The Gun Lover's Gift Guide [2019 Edition]
11/18/2019Primary Arms Staff7/6/2020 1:22 pmwww.primaryarms.com
Enthusiasts are tricky to please, so we’ve made a guide to give the gun-lovers out there a very Merry Christmas.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your loved ones, or your coworkers, these items are certain to be a hit this season. You don’t have to break the bank—or even really break a $20. The perfect gift can come in any size and shape.
So, let’s get straight into it, starting with the little gifts that can fit perfect in a Secret Santa or chimney stocking.
[Under $20] For Secret Santa (Or the Stocking!)
Buying for a gun-enthusiast? Have a strict budget? Not a problem.
These products are certified solid buys, no matter your recipient’s tastes.
Lucky Shot – Shotglasses, Bottle Openers, and Trinkets
Lucky Shot products are perfect for coworkers and neighbors. They’re stylish, functional, and come in at the perfect price—usually under $15 a pop.
We’re big fans of their drinking glasses. The 30mm shotglasses use a 30mm casing (look up GAU-8 Avenger Cannon for reference), which is a great fit for a Veteran or the tactically-inclined. They also have wine and shotglasses which appear to have a bullet lodged in the side, making them an appealing choice for parties. And no party is complete without a few bottle openers and corkscrews, so the .50BMG cartridge openers are an eye-catching answer.
Gloves are like the opposite of socks.
While most would balk at a box of footies, everyone loves a good set of gloves—especially outdoorsmen. With the temperature running down, a good set of Mechanix gloves make your range trips nice and cozy. Plus, when your rifle starts to heat up, your hands won’t sizzle on the handguard.
All-in-all, these tactile gloves are an important utility item that most gun-enthusiasts will appreciate.
Here’s a gift that your furniture will appreciate.
Cleaning mats help gun-owners disassemble and care for their firearms without leaving oily smudges all over the countertop. No more scratches or dings or stains from aggressive scrubbing. When not in use, you can just roll the mat up and stow it in a drawer—or you can use it as a mousepad.
What’s not to love?
[Under $50] For Friends
When you’re buying for friends, you’re always looking for the best bang-for-the-buck.
The good news? You don’t have to blow the budget to give a great gift. We’ve selected some of the best options for under $50. While everyone loves a good shotglass, these picks are crowd-pleasers on range day.
Hexmag 30-Round Magazine – Series 2 – BLK
Friends don’t let friends run out of ammo.
Magazines are a great gift for any AR15 owner. One of the best things about AR mags is that they are usually very affordable. You can buy 1 or 2 for a buddy, or you can get a whole 6-pack for a close friend. Hexmags are one of our favorite options, but you can’t go wrong with options from Okay Industries, Magpul, or Lancer Systems.
BCM Gunfighter Grip Mod 3 – BLK
AR15s have plenty of affordable parts and accessories that work great for simple gifts.
Pistol grips are a good choice for gifting, since so many firearms are compatible with AR grips nowadays. Bravo Company Manufacturing’s Gunfighter grip is very popular for its ergonomic design and rugged construction. Even in rain and mud, the texturing keeps the user’s hand firmly planted and safe. Gunfighter grips also use a reduced grip angle that keeps your elbow in comfortable alignment.
Glock 17 33-Round Magazine
We said it already: Never let a friend run dry on ammo!
For Glock-owners, this 33-round 9mm magazine will keep them running for a while. These mags work especially well when combined with a chassis system or Glock-compatible carbine, such as those offered by FM Products. Keep in mind, if you’re buying for a Glock-owner, you’ll want to know what Glock they own before you buy magazines. Not all magazines are the same, so come prepared with the model and generation (1-5) before you commit to magazines.
Anderson Manufacturing Stripped AR15 Lower Receiver
For the builder, here’s a stripper lower receiver to get started on an AR15 build.
These lower receivers from Anderson Manufacturing are a lot of bang for the buck. It’s a stripped lower, which means the lucky individual can build an AR15 from it with their own selection of parts and attachments.
Keep in mind, though, that this is technically a firearm, so it’ll take a transfer and background check at your local gun store. Before purchase, familiarize yourself with all state and federal laws to make sure everything is done the right way.
Strike Industries Mod 1 Carbine Stock
Here’s another piece of AR15 furniture that can enhance any AR15.
The Strike Industries Mod 1 Carbine Stock is a lightweight replacement to the traditional retractable carbine stock. It’s not an overly complex design, but the ergonomics are solid, and it includes QD sling mounting points, which are an important feature for any hunting or tactical carbine.
[Under $200] For Good Friends
Above $50, you get into more of the serious firearms kit. Many of the best accessories and extras fall into this category, and you can even score some great optics too.
These gifts will show your gun-loving friends and family that you’re a real savvy shopper.
