November 06, 2023
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There’s nothing worse than trying to sneak around to collect information on what the pistol-packing person in your life wants for Christmas. You can ask, but that ruins the surprise, doesn’t it? We eliminated that hassle for you. Here are our top handgunning gift ideas for 2023.
1. Freedom Isn’t Free Hoodie
The Folds of Honor hoodie is more than just comfortable apparel; it's a symbol of deep respect for the sacrifices and service of American heroes. Designed for proud patriots who understand that freedom isn’t free, this pullover blends the standard comfort of a favorite pullover with an athletic fit and a two-ply hood, making it suitable for both workdays and weekends. By wearing this pullover, you not only enjoy its cozy features but also proudly support the Folds of Honor mission.
2. Ed Brown Roughout Holster
The new Roughout is an inside-the-waistband rig based on a design tweaked by Ed Brown himself. As the name implies, its leather is rough side out, which helps eliminate movement against the body, and it has a steel-reinforced mouth for easy holstering. It snaps easily on a belt, and it has a generous sight channel and is relieved at the front to accept red dots. It’s available for Commander-size 1911s.
3. Leupold Bridger
These shooting glasses feature lenses with a polarization film fused between two lens layers for glare elimination that won’t wear out or scratch. They are ANSI Z87.1+ rated, with shatter-proof lenses and non-metal frames that can withstand ballistic impacts, plus a layout shaped to protect against front impacts. They provide 99 percent UV protection and boast Diamondcoat and hydrophobic coatings to prevent scratches and slough off moisture. Available in black/bronze mirror (shown), matte tortoise/bronze mirror, matte black/shadow gray flash and dark gray/blue mirror.
4. N8 Tactical Magna-Clip
The Magna-Clip carrier from N8 Tactical employs three strong magnets and a wing design that keep even large magazines secure in a pocket, and the metal clip that shows on the outside looks just like a knife clip. The Magna-Clip provides much easier magazine access for a fumble-free reload. It’s discreet, and it’s a lot more comfortable than having a loose mag in your pocket.
Always a great resource, it contains data on Hodgdon, Winchester, Accurate, IMR and Ramshot powders for handgun cartridges from 5.7x28 to .500 S&W Magnum. New this year are data and reloading tips for the .30 Super Carry, but older cartridges aren’t ignored. There are recipes for .32-20, .32 H&R Magnum, .44-40 and .45 Schofield, among others. The .45 Colt section includes separate categories for typical revolvers and “Ruger, Freedom Arms & T/C only.”
Designed for optics-ready subcompacts, this minimalist holster has a smaller footprint than traditional inside-the-waistband rigs. While it’s skeletonized to reduce size and weight, it has a reinforced mouth for sure holstering. The Schema has passive trigger guard retention. Current fitments include SIG P365, Taurus G2C and G3C, Glock 43 and 43X, and Springfield Hellcat.
7. Crossbreed Confidant Mag Carrier
The all-new Confidant Magazine Carrier from CrossBreed is designed to securely accept a range of pistol magazines in assorted sizes. Made from a combination of high-impact and flexible polymers, the Confidant has a self-adjusting, multi-fit design that expands when a magazine is inserted but still has enough retention for a snug fit. It can be worn inside the waistband or outside the waistband. Fitments include but not limited to Springfield Hellcat, SIG P320 and P365, Smith & Wesson Shield and Glock 19, 17, 43 and 48.
The new Everyday Carry series from Remington includes this 4.75-inch liner-lock knife with a black G10 textured handle. Blade length is 3.5 inches and is of drop-point design. Finish is satin stone-washed, and the blade flips open via a ball-bearing pivot system with a gold ring accent. Comes with a tip-up pocket clip.
A slim rechargeable light that fits nicely in a pocket and provides 500 lumens on high and 50 lumens on low, and the Wedge XT operates via a tailcap switch so it can be used with various flashlight shooting techniques. It’s only four inches long, an inch wide and 0.6 inch thick, and a removable metal pocket clip comes attached. Press and hold for momentary on, tap for continuous on. Can be programmed for high/low or low/high operation, and it can also be set on lockout mode to prevent accidental activation. Its recharging port is waterproof, and a USB-C cable is provided.
While they’re intended for “operators,” these goggles would make excellent airsoft safety goggles for those who take advantage of the excellent training airsoft offers. They’re anti-fog thanks to a vented frame, and the foam padding makes them comfortable to wear. The lenses are rated for high-velocity impact, so they’ll serve well for airsoft. An integrated sleeve protects the lens when not in use.
$40, Venture Gear Tactical
Genuine American full-grain leather is fused to a Kydex-style holster, and the result is a holster that’s ready to go right out of the box but has the comfort of a leather rig. Can be used as an appendix, inside the waistband or outside the waistband and set up for left-hand or right-hand carry. It’s adjustable for cant from zero to 15 degrees. It’s compatible with red dots as well as tall iron sights. Available in black and brown. Fitments include various models from Glock, SIG, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Springfield and Taurus.
$70-$80, Mission First Tactical
12. GoSafe Mobile Mag
Lock your gun’s trigger to prevent unauthorized use even with a round in the chamber with the GoSafe Mobile Mag. The Mobile Mag can’t be removed from the gun when locked, and it can go from locked to unlocked in a matter of seconds. Available for Glock 17, 19, 19x and 34 only.
This handy lock box is available in a new flat dark earth color and, more importantly, a new four-digit TSA lock instead of a key. At 10x7x2 inches, it fits in a suitcase or under a car seat—where it can be secured to a seat post with a 1,500-pound-rated cable connector. Constructed of impact-resistant polycarbonate, it will accommodate guns up to full-size 1911s.
14. Match Pro ED 15X56 Binoculars
The Match Pro ED 15x56 is the purpose-built tool every precision shooter needs – a high-magnification binocular with a reticle.
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