2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Our round-up this year includes 22 competitive shooting gift recommendations that will fit every holiday-gift budget

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posted on November 22, 2022
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The 2022 list has 22 recommendations including ammunition, pistols, rifles, shotguns and more.

Need some gift ideas? Here, we’ve listed some of the best gift recommendations that cover presents for shotgunners, action pistol fans, precision rifle competitors, multi-gun shooters and everyone in between.

AMMUNITION

WINCHESTER AA DIAMOND GRADE ELITE
WINCHESTER AA DIAMOND GRADE ELITE

After its introduction in 2020, Winchester’s Diamond Grade Elite line has become a popular upgrade to the iconic AA shotshell lineup. Precision and consistency are paramount with this competition target shell that Winchester calls its “premier clay target ammunition.” The AA Diamond Grade Elite shotshells are loaded with super high antimony lead shot, which is both copper plated and precision sorted. The pattern density and performance will yield solid breaks on the most demanding targets. $14.99, winchester.com


REMINGTON GUN CLUB SPORTING CLAYS
Remington Gun Club Sporting Clays shotshells

The new Gun Club Target 12-gauge one-ounce, No. 7.5-shot load from Remington boasts a velocity of 1,250 feet per second. In addition to the unibody hull, the new 2¾-inch Remington Gun Club Target Load shotshell includes Gun Club shot, carefully chosen primer and propellants, along with Remington’s Power Piston wad. While optimized for sporting clays shooters, Remington said its Gun Club Target shotshell is “a great choice for other clay shooting disciplines as well.” $11.99, remington.com


FEDERAL HIGH OVER ALL
Federal High Over All

Federal’s High Over All shotshell line-up has several 12-gauge 2¾-inch offerings with a wide range of payloads, velocity, dram and shot sizes to accommodate competitive shooters in multiple disciplines. A hard, high-antimony lead payload and one-piece Podium wad produce the most consistent patterns, while the solid brass head and tapered, one-piece hull will aid in reloading. The integral base wad is formed from one solid piece of plastic, giving it strength and rigidity—the perfect foundation to build a shotshell. $15.99, federalpremium.com


LAPUA CENTER-X
LAPUA CENTER-X

A longtime favorite for smallbore shooters, Lapua’s Center-X .22 LR remains a top choice for precisionminded competitors. A dedicated target round, the Center-X cartridge has a 40-grain round-nose bullet with G1 ballistic coefficient of 0.172. Muzzle velocity is 1,073 feet per second. Perhaps best of all, Lapua never distributes a lot of its ammunition unless it passes a lengthy testing process for ballistic values, gas pressure and grouping. No wonder this stuff has helped so many shooters win a plethora of ISSF and Olympic medals. $16.99, lapua.com


NORMA PRECISION MATCH-22
NORMA PRECISION MATCH-22

Norma Precision expanded its rimfire ammunition lineup with a new offering this year called Norma Match-22 that is optimized for rifle performance. This .22 Long Rifle subsonic ammo sports a 40-grain, lead round-nose bullet with 0.132 ballistic coefficient, along with a cartridge case made of brass. Muzzle velocity for Norma Precision Match-22 rimfire ammunition is 1,083 feet per second. The company said its Match-22 cartridge shoots with “consistent precision and remarkable ballistic properties.” $7.99, normashooting.com


PISTOLS

ACCURACY X MULTI-SIGHT
ACCURACY X MULTI-SIGHT

While not exactly a pistol, this upgrade will transform a Glock G19 pistol into a solid competition gun. You can choose and use the optics you want with Accuracy X’s new Multi-Sight system. Compatible with several popular optics, the Multi-Sight system includes the quick interchangeable front SLOT Sight, which allows you to match your front and rear sight sets. A machined index recoil lug ensures a perfect zero, no matter how many times you remove and install your sights. With a Multi-Sight slide on your Glock, you can choose any optic or sight on any day to optimize your shooting needs. Starts at $450, accuracyx.com


