Theresa Vail, better known as Miss Kansas, shocked the Miss America pageant last year when she unabashedly proclaimed her love for hunting. We got a chance to sit down with Vail at the 2014 SHOT Show and ask her questions from you, our loyal readers. Here's what she had to about why she wants to hunt with Ted Nugent.
Introducing a sub-gauge shotgun seemed to be a theme among firearm makers at SHOT Show this year. And, this new Weatherby was one of our favorites. The SA-08 28-gauge Deluxe only weighs 5.5 pounds and handles beautifully. Don't think a 28-gauge has enough killing power? Let this new semiautomatic prove you wrong … it will retail for about $850.
This 4-inch, drop-point knife from SOG was one of the most innovative products of SHOT Show. It has a stainless steel blade and and an injection-molded handle. But the most intriguing feature is the 6 LED lights that give you 90 minutes of burn time. If you've ever found your deer after dark just as your headlamp batteries were dying, you'll fully appreciate the intelligent design of the SOG Bladelight Hunt.
What with long range being all the rage, there is no shortage of tactical rifles, but this is one of the less weird, more versatile ones. The MMR can serve as a beanfield gun, terminate the careers of coyotes, compete in F-Class matches … or even shoot tactically.
Question:"I am trying to learn to shoot with both eyes open. I shoot left-handed and have always closed my right eye when shooting a rifle or shotgun. Whenever I look down a shotgun barrel with both eyes open, though, I see two beads. I think I might be co-eye dominant. Any suggestions?" —Mark Barnes, via OutdoorLife.com
My Answer: It is possible that your eyes are equally dominant and that can make the “two bead” effect more pronounced. Ultimately, however, it doesn’t need to have any negative impact on your shooting.
It's not a switch blade, but you can definitely open the new SOG Zoom with one hand. The 4-inch, drop-point blade is made of AUS steel and the handle is made of aluminum. The safety is designed to keep the knife from opening in your pocket. It will retail for about $100.
Syren is a new brand from Caesar Guerini and Fabarm. Their new gun is totally designed for women: it has a shorter length of pull, a tighter radius grip, and a Monte Carlo stock that's angled out for a more natural fit for the average woman.
There will be four new guns in the line: a 12-gauge semiauto, 12- and 20-gauge sporting guns, and the field gun you see in the video.
Rock River Arms' big introduction for 2014 is the X-Series of AR rifles. The guns come in a black tactical version or a desert tan hunter version. The tactical version sports a muzzle break with a nasty set of teeth. The series offers four calibers: .223, .308, 6.8mm SPC, and .458 SOCOM.
The .223 Remington, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a miraculous little cartridge.
Legions of .223 fans out there will nod their heads in knowing agreement. But is it miraculous because of its versatility for use on big and small game, for plinking and teaching new shooters, for varmints and personal protection? Or is it because it is supremely accurate and easy to shoot and, as such, is a standout in many competitive shooting sports? Perhaps “miraculous” is apt because of the .223’s prevalence. It is, after all, our most popular commercial centerfire rifle cartridge by a wide margin.