Buying Guide: Best Shooting Gloves Models and Features
Probably the most commonly overlooked accessory when it comes to shooting, are the gloves. People just really don’t see a need for them, after all, it takes time to put them on, you can lose them, they can be costly, and they don’t help much anyways, right? Nope. A good pair of shooting gloves, while not vital, are extremely important if you want to make the most of your opportunities in the field. For military personnel, they are almost a must; and if you are a hunter or shoot for sport, its nice to have them because of the reduction in recoil shock. Here is a list of some of the best ones, along with some of the features that you want to look for when you do shopping on your own.
|Blackhawk Men's S.O.L.A.G. HD Glove with Kevlar (Black, Medium)||Leather||Hard Knuckle||$$$$||4.0|
|5.11 Tactical 59355 XPRT Hard Time Glove, Black, Large||Goat Skin Leather||Hard Knuckle||$$$$||3.8|
|5.11 Station Grip Glove (Black, Medium)||Synthetic Fabric||Padded Knuckle||$$$||4.7|
|5.11 Taclite 2 Gloves, Black, X-Large||Nylon||Spandex||$$$||4.4|
What to Look for When Browsing for the Best Shooting Gloves
The purpose of the glove, is to take some of the friction off of the gun itself, control the recoil, but most of all, give you a firm grip. Shooting gloves are often times thrown into the category of tactical gloves because they feature high durability Kevlar cloth, but can also feature other materials. Kevlar cloth is in my opinion the best material that you can possibly use, because of its flexibility and tight fit. This can be a god send when you are out in a wooded area, and need the extra protection.
There are two main types of shooting gloves in my opinion, hard knuckle and soft knuckle. Hard knuckle gloves are designed for increased grip, and are more of a tactical style glove. Soft knuckle gloves however, are what the vast majority of people will be using. These gloves, featuring Kevlar, are very light weight, have high breathability, and insulate your hands enough that you can wear them comfortably in both warm and cold climates.
Flexibility versus Tightness
There is somewhat a degree of customization that goes into every glove, that happens immediately the first time that you put them on. With about 24 hours of constant use, gloves will be broken in to fit your hands. Having said that, there is a balance that needs to happen, between flexibility and tightness. Think about it, when you go to squeeze the trigger, you don’t want any loose cloth getting in the way of the trigger and your index finger. At the same time, gloves that are too tight could cut off blood circulation and make you very uncomfortable. For this very reason, some gloves are made fingerless so that you can pull the trigger unhindered.
This is where Kevlar shines, however. They are elastic enough to fit snuggly onto your hands, while still being tight enough to pull the trigger unhindered. Most of the better constructed shooting gloves also have a thinner layer of Kevlar around the tips of the fingers, because they understand this need.
Choosing a Good Grip
So now that we have the potential detraction’s out of the way, it is time to decide on what kind of grip you want to have for your rifle. The best shooting gloves all have extra firm grips. Whatever gloves you choose to purchase, there is no limit to the amount of grip that you want. Ideally, you want to be able to pour baby oil onto your gloves and catch a carp. However, that isn’t the case, and you will need to test these the gloves out to determine how effective they are in the field.