Welcome to the first ever GAT Daily Gift Guide, where we take you through a list of things you can buy for that gun person in your life. Odds are, if you’re seeing this article it’s because it was sent to you by someone in your life that you likely know as “the gun person” and they’re trying to help you find things to buy for them for Christmas. Have no fear, GAT is here.
First off, let’s talk about buying a gun. According to the ATF, it is legal to give firearms as gifts, so long as the person receiving the gift is not a prohibited person. However, due a complicated mishmash of state level laws regarding transfers, the ATF recommends giving a gift card instead of an actual firearm. However, if you think gift cards are lame, there’s another option: an 80% lower purchased from Rocky Brass! If your gun friend is the tinkering type, there’s nothing better than a Polymer80 frame, so they can legally build their own gun from scratch.
Maybe you’re not interested in that, and you want to get something a little more affordable. Good news, because we have holster recommendations galore. First up from Dark Star Gear, we have holster for Glocks, Sig P320s, and Beretta 92 Series guns. Additionally, DSG has a great concealable magazine pouch called the Koala that lets you carry a reload easily. Or you could get swag! Hats and mugs are cool too. Our next holster maker is Phlster, who is desperately trying to restock their new Enigma system before Christmas. But thankfully they have other awesome stuff in stock, like their pocket emergency wallet.
If polymer holsters aren’t your thing, how about some nice leather? Galco is having a holiday sale, and their Combat Master OWB is the best mass produced leather holster on the market. I carried an M9 in one for an entire Middle East deployment, which is probably against regs but was comfortable as hell. We also partner with DeSantis, whose gear I haven’t personally used, but friends say is pretty solid. Check out their website to find something you like.
Last but not least is a classic – want to turn your Glock into a PCC without actually buying a PCC? Well then check out our friends at MechTech, who make a non-firearm (it can be shipped to your door) upper receiver that replaces the upper on your Glock, XD, or 1911 (yes that’s right) and makes it a pistol caliber carbine out the door. These have been around for a while and they’ve definitely got the bugs worked out of their design.
Hopefully this Christmas gift guide will be useful for you! If you’re the gun person, send this link the person buying your presents, and if you’re the present buyer…good luck!