BERETTA 92X PERFORMANCE CARRY OPTIC
BERETTA 92X PERFORMANCE CARRY OPTIC

The new Beretta 92X Performance Carry Optic is a competition-oriented version of the venerable doubleaction Model 92. This latest addition to the 92X Performance family comes with an optics-ready slide and optic mounting plates. Competitive shooters—especially USPSA Carry Optics and Production division fans—will also appreciate the DLC-coated Xtreme-S match trigger and adjustable match sights. And, unlike most Beretta Model 92s, the 92X Performance Carry Optic sports ambidextrous, frame-mounted thumb safeties, similar to a 1911 pistol. Ten- and 15-round magazines are available. $1,799, beretta.com


SMITH & WESSON M&P9 M2.0 METAL
SMITH & WESSON M&P9 M2.0 METAL

The M&P9 M2.0 METAL is Big Blue’s first full-sized, all-metal M&P pistol. With 17 plus one capacity, this striker-fired 9 mm pistol has an aluminum frame and stainless steel slide, both with tungsten gray cerakote finishes. On top of the slide, which is cut for optics, are drift adjustable front and rear sights with white dots. The M&P9 M2.0 METAL will fit in any M&P9 compatible holster, and accepts M2.0 17-round 9 mm magazines. Also, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts come with the M&P9 M2.0 METAL pistol in small, medium, medium-large and large sizes, along with a textured polymer front strap. $899, smith-wesson.com


SPRINGFIELD ARMORY PRODIGY DS 1911
SPRINGFIELD ARMORY PRODIGY DS 1911

Springfield Armory’s new Prodigy AOS 9 mm is the initial model in the company’s new 1911 DS double-stack line of pistols. Available in five- and 4.25-inch sizes, the heart of the Springfield Armory 1911 DS Prodigy AOS 9 mm pistol is the double-stack magazine. For optics mounting, Springfield Armory’s new Prodigy employs Agency Optic System plates. Machined from stainless steel, the AOS plates come fitted with a rear sight and are designed specifically to preserve visible iron sights. The Prodigy includes a cover plate with rear sight, plus one optics-mounting plate designed for the HEX Dragonfly and other red-dot optics. $1,699 with five-inch barrel and HEX optic, springfield-armory.com


TAURUS TX22 COMPETITION SCR
TAURUS TX22 COMPETITION SCR

While quite similar, the Taurus TX22 Competition SCR (Steel Challenge Ready) differs slightly from the earlier TX22 Competition model. Both are built on the full-size TX22 polymer frame with an aluminum slide, steel alloy barrel and a striker-fired action. To handle the rigors of Steel Challenge, the TX22 Competition SCR adds a custom bull barrel and feed ramp, along with a Tandemkross Eagle Talon Extractor and a Tandemkross Game Changer Pro Squared compensator. The upgrades increase the weight to 25.84 ounces and overall length to 9.37 inches. In addition, adapter plates allow for different optics to be installed. $589.32, taurususa.com


RIFLES

RUGER CUSTOM SHOP RUGER PRECISION RIFLE 6.5 MM CREEDMOOR
CUSTOM SHOP RUGER PRECISION RIFLE 6.5 CREEDMOOR

Ruger Team Captain Doug Koenig provided input for the new Ruger Precision Rifle from the company’s Custom Shop chambered in 6.5 mm Creedmoor. Built for longrange competition,this new rifle is within cost limits for Production division in PRS competition. Feature-rich, the new Custom Shop Ruger Precision Rifle 6.5 mm Creedmoor sports a factory-installed TriggerTech trigger, along with a unique barrier stop that’s installed on the front of the magazine well to aid shooters in obtaining a stable (and repeatable) shooting position. In addition, select parts of the rifle are finished with a durable cerakote for improved wear resistance. $2,499, ruger.com


