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December 22nd, 2020

Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Gun Guys and Gals stocking stuffer tools

Christmas is just three days away, so today we’re featuring a dozen “stocking stuffers” for precision shooters. Some of these are innovative new products. Most are handy items that you’ll use over and over again at the range, and/or at your loading bench (so yes you’re allowed to buy them for yourself, even after Christmas).

B&T Industries BT62 Determinator

Group Size Measuring plate Determinator

The acrylic BT62 Determinator ($7.95) measures groups with laser-cut concentric measuring rings. Check group size quick and easy — simply place the Determinator over shot group. Adjust until one of the circles crosses the center of the two outer-most holes. That gives you the center to center group measurement (1.5″ maximum). Alternatively, you can measure edge to edge (of the farthest shots) and then subtract the bullet diameter. Cool tool for gun guys. The supplied lanyard also glows in the dark.

Amazon — Digital Display Timer with Big Buttons

display timer stocking stuffer sale

If you shoot in a discipline with time limits, or you time your firing strings during practice, having a reliable and easy-to-read timer is critical. We like this very affordable Digital Display Timer with both count-up and count-down functions. Just $12.95 on Amazon, this unit boasts an easy-to-read display and LARGE buttons making it perfect for F-Class, Palma, and other matches. This timer comes with both a built-in stand AND a strong magnet so you can position the timer conveniently.

Lyman — Powder Scale Pan and Case Funnel

lyman rcbs powder pan scale funnel loader

The Lyman Powder Pan/Funnel saves reloaders time by combining the powder-receiving pan and funnel into one unit. With this combo tool reloaders can pour powder directly into the case without having to fumble with a separate funnel. That’s smart and efficient. RCBS makes a similar powder pan/funnel ($6.99 on Amazon) with a slightly different case-neck section. You may want to try both to determine which works best for your cartridge brass.

Creedmoor Sports — BoreTech Rimfire Blend

Bore Tech rimfire blend cleaner solvent

With the shortages of powder and primers, many folks will be shooting more rimfire in 2021. While .22 LR rimfire rifles require less cleaning compared to centerfire rifles, you still need to maintain those rimfire barrels. We like Bore Tech’s Rimfire Blend Bore Cleaner, $13.95 at Creedmoor Sports. This specially-formulated, ammonia-free bore cleaner can simultaneously cut through the layers of lead, wax, and carbon fouling. NOTE: After use you may have to shoot quite a few rounds before best accuracy returns.

MagnetoSpeed — RifleKuhl Barrel Cooling Fan

Lyman Case Prep multi-tool

Cooling your barrel with a compact fan can extend barrel life. This bright red RifleKuhl from Magnetospeed is quite effective. The battery-powered impeller pushes cooling air down the barrel. It has a chamber seal for increased cooling efficiency while a neodymium magnet helps secure the device to your action. The RifleKuhl includes a belt/pocket clip and there is a Replaceable built-in 50 Micron air filter. The RifleKuhl costs $54.99 on Amazon.

Lyman Case Prep Multi-Tool with Internal Storage

Lyman Case Prep multi-tool

This handy Lyman Case Prep Multi-Tool can perform multiple task. On one end is an inside neck chamferer, with the outside chamferer/deburrer on the opposite end. Stored inside the tool are four (4) uniforming attachments for large and small primer pockets. This tool with all the attachments is $26.99 on Amazon with free shipping.

Creedmoor Sports — RWS Meisterkugeln Air Rifle Pellets

RWS Meisterkugeln Pellets 53g 4.50mm .177 caliber

Air rifle shooting is fun, inexpensive (air is still FREE), and can be done indoors in the winter. These RWS pellets are great for practice or sporter airgun competition. Relatively inexpensive, RWS Meisterkugeln pellets are very uniform and offer great performance for the price, $8.95 at Creedmoor Sports.

JKL Precision — LabRadar Recoil Pulse Trigger

labradar inertial recoil trigger

Frustrated with your LabRadar missing shots? With this $35 LabRadar Recoil Trigger you will be much happier — and you won’t get false readings from the guy on the next bench. This plug-in device activates the LabRadar from your rifle’s inertial recoil pulse. It will work with any rifle from a .22 LR up to the big magnums. NOTE: The inertial trigger is sensitive so a “phantom” reading may occur with hard bolt manipulation. However, our Forum members who use this trigger say it is is a great improvement, with no more LOST shots and LabRadar placement is no longer critical. One owner noted: “This unit works flawlessly. Didn’t miss a single shot, and allows you to place the LabRadar in pretty much any position.” Velcro attachment standard — Picatinny and magnetic mounts sold separately.

Amazon — GunMaster Flexible Bore Light

Compact Bore flexible Light

How many times have you gone to look into a barrel or dark corner of a gun only to find you just can’t see in there? You can easily solve this problem by picking up this GunMaster Flexible Bore Light for just $7.30 on Amazon. A bore light is a “must-have” item for handgun owners, and these are also handy for inspecting dies, rifle chambers, and tool interiors. Honestly for this price you should grab a couple so you have one in your range bag and another on your bench. The flexible cord makes this handy for actions without rear ports, such as the Ruger 10/22 and shotgun actions.

