Got a rifle-mad mate you need a last-minute present idea for? Or perhaps you’ve got your eye on the latest bit of shooting kit you want to ‘subtly’ hint that your loved ones get you? Look no further than Sporting Rifle’s pick of the gifts this festive season…
Recently out on test for Sporting Rifle, the new version of the X Sight digital night vision scope is a technological marvel, integrating a rangefinder and ballistic calculator as well as a photo/video recording unit. So you can be confident in your shots – and get them on film at the same time. On top of that, the unit is fully customisable so you can tailor its set-up to suit you exactly.
Experiences are the most memorable gift of all – so why not buy a day on the range with Orion Firearms Training? Whether the recipient is new to shooting or an experienced shooter, there is a day suitable for everyone. Orion can provide all the kit and equipment you need, or you can bring your own. Once you have bought your day, the gift certificate will arrive within two days and stays valid for a year.
Stalkers can show off their affinity for deer in an obvious way with this t-shirt, but it’s more than just a statement – it’s a practical garment too. Made from an extremely breathable fabric, it transmits moisture away from the body and can take up to one fifth of its weight in water before it starts to feel damp. The range also includes stag, boar, pheasant, wolf and fox designs.
The ProFlex digital 1e gives you custom-made electronic hearing protection at a lower price. As with the rest of the CENS ProFlex range, the digital 1e comes with a 2-year warranty and WaterShield technology as standard. It also boasts a low battery warning and a single optimised shooting program. The integrated push-button operates a 4-step volume control for enhanced ambient awareness.
The impressively affordable FLIR Scout TK makes outdoor thermal imaging more accessible than ever. With the ability to see heat signatures in total darkness, it’ll have you detecting wildlife over 100 yards away. Pocket-sized, weather-resistant, and designed for single-handed use, the rugged Scout TK starts up in seconds and is easy to use without spending hours thumbing through manuals first.
Having found favour when Jason Doyle tested them for Sporting Rifle earlier this year, Bestard boots are growing in popularity – and you can do a lot worse than checking out the Explorer BG3 model. With a Gore-Tex lining, the boots are insulated and water-repellent, with comfort ensured by a semi-rigid Bestflex midsole and full grain leather/rubber upper. It’s a high-quality boot, make no mistake.
The first of its kind, this ultra-bright and ultra-light lamp is available at a discounted price over the festive period. Its 1,000 lumens of power give you a massive 400-metre range, and you get four hours of operation between charges, too. Truly, this brings modern technology to a traditional form of night shooting.
A perfect present for ballistics boffins, this computer program takes the guesswork out of working up loads – it will predict accurate downrange trajectories for a huge range of rounds, regardless of calibre. The result is superior rifle performance and more confident shots in the field – and who can say no to that?
Made from superb quality leather, this set of three rifleman’s accessories is a truly great gift item. The set comprises a bolt holder, seven-round bullet pouch and double licence wallet. These are available individually or with a discount for buying all three.
Ideally placed as a Christmas gift, the NMR 20 is an all-round rugged torch. It’s compact, very bright (960 lumen) and USB rechargeable – and it has four brightness levels, a hidden flashing strobe setting for personal safety, a 170m beam and an emergency window breaker. It makes a great torch for picking up shot quarry after a night’s pest control session – and it can be recharged in a vehicle.
The Endurance 30 range sports a 30mm chassis and 16-layer fully coated lenses, resulting in a bright, high-contrast image. The glass-etched reticle with red illumination is designed with a stepless rheostat control, ensuring good performance in every light condition. The LR Dot reticle on the Endurance 8x56 was developed fpr a typical centrefire trajectory, such as the .308 Win, while the 56mm objective allows for exceptional low light hunting.
Ideal for a shoot lunch or for keeping in the car for the end of a chilly night’s foxing, this cherry-wood drinks carrier adds a touch of class to your sporting outings. All accessories are included – that’s a wine pourer, drop stopper, corkscrew and foil cutter. Sadly, it doesn’t come with the wine, but we’re sure you can take care of that part...
Put a big smile on someone’s face this Christmas – get them the cutting edge in riflescope design. Swarovski’s eight-factor offering comes with everything: switchable reticle from 4Ai to CDi, wide field of view for fast target acquisition, and of course, Swarovski’s legendary optical quality. This was big news when it came out in early 2016 and it’s just as impressive now.
These extra-thick boots are made with 2.4mm leather for extra durability and comfort, yet weight in at just 850g. Waterproof, breathable, and with Thinsulate linings for warmth. Black Islander’s Forest boots are ideal for soggy shooting conditions. High rubber randing above sole protects your toes and a soft padded leather collar will keep your feet cosy.
The Game Fair is the annual gathering for people passionate about field sports. With something for everyone, this event is the festival of the countryside that celebrates everything from clay shooting to archery and airgunning, gundog scurries and championships, fishing, falconry, ferreting and equestrian sports. Early bird tickets are available now.