Bristlecone Blog: December 2019
Bristlecone Holiday Gift Guide 2019
Written by: Joe Kriz
Christmas is just days away and we know we’re not the only ones looking for last minute gift ideas. But what do you get the shooter in your family or friend group?
At Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center, we understand the difficulty of finding the perfect gift, so we asked our staff for their recommendations for the new shooter, casual range goer and gun owner who seemingly has it all.
They say membership has its perks, and those perks go a long way at Bristlecone. As a member, range lane fees are waived, and shooters are able to reserve lanes in advance. Members also save on range ammo, merchandise and firearms training classes — plus other benefits. Membership pays for itself in just two visits per month, so why not give the gift that keeps on giving?
“Bristlecone memberships are the perfect gift for everyone from the new shooter to the most experienced, and when you’re a member of Bristlecone, you’re family!” —Jennifer, Director of Memberships
Now throughout December, we’re offering an annual individual membership, plus a certificate for a training class of the member’s choice, for just $400 — a $547 value!
New Shooter Range Kit
Learning how to shoot can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. For the new shooter, we’ve put together the basic necessities, including ear and eye protection, pistol cleaning kit and range bag — plus two range passes — into one simple kit. For the more advanced, we also offer pre-stocked cleaning kits to keep shooters running and gunning.
“The basic kit provides all the essentials to get any level shooter started. Or, upgrade to the deluxe kits for premium cleaning products and a durable all-purpose tool-style bag.” —Bryan, Owner
Atop the list of things you didn’t know you needed, the Maglula UpLULA is a range bag must-have. With a simple design, the UpLULA forces the magazine follower down while you effortlessly load cartridges. Available for popular pistol calibers, including .22LR, 9mm and .45 ACP, the UpLULA will save you time loading so you can spend more time shooting on the range.
“No more sore thumbs, the UpLULA saves your fingers while loading mags, especially on that last round or after an afternoon of shooting.” —Tanner, Range Lead/Instructor
Some shooters clean their gun after every trip the range, others after an arbitrary number of rounds. Regardless of how often you clean, keeping a gun well-lubricated is a must. Breakthrough Clean Battle Born oils are 100% synthetic, non-toxic and odorless to provide corrosion protection and lubrication of your guns that lasts under the most extreme use.
“A clean gun is a reliable gun, and I trust Breakthrough Clean lubricants to keep my guns running. It also makes a great range bag stocking stuffer!” —Cindy, Instructor
Tactica Concealed Carry Leggings
Did you know women are the fastest growing segment among gun owners? Yet despite more women buying guns, it can be difficult for women to find a means of carrying — especially without a belt. Enter Tactica “defense fashion,” whose Concealed Carry Leggings feature two built-in holster pockets for comfortable and stylish carry whether at the gym or on-the-go.
“As someone who struggles with carry options, Tactica Concealed Carry Leggings have become my go-to. They hold up to lots of wear and washes without losing their elasticity or color.” —Jacquelyn, Owner
Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA
From surveillance and personal protection to daily utility, handheld flashlights are undoubtedly handy. If you don’t already pocket a flashlight, the Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA is the perfect combination of size (4.25”, 2.8 oz.), light output (350 lumens), and function for everyday carry. Check it and other options from Streamlight and Surefire out across from our knives in-store.
“Being able to see at night or in the dark is an invaluable and often overlooked tool when customers are preparing their EDC items.” —Trevor, Sales Lead/Instructor
Shooting is a perishable skill, meaning if you don’t do it regularly, you tend to lose it. But there’s more to it than just pulling the trigger. A new kind of training tool, the Mantis X series mounts to your gun, syncs with your mobile device, and spits out data as you shoot to make you a better shot. Ask a staff member to demonstrate how it works in-store or simply watch this video.
“The MantisX is revolutionary firearms training product that will absolutely make you a better shooter. And who doesn’t want to be better shooter?” —Steve M., Retail Staff/Instructor
Black Rifle Coffee
Tired of $5 cups of sugar from Starbucks? Black Rifle Coffee Company has been brewing coffee since 2014 and makes a mean cup of joe. And with blend names like “Gunship” and “AK-47,” it’s not hard to understand why the veteran owned and operated company has built a strong following amongst gun owners. After all, the best part of waking up is freedom in your cup!
“Light, medium, dark, extra dark — I’ve yet to try a blend of Black Rifle Coffee myself and others didn’t like. Silencer Smooth is my personal favorite.” —Joe, Retail/Range Staff
Need more gift ideas? We’ve printed and displayed handy lists of products that make great stocking stuffers for any shooter, including our wide selection of knives, ammo, optics, holsters, gun cases and more. And you can never go wrong with a Bristlecone gift card, good for everything from range time to guns.
Whether you’ve finished your holiday shopping or are looking for that last special gift, we hope you can find it at Bristlecone and have a very merry Christmas!