Volume 25, Number 7 December 2017


Designed as a lightweight hiker, the Arco GTX Lo serves competitive shooters as well—especially those who have tired of the tactical look. Features include a split-grain leather upper with TPU toe and heel-abrasion guards, a Gore-Tex lining, a climate-control footbed, and the Lowa Elika sole made of soft rubber. The cushioning provided by the rubber sole increases walking—and standing—comfort. Another big plus: The Arco GTX Lo can be re-soled. SRP: $210. (lowaboots.com) Photo by Slaton L. White



The new D.T. Master Retriever 1100 e-collar trainer in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage is built with rugged durability for those long days in the marsh. It’s waterproof and boasts a range of more than 1,000 yards, and the controller incorporates a sleek new design that fits right in your pocket or blind bag. Other features include 16 intensity levels of Gentle Touch Nick and Continuous e-Stim, Vibration Assist (no shock, vibration-only training stimulus), and a lockout option on the remote to prevent accidental stimulation. SRP: $199.99. (dtsystems.com)

 The Rookie features a stainless-steel blade and has a completely rounded safety tip and finger guard to prevent slippage, all of which makes it a good choice for a child’s first knife. In addition, the barrel-shaped birch handle is designed for small hands. And since it weighs only 1.8 ounces, it is light enough for younger users to safely handle and use. SRP: $19.99. (morakniv.se)

Be it ever so humble, the 5-gallon plastic bucket is an outdoor workhorse, used to haul all sorts of gear to deer camp or simply to store the pellets that feed a pellet grill. When Yeti took a close look at it, though, the manufacturer decided it could use some improvement. And as the company is known for over-engineering products such as coolers and coffee cups, the inevitable result is the Loadout (SRP: $39.99). But what really shines are the accessories that Yeti has designed to complement this “super bucket.” The Loadout Utility Belt (SRP: $39.99) features a QuadPocket design… [Read More]

The Vital X rangefinder accessory pocket is joining the 2018 Extreme line of pack accessories. Constructed of durable, 1,680D nylon ballistic fabric, the Vital X rangefinder pocket is specifically designed for ease of use and versatility on the hunt or at the range. A simple, one-snap attachment system makes it compatible with the Bino Harness X, as well as a wide variety of ALPS OutdoorZ packs. The padded main compartment provides a safe, compact storage space, and the quiet magnetic lid allows for quick and easy access to the rangefinder. SRP: $19.99. (www.alpsoutdoorz.com)

Five new folding liner-lock-style knives, all designed by Jared Wihongi, have been added to the Black Label line. The Equal is built with a hollow-ground, drop-point blade made of 7Cr17MoV stainless steel. The blade is a flipper-assist-opening design with a black stonewash finish and anti-skid grooves in the spine. The handle is made of textured black G-10 scales secured with flush-fit fasteners. A Buckmark pocket clip keeps the Equal within easy reach. Overall length is 8 ½ inches. SRP: $24.99. The Eradicate has a hollow-ground, tanto-style blade made of 440 stainless steel and features flipper-assist-opening, anti-skid grooves on the spine, a… [Read More]

Built off the Jase Robertson Pro Series reed design, the Pioneer is easy to blow, has a short barrel to maintain call pressure, and produces crisp and smooth sounds that mimic a mallard hen. SRP: $34.99. (duckcommander.com)

Springfield Armory’s Match-Dominating M1A Now Available in the Extreme-Precision Caliber Many Sharpshooters Prefer GENESEO, ILL. (12/08/17) – Springfield Armory’s M1A™ 6.5 Creedmoor Series has a hard-won reputation for handling any mission, any condition, any foe, at any range – and for taking home trophies from monster bucks to National Match crowns. Highly precise .308 WIN-chambered M1A models are found in the hands of elite tactical teams, snipers, backcountry hunters and competitive marksmen. Now skilled shooters can get legendary Springfield M1A durability in 6.5 Creedmoor caliber. With high muzzle velocity, low recoil, and extreme long-range accuracy, the Creedmoor round is becoming… [Read More]