It’s that time of year again when stores start decorating for the holiday season sometime in late July. We elected to wait for the more respectable time of November to share some favorite holiday gift ideas.
If you’ve for a shooter in your circle of friends and family, then check out some of our picks.
People ask me all the time how much it costs to get started reloading ammunition, and it’s always kind of a hard question to answer. That’s because reloading, like woodworking, can be done with very few tools. However, the more specialized tools you add to your collection, the more efficient you can be and the better the quality of the output.
The Hornady Lock-n-Load Classic Kit contains everything you need to reload pistol calibers and straight wall rifle calibers. The only thing you’ll need to buy besides the consumables like powder, primers, and projectiles, are the dies for your specific calibers. To expand your capabilities to include bottleneck rifle calibers like .308 Winchester, you’ll need a case trimmer, but everything else is already there.
The kit includes a reloading press, powder dispenser, powder scale, powder funnel, loading tray, powder trickler, chamfer and deburring tool, and a handheld priming tool. Most importantly, the kit includes the latest version of the Hornady reloading handbook that contains thousands of proven and safe reloading recipes.
The bottom line? If you have a special someone on your gift list who wants to get started reloading, this kit will make it possible.
It’s currently on sale at Cabelas for $269.99.
Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster
When you buy clothes as a gift for someone, you have to know their size, and it can be embarrassing to ask for that information. When giving a gun holster, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask (if you don’t already know) what type of gun they carry. Besides, Alien Gear offers a lifetime shell exchange program, so if your giftee changes guns in the future, they can request a new holster shell to fit their new handgun.
On the exterior, it looks sorta like other hybrid holsters with a large back panel and polymer shell to hold the gun. When you peel back the layers, you’ll find a steel panel inside that provides support. The body side is made of neoprene, the stuff of wetsuits, so it’s not only comfortable but helps keep moisture away from your gun. I tested an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with an exceptionally large handgun, the FNX-45 Tactical because I wanted to see if the new support benefits lived up the hype. It handled the 15+1, double-stack .45 ACP monster with ease.
You can order the Cloak Tuck 3.0 direct from Alien Gear for $43.88.
We all know that dry fire practice is the most effective way to improve shooting skills. The bummer is that it’s exceptionally boring to do, so very few people invest in regular dry fire practice time.
Here’s a way to make it fun. The folks at LaserLyte have developed a variety of reaction targets that respond to laser hits. I personally like the Reaction Tyme targets because they help you develop hit or miss speed. The targets have two modes, a reaction time drill, and a simple hit or no hit indicator. In reaction time mode, the target will light up at random time intervals, and you have three seconds to get a hit that is confirmed by an audible beep. If you use two targets, they operated independently and randomly, so it makes for great target transition practice. In the basic mode, any hit on the target is rewarded with a beep and flashing light so that you can practice at your own pace.
LaserLyte makes dedicated practice guns that you can use, but I like their Trainer Pistol Cartridges. They resemble an actual cartridge for common calibers like .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP and fit in the chamber like one. After removing real ammo from your magazine and chamber, insert the Trainer Pistol Cartridge. The hammer strike activates a laser beam that fires through the bore of your pistol. It’s a great way to practice safely at home with your real gun.