WITH THESE GIFT IDEAS, EVERYONE CAN HAVE A MERRY, EVERYDAY-CARRY HOLIDAY.
Santa, just put a spinning steel or bouncing plastic target and a couple boxes of ammo under the tree, and I’ll be a good boy all next year. I promise.
Looking for something special? There are other great gift ideas in all price ranges, so you’re bound to find something just right for the EDC devotees in your life. Here are just a few. GW
FIX IT STICKS GLOCK TOOL KIT AND MAGNETIC PATCH
For those who insist on taking things apart, Fix It Sticks has introduced a Glock Tool Kit as an aid to servicing Glock pistols in the field or at the workbench. Included are a 3/16-inch hex drive front sight tool, magnetized to keep the sight nut in place, and a 3/32-inch pin punch. The tools are machined from solid bar stock and can be used by themselves, with Fix It Sticks handles or with a standard ¼-inch bit driver. The company has also introduced a handy magnetic patch. Attach it to a Fix It Sticks case with the included Velcro, or use it as a stand-alone parts tray. Screws and other small metal parts will stick to the magnetic patch to keep them where you can find them.
MSRP: $16 (Glock Tool Kit); $10 (magnetic patch) URL: Shop.FixItSticks.com
Maxpedition has introduced three new CCW-enabled backpacks in its Advanced Gear Research (AGR) series. The Riftblade (shown) has a 30-liter capacity; the midsized Riftcore has a 12-liter capacity; and the smaller Riftpoint has a 15-liter capacity. All are constructed of dual material: 500D hex ripstop nylon and 1,000D plain-weave nylon. All have attachment points for additional gear and pouches. Hardware is made of tough, anti-break polymers and includes comfortable zipper pulls. These heavy-use packs feature a special compartment with a security lockout strip for a concealed-carry weapon.
Available in gray, black or tan.
MSRP: $180 (Riftpoint); $220 (Riftcore); $260 (Riftblade) URL: Maxpedition.com
CASE KICKSTART ASSISTED-OPENER
For a really classy gift, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company has struck a balance between the traditional and the modern with its new Kickstart Mid-Folding Hunter family of pocket knives. This is the first Case knife with an assisted-opening mechanism. The clip blade is about 2.9 inches long and secures open with a liner lock. The steel is either Case’s Tru-Sharp stainless steel or chrome vanadium, depending on model. Seven models are initially available with different handle materials, including jigged bone, synthetic and laminated canvas. A steel pocket clip allowing for tip-down carry is provided.
MSRP: $111–130 (depending on handle material) URL: CaseKnives.com
GALCO SCOUT HOLSTER
Galco Gun Leather recently improved its Scout inside-thewaistband holster. The open-topped holster is constructed with the rough side of the leather on the outside to help it stay in place. The smooth leather interior is an aid when drawing your pistol. This holster is ambidextrous and comes with two interchangeable, tuckable clips. The Uni-Clip fits over the belt or can be used without a belt. The Ultimate Stealth clip fits under the belt. The holster is adjustable for cant, so it can be configured for strong-side, cross-draw or appendix carry. The reinforced lip helps keep the holster pocket open for reholstering.
Aimpoint has announced that it is introducing a new series of micro red-dot reflex sights suitable for handguns to be known as ACRO (Advance Compact Reflex Optic). First up will be the P-1, fully enclosed and protected and waterproof to 25 meters. The sight will feature a 3.5-minute red dot with side buttons to adjust the dot density. There will be no magnification. It’s been fully tested to withstand shock, vibration and a wide temperature range. It is purported to operate continually for a full year on just one CR1225 battery.
Powertac’s new E20 tactical flashlight is a great value. It has a power switch positioned on the barrel of the light that also allows you to toggle through five brightness settings, including a super-bright 1,180 lumens on “high.” The light is powered by a single rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A charger is included. The tail cap is magnetized to allow you to attach the light to metal surfaces for hands-free operation.
EXOTAC RIPSPOOL FIELD REPAIR KIt
Repairing gear in the field is easier if you have some basic supplies. Exotac is an American company that makes some of the best fire-starting devices you could ever tuck into a pocket or survival kit. I especially like its titanLight, nanoStriker XL and nanoSPARK. Now, the company has introduced the ripSPOOL Field Repair Kit that includes 60 feet of 30-pound-test braided line, 50 inches of duct tape, a #16 heavy-duty sailing needle for sewing, suturing, cordage or fishing, and a fire cord lanyard that makes excellent tinder. The compartment inside the roll of tape that houses the needle also allows for storage of other small repair or survival items.
Protect your pistol magazines in your range bag or pack with these polymer Ammo Armor magazine sleeves. They are available for numerous pistol models and keep dirt, lint, moisture and debris out of your mags while also protecting the feed lips. Cutouts near the bottom allow you to grasp the magazine for easy removal. They’re available in black, Olive Drab and Desert Tan, so you can keep magazines organized by type of ammo.