We celebrate Mom everyday, but the second Sunday of May is officially Mother’s Day. If your mom would rather hit the range than the mall, she’ll love one of the items from our gift guide. Of course, plenty of ammo for her favorite gun is always a solid bet.
Julie Golob's Shooting While Pregnant
This one is better suited for the mom-to-be. Professional shooter Julie Golob has put together a short book outlining everything you need to know about, well, shooting while pregnant.
Inside the eight page PDF is research ranging from lead exposure to noise exposure, and everything in between. The book is packed with tips, ideas and helpful suggestions to help you make a very personal decision as to whether you should or shouldn’t continue to shoot while pregnant—along with insight from the champion shooter and mom herself.
The mother of two lays it all for you, in an easy to read format.
Julie cautions that continuing to shoot while pregnant is an individual decision that should be discussed with your doctor and husband/partner, but she can help you be more informed with this book. Download Shooting While Pregnant for free at her site.
Alexo Athletica Carry Runners CCW Shorts
Does your mom or significant other enjoy an active lifestyle or an avid jogger? For the first time ever, she can keep her favorite handgun concealed in an attractive pair of athletic shorts.
Alexo Athletica's Carry Runners feature seven pockets built in to the waistband to safely carry a handgun or other personal protection device—and all of their other essentials. The Carry Shorts have a patent pending double pocket system designed to hold a credit card or ID in front of your firearm for added trigger guard protection.
There are three designated special pockets, one right handed appendix location as well as one right and one left handed kidney location to securely store a taser, mace, stun gun, blade, firearm (up to 23 oz. loaded or less) or any other tool you choose to carry.
Give the active woman in your life the gift of functional concealed carry athletic wear this Mother’s Day. The Carry Shorts are available in sizes XS to XXL for $72.
Nikon Monarch 2000 Rangefinder
If mom is a long range shooter, or hunter, give her the gift of knowing exactly how far her target is—all the way out to 2,000 yards.
New for 2019, Nikon's Monarch 2000 provides precise ranges from eight to 2,000 yards with six-times magnification to clearly identify distant objects.
Nikon’s Tru-Target priority system allows you to range an object as small as a fence post while distant target priority mode displays the range of the farthest target among a group of targets measured. Incline/Decline technology provides the horizontal distance to the target, even when ranging at various incline or decline shooting angles—up to an incredible +/- 89 degrees.
The waterproof/fogproof Monarch 2000 is ready for any of mom’s hunting or shooting endeavor. Expect to spend $299, complete with a five-year warranty.
Their mission statement is simple—to help women protect themselves and the ones they love by providing a sophisticated holstering system they’ll want to wear every day.
Can Can Concealment offers safe on-body concealment systems for the women you love. New for this year is the Hip Hugger Elite, which was developed after years of feedback on the company's other belly bands. The Elite features a cell phone pocket, a holster, magazine pocket, knife pocket, key fob storage, and a small zippered pocket—all integrated into the flattering compression band. Six rows of f hook-and-loop material ensure everything stays where it's supposed to, and adjusts for a great fit.
New this year from Can Can Concealment is the Hip Hugger Elite. Developed after years of feedback on their other belly bands, the Hip Hugger features a cell phone pocket, a holster, magazine pocket, knife pocket, key fob storage, and a small zippered pocket integrated into the belly band.
Hand sewn in the USA, all of Can Can Concealment’s holsters combine compression carry with the added safety features of non-slip-silicone-grip backing, holstering tabs for "heads-up" holstering and built-in neodymium rare earth magnets for firearm retention. The Hip Hugger Elite retails for $79.
LV Seven AR-style Rifles
LV Seven is a recently formed division of V Seven, created to give women guns that are "designed to be visually appealing, lightweight and more comfortable to handle."
For 2019, they have released four new AR-style rifles in 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK and .224 Valkyrie, so if mom’s tastes in caliber run from common to eclectic they have a model for her.
The ARs are built using top-end components like Geissele triggers and Magpul furniture. For durability and range appeal, the rifles are finished in vibrant Cerakote colors.
Available models are the Hummingbird, Swan, Quail and the Nightingale. Quality comes at a cost, with prices ranging from $2,179 to $2,559. So if you want to really let mom know you really love her, get her one of these top-end ARs.
Adventure Medical Kits Trauma Pak III
If your mom is anything like mine, she's always ready for any emergency. Your mom can be ready for even bigger emergencies with the Trauma Pak III from Adventure Medical Kits.
New for 2019, the Trauma Pak III is the logical next step in the company’s line of first aid and readiness kits. This kit is designed to stop bleeding fast and control most major bleeds, so you can get to professional medical help.
