Gift for my Father's 50th.


July 18, 2011, 04:34 PM
My dad just recently got into guns in this last year and I want to get him something special for his 50th birthday which has actually come and gone and I've still not gotten him the "perfect" gift.
He lives out in the country-ish and its just a short drive for him to get into some national forest land to go shooting where a lot of others do the same.

Currently he has a Beretta 9mm, a S&W Glock-knockoff, and a Remington 870 shotgun. He's already got a big safe, extra mags, tons of ammo, lots of targets (i got him those neon glow targets for F-day), a trap launcher for the clay, lots of clay targets, home-made backstops to post targets onto, hearing protection, eye protection, a range bag, and pretty much anything else I can think of.

Anyone have any suggestions that I could get him? It seems like he's pretty much all setup to shoot paper targets all day long and can shoot clay all day long too.

My thought was maybe getting him a .22 rifle? Its the only thing he's lacking and personally I would want one if I were shooting out where he goes.

He lives in California, and I'm in Texas so buying him a rifle seems complicated but not impossible.

Any suggestions for a cool "new shooter" gift or .22 rifle suggestions (something classic looking). I can spend maybe 100-200 without too much pain.

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July 18, 2011, 04:40 PM
Marlin Model 60. It was my first gun, got it for around $140. I still love it.

July 18, 2011, 04:41 PM
I'm going to agree on the .22 rifle, lots of good ol' fashion fun for very little money.

July 18, 2011, 06:40 PM
He needs a revolver!

July 18, 2011, 06:43 PM
He lives in California, and I'm in Texas so buying him a rifle seems complicated but not impossible

Which sports stores are in his area of California... BassPro? Cabellas? Academy - think "Gift Card"


Worse comes to worse, you could buy him one of those Visa Gift Cards and send it to him with a suggestion of where and what you wanted to get him....

July 18, 2011, 06:46 PM
He lacks a revolver and a rifle. Do you know which he would prefer? Also, how much do you want to spend?

July 18, 2011, 06:59 PM
Sounds like all he needs is you - go hunting with him.

July 18, 2011, 07:20 PM
As he is 50, I'd get him a 50 caliber Sharps

July 18, 2011, 09:18 PM
Find him a gun on ebay that was made in the year he was born, and have it shipped to a dealer near him (rather than to you...they have to ship it somewhere, right?). It could be a rifle, shotgun, or handgun (if it possible in CA.) At 50 years, a lot of guns qualify as curio & relics, but your dad might have to get a C&R license for those, and then he bypasses CA restrictions. I have a Colt .38 Super, Colt Det. Special, and Winchester Model 12 from 1952 (my birth year), all obtained from gunbroker and located there with a search for "1952" in titles and descriptions.

July 18, 2011, 09:31 PM
Good idea, look for a .22 rifle (Marlin is good, I have one (model 80) from 1930 that still functions perfectly) and try find a nice one manufactured in his birth year.

You choose wether he would like a ss, auto, or bolt action. They made them in all those type actions.

A nice High Standard 22 revolver from his birth year would cover both bases.

July 18, 2011, 11:41 PM
If I were you I would get him a nice nostalgic single action revolver in a fun and affordable cartridge such as the 22 lr my personal pick would be either the Ruger single six or the smaller Ruger Bearcat.

July 19, 2011, 12:43 AM
I'd get a Marlin or Henry .22 lever, a Ruger Single Six in .22, or a double barrel coach gun in 12 or 20ga. The last one is kinda different but I think they're cool and "old timey" so it would make a pretty nice gift.

July 19, 2011, 02:54 AM
I change my vote to the Henry Golden Boy!

Blue Line
July 19, 2011, 08:26 AM
One of the Cablea's 50th anniversary models such as the Ruger Single Six!

July 19, 2011, 08:27 AM
Ok, I think I was on the right track with the .22 rifle. I really liked the way the Marlins look there with the wood stocks. I Think he would really like a lever or bolt action (instead of a semi-auto) but I think the most I am going to be able to spend is around $200 and it looks like the retail for the Marlin lever actions are a bit higher and the bolt action one i see if black instead of wood. Any other lever action .22's I can look at as well?

Yo Mama
July 19, 2011, 08:31 AM
I know we're in Gen Gun Discussion here, but I'll throw in a suggestion for a nice shiny knife. Engraving is easy, and if he already owns firearms he may appreciate a knife more.

In CA, folder laws are less restrictive than fixed blades. I'd go with something classy like a Case stockman and have his name put on it.

July 19, 2011, 08:32 AM
Was he in the military? Maybe something he used when he was in. My dad served in the 1950's and he had an M-1 Garand so I got him one for Christmas about 20 years ago. Or did your dad have a favorite gun while growing up?

