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5 Best Shooting Gloves of 2023 [Hands-On Tested]

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Need some protection for your hands from weekend shooting to busting down doors?

We bought a bunch of the most popular tactical shooting gloves out there and tested them with competitions, range trips, and even a house move or two.

All Tested Tactical Shooting Gloves

While the emphasis will be on what’s important to civilian shooters (price, fit, touch-screen capability, durability, etc.), we also cover some tactical aspects as well.

By the end of this article, you’ll know which gloves to choose to make your shooting trip a little easier.

Summary of Our Top Picks

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Why Wear Shooting Gloves?

Why gloves? Let me list a couple of reasons:

  • Things get HOT: Guns themselves in hot weather, barrels when you shoot a lot, and suppressors
  • Things get COLD: Sometimes you’re shooting cold weather, and you would prefer to feel your fingers
  • Prevent hand damage: Cuts and scrapes might be meh for most shooters, but they still suck, and if you’re out in the field…infections can become killer.
Rough Rider 16-Inch c clamp grip
Rough Rider 16-Inch, C-Clamp Not Recommended

Fit Comparison

If you have the best glove out there, and it fits like a grocery bag or a kid’s mitten…it’s not going to work out.

Here are the measurements of my hand so you can compare them when I go over the sizing. Overall I have skinny wrists, not much of a palm swell, and long fingers.

My Glove Sizing
My Glove Sizing

Now let’s get to it…

5 Best Shooting Gloves

1. SKD Tactical PIG FDT Alpha Gloves

My current favorite shooting glove…the Alpha version of the PIG FDTs.

SKD FDT Alpha, Gloves
SKD FDT Alpha Gloves

The thicker OG version…I think this glove checks all the boxes. Still super dexterous while having some additional protection — all the while fitting like…a glove.

SKD Glove Sizing
SKD Glove Sizing

I went with large on this, like the Delta version.

SKD FDT Alpha Gloves, Palm
SKD FDT Alpha Gloves, Palm

I’ve used these gloves the most, and they’ve handled pistols, ARs, reload magazines, and moved couches perfectly. A little slower to dry since it’s thicker and has some synthetic suede.

Some stats:

  • Touch-screen enabled index/thumb
  • Isolated trigger finger material
  • Dual-joint trigger finger

You can see a lot of it is giving dexterity for the trigger finger, and it shows in those knuckle breaks. It’s almost the same as the Delta but with more warmth and protection. Plus, I like having the ability to tighten the wrist strap.

SKD FDT Alpha Gloves
SKD FDT Alpha Gloves

Lastly, it has a nice soft material behind the thumb…again great for your nose or cleaning lenses.

See them in action!

The most expensive on the list,t but if you shoot a lot or value protection/dexterity…I highly recommend the Alpha gloves.

And keep in mind that shooting gloves are consumables.

The more you use them, the quicker they will get chewed up. Here’s an example of a two-old Alpha that saw a good amount of weekends of hard use.

Worn SKD PIG Gloves
Worn SKD PIG Gloves

Side note: I had a defect with my Alphas where the ring finger was twisted on one hand, so a seam was on my finger pad. Not a deal breaker, but annoying.

I emailed SKD, and they took care of the problem in less than an hour and two emails.

Editor’s Choice Shooting Glove

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What do you think of the SKD Pig Gloves? Rate them below!

2. Mechanix FastFit Gloves

I’ve had a couple of regular Mechanix original gloves for shop work, but the few times I took them to the range, I felt their fingers were a little too bulky for some firearm tasks.

Enter…their FastFit Gloves.

Mechanix Fastfit Gloves
Mechanix FastFit Gloves

I wore mediums and using their sizing chart, I re-confirmed I was indeed medium.

Mechanix Size Chart
Mechanix Size Chart

Here are some other useful stats:

  • $15-20
  • Synthetic leather and spandex
  • Touch-screen enabled
  • Fast-drying
  • Elastic cuff

They didn’t fit quite right because of my palm size. You can see there’s a lot of gap in there.

Mechanix Fastfit Gloves, Palm
Mechanix FastFit Gloves, Palm

And the cut between the index finger and thumb is a little restricting for handgun shooting; rifles are fine.

Also very thin, so they are great for dexterity, but not very warm or heat resistant if that’s your thing.

Mechanix Fastfit Gloves, Fit
Mechanix FastFit Gloves, Fit

But for around $15-20 and pretty good durability from what I’ve seen from friends…you can’t go wrong for a first pair of shooting gloves, especially if you have slightly meatier hands.

