November 09, 2022
The holidays are a time to make memories with our friends and families, but the Christmas season comes with its own set of stresses. One of those stressors can be choosing the right gift for that special person on your list, and while we can’t tell you about the latest pop culture or teen fashion trends we can help you choose the right gift for hunters or shooters. How do we know what they’ll want this year? Because we’ve compiled our own wish lists of the latest must-have products, the stuff that we hope to find under the tree ourselves.
There’s something here for every hunter and shooter and every budget. When they tell you how much they appreciate the gift they’ll truly mean it, so if you happen to be a shooter or hunter you may want to send this list to friends and family—unless, of course, you want another pair of argyle socks.
Taurus GX4 TORO
The Taurus GX4 series pistols lead the micro-pistol class with their 10-, 11-, or 13-round capacity, durable finish, ergonomics, and exceptional accuracy. The Taurus GX4 offers minimal printing even when worn under light clothing yet delivers the firepower and performance serious personal defense practitioners demand in an EDC/CCW handgun. The TORO model is also ready to accept the compact red dot sight of your choice.
MSRP: $468.18 | taurususa.com
Caldwell E-Max Shadows Pro Bluetooth Earplugs
The E-MAX Shadows Pro are your favorite E-MAX Shadows with some new bells and whistles. The E-MAX Shadows Pro connect via Bluetooth to your device for up to 6 hours of music or phone calls. The redesigned pro version of the Shadows feature push button controls to make it easy to adjust ambient noise, change volume, answer phone calls, and control your voice assistant app like Siri. This product contains an optional magnetic lanyard and a rechargeable storage case that has an LED Battery Level Indicator for each ear bud so you know when your E-MAX Shadows Pro are fully charged and ready for the range. Like the E-MAX Shadows, these come with multiple size earplug options for a custom fit for anyone. The custom-sized foam tips achieve a rating of 25dB NRR.
MSRP: $169.99| caldwellshooting.com
TASER StrikeLight 2
Developed by public safety’s most trusted partner, the TASER StrikeLight 2 provides industry-best stun-gun effectiveness in the form of a portable flashlight with three distinct light modes. Capable of close-contact stun and long-distance warnings, the StrikeLight 2 adds portability and protection to any activity.
MSRP: $169.99 | taser.com
MidwayUSA Competition Range Bag System
The MidwayUSA Competition Range Bag was built from the ground up to be the best range bag on the market. Perfect for competition or a day at the range, this bag is big enough to hold everything you need in a neat and organized fashion. Super tough PVC coated material, reinforced stitching, heavy-duty zippers, and closed cell foam padding in all pockets provide a durable range bag that ensures excellent protection for your gear. The MidwayUSA Competition Range Bag is actually 5 bags in 1, a huge main bag, a removable stage bag/ammunition carrier, 2 removable pistol rugs and a removable fired brass or ammunition carrying bag.
MSRP: $169.99 | midwayusa.com
SIONYX OPSIN DNVM1
This helmet-mounted color digital night vision monocular brings next-level innovation to the traditional night vision market. OPSIN’s technology provides unmatched color low-light capability plus immersive digital display, recording, and navigation features that make operations more precise, efficient, and informative.
MSRP: $2,595 | sionyx.com
Streamlight ProTac 2.0 Handheld
The high-performance ProTac 2.0 tactical light produces 2,000 lumens without sacrificing run time. It is powered by the new Streamlight SL-B50 battery pack that can be charged inside or outside of the light via USB-C cord. Run times range from 25 hours on Low to 2.5 hours on High. Fabricated from 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish, the ProTac 2.0 also features an anti-roll head and a gasket-sealed lens. Its multi-function, push-button tactical tail switch permits one-handed operation of momentary, variable intensity, or strobe modes. The light also comes with a removable, multi-position pocket clip, holster and USB-C charge cord.
MSRP: $195 | streamlight.com
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Benelli Super Black Eagle III 28 Gauge
Buy It For: The upland hunter or clay target shooter on your list.
