Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Gun Owners

last-minute christmas gift ideas

Don’t look now, but Christmas is just around the corner. Did you just realize you forgot to get the gunny in your life a present? Did you procrastinate again this year?

No worries, we happen to have a few simple solutions for that quandary. While retailers like Cheaper Than Dirt! have shipping cutoff dates, there’s still a little time to possibly get your gifts in by Christmas.

Here are some last-minute Christmas gift ideas for the gun owner in your life:

1. Apex Trigger Upgrades

Christmas gift idea - trigger upgrade
My 3-Gun and carry pistols have Apex trigger upgrades. They come in a small package and make a great change in the shooting and accuracy of the guns. There are lots of options for your Smith & Wesson semi-autos and GLOCKS. I can’t recommend them strongly enough.

Not to mention AR triggers. I wrote an article on those, which you can read here.

2. Pearce Grip Extensions

Christmas gift ideas - trigger upgrades
Would the gun owner in your life like an extra round or two in the carry mag? How about a secure place for the pinky to go? Pearce has the answer for many of your GLOCK, Ruger, Keltec carry-sized guns.

This inexpensive and quick-to-install item often makes for a much more comfortable shooting experience and who doesn’t want more rounds on hand?

3. Reloading Dies

christmas idea - reloading dies
Has someone in your life recently obtained their “Holy Grail” gun? Is someone wanting to extract the most accuracy out of their new 6.5 Creedmoor? What could be better than a new set of Hornady or RCBS reloading dies?

Perhaps single-action shooting is their new thing. How easy is it to find a solid supply of appropriately soft-shooting, solid-lead .38 Special or .45 Colt ammunition? A die set would be a great remedy. Here are some different options:

4. Kestrel Handheld Weather Meter

kestrel weather device
Did someone recently take a long-range class? Are they having trouble dialing in the weather components of taking that 6mm Creedmoor or 6.5 PRC to 1,200 yards? Have they mentioned needing a weather device?

You might not know this, but there are weather meters with Applied Ballistics already tied to them. This weather meter from Kestrel might just be the gift they are too shy to ask for.

5. Caldwell Target Camera

caldwell target camera
Is your shooter spending too much time walking back and forth to that rifle target? Would the range trips be so much more fun and productive if there was a way to see those pesky little holes without having to worry about haze and mirage?

How about a target camera? Caldwell has a great target camera that I have used when shooting at 1,000+ yards.

What If It’s Too Late?

Unfortunately, UPS and the other carriers have given notice that they are NOT guaranteeing delivery dates, as the volume of shipping is just so much higher than anticipated this year. (Below four percent unemployment will do that.)

In addition to that, here are the cutoff dates for Cheaper Than Dirt. If you’re past these dates, your procrastination is going to cost you.

firearm shipping - christmas cutoffs

There is also the option of giving a card with a little note, “expect a gun-related present on 12/28, just for you.”

I know opening a card like that would NOT induce a frown if I received it. “My Christmas present-opening time got an extension… awesome!”

Of course, a gift card is always a fantastic option, as you can send e-gift cards the same day they’re purchased.


CTD gift card
An e-gift card from Cheaper Than Dirt is the perfect last-minute gift.

Folks, I realize I don’t know your gun-loving present recipient. I can’t really pick the proper choice for them, that is your job. My job is to stir the thought process and hopefully help you pick a true smile-maker.

That being said, Cheaper Than Dirt does have a fantastic Christmas gift guide with lots of options. Good luck and happy shopping!

About the Author:

John Bibby

John Bibby is an American gun writer who had the misfortune of being born in the occupied territory of New Jersey. His parents moved to the much freer state of Florida when he was 3. This allowed his father start teaching him about shooting prior to age 6. By age 8, he was regularly shooting with his father and parents of his friends. At age 12, despite the strong suggestions that he shouldn’t, he shot a neighbor’s “elephant rifle."

The rifle was a .375 H&H Magnum and, as such, precautions were taken. He had to shoot from prone. The recoil-induced, grass-stained shirt was a badge of honor. Shooting has been a constant in his life, as has cooking.

He is an (early) retired Executive Chef. Food is his other great passion. Currently, he is a semi-frequent 3-Gun competitor, with a solid weak spot on shotgun stages. When his business and travel schedule allow, you will often find him, ringing steel out well past 600 yards. In order to be consistent while going long, reloading is fairly mandatory. The 3-Gun matches work his progressive presses with volume work. Precision loading for long-range shooting and whitetail hunting keeps the single-stage presses from getting dusty.
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