The holiday season is here and along with all the festivities comes the daunting task of finding gifts for your friends and family members. While there are many products available for the firearms enthusiast on your list, how do you know what they want and will actually use? Here are a few time-tested ideas from the Triangle Shooting Academy team that will simplify your search. These are items that every shooter uses and they’ll work with all firearms.
Firearms Cleaning Kit
As all recreational shooters and hunters know, firearms require regular, thorough cleaning. Firing a single round through any firearm will leave residue inside the chamber and barrel. If left uncleaned, the firearm can quickly begin to rust. Firearms may also rust after being handled or when they’re stored over a period of time. We recommend cleaning a firearm each time it has been used, wiping it down after handling and occasionally applying a firearm lubricant or oil.
Firearm cleaning kits contain all the necessary tools for maintenance. Many are universal, meaning they will work on most types of firearms. If your shooting enthusiast has more than one firearm, or if you’re not sure what models they own, a universal cleaning kit is your safest bet. It will provide most, if not all, of the tools they’ll need to clean and maintain their firearms. We have a variety of cleaning kits in stock at Triangle Shooting Academy—and we offer firearms maintenance classes.
Proper storage is one of the most important aspects of owning a firearm. When not in use, firearms should be securely stored in a locked safe that is designed specifically for that purpose. There are several types of safes available, ranging from small handgun safes that can be placed underneath a bed to large, multi-firearm safes that will hold dozens of rifles, shotguns and handguns. Some key features to look for include:
- 30-minute fireproof rating at 1,400 degrees
- Soft lining, such as carpet, to protect the finish of firearms
- Combination lock for access without a key
- Adjustable shelves to provide customization
- Anchoring system to secure the safe to a wall or floor
Triangle Shooting Academy has several models of firearm safes in stock. We are also proud supporters of Project ChildSafe®, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) that promotes firearms safety and education.
If your firearms enthusiast loves spending time at the shooting range, chances are they’ll need a range bag to carry all of their gear. Dedicated range bags are much more than simple book bags or duffel bags. They are designed specifically for shooters and include compartments for ammo, cleaning products and other accessories. Items typically carried in a dedicated gun-range bag, include:
- Ear and eye protection
- Wipe-down cloth
- Extra magazines
- Cleaning kit
- Multi-tool or other firearm tools
- First-aid kit
Range bags come in two primary styles: duffle bags and backpacks, and a variety of materials and colors. Triangle Shooting Academy stocks several options to choose from.
Ear and Eye Protection
If you really want to show your firearms enthusiast some love this holiday season, consider upgrading their hearing and sight protection. Shooters are always at risk of being struck by debris, bullet fragments or an empty cartridge. That’s why ranges require protective, impact-resistant eyewear. There are several types of eyewear made for shooting, including clear lens models for indoor ranges and tinted lenses for outdoor shooting.
Firing a gun only once without proper hearing protection can cause permanent, irreversible hearing loss. To prevent your shooter from suffering permanent hearing damage, including tinnitus, consider giving them protective earmuffs or even a state-of-the-art set of electronic earmuffs or ear buds.
Triangle Shooting Academy carries a full line of top-quality protective gear.
Still not sure what to get the firearms lovers on your list? You can always pick up a gift card and let them decide. At Triangle Shooting Academy, we offer gift cards that can be used on all merchandise, firearms, range time, classes and memberships (TSA Cafe and the gunsmith services are excluded).
Call us at 1-919-802-2040 to learn more or stop by Triangle Shooting Academy today!