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Gift Guide: Top Choices for Rifle 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. Whether you need that main jaw-dropper or a few stocking stuffers, we’ve got all the best choices for your favorite rifle shooters. 

Optic

Although you can more than get by with a good set of iron sights, having a nice optic makes things so much better. I guarantee any rifle shooter would be excited to get a new optic. The specific type of optic will depend on what type of rifle they like to shoot and the type of shooting they prefer. If they’re into tactical shooting with an AR-15, they’d probably like a red dot optic; if they enjoy long-range shooting, a magnified scope is the way to go. If you go with popular brands such as Aimpoint, Holosun, and Leupold, you won’t disappoint. 

Top Choices:

Aimpoint PRO red dot sight with the lens covers flipped up
Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic)

Magazines

Everyone needs more magazines. As you train and shoot, your mags will wear out and need replacement. It’s also good to have a good stockpile on hand in case of future legislative restrictions. A safe bet is to go with staples, like the Magpul PMAG for their favorite rifle. It’s also fun to get them something different, such as a drum magazine or extended stick mag. 

Top Choices:

Magpul PMAG M2
Magpul PMAG M2

Shooting Rest

Long days at the range and accuracy testing are made easier with a good shooting rest. There are plenty of great options for all different price ranges and applications. A simple block rest is easy to transport and takes up minimal storage space, but does not provide as much support as a larger rest. A full deluxe rest and bag combo will provide the most stability for your shots, but can be heavy and bulky.

Top Choices:

Remington 3-Piece Shooting Rest
Remington 3-Piece Shooting Rest

Ammo

Like spare mags, every shooter could use more ammo. Find your loved one’s calibers of choice and get them loaded up with a new supply. If they’re a heavy range shooter, go for bulk FMJ, if they’re big on self-defense, grab some hollow points, if they’re a hunter, some soft points will do the trick. If you’d like, adding in some ammunition storage takes your gift the extra mile. 

Top Choices:

PMC X-TAC 5.56 M855
PMC X-TAC 5.56 M855

Case

Whether for transport, storage, or both, a good rifle case should be on everyone’s list. A good lightweight soft case is good to have for a quick trip to the range to sight in a single rifle. Padding is minimal and so is storage, but it is not a cumbersome affair getting everything together. A heavy-duty hard case is better for long-term use and more expensive rifle setups. It can also be locked and used when traveling with your firearm.

Top Choices:

Pelican V700 Vault Rifle Case
Pelican V700 Vault Rifle Case

Wrap Up

The holidays are fast appraching, but you’ll be ready with this gift guide from Cheaper Than Dirt! Get this rifle 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 rifle 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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