Christmas is fast approaching, which usually means there are a bunch of frantic people out there scrambling to find gifts for the firearms enthusiast in their lives. I have a few gift ideas that may help ease their shopping stress.
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Many gift givers jump right to the idea of gifting a firearm. That can get a little tricky and the following should be considered:
It is not illegal or considered a straw purchase to gift someone a firearm. However, some states have their own laws regarding even gifting a firearm that is a family heirloom to another family member. You need to really do your research.
I suggest rather than purchasing a firearm, buy a gift certificate from your local gun shop. Let the recipient pick out the gun that offers a good fit, feel and is easily manageable.
Owning a firearm comes with a huge amount of responsibility and confidence. A gift of a firearm training class is a great way to help the recipient stay sharp. Stacy Bright wrote, Firearms Training Clinics: Further Your Training and Education, which is a great place to begin looking for classes. If there are local instructors in your area, she also wrote, Choosing a Firearms Instructor: What should you look for? Don’t just send the gift recipient to any old class. Vet the instructors and try to find the best training in your area.
There are numerous books available about firearms training and mindset. I’ve read quite a few over the years. The following are my favorites, the books I recommend to others during training classes.
Firearms Training Books:
Navy Seal Shooting ~ Chris Sajnog
Stay in the Fight!! ~ Kyle E. Lamb
The Unthinkable ~ Amanda Ripley
The Gift of Fear ~ Gavin De Becker
Left of Bang ~ Patrick Van Horne & Jason A. Riley
Those who already own their favorite firearm may want to personalize it a bit. High Caliber Graphix offers custom-cut gun wraps for many different brands. The gun wraps are durable, yet not permanent and can be removed at any time. And at only $29.99, why not change it every season? How fun is that?
There are many options available for concealed carry purses. Style, size, material and color are just a few. Regardless of which purse you choose, make sure it’s properly designed for concealed carry. A previous article I wrote, 5 Things to Look for in a CCW Handbag, offers tips for helping you make the right purchase.
Other ideas that come to mind are jewelry, a safe for gun storage, clothing and range gear. With so many gift options for the firearms enthusiast, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect present. Happy Holidays!
Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers. View all posts by Michelle Cerino