2018 Father's Day Gift Guide
February 14, 2018
Streamlight TLR-7 Weapon Light
Streamlight's new TLR-7 rail-mounted weapon light is machined from aircraft aluminum and has a black anodized finish. Its switch housing is impact- and chemical-resistant engineered polymer with elastomeric overmold and borofloat high-temperature glass. It weighs 2.4 ounces and is 2.15 inches long, 1.18 inches wide, and 1.27 inches high. It's powered by one 3-volt CR123A lithium battery (included). Light output is 500 lumens.
A reflex collimator with LED red dot, the new CompM5 from Aimpoint provides 50,000 hours of continuous use on one lithium AAA battery. Dot size is a sharp 2 MOA, and the optic is compatible with Aimpoint 3X and 6X magnifiers, offering excellent sight picture for both close-and-fast work and careful shots at a few hundred yards. Turrets provide 0.36-inch/100-yard click adjustment. The Comp5M is extremely robust and is operational underwater to a depth of 45 meters. The mechanical switch offers six daylight and four night-vision settings. Each CompM5 includes an LRP mount and spacer. Weight is just over 8 ounces.
Caldwell Accumax Premium Pic Rail Bipods
Caldwell's new Accumax Premium Pic Rail Bipods provide stable shooting platforms that conveniently attach to a Picatinny rail. Quick-deployment carbon-fiber legs with vertical twist-lock technology are ideal for setting up an accurate shot. Two models are offered: a 6-to-9-inch model and a 9-to-13-inch model. Leg angle is adjustable up to 180 degrees. Other features include stainless-steel push-button leg locks and soft rubber feet.
MSRP: $99.99 to $109.99
CCI VNT .17 HMR Long-Range Hunting Ammo
CCI's new VNT .17 HMR Long-Range Hunting Ammo features the Speer 17-grain VNT bullet that has an extremely thin jacket and a polymer tip, which combine to produce flat trajectories, superb accuracy, and explosive terminal performance on impact.
Hornady Vibratory Trickler
Hornady's new Vibratory Trickler is powered by two AAA batteries (not included) and features variable trickling settings to ensure precise powder charges are dispensed. It has a backlit LED buttons, and the modular design allows the unit to be used with or without the base and makes cleanup quick and easy.
Leupold VX-Freedom Riflescopes
This all-new series of riflescopes was engineered to be Leupold's foundational go-to hunting line and will eventually replace the Rifleman, VX-1, VX-2, and so forth. Initially available in magnification ranges from 1.5-4X to 4-12X, all are built on 1-inch tubes. Several versatile reticles are available, including standard Duplex, Pig-Plex, and the new Rimfire MOA. All VX-Freedom scopes are built in Leupold's Oregon facility and feature lifetime guarantees. They feature excellent fully multi-coated lenses and are waterproof and shock- and fog-resistant.
MSRP: $235 to $390
Lyman X-Block Gunsmith Bench Block
Lyman's new X-Block Gunsmith Bench Block is the right tool for anyone driving pins out of firearms. It has a "V" slot and a rounded slot running across the face to support barrels, slides, and frames. The X-Block is made of a tough, non-marring polymer and edged with a softer nonslip outer overmold. The X-Block has multiple holes to take on almost any gunsmithing project, and it also has a molded-in magnet on the backside to catch pins and other small parts as they drop out. The X-Block's large 5-inch diameter provides a stable base and plenty of support.
Ruger American Precision Rimfire Rifle
Ruger's popular bolt-action Precision Rifle has gone rimfire. The new rifle is chambered in .22 LR and is scaled-down from the centerfire Ruger Precision Rifle. The rimfire rifle features an 18-inch, threaded barrel; an innovative "Big-Gun" adjustable bolt throw that mimics the centerfire rifle's bolt; a molded, one-piece chassis; a 15-inch hard black anodized aluminum, free-float handguard; and a Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger. The buttstock is adjustable, and the gun ships with one 15-round BX-15 magazine or two 10-round BX-1 magazines.
Sierra 6.5mm 150-Grain MatchKing
Sierra has a new 6.5mm 150-grain HPBT MatchKing bullet. The new bullet's elongated ogive and pointed meplat provide an increased ballistic coefficient for optimal wind resistance and velocity retention. To ensure precise bullet-to-bore alignment, a unique bearing-surface-to-ogive junction uses the same 1.5-degree angle commonly found in match rifle chamber throats. This new bullet requires a twist rate of 1:7.5 or faster to stabilize. Its sectional density is .307. Ballistic coefficient is .713 at 1,760 fps and above, .686 between 1,240 fps and 1,760 fps, and .621 at 1,240 fps and below.
MSRP: $50.98 per box of 100; $250.94 per box of 500
SIG SAUER X-Five ASP Airgun
SIG SAUER has added a new X-Five pistol to its Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) line of airguns. The new .177-caliber X-Five ASP is a CO2-powered pistol that's based on SIG's centerfire X-Five Competition pistol. The semiautomatic air pistol has a single-action-only trigger, an ambidextrous safety, and SIG's 20-round Rapid Pellet Magazine. The X-Five ASP has a full-metal slide and frame, giving it virtually the same weight and feel of its centerfire counterpart. Other features include an adjustable rear sight and an integral accessory rail. It's offered in two colors: silver/black and all black.
Springfield XD-E .45 ACP
The hammer-fired XD-E semiautomatic pistol from Springfield is now available chambered for .45 ACP. The new version has a 3.3-inch barrel and a flush-fitting magazine with a capacity of six rounds. An extended magazine is also offered, and it has a grip extension and holds an additional seventh round. The pistol weighs 23 ounces and is 6.75 inches long and 5 inches tall with the flush-fitting magazine. It features a fiber-optic front sight and a low-profile combat rear sight.
Trijicon AccuPoint 4-16X Riflescope
Trijicon is legendary for the ACOG sight so widely used by the U.S. military and for its battery-free fiber-optic and tritium illumination, and the company's AccuPoint riflescopes are arguably the best predator optics available. Reticle and optic are both reliable in extremes of temperature and through heavy abuse. New this year is a 4-16X 50mm version. Featuring side parallax adjustment, superb fully multi-coated broadband anti-reflective glass, and several reticle choices, it might just be the ultimate predator/varmint crossover scope. Weight is 24 ounces.