April 20, 2021
By Brad Fitzpatrick
Being a good father requires commitment and sacrifice. There are t-ball games and recitals to attend, toys that need new batteries, scraped-up knees that need mended, and much more. Balancing family life with a career doesn’t leave dad with a lot of time to dedicate to his favorite pastimes.
If the dad in your life happens to be a fan of hunting or shooting, though, you can certainly surprise him with a Father’s Day gift that will help him make the most of his time at the range or in the field. We’ve compiled a list of great gift ideas, stuff we’d buy for ourselves. This year, ditch the neckties and gift cards and get dad something he really wants—firearms and shooting gear.
And dads, it might not be a bad idea to share this list with your friends and family—unless, of course, you actually want another necktie.
Streamlight Wedge Flashlight
The Wedge is a compact, high-performance EDC Flashlight designed for clean pocket carry. It’s outfitted with an intuitive rotating thumb switch that provides tactile control over the constant-on and THRO (Temporarily Heightened Regulated Output) modes. Made of rugged anodized aluminum with a waterproof USB-C port, the Wedge balances durability with performance. For more information, please click here.
- 300 lumens; runs 3 hours / THRO Mode: 1000 lumens
- USB-C Rechargeable
- Designed for clean pocket carry
- MSRP: $149.95
Peltor Sport Tactical 500 Electronic Hearing Protector
Smart technology automatically adjusts your audio to the environment and firearm for customized protection. Clear Voice Tracking Technology seeks voice amongst the noise to improve speech intelligibility and situational awareness. Bluetooth® Wireless Technology to seamlessly sync to mobile devices. Make and receive phone calls through the headset. Engineered for optimal fit and comfort. Foldable and adjustable. MSRP is $165. For more information, please click here.
Introducing the new challenger for sub-compact from the king of concealed carry. The DVG-1 pistol series is a striker fired, 9mm sub-compact with a factory installed CTS-1500 Red Dot sight. Includes (2) 10-round magazines and a Crimson Trace CTS 1500, featuring a flat trigger, enhanced grip texture, and front serrations. MSRP is $399. For more information, please click here.
Fix-It Firearms Field Maintenance Kit
Why Dad Will Love It: This easy-to-transport kit keeps all your firearm tools organized and in one place
The Fix-It Firearms Field Maintenance Kit, which is available through the Ruger accessories website, comes with a wide array of tools that every shooter will want to have close at hand. The kit includes 65, 45, 25, and 15 pound, a T-handle wrench, 16 bits, a ½-inch socket, and much more. This kit contains almost every tool dad needs to perform basic firearms maintenance at home, and since all of the included tools are stored within a 5.5” L x 4” W x 1.5” D zippered nylon case it’s easy to toss this tool kit in a range bag. The tool kit solves most basic firearm issues like loose scope rings, and since this field maintenance kit is light and easy to carry it’s perfect for the precision shooter or hunter in your house.
MSRP: $179.95 | shopruger.com
Crossbreed Chest Rig
Why Dad Will Love It: The Chest Rig offers a level of versatility that no other holster design can match.
Chest holsters are growing in popularity, and with good reason. Carrying your handgun on your chest offers rapid access to your firearm when seated on a horse, ATV, or in a boat, and chest waders won’t interfere when wearing hip waders. The Crossbreed Chest Rig comes with multiple, adjustable support straps and a breathable suede backer, and the side buckles are made from sturdy aluminum instead of plastic and won’t break in the backcountry. The design accommodates large, heavy hunting handguns so this is a great choice for anyone who hunts with a handgun or who plans to ravel into bear country, and the Chest Rig’s Kydex shell is designed to fit your individual firearm perfectly.
MSRP: $149.95 | crossbreedholsters.com
Primos Gen3 Trigger Sticks
Why Dad Will Love It: The cleverly designed Trigger Sticks provide shooters with a steady rest at any height and in any terrain.
Trigger Sticks are a must-have item for every shooter because they provide a steady shooting platform whether standing, sitting, kneeling, or lying prone. Pressing the trigger extends the legs to ground height and releasing the trigger locks them in position so there’s no need to adjust each individual leg to steady the tripod on uneven ground. Rubber feet on each leg prevent the aluminum from clanging together and spooking game and the head can also be swapped out instantly to turn your shooting sticks into a high-quality camera tripod for family photos and videos. The tripod, bipod, and monopod versions are available in short and tall heights, and you can accessorize these trigger sticks by adding yokes, a treestand base, or scabbard.