July 19, 2011, 08:37 AM
SharpsDressedMan is on the money with the birth year idea....I'd look for a 1952 Remington 550 .22 semi-auto. They have 100% metal parts with real a real blue finish and good solid hardwood stocks compared to a plastic and painted big box store rifle of today's vintage...They are a classic.

July 19, 2011, 08:56 AM
No Military service. When he was 18 and working at an auto parts store he had a sawn off shotgun pointed at his face and had to empty the register. Ever since then he's been very anti-gun, I was never allowed to have toy guns growing up. Only now in the last few years he's finally come around (and come around a lot! with two hand guns and a shotgun).

I'll have to snoop around for a 1952 gun, seems like a tall order to find a specific gun made in a specific year. Worth a try though because it will have that much more significance.

HD Fboy
July 19, 2011, 08:58 AM
I think you need to look for a 1962 not a 1952!!

July 19, 2011, 09:01 AM
everyone needs at least one milsurp rifle! :cool:

July 19, 2011, 09:05 AM
I think you need to look for a 1962 not a 1952!!
right... math... morning... not mixing.

July 19, 2011, 09:14 AM
I think the gift of you would be the best. If you show up with a nice 22 rifle and a brick of ammo, that will provide memories to last a lifetime.

As I get older with a job and young family, I find it harder to find quality time to spend with my father. He has COPD and is now more limited than he was 10 years ago. I try my hardest to spend as much time with my parents as possible these days. My fondest memories are just spending time with him. I'm sure the same could be said for him.

If you could make it possible, I'd urge you to go visit him and bring along a little something like a Marlin Model 60 with a brick of ammo to just go plink with. I'm sure that will make his 50th birthday something very special.

Cal-gun Fan
July 19, 2011, 09:18 AM
Howabout one of the Cabelas 50th anniversary 10-22 rifles?

July 19, 2011, 10:19 AM
A Heritage Rough Rider in the .22 combo would be a nice revolver for not much money. The combo comes with the .22LR and .22WMR cylinders. It is a small bore single action. I have put many rounds through one and it is nothing short of fun. The Heritage teamed with a lever action .22LR rifle would be a cool and low cost get up for Saturday plinking.

Get one for his b-day and one for Christmas if finances permit.

July 19, 2011, 10:29 AM
I kind of out-did myself a few years back for my dad's Christmas present. He's a huge shooter, and there's pretty much nothing off the shelf I could get him he doesn't have. So I did a set of laser-engraved Alumagrips, and they turned out awesome.

His father was a pharmacist, and they ran the (only) drug store, soda shop, and movie theater in their small Oklahoma town. He still has the old malt machines, coke memoribilia, etc in the house. So I designed up a logo for the old drug store (in the Coca-Cola style) and had it laser-etched onto some smooth alumagrips. Was definitely a hit. Really hard to top it the next year...


The look matches a Kimber Eclipse pretty well:

July 19, 2011, 10:54 AM
For my dad's 65th I paid for us to go on a Pheasant hunting trip with guides and dogs. Was time well spent together. We had a great time in the field doing something we've never done together. Had some good eats afterwards as well.

July 19, 2011, 11:18 AM
Not sure he'll hunt, he just easing himself into comfortability with firearms.

I like the looks and price of the Marlin Model XT-22

Any of you guys know anything about it? I can get it for under $200, it seems more readily available too. It says it takes .22LR does that mean it cannot take the 22 shorts? They own a acre property but thats within a "gated community" with CC&Rs that prohibit shooting, but i know his neighbor there has said he just uses the "sub sonic" rounds at the back of his own property and it sounds like nothing more than a cap gun.

July 19, 2011, 11:37 AM
How about a membership to a range and boxes of ammo?

highlander 5
July 19, 2011, 11:47 AM
Someone suggested a Sharps and if you want the real deal and not the italian version,hold on to your wallet and beprepared for a wait. I bought a Shiloh Sharps 20 years ago and I waited 2 or 3 years for the rifle. It was well worth the wait when it arrived. I would suggest a Marlin 39a and a Ruger Super Single Six.

July 19, 2011, 11:57 AM
How about a membership to a range and boxes of ammo?
he buys his ammo 1000 rounds at a time. He's kind of an accessory/ammo nut already.

I think I'm definitely going the Marlin (or even Glenfield, the Sears branded Marlin) .22 route. I just have to find the right one in the right place.

July 19, 2011, 12:09 PM
Within your price range, here are a few ideas:

Mosin Nagant M91/30, 7.62x54R, with all the accessories. You could pay extra for "hand select" and a few boxes of ammo and still stay under budget.
Marlin Model 60 .22LR
Ruger 10/22 .22LR
Benjamin 392 pump .22 pellet gun. With that he could shoot in the basement or the backyard when he doesn't have the time to go the range.

July 19, 2011, 12:25 PM
If he is turning 50 in 2011, you're looking at 1961, right?

