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Shopping for a female shooter isn’t always easy. Slapping some pink on a gun and calling it a day doesn’t suffice.

Rather than getting advice from someone who might not know what they’re talking about, here’s advice on what to get that female shooter in your life from an actual female shooter.

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Scroll through the gallery above to get a better look at all of the items listed below.

Otis Defender Cleaning Kit (MSRP: $69.99)

Who has used the excuse before that you couldn’t clean your firearms because your tools were all over the house? Patches were here, gun oil was there, cleaning rod … check in the kitchen utensil drawer? The Otis Defender Series kit is packed full of everything you need. Originally designed for soldiers, with its convenient case there’s no reason you shouldn’t take it everywhere you #pewpew. It’s a 100 percent Breech-to-Muzzle system with cables and brushes. It also includes Otis’ easy to use Ripcord for a quick down and dirty clean. The Defender Cleaning Kit comes in a variety of calibers for both pistols and rifles.

Maglula Mag Loader (MSRP: Hard to say, but can buy direct on Amazon — I usually see it for $39.99 at gun shops, Bass Pro, Cabela’s etc.)

The UpLULA was a game changer for a friend of mine who was making the jump from .22 to 9mm. The last rounds are always the hardest. It’s also a great tool for fast reloading during competitions. I love it to reduce fatigue and soreness in my thumbs during a match. They come in a variety of colors and calibers, so pick your favorite! Also check out Maglula’s rifle mag loading system.

CCI Christmas .22 Ammo (MSRP: $19.99)

Shooters young and old will get into the holiday spirit with CCI’s .22LR ammo. The ammo is erfect for plinkers, rimfire shooters, or just to add something festive to your next practice session. The colored polymer bullets reduce fouling, so you spend less time cleaning your gun and more time eating Christmas cookies. It comes in a decorative box, so there is no need to attempt to wrap it (guys, I’m looking at you.)

MantisX Shooting Performance System (MSRP: $149.99)

This system is like having a trainer with you in your pocket. The small accessory attaches to your  pistol or rifle’s rail. No rail? No worries — they have adapters. It pairs via Bluetooth to your smartphone. The system works with live fire, dry fire, airsoft, and CO2. It analyzes every shot before, during and after the trigger pull and gives you feedback on how to improve your shooting. You can see exactly how you are moving the barrel, if you are flinching, in what direction, or if there is anything else wrong with your shooting mechanics. With regular app updates, the system keeps getting better and better. The best part? You can tell that “tacti-bro” to leave you alone at the range — you got this. 

Dry Fire Pillow (MSRP: $29.50)

Make your place stylish for the holidays with one of Armed in Style’s dry fire pillows. All cute on one side, all business on the other. They come in a variety of target styles including IDPA, USPSA and competition targets. Pick your favorite print and check out their Christmas-themed ones.

5.11 Defender-Flex Slim Tactical Pants (MSRP: $69.99)

Real talk here for a minute. I wore skinny jeans to my first 3-gun match. No, that was not a “look” I was going for. The night before the match I realized that many of my pants didn’t have belt loops and those that did would not fit my competition belt! The next week I went out and bought the 5.11 Defender-Flex Slim pants. With eight pockets large enough to hold a Magpul PMAG you’re organized and all set to load and make ready. With just the right amount of stretch and medium high cut, they won’t hold you back from whatever shooting position you encounter. Bonus points: They look great too. I wear mine out around town and always get compliments. With a whole line of women’s pants and range leggings to choose from you’re sure to find your perfect pair.

Wiley X Valor Shooting Glasses (MSRP: $95)

It’s a struggle to find tactical eye wear to fit a women’s smaller face. These glasses are lightweight and stay put. With 3three interchangeable lenses (clear, smoke grey and rust), and a convenient carrying case, you can go from indoor to outdoor with ease. Wiley X products is veteran-founded, made in the U.S., and used by military and law enforcement. The shatterproof polycarbonate lenses meet military ballistic standards. I have taken some serious frag hits to mine and it never left a scratch. Most models can be fitted with a prescription for those who require corrective lenses. Polarized lenses are optional. Invest once and rest easy.

Blade-Tech Competition Speed Belt (MSRP: $64.99)

Some women want charm bracelets — a thoughtful present that you can add to with time. You want a Blade-Tech belt. Start your system with one of Blade-Tech’s fully adjustable Velcro belts, perfect to fit any size. Customize it with a holster and mag pouches and you’re ready for a USPSA or multi-gun match! With Blade-Tech’s Tech-Lock system, you can quickly swap out accessories on the fly. I’m a big fan of the three-position adjustable cant on its holsters, perfect for a women’s shape to create the most natural draw.

Female Shooter ‘Splurge’ Gift

Vortex Viper Red Dot (MSRP: $329)

You’ve been good all year. Most of the year? Sometimes? Treat your pistol to a Vortex Viper Red Dot. Easy to set up and easy to use, this is a perfect gift for shooters of any level, and for competitors looking to move to the open division. The 6-MOA dot is perfect for fast acquisition, yet not too large to hinder precision. Powered by the commonly available CE-2032 battery housed in the bottom of the optic, there’s no need to disassemble when you’ve burned through your battery having way too much fun. It is lightweight, low-profile, waterproof — what more could you want? Backed by Vortex’s no-nonsense lifetime VIP warranty and the best customer service in the biz, they’re there for you no matter what … except for what to do with all that extra fruit cake from Aunt Edna — you’re on your own with that.

Female Shooter Stocking Stuffer

Black Rifle Coffee Company (MSRP: $12.99 — starting price for 12oz bag, their smallest)

Wake up to the smell of freshly ground freedom with a cup of Black Rifle Coffee. Whatever your taste, there’s a BRCC roast for you. From light to dark, espresso, single serve cups and even instant packs for your range bag, you’ll find the one that’s just right. Silencer Smooth is my favorite — light and smooth, just how I like my trigger pull.

Female Shooter Freebie!

The 3-Gun Show Podcast (Yes, it’s really free)

Interested in the wild world of multi-gun competition? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a total newbie, this podcast keeps it fun and informative. Host Dave Hartman asks his guests all the questions you want to know but never wanted to ask. Catch up on past episodes with elite shooters like Becky Yackley, Dianna Muller and Lanny Barnes. Don’t miss special coverage of events throughout the year like the Brownells Ladies Multigun Fall Festival. Not just for the ladies, hit the archives for episodes with top shooters like Jerry Miculek. Listen on iTunes. You can also get some range cred with one of their ladies’ shirts.

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