Gun gadgets that you can't believe you lived without?

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  1. Trey Veston

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    Went shooting with some friends today and they offered me a set of ear muffs. Walker Razor electronic muffs. I accepted and put them on. I am about deaf in my left ear due to military service, so it is hard enough to understand people without ear muffs on. With them on, I have to constantly take them off between shots to understand anything.

    But with these, I was amazed! I could hear everything! Then, when the shooting started, it was like hearing gunshots on TV; clear but not damaging.

    My buddy explained that he wears his hunting because they amplify the forest sounds and he can hear deer approaching.

    I wore them for about 4 hours and loved it. Got home and was amazed that they were only $40 or so. Immediately ordered a set.

    Couldn't believe that I had been using regular ear muffs all this time while the electronic ones were available and affordable.

    Added them to my list of items that I found invaluable to enjoying the shooting sports. Last one was the Upula magazine loader.

    What other gadgets have you discovered that made shooting much easier or enjoyable?
     
  2. Buzznrose

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    Uplula pistol magazine loader
     
  3. tachelberry

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    Living in a Plains state I find having a range finder is critical. Although typical shots are 150 yards or less, I sometimes will shoot out to 400 yards.
    Gadgets with honorable mention would be:
    1. Shooting sticks
    2. Thermal Cell
     
  4. Legionnaire
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    Chronograph. Can’t imagine reloading without one. You don’t “need” a LabRadar; an inexpensive Caldwell will get the job done. I typically start by getting baseline data from factory loads for comparison with my hand loads.
     
  5. Chuck R.

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    You're going to love watching this thread:

    https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/who-doesnt-have-a-chronograph.900312/

    :D
     
  6. FL-NC

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    Pro timer, spotting scopes and bean bags.
     
  7. Anchorite

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    C’mon guys…..I’ll be the first to say it …. Kinetic bullet puller.
     
  8. Legionnaire
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    @Trey Veston, back in the early 90's I took a shot a deer with a .35 Remington from a 15-inch Encore barrel with a brake. My ears rang for several days. That was on Saturday. The following Monday I ordered a set of Peltor Tac-7 electronic ear muffs. I've been wearing them ever since. I always wear them if hunting with a handgun, often wear them hunting with a rifle; always at the range, often over foam plugs if shooting a boomer. I'm thankful that in God's providence I didn't permanently damage my hearing before discovering them.
     
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  9. jmorris

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    Optics, would be the gadget I would miss most. Unless ammunition counts as a gadget.
     
  10. chicharrones

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    Red dots.
     
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  11. LiveLife

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    22LR conversion kits.

    After I got CMMG 22LR conversion bolt kits, I found out I could run my close range/point shooting AR drills using much cheaper 22LR stock piled when they were $16-$20/500 shipped. (I am only shooting copper plated/washed bullets in ARs while reserving lead RN bullets for 22LR rifles) While accuracy is not as good as dedicated 22LR uppers or rifles, plenty accurate for same manual of arms practice and close range 25-30 yard plinking.


    Same for Advantage Arms 22LR slide kit for Glock 22, allowed me to run close range defensive sighted and unsighted point shooting drills using much cheaper 22LR. While some complained in the past about reliability of AA kits, my Gen3 G22 has been reliable with various HV ammunition. And accuracy has been good around 1"-1.5" groups at 7-10 yards offhand.

    Another plus of 22LR conversion kits is reduction of recoil for training purposes. When I teach defensive point shooting to people now, they can better focus on shooting technique instead of reacting to recoil using same triggers and manual of arms. Once they get proficient in not moving POI away from POA point shooting, transitioning to 9mm/40S&W and .223/5.56 using same firearms/triggers is a huge plus - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/flinching-drills.864546/page-2#post-11416785

    And to keep all these 22LR magazines loaded without busting thumbs/fingers, McFadden Machine Lightnin' Grip Loader with adapters for Butler Creek 10/22 magazines, AR15-22 magazines for CMMG 22LR conversion bolts and Advantage Arms magazines - https://www.mcfaddenmachine.com/product/lightin-grip/
     
  12. bannockburn

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    Uplula mag loader.

    Just got one for Christmas and that really helps, especially if you're having dexterity problems with your hands.
     
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  13. WiTom

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    Those Walker Razor muffs are great, but the walkie talkies that hook on to them are amazing, if your with someone, at the range. Normal conversation even at different spots, but make sure you check codes in your state, before using them for hunting, as some states have laws against 2 way radios being used. We even use them for things like fencing and other tasks, on the farm.
     
  14. Riomouse911

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    Brownells multi-bit gunsmith screwdrivers. I learned my lesson the hard way, using a regular screwdriver and buggering badly the grip screws of my first centerfire autoloader, a SIG P226.

    One handle and tons of bits allow just about any gun related project to be done with a tool that fits in a compact case and won’t damage the fragile screw slots most guns have.

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    Stay safe.
     
  15. Waveski

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    Another Uplula vote.
     
  16. Barnfixer

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    Just a cheap little thing, a butler creek scope cap. Mainly on the objective end. It’s nice when hunting and not having to clean snow and crap off your lens.
     
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  17. CapnMac

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    Shake-awake long-battery life RDS.
    Next best thing would be RDS using "normal size" batteries.
    Circle-dot (horseshoe-dot) reticules, too.
    But, yes, RDS are a "win."

    As are upLula, too.
     
  18. illinoisburt

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    Another vote for electronic muffs. I bought a pair on a closeout just because they were cheap a few years ago, not really interested that much in them. First trip to the range I had to order sets for family and friends!
     
  19. .308 Norma

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    Because my whole family is into guns and shooting, the bore sighter (that Dad gave me a long time ago) sure comes in handy when someone in my family (or a friend) gets a new/different rifle, or a new/different scope.:thumbup:
     
  20. .308 Norma

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    Yeppers, when my wife and I took a concealed carry class a couple of years ago, our daughter and son-in-law loaned us their electronic muffs. I don't remember what brand they are (our son-in-law said they're not an expensive brand) but I was amazed anyway. There was probably 6 people on the firing line, and it was like you say - "like hearing gunshots on TV," yet I could still hear every word the instructors said.:thumbup:
     
  21. Alte Schule

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    Great minds think alike!

    Shake awake red dots. Don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn it off, draining the battery, and having a surprise during next range session.
    Electronic ear muffs. Gifted a pair last year. Where were these when I was a young man?
    Weaver Deluxe Tool Kit. Christmas gift from my boy. Haven’t had the chance to use it yet but now have one case instead of three to work out of.
    Honorable Mention: S&W .380 Shield EZ Magazines. A blessing for old guys like me. Other manufacturers should take a hint.
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  22. CapnMac

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    Also, modern hearing protection. Was rummaging around through range bags an found my beat-up Silencio Magnums, which when new (IIRC) were all of a 27 NRF. My loaner non-electronics are way more than that.
     
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  23. Seedy Character

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    Uplula loader for .45 ACP

    AR mag loader.
     
  24. mcb

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    Moonclips!

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  25. swg1

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    Confirm your e-muffs are of a decent reduction rating. A number of them are pretty low.

    I’ll add one piece cleaning rods to the list. So many folks don’t use them.
     
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