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By John Anderson
Shooting Sports Editor 

Gift Ideas For Dads Who Shoot

There Is Something For All These Special Guys From $7 To $200

 


Fathers' Day is just around the corner, and men can be so hard to buy for. Seems like if we want it, we just go buy it, and if we don't, it's because it's too expensive. So here are a few gift ideas for any dad who loves guns - and I'll bet he didn't even know about these, or he'd have gotten one!

Revolver Desk Clock

At four inches wide and just over three inches high, this little batter-operated desk clock will keep great time even if the power goes out. Plus it looks super cool – exactly like the cylinder from a revolver. This will definitely set his desk apart from the crowd, and it's less than $35 from http://www.patriotdepot.com.

While you're there, be sure to check out the Shot Shell Clock-n-Can (a wall clock that looks like the base of a 12-gauge shotgun shell) and the Revolver Coaster Set. The Shot Shell clock (3-1/2 inch diameter) is less than $15 and the Revolver Coaster Set is on sale for under $23.

Browning BXD Waterfowl Hunting Ammo

It's sad but true: It takes quite a few shells before you bag even one duck or goose, and that stuff gets expensive. If you know dad is going to be hitting the field this winter, give him a few boxes of Browning's new BXD Waterfowl Ammuntion.

This stuff gets high velocity from an optimized long-range wad and plated round steel shot. This gives it a lethal combination of energy retention, penetration, and pattern density so he gets great performance at long ranges. It comes in 12 and 20 gauge and a several different shot sizes. It's available at http://www.cabelas.com for $19 - $27 a box.

Dad will be calling down blessings on you this duck season!

Casual Camper Bundle

The Wise Company makes incredible survival and camping food – their survival and emergency food has a shelf life of 25 years! The survival food does not contain meat, but the camping food does, making it a great choice to give to dad so he can eat well on those hunting trips, even if he's too tired to cook.

The Casual Camper Bundle is $94 and includes 12 servings of entrees and 6 servings of breakfasts – enough to keep dad full and fueled up for three days. They can be cooked right in the pouch, and the kit includes a cube stove and even a 28-ounce water bottle with filter.

The food has a shelf life of seven years. Check out all their great stuff at http://www.wisefoodstorage.com.

Action Targets Rimfire Mini Gong

I admit that at just under $200, this gift is a bit pricey, but it's so awesome I couldn't resist including it. I'm talking about the Action Targets Rimfire Blue Mini Gong, which is a steel target designed to be used with .22 caliber guns. It has a steel deflector plate with four paddles hanging below, made of ¼-inch steel designed to take years of heavy use. It's 35 inches high and the paddles are four inches in diameter.

If your dad likes to go out in the desert and plink, this is the ideal gift. No more going back and forth to set up targets, no more trash to clean up after he's done shooting – and he gets instant gratification because when he hits the target; he'll hear and see what a great shot he made.

Check them out at http://www.shopactiontargets.com, and make sure you look at all the other fantastic steel targets they make – they've got plenty, including many designed for higher calibers.

Inteliscope

The Inteliscope turns your smartphone into a thermal rifle scope and camera for your gun or bow. You buy the mount, download the free app, and attach your phone to your weapon on any picatinny rail. The accuracy with this thing is amazing, and even allows you to use apps like Google Earth while you're still on the trigger.

You can use it for hunting, shooting, even paintball. The mounts vary in price from $139 to $575. It's a bit of a splurge, but so cool. See them at http://www.inteliscopes.com.

Outdoor Edge Para-Claw

On June 1st the Para-Claw by Outdoor Edge debuts; it's a super cool paracord survival bracelet that conceals a very serviceable little knife in the clasp. The knife is a 1-1/2-inch hawkbill blade integrally molded to a glass/nylon guard that ties into the bracelet. Once deployed, the bracelet becomes the knife handle.

They are hand-tied and come in three sizes and colors. Each has an adjustable loop. The medium and large come in black or camo, and the small is available in purple/black. Super popular, they can be hard to find, so Google search for them. There is a large black one online at http://www.bowhunterssuperstore.com for $20.

They are actually already sold out on the Outdoor Edge website, so if you find one – snap it up!

Swab-Its

No matter what dad shoots, it's a fact of life that the weapon has to be cleaned regularly. I actually clean my guns every time I use them, and Swab-Its has made that a lot easier. Gone are the days of using cotton swabs, then having to pick the fibers out of the action.

Swab-Its are far superior to patches or anything else – they save time, follow the rifling better, they're reusable for many times, and they're easy to clean with soap and water or mineral spirits. They've got sizes for nearly every bore, and they have Bore-Whips that will pull all the way through with no rod, no scraping.

Seriously, your dad will love these things. The best part? Made in the USA and super affordable at $7 - $20. Get them at http://www.bore-tips.com.

Ruger Bolt-Action Pen

This desk clock from Patriot Depot will trip Dad's trigger.

This pen is incredibly smooth, and it's a high-quality writing instrument that can be refilled with a Fisher Space Pen #PR4 refill. The best part about this pen, I think, is the fact that since it is anodized aluminum; it actually fits the bill for a tactical pen without looking tactical. So dad can fly under the radar and be ready for anything without advertising the fact.

It's 5.5 inches long, black, with a pocket clip. I actually really want one of these myself, so I hope my boys are reading this. Get one at http://www.knifecenter.com for $31.95. While you're there, be sure to look at the Ruger Bolt Action mechanical Pencil. It comes in bright red anodized aluminum and it also costs $31.95. The set would be an incredible Fathers' Day Gift for any dad.

You can also get them on Amazon for just over $30, but supplies were getting low when I checked in May.

So there you have it - gift ideas from $7 to $200 which are sure to please any dad who owns a gun. Fathers Day is June 18, so after he opens his gift, take him to the range and spend some time bonding and plinking together.

 

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