Sitka Gear Waterfowl Timber Concealment Pattern
Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear, has just announced that after years of research, study, design, and testing in flooded timber environments, the GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Waterfowl Timber pattern will be made available to the public. Waterfowl hunters spend countless hours hugging tightly to a tree with water up to their knees. This style of hunting requires a dedicated system of gear and a specific pattern to confuse waterfowl vision in these unique environments. The scientific approach that Sitka takes to developing all its gear was again used with the development of the Timber pattern. Optimized for engagement at distances of 10 to 40 yards and the color perception of birds in the dark timber, the pattern is designed to inhibit the stimulation of waterfowl’s visual spatial awareness and object identification as they drop through holes in the canopy. Sitka has developed a full system of gear to keep hunters comfortable and protected in the timber environment. At the foundation, next-to-skin pieces like the CORE Midweight Zip-T and CORE Heavyweight Hoody wick moisture, fight odor, and add warmth. Mid layers like the Gradient Pant and Duck Oven Jacket provide ample insulation and are designed to fit comfortably under waders. When waders aren’t necessary, the Grinder Pant provides rugged, articulated mobility. The Timber outerwear line offers upper body protection for all conditions from mild to extreme. In order of protection level, they are: the Dakota Vest and Hoody built with WINDSTOPPER, the Delta Wading Jacket with GORE-TEX, and the Hudson Insulated Jacket with GORE-TEX. To complete the system and keep hunters warm, protected and concealed, Sitka is also offering a full selection of necessities, including gloves, caps and beanies in the Timber pattern, as well as the Timber pack, which is specifically designed to keep hunters’ gear – including their gun safely above the waterline. This new Waterfowl Timber Line will be available summer 2016.
Petzl Tactikka +RGB Headlamp
A lightweight headlamp with superior brightness and the addition of red, green, and blue LEDs for protection of night vision and tracking blood trails are just some of the features of the Tactikka +RGB from Petzl. Weighing just 2.9 ounces, the rugged Tactikka +RGB comes with an included padded Multicam elastic headband with a snap buckle. The superior brightness of the single LED white light features adjustments of 5 lumens to a boost mode of 160 lumens. The focused white LED provides illumination on high for up to 160 feet and on low it will illuminate 32 feet for more close-up tasks. The colored LEDs shine at 5 lumens and feature a flashing mode for signaling. The real star of the Tactikka +RGB is its Constant Lighting Technology, which ensures that the brightness will not gradually decrease as the battery is depleted. The brightness of the light will stay constant, until the battery reaches a certain level and then the light switches into reserve mode, offering up to 40 hours of lighting at 5 lumens to safely see you back to camp and fresh batteries.
SIG SAUER ECHO1 Thermal Reflex Sight
The ECHO1 Digital Thermal Imaging Reflex Sight from SIG SAUER® is the most innovative direct view thermal sight in the world. Based on the newest generation of thermal imaging sensors, the digital sight provides for day or night time predator and hog hunting, while functioning similar to a conventional reflex sight using both eyes open for fast and intuitive target acquisition with greatly improved situational awareness. The sight is also perfect for home defense, law enforcement, military, and search and rescue situations. The features this great unit includes are:
- 206×156 Uncooled VOx Bolometer Array
- 5 default reticles and the ability to design / upload new reticles
- Sight can take pictures, individual and burst mode
- Color LCD display for day / night time direct view targeting
- White or Black hot menu selectable plus color palette and game highlight
- Top mount peep sight and ROMEO1 adapter plate for backup sights
- Includes a M1913 Picatinny cross-slot STANAG compliant mount
- Thermal detection >1000 yards, Targeting range >300 yards
- Electronic zoom from 1x to 2x
- IPX-6 waterproof • 30 Hz frame rate
- 8 hour minimum runtime.
Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Target Pistol
Of all the guns I own, nothing is as fun to shoot as my bull-barreled .22 LR semi-auto target pistol. For years, the majority of semi-auto pistols chambered in .22 long rifle have been cheaply made affairs, and those designed for serious shooters, while of higher quality, had issues with basic assembly and dis-assembly. For 2016, Smith & Wesson took on the challenge of making a user friendly, high quality target pistol and the result is the SW22 Victory. Made of stainless steel and steel reinforced polymer, the SW22 Victory features an easy to dis-assemble design using a single Allen head screw; with rugged construction, precision machining, and superb accuracy. Fiber optic sights, with adjustable rear target sights, and an included Picatinny accessory rail let you easily adjust or use optics. The trigger was crisp and smooth and features an adjustable trigger stop so to customize length of pull. The way the grip meets the hand was comfortable and created a natural point of aim and textured front and back straps make it easy to hold. The grip panels are removable and can be customized for different sizes and textures. The heavy 5.5-inch bull barrel gives it mass to overcome movement during recoil and reduce harmonic vibration, to further improve accuracy. Look for it in the coming months.
Winchester Ammunition Celebrates 150 Years
In 1866, America was still rebuilding from the recently concluded Civil War and citizens were pushing west in an effort to find their fortunes and settle the frontier. At the same time, Oliver Winchester established the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The Winchester brand went on to help Americans set the West, win two World Wars, help law enforcement keep our communities safe and, to this day, continues to revolutionize the way hunters and shooters succeed in the field and on the range.
Like few other brands, Winchester has helped shape America and in 2016, the iconic brand celebrates this important milestone by introducing one of its most collectible editions on ammunition in history, featuring classic Winchester artwork and embossed packaging, making these offerings truly unique.
Along with some great new offerings for 2016 including Deer Season XP, .17 WSM Power Core, M-22 Subsonic .22 LR, Varmint X and the new Expedition Big Game brand, keep an eye out for your favorite loads to hit the shelves of your local Sportsman’s Warehouse throughout the year in this special packaging. 150 years and still going strong – Winchester, The American Legend!
Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman
Zippo is well known for their lighters, offering a wide selection of styles. They have been branching out into outdoor categories over the past few years and have come up with some innovative products. The 4-in-1 Woodsman is a great camping and survival tool. Zippo has combined several different products into one usable multi-tool. The handle and heal of the axe blade allow you to attach a saw blade securely and they added comfortable pads for the bow saw handle around the axe blade as well. You can even store extra blades inside the handle. The poll end of the axe is a mallet that can be used for pounding in stakes and the bottom of the handle is used for pulling them out very quickly. Remove the blades and cover and you have a very sturdy 5-inch hatchet to use around camp.
Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System Pivot Response Perfect Angle Sharpener
For proper knife and tool sharpening, the hardest aspect for most people is to achieve the proper sharpening angle. Making it even more difficult is the different shapes of blades and the difficulty in maintaining the proper angle along the curve of a blade. Work Sharp has come up with an innovative solution to help maintain the proper angle along curved tips by building a sharpening surface that pivots as you sharpen to ensure the proper angle is maintained throughout the stroke. The heavy-duty base features a locking pivoting bed with a magnetic base plate to accept either of the two included diamond sharpening hones, a 220 grit and a 320 grit. The more aggressive 220 grit is used to repair or re-edge damaged blades, and the finer 320 grit is used to touch up a knife that has gotten dull from use. An included field hone can be snapped into the base or used separately to finely polish your edge. The field hone includes multiple honing surfaces for serrated knives, fishhooks, scissors, and recurve knife blades. The system also includes two changeable angle guides; a 20 degree for outdoor and pocket knives, and a 17 degree for kitchen and filet knives. These guides help you align the blade to the proper sharpening angle for a perfect edge every time.
John M. Browning’s vision and uncompromising pursuit of excellence have fueled the Browning culture and generations of American hunters and shooters for more than 125 years. Now Browning introduces its own line of branded ammo. Consumers will see several lines hit the shelves: centerfire rifle ammo for big game, shotshell loads for waterfowl and upland birds, target loads, rimfire loads for hunting and target shooting, centerfire hollowpoint pistol loads for personal defense and centerfire full metal jacket loads for target shooting. Each is focused on its intended use, with designs engineered for higher efficiency with maximum effect.
In 2016, expect to see: BXR Rapid Expansion, BXC Controlled Expansion Terminal Tip, BXD Waterfowl Extra Distance, BXD Upland Extra Distance, BPR Performance Rimfire, BPT Performance Target, BXP Personal Defense and BPT Performance Target loads to all become household names.
