The new Winchester Rooster XR uses the same technology as the Long Beard load announced late last year. Here's how it works: the resin fills in the gaps between the pellets. When the shell ignites, the resin fractures. This process creates a tighter shooting shotshell and more pellets on target, according to Winchester.
Benchmade surveyed backcountry hunters to come up with the designs for their new HUNT Series. The series includes 8 different knives (both fixed blades and folders) with blades forged in CPM S30V steel. This is a powdered steel known for edge retention, an attribute critical for hunters trekking off the grid. The folders in this line utilize the classic Benchmade axis lock system, which slides a safety bolt into place.
F&S and OL interviewed hunting legend Jim Shockey's daughter Eva Shockey in our video suite. The 26 year old is an up-and-comer in the hunting industry and has already hunted all over the world. We tapped our readers for questions and then let the cameras roll.
Everything about Barrett's new semiautomatic .50 caliber rifle is big. The rifle is fitted with the QDL suppressor (Quick Detach Large suppressor) and a stocky bipod. The price tag is big too. The gun retails $18,000.
Vanguard updated its popular Endeavor ED line with the new ED2 binos in 10x42 and 8x32. These binoculars are comfortable, utilize Japanese glass, and have great edge-to-edge clarity. The 10x42 will retail for about $500 and the 8x32 will be around $400.
This beast of an AR is chambered in .300 Win. Mag (called the Guardian) and sports a bunch of high-end components including a Geissele trigger, a Krieger barrel, and carbon fiber hand rail. Montana-based Miller Precision Arms makes these rifles 1 at a time, but the attention to detail is going to cost you. The base price for this rifle starts at $5,300.
The Bullseye camera system is a great diagnostic tool for the long-range shooter. This year it's available for tablets and smartphones, making it more mobile than the laptop version.
All hardcore long range guys know that keeping good data is critical. This system allows the shooter to see his hits, monitor group size, and track performance of specific loads. It will retail for about $549 and it will save you a lot of walking downrange.
Springfield has two great new handguns for 2014 in the 1911 Range Officer and XDS 4.0. Both of these guns are chambered in 9mm. The Range Officer is designed for competitive shooters who don't want the recoil of a .45. The 4.0 from the popular XDS line comes a barrel lengthened to 4 inches. It comes with two different magazines — a 7+1 and a 9+1 — which give shooters different grip options.
All of Surefire's previous suppressors were designed for the military and police market, though civilians could own them. This meant top-line products, but at a premium price. The Ryder 22A however was designed specifically for civilian shooters and hunters. It brings the great Surefire design and durability to a product that is affordable for the regular Joe. It weighs only 3.1 ounces and will retail for about $469.
If you haven't shot with a suppressor before, the Ryder 22A would make a great first can.