April 07, 2022
By Brad Fitzpatrick
Having problems finding the right gift for mom this year? We’re here to help. This is a list of the top gift ideas for the mother who likes to hunt or spend time at the range, and with suggested retail prices ranging from $30 to just under a grand there’s also a gift idea for every budget here, too. This year, forget about the roses and the flowers and buy mom what she really wants—range gear.
1. Springfield Hellcat RDP Pistol with HEX Red Dot
The Hellcat RDP with HEX Wasp Red Dot comes with a long list of premium features including a billet machined slide with Melonite finish, a 3.8-inch hammer-forged steel barrel, 3.5 MOA red dot optic, and a removable self-indexing compensator. The compensator does an excellent job reducing recoil and muzzle rise, and Springfield’s exceptional Gen 2 flat-face trigger. 11 and 13-round magazines are included, which is impressive capacity for a 9mm pistol that weighs less than 20 ounces and measures just an inch wide at the grip. The RDP is available with or without a manual safety, but regardless of which model you choose for mom she’ll be getting a rugged, well-appointed self-defense handgun.
2. DeSantis Uni-Tuck IWB Holster
Mom deserves to carry comfortably, and the new Uni-Tuck from DeSantis Gunhide might be the most comfortable IWB holster on the market. The Uni-Tuck is part of DeSantis’ Pegasus Kydex line and combines a custom-molded, durable Kydex front with a mesh breathable back that rides comfortably against the body without biting or pinching. Multiple tensioning points allow for a custom fit and the innovative Tuckable 360 C Clip allow this holster to be adjusted for height and cant with 360-degrees of rotation. A claw at the rear of the holster aids in concealment, allowing this holster to disappear under light clothing. If mom is searching for a light, comfortable carry holster with a high level of customizability and rugged design she’ll love the Uni-Tuk from DeSantis.
3. Crimson Trace RIG
Crimson Trace’s Rapid Illumination Grip (RIG) is a great addition to AR rifle and pistols or any other firearm that utilizes a front M-Lok or Picatinny rail. With the touch of a button the RIG illuminates the night with 500 lumens of intense white light while also serving as a foregrip for your firearm. Two rechargeable batteries are included, each with a runtime of one hour on high output. The design is completely ambidextrous and there’s also an optional remote switch. This compact, durable weapons light is the perfect addition to her favorite carbine or pistol, and as with all other Crimson Trace products the RIG is backed by the company’s Protect Lifetime Warranty.
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4. BLACKHAWK! Stingray EDC Pack
Mom needs a good range bag that can hold her ammunition, eye and ear protection, cleaning supplies, and other gear, but the Stingray is more than just a range bag. The padded rear compartment holds a laptop or a hydration reservoir and the sleek design makes this a great pack for trips to work, the gym, the trail or the range. 500D nylon construction ensures this pack will survive years of hard use and the full-length zippers allow the Stingray pack to be opened flat. Color options include Urban Gray, black, and Coyote Tan.
5. Champion Vanquish Electronic Hearing Protection
Champion’s Vanquish Electronic Hearing Protection muffs come with built-in multi-directional microphones allow shooters to carry on conversations at normal volume levels, so your family won’t have to scream at one another on the range. When a shot is fired these Bluetooth-compatible muffs bring the sound down to comfortable levels thanks to built-in Safe Level Sound Compression Technology with a refresh time of less than one millisecond. The soft cushion ear cups ride comfortably on the head and the angled design of these muffs prevents them from banging into the stock of a rifle or shotgun. Vanquish Electronic Hearing Protection muffs run on three AAA batteries with a runtime of 200 hours.
6. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 30 Super Carry Pistol
The M&P Shield EZ is one of the most refined carry pistols available today, and when chambered for the smooth-shooting new 30 Super Carry cartridge it makes an ideal personal defense weapon. The 30 Super Carry offers 9mm punch, but because it uses a smaller diameter .312-inch bullet the Shield EZ Super Carry holds 10 rounds in the magazine, two more than the 9mm version. Available with or without a thumb safety, the striker-fired Shield EZ 30 Super Carry comes with a grip safety, a stainless-steel barrel and slide with Armornite finish, and a comfortable grip with M2.0 texturing. 30 Super Carry ammo is available from Federal, Remington, Blaser, and American Eagle and is priced competitively with 9mm loads.
