By Lonnie Stout,
Hunting Manager, St. George, UT Sportsman’s Warehouse.

When the 2012 Utah draw results came out, I had miraculously drawn the muzzleloader deer tag that I had been hoping to get  for a couple of years. After calling my brothers to find out if they had also drawn, I started to put together a list of gear that I would need. At the top on my list was a new rangefinder, so I began to research the models available at our store.

After spending some time on-line and more time handling every model we had available, I settled on the all new Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC. I was impressed with Bushnell’s Bullet Proof Money Back Guarantee. They believe that you, the consumer, should make the final call on product performance. That’s why they offer this exclusive Bulletproof 100% Money Back Guarantee (the best in the business) on select Bushnell products. If, for any reason, you’re not completely satisfied with your Bushnell product, return it — no questions asked for a full refund of the purchase price.

From the first time I put it up to my eye I liked it. The LED readout is so much easier to see than my old range finder it was like night and day. Some of the technical jargon is beyond my understanding, but the second thing I noticed was how fast it ranges. It is equipped with Bushnell’s new E.S.P. (Extreme-Speed-Precision) Turboprocessor, making the G-Force 1300 ARC a performance-enhanced version of the most accurate laser rangefinder system in the world — Bushnell ARC.

After purchasing it I tested it out during the magic hours at daybreak and dusk and was very pleased to say the least. Bushnell’s Vivid Display Technology (VDT), gives you bright clear distance readings, even in low light, with an effective range of 5 to 1,300 yards. With 6x magnification and Bushnell’s patented RainGuard HD lens treatment the G-Force gives easy target identification at any range.

The patented ARC bow and rifle modes solve a problem hunters have been facing for years — The struggle to shoot accurately on extreme uphill and downhill angles because of altered true horizontal distance to the target. In bow mode the G-Force displays line of sight distance, degree of elevation and true horizontal distance from 10 to 99 yards/meters with a maximum 90 degree angle. Rifle mode calculates and displays the amount of bullet drop at the target in inches, centimeters and MOA. When you range your target, the line of sight, degree of elevation and bullet-drop/holdover will be displayed from 100 to 800 yards/meters with a maximum 90 degree angle.

Selective targeting modes allow you to adjust the performance parameters for your specific situation. BullsEye mode allows easy acquisition of small targets without getting distances to background targets. Brush mode allows objects such as brush and tree branches to be ignored so that the distance only to background objects is displayed. Scan mode allows most targets to be distanced up to 1300 yards.

Made with a rubber-armored metal housing that is fully waterproof, this rangefinder is built to take all the punishment that I will give it when I am hunting the rugged wilderness of southern Utah this fall. So stop into your local Sportsman’s Warehouse and give it a try. I think you will be as impressed as I am.