As Christmastime approaches, we all start thinking about what to give others when the day comes to celebrate. And we may also be thinking about what we would like to get for Christmas too… Some people are easy to buy for. Some aren’t. We’ve put together a list of things that are sure to be a big hit weather you are giving or getting them. Take a look. You may want to go ahead and send the link to this list to everyone who may be getting you something this year. Maybe you just need to go ahead and get something for yourself too.
1 – SHWAT™ Team Membership $25 (Priceless)
Number one on the list is something that everyone can use and at $25, everyone can afford. It’s a gift that keeps on giving too!
This gift will make the recipient part of something awesome – part of the the SHWAT™ Team! Team membership has many benfits. Discounts on some of the coolest gear and best services, a free SHWAT™ Gear sticker to show off their new team member status, and the opportunity to win valuable hunting/shooting gear. So if that hunter/shooter in your life would like to win a $5,000+ precision rifle package including the new Remington Tactical Chassis Rifle, Nightforce 3.5-15x NXS Scope, AAC suppressor, bipod and more, get amazing discounts all year long, and get exclusive access to SHWAT™ content and events, then go ahead and sign them up.
2 – RAND CLP $9.99
Here’s an inexpensive and invaluable item every hunter and shooter needs. Rand CLP. Cleaning, lubricating and protecting the mechanical parts of a gun are non-negotiables when it comes to reliability, accuracy and longevity. The state of the art nanotechnology RAND uses allows the nano-particles to work their way into the metal in your firearm and form a protective shield against rust, carbon and dirt. The vegetable oil acts as a scavenger, “lifting” the carbon/fouling from the metal, allowing it to be wiped away easily during cleaning. RAND CLP enhances firearm performance and reliability using a rare vegetable oil base and a proprietary blend of nanoparticles to create a uniquely smooth and durable surface. RAND CLP is non toxic, odorless, safe on all metals, polymers and woods and provides faster & easier cleaning after the initial pretreatment. Odorless… making happy households everywhere! We’ve tested it, we use it. And if that’s not good enough, Kyle Lamb – Founder of Viking Tactics – is on the same page. But he can’t give you a free SHWAT™ patch with purchase. We can. Get it here!
3 – Hydro Flask Bottle $25.99 (depending on size)
Here in Texas, it just got cold. Okay, it was brief, and you folks up North can surely laugh at our definition of cold, but if you want to stay warm try drinking something hot. Hydro Flask claims 12 hours of heat retention. And in our somewhat unscientific tests, that’s legit. For those of you accustomed to sitting long periods in the cold, waiting for game to show up, you need to buy one for you and for a friend!
And, when things heat back up, these will keep cold chilled for twenty-four hours. Yes, we left ours in HOT Texas cars over the summer. And these things worked as advertised!
Don’t take our word for it. We’re told they are tested and used by Special Forces in hot spots all over the world. One of the coolest ways to take your beverage with you anywhere!
Hydro Flask: www.hydroflask.com
4 – Vertx Integrity Base Jacket $159.95
Unless you are one of our hog hunting friends in Australia, it’s cold this time of year.
A good jacket is a must have around Christmastime and in the months to come. I recently got an Integrity Base Jacket from Vertx. Jonathan might be jealous. I love this jacket. It’s now my everyday, go everywhere jacket. If I’m hunting, it goes. If I’m taking the kids to school or my wife on a date, it goes.
It’s wind resistant, rain resistant, and warm. Super light weight, too. It’s low profile and not overly tactical looking, so you can blend in wherever you go. It’s low bulk too and one of the most comfortable jackets I own. Vertx says its the most comfortable jacket you’ll own.
By the way, SHWAT™ Team members get a discount at Vertx. Just one of the many member perks!
5 – BCE BattleComp 2.0 $165
There’s only one Gold Standard for the muzzle device market. Sure there are other good choices, but the BattleComp is the one everything else gets compared to. We’ve been running BattleComp 2.0 muzzle devices longer than we’ve been running SHWAT™ and continue to be as pleased with the product – and the company – as we were at the first. Maybe that’s because some of the brain trust involved were something like rocket scientists. Really. Maybe we’ll cover that next year…
The BattleComp mitigates recoil, the enemy of the follow up shot. Want to keep your muzzle down without making enemies of your training and hunting buddies nearby? The BCE BattleComp functions as an excellent combination muzzle brake and flash suppressor. It is also compatible with the GemTech HALO and the AAC Omni suppressors. An excellent addition to any rifle. And they look amazing, too!