7. Franchi Affinity 3 and Instinct Catalyst Shotgun
Franchi designed both the Instinct Catalyst over/under and Affinity 3 catalyst shotguns with drop, cast, pitch, and length of pull measurements optimized for women. As a result, these shotguns fit female shooters much better than guns that simply offer cut-down stocks. The Inertia-Driven Affinity 3 semiauto is available in 12 and 20-gauge and comes with a walnut stock, shims, a black anodized aluminum receiver, and blued barrel. The Instinct Catalyst is available in 20 gauge and features a color case-hardened or aluminum alloy receiver, A-grade walnut stock, sculpted forearm, screw-in chokes and a fiber-optic front sight. Both these Italian-made shotguns have a stellar reputation for reliability, and both are backed by Franchi’s seven-year warranty.
MSRP: $999 (Affinity 3 Catalyst)/$1,549-$1,779 (Instinct Catalyst)
8. Kimber K6s Stainless Revolver
If the mom on your list is searching for a dependable personal defense revolver she’ll love the Kimber K6s Stainless. As the name suggests, this pistol is constructed from brushed stainless steel and will stand up well to the duties of daily carry. The rounded edges, beveled cylinder and internal hammer prevent this gun from hanging up when drawn, and the K6s’ non-stacking double-action-only trigger is the smoothest of any production revolver on the market. With an unloaded weight of just 23-ounces and maximum width of 1.39-inches the K6s is one of the most compact, lightweight 6-shot .357 Magnum wheelguns available.
9. Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD Binoculars
Binoculars make a great gift idea since they can be used at the range, in the field, on the water or simply on the back deck while enjoying nature. Leupold’s BX-5 Santiam HD binos feature a roof prism design that makes them light and easy to carry, but the optical system is on-par with binoculars costing much more money. Fully multi-coated lenses provide outstanding clarity and color fidelity and these binos perform extremely well in low-light conditions. Weighing in at just 23 ounces (8x42 model), Leupold’s BX-5 Santiam HD is a multi-purpose optic that mom is certain to enjoy. They are available in 8x, 10x, 12x, and 15x configurations and are backed by Leupold’s outstanding lifetime warranty.
10. Hornady Treklite Lock Box XXL
Hornady’s Treklite XXL is constructed of impact-resistant polycarbonate and comes with a dual 4-digit TSA lock and a 1,500-pound rated security cable. The patented cable connector doesn’t reduce interior space, and the Treklite is designed to hold 8.5 by 11 documents or two full-sized 1911 pistols. Rubber over-molding on the exterior prevents the lockbox from sliding on smooth surfaces and increases impact protection and durability. These lockboxes are great for securing firearms or important documents in the office, at home, or in your car, but they are also ideal for anyone who flies commercially with a handgun or needs to secure items in their hotel room on a business trip.
11. Survivor Filter ACTIVE Filtration Bottle
This 900ml (30 ounce) BPA-free filtration bottle provides clean, safe drinking water whether mom is hunting the high country or simply filling up at the office. According to independent tests the American-made Survivor Filter ACTIVE bottle filters 99.99% of heavy metals, toxic chemicals, bacteria and parasites from drinking water. I’ve carried one while hiking in Utah and on hunts in Alaska and Africa, and in every location I’ve used my Survivor Filter to clean standing water and never fell ill. Best of all, the ACTIVE design filters water at a rate of 60 ounces a second, so mom can get hydrated in a hurry.
12. Heritage TC Revolver
Heritage now offers a single-action .22 LR revolver with a threaded barrel and a Picatinny rail called the Rough Rider TC (Tactical Cowboy). The 6.5-inch barrel features fiber-optic sights and the faux carbon fiber grips are a cool, modern touch. Why would mom want this gun? The same reason as everyone else: they’re just plain fun to shoot. You can spend an afternoon punching soda cans and ringing steel targets with a funky old west/new age hybrid wheelgun. Add a lightweight suppressor like Silencer Central’s Banish 22 and plinking with the Rough Rider TC becomes even more fun and mom can perforate pop cans in the back yards without irritating the neighbors.
13. Aimpoint Acro P-2 Red Dot
The Acro P-2 red-dot sight comes with an anodized housing and is fully enclosed, so it's an extremely rugged reflex optic. The 3.5 MOA red dot features ten brightness settings that can be adjusted silently even when wearing gloves. Adjusting point of impact with the supplied tool is simple and straightforward and audible and tactile clicks ensure precise adjustments. The supplied CR 2032 lasts for five years of continuous use on 6/10 brightness setting, and the battery can be replaced without removing the sight. The durable Acro P-2 weighs a mere 2.1 ounces measures just 1.9 inches wide and 1.2 inches tall, so it's a perfect fit for optics-ready carry pistols.
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