Shooting Times Holiday Gift Guide (2019)
The Shooting Times staff put together their gift guide for the upcoming holiday season, with products from SIG Sauer, Aimpoint and more.
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!
Aimpoint’s compact 1X ACRO P-1 pistol sight was built to endure environmental and temperature extremes and has been tested to withstand the firing of more than 20,000 rounds of .40 S&W ammunition. Designed with an enclosed optical channel that completely protects the signal between the emitter and the lens along with sealed electronic components, the sight is submersible to 25 meters. Rain, dust, mud, and sand cannot disrupt the sight.
The 1.9x1.2x1.2-inch sight mounts directly to the optics-ready slide cut on modern pistols, utilizing a one-piece adapter plate. The ACRO P-1 features a 3.5-MOA red-dot reticle, digital intensity adjustment switches, and an aluminum housing. Power is provided by a single CR1225 3V lithium battery. Weight is 2.1 ounces.
While the ACRO P-1 was developed for use on handguns, it also can be used on rifles, carbines, and shotguns.
MSRP: $660; aimpoint.com
Axeon Absolute Zero
The new and improved Axeon Absolute Zero uses two precision lasers to make sighting-in your riflescope, dot sight, or reflex sight easy. The unit ensures you hold your rifle in the exact same place while sighting-in thereby establishing zero with just one shot.
The upgraded Absolute Zero features a new mounting system that makes it the easiest, most efficient, and accurate way to find your zero at 25 yards while providing the ability to zero at 100 yards with cold-barrel accuracy. It comes with an adapter that fits your rifle’s Picatinny or Weaver rail. It also comes with a quick-disconnect mount that allows the unit to fit onto any scope that has a 1-inch or 30mm tube. Adhesive backed reflective grids are included with each Absolute Zero, making the red lasers easy to identify and locate even in bright sunlight conditions.
MSRP: $79.99; axeonoptics.com
Birchwood Casey Adjustable Target Stand
Setting up a stand to hold targets for sighting-in and shooting just got easier with the Birchwood Casey Adjustable Target Stand. Shooters will appreciate the ease of set up and versatility of the stand.
The stand comes with six modular uprights, a target stand, and a target backer. The stand can be adjusted from widths of 13 to 25 inches. The white backerboard measures 19.5x19.5 inches and matches up perfectly with Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C and Dirty Bird targets sold separately.
Easy to set up and versatile, the Birchwood Casey Adjustable Target Stand is perfect for home, range, and hunting camp use. The stand breaks down into smaller sections that can be stored or transported easily.
MSRP: $53.40; birchwoodcasey.com
Daisy 80th Anniversary Red Ryder
In 1940 Daisy introduced the lever-action Red Ryder air rifle. With its wood stock and forearm, saddle ring, and leather thong, it would eventually become iconic as the most famous BB gun. 2020 marks the Red Ryder’s 80th anniversary, and the company is offering a special-edition model, complete with engraving on the forearm, a commemorative medallion in the stock, and all the features that made the original the No. 1 American Christmas present.
MSRP: $39.99; daisy.com
Pachmayr, one of the iconic brands that is part of Lyman Products Corp., is famous for its tough, durable, and comfortable handgun grips; rifle recoil pads; tactical knives; gunsmithing tools; and other accessories, and now the company offers speedloaders for popular revolver makes and models. These new speedloaders are CNC machined from solid aluminum and feature a simple twist knob cartridge release. The speedloaders are uniquely shaped like polygons for the smallest outside dimensions, and they are equipped with a rattle-eliminating O-ring that contacts the cartridges’ bases and firmly holds the rounds in place. The speedloaders are available for Colt Cobra and Smith & Wesson J-Frame, K-Frame, and L-Frame revolvers.
MSRP: $19.98; lymanproducts.com
Pelican V200 Mediaum Pistol Case
Built for hard use, high impact, and supreme weather resistance, Pelican’s Vault series gun cases are, according to the company, the most rugged and secure in their class. The V200 Medium Gun Cas is equipped with a host of premium features, including five layers of protective foam, and its interior measures 14x10x5.5 inches. Made of high-impact polymer, the case is crushproof, dustproof, and weather resistant. The Heavy duty handles are ergonomic and stand up to the toughest conditions. Two push-button latches offer secure closure and easy-open access, and the two stainless-steel lock hasps provide extra security during transport.
MSRP: $57.95; pelican.com
RCBS MatchMaster Competition Dies
Offered for 30 of the most popular rifle cartridges, RCBS’s precision-machined MatchMaster Competition Dies are available in Full Length and Neck Sizing configurations. Using neck bushings to put the right amount of neck tension on each round, the MatchMaster Full Length die set comes with a titanium-nitride-coated expander, which provides smooth case extraction, and a Seating die that features a bulletseating window and a micrometer-adjustable, free-floating, self-centering bulletseating stem.
The MatchMaster Neck Sizing die set also has a titanium-nitride-coated expander and a Seating die with the bulletseating window and micrometer-adjustable, free-floating, self-centering bulletseating stem. (The Seating die is also sold separately.)
MSRP: $169.95 (Full Length Die Set), $169.95 (Neck Sizing Die Set), $119.95 (Seating Die only); rcbs.com
SIG SAUER’s Electro-Optics division has a new 1X 38mm ROMEO8H red-dot sight. The ROMEO8H is designed for rapid target acquisition in all conditions and environments. The rugged aluminum housing and 38mm rectangular viewing window allows a large field of view. It has a quad ballistic circle-dot reticle with ballistic holds and 70 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment. The reticle has 10 daytime and two night-vision settings. The sight eighs 10.3 ounces. Power is provided by one CR123 battery. It is waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
MSRP: $599.99; sigsauer.com
SureFire E2D Defender Flashlights
SureFire’s E2D Defender flashlights are offered in single-output and dual-output models. The single-output E2D Defender Tactical and the dual-output E2D Defender Ultra both feature high outputs of 1,000 lumens via a virtually indestructible high-performance LED and a Total Internal Reflection lens. The signature Defender crenulated Strike Bezel provides defensive options should the need arise. Both E2D Defender lights are activated via a push-button click-type crenulated tailcap, and the machined aerospace aluminum bodies have Type III MIL-SPEC hard-anodized coatings.
MSRP: $199; surefire.com
Trijicon MRO Green Dot
Trijicon has added a Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO) sight with an adjustable 2-MOA green dot to its lineup. The MRO Green Dot has eight brightness settings, including two that are night-vision compatible. The optic’s 25mm objective eliminates “tunnel vision,” and the battery lasts a full year on the “3” setting. The MRO weighs 4.1 ounces and measures 2.6 inches long, 1.7 inches wide, and 2.0 inches high without mount.
MSRP: $613 to $749; trijicon.com
Warne Maxima Horizontal Steel Rings
Warne’s Maxima Horizontal scope rings are made using proprietary sinter steel technology, and they feature four-screw ring caps and permanently installed recoil keys. Available for 1-inch and 30mm scopes, the rings come in low, medium, and high heights, and they fit Picatinny and Weaver-type bases. These rings offer easy installation, unrivaled rigidity, and Warne’s return-to-zero guarantee.
MSRP: $59.99 (1 inch), $69.99 (30mm); warnescopemounts.com