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Six Tips for Giving Guns as Gifts

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The holiday season is officially upon us and if you haven’t already started your Christmas shopping, you have probably—in the very least—started making a mental check of list of what you would like to buy. Giving the gift of firepower, especially to the gun enthusiast, is an excellent idea.  However, giving a gun as a present does have its drawbacks. The following six tips will help if you plan on buying a gun for someone this year.

Vintage picture of a little boy sitting by the Christmas tree holding a lever-action rifle.

  1. Before you buy a gun for anyone other than yourself, make triple sure that person can legally own a gun. Besides the obvious—felons and drug abusers—federal law prohibits fugitives, those who have been involuntarily committed into a mental institution, illegal aliens, those with restraining orders, someone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, and someone under indictment for a crime punishable for more than a year from owning a gun.
  2. Think about how you will give the firearm as a present. Will it be legal to give it to them, or will the firearm have to go through a FFL transfer? Having to transfer the gun into the person’s name ruins the surprise a bit, but get creative. You can print out a picture of the gun and put it into a card or surprise them with a trip to the gun store. When you get there, you can tell them about their present.
  3. Do not pick the gun out for them. What you think they should have is not necessarily the gun they want. Like clothes, generally people need to “try” guns on for a good fit.
  4. Buy them what they want. If they don’t know—take them to the gun range before hand and let them pick out their favorite. Ask them which guns they like or stalk their Pinterest and social media for clues.
  5. If you are going to gift a gun to a child, get them a gun they will enjoy right away instead of one they will have to grow into, like a .22, a Crickett, or other firearm made specifically for youth.
  6. A surefire win is to get them a gift card to a gun store and let them pick out the gun.

I received a gun for a birthday present before—a little NAA mini revolver. The gun was just as fun as it could be and made for an excellent backup gun for my car. A gun lover loves getting guns. Don’t rule it out as a gift just because a little extra thought and care is involved in getting the right one.

Will you be giving a gun as a gift this year? If so, which one?


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

Article by Suzanne Wiley


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