Hell’s Canyon Speed Series
Browning’s Hell’s Canyon camo line has made a name for itself as tough, dependable all-conditions gear. Many members of the Sportsman’s News Team have been wearing the line for years and we have loved its performance features and durability.
Browning’s new Hell’s Canyon Speed Series includes a radical change in design, while incorporating a much more athletic, “Hero Fit”, for those who demand the highest performance in their gear.
The Hell’s Canyon Speed Series includes ultra-light rain wear, PrimaLoft insulated models, lightweight styles for warmer temperatures, tough 3-Layer gear and even base layers. Technical fabrics offer the tough performance a name like Hell’s Canyon implies. PrimaLoft insulation provides an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio.
Browning’s Hell’s Canyon Speed line includes jackets, vests, pants, rainwear, hoodies, base layer tops and bottoms, caps, beanies and gloves and features the exclusive ATACS camo patterns in both FG (green) and AU (tan and brown), which is designed with the western hunter in mind. The line gives both archery and rifle hunters alike a complete offering of apparel that provides unmatched durability, mobility and comfort.
Hoppes Gun Medic
Hoppe’s has a new state-of-the-art formula called Gun Medic to help shooters of all disciplines clean and lubricate dirty firearms. Developed for quick use when a deep clean isn’t in the cards, Hoppe’s Gun Medic Cleaner & Lube is a fast-acting, all-in-one product that will clean and lubricate a firearm in one application to quickly get the gun back into action. It’s like having a first aid kit for dirty firearms, eliminating malfunctions caused by buildup of dirt and grime.
When seconds count, Gun Medic products will clean and lubricate a dirty firearm quickly and effortlessly to provide unrivaled performance. The revolutionary formula combines a bio-based lubricant developed for jet turbines with an amazing cleaning agent that scrubs away powder residue and then evaporates in 60 seconds, leaving only the thin coat of the high-performance lube. The lubricant tolerance is an astounding -65°F to 500°F. This cleaner and lubricant combination is loaded into a new high-pressure bottle to blast out dirt and crud. It comes in 4-ounce and 10-ounce sizes.
Filling out the line, Hoppe’s also packages these formulas as standalone offerings. Gun Medic Cleaner is the same quick-fix, bio-based cleaner in the new high-pressure 10-ounce can. Gun Medic Lube comes in an easy-application 2-ounce bottle. Both products are environmentally friendly bio-based formulas.
Remington is celebrating 200 years in firearm manufacturing. Remington offers a 783 and scope package built in a state of the art facility and started from the ground up to improve on the 783 platform. The Model 783 encompasses 10 different calibers for virtually any hunter. A carbon steel magnum contour barrel sends bullets down range with exceptional accuracy. Remington’s new CrossFire Trigger System comes from the factory at 3 ½ lbs and can be adjusted down to 3- or up to 5-lbs depending on the operator’s preference. Firearms and gun safety are a big concern for Remington as they have three safety features built into the model 783 package. The traditional thumb safety is located by the rear of the bolt and an indicator pin is exposed on the rear of the bolt itself. The pin will be exposed for both manual and visual awareness to let you know the firearm is loaded and ready to discharge.
Coleman Esky Coolers
Coleman Outdoor Products have been helping people enjoy the outdoors for as long as I can remember. Sitting around the camp at night with Coleman lanterns lighting the way and sleeping on their pads is one memory that gave me deep love for the outdoors. Coleman still delivers innovative and quality outdoor products to their consumers. The Esky Cooler line is built to endure the outdoors and keep your contents cold and protected. 2-inches of sidewall and 2.5 inches of lid/floor insulation lines the ESKY series for maximum cold temperature retention. The lid has a gasket, cork fitting seals along with a liner ridge to help regulate air flow, keeping the inside of the cooler chilled. Antimicrobial protection will help resist odor, mold and mildew. An integrated cutting board will stay in place when using and stores away securely. Catch free rubber latches are easy to use, yet solid and secure when riding in the back of a truck. And, the best feature Coleman offers for the ESKY coolers is the “MADE IN THE USA” label on each cooler.