MSRP: $60.99 - $169.99 | primos.com
Springfield HEX Red Dot Optics
Why Dad Will Love Them: These well-designed reflex optics will allow dad to shoot faster and more accurately in any light conditions
Springfield Armory now offers two different HEX reflex sights for shooters. The HEX Dragonfly comes with a 3.5 MOA dot, a 6061 T6 Hardcoat anodized body and is designed to fit standard-sized semiauto pistols. The compact HEX Wasp, which is designed to fit on compact and microcompact pistols, measures .95-inches wide and weighs just .7 ounces but also comes with a rugged 6061 T6 body and 3.5 MOA dot. Both of these optics come with easy-to-adjust windage and elevation adjustment controls, long battery lives (65,000 hours for the Wasp, 100,000 hours for the Dragonfly) and will fit on a variety of red dot-ready handguns.
MSRP: $249 (Dragonfly), $299 (Wasp) | hexoptics.com
SureFire XSC Weapons Light
Why Dad Will Love It: The bright, easy-to-operate XSC microcompact weapons light is simple to install and offers outstanding battery life
Micro-compact carry pistols are extremely popular, but there hasn’t been a wide selection of available weapons lights for these guns. The XSC line of lights from SureFire are a perfect fit for small carry pistols, though, and the 350 lumen white LED light provides clear viewing out to 25 yards in total darkness. Each of these lights comes with a dual charger cradle that allows the owner to charge two batteries at once, and there is a battery life gauge on the light to predict when you’ll need to swap power sources. These lights fit on a variety of micro-compact carry pistols including SIG Sauer’s P365, Springfield’s Hellcat, and Glock’s G43 and G48.
MSRP: $329 | surefire.com
BLACKHAWK! Stingray EDC Pack
Why Dad Will Love It: Whether it’s a day at work, a day of travel, or a day on the range the EDC Pack provides plenty of cargo space for all dad’s gear
If dad doesn’t have a reliable backpack then BLACKHAWK’s Stingray EDC Pack is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. The zipper design allows you to access the contents of the pack from the right or left side of the pack and since the zipper extends all the way to the bottom the pack can be laid flat if needed. The pack itself is constructed of durable, rip-resistant 500D nylon and there’s 1,400 cubic inches of storage space in this pack—including a padded compartment that’s suitable for storing a laptop computer. When the weekend comes this pack can carry all his ammo, tools, and hooting gear to the range.
MSRP: $99.00 - $134.95 | blackhawk.com
Kimber Leather Single Magazine Carrier
Why Dad Will Love It: This practical mag pouch features the classic look and feel of a leather
Dads who are fans of 1911 pistols (and Kimber 1911s in particular) will love to unwrap this leather magazine carrier on Father’s Day. Made from genuine saddle leather, this Galco mag pouch features the Kimber logo and it holds one single-stack 1911 mag. The pouch design is ambidextrous and works equally well for both right and left-handed shooters, and the design keeps dad’s spare magazine held close against the body where it won’t print under light clothing. This magazine pouch will fit belts up to 1 ¾-inches wide.
MSRP: $62.95 | store.kimberamerica.com
Leupold BX-2 Alpine HD Binoculars
Why Dad Will Love Them: These high-quality, compact binos are perfect for the range, the field, or at home.
I’ve found that I carry pair of binoculars almost everywhere I go anymore. Whether I’m in my truck glassing for game, at the range checking out my last group, or sitting on the boat scanning the shoreline I always have a pair of high-quality binos close by. Dad will like the optical quality that Leupold’s Alpine BX-2 HD Binoculars offer as well as their compact size (the 8x42 model measures just 5.5 inches long and weighs a mere 28 ounces), and you’ll love the affordable price. Optional Alpine models include 8x42, 10x42, 10x52, and 12x52, all of which are priced under $300 which is a steal for glass that’s this good.
