inspirations to share with your fellow shooters?