November 16, 2016
If there's a shooter or hunter on your holiday gift list and you still have no idea what to buy for them then we're here to help.
Firearms News has compiled a collection of some of the best presents for the gun enthusiast in your life, everything from hot new rifles, handguns and optics to the latest in secure storage and conversion kits to let them practice more and spend less.
No matter what discipline they prefer or how hard they are to shop for you'll find just what you need here with gifts for every budget.
Smith & Wesson M&P45 SHIELD
Smith & Wesson's M&P®45 SHIELD™ is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. From its one-inch slim profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P45 SHIELD offers professional-grade features that provide consumers and professionals with reliable performance and simple operation in a concealed carry. 45 AUTO firearm. The M&P45 SHIELD can be carried comfortably and confidently, all day. MSRP $479 | Smith-Wesson.com
Springfield Armory SAINT Series
Like those who are unapologetic about protecting their legacy, the SAINT™ makes no compromises when it comes to features, engineering, and operator experience. As the ultimate refinement of the AR-15 form, the SAINT™ combines innovations like the Accu-Tite receiver mating system with the relentless execution of core features.
The SAINT's flat top design is optics ready and includes a flip-up rear aperture sight and fixed A2-style front. The 16-inch Chrome Moly Vanadium barrel features a 1:8 twist rate to handle a wide range of bullet types. The operation of the M16 bolt carrier group is managed by a mid-length gas system paired with a heavy tungsten buffer, resulting in an exceptionally smooth action. A good shot starts with the trigger, so that's why the SAINT™ features micro-polished and Nickel Boron treated components. While it offers the right pull weight for defensive use, you won't feel it.
Unlike most defensive rifles in its price range, the SAINT™ includes top notch furniture designed to improve both shooting experience and operator performance. An all new, exclusive Bravo Company PKMT KeyMod handguard packs heat shields and flexible attachment points into a slim and easy to handle form factor. The Bravo Company buttstock is rattle-free and complemented by a Bravo pistol grip designed to improve defensive performance. Built for the free and independent, Springfield Armory®'s SAINT™ represents the next generation of America's personal defense rifle. Built with relentless dedication to reliability, it'll be ready when you are because you can always trust the SAINT™. MSRP $899 | Springfield-Armory.com
OTIS MSR Cleaning Pack
If you're looking for the perfect gift for the AR owner on your list this is it. Otis has developed a number of innovative cleaning products over the years, and now they're including everything the modern sporting rifle enthusiasts needs in one package. It includes a Ripcord, BONE Tool, Star Chamber Scarper Tool, AR vent hole scraper, chamber brush and receiver brush, all designed to make cleaning the 5.56 AR a snap. The kit is compact and portable, which means that you can throw it into a range bag for easy transport. MSRP $60 | Otistec.com
Ruger 9mm Light Commander
Fans of the classic 1911 handgun — and there are many — will appreciate Ruger's new American-made SR1911 Commander 9mm, which comes with a stainless steel slide and barrel, gray anodized aluminum frame and an impressive 9+1 magazine capacity. With its commander-length 4.25-inch barrel and lightweight frame this gun weighs just under 30 ounces and has an overall length of 7.75-inches, making it comfortable to carry and easy to conceal. It comes standard with three-dot Novak LoMount Carry sights with a drift adjustable rear, an oversized beavertail grip safety and extended thumb safety and slide stop for easy manipulation. MSRP $979 | Ruger.com
SnapSafe Trunk Safe
When traveling with firearms it's important to keep them safe and secure, and the Trunk Safe does just that. It comes with 14 gauge steel sides and a 7 gauge steel door with premium hinges and internal gas shocks for maximum durability and protection, and the easy-to-use digital lock allows you to keep others away from your guns while providing quick access. Spring loaded handles reduce vibration and noise and there's a three-foot security cable included to lock the safe in your vehicle. If you're looking for something more permanent there are also holes drilled in the floor so that you can bolt the safe in the desired location. This is a must-have for the traveling shooter. MSRP $350 | SnapSafe.com
Hornady Black Ammo
This year, Hornady is launching a new line of ammunition known as Hornady Black. It features distinctive packaging and is optimized to function in a variety of firearms; direct impingement and gas piston ARs, bolt guns, supersonic and subsonic firearms. This ammo uses quality brass, propellants, and primers and features a full line of Hornady projectiles including A-Max, V-Max, ELD Match and more. It's a versatile lineup of cartridges that are great for a variety of applications and loads are available in several calibers including 5.56, 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, .450 Bushmaster and even 12 gauge. MSRP $16.33 - $38.33 | Hornady.com