The kit contains a windlass tourniquet, triangular bandage, a four-inch pressure dressing, EMT shears, a permanent marker and a pair of gloves. You can even use the bag itself to dress a chest wound.
Easy-to-follow instructions outline how to use the kit contents, with illustrations showing proper application of the dressing and tourniquet.
Get mom one to throw in her range bag, car, or diaper bag. At only eight ounces, she’ll never notice it until she needs it—which is hopefully never. The Trauma Pak III sells for $40.
Savage’s 110 series has garnered plenty of fans since it was first produced in 1963. This year, they rolled out the 110 Lightweight Storm, which clocks in at a mere 5.6 pounds. But the best feature is the customizable fit, which lets mom adjust length of pull to fit her exact frame. A spiral-fluted bolt looks great, and conspires to keep weight down when combined with the skeletonized receiver and sporterized barrel. And the user-adjustable AccuTrigger lets mom set the pull weigh right where she wants it.
The 110 Lightweight Storm carries a suggested price of $759. Get her one and join her on her next adventure.
Aimpoint Acro P-1
If high-speed steel is your mom's thing, get her an Aimpoint Acro P-1 to hammer targets with ease.
Announced at last summer, Aimpoint touts the Acro P-1 as the smallest enclosed reflex sight on the market. Given the diminutive footprint, I’m inclined to agree with them. While the closed emitter red dot system was designed for pistols, it will be at home on ARs or shotguns as well.
Aimpoint subjected the Acro P-1 to a 20,000 round test on a .40 S&W pistol slide before releasing it on the marketplace, so you can be sure mom will get many years of enjoyment out of it. Battery life is one year at a mid-brightness setting, and the red dot sight is waterproof to an impressive to 25 meters. Retail price is $594.
Kestrel 2700 Ballistics Weather Meter
If your mom is just getting started in long range shooting, help her learn to play the wind with Kestrel’s newest ballistic weather meter.
The Kestrel 2700 eliminates some of the guesswork by measuring environmental variables such as altitude, wind speed, wind direction, and temperature. It has a large library of bullet test data for its G1/G7 Ballistics Solver to further simplify firing solutions, allowing you to be confident in a clean shot on the first-round.
The ballistic weather meter is IP-67 rated for water and particle intrusion, and MIL-STD-810 drop tested so it will handle a rough time in the field. The Kestrel 2700 comes with a protective cover and five-year warranty for $179, but mom will have to wait until mid-June for her gift to be delivered.
Everyone needs a knife, and mom is no exception. This year, get her one that is at home in the woods as it is in her purse.
Buck updated its timeless 110 Folding Hunter for 2019, giving it a more modern look. The resulting knife is the 110 Slim Knife, Select. In place of wooden scales, the handle has been replaced with easy to clean nylon, in in red, blue, black and easy to find chartreuse. A thumb stud provides one-handed opening, and pocket clip keeps it where she wants it to be.
Like most Buck knives, the 110 Slim Knife, Select is made in the U.S. The 3.75-inch blade is made of 420 HC stainless steel for rust resistance and edge retention. Expect to pay $42 for the 110 Slim Knife, Select.
Franchi Affinity Catalyst
Gone are the days that women had to settle for ill-fitting shotguns. Now they can choose from models built with them in mind, such as the Franchi Affinity Catalyst.
Franchi didn’t just chop a couple of inches off its popular Affinity shotguns and slap a women’s nameplate on it. The drop, cast, pitch and length-of-pull of the Affinity Catalyst are all tailored to a woman's build. The resulting shotgun offers surprising handling and control. The inertia-driven action has few moving parts, and is simple to clean—though you can go a long time between cleanings.
The Affinity Catalyst is surprisingly affordable for an inertia-driven semi-automatic shotgun made built specifically for women. Both 12 and 20 gauge models are available for $969.
Magpul Women's Shirts
If your mom shoots, chances are she’s familiar with Magpul’s line of shooting accessories. This Mother’s Day, you can introduce her to their new clothing line.
Magpul just got in to the clothing market late last year, but their offerings have been very well received. The women’s Hula Girl shirt is sure to turn heads on the range or on the street, as Magpul’s take on the classic Hula Girl dash ornament is packin' heat. Constructed of a poly-cotton blend, the crew neck is as comfortable as it looks.
Known as one of the better concealed carry handbag manufacturers for a while now, Cameleon recently introduced a new series of leather bags perfect for mom.
