Father's Day Gift Guide 2014
Still puzzling over what to get Dad this Father's Day? Never fear—our staff has you covered.
June 09, 2014
Go ahead, make Dad's day. Any (or all) of the following products would make a fine Father's Day present this year—and beyond.
New Model Super Blackhawk
You’ve wanted to be a cowboy ever since Dad let you shoot his old .22 wheelgun when you were a kid. And while they weren't the same Single Action Army pistols that filled Tombstone full of holes, it didn’t take you long to fall in love with the bigger boys in his collection. When it’s time to return the favor, pick up a pistol for the old man that will really make him proud. The Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk in .44 Mag. with a 45/8-inch barrel is a classic for the modern range rider. MSRP: $739.
While you’re at it, upgrade that six-shooter with a set of Gunfighter Grips from Illinois manufacturer Eagle Grips. The aggressive checkering provides added purchase on these beautiful rosewood stocks. MSRP: $59.95-79.95.
Single Action Outdoorsman
And what good is a pistol for Dad if he has no place to put it? If he’s looking to slap a little leather, look no further than top holster maker Galco Gunleather. The Single Action Outdoorsman, made of premium saddle leather, worn strong-side or crossdraw, is a perfect holster for carry in the field. Available in right- and left-hand models. The matching 2x2x2 Ammo Carrier guarantees additional rounds are always within easy reach. MSRP: $91.95 (holster), $44.95 (ammo carrier).
Single Tin Chaps
You get Filson Single Tin Chaps for Dad for two reasons. First, he’ll love you for it. Fact is, he tears through jeans like they're made of tissue paper and hates clothes shopping almost as much as he does snakes. These ultra-durable, 100-percent-cotton, oil-finished Tin Cloth chaps repel water and will stand up to briars and thorns with ease. They’ve even been known to stop barbed wire. Second, you know Filson gear lasts. That means eventually Dad will pass these chaps down to you or your children. And much like the old man's hunting stories, Filson gear just gets better with age. MSRP: $80.
If Dad’s ever complained about his poor dogs barking, don’t go looking toward the kennel. Instead, why not get him a new home for those hard-working pups: a pair of VaprTrek Boots from Irish Setter. Not only are they incredibly good looking, these boots are tough, too. And Irish Setter uses RPM technology in the soles of the VaprTrek, a lightweight composite which makes for one of the lightest big-game hunting boots available—40 percent lighter than traditional Irish Setter boots. They're waterproof and breathable, and an odor-killing ScentBan lining rounds out the features of a boot Dad will actually like to wear. Realtree (pictured) and Mossy Oak camo options available. MSRP: $149.99.
Snap-Front Twill Workshirt
Dad’s tough. He’s also tough on clothing. Carhartt has been effectively dealing with his type since 1889, ensuring America’s hard-working men and women have the gear that will stand up to time and abuse. The Carhartt Snap-Front Twill Workshirt, made of sturdy, cotton twill, will do just that. It’s a sharp-looking shirt with a Western feel that is as welcome on the dance floor as it is on the range. Multiple color options available. MSRP: $36.
Advanced Field Operator Watch
Born from the needs of U.S. Navy SEALs, BlackHawk has been known for years as the source for some of the highest quality tactical gear on the market. That same dedication to quality and functionality found in the company's apparel and packs is built into the Advanced Field Operator Watch. Glow-in-the-dark numbers (3,6,9,12) and hands on the large face will allow Dad to check the time with a simple glance in any light condition. A band made of durable, yet soft, rubber material won’t irritate the skin and helps keep the watch in place. Waterproof up to 100 meters. Available in black or stainless steel (pictured). MSRP: $199.99.
A Dad favorite if we ever saw one, the 4-in-1 Woodsman from Zippo is a multi-tool with some serious edge. The 5-inch hatchet blade is sharp right out of the plastic for the designated fire builder in the family. And utilizing the protective hatchet blade cover as a handle, this bad boy turns into a 15-inch bow saw. Saw blades store conveniently in the handle when not in use. The mallet on the back of the head is solid, and while it’s not meant for building a house, it’ll handle tent stakes and other smaller jobs with ease. About the only thing missing is a Zippo lighter, but Dad has a pocket for that. MSRP: $79.95.