Wheeler Manual Trigger Pull Scale

Cabela's Multi-tool blank stocking stuffer

While we prefer a sensitive digital trigger pull gauge, it’s nice to have a manual back-up. And the Wheeler gauge is plenty accurate for pistols and most hunting rifles. The Wheeler trigger pull scale accurately measures trigger pull weight from 8 ounces to 8 pounds. It features an ergonomic handle for consistent direction of pull. The sliding indicator stays reliably on the maximum weight registered and high contrast pull weight increment marks are very easy to read. This spring-type trigger scale measures in 2-ounce increments and is accurate to +/- 2 ounces — plenty good for pistols and hunting rifles. Priced at just $17.49 on Amazon, this gauge has earned 90% four- or five-star owner reviews.

Cabela’s Multi-Tool (Various Colors)

Cabela's Multi-tool blank stocking stuffer

You won’t find a more versatile tool at this amazingly low price — just $5.99! The Cabela’s multi-tool performs many functions. It features flat-nose pliers, wire-stripper, knife, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, saw, bottle opener, and scissors. Nylon sheath included. This handy tool is available in size colors: Red, Green, Orange, Purple, Teal, and Silver. A nylon sheath is included.

Surveyor’s Tape (for Wind Indicators)

Surveyor's Surveyor Flagging Tape fluorescent day-glow wind flag

Always watch the wind when you shoot. Inexpensive ($2/roll), Day-Glo Surveyors’ Tape (aka “Flagging Tape”), attached to a stake or target frame, makes a good wind indicator. It will flutter even in mild breezes, alerting you to both angle and velocity shifts. This should be part of every range kit. Don’t leave home without it. Flag Tape can also be ordered from Creedmoor SportsK/a> for $3.95 per roll.

TACTICAL STOCKINGS for Your Stocking Stuffers

tactical molle christmas stocking

Don’t have a stocking for your small gift items? Then check out these cool Tactical Stockings. They come in three camo varieties plus OD Green and Black. They all feature 4 MOLLE attachments, rugged carry handle, hanging hook, outside draw pocket, and even Velcro USA Flag Patch. Get all this for the low price of $15.99 (solid colors) or $16.99 (Camo). These stockings are sure to bring smiles to your tacticool family members and friends.

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June 16th, 2013

Make This a Special Father’s Day

Father's Day 2010Today is Father’s Day, a special Sunday when we acknowledge our patriarchs and show our gratitude for all their hard work and sacrifice on our behalf, and the love they have shown us over the years. If you’re lucky, you’re reading this after having spent a day at the shooting range (or the local fishing hole, or golf course) with your Dad. The important thing is to get outside and do something you both enjoy together. If you haven’t finalized your Father’s Day planning, here are some suggestions:

1. Hand-wash and wax your father’s truck or car.

2. Clean your Dad’s rifles, or help him put together some handloads.

Father's Day 20093. Take your dad out to a live music concert, go to a ball game, or maybe head down to the local fishin’ hole.

4. Go for a hike together or just a drive in the country.

5. Head down to Sears or the local hardware store and let you Dad pick out some new tools.

Whatever you choose to do with your father, use your time wisely. Turn off this computer, and go be with your father today. Do something with him that makes him smile. The time spent together is more important than any gift that comes in a box. And, if he lives far from you, give him a call and let him know how important he is to your life. Remind him of the old adage: “Good fathers make good sons”.

When my father, a disabled WW2 Army vet, passed away I received the flag that was draped on his coffin. On most days I fly one of those nylon flags that you can pick up at hardware or department stores. But on holidays, like today, and his birthday, Dad’s flag is out there snapping in the breeze on top of the pole. I find myself talking to him as it gets put up in the morning and comes down at sunset. Hope when the time comes one of my boys will fly my flag.
— Bill Slattery Jr.

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass”! “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply, “We’re raising boys”.
— Harmon Killebrew.

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December 17th, 2010

2010 Manly Gift Guide

Looking for last-minute gifts for your shooting buddies and male family members? Don’t want to give some wimpy, frou-frou gift? Well, the Art of Manliness website has selected some interesting “manly” gifts for this holiday season. Here are items we liked from the 2010 Manliness Gift Guide:

British Army Knife

British Army Knife

Buy Here: British Issue Army Clasp Knife

Leather Bound Journal

Leather Journal

Buy Here: Col. Littleton Journal

Dynamite Fire Starters

Dynamite Fire Starters

Buy Here: Dynamite Wood Crate with 20 Fire Logs
Warning for IDIOTS: No these are NOT real sticks of dynamite. The crate is filled with 20 non-explosive fire-starting mini-logs. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE REAL DYNAMITE or other explosive!

Mastery of the Manly Lifestyle
By the way, you may want to spend some time browsing around in the Art of Manliness website. There, you’ll find dozens of interesting articles such as:

15 Ways to Winterize Your Home

How to Make a Secret Book Safe

Bachelor Meals: Five One-Skillet Recipes

How to Shave Like Your Grandpa

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