At this year's SHOT Show, Cameleon introduced the Juno series. Constructed of genuine Italian leather in a rich chocolate tone, the new line consists of four bag.
s and three wallets so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your mom’s lifestyle. Of course, each purse has a separate holster slot for your mother’s favorite firearm, but has plenty of pockets to her organized on the go. The wallets feature military-grade RFID protection to keep your mom’s cards secure.
Your mom will love the top quality leather and appreciate the fine craftsmanship, as well as the stylish good looks. Prices range from $69 up to $229.
5.11 Fury Boot
The FBI training academy adopted the original 5.11 pant as its training pant in 1992, but the civilian community has been enjoying their no-nonsense clothing for nearly as long. In 2012, they redesigned their women’s collection to create better fitting and higher performing options.
This year, 5.11 rolled out a new of women's boots that are as practical as they are fashionable. Built from high end full-grain leather, the Fury boot is perfect for running errands or hitting the range. The Vibram XS trek outsole maintains optimal grip and stability on a variety of surfaces, and the Ortholite X-25 foot bed keeps your feet supported in comfort.
Outfit your mom’s feet in comfort with a pair of 5.11’s new Fury Boots. She’ll maintain her footing on the go, and look good at the same time. The Fury boots sell for $109.
Tactica Defense Concealed Carry Sweater
Help mom shrug off a light chill while carrying in style with the Concealed Carry Sweater from Tactica Defense Fashion.
“Dress to protect” is Tactica Defense Fashion’s motto, and their line of concealed carry wear is built by women, for women.
Knowing that ordinary sweaters can make it difficult to reach your holster, Tactica crafted their ultra-soft merino wool Concealed Carry Sweater so you can quickly draw your sidearm from a belly band, corset, or inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster in one fluid motion. Two slits allow her to draw easily whether she carries on the right or the left. The oversize sweater is sized fro comfort, and prevents printing.
Available in olive or black, the Concealed Carry Sweater retails for $149. There’s a 10-day trial and a 30-day guarantee, so if she doesn’t love it or it doesn’t fit right she can bring it back.
SIG Sauer P365 Micro-Compact Pistol
The SIG Sauer P365 set the concealed carry world ablaze after its introduction last year, with its sub-compact size and 10+1 round capacity—and a tendency to feel comfortable to shooters who don't typically like ultra compact handguns.
The smaller size of SIG’s sub-compact P365 is ideal for those with smaller hands, and the textured surface provides plenty of grip without tearing up the skin after long range sessions.
At only an inch wide, the diminutive pistol hides easily, even under tight-fitting garments. The buttery smooth slide is easy to manipulate, and the extra capacity in such a small handgun is truly amazing.
As an option, there is an extended magazine available that has a 12+1 round capacity. The P365 starts at $599.
Volquartsen Summit Rifle
If your mom is a rimfire fanatic, you can make her summer with the new Summit Rifle in .17 Mach 2 from Volquartsen.
The Summit Rifle was designed for both competition shooting as well as small game hunting with Volquartsen’s 40 years of experience. Inspired by the 10/22 platform, this unique rifle is a straight-pull bolt action built with a CNC-machined receiver. The Summit is ideal for rimfire long range shooting, with an integral 20 MOA Picatinny rail built in and trigger that breaks at a crisp 1.75 pounds.
Quality comes at a cost, but your mom is worth it. The Summit starts around $1,135.
Federal Premium Heavyweight TSS
Help your mom avoid some punishing recoil this turkey season with performance that punches way above its weight class with the Heavyweight .410 shell from Federal.
The TSS stands for Tungsten Super Shot, and its 56 percent denser than lead, which means you can accomplish more with a smaller pellet. In fact, it’s 20 percent denser than most other premium non-toxic shot, which means the number 9 shot in the .410 shells can comfortably take turkeys to 30 yards and beyond—without should-crushing recoil.
Pick up some TSS loads in .410 this and call a gobbler close with mom this year. She’ll appreciate the light recoil of the shells, and time with her favorite kid.
If your mom likes being thoroughly prepared—and what mom doesn’t—she’ll love the Purple Range Bag from The Well Armed Woman. The spacious bag is sturdy enough to carry multiple guns, with an interior padded, zippered pocket, two gun rug inserts, and multiple exterior pockets.
The bag offers pockets for up to nine magazines, a soft loop wall for all MOLLE and Velcro-compatible accessories, and plenty of space for added pistol rugs, hearing & eye protection, cleaning kit, med kit, stapler, and targets.
You can outfit your mom with the Purple Range bag for only $79. Despite the affordable price, the bag comes with a lifetime warranty.