Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Gun Enthusiast

Father’s Day is June 20, 2010.  Looking for a gift idea for your gun-enthusiast father?  Here are a few ideas…

$25 or Less

Para-Cord Survival Bracelet –  The survival bracelets enable you to carry several feet of Para-Cord that can be used in an emergency for countless survival applications. Basically, every inch of your wrist diameter equals approximately one foot of Para-Cord.  The bracelets use 5/8” curved side release buckles for maximum comfort, convenience and strength.  With over 40 different Para-Cord colors and over 1,500 possible color combinations, you are sure to find a color combination to suit your liking.  Price?  Only $14.95.

The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery by Massad Ayoob - This book is loaded with essential information to help you survive a violent encounter with a hardened criminal.  Ayoob is the foremost legal expert on the use of arms for self defense in the US.  This book is a great read, and a must have by anyone who carries a gun for protection.  This book is $16.49 through Amazon.

$100 or Less

G&G Bolt Cleaner and Polisher – At only $29.99, the G&G tool takes the chore out of cleaning dad’s AR-15 bolt.  This simple device can remove the carbon build-up from the the bolt in a matter of seconds.  Easy carbon removal from your AR? Priceless!

Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading –  Is your dad into reloading?  Anyone who hand loads ammo loves to have good reference books on the art.  The 7th Edition Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading features nearly 1,000 pages of information covering new powders, bullets and loads for over 200 rifle and handgun cartridges. The 7th Edition Hornady Handbook is a practical and comprehensive reference that belongs on the bench of every reloader novice and expert alike.  Price?  Less than $31.

Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff – Unless he already has a set, every shooter wants a set of electronic ear muffs.  Compact, lightweight electronic muffs let you hear conversation and range commands, while blocking out dangerous noises like gunfire to protect your hearing. Ultra-fast response electronics amplify ambient sounds to a safe 82 decibels (dB), yet shut down when sounds above 82 dB are detected to let the muffs passive hearing protection take over. In amplification mode, directionally placed stereo microphones even help you hear where the sound is coming from. Built-in AUX input accepts 1/8″ (3mm) stereo plug (patch cable included) to connect an MP3 player, radio, or other audio device. Electronics automatically shut-off after 4 hours to preserve battery life. Bottom half of the low-profile ear cups angles in sharply to ensure plenty of clearance when shouldering long guns. Cups fold up neatly into the adjustable head band for convenient storage.  These muffs run off of easy-to-find AAA batteries and only cost $59.99.

More Than $100

Brownells 58-bit Master Screwdriver Set – This is a precision fit screwdriver set using the Magna-Tip system for fast interchangeability between driver tips.  With the Super-Set, you can pick the blade that exactly fits the screw you are working on.  This set includes all 44 bits for slotted screws, plus 10 Allen-head bits, three Phillips-head bits, and a 1/8″ square bit for Remington butt-plates.  The price is $123.99.

Ruger SR-556 – The Ruger SR-556 is a gas piston style AR-15 rifle.  This gun features some great ‘upgrades’ like Troy Industries sights, plus it comes in a hard case with three Magpul PMAG magazines.  The piston system is said to be ultra-reliable.  Street prices start around $1399.


Wilson Combat’s ‘Bill Wilson Carry Pistol’ – Wilson Combat makes some of the best 1911 pistols in the world.  This is the pistol that Bill Wilson carries every day. Take a Wilson Combat CQB Compact, add the new “Round Butt” treatment, shorten the slide stop pin and counter sink the frame (giving you the option to use the Crimson Trace laser grips),  slide top serrations, our new “Carry Cuts”, and finally this wonderful pistol is fitted with Bill’s favorite thumb-safety.  This “Carry pistol” is outfitted exactly as Bill would want it, wearing a set of Wilson Combat Starburst G10 grips with a black slide over a grey frame custom built to exacting standard by some of the best pistolsmiths in the world today.  If you are looking for the perfect carry pistol and you were never sure how exactly it should be, here it is with all the features handpicked to match the gun that Bill carries daily.  Caliber? .45 ACP of course.  Price starts at $2850.

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By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.