Best 4 Shooting Gloves (2016)

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This is the first in a new series of articles from TFB on our pick of the best shooting products. Did we miss something or do you have any Best 4 / Top 5 article/video ideas, then let us know in the comments below.

Shooting gloves are an accessory that some of us use when shooting. There are many reasons to use gloves for shooting. For some, the weather will dictate the use of gloves. Cold weather and fingers are enemies. So donning a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm to shoot is of great comfort. Another use for gloves is to simply protect your hands. Not that your hand will get damaged from a simple trip to the range, but not everyone shoots the same way. Some may hike out to their ideal shooting location. They might need to climb some rocks or trees when one goes hunting. Heat is another reason to wear gloves. If you do a lot of shooting, guns and suppressors tend to get hot fast. Protecting your hands from hot metal objects makes gloves a must have in your range kit.

 

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Oakley SI Assault Gloves

  1. Rugged micro-vented leather palm reinforced
  2. Carbon fiber knuckle plating
  3. Premium leather and durable synthetics with flexible articulated construction.
  4. Mesh zones and rubber exhaust ports for comfortable breathability.
  5. Surfacing on palms and fingers for a secure grip
  6. Textured pull for easy donning.

The Oakley SI Assault Gloves are well known and iconic in the tactical shooting world. The carbon fiber knuckle protector works as intended. I wouldn’t go punching bad guys in the face with these but they do a good job of protecting your knuckles in case you bang them against hard objects such as working in doors or shooting off barricades. The fabric of the gloves is thin enough to not interfere with your manipulation of a trigger. The polymer Oakley ovals in front of the knuckles is for venting in hot temperatures. The SI Assault gloves come in Khaki, Coyote, OD Green and Black. They are available for around $80 depending where you get them. I usually see them at Oakley Vault stores. However the best price I have heard of was my friend in Baltimore got a pair at an Oakley Vault for only $25 a few years ago.

 

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PiG Full Dexterity Tactical Alpha Touch Glove

  1. Single Layer Multi-Piece Palm- Designed specifically so that only one layer of material contacts your shooting grip.
  2. Sensitized and Isolated Trigger Finger- The thinnest available Clarino_ material available, only on the trigger finger for ultimate sensitivity.
  3. Selective Forschette Material- Inside forschettes are ventilated for maximum wicking. Outer forschettes are Clarino for durability.
  4. Dual Flex Joint Trigger Finger- Providing maximum flexibility where you need it most.
  5. Bar-Tacked Para Cord Pull Loop.
  6. Micro Suede Nose Wipe
  7. Ventilation holes in Palms and Fingers- Increased wicking.

Patrol Incident Gear developed the FDT Alpha glove to overcome the issues with competitor gloves. Eliminate excess bulk and all full dexterity while manipulating firearms. Specifically handguns. According to PiG, a Pistoltraining.com FAST Coin was achieved while wearing a pair of FDT gloves. An achievement thought to be impossible with gloves. Their Touch Glove has a special fiber sewn into the tips of the index and thumb so you can operate a smart phone without needing to remove your gloves. The Touch gloves are available for around $42.

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Under armour coldgear infrared scent control 2.0 primer gloves

 

  1. ColdGear® Infrared printed lining uses a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb and retain your own body heat
  2. Under Armour® Scent Control technology traps and suppresses odors so you’re less detectable and more lethal
  3. 6.0 oz. PrimaLoft® Insulation is lightweight, water-resistant, breathable & ultra-warm
  4. Silicone printed palm for extra grip
  5. Low profile adjustable cuff
  6. Touch screen compatible fingertips
  7. Polyester/Synthetic Leather/Spandex/Silicon

These gloves have Under Armour’s ColdGear infrared printed lining to keep body heat inside the glove. On top of that they have Scent Control to keep your body odor inside the glove. Which makes them perfect for hunting in the cold. The palm has printed silicone for improved grip and traction. These gloves also have touch screen compatible finger tips. These are a bit pricier than the other gloves at $69.99. They come in RealTree camo, Black, and their proprietary desert/multicam like camo pattern you see above.

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Mechanix wear Original Gloves

  1. Form-fitting TrekDry® keeps hands cool and comfortable.
  2. Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) closure with hook and loop provides a secure fit.
  3. Seamless single layer palm improves fit and dexterity.
  4. Nylon web pull strap.
  5. Machine washable.

