Hello everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and lived through Black Friday as well. Hopefully some of my previous articles about situational awareness paid off and prevented you from getting pepper sprayed for an Xbox or caught in a riot over waffle makers.
Given the fact you are reading this, you made it through those hectic days only to realize you still have to get a gift for someone or you have to get a gift for yourself, because hey, it was a long hard year and you made it, so you deserve it! But what to get? There are so many options, so I have been sitting in an Afghan snowstorm reading and pondering what to get for friends, family and what I would put on my list.
Now, for those of you who have been reading my stuff, you know how I am, but if you are a new reader I would like to preface this list with a statement. I am not sponsored by any company. I do not receive money from anyone or any company. What I mean by this is I am not writing some article highlighting these items due to outside opinions. This is just me and my thoughts. Now that you know that, here is the list:
- Smith & Wesson M&P15-22. This weapon is awesome on so many levels. It is the same size as a regular M4/AR15. The magazines are the same size as standard size 30 rounders, so you can practice like you fight or compete. But since it is chambered in 22, you can go crazy at the range and not have any remorse about ammo prices what so ever. You can train your kids with this rifle, your wife, your sister, yourself, and anyone! Recoil is minimal, noise is minimal and I consider the price minimal. You can put your same optic on this rifle, then move it to your work rig and have all the same body mechanics and sight pictures. Overall winner, good job Smith and Wesson.
- The Surefire 60 round high capacity magazine. This thing is ingenious. Two 30 rounders or one of these? The current prices I have seen and heard are around $100.00 so they are not exactly cheap, but they are well made and worth it for military guys, or anyone else who considers themselves a gunfighter and needs more ammo at a moment’s notice. They fit in a standard duel 30 round mag pouch on your chest rigs, require way less time during a reload and are a nice piece of mind to have pre- loaded for whatever personal reasons you have to have one at the ready. They also have a 100 rounder but I have yet to test that one out.
- Dueck Defense RTS (Rapid Transition Sight) off set iron sights. Every once and awhile you will sit around and get angry at some guy who invented Facebook or some other simple invention. Well these fall into that category. When I first saw them, I was angry for not thinking of it myself, and happy someone else did. These iron sights mount on the left or right side of your rifle allowing you to run your primary optic on top and nothing else. So, for all the people who always have to have back up irons in case their Aimpoint, Trijicon or EOtech fail, this is your ticket. All you do is cant your weapon to a 45 degree angle and fire away. They are easy to mount, easy to zero and also allow you to keep your magnified optic at whatever magnification you want, and if you have to go to a close target, just cant your weapon, iron sights and there you go, absolute genius. I have these; I will be getting more to have on several rifles.
- An AK-47. AK-47s are easily found and from the very inexpensive model to higher end custom ones. They are accurate, reliable, chambered in 7.62x39mm which is easily attainable and for cheap and they work in many applications, and finally, they are easy to operate, clean and repair. AKs will chew up any ammo. Wolf, Tulula, South African stuff, it does not matter. For some reason people tent to worry about steel cased ammo in their beautiful American black rifle, but the AK does not care. It is the Honey Badger of rifles (Youtube Honey Badger, laugh, thank me later).
- Any reloader or reloading equipment. Lee, RCBS, Dillon, and so on. There are a lot of companies out there that make great stuff. I started reloading only a few years ago and have learned so much about ammunition in general it is amazing. It saves you money in the long run, especially for you pistol guys in 45 ACP or rifle guys in any caliber. It is a fun hobby, it is safe, it can be family oriented as far as father and son/daughter activities and it does really feel super cool to make something yourself and go hit a X at your range with it. You will have to buy quite a few things to get started, but the cost will pay for itself in no time depending on how much you shoot. My stuff paid for itself in 45 ACP in less than six months.
Well, I like to keep it short. That is my list of ideas to keep your shooting friend or family member happy. Some of these are expensive items, but remember, you always get what you pay for in the firearms industry and if you do not, most companies will make it right as soon as they can. So stop wasting time and get to shopping, there are a lot of great deals online right now, so take a few extra clicks and see what you can find.
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