Web Extra: Handgunner Reader 2009 Christmas Gift Guide


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By John Connor

Spice up their lives and make Santa Happy too with some goodies from Handgunner’s Gift Guide for Gunners! Leave this site open on the computer so they get a look-see and then pay attention if random notes are left in places you can easily find ‘em!


For cool style, form-fitting comfort, and unbeatable ballistic protection, shop Wiley-X for models like the Dalila, at left for the ladies, and rugged Romer II changeable-lens systems for the gun-guys on your list. Click on the “Dealer Locator” tab at www.wiley-x.com and get `er done!

Safe Direction

Built like a “bank bag” but better lookin’, tougher, and fortified with Safe Direction’s Ballistic Containment System, the High Security Case is a gift which can also save lives. Give one –than make sure your giftee uses it! www.safedirection.com

lone wolf knives

Handsome enough to pass around the boardroom, the Paul Defender is also a serious self-defense tool: a true “gentleman’s tactical knife.” Graced with AAA-Grade natural cocobolo scales and a 3.9-inch flat-ground blade of 154CM, the Defender locks open, locks closed, and deploys in a flash. Learn how at www.lonewolfknives.com.


Every American home needs the Freedom Throw, a toasty, tasteful tribute to Old Glory made in the historic Woolrich mills in Pennsylvania. Your giftee will be warmed by it, and you’ll be warmed by the knowledge that a portion of the proceeds from every sale goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. See it – and order it – at www.woolricheliteseriestactical.com.


A mighty little powerhouse, SureFire’s T1A Titan LED flashlight is only 3.25 inches long –suitable for clipping on a keychain, resting in a pocket or hangin’ round a neck – but delivers 70 lumens of focused white light. Guaranteed to light up smiles – and the darkest places. www.surefire.com

Thunder Ranch

You can do a big slice of your shopping at our pal Clint Smith’s web site — www.thunderranchinc.com — where you’ll find cool Thunder Ranch logo gear like caps, shirts, miscellaneous gun-stuff plus training DVDs.


Lucky for you, I pre-gift-tested these little Ashworth Turtles on six of the most important ladies in my life — and they all loved `em! Changeable “bellies” turn `em from stylish pendants to money clips to pocket knives, and a knowing flip opens a stubby but very sharp little blade. Several colors, and priced right! www.crkt.com


The designers at SureFire never learned to leave well enough alone — and we’re glad. Their new Pen II is even better than the original, with a smoother, more sculpted design — and it’s still a superb writing instrument! www.surefire.com

Darrel Ralph

You can pay thousands for a hand-made Darrel Ralph custom knife — or about $69 for his semi-production assisted-opening MAXX-Q 2. Genuine 3-D machined G10 scales, CPM S30V blade steel, a titanium lock and stainless steel hardware. See it at www.darrelralph.com

Rio Grande Custom Grips

There’s a boatload of 1911 and other grips in lotsa colors, designs and patterns at www.rioigrandecustomgrips.com. These polymer grips have a nice “smooth linen” sorta finish, and the colors don’t stop at the surface, penetrating deep enough that dings, nicks and scratches won’t leave slashes to the “bone.” And if you have a design of your own, they can make your dream come true!

Almar Knives

If you like the elegant lines of Al Mar Knives’ Falcon Classic folders — and who doesn’t? — you’ll love `em with gorgeous cocobolo handle scales. Available with thumb stud or nail nick, these gentlemen’s knives are numbered limited runs, so get `em fast! www.almarknives.com


The Caspian 1911 Pocketsmith Tool has just about everything you need for detail stripping your 1911, all contained in a compact pouch. Lucky for you it comes in an easy-to-wrap box, huh? www.brownells.com


For your buddy who keeps his bedside boomer under his pillow, LockSAF has a better, safer place for it — their PBS-001 biometric handgun safe. Fast fingerprint recognition provides both security and speed. The PBS-001 will bolt down almost anywhere, including inside a deep drawer. Read about it at www.locksaf.com

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