July 19, 2011, 01:49 PM
I've got a lead on a .22lr Henry Golden Boy for just over $400 (not bad for the rual area they live in and for no shipping costs or extra FFL fees) right in his hometown. I'm polling my other 3 siblings for help. So far I've got $100, and $50 promised from two of them, just need to see what the sister wants to help if anything at all. Even with that $150 I might be able to make it work. The dealer is willing to help me make it happen even though I'm long distance too.

July 19, 2011, 01:59 PM
Most definitely needs a rifle!

Get him that .22lr or maybe something more exotic.
Since you are his son, you can interfamial transfer anything to him that is legal in California.

Check out this website and ask there if you need references for shops, laws, etc
That is my home forum. A lot of the members there are members here too.

What part of California is he in (like which county)?
If he lives in one of the counties that issues CCW, I say you pay for his CCW fees!!

July 19, 2011, 02:07 PM
For the man who lives in a gated community and clearly has some money...I would suggest a neat event other than any item which he could easily afford. Everyone is always trying to find a "thing" to buy...I find myself doing that for my father. My father has money enough to buy whatever he wants...and he sure does. So for me to find something that he would want that he hasn't already bought for himself is quite difficult. All of this things are fun until the next week when he picks up another and is onto something else, the next latest and it's hard to keep up.

The best times that I've had with my father are going to events...for us that is hunting trips, car shows, gun shows, etc. The hunting trips are what means the most to me, and I know him as well. I can't remember what I got my dad for last Christmas or his birthday last year...but we will never forget our times together doing fun things out running around.

I would suggest you take your dad somewhere next time you are together, do something fun that you both enjoy or wouldn't normally do. Something that you know he'd like to do but doesn't because he doesn't want to spend for it or has nobody to do it with. Take a road trip overnight somewhere. It'll be something that he'll remember...and it will be especially memorable since you now live in TX and he is in CA. Time together is limited as-is. Not sure if he will want or use a firearm since he doesn't seem to be the type to acquire them.

July 19, 2011, 07:00 PM
I love the sentiment youngda9, as I'm 16 hour drive from my dad and my folks feel like gas/plane money for me to visit is a gift.

I'm not suggesting the OP doesn't visit often.

You could fly there and go buy a marlin 60 with him and go burn some ammo, although I haven't priced tickets in a long time.

July 19, 2011, 07:11 PM
Get him some good quality steel targets, AR-500 grade. I really like MGM and Salute Products. You can order their products online, and have it shipped directly to him. The Salute 10-8/EAG with large spring base is a very durable reactive steel target that will last a long time, and can be used in a variety of ways. He will never wear it out with pistol rounds, and at 100 yards it will take many thousands of rifle hits before its time to change the plate.

July 19, 2011, 07:14 PM
Good idea on the grips. He could get a set for the Beretta.

July 19, 2011, 09:07 PM
Yeah AR500 is a good idea too if you can find it.

I got a raw sheet of it and made my plate and sold the rest (quadrupled my money!)

It holds up to anything without even a ding. There are a few rounds that will put a hurt on it (.50 BMG, and some others), but .30-06 surplus shatters like glass against it.

July 20, 2011, 10:05 AM
My dad just had his 60th birthday. I found a K-22 on Gunbroker made in 1951. Seemed to be a real hit.

July 20, 2011, 10:25 AM
you can get him a nice hand-picked mosin-nagant and engrave "happy 50th birthday dad" in the stock or get a Savage Mark-II/ruger-22 and do the same ;)

July 20, 2011, 12:08 PM
Looks like I got my siblings to all kick in a little bit of money to help me buy the Henry Golden Boy .22lr. Its a beautiful rifle and everything I've read says its fun to shoot. He really likes collectibles so its right up his ally. In fact the Beretta he bought was the 25th anniversary of the m9, so its already got beautiful wood grips with a special logo and everything.

July 21, 2011, 06:38 AM
Henry makes some plain 22levers that might work. I see a lot of good 22's at gun shows. I have run into some ridiculously cheap bolt actions at shows. Buy one, shoot it if you dont like it or you do go from there. You might try this. Go into some pawn or gun shop and ask"What is the best deal you can make me for a used 22 for $100. 00. I want to give it to my dad for his birthday." BTW You can send a rifle through the mail.

July 21, 2011, 11:48 AM
I've heard, from a source I consider to be fairly reliable, that the "gold/brass" finish on the Golden Boy scratches pretty easily. I have no knowledge of this myself but it might be worth considering.

Anybody out there got hands on experience?

The Marlin .22's you were looking at seem pretty good, I'd suggest a tubular mag. Even though I have a 10/22, I'd suggest the Marlin model 60. Semi-auto .22's are lots more fun plinking.

Check California laws and postal regulations, no need to have whatever you buy confiscated then scrapped and melted...:cuss:


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