Cheap & Effective

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Magpul Technical Gloves

One of my go-to recommendations for affordable shooting gloves is Magpul Technical Gloves.

Magpul Technical Gloves
Magpul Technical Gloves

I went with medium, and they fit a lot more snugly on me…especially at the cuff. The Mechanix ones were just too loose and flared for my tastes. However…with the smaller cuff, you’re going to have a lot harder time taking these off.

Some stats:

  • $22-30
  • Synthetic suede palm
  • Elastic wrist closure
  • Touch-screen enabled
Magpul Technical Gloves, Palm
Magpul Technical Gloves, Palm

You can see it fits a lot better, and the cut of the thumb and index finger is much more conducive for shooting. There’s also extra material on three fingers that enable touch-screen access.

At first, I thought it would disrupt precision shooting, but it’s at the tip of the finger enough that I had no problems.

Magpul Technical Gloves, Fit
Magpul Technical Gloves, Fit

Thicker material than the Mechanix and what I think is a good Goldilocks zone of dexterity and protection. Also, some terrycloth material on the back of the thumb for sniffles or cleaning optics. 

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Gloves

22

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you want a little more knuckle protection check out Magpul’s Patrol Glove 2.0s.

4. SKD Tactical PIG FDT Delta Gloves

SKD FDT Delta Gloves
SKD FDT Delta Gloves

The FDT stands for full dexterity tactical, and they live up to their name. The Delta Glove version is the thinnest version.

Simpsons Nothing At All
Simpsons Nothing At All

If you want full dexterity at the expense of some protection…these are the best on the market.

I’m a large for SKD gloves, and I fit very snugly even though I sized up.

SKD Glove Sizing
SKD Glove Sizing

No complaints in the finger or palm swell area.

SKD FDT Delta Gloves, Palm
SKD FDT Delta Gloves, Palm

But note that the words “PIG” are rubberized textures that work well but will eventually fall off. However, the tips of the gloves are still touch-screen enabled.

*Update* Current versions now have reverse printing on the palms, so they will stay on a lot longer.

Some more stats:

  • $30
  • Single layer palm
  • Elastic cuff
  • Touch-screen enabled index/thumb
SKD FDT Delta Gloves, Fit
SKD FDT Delta Gloves, Fit

They look great too, and you can see how thin they are, even in the back. If you need knuckle protection, look elsewhere. The design is cool, but I have a feeling it’s going to start peeling when I wear it more.

A little more at $30, but currently, my favorite when dexterity is the primary focus.

Highest Dexterity Glove

29

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

5. SKD Tactical PIG FDT Charlie Gloves (Women)

The women’s version of my favorite gloves…SKD’s PIG FDT Charlie.

SKD sent these to me for testing after my original article. My wife has small hands but relatively fat fingers (her words).

SKD FDT Charlie Gloves vs Hand
SKD FDT Charlie Gloves vs Hand

Her measurements pointed her towards the small size, but it felt very snug against her fingers. It wasn’t so tight to be constricting, but it should loosen as she wears them more.

SKD FDT Charlie Gloves
SKD FDT Charlie Gloves

Same great feel and ability to move her trigger finger. Plus, she made sure it still worked on smartphones.

Our current best pick for women’s gloves.

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at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Honorable Mentions

There are a lot of tactical shooting gloves out there. I couldn’t buy & test them all, but here are some of my honorable mentions that I’ve used or know are popular.

  • Outdoor Research Pro Ironsight: I’ve worn these gloves for hiking, and they have a bit more protection than the SKD gloves. The grip attachments will eventually wear off. I Haven’t had the chance to shoot with them, but they were great for hiking.
Outdoor Research Pro Ironsight Sensor
OR Pro Ironsight Sensor Gloves
Viktos Wartorn Vented Gloves
OR Pro Firemark Sensor Gloves

Final Thoughts

After a good amount of testing…here are my final recommendations.

For the best overall glove…

Editor’s Choice Shooting Glove

44

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you want the glove with the most dexterity:

Most Dexterous Shooting Glove

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

And if you want the most affordable but still very capable:

Best Bang-for-the-Buck Shooting Glove

22

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

How’d I do…did I miss any that I should test out next? Let us know in the comments below. Need some Heated Gloves instead? Or how about the Best Electronic Shooting Protection?

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