6 – Spike Box Ranch Hunt based on length of stay
What does every hunter want? To hunt (and have success)! And eat. At Spike Box Ranch near Benjamin, Texas, the hunting is fantastic and so is the food. We’ve hunted there many times and have always taken down pigs. Day or night, the guides are ready and skilled. They know how to find the pigs.
If you want to sit in a stand and shoot pigs over feeders, you can do that. Honestly, we think it’s a whole lot more fun to find the hogs, sneak in up close, and go to work. That just makes the most sense if you want to test yourself in a truly dynamic environment. Friendly staff, and clean accommodations combined with beautiful and varied scenery make for an experience to be remembered for a lifetime.
7 – Tactical Tailor Phantom Trekker SBR Bag $350
Nearly everyone who shoots a gun transports it on occasion, but who wants to advertise to every prying eye you’re carrying a gun?
If you or someone you know has a carbine or SBR, there is a bag that makes an ideal gift. The Tactical Tailor Phantom Trekker SBR Bag is one of the most discreet ways to transport a gun. Jonathan got introduced to this bag before it hit the market and was thoroughly impressed. It accommodates most SBRs, FN SCARs (and similar – thanks to the folding stock) as well as a 16-inch AR separated in two halves.
We love how discrete this is – while it may look like a regular backpack, only you will know the difference!
Tactical Tailor: www.tacticaltailor.com/phantomtrekkersbrbag.aspx
8 – CMMG .22 Upper $449
For those that like to use an AR-15 to send lots of lead downrange without sending all their money downrange with it, a .22 caliber upper from CMMG is one of the best investments you can make. .22 ammo is cheap. You can stock up on it and it doesn’t even take up much room in the safe. .22 is also fun to shoot. Add a suppressor and it’s quiet too. Like a SHWAT™ Team membership, this is a gift that pays for itself in savings. Though it may take longer when you mod it up like we did.
9 – Class with Force Options price varies depending on class
Do you or the hunter in your life have all the guns and gear but would like to be more skilled in its use? Maybe you’re already skilled and would like to really master using it? A class with Fred Mastison of Force Options Training and Security will take your skills up a notch or two or ten. We’ve trained with Fred while putting the IWI Tavor to the test and he’s a great instructor. He knows what he’s doing and he’s an excellent communicator. His personality is low key and he’s not harsh in his methods. Don’t be surprised if when you complete one of his classes, you are doing things you didn’t know could be done. Whether you are wanting to be better prepared to defend yourself, or you want to reduce the chances of animals getting away during a hunt, Fred Mastison can get you there.
Force Options: http://www.forceoptionsusa.com
10 – IWI Tavor $1999 MSRP
Want to get someone something really awesome? Something that will make them the envy of everyone around when they go to the shooting range or post pictures online? Get them an IWI Tavor. Developed and battle proven by the Isreali Defense Forces and recently introduced here in the great USA, it’s one of the hottest guns on the market. Changed to meet US government requirements, it retains its hard won reputation as a solid perfomer. We’ve tested the American Tavor and stretched it to the limits in a real world environment. It’s cool and it’s practical!
11 – Remington 700 Tactical Chassis Rifle $2999
When it comes to hitting your target at long range, not just any rifle will do. You need one that is purpose built for the task. In most cases that involves spending a pretty big chunk of change or spending a big chunk of time trying to save some coin. Remington solves this problem with the Remington 700 Tactical Chassis Rifle. Starting at $2900 MSRP, it is a solid value. In .308 it has proven to be accurate in our hands at 1,000 yards. So if you want to reach out and touch a piece of steel or a pig at long range without reaching too deep in your wallet, this rifle may be just the ticket for you.
12 – ATN Thor $6199
Hog hunting is usually better in the dark. Seeing well in the dark can be accomplished with a flashlight. But if you want to see in the dark but not be seen, the ATN Thor may be just what you need. The Thor is a thermal weapons sight that also works well as a monocular for spotting game even when the animals are too far away to be found using even Gen 3 night vision. Hog hunting just isn’t the same without one.