Holiday Gift Guide (2019)
November 15, 2019
Streamlight TLR-7 A - Weapon Mounted Light with Two Switch Position Options
The TLR-7 A is an extremely lightweight rail-mounted tactical light, delivering 500 lumens and running on a single CR123A lithium battery. It includes customized ambidextrous rear switches with either a low or high position to match your shooting style. It features a rail clamp that is designed to rapidly attach/detach from side of compact and full frame weapons. The TLR-7 A also includes a “safe off” feature to prevent accidental activation.
The TLR-8 A with a red aiming laser and the TLR-8 A G with a green aiming laser is also available.
Hornady SnapSafe Lock Box
Hornady’s SnapSafe lock boxes are on our radar. A sneak peek at Guns & Ammo’s editor Eric Poole’s review describes them best: “Hornady has continued that business model and expanded who may be a potential customer. Store valuable belongings out of sight while maintaining easy access.” These nifty safes can be taken anywhere and store more than just your gun. They’re large storage capacity is great for tools, firearms, equipment, documents, passports and more. They also offer theft protection for an SUV, car trunk, under a back seat of a truck, and for the intrepid traveler in your life, in the pocket of your luggage — yes, they do meet the TSA airline guidelines for firearms, but it’s always good to double check. The SnapSafe has a heavy-duty 16-gauge steel exterior with a rugged 7-gauge steel door, internal hinges and premium gas shocks that give it its smooth, safe (and quiet) operation.
If you were a big fan of your high school locker combination lock, then you’re in luck. SnapSafe offers three ways to lock up and open up these nifty lock boxes: Key lock, combination lock and 2-pack keyed alike. And they’re all under $45 dollars. That’s a reasonable enough for Santa to bring one for you too!
Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA
This handheld will use either one CR123A lithium battery or one AA alkaline battery—both of which are provided. You’ll get more power on high (350 lumens) with the lithium than with the alkaline (150), but the flexibility to run either power source makes this a handy and versatile light. Comes from the factory set in high/strobe/low mode, but thanks to the company’s TenTap programming, it’s simple to change it to either high-only or low/high modes. Available in black or coyote tan.
The TX22 is a jack-of-all-trades polymer-frame semiautomatic that sports an ergonomic grip and the Taurus Pittman trigger system that boasts a short travel and reset, and a five-pound break. The 7075 aluminum slide is hardcoat anodized in matte black and has front and rear cocking serrations. The rear sight is fully adjustable, and if you want to add a light or laser, the frame has a molded-in accessory rail. With its 4.1-inch barrel, the TX22 is 5.4 inches long and weighs 17.3 ounces. A manual safety is offered as an option.
DeSantis Mini Scabbard/Glock 48
DeSantis is offering a number of holsters for the new Glock 48—including one that would be ideal for a compact gun like the G48. The Mini Scabbard doesn’t offer frills, just exactly what you need: a precision-molded leather holster with an adjustable tension device. It fits belt up to 1.75 inches wide and is available in tan or black. Don’t have a Glock 48? There are a ton of other fitments for the Mini Scabbard.
Ruger has owned the modern single-action revolver market for many decades, so it’s only fitting the company would come out with an inexpensive .22 single action: the Wrangler. It features a Cerakote finish (your choice of black, silver or tan) on the 4.6-inch steel barrel and aluminum frame. The steel six-shot cylinder is finished in black oxide. The plastic grips are black, but if you want to replace them with something else, the Wrangler uses the same grip frame as Ruger’s famed Single Six, so there are plenty of aftermarket options. Sights are a notch milled into the topstrap and a plain front blade. Weight is 30 ounces.
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ w/green laser
The Shield EZ is a semiautomatic that practically anyone can use, and now it’s even easier to shoot well thanks to the addition of an integral Crimson Trace green laser. The Shield EZ is a hammer-fired .380 Auto, and the slide works very easily—and it’s made even easier by a slight flare at the rear of the slide that gives you more to grab onto. Crimson Trace’s Laserguard fits seamlessly in front of the trigger guard and wraps around the guard and down the frontstrap, where the activation button is housed. When you have the pistol in a proper firing grip, the laser turns on. The pistol also features three-dot iron sights. The barrel is 3.7 inches long, and dimensions are 6.7 inches high, five inches high and one inch wide. Weight is 19.1 ounces.
Remington Golden Saber Bonded
This new ammunition from Remington features a special bonded bullet designed to provide excellent weight retention even in the fact of tough obstacles like auto glass. The lead core is hot-bonded to the brass jacket, and the reduced bullet nose diameter aligns precisely with the bore for top accuracy. Golden Saber Bonded requires less energy to initiate expansion, and the bullet is optimized to eliminate over-expansion—so you’re sure to get maximum penetration. Available in .357 SIG, 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Street price is around $25 per box.
Trijicon Fiber Sights
Trijicon already offers a well-respected line of night sights, and now it is in the fiber-optics biz. A .060-inch green or red fiber-optic rod comes installed in a a .110-inch front post, and a replacement rod is included. The front is mated to a serrated, plain black rear sight with a .125-inch notch, and the rear is also hooked so it can be used to work the slide in an emergency. The rear sight is rounded as well so it won’t snag on the draw. Current fitments include selected pistols from CZ, Glock, FN, H&K, SIG, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Walther and for 1911s.
SIG P365 BB Pistol
The P365 has become one of the most popular concealed-carry guns on the market, and SIG Sauer has come out with a replica BB gun that should prove an excellent trainer. Powered by CO2, it’s a semiautomatic featuring realistic blowback action, and its dimensions are such that it will fit in holsters that fit a centerfire P365. The 12-round magazine holds the .177 BBs as well as the 12-gram CO2 cartridge.
Aimpoint Acro P-1
Aimpoint is a pioneer in the field of red dot sights, and its newest, the Acro P-1, is a dedicated pistol sight and the only fully enclosed sight of its kind on the market. And it’s sized right at 1.9 inches long and 1.2 inches high, with a weight of just 2.1 ounces. The matte black/dark gray anodized housing is high-strength aluminum. The 3.5 m.o.a. dot is powered by a CR1225 battery, which has an operating life of more than one year at illumination level six (out of 10) and can be changed without removing the sight. The Acro P-1 is fully tested for shock and vibration. Operating temperature range is -49 to 160 degrees, and it’s submersible to 82 feet. There are a wide variety of mounting solutions for popular pistols. Suggested retail price is $660, but we’re seeing street prices just south of $600.