Mechanix Wear Gloves come in wide assortment of colors to fit your shooting needs. They have them in Woodland camo, Multicam, Wolf Grey, Mossy Oak, Coyote and of course black. The Original Mechanix Wear glove offers the minimalistic amount of protection. It features a seamless palm for better dexterity. However if you need more protection Mechanix Wear makes other gloves with added protection. From soft material protection to hard material like a pliable polymer seen in their MPACT line of gloves. You can go all the way up to MPACT-3 which has a molded thermoplastic rubber knuckle guard. Mechanix Wear gloves are the most affordable starting at $24.99 for their Original glove. For a more budget minded shooter you can go with their Fast Fit glove for only $15.99.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • 11b

    Don’t discount the USGI Army gloves- I’m talking about the kevlar ones with leather palms, not the ‘flyers gloves’. Super comfortable when broken in and have very good abrasion resistance. They’re also fire resistant and wont melt to your skin like Oakleys. With the move to multicam you can find them very cheap on Ebay too.

    • Nicks87

      My ‘flyers gloves’ have served me very well over the years, thank you.

    • CavScout

      I propbably would have used them if mine weren’t too small, even at XL… They were sized way small as my harnds aren’t all that big. Most of us had the same issue as well. Just tiny things. Used flyers and Mechanix the whole time.

      I’ll pay $50 for gloves when they don’t fall apart or when I don’t lose one eventually.

  • Ron

    I have seen enough gloves melted/burnt on to hands because of powdered metal/or flammable additives augmentation to IEDs to always buy fire resistance gear

    • Edeco

      I avoid synthetic material clothing for this reason. And as a matter of taste.

      • Take a look at the PIG Bravo gloves, they’re the FR version and are leather and Nomex. I love the Alpha’s and got a pair of the Bravos because I needed an FR glove, but I actually like them better that the Alphas.

  • Jeffrey

    I just bought 2 pair of magpul flight gloves. One for the range and one for the cockpit.

  • iksnilol

    For gloves, I consider the following to be important:

    -nose wipe
    -no thumb-tip and no tip on the trigger finger

    • Having the tips removed defeats the purpose of wearing gloves. No tip means no protection.

      Particularly when you have gloves like the PIG brand, that are flexible enough that you can get excellent trigger control.

      • ostiariusalpha

        No finger tip just seems pretentious. I mean, you’re pulling a trigger, not reading braille; you read the trigger break with the tension on your knuckle, not the pad of your finger. Personally, I can feel the trigger’s break-point even through insulated winter gloves, having your finger exposed to the wind just makes it harder. Besides protecting your arteries, the things you definitely want to keep safe in a KB will be your trigger finger and thumb.

        • iksnilol

          Scary thought: Maybe I do more that requires my index and thumb than just pull a trigger. Shocker, I know :O

          • ostiariusalpha

            Well, I’m sure it’s harder to pick your nose with the tip on your glove intact. Maybe you can just cut the pinky finger off the glove for those touch sensitive situations, eh?

          • iksnilol

            I was thinking more in regards to using keys and small tools (IE lockpicks, those are crap to use with gloved hands).

            But sure, yeah, nose picking is equally important I guess.

            Damn savages.

          • ostiariusalpha

            I don’t usually have much difficulty with fine manipulation using Mechanix gloves, and if I did then I’d just take the glove off for a second. I don’t pick locks 0;^) , but I’m thinking if your hands get cold before you are done then you’re taking too long.

          • iksnilol

            Eh, lockpicking takes a surprisingly long time, not like the movies at all.

            And I don’t like having to bother taking gloves on and off. If that makes me pretentious, then so be it? Begone you uncouth scoundrel! Before I get the Henry lever action (without ammo, since it is just an aesthetically exquisite bludgeon reserved for such purposes).

          • ostiariusalpha

            By Jove, he has a Henry! Away I fly, as before a tempest’s fury! *rubs booger on ikni’s shirt and scampers off*

          • iksnilol

            My goodness, how terribly rude of thee!

            I shall not erase this from memory you cockerel, I shall have my satisfaction!

            *shakes fist*

          • Christopher Henry

            deplorables is the term du jour 😉

      • iksnilol

        Eh, I wear gloves to protect my palm and knuckles. Not my fingertip. No gloves are going to save your fingertip.

