Are you married to a hunter or outdoors enthusiast and are unsure of what would make a great gift? No worries, the editors at Tactical Gun Review and Texas Outdoors Network have come together to offer 12 outstanding gifts that any hunter, fishermen, or shooter would love receiving. Let’s get started!
Aimpoint Micro T-2. The Aimpoint Micro T-2 is the gold standard of red dot sights. Anyone with an AR-15 would love receiving a Micro T-2 under the Christmas tree. The T-2 has some subtle upgrades over the older T-1. The T-2 runs for about five years on a single battery and features 12 intensity settings. It is simply the very best at what it does.
Trijicon Miniature Rifle Optic MRO. If the Aimpoint Micro is a bit out of your price line, check out the Trijicon MRO. This is the most direct competitor to the Aimpoint and is a fantastic option.
Streamlight ProTac HL 750 Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight. Everyone needs another flashlight! Streamlight and Surefire are probably the two best-known names in tactical, high-output lights. The Streamlight is selected here as they are usually less expensive than Surefire on comparable models. The ProTac is constructed of aircraft aluminum and features an incredible 750 Lumens with High, Low, and Strobe settings. A perfect stocking stuffer.
Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel. Fishermen can be extremely picky about their gear. The Stradic saltwater series is our preferred spinning reel. If fishing saltwater, it is critical to buy the right reel – one specifically designed for use in the harsh saltwater environment. The 3000 series is the perfect size for your typical trout and redfish with a great balance of weight and strength.
Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife. A guy simply cannot have too many knives. Benchmade is the leader in quality blades and the Griptilian is the go-to choice for an excellent gift. Don’t gift a basic $30 knife. A Benchmade will indeed win hearts and minds.
Chef’s Choice Electric Knife Sharpener. Most guys have a pile of knives. And all of those knives must be “hair shaving” sharp. Take the work out of grinding a fresh edge with a professional three stage electric sharpener. After a weekend in the field, simply run your blade through each of the three stages for a super-sharp edge in less than a minute.
BogaGrip Fishing Landing, Handling and Weighing Tool. An excellent fishing gift, especially for the saltwater angler. The BogaGrip promotes safe and efficient “catch and release” without harming the fish. It is durable and easy to handle even in cold weather. The model 315 weighs fish up to 15 pounds. There are heavier duty models as well.
Bushnell Trophy Game Camera. Everyone loves a game camera. It is always exciting to pull the card from the camera, pop it into a laptop, and see what is running the woods at night. There are many excellent game cameras available but you can’t go wrong with the Bushnell Trophy. This camera features an excellent set of specifications and long battery life.
RTIC 45 Quart Cooler. There are literally hundreds of ice coolers available on the market. From top-of-the-line Yeti to inexpensive Igloo there is a cooler for everyone. RTIC produces a quality cooler at a reasonable, but not inexpensive, price-point. The 45 Quart size is perfect for tailgating or hauling a weekend’s groceries to the deer lease. And don’t worry, no one ever has enough quality coolers!
Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binoculars. Binoculars range in price from $30 to $3000! How do you know what to get? First of all, if you want to make an impression, buy a quality pair of binos. The $75 pair just won’t be used by a serious outdoorsman. 10 Magnification X 50 Objective lens is the accepted standard for most activities. The Vortex Viper HD is an excellent choice. And did I mention the famous Vortex Lifetime Warranty?
Peltor Sport Tactical 100 Electronic Hearing Protector. Electronic hearing protection is a must! Unlike traditional designs that simply muffle everything, electronic hearing protection uses sophisticated circuitry to reduce loud noises such as gunfire while amplifying low volume sounds like voices. This enables you to protect your valuable hearing while still being able to communicate with range officers and other shooters.
Gun Range Bag. You have to be able to carry all that gear to the range – pistols, ammo, glasses, sunscreen, water, targets, stapler, hearing protection – so you need a quality bag. This one has it all and is a best seller.
Costa Del Mar Sunglasses. Protecting your eyes is critical. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses! Fishermen require Polarized glasses to cut the surface glare and to “see” down into the water. There is no other way to sightcast to fish in shallow water without a good pair of Polarized lens. Don’t like the Costa Del Mar selections? Try Oakley or Wiley X.