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Gift Guide: Top Choices for Pistol Shooters

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As the holiday season rolls around and you’re searching for that perfect gift for the gun lover in your life, Cheaper Than Dirt is here to help. With tons of new and experienced firearms owners in the market, and concealed carry more popular than ever, chances are there’s a handgun lover in your life you need to shop for. Here are some top gifts for pistol shooters.

Cleaning Kit

It’s no surprise that if you shoot, you gotta clean. So, get that avid shooter a high-quality handgun cleaning kit with everything they’ll need to keep their beloved firearms well maintained. A dirty gun is more likely to jam and malfunction, so it’s important to clean your pistol regularly. Top options from KleenBore, Shooter’s Choice, and Otis are sure to get your pistol back in tip-top shape and ready for your next trip to the range. 

Top Choices:

KleenBore Pistol Kit
KleenBore Multi-Pistol Kit


If you enjoy shooting, you’ll need a good range bag. Even seasoned shooters likely have a range bag that has worn over time and could use an upgrade. The G Outdoors tactical range bag has room for all your pistols to travel safetly and securly. If you’re looking for something more minimalist, something smaller like the Voodoo pistol case may be more your speed. With room for a pistol and your spare magazines, this lightweight option is perfect for a quick trip to the range. 

Secure storage is another key tenant of firearms ownership. Pistol owners need to look no further than the Hornady RAPiD vault. With space for one or two handguns, this safe is perfect for those looking for quick access and dependable security.

Top Choices: 

Hornady RAPiD Safe
Hornady RAPiD Safe


What does every gun owner need? More ammo! Whether it’s more FMJ for target practice and plinking or fresh hollow points to cycle through your carry mags, no one will be disappointed in more ammunition. Find your loved one’s calibers of choice and get them loaded up with a new supply. If you’re looking to add a little wow factor, more ammunition storage would probably be appreciated. 

Top Choices:

Hornady Critical Defense
Hornady Critical Defense


For home defense and personal protection, a good light is invaluable. Having a weapon-mounted light allows you to maintain a proper grip on your pistol and keeps your support hand available for opening doors or operating a phone. The Streamlight TLR-1 HL is one of my go-to options, providing excellent quality at a good price. Nightstick is another top brand, going the extra mile on product research and development. For those looking for a dependable light that won’t break the bank, Leapers UTG offers plenty of affordable options.

Top Choices:

Nightstick TCM550XLGL Compact
Nightstick TCM550XLGL Compact Weapon Light


Finally, stuff those stockings with some excellent firearm accessories. Along with ammo, every firearm owner is likely to say they could use more magazines. As you train and shoot, mags will wear out and need to be replaced. It’s also important to have a good stockpile on hand in case of any political turmoil. Additionally, common upgrades like aftermarket sights and grips are always a welcome sight. 

Top Choices: 

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A good supply of magazines is essential.

Wrap Up

The holidays are fast approaching, but you’ll be ready with this gift guide from Cheaper Than Dirt! Get this pistol shooter in your life the perfect gift this year. If you’re still unsure what on this list they’ll like the most, grab them a CTD gift card and they can decide for themself. 

What do you think? What gift are you getting for the pistol shooter in your life? Let us know in the comment section.

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a younger firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting since he was a kid. He loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding, and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related and he tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills.

His primary focus is on handguns, but he loves all types of firearms. He enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn. He’s not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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