Price: $229.99 to $289.99 | leupold.com
Camp Chef Versatop Grill
Why Dad Will Love It: The lightweight, portable VersaTop allows dad to carry his grill wherever he goes
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the VersaTop’s outstanding versatility: this lightweight, portable gas grill comes with a True Seasoned non-stick grilling surface that offers 247 square inches of grill space. The VersaTop is powered by a single one-pound propane tank which makes it great for dads on the go, and it’s compatible with Camp Chef’s 14-inch Artisan Oven and 14-inch BBQ Box accessories. Matchless ignition and a fully-adjustable heat control knob make this grill easy to operate, and it’s the perfect size to carry to hunting camp, on the water, or to the range. If the dad in your house likes to grill and stay on the go then this is the perfect gift for him.
MSRP: $165 | campchef.com
Hoppe’s Gun Vise
Why Dad Will Love It: This vice makes it easy to organize items and work on firearms
Is dad still cleaning his AR on the kitchen table? Maybe it’s time to get him a Hoppe’s Gun Vise. This lightweight, portable vice secures the firearm at the front and rear for maximum stability but the lockable sides will not scratch the firearm. Polymer construction not only reduces the weight of this vice but also makes it resistant to chemicals, and the organization tray at the bottom of the vice makes it simple and convenient to store all of your tools and cleaning equipment. The Gun Vise’s design allows it to work with a variety of long guns including AR and bolt-action rifles and shotguns.
MSRP: $61.45 | hoppes.com
Crimson Trace CMR-301 Rail Master Pro
Why Dad Will Love It: t’s a high-intensity light and green laser unit that fits easily and securely on his AR rifle—who wouldn’t want one?
The Crimson Trace CMR-301 Rail Master Pro snaps onto the Picatinny rail or MLOK connection point of an AR rifle and provides 1000 lumens of white light, a visible green laser or both at the tough of a button. The battery uses USBC charging and can be removed from the unit and charged in a wall socket, so there’s no need to chase down extra batteries for dad. The light can be dialed back to 500 and 125 lumens, and the CMR-301 features a durable aluminum housing that protects it against the elements. Available in black or tan, the CMR-301 is a gift dad’s sure to enjoy.
MSRP: $279.99 - $299.99 | crimsontrace.com
Trijicon DI Night Sights
Why Dad Will Love It: The industry’s first sights with interchangeable fibers offer a level of versatility not previously found in pistol sights
Trijicon’s DI Night Sights allow the user to remove a threaded retainer and swap out the tritium and fiber optic sights quickly and easily, which makes t easy to customize your pistol sights. Four available fiber color options (red, orange, amber, green) and four retainer colors (white, black, orange, and yellow) allow for 16 different sight color combinations and the included tools make swapping the fiber insert and retainer fast and easy. Three green fibers and a black threaded retainer are included with every set of these sights machined steel sights. The bright .78-inch front fiber is easy to see day or night, and the rear sights are designed to allow one-handed slide operation of the pistol.
MSRP: $150 | trijicon.com
MTM Case-Gard Single Scope Rifle Case
Why Dad Will Love It: This durable American-made rifle case is perfect for the traveling hunter or shooter whether he’s driving across the country to a match or heading to the back 40 for target practice
MTM Case-Gard offers a number of innovative molded plastic products that are great for hunters, shooters, and reloaders. The new Single Scope Rifle Case is made of lightweight, durable plastic and accommodates scoped rifles up to 50-inches long. Four sturdy snap latches with padlock points secure the case and the egg crate foam inside won’t scratch or mar bluing or wood. There are also tie-down grooves that are designed specifically for securing this rifle case to an ATV or other recreational outdoor vehicle.
MSRP: $54.95 | mtmcase-gard.com
SnapSafe One-Gun Keypad Vault
Why Dad Will Love It: This vault will keep his handgun secure and accessible at the same time
Every gun owner has the responsibility to securely store their firearms, but sometimes you need access to your gun in a hurry. The SnapSafe One-Gun Keypad Vault is made from heavy-duty steel that keeps your firearm out of the hands of unauthorized users but the keypad allows you to program a 4 to 6 digit access code so that you can gain access to your firearm almost immediately. The interior is foam lined to protect your guns and there are pre-drilled holes that allow you to secure the vault in place. The Keypad Vault is battery operated and there’s a key lock override in case the battery dies.
MSRP: $99.99 | snapsafe.com
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