Father’s Day is that time of year that Gun Guy dads are plagued by the confused looks of kids and wives after answering the question, “What would you like for Father’s Day?” These are then followed by a bevy of questions: “What is that? Where can I get that?” and the dreaded, “How much do those cost?”
So, in the spirit of tackling these questions in hopes of nice Father’s Day surprises for our readership, this guide sets out to offer some guidance and provide options to fit most budgets. You won’t find a single tie, pair of socks or other article of clothing in here. So, in no particular order, here are some gift ideas we can endorse that we think most dads will like and use.
RamRodz Gun Cleaning Kit for Pistols
RamRodz is a company you may have never heard of, but when I saw this kit I knew that I had to have it. For years I had been sourcing cotton-tipped wooden sticks to clean my guns, before I stumbled across this one. This kit provides tools for the simple task of cleaning a gun, sure, but it offers so much more. The kit provides all the sizes and lengths in one assortment; no more buying multiple small kits that each conveniently lack a certain size from the next. The plastic case keeps everything where it should be, and allows you to restock as needed. Since these are made to clean guns, their caliber-specific, low-lint cotton heads will expand into rifling grooves and conform to barrel walls, cleaning the maximum amount of surface area. All RamRodz feature a flexible and durable 8-inch bamboo handle that bends without breaking. This is an all-around excellent gift to give or receive. MSRP: $34.76
If you own guns, you need good screwdrivers. Wheeler’s Deluxe Gunsmithing Screwdriver Set is a well-thought-out bit selection that won’t bugger, bust or leave burred-up screws. They’re made from S2 tool steel and hardened to 56-58 Rockwell “C”. These bits were tested against the screws of over one hundred modern and antique firearms, to ensure that they will work on your gun.
The 54 Hollow-ground flat bits range in size from .120″x.020″ to .360″x.070,” including doubles of the thinnest sizes. The set also includes a complete selection of Phillips, Allen, and Torx bits to cover scope rings, bases, and recoil pads. The set come with two handles: The first is a regularly sized handle that’s good for most jobs, and the second is a slimmer, shorter “Close Quarters” handle. Another example of a “full package” product! MSRP: $79.99
Wheeler’s Digital F.A.T. Wrench
This digital handheld torque wrench is designed to let you apply repeatable, accurate torque settings. To simplify things, the audible and visual indicators let you know exactly when the correct torque has been achieved. Its range of 15-100 in./lbs. will work for your guns, and the accuracy of torque it provides will decrease the possibility of an expensive problem. The FAT Wrench comes with commonly used bits, which are made from S2 Tool steel and hardened to 56-56 Rockwell “C”. The system is packed in its own case for ease of storage. MSRP: $89.99
This is not just another survival lighter; this is a fuel-free lighter. It is an electronic, USB rechargeable lighter that will work no matter the weather, wind or altitude. It works like the burner on an electric stove. Push the button and touch the lighter to anything combustible, and wait for the flame! You can recharge the built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery via the included USB cable. Once the lighter is plugged in, the red indicator light flashes red while charging, and shines solid red when fully charged. Most of us have access to a USB power source, and a solar battery pack would keep this going forever. Pretty cool! MSRP: $24.99
Heinie Ledge Straight Eight Night Sights
Heinie sights have been my go-to choice ever since I met Richard Heine years ago. He makes a great sight that works for both recreational and serious purposes. He is now offering Ledge Straight Eight Night Sights that feature the ledge-style rear that is designed for quick acquisition of the front sight, with a wider notch of .156. The ledge will catch on your belt, boot, jean seam, etc. in an emergency, for one-handed clearance. These sights are equipped with the Straight Eight Night Sight system. This is a must-have modification for dad’s carry pistol! Perhaps their best feature of all: They do not require any modifications with the crushed dovetail fit. MSRP: $140.78
Negrini produces some of the best pistol cases in the world today. They are light, strong and made with integrated steel combination locks. They are made in Italy and feature a double-wall ABS shell with a padded interior. You will appreciate the Italian leather, whether you are on the range, traveling in the air or driving your car. All their cases come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. They make cases to fit most hand guns, including the 1911, GLOCK, Springfield XD, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, Walther, H&K. This may be going a bit overboard for Father’s Day, but they also have a full line of rifle and shotgun cases that any Dad would be proud to show off to his hunting buddies. MSRP: starts at $109.00
Dad deserves a gift that he will use for years to come, and you deserve to experience the joy of knowing he truly enjoyed what you got for him. We hope this list helps fill the bill. Happy Fathers Day!