Shooting Times 2018 Holiday Gift Guide
November 06, 2018
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your favorite shooter? Here are 10 must-have items, including everything from the newest XDM pistols from Springfield Armory and the newest version of Ruger’s popular 10/22 rifle through SIG SAUER’s revolutionary rangefinder/riflescope syncing system and Trijicon’s exceptional 1-8X AccuPower scope to SureFire’s new Defender flashlights and Crimson Trace’s interesting new shotgun laser. There are even a few new handloading tools, some new gun-cleaning wipes, and a three-can ammo crate you just have to check out.
Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber Wipes
For years Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber in aerosol form has been widely used by gunsmiths, hunters, and casual shooters for those tough firearms cleaning chores. Now the popular cleaner is being offered in the form of cleaning wipes.
Gun Scrubber wipes dissolve greases, oils, and carbon fouling, and their 4x5-inch size makes them convenient for taking to the range in a bag, a gun case, or a pocket.
MSRP: $12.70 per pack of 12birchwoodcasey.com
Crimson Trace Lasersaddle LS-250 Laser Sights
Crimson Trace Corp. (CTC) now offers the Lasersaddle LS-250 red laser sight and LS-250G green laser sight for Mossberg Shockwave shotguns.
The CTC Lasersaddle laser sights secure to the shotgun’s receiver side and upper area and operate with three distinct activation points, including one that can be accessed by left-handed shooters. The laser sights feature rapid-change battery caps, master on-off switches, and integrated battery management technology for enhanced battery life. The LS-250 and LS-250G are covered under CTC’s Free Batteries for Life program and the company’s three-year limited warranty.
MSRP: $169 (LS-250), $219 (LS-250G)crimsontrace.com
Hornady Quick Detach Universal Mounting Plate
Hornady now offers the Quick Detach Universal Mounting Plate to make attaching and detaching presses and other reloading tools easy and space-efficient. The system’s aluminum blocks attach to a bench or table, and cam locks keep the plate stable during use. The quick release allows plates to be changed easily and quickly. Mounting hole configurations fit a variety of presses and reloading tools, and extra mounting plates are sold separately. The system measures 17x4x9 inches and weighs 8 pounds.
MSRP: $70.31 (System), $21.25 (Plate only)hornady.com
Lyman Brass Smith Reloading Kits
Lyman has three new reloading kits that include all the accessories you need to get started handloading. Each kit contains Lyman’s 50th Edition Reloading Handbook, a Brass Smith Powder Measure and Powder Measure Stand, a Pocket Touch 1500 Electronic Scale with Funnel Pan and Dipper, a Loading Block, a Case Prep Multi-Tool, an E-ZEE Prime Hand Priming Tool, Quick Slick Case Lube, and either a Victory foundational press or an All-American 8 turret press or an Ideal single-operation press. Victory and All-American 8 Kits also include a Magnum Bullet Puller, a Powder Dribbler, and a Primer Tray. The All-American 8 Kit comes with a Universal Trimmer and Pilot Multi-Pack and an E-ZEE Primer Tray.
MSRP: $249.95 (Ideal Reloading Kit), $354.95 (Victory Reloading Kit), $499.95 (All-American 8 Reloading Kit)lymanproducts.com
MTM 3-Can .50-Cal. Ammo Crate
MTM’s 3-Can .50-Cal. Ammo Crate is made for storing, organizing, and safely transporting gear and ammo. The Army Green ammo crate comes with three sturdy, O-ring-sealed, Dark Earth ammunition cans that sit in the rugged polymer crate to form a compact storage and transportation solution for ammunition and/or accessories. The crates are stackable, feature carry handles on each end, and have four tie-down points
Ruger 10/22 with Modular Stock System
Ruger’s 10/22 Compact semiautomatic rifle is now available with the Ruger Modular Stock System. The Modular Stock System allows the length of pull to be adjusted easily, accommodating shooters of various sizes as well as variations in thickness of outerwear.
This new version of the venerable 10/22 comes with front and rear fiber-optic sights, a crossbolt safety, and a cold hammer-forged 16.12-inch barrel. The finish is matte black (stock) and blued (barrel and action). The carbine weighs 4.6 pounds, and the legendary rotary magazine holds 10 rounds of .22 LR ammunition.
SIG SAUER BDX System
SIG SAUER’s new Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) rangefinders and riflescopes with integrated Applied Ballistics® and wireless Bluetooth® technology allow interoperability and key ballistic holdover information to be exchanged wirelessly between the units. With the downloaded SIG BDX app (available for Android or iOS smartphones), the user pairs a KILO BDX rangefinder and a SIERRA3BDX riflescope and sets up a basic ballistic profile. Then, when in the field, simply range the target, and the rangefinder will utilize onboard Applied Ballistics Ultralight™ to instantly send information to the scope via Bluetooth. The ballistic solution is calculated and illuminated on the BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle with windage and elevation holds in the riflescope.
Easy to use, the revolutionary BDX system packs advanced ballistics technology into a simple platform that looks like a typical rangefinder and riflescope. The system is currently offered in five different rangefinders and four models of the SIERRA3BDX riflescope.
MSRP: KILO BDX Rangefinders start at $299.99; SIERRA3BDX Riflescopes start at $599.99sigsauer.com
Springfield 10mm XDM
The Springfield Armory XDM pistol is now available chambered for 10mm. Offered in 4.5- and 5.25-inch-barreled versions, the pistols feature polymer frames, match-grade ramped barrels, fiber-optic front sights, and melonite-finished slides. The rear sights are a low-profile, two-dot combat type on the 4.5-inch-barreled gun and a fully adjustable target-type on the 5.25-inch-barreled gun. Magazine capacity is 15 rounds. The XDM pistols feature Springfield’s Ultra Safety Assurance safety-lever trigger mechanism and a Model 1911-style grip safety.
MSRP: $652 (4.5-inch barrel), $779 (5.25-inch barrel)springfield-armory.com
SureFire E2D Defender Flashlights
SureFire has two new E2D Defender flashlights. 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 offers 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.
Trijicon AccuPower 1-8X 28mm Riflescope
With a 34mm tube and 28mm objective lens size, Trijicon’s ultra-versatile AccuPower 1-8X illuminated-reticle riflescope features superb glass, cutting-edge coatings, 11 different illumination settings with an “Off” position between each, and true 1X magnification-free viewing for fast both-eyes-open target acquisition. MOA and MIL versions of Trijicon’s Segmented Circle first-focal-plane reticles are available, and illumination is powered by one CR2032 battery. The scope is waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof.
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