Magpul D60 60-Round 5.56 Drum
The Magpul D60 drum is everything great about a 30-rd magazine… but doubled.
With a 60-round capacity, this drum mag may leave some asking, ‘why?’ The answer is mathematics. Shooting 30 rounds at a target is fun… but shooting 60 rounds is fun-er. For competitors and tacticians, the D60 is a highly sought-after drum magazine, known as one of the most reliable in its class. If you’re looking for a patriotic gift for this Christmas, few options are superior.
Primary Arms SLxZ Advanced Rotary Knob Microdot RDS
One of our most popular optics—an unquestionably great value.
Red Dot Sights are a staple for rifle owners everywhere, but most red dot sights are pretty costly, with some priced at over $800. Our Primary Arms SLxZ Advanced Rotary Knob Microdot RDS brings most premium features into a much more affordable price range. No matter their experience or tenure, any marksman will appreciate finding a red dot under the tree this year.
SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Brace – Black
No pistol build is complete without an SBA3 brace.
SB Tactical’s SBA3 Pistol Brace is the community’s most popular pistol brace, and many see it as near-mandatory for any AR15 pistol build. If you’re buying for someone interested in AR15 pistols, this is a must-have product, though the new SBA4 brace is also growing in popularity. Both braces are available in black and tan, so you can color-match their setup.
Geissele Automatics G2S Two-Stage AR15 Trigger (.154”)
Geissele Automatics triggers are so good, it put the Geissele name on the map.
We’re not kidding. Geissele’s triggers are among the finest in the industry, beloved by enthusiasts, operators, and nationally-ranked competitors alike. The reduced pull weight and superior materials make Geissele triggers durable for any environment, and the clean break helps in landing precise hits, especially at long-range. For many, a Geissele trigger is the first thing they buy when upgrading their AR15.
BCM FDE AR15 Bolt Carrier Group
Your AR15 is only as reliable as its BCG, so here’s a gift that’ll boast form AND function.
The Bolt Carrier Group is the guts of the AR15. To cycle and chamber new rounds, your BCG must be working in peak condition. With a BCG from Bravo Company Manufacturing, you know that your rifle will have the material and machining quality to achieve flawless reliability. BCM is one of the most recognized names in AR15 parts, and their products are used by professionals across the globe. BCM BCGs are also available in two colors, though we think the FDE looks particularly slick.
Streamlight TLR-8 Weapon Light with Red Laser
For all the things that go bump in the night, weapon lights are a must-have.
The general rule is that ever defensive firearm should be paired with a great light. Most break-ins and home-defense scenarios happen at night, so visibility is king. Some weapon lights are bright enough to blind attackers, and some come with a visible aiming laser for passive accuracy. Streamlight offers many great lights at affordable prices, but their TLR-8 series is one of our top picks for this season.
[Above $200] For Family and Dear Friends
When you’re buying for a best friend or loved one, quality comes first.
Products in this category are a cut above, including some of our most popular rifle and pistol parts and accessories.
If you’re buying for close family and friends, these products will show that you’ve done the extra research and picked out a real gem. Any firearms enthusiast—no matter how picky—will be happy to see these under the tree this year.
Ballistic Advantage Performance Series 16” 5.56 Barrel
A good barrel goes a long way in an AR-builder’s heart.
Barrels are one of the most important parts of an AR15 build, as the quality of materials and machining will determine the rifle’s accuracy. As such, a good barrel can set a build apart in its precision. If you’re buying for an AR builder (or someone interested in AR15s), the barrel is an important step that cannot be understated. Ballistic Advantage barrels achieve superior results, especially in their performance series.
Primary Arms SLx™ Prism Scopes
Rugged and reliable, bringing magnification into any budget.
Magnified optics are a huge advantage in landing precise hits outside 25 yards, but quality glass can add a lot to the price tag. With Primary Arms prism scopes, you can get the perfect amount of magnification without going over-budget. These optics are durable and can take the impact of the field, plus their glass quality gives a clear view of the target in most lighting conditions. If you have an astigmatism, you can even get a 1x prism that replicates the performance of a red dot sight without starburst.
Trijicon MRO 2MOA Red Dot Sight
A rugged, highly efficient red dot for the discerning rifle-owner.
Trijicon is one of the top names in optics, having been one of our military’s largest suppliers for several decades now. The MRO is Trijicon’s rifle red dot optic, and it carries all the durability and quality one should expect from a military manufacturer. The crisp 2MOA dot is the perfect size for engaging targets at close to medium range with ease. Just toss it on a mount of your choice, and you’re ready to go.
Primary Arms SLx 1-6x24 FFP Rifle Scope
Our Gold-Rated low-power variable optic goes a step beyond ‘good value’.
