Father’s Day Gift Guide 2023: More Than Guns and Ties

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and you’re probably trying to think of the Best Gift Ever for your gun-loving dad. Of course, buying firearms gets expensive, not to mention the restrictions that are in place on gifts in some states. The good news is there’s more to Father’s Day than firearms, and we’re here to help. With the assistance of this handy gift guide for dads, you’ll find the perfect gift in no time.

Camp Chef DLX Pellet Grill

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Pellet smokers are fantastic for a wide range of uses. (Photo credit: Camp Chef)

It’s a grill, it’s a smoker, it’s a pellet grill! The Camp Chef DLX is an excellent option for dads who enjoy outdoor cooking. It’s not only for meat, either. Smokers are fantastic for vegetables, fruit, and cheese (yes, really). And when you use the side grill box with your Camp Chef pellet grill, you can put a nice finishing sear on whatever’s cooking.

The Camp Chef DLX Pellet Grill features the company’s Gen 2 controller, Smoke Control from 1 to 10, and is Sidekick compatible with the Camp Chef Flat Top or Sear add-on. It’s designed for easy ash cleanout, so it isn’t a struggle to dump the ash pile after or before use, and it’s also made for straightforward pellet purging if the user wants to swap out pellet types. It also comes with Camp Chef’s three-year warranty, which is a huge help.

This pellet grill has an upper rack area of 141 square inches, a lower rack area of 429 square inches, and a pellet hopper capacity of 18 pounds.  It weighs 140 pounds out of the box, so it’s pretty hefty, which is good because it helps keep it in place during use. And I can personally attest that even during the high winds found in Texas, it doesn’t budge.

Ammunition (Check out Hornady!)

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You can’t go wrong with ammunition, and Hornady has a stellar line of options on the market. (Photo credit: Hornady)

Ammunition is the answer to all sorts of gifting questions from stocking stuffers to Valentine’s Day to Father’s Day. Even a single box of ammo is useful, but of course, an entire case is awesome. When picking out ammunition to give as a gift, take care to be sure it’s something your dad will actually use. Random boxes of ammo aren’t as useful or thoughtful as one that fits a particular need. This goes beyond knowing the correct caliber or gauge and gets into whether you need defensive loads, hunting rounds, or a bunch of ammo for target practice.

Hornady is one of the top manufacturers, and they carry a full line of ammo. If you’re unfamiliar with ammunition brands, you really can’t go wrong with Hornady. There are other solid brands on the market as well including Federal Premium, Speer, Sinterfire, and Barnes. Not sure what to get? Do some research. There’s a lot of information available that can answer your questions and lead you in the right direction for Father’s Day ammo gifts.

Lyman Brass Smith All American 8 Station Turret Press

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The Lyman All American 8 Station Turret Reloading Press is a nice option for the handloading dad. (Photo credit: Lyman)

Whether your dad’s already into handloading, likes to reload, or has simply talked about trying it out, reloading supplies are a great option. The Lyman Brass Smith All American 8 Station Turret Press is a nice choice that’s a bit beyond the ultra-basic reloading presses, but not so advanced it’s excessively complex. This press is extra large sized, making it more user-friendly, and it can hold two complete 4-die sets. It has a rugged cast iron frame, an ergonomic ball handle, and a steel shield on the primer feed for safety. Lyman states this press is large enough to be used for everything from handgun rounds to longer rifle cartridges.

Now, if you want to get your dad something related to handloading or reloading without getting into hundreds of dollars of cost, there are other options. Case tumblers, primer pocket swagers, and case prep multi-tools are also great gifts. You can keep it as simple or complex as you like. There are so many different tools and products required for reloading and handloading that there’s always going to be something needed, even if it’s just a new jug of cleaning media for the case tumbler.

Walker’s Razor Tacti-Grip Hearing Protection

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The Walker’s Tacti-Grip ear muffs are a good choice for hearing protection. (Photo credit: Walker’s)

Hearing protection is the kind of gift that’s both useful and important. It only takes firing a gun one time without proper ear pro to damage someone’s hearing, which is why it’s necessary to always have well-made hearing protection available. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget a pair of earbuds or muffs back at the house or in the truck. Having multiple sets of ear pro stashed in various locations is a great way to make sure hearing is covered no matter what.

Walker’s Razor Tacti-Grip ear muffs are a solid gift for dads who shoot (or hunt, or go to loud concerts). Not only do they effectively protect hearing, but keeping them powered doesn’t require access to any of the hard-to-find batteries. These ear muffs use two AAA batteries, which you can find anywhere (make sure you grab some to go with the ear pro for your dad). Features include a silicone composite headband, omnidirectional microphones, and full dynamic range HD speakers. Want to get fancier for Father’s Day? Walker’s also manufactures a variety of Bluetooth-compatible ear buds and ear muffs.

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Shooting mats are one of those things shooters love to have but often neglect to buy for themselves. (Photo credit: CrossTac)

CrossTac Precision Long Range Shooting Mat

Long-range shooters, hunters, and really anyone running long guns can benefit from a shooting mat. That even applies to handgunners focused on prone positions or making longer shots. Odds are good your dad would love to have a shooting mat but just hasn’t invested in one yet. Shooting mats tend to become one of those things you mean to get, but haven’t gotten yet.

The CrossTac Precision Long Range Shooting Mat is 36 inches wide and 79 inches long, which is important because there are a lot of mats out there that just aren’t long enough. Its closed size is 36 by 20 by 3 inches, so it’s relatively easy to transport. The mat itself is made from 1000-Denier Cordura that’s polyurethane coated inside for water resistance, and also coated on the outside to repel water. Features include an integral bipod rail for easier bipod loading, a panel design so a firearm could technically be carried in it, and tolerance to -20° F. A shooting mat is a fantastic Father’s Day gift because it’s something most shooting dads will use, and it’s an item they’re less likely to already have on hand (and if they have one, odds are they’d still love another).

What are you getting your dad for Father’s Day this year? Share your ideas in the comments section.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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