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Post Christmas Gifts List

So the holidays have come and gone, now you inevitably will end up with cash or gift cards for local sporting goods stores. While staring at your pile of loot has the thought come into your head of “What should I buy with all this free money ?” We know there is zero ammunition to be found in any store on earth it would seem so you can cross that right off the top of your list. I too have had these thoughts as I stare at my Sportsman’s Warehouse and Visa gift cards, so I thought it would be fun to make a quick list for our readers to think about and debate.

#1) Magazines

This almost goes on the “duh” list but with a pair of radical anti gunners heading to the White House in January now is the time to stock up. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of 30 round AR-15 and AK-47 magazines on the market at very reasonable prices. I’m also noticing most 15 round pistol magazines are also plentiful and not jumping in price.

Mission First Tactical, Magpul, and Others Still Have Great Deals on Mags
Photo:Rick Dembroski

#2) Gun Tools

Because most gift cards seem to be under $50 this might seem to limit the effectiveness of shopping for gun accessories. However using someone else’s hard earned cash I feel zero pain on tossing down plastic for some tools that make like easier for me. Real Avid makes a massive line of affordable cleaning and maintenance tools that are very well built as well as affordable. In the links section of this article we provide links to tools for the AR-15 and AK-47.

Fix It Sticks & Real Avid are solid tool set choices
Photo:Rick Dembroski

#3) Grips and Parts

Post Christmas sales might be in full effect this week and till the end of the year so why not jump on them and spend that check from grandma and grandpa on a new grip that you may or may not like. It’s always easy to try new things like grips and slings without knowing you wasted your money. Grandma and Grandpa would want you to be happy so use this time to snag up some slings, grips, and accessories for your favorite rifle.

Upgrading From Your Stock Grip Affordable and Simple
Photo:Rick Dembroski

#4) New Ear Protection

This one I will say I am speaking 100% from experience, I used a check from my parents (yes they still send 46 year old men a check at Christmas) to upgrade to a new set of Peltor Sport Tactical 500 Electronic Earmuffs with Bluetooth. My old set were slowly doing the death march and needed badly to be replaced. If you shop around these can be found for as little at $102.00 rather than the usual price of $150-$160.

#5.) A New Blade

While not technically gun related a good knife should be in my opinion part of your everyday carry set up. It always seems like the moment you don’t have a knife is the moment you will need it. An effective knife does not have to be the size of a scimitar or machete, it needs to be fix enough to work, stay sharp and not cause a SWAT team to be called if you choose to use it. Many options exist out there from well known makers like Benchmade, Buck, Emerson, and Kershaw as well as more affordable options like CRKT, Boker & Spyderco

Good Blades Don’t Need to Cost a Fortune. (Left to Right: Son Buffalor Knife & Tool, Bastion, Emerson, Kershaw in Front)
Photo:Rick Dembroski

Loot From The Holidays ?

Now that we have shown you some options for what to spend those gift cards and checks on let’s hear what your best gun or outdoor gift was this holiday season. Anyone get the most precious commodity of all ? Ammo?

About the Author /

Rick Dembroski spent 10 of the best years of his life as a USAF Civil Engineer, traveling the globe, drinking beer, and causing chaos. His superiors dubbed him "King of Useless Knowledge" a title that he still loves to this day. Separated in 2002 as a SSgt (E5- in the USAF), he chose to stay in the frozen north of Alaska and currently works as an Emergency Management Specialist combining his love of chaos with preparedness to ensure people know how to survive disasters.

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