Ivan Loomis – Practical to Tactical Holiday Gifts

My Christmas wish list this year isn’t anything too crazy and are things that I’d actually use. I tried hard to keep it practical and somewhat realistic. Maybe my wish list will give you some great Christmas ideas.

Mora Companion Heavy Duty Knife with Sandvik Carbon Steel Blade  $18.95

Another Mora Knife is always welcome.  They are practically indestructible and come razor sharp (I’ve skinned and gutted deer & elk with them).  And you’d be hard pressed to find a knife that can match it for less than $20.  So with a price like that, any task you have, no matter how dirty or punishing, you can grab a trusty Mora and tackle it without worrying about damaging the knife.


Deluxe Fix-it-Stick Set with Torque Limiters $180

There is nothing worse than having something come loose or need to change something out at the range and not having the right tool for the job.  This Fix-it-Stick set makes it easy.  Need to adjust or mount a scope at the range?  No problem.  Remove the action of your rifle to inspect something?  Easy.  This set not only has about every tool and bit you need but more importantly, comes with torque limiters so that you can reassemble everything back to spec.  Many items have been wrecked by some overzealous turning of a wrench.  This set alleviates all of that and in a small package too.




Sebenza 21 Knife by Chris Reeve $450

While I am a pragmatist and love functional objects, occasionally I find something that is functional and aesthetically amazing at the same time.  As far as pocket knives go, the Sebenza 21 by Chris Reeve fits the bill.  A titanium handled knife with a hollow ground CPM S35VN blade and using a Reeve Integral Lock.  All of which comes together to create an incredibly clean, beautiful and at the same time fully functional knife.


Outdoor Research Colossus Parka  $500

Because being cold sucks…  Sure there are great layering systems out there, but I want the outer layer, the one that just keeps me warm.  After many long cold days and nights, I’m ready for the Colossus Parka.  Filled with PrimaLoft Gold insulation as well as being wind and water resistant, this jacket is ready for the drop in temperatures.  Ready to sit in a blind, hang out on a ridge line or kick your feet up at camp and not give a thought to the cold.

Snake Eater Tactical IWB Mag Pouch $16

If something isn’t comfortable, you won’t wear it.  So then Every Day Carry becomes Whatever is Comfortable Carry.  And since no one ever lamented having an extra magazine, you may as well have a comfortable way of carrying it.  The Snake Eater Tactical IWB Magazine Pouch does a great job at just that.  It allows you to carry any sized magazine, from a Glock 43 to a Glock 21.  Offering plenty of retention and at the same time being comfortable all day and lightweight.  Hard to beat.

Honey Badger (with Silencer) by Q $2599

The Honey Badger not only is like holding part of a spaceship, but it is a little piece of history.  The original Honey Badger is what started the entire production and commercialization of the 300 Blackout cartridge.  And thanks to Q you can own one.  Your very own quiet little suppressed 300 Blackout.  *Regrettably it requires 2 stamps from the ATF since it is a short barreled rifle and comes with a silencer, but some good things are worth the wait.*

Scalarworks PEAK Sights $239

As optics get better and more reliable people tend to move away from iron sights.  Call me nostalgic, but after cutting my teeth on an M16A2 in the Marine Corps, iron sights hold a special place for me.  Until Scalarworks released their PEAK Sights though, most have left me wanting.  The PEAK sights are actually built for carbine length rifles.  They are incredibly well designed and machined, giving precise adjustments and letting you get the most out of your rifle.  Solid, well made and never needing a battery…




About the author: Ivan Loomis has spent a lot of time outdoors, backpacking and camping as well as extensive international travel. Eventually, he landed in the Marine Corps in the late 90’s. After a hiatus from the service to race the Baja 1000 a couple times, he reenlisted with the Air Force. Departing that he wound up in a large metropolitan Police Department for a spell before landing in the Security Contracting world.One constant through these experiences was gear and weapons. Having spent time in a lot of environments and with the opportunity to field a lot of equipment, he’s grown fond of well-made gear.He now shares those experiences, adventures, and knowledge through contributing articles and videos to various publications, including his own site: www.kitbadger.com

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