Why They’ll Love it: We certainly loved it, and that’s why we named it our Shotgun of the Year at Guns & Ammo. The Benelli Super Black Eagle III 28 gauge weighs in at about five-and-a-half pounds but it hits with authority thanks to a three-inch chamber that accepts magnum loads. The SBE3 legitimizes the 28 gauge as a waterfowl gun, and thanks to the Inertia-Driven action and optional Benelli BE.S.T. surface treatment this subgauge stands up to the very worst Mother Nature can throw at it. With light loads it’s a low-recoiling dove and clay target gun that’s suitable even for new shooters.
MSRP: $1,799 to $1,899 | benelliusa.com
Leupold Sentinel Performance Eyewear
Buy It For: Hunters, shooters, boaters, anglers, or pretty much anyone else on your list who spends time outdoors.
Why They’ll Love It: The term “shooting glasses” used to conjure images of ugly, boxy eyewear that protected your eyes from injury but did absolutely nothing for your aesthetic. Leupold has broken that mold by offering a long line of protective eyewear products that prevent injuries and look good doing it. These ANSI Z87.1+-rated glasses are available in three colors (Shadow Tan with Bronze Mirror lens finish shown here) and the wraparound design offers full protection and a sleek, streamlined profile. The No-Slip nose bridge is comfortable and keeps your glasses in position. Included scratch-resistant lenses have a Guardian hydrophobic coating and offer 99% protection against UVA and UVB light. There’s also a laser-safe model available.
MSRP: $189.99 to $379.99 | leupold.com
DeSantis Slim-Tuk Holster
Buy It For: Those who carry concealed and want maximum flexibility from their IWB holster.
Why They’ll Love It: The Slim-Tuk features a very light, durable Kydex shell that is thin enough to disappear under summer clothes. The clever tuckable 360 C-clips are made from durable nylon to withstand the rigors of daily carry and offer nearly unlimited mounting options. DeSantis expanded their Slim-Tuk family recently, and now these holsters are available for just about every commonly carried pistol. The design of the Kydex shell makes the holster easy to conceal and the shell design allows this holster to work with most red dot-equipped handguns.
MSRP: $43.99 | desantisholster.com
Federal Custom Shop Ammunition
Buy It For: Anyone who owns a rifle or shotgun.
Why They’ll Love It: After a century in business Federal knows how to build exceptionally accurate, dependable ammunition, and now Federal is offering made-to-order ammo through their Custom Shop. The Custom Rifle line utilizes premium bullets, propellants, primers and cases and is available in popular calibers like 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester as well as harder-to-find loads like .370 Sako and .257 Roberts +P. Shotgun shooters and hunters can also create their ideal Custom Shop Shotshell, and there’s even a line of Rob Roberts Special Edition TSS loads. Because this truly is custom ammunition delivery takes a couple of weeks in most cases, but it’s worth the wait because this ammo performs so well you won’t want to shoot anything else.
MSRP: $93.99 to $399.99 | federalpremium.com
Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro FDE
Buy It For: The concealed carry permit holder or target shooter.
Why They’ll Love It: There are a lot of very good compact 9mms on the market, but the Springfield Hellcat Pro is certainly one of the best. This 9mm semiauto measures just over six-and-a-half inches long and barely an inch wide, but it boasts an impressive 15 rounds magazine capacity. These guns feature Springfield’s OSP slide that is milled to accept Springfield Micro footprint optics but the included tritium U-dot sights are excellent. The new FDE guns come with a durable Cerakote finish that protects these guns against the rigors of daily carry. There might not be a perfect concealed carry pistol, but the Hellcat Pro is edging ever closer to that title.
MSRP: $677 | springfield-armory.com
Crossbreed Rogue Holster System
Buy It For: Anyone who carries a concealed firearm.
Why They’ll Love It: The Crossbreed Rogue is a versatile holster that costs under $100 and comes with a detachable spare magazine pouch, a rugged Kydex body and heavy-duty hardware. There are lots of optional accessories for this holster like J-hooks, OWB loops, and even hardware with your choice of Cerakote finishes, so it’s easy to customize the Rogue to your personal tastes. A wraparound design allows the gun and magazine carrier to fit close to the body and the Rogue’s minimal width makes this an easy holster to carry concealed even under light clothing. The contributors and editors at Guns & Ammo Magazine were so impressed by Crossbreed’s Rogue that we selected it as our 2022 Holster of the Year.
MSRP: $71.92 | crossbreedholsters.com
Silencer Central Banish Backcountry
Buy It For: The wilderness hunter (or anyone else who owns a rifle).
