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EVEN SANTA HAS TO TRAIN. HERE ARE SOME OF HIS FA­VORITES.

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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.

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