        Don’t have to make shooting and other finger related stuff harder than it has to be. That’s the “mistake” many people make IMO, they assume I’ll only use the gloves for shooting (and I’d rather have two exposed fingertips than muck around with taking the gloves on and off). Besides, I’m a precision shooter, gloved fingers are detrimental to that.

    • JSmath

      I’ve seen gloves that have the thumb/index finger held on by just the back – I think that’s a good compromise; Otherwise, if you want no tips, just cut the things yourself (BIC ’em if necessary) and let’s all save money on a costly, completely unnecessary production variation.

      Hook and pile beats the hell out of the lifetime you get with any gloves that use an elastic (spandex) wrist for retention. Snap buttons work fine, but makes things complicated for sizing.

  • Thomas S

    If you are just shooting on a range or “normal” environment here in the states any of these are fine. Honestly though, just buy the mechanix and call it a day.

    If you are heading into an area of conflict do yourself a favor and buy something that is flame/heat resistant. Yes, they cost a good bit but they can help save your hands. If you aren’t willing to spend that extra money (and aren’t using an issue kevlar type glove) then just buy the mechanix. They are cheap, easily replaced and they work as well as any of these others.

    Someone in the US needing gloves for duty use can go either way. Explosives are much less likely to be encountered but on the other hand as first responders things like vehicle fires are a real possibility. I have no experience in the LEO realm so I don’t know how valuable such a consideration really is though.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    One feature I like on these Specialized gloves is the patch of soft, towel like material on the heel of the thumb for wiping your nose without having to take off the glove. And they are machine washable. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2fbe162fb62429725e6fe6152f88225ed64400d874b489ad51fae0aa4e6c4939.jpg

    • thedonn007

      What model or version are these gloves?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I cant remember but most Specialized gloves have those features. Most bike shops carry them. Fall is a good time to look, this is when companies put out their full finger gloves.

    • Blake

      That’s the main thing I really like about my PIGs. These actually look extremely similar to the PIGs. I did a ton of research when selecting my gloves (god knows why, I rarely hunt and am a civilian) and am extremely happy with the PIGs.

    • Blake

      Those are what I bicycle-commute with daily. They hold up well enough for a year or two given their thinness & the abuse I shell out.

  • thedonn007

    I use the mechanix wear original gloves, not that I am a hard core shooter or anything, but they work well enough to keep my hands protected.

  • DIR911911 .

    what ? no latex serial killer specials?

    • Mark

      Dexter don’t use no Latex 🙂

  • Don Ward

    Or… and this may sound crazy… you can use your hands?

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      Wait, these gloves are for people without hands?

      • iksnilol

        What? Do handless people need gloves? I thought the entire point of going handless was saving all that money spent on gloves.

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          Obviously.

        • Dan

          Well until they come out with stub gloves what are handless people going to use to cover their stub? It’s not very fashionable to put a wool sock on your stub.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Chainsaw.

    • Zachary marrs

      You must not shoot much

      • m-dasher

        or….just maybe…..hes not a pansy.

        • Zachary marrs

          Or you know, he doesn’t shoot that much.

    • RocketScientist

      Agreed. I mean, no one EVER has had need to use a firearm under weather conditions requiring cold-weather gear. Also, like you, my firearms, barrels, and suppressors never get above a temperature that I can’t handle safely with a bare hand.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    Buying gloves really pisses me off. It’s X2 for me. Small or X-small for left hand and medium for right. It’s too late for me, but, If you screw your elbow up and have numbness in your hand, do something before it shrinks.

  • Cole

    I don’t need gloves for shooting when it’s warm out, my hands work fine. However I have been wanting something for the winter. A glove that is warm, not too thick, and has good traction so the gun doesn’t slip. Would the under armour glove shown here be good for a winter shooting glove or does anyone else have other suggestions?

    • Ron

      You cannot run the gun and be tacticool without gloves

      But seriously, I hate when people use “operator speak” and say things like run the gun, there valid reason to use gloves in both training and combat ranging from contact burn to preventing cuts and scraps that in the field may cause infections.

  • Nocternus

    $21 Outdoor Research Nomex Gloves at Tactical Assault Gears clearance section. Very nice inexpensive FR tactical glove.