SAVAGE ARMS IMPULSE ELITE PRECISION
SAVAGE ARMS IMPULSE ELITE PRECISION

The new Impulse Elite Precision from Savage Arms is a rifle that adds the Impulse straight-pull action to an already robust long-range design. The Impulse Elite Precision has an intuitive straight-pull action bedded in a one-piece Core Competition chassis from Modular Driven Technologies. Boasting a full-length ARCA rail, the rifle can be customized for individual balance preferences. As for the precision button rifled, stainless steel, modified Palma contour barrel, it comes with a threaded muzzle (5/8-24 UNEF). In addition, the matte black aluminum receiver has an integral 20-MOA rail. An ambidextrous, multi-position bolt handle, ambidextrous magazine release and AICS magazine complete the package. $2,649 for 6 mm Creedmoor, savagearms.com


SIG SAUER M400-DH3
SIG SAUER M400-DH3

SIG tapped into the expertise of multi-talented world champion shooter Daniel Horner to bring the new M400-DH3 rifle to life. Designed by Horner—a Team SIG shooter—in conjunction with the company’s research and development team, the M400-DH3 is the same rifle he uses for 3-Gun and multi-gun competition. The M400-DH3 is a SIG direct-impingement aluminum frame rifle with DH3 competition stock and two-stage adjustable Timney Daniel Horner signature flat trigger. The 16-inch fluted stainless .223 Wylde barrel (1:8-inch twist) is equipped with a three-chamber compensator for recoil mitigation, while the low-profile handguard has MLOK mounts for accessory attachment. $1,699, sigsauer.com


SHOTGUNS

BENELLI M2 3-GUN PERFORMANCE SHOP SHOTGUN
BENELLI M2 3-GUN PERFORMANCE SHOP SHOTGUN

When it comes to shotguns for 3-Gun competition, it’s hard to beat the Benelli M2. Already enjoying a stellar reputation as the shotgun of choice for serious 3-Gun competitors, the Benelli M2 3-Gun shotgun from the Performance Shop includes a larger loading port for more efficient quad loading, an XS Sights express rear sight for slug accuracy, plus a port caddy that offers room for a spare shell. Something to note, the M2 is available in 12-gauge only and accepts shotshells up to three inches. $2,599, benelliusa.com


SAVAGE RENEGAUGE COMPETITION
SAVAGE RENEGAUGE COMPETITION

Retaining the innovative D.R.I.V. dual-valve gas system, Savage’s Renegauge Competition shotgun builds on the original 12-gauge model, adding elements such as oversized controls that give the platform an edge for competitive shooting applications. An extended magazine tube provides 10-round capacity (nine plus one), and the easy-load magazine port will help with reloading on the move in 3-Gun and Multi-Gun competition. The 24-inch fluted barrel is finished with melonite, while the receiver, magazine tube and extended skeet light modified choke are finished in cerakote. A carbon-steel ventilated rib is equipped with a red Hi-Viz Tri-Comp front sight. As for the matte black stock, it’s adjustable for length-of-pull, comb height, drop and cast. $2,089, savagearms.com


FRANCHI INSTINCT SIDEPLATE OVER/UNDER
FRANCHI INSTINCT SIDEPLATE OVER/UNDER

Earlier this year, Franchi expanded its Instinct family of scatterguns with the addition of the Instinct Sideplate over/under shotgun. The Instinct Sideplate sets itself apart with an elegantly engraved, sideplate-style steel receiver, which is a nod to Franchi’s Italian craftsmanship heritage. As for the barrels, they are 28-inch vented ones. The monobloc receiver is machined from solid steel and sports a color-case-hardened finish, that the company said increases the durability of the shotgun. There are 12-gauge (2¾-inch and three-inch chambers) and 20-gauge (2¾-inch and three-inch chambers) models available in the Instinct Sideplate lineup. Starting at $2,229, franchiusa.com