Slumberjack Wild-Her Hunting Pack
SJK’s Wild-Her is the perfect hunting pack for women looking for fit and function with just the right amount of feminine style. The pack has been tailored to fit a women’s build with a contoured hip belt and shoulder straps that enhance overall fit and comfort on long days in the field. The single hand, forward pull hip belt adjusts for a perfect fit and features a buckle that lays flat for additional comfort. Weighing 3lbs, 2oz and offering 2016 cubic inches of storage space, the Wild-Her features a single aluminum stay and HDPE frame sheet suspension system, allowing you to manage loads with ease. This durable pack boasts a stowable, versatile weapon carrying system, allowing you to transport a bow or rifle. The pack also has two low profile side pockets that provide additional storage and external organization. The Wild-Her is available in the Kryptek Highlander pattern.
Zeiss Victory V8 2.8-20×56 ASVLR Riflescope
Featuring a massive 36 MM tube, the Victory V8 ASVLR riflescope from Zeiss has 92 percent light transmission for low light shooting. With SCHOTT HT glass, fluoride coatings, nitrogen purging, and a magnification range of 2.8 to 20, the 56 MM objective lens provides exceptional clarity and super fast targeting. A 1 MOA illuminated 60 reticle turns off when the rifle is lowered and instantly comes to life when the rifle is raised. Because the illumination is located on the second focal plane, the zoom does not affect the size of the dot, and an easy to use adjustment dial allows the user to adjust brightness, even while wearing gloves. The Victory V8 ASVLR comes with 10 different ballistic rings, configured for the majority of rounds on the market, and a customized ring can be laser engraved with your specific cartridge load data to make instant distance drop compensation for a specific range. A parallax adjustment dial on the side keeps your image crystal clear, and more than 100 clicks of elevation and windage allow shooting from point-blank to more than 600 yards. A locking elevation adjustment cap with a zero stop, prevents accidental movement of zero. With 3.75 inches of eye relief and a 46MM eyepiece, the V8 provides a 42-foot field of view at 2.8 magnification and 5.7 feet at 20 power. Each V8 comes with a set of 36MM Talley mounting rings. All in, this new optic from Zeiss changes the paradigm of long-range shooting.
ShockStrap Ratcheting Tie Down
If you are hauling expensive equipment or gear, protecting your investment with a cheap strap can cost you thousands of dollars if they fail. ShockStrap revolutionized tie downs with the introduction a few years back of their high quality tension straps that were thicker and made of polyester strapping instead of nylon. This polyester is mold, mildew, and rot resistant; has a higher working load; and stretches and frays less than nylon. This year, ShockStrap finalized two years of R&D to release their new ratcheting strap. Featuring the same shock absorbing technology to keep the strap under constant tension. The ShockStraps are resistant to UV rays, oils, salt, and corrosion. They stretch to absorb bumps that can work regular straps loose under normal use. The ratcheting straps now feature a super heavy-duty ratchet, with an oversized external ratcheting handle for use with gloves. Double steel hooks on the ends and soft loops to allow the strap to be wrapped and hooked on itself in places where the hooks won’t fit, providing versatility in attachment. Both the hooks and ratchet are coated in yellow zinc, which lasts 10 times longer than chrome and protects against rust and corrosion. The straps have a working load of 1,553 pounds and a breaking strength of 4,600 pounds. They are available in lengths of 9 feet, 18 feet, and 32 feet. Not all tie down straps are created the same, and without a doubt, ShockStraps has put tremendous thought and effort into the design of their straps. If you need to protect your expensive equipment and gear, trust your load to ShockStraps.
Badlands is one of the leading backpack manufactures in today’s outdoor market. They offer a wide variety of packs and hunting gear for every outdoorsman’s needs. The Superday is a proven day pack and has been around for some time. It is one of my favorite day packs for many reasons. It has over 1900 CI of space and weighs in at just under 4 lbs. You can strap your bow or rifle on the pack and head into your hunting spot for the day with enough gear to be comfortable and successful. Molded foam suspension lines the back of the pack, giving users a relaxed ride and fit. A 2-liter water bladder can be stowed inside the pack. Its extra pockets are perfect for all my smaller gear to be secured. One aspect that sets Badlands apart is their legendary warranty. They actually want you to test the limits of their packs so they can improve on their foundation. Look for Badlands new Approach camo pattern that has launched this year.