  • nova3930

    My PIG Alphas are the awesomeness.

  • Cory C

    The problem I’ve found with shooting gloves is that when I rest the trigger on my Springfield XD, the material of the globe gets wedged between the bottom of the trigger and the trigger guard.

    Any suggestions?

    • Frank Grimes

      Replace the pistol.

  • Squirreltakular

    HWIs are king.

  • Frank Grimes

    Wrote a whole article and didn’t even tell us what the best gloves are? That’s weird.

    Anyway the answer is Nomex flight gloves.

    • Ron

      Actually the old Combat Vehicle Crewman (CVC) they were like slightly thicker and hence more rugged than flight gloves. They could be ID’d by their darker to black colored leather palms and reinforcements. Those were the best gloves out there.

      • Frank Grimes

        I like the thinness of the flight gloves. I’ve never used them in sub-zero but I have used them in below freezing and had no issues.

        I could see why someone would like those CVC gloves though, but I can’t get them for $1 a glove in the bin at the surplus store, haha.

        • JSmath

          They are terrible for anything particularly cold, imo, but obviously better than nothing.

    • There is no single best glove, these are, in our opinion the best gloves relative to price on the market right now.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Mechanix “Utility” is actually a much better glove than the Original.

    Better strap, better fit.

    Also good are CLC work gloves in various flavors. Cheaper than Mechanix, and actually a bit nicer since they don’t have that stupid rubber gasket on the wrist.

    Expensive tacticool gloves are dumb unless you’re in the army. And if so you’re probably issued something good enough, right?

    • I disagree, cold weather, and hot guns happen just as easily on a civilian range as it does in military service.

      Sure lots of the higher end gloves have useless features. Like the knuckle protection. But shooting gloves typically are more flexible in the right places for shooting. Namely the PIG gloves, particularly when compared to generic work gloves.

      • Hoplopfheil

        In my experience it’s totally the opposite. Different hands I guess. 🙂

        Tactical and shooting gloves always seem very bulky compared to a good light work glove like the Mechanix Utility.

        I’d rather have dexterity, the super bulked up tactical/shooting gloves kinda suck.

        Now if you’re going to be shooting very little, there are some nice light hunting gloves out there.

        • The PIG Gloves are way better than Mechanix gloves IME. Though the Mechanix is more durable (which isn’t a concern for shooting gloves to me).

          I have both, and some other brands. And the Mechanix are mostly used for their original purpose working on cars.

  • imachinegunstuff

    Those Oakley gloves suck so hard, not a single pair lasted an entire deployment. My Mechanix gloves? & years years and 2 deployments they are still going strong.

  • Bob

    I favor leather driving gloves. Cheap, slightly insulated for winter, allow for manipulation of things thick gloves and mittins don’t, works for me…

  • Neal

    This article looks like it was written by a 5th grader…

    • Bill

      Actually, it reads like it was written by a 5th grader, but I concur.

      “Shooting gloves are an accessory that some of us use when shooting”
      Sheesh

  • Tim

    I’ve used the Mechanix Origional Gloves for years at work (Aircraft Mechanic). They hold up well, but I have found the velcro on the newer ones to not fasten well and wear out quickly.

    Their Impact Glove line work better for shock and abrasion activities such shooting and mountain biking.

  • DwnRange

    Silly me, I just go to Amazon and check the review numbers to find out what’s the best shooting gloves…….

  • Simon R.

    I dont use them for tactical gloves. But my old Dye C5/6 were more comfortable than any other glove Ive used.

  • Budi Utomo

    Well, we cannot afford fancy gloves but the stock issue are black leather or olive drab woollen (probably a synthetic blend) ones. They are cheap, they work and not catch fire. Why wear gloves- in a tropical country? Many reasons but three main ones- don;t burn hands, but more important- don’t get hands stung by insects or plants with irritating fine bristles and so enemy cannot see exposed shiny human skin.

    Some battalions will use Oakley, Tactcial 511 or Blackhawk SOLAG type gloves- but these are provided by the commander (and almost always used for parade only). Apparently synthetics are because dry very quickly versus natural fibre and they have good wear properties.
    And yes, the fibre ones ALWAYS snag on something- so you can take them off to do specific tasks (clean & re-assemble gun).