Giving the Gift of Ammunition; A Gift Buying Guide For Any Season.
Looking for a gift for a family member or friend that is into shooting but not sure what to get them? I’m here to help. There are a few things you want to do before you jump right in and buy a gift of ammunition or magazines for someone.
The first thing you want to do is find out what they have for a gun (or guns) and what ammo or magazines they may want or need. Let’s start by getting ammo or mags for one of their guns. You can repeat this process for multiple guns in other calibers.
Do you know what the make, model and caliber of the gun is? For example, Glock G19 in 9mm. Translated - that is a Glock (Make) G19 (Model) 9mm (Caliber). Just in case you don’t know what caliber of gun they have, I have a few suggestions on how to find out.
Ask a trusted person who would know what kind and caliber of gun they have. Do they have a shooting buddy? Best friend at the range? Best friend in general?
See a gun on TV, online, or in a magazine and say “isn’t that like yours? Oh, it’s not? How is it different? You may be surprised how much most people like to talk about their guns!
For the gun savvy folks, you could always start a 9mm vs 45 ACP conversation (hold onto your hats for this one though). If they have one or both of the calibers they will be sure to tell you all about each and why X caliber is better than Y caliber. If they don’t have either of those calibers, I am almost positive that they will tell you what they do have and why it is better than both the 9mm and the 45 ACP.
If you think they wouldn’t mind, look around the house for ammunition or ammunition boxes. Chances are, unless they are like me, they won’t have any ammo for calibers of firearms they don’t own
Again, if they aren’t going to mind (you are trying to buy them a gift after all), you could always go into their safe, or storage case, where they keep their gun and find out.
If you are going to do this there are a few safety rules you need to follow as you do not know if the gun is loaded or not.
TREAT EVERY GUN AS IF IT WERE LOADED -ASSUME THAT THE GUN IS LOADED UNTIL VERIFIED.
NEVER POINT A GUN AT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DESTROY.
ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEHIND IT.
KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.
Now that you have found the gun that you want to buy ammo for, here is where you need to look to find out what caliber ammunition it uses.
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Second thing you’ll want to think about is what kind of ammunition or accessories they may need or want for their gun.
Do they go to the range often? They probably need practice ammunition? FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) is a good choice for practice ammunition. I personally like to keep 1000 rounds or more of each caliber for pistols and defensive rifles.
Do they carry a gun for protection? They could use some new self-defense ammo. Self-defense ammo is usually defined as a HP Hollow Point or JHP Jacketed Hollow Point. Generally, I keep 2-4 boxes of self-defense ammo for each caliber in my ammo can. I would recommend that they shoot some of their defense ammo from time to time to rotate the ammunition in their magazines and to occasionally practice with what they protect with.
Do they hunt? Do they Trap shoot? Ammo for these types of activities are usually specialized and the person probably has a certain brand, type or grain weight that they use for this. Here is where you would want to talk to someone who hunts or trap shots with them and ask what they normally use, or have them help you find out.
Do they need magazines for their gun? I say you can’t have enough magazines. 3-6 for Handgun and 10+ for Tactical Rifles. This is where our customer service reps can really help make sure you are getting the right thing for the make and model firearm you are dealing with. Call, email, or contact us via live chat and they will be able to help, promise!
Would you consider them a prepper? Do they stock up on ammo? Our theory is, it is good to be prepared for anything; from going to the range with friends, up to (and including), a Zombie Apocalypse.
Do they need Storage for their ammo? How are they storing their ammo now, just loose in a box or bin? Ammo cans are the perfect solution. Rigid, durable and dry. I recommend a can for each caliber to keep from mixing the different calibers. If they like to stock up on ammo consider several cans for each caliber, with multiple sizes and constructions we definitely have something they will love!