Daniel Defense DDM4 V7
Daniel Defense's new V7 is the first member of the superb DDM4 line to utilize M-LOK capabilities with the DD MFR XS 15.0 rail, making this a solidly-constructed AR that is as versatile as it is accurate. The mid-length gas system function reliably with a wide range of loads and helps reduce felt recoil, allowing for faster, more accurate follow-up shots. There's plenty of space on the top rail for adding any sighting system your heart desires, and the DD pistol grip and adjustable buttstock, both of which feature rubber panels, are class leaders. It's available in a number of configurations including the V7 Pro, which comes with an 18-inch S2W profile barrel and a Geissele Automatics Super Dynamic 3 Gun Trigger, so this American-made AR is great for everything from recreational target shooting to hunting to defense and competition. MSRP $1,599 - $1,849 | DanielDefense.com
Trijicon Accupower Scope
Trijicon's Accupower offers all the same optic quality you'll get with the brand's vaunted Accupoint scope, but the Accupower uses battery illumination and is priced more affordably. The electronic illumination is powered by a CR2032 lithium battery and there are eleven brightness settings separated by "off" settings. It's simple to reset your zero, and the adjustments are precise. The tough aircraft-grade aluminum housing protects this scope from the elements, and the premium lenses make for an ultra-clear, crisp field of view in a wide range of lighting conditions. This scope is even waterproof to 10 feet, making it tough enough for the worst field conditions. MSRP $699 - $999 | Trijicon.com
Remington R1 10mm Hunter
The 10mm semiauto is enjoying a comeback as shooters learn to appreciate all that it offers, and Remington is now offering their R1 1911 in a 10mm Auto long slide version. Built with a stainless steel frame and slide and match-grade barrel, the R1 Hunter is sturdy enough to handle potent loads for hunting and defense in bear country. The LPA fully-adjustable match sights are also precise enough to produce excellent groups at moderate ranges, and with two eight-round stainless magazines included you'll have plenty of firepower on tap. The black PVD DLC finish protects this gun from the elements, and the Operator II VZ G10 grips help keep this gun planted. It's one impressive 1911. MSRP $1,310 | Remington.com
Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II
The M&P15 Sport II offers all the versatility of an AR rifle in an affordable and user-friendly package. It comes with a six-position collapsible stock and iron sights (MBUS adjustable folding rear and a fixed blade front) and a 16-inch 4140 steel barrel with a 1:9 twist. The aluminum alloy frame has a black matte finish and the barrel is treated with Armornite to protect against the elements. This 5.56 AR comes with a thirty-round magazine and weighs in at around 6.5 pounds, making it a gun that will work for target shooting, home defense hunting and competition. MSRP $739 | Smith-Wesson.com
SIG Sauer P226 22 Conversion Kit
If you're buying a gift for one of the many SIG fans who carries a P226 then this is a great option because it allows them to quickly and easily convert that centerfire handgun to fire light-recoiling, inexpensive .22 LR ammo. The kit comes with a hard-cast anodized slide that is machined from solid billet aluminum and a 10-round .22 magazine. By simply removing the barrel, slide and spring from the standard P226 and swapping in the conversion kit and changing magazines you can almost instantly transform your SIG to a plinking or practice pistol that's ideal for new shooters. And, when you want to, you can quickly return the P226 to centerfire status. MSRP $285 | SigSauer.com
Springfield M1A SOCOM 16 CQB
This rifle is a result of combining the classic function of the legendary M1A with the features you'd find on a modern close quarters battle rifle. The SOCOM 16 CQB is chambered in .308 and features a five-position adjustable buttstock with a two-position cheekpiece that's assembled on an AR buffer tube (so that it can easily be swapped if you choose to do so). The standard model comes with an aperture rear sight with XS front with tritium insert, but you can also opt for a version with a Vortex Venom red dot sight as well. Both rifles come with an AK pistol grip that is comfortable and provides a secure hold and that too can be swapped out if you find a different AK grip you prefer. Additional features include M-LOK rails (one seven and two three slot versions) and a top rail for mounting a long eye relief scope. This gun combines M1A range and power with more AR-like handling capabilities. MSRP $2,099 | Springfield-Armory.com