GEAR

HOLOSUN SCS-MOS REFLEX SIGHT
Holosun optic

The new SCS-MOS optic (Solar Charging Sight) is a pistol-mounted reflex sight that includes a solar panel to charge an internal rechargeable battery. With a housing CNC machined from titanium alloy, the SCS-MOS is lightweight at 1.3 ounces. For power, it uses a combination of solar and an internal rechargeable battery power supply system. (The internal battery is not removable.) When ambient light is insufficient for operation, it draws power from the battery. If there is enough ambient light to power the SCS-MOS, the solar cell will automatically charge the internal battery. $435.28, holosun.com


HAWKE OPTICS WIDE VIEW 3-MOA DOT
HAWKE OPTICS WIDE VIEW 3-MOA DOT

U.K.-based Hawke Optics wasn’t kidding about the Wide View name for its three-MOA red-dot optic. In his review, Field Editor Chris Christian measured the Hawke red-dot sight’s window to about 1⅜ inches wide and almost an inch high. At 2.3 inches long and three ounces in weight, it’s a compact fit on rimfire rifles and pistols, as well as on pistol-caliber carbines. After using on at a Steel Challenge match, Christian said, “the wide window definitely helped in transitions and the bright dot was also an asset. This is a viable competitive sight for any shooter using a rail mount.” $179, hawkeoptics.com


KESTREL KST1000 SHOT TIMER
KESTREL KST1000 SHOT TIMER

Best known for its weather meters, Kestrel Ballistics recruited the help of 19-time Bianchi Cup Champion and 2021 Precision Rifle Series Production Champion Doug Koenig to build a shot timer that can pick up not only suppressed shots, but dry-fire “clicks” as well. Aside from being extremely sensitive, the KST1000 can even be heard by those who chose to wear both muffs and plugs. This shot timer is a must-have for competitive shooters, especially for rimfire fans. $299, kestrelballistics.com


BONE-DRI BIG SHUUG SHOTGUN SLEEVE
BONE-DRI BIG SHUUG SHOTGUN SLEEVE

Equipped with Absorbits advanced moisture removal material, this shotgun sleeve from Bone-Dri can help eliminate rust in your firearm. Carry or store your long gun up to 60 inches long inside the sleeve and avoid any moisture penetrating its inner workings. The Big Shuug shotgun sleeve is also durable, constructed from industrial 800D PVC nylon, and eschews zippers for hook-and-loop-style fasteners. A shoulder strap makes carrying this shotgun sleeve easy, and there are outside pockets for storage. $99, bone-dri.com


MTM CASE-GARD DOUBLE SCOPED RIFLE CASE
MTM CASE-GARD DOUBLE SCOPED RIFLE CASE

With plenty of room to hold two scoped rifles, MTM Case-Gard’s new Double Scoped Rifle Case can handle any combination of long arms up to 50.5 inches long. Molded of high-impact plastic, with thick eggcrate-style foam inside to protect firearms protection during transport, the Double Scoped Rifle Case also has a structured clamshell that is design for rigidity. For additional security, the padlock holes allow for the use of up to four locks. Additional features of the MTM Case-Gard Double Scoped Rifle Case include piano-style lid hinges, along with tie-down grooves for securing the case to an ATV or a UTV cargo bed. $67.65, mtmcase-gard.com


MAGPUL LARGE DAKA CAN
MAGPUL LARGE DAKA CAN

Magpul’s new Large DAKA Can shares many features with original DAKA Can, with the added benefit of a larger form factor. Similar to the DAKA Can 2.0, the new Large DAKA Can includes an updated, soft-surfaced, high-density foam that completely lines the interior, along with a top-loading lid sporting a steel hinge that closes with a secure snap. The Magpul Large DAKA Can makes a great, crush-resistant storage solution for larger personal items such as medical gear, cigars, travel tools, loose ammunition, personal hygiene items and more. $24.95, magpul.com

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