EVEN SANTA HAS TO TRAIN. HERE ARE SOME OF HIS FAVORITES.
With the holidays right around the corner, everyone needs gift ideas. It can be a daunting and stressful task to find gifts for people who have, or appear to have, everything. Remember the adage, “Buy once, cry once,” as you look to purchase long-lasting quality gear for that someone special.
Here are some quality ideas for the shooter in your life. Think about pooling money with someone else to get the maximum gifts while decreasing individual costs. Wallets do get beaten up at this time of year. GW
Speed and accuracy are key tenets for any shooter. Whether it’s defensive or competitive training, we all want to know how we did. Hits on targets tell half the story—but the time it took to get those hits tells the rest.
Shot timers are prevalent in training classes and shooting matches, and one of these should be a key piece of equipment in any serious shooter’s range bag. When I need to get myself out of the slow-moving, bullseye, precision funk, I toss my shot timer into my range bag. Immediately, shooting speeds up, and the hits spread out. Timers can help shooters find the balance between speed and accuracy. Timers push me, as well as those shooters I train. How else would I know that slowing down a tenth (.10) of a second means the difference between a solid hit and a wild miss!
PACT is one of the most-trusted and long-lived timer brands on the market. I have used and owned several Club Timers over the decades. The Club Timer III is easy to learn and use. With minimal buttons and no unnecessary options, it should be a range bag staple for any shooter. Because of its loud, piercing tone, it’s easy to hear, even by those with hearing issues. Rain and hard use have caused damage, but sending them back for repair has never been an issue. Repair or replacement has, up to now, been free of charge. However, I can’t be sure that will always be the case. Because of its reasonable price, I’ll buy another one again if I need to.
MSRP: $125 URL: Pact.com
If there’s a shooter in your life, you know how seriously they take going to the range. Gear, guns and ammunition are all things they need for a successful range day. Keeping it all together makes it less trouble. When a bag is too big and has too much room, we tend to fill it up with unnecessary items. It becomes cumbersome, takes up too much space and makes it hard to find what we need. Also, it’s nice to have a small range bag to keep in the car without giving away that it’s filled with expensive shooting gear.
When Vertx came out with the B-Range Bag, I wasn’t sure I would use it because it was “so small.” As it turns out, it became my favorite—and it still is. With the same great construction as Vertx’s larger A-Range Bag, it features heavy-duty Cordura and YKK zippers. The difference? It’s half the size and without the unnecessary features, which, to me, is perfect. The best part is that it doesn’t really look like a range bag. It’s so low-profile, you could take it to the office without anyone questioning it. The B-Bag has a slide-out bottom drawer with a mesh bottom to let the dirt out. It can hold two full-sized pistols, and it comes with Vertx’s six-magazine pouch. It is lined inside with Velcro-brand lining, so you can attach anything you want—including all of Vertx’s Tactigami kits. Me? I put Velcro on specific items and just stick them to the inside of the bag to make them easier to find.
Most shooters spend money on guns and ammo and neglect gear and accessories, generally opting for “cheap” or sufficient. The B-Bag is a “real” range bag that is purpose built and will likely last a lifetime. It’s quality gear for the quality person in your life.
EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE FAST— PACT CLUB TIMER III THINK ABOUT POOLING MONEY WITH SOMEONE ELSE TO GET THE MAXIMUM GIFTS WHILE DECREASING INDIVIDUAL COSTS. WALLETS DO GET BEATEN UP AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. BAG IT UP—
VERTX B-RANGE BAG
MSRP: $150 URL: Vertx.com
What do you get for an avid reloader or precision shooter? Only the best, most-comprehensive chronograph unit available. The Oehler (Pronounced “Ay-ler”) 35P has all the bells and whistles any serious handloader, hunter or longrange shooter needs.
The 35P was out of production for a long time. From 2005 until 2010, Oehler had discontinued them. During that time, the 35P was being sold on eBay for as much as double the retail price! Retailing today for $595, it’s not exactly inexpensive, but it can be the “holy grail” of gifts for someone special. (Think about getting five family members to go in on the cost to make someone’s day.) The 35P is the most accurate chronograph available on the market, because the technology is doubled. Its three sky screens make it accurate to a .25 percent maximum deviation. An attached printer keeps track of every round fired, so you don’t need to keep writing or taking notes. The printer uses standard adding machine paper—with real ink too.
With the popularity of long-range precision matches, subsonic loads for hunting and ballistic data software, a good chronograph to determine velocities is a no-brainer. As a handloader, I have one, and it makes loading those tricky, subsonic, suppressed loads so much easier and consistent.
Whatever choices you make, get the gang together and pitch in for that special shooter’s Christmas gift.
MSRP: $595 URL: Oehler-Research.com
RE-LOADERS LOVE PRECISION— OEHLER 35P CHRONOGRAPH REMEMBER THE ADAGE, “BUY ONCE, CRY ONCE,” AS YOU LOOK TO PURCHASE LONGLASTING QUALITY GEAR FOR
THAT SOMEONE SPECIAL.
There are a lot ofyears on these two Club Timers.Because they are tools of his trade, the author keeps a second one around for a backup. This model has been part of his range gear for the past18 years!
The Vertx B-Range Bag—just how the author loads it for a range day. Other gift ideas peeking out of the bag are holsters, electronic hearing protection, medical supplies (tourniquet), eye protection and ammunition. In fact, these are all good bag stuffers for a shooter!
Setting up the Oehler 35P chronograph. This chronograph is the choice of professional writers, shooters and reloaders. It takes a little setup, but it’s all part of the journey to great shooting.