Why They’ll Love It: Silencer Central has reinvented suppressor buying, making it fast and more streamlined than ever before. Their customer support specialists will walk you through the entire suppressor buying process, including how to set up trusts and apply for your federal tax stamp, and once the process is complete Silencer Central delivers your suppressor to your front door. The company’s newest can is the Banish Backcountry, a titanium alloy suppressor that weighs just 7.8 ounces and measures 5.5-inches long. The Backcountry is rated for use with cartridges up to the .300 RUM, and it does a great job reducing the report of magnum calibers like the .300 RUM to hearing safe levels while boasting the smallest footprint of any of the brand’s centerfire suppressors.
MSRP: $1,099 (not including tax stamp) | silencercentral.com
Hornady Security Dual Lid Lock Box
Buy It For: Gun owners or travelers.
Why They’ll Love It: Provides security for two handguns—or any other valuables you want to protect. Anyone who travels outside their home with a handgun should own a secure locking box. What makes Hornady Security’s new Dual Lid Lock Box so appealing is that it allows you to carry two handguns in separate locking containers or if you’d prefer, one handgun and ammunition in separate locked containers. The barrel locks on both lids are keyed alike, and the 16 gauge steel body and included cable allow you to secure your firearms in a suitcase or vehicle. When you aren’t carrying a firearm, these foam-lined locking boxes are a great way to secure items like cash and passports.
MSRP: $57.99 | hornady.com
Kimber Pepper Blaster II
Buy It For: Anyone who doesn’t carry a firearm but is still concerned about personal defense.
Why They’ll Love It: There are people who cannot or will not carry a firearm for personal defense, but not having a gun doesn’t mean you should be defenseless. Developed by a team of Swiss engineers, the PepperBlaster II is designed to address some of the shortcomings of traditional aerosol pepper spray. For starters, the PepperBlaster isn’t an aerosol, and that gives it a much longer (up to four years) shelf life. It fires a one-two punch of the hottest pepper spray at a speed of up to 90 miles and hour and a distance of 13 feet. One shot of this red-hot spray disables attackers for up to 45 minutes.
MSRP: $37.99 | kimberamerica.com
Mossberg Patriot Predator 7mm PRC Rifle
Buy It For: Big game hunters and long-range shooters.
Why They’ll Love It: Mossberg’s Patriot Predator bolt-action is now chambered for the hottest new target and big game round from Hornady, the 7mm PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge). Capable of firing a 180-grain 7mm bullet at 3,000 feet per second, the 7mm PRC is a superb all-around hunting round, so the new Patriot Predator 7mm PRC may be the last big game gun you need to buy. Key features of this gun include an adjustable LBA trigger, two-position rocker-type safety, a top rail for optic mounting, threaded, fluted barrel and a durable polymer stock. In addition, the American-made Patriot Predator is an outstanding value.
MSRP: $519 to $616 | mossberg.com
Safariland Schema IWB Holster
Buy It For: Anyone who needs a low-bulk, durable concealed carry holster.
Why They’ll Love It: The Schema is a minimalist holster with an open design that makes it very light and easy to conceal. It’s cant and height adjustable and since it's custom molded to fit your firearm you can expect a secure fit and improved retention. Speaking of retention, the integrated passive trigger guard retention holds the firearm firmly in place until you draw. Reholstering is easier and safer thanks to the reinforced mouth of this holster. This light holster has a small profile and so it easily hides close to the body, making it easy to hide even under light clothing.
MSRP: $39.99 | safariland.com
Wilson Combat Colt 2020 Python Anaconda Sights
Buy It For: Fans of Colt’s modern SA/DA Revolvers.
Why They’ll Love It: Wilson Combat’s new Colt Python and Anaconda sights make it easy to get the most out of your Colt Python or Anaconda wheelgun. The rear sight is windage and elevation adjustable and is made from tough chrome moly steel with a black oxide finish. You can choose either the U-notch tactical or square-notch target rear sight, and these sights pair well with Wilson’s new Colt front sights that are available with red/green fiber optic or 10K gold beads. If there’s someone on your list that loves the newest version of Colt’s classic revolvers this is a gift they’ll truly appreciate.
