Protection and grip are the two main factors when choosing a tactical glove. Comfort and camouflage are also considerations depending on the intended use. A hunter in a hide will want precision and comfort, while an officer in a crowd control situation may have to deal with projectiles that are coming at them.
After reviewing all the top tactical gloves for shooting available, we’ve selected our top 7 picks in the comparison table below. We’re confident you’ll find the perfect model for your needs.
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Your firearm is your weapon but your hands are your tools for operating it.
Weapons come in all shapes and sizes, from a hunting compound crossbow to a high-velocity sniper rifle. Luckily, our hands are a little more uniform and unless you have been unlucky or aren’t too great with a chef’s knife, we usually have four fingers and one thumb on each of our hands.
That means there are very few differences when it comes to gloves. However, cold weather hunters will want something very different from a desert patrolman.
Also, protection from cuts, scrapes, and the environment need to be balanced by sufficient flexibility to pull a hair-trigger, operate your other gear, take notes or climb a cliff to get the hell out of dodge.
Top Shooting Gloves
Mechanix Wear - Camouflage
$21.58 in stock
- Form-fitting TrekDry material with MultiCam camouflage helps keep hands cool and comfortable.
- Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) hook and loop closure provides a secure fit.
- Seamless single layer palm provides maximum dexterity.
- Nylon web loop provides convenient glove storage.
- Machine washable.
Hatch NS430 Specialist All-Weather
$16.29 in stock
3 used from $13.47
- One of the longest-selling duty gloves on the market, the NS430 Specialist Police Duty glove provides excellent dexterity, grip, feel and control
- Synsi-Feel synthetic palm with Extreme-Grip reinforcements
- Designed to be easy to wipe down & disinfect
- One of the longest-selling duty gloves on the market
- NS430 (ITEM# 1010669) Large
Mechanix Wear - M-Pact Covert
$28.38 in stock
- Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) knuckle guard and finger guards protect against impact.
- Dual-layer internal fingertip reinforcement provides added durability.
- D3O palm padding absorbs and dissipates high-impact energy through the palm.
- Nylon web loop provides convenient storage.
- Machine washable.
For the hunters out there, the Mechanix Wear Camouflage is a great all-around glove. It won’t break the bank and features a lot more than just a camouflage pattern.
The palm is constructed from one seamless piece of synthetic leather to ensure a comfortable and sure grip of your weapon. The rest of the glove features highly breathable TrekDry fabric which will keep your hands protected from biting wind. This breathable material will also keep your hands from overheating and sweating.
These gloves are a great allrounder. The wrist hook and loop closure ensure a snug fit, but you don’t have to be a hunter to take advantage of these gloves. Hikers, campers and indeed anyone who needs a robust outdoor glove could do a lot worse.
If you want to go all ‘Day of the Jackal,’ the Hatch Specialist All-Weather Shooting Gloves look and feel the part. These are aimed at the marksman who walks amongst us. Simply putting these on will make you feel like a different person. Just don’t get too carried away.
They are primarily aimed at handgun users but enthusiastic paintballers will love these too. They are great, come rain or shine, and the excellent grip from the synthetic leather palm will not let you down when it comes to pulling the trigger.
There is the option of an increased grip palm for those who spend time in the dirt, and the neoprene back breathes very well, keeping your hands protected but not dripping with sweat. These gloves could actually be used by anyone needing a pair of gloves as they wouldn’t look out of place behind the wheel of a vintage convertible Jag.
The only downside is they are quite fine so super heavy use in the wilderness will take its toll, but you will probably be in love and just go and buy another pair anyway.
For those in need of protection in hairy situations, like law enforcement and military personnel, the Mechanix Wear M-Pact 3 Covert will do the job.
They feature a molded thermoplastic rubber knuckle guard which provides excellent impact protection, and their reinforced internal fingertips will allow for scrambling through any terrain without the risk of abrasions.
The outside of the thumbs and fingers are protected by 3mm of EVA accordion padding, and the two-piece palm construction allows for excellent weapon handling as it eliminates excess bunching of the material. Plus, the thermal plastic rubber top closure ensures that they will stay in place come hell or high water. These gloves are, to put it mildly, pretty badass.
Other honorable mentions are the 1 Pair Outdoor Sports Fingerless and the Oakley Si Assault Glove, which are ideal for those who like to keep their knuckles protected while having their finger directly on the trigger. These bad boys are designed specifically for combat and you can feel it by their military-grade weight, true leather palm and carbon knuckle guard (doubles as a knuckle duster).
The 5.11 Screen OPS is a good option for those who will want to use a touchscreen without the need to remove their gloves. They are ideal for patrol officers or hunters who want to check their GPS or just upload a photo to Facebook.
There is certainly something out there for everyone and it’s very hard to say which one comes out on top as they are designed for such different uses.
However, if forced to choose a glove that covers many bases and gives you the best ‘bang for your buck,’ I would have to go for the Mechanix Wear -Camouflage. With a great fit, feel, construction and extremely versatile, this is a tactical shooting glove that will not let you down.
So get those dainty pinkies protected and go and kick some ass.