3 great Christmas gifts for hunters
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and the turning of the calendar to December, people are now holiday shopping.
Unfortunately, hunters can be really tough to shop for. This is especially true if the person doing the shopping isn’t a hunter. Here are a trio of gift ideas for the hunter on your gift list (or that you can offer as suggestions to loved ones shopping for you).
.308 Bullet Whiskey Glass
A good gift must have two primary attributes: the recipient must not already have the item and the item in question must be useful or entertaining to the recipient. Well, a whiskey glass with a .308 caliber bullet embedded in it scores on both points.
Drinking out of a glass that looks like it literally stopped a bullet is certainly a novel and unique experience. This is also a very unique item that most people are very unlikely to already own.
It’s also not very expensive. Don’t worry: that’s a solid copper bullet, so there’s no need to worry about drinking out of a glass with potential lead contamination. Add it all up and this is a great gift for a hunter or shooter on your list.
Image: Sage & Braker
Gun Cleaning Mat
A good gun cleaning mat will help protect your firearms as well as the table or workbench underneath. After all, the last thing you want is to accidentally scratch the wood stock on your shotgun or spill some gun solvent on your table while you’re working. Made of wool, leather, and waxed canvas, this gun mat does both of those things very well.
It has a soft and thickly padded cleaning surface that’s also large enough to clean just about any handgun, rifle, or shotgun with room to spare. This mat also has four canvas and leather pouches that can hold your other miscellaneous cleaning supplies.
The whole mat rolls up and compresses into an easy-to-handle package, so you can easily transport the whole thing with all your cleaning supplies to and from the range as necessary.
Finally, this gun cleaning mat just looks cool, too. This makes it an especially nice gift for those hunters and shooters who prefer the classic appearance and feel of leather and canvas to go along with a walnut stock and/or a color case-hardened receiver.
Leupold VX-3i Rifle Scope
The VX-3i is one of Leupold’s midtier scopes, but it’s still an excellent choice for all-around performance and is superior to even high-end rifle scopes manufactured several decades ago. This scope has great light transmission, is lightweight, durable, and reasonably priced. All Leupold scopes are assembled in the U.S. and come with a full lifetime warranty.
It’s also available in a number of different sizes and configurations from a larger 6.5-20x50mm version ideally suited for long-range target shooters all the way down to a 1.5-5x20mm model that’s perfect for feral hog or cape buffalo hunting in very thick conditions.
That being said, the 3.5-10x40mm and 2.5-8x36mm configurations will fill the needs of the vast majority of hunters extremely well.
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