MSRP: $39.95 to $109.95 | shopwilsoncombat.com
Fiocchi Golden Waterfowl Bismuth Ammunition
Buy It For: The duck, goose, or upland hunter.
Why They’ll Love It: These shotshells are loaded with premium 9.75 g/cc bismuth non-toxic shot that is safe for older shotgun barrels. Moisture-resistant sealed hulls protect these shotshells from the harshest environments and MSRPs for this ammunition are much lower than TSS loads. There are three different 12-gauge 3-inch Golden Waterfowl Bismuth loads that fire 1 3/8ths ounces of #2, #4, or #6 shot at a velocity of 1,450 feet per second. There are also 20-gauge (1 1/16ths ounce of #4 shot at 1,250 fps) and 28-gauge (15/16ths ounce of #4 shot at 1,350 fps) 3-inch loads available as well. This ammunition is a great option for upland hunters in areas where non-toxic shot is mandatory.
Trijicon Huron Riflescope
Buy It For: The hunter who wants to upgrade the optic on their hunting or target rifle.
Why They’ll Love It: The Trijicon Huron is a superb scope that’s also an exceptional value. It comes with the same quality glass lenses and cutting-edge lens coating you’ll find on Trijicon’s more expensive models. The Huron withstands the same brutal torture testing as the company’s more expensive scopes, too. You won’t get the tritium lamp that offers battery-free day and night illumination, but if you don’t require that feature the Huron is an excellent option. The 3-12x40 model is very versatile and comes with a BDC Hunter Hold reticle for making rapid point-of-impact adjustments. I’ve hunted with these scopes on several occasions and have found that they track accurately and transmit and manage light as well as optics costing hundreds more.
MTM Case-Gard Divided Crate
Buy It For: Anyone who needs to store or transport ammunition (or any other small items).
Why They’ll Love It: Here’s a pro tip: when you’re searching for a gift for a hunter or shooter start at the MTM Case-Gard website. This company’s products simplify storage and transport of firearms and accessories, and their newest product, the Divided Ammo Crate, is a great (and affordable) gift for any gun enthusiast. It features a stackable design and comes with four internal compartments with three removable partitions. Impact-resistant polyethylene construction and O-ring sealed hinge lid help protect your ammo and this container offers over 1,000 cubic inches of interior volume and a maximum carrying capacity of 75 pounds. Heavy-duty snap latches, padlock tabs, tie down and strap over points are included.
MSRP: $27.98 | mtmcase-gard.com
XS DXT2 Big Dot Sight
Buy It For: Those who own a handgun for concealed carry or home defense.
Why They’ll Love It: XS Big Dot sights feature a .188-inch front dot, the widest in the industry. The large Glow Dot outer ring is available in yellow or orange, and the tritium center dot provides day or night illumination. A shallow vee-shaped rear sight with tritium illumination helps drive the shooter’s focus onto the front sight, right where it should be. The front and rear sight are CNC machined from bar stock in Texas and their file-to-fit design allows for a precise fit on your gun even if you don’t own a sight pusher tool. The rugged, ultra-bright sights are easy to see in any light conditions and are especially beneficial for shooters with reduced visual acuity due to age, cataracts, or any other vision issues. This year XS Big Dot sights are also available for Smith & Wesson’s CSX and M&P M2.0 Optics Ready pistols.
MSRP: $112 to $144 | xssights.com
Shadow Systems’ CR920 Elite
Buy It For: The handgun enthusiast who appreciates premium features.
Why They’ll Love It: The quality of the pistols coming out of Shadow Systems’ Plano, Texas facility is very impressive. Their CR920 Elite pistol has a similar footprint to a Glock G43X MOS and G48 MOS so it functions in holsters designed for those guns. The Elite version comes with texturing on the front, rear, and top of the slide, and the slide is milled to allow direct mounting of micro footprint red dot sights. The included metal iron sights (blacked out rear, green tritium front) are very good, though, and the 3.41-inch match grade, spiral-fluted barrel and 4.5 to 5-pound trigger make this one of the most accurate subcompact 9mms on the market. Despite weighing just 17.8 ounces unloaded the CR920 elite has a capacity of 10 rounds with the flush-fit magazine and 13-rounds with the extended magazine.
MSRP: $940 | shadowsystemscorp.com
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