The Primary Arms SLx1-6x24 FFP Rifle scope is our best 1-6x magnification scope, awarded a Gold-tier rating by the National Tactical Officers Association. With a rich feature-set, this scope punches far above its price tag, competing against scopes that cost hundreds more. Whether you’re taking targets up close or hitting silhouettes at 600 yards, you’ll have every tool you need to succeed: a first focal plane design, impeccable glass quality, and a wide array of intelligent ACSS reticles. Plus, this scope comes with a lifetime warranty and our commitment to customer satisfaction. When it comes to value, there really is no comparison.
Aero Precision M4E1 16” 5.56 Barreled AR15 Upper Receiver
An upper receiver beloved by beginners and experts alike.
Aero Precision made a name for themselves by creating high-quality AR15 parts for an incredible value, and this upper receiver is no exception. If you’re buying for an AR enthusiast (or someone interested in getting started), this upper receiver has excellent features and specs, coming standard with a free-float M-LOK handguard. Normally, a similar upper could cost hundreds more, so this is a top pick for Christmas.
Trijicon RMR RM06 Type 2 Adjustable LED Reflex Sight
The most rugged pistol-ready reflex sight on the market.
The Trijicon RMR is truly a do-anything kind of reflex. It can fit on rifles, shotguns, and even pistols. In the optics world, the RMR is known as one of the most reliable mini reflex sights available, so it’s become popular among concealed carriers and pistol competitors. If you’re buying for a handgun-owner, the RMR is always a good choice, especially when paired with a compatible slide, such as the Grey Ghost option below.
Grey Ghost Precision Glock 19 Gen 3 V3 Stripped Slide
Up their Glock-game with a slide from Grey Ghost Precision.
Glocks are great for the customizability, and one of the most sought-after upgrades comes with a new slide. An aftermarket Glock slide, such as those offered by Grey Ghost Precision, can completely transform a factory Glock into a thing of special beauty. With GGP’s V3 Stripped slide, you can transfer most of your factory Glock parts—and even install a new Trijicon RMR or Leupold Deltapoint for a built-in reflex! Just be sure to match the slide to the pistol’s correct model and generation.
CMT UHP15-PDW Integrated AR15 Lower System
A Next Generation Lower Receiver for Personal Defense Weapons.
Cross Machine Tool’s UHP15-PDW is a lower unlike any other. From the ground up, this product innovates on the conventional, creating an entirely new design centered on compact personal protection. With intricate machining and a host of improvements, such as fully ambidextrous controls and flared magwell, this lower receiver can future-proof any CQB build.
This is a lower receiver, so it counts as a firearm as well. It will need to be transferred to a local gunstore (or picked up at our storefront if you’re a Houston resident). All state and federal laws apply, so remember to do your homework.
Some Special Gifts for the Extra-Nice
There’s no shame in rewarding yourself for a year well-spent.
If you’re looking for the best of the best in 2019, we’ve got a special selection for you. The items in this category represent some of the hottest kit on the market.
These won’t be a casual spend, we know, but for those who have been extra good this Christmas… we’ve got you covered.
Daniel Defense 10.3” 5.56 MK18 Pistol with RIS II Rail
Daniel Defense’s legendary carbine, just as a carbine.
The Mk18 is an iconic rifle, seeing service with some of our nation’s finest. Any gun-owner would be happy to own such a piece of history, and Daniel Defense’s MK18 pistol is about as close as one can get to the real deal. Daniel Defense is one of the most recognized names in the firearms industry, and they carry a long track record of quality and innovation.
This is a pistol, so it cannot be sent to anyone under 21. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the legal buying and gifting process, as some states have different restrictions on firearms transfers.
LMT MLC MARS 5.56 AR-15 16” Piston Rifle
One Rifle to Rule Them All?
Lewis Machine and Tool rifles have a technology unlike any other. With just the turn of a wrench, LMT’s rifles can quickly convert between calibers. For an AR15, there’s really no comparison to the freedom this affords. With just one rifle, anyone can equip themselves for every occasion, whether it’s long distance, home defense, hunting, or competition. In addition, LMT’s beloved MARS lower is entirely ambidextrous, making it a top choice for left-handed enthusiasts. Really, there’s so many great things about LMT’s system, but we only have a few more lines in this article, so you have to check out the full description in the link below. Seriously.
As with the other firearms on this list, all state and federal laws apply. Must be transferred to an FFL or picked up at our Houston-located storefront.
Nightforce NX8 4-32x50mm F1 FFP Rifle Scope
Optically Stunning. One of the best scopes that money can buy.
There are many high-dollar scopes which don’t deserve their price tag. The NX8 line from Nightforce is NOT one of them.
These scopes are impeccable, from their crystal-clear glass to their turret adjustments. The fit and finish is superb, and you can trust these scopes to survive in the demands of the field. For those who truly want the best of the best, Nightforce is a name that cannot be ignored. There’s a reason why you’ll see so many high-tier competitors rocking these scopes.