Jan 19, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT
Day 2 of the actual show has come to a close, and it has again impressed me. I have seen things that will amaze you. I saw some cool products at all of the booths we hit today, and learned about a lot of old products as well. I learned that Irish Setter not only makes great boots, which I knew, they also make some amazing clothing as well. Lansky has some new tools that are cool and have their roots based in the 1800’s but is still practical today.
TenPoint Crossbows have some great new lighter bows coming out that will save your back and let you have room to swing it in a treestand. ATI has again revolutionized the stock gun stock, and brought out some new colors. Gun Vault has some new models that will keep your guns safe and even more accessible to those who should be able to access it.
Stoeger shotguns coach gun will get the 20 gauge fans back into the woods with an even more versatile shotgun. Kowa Optics has entered the blue-collar hunter’s price range with bino’s that won’t break the bank, but will still let you see the game.
I learned more today about GPS units from Magellan, and finally realize now how geo-caching can come in handing for hunters, they even have a unit that allows you to take video and photos while in the woods and it will remember where you were when you saw that image. Imagine being able to go out this time of year, walk an old rub line take pictures of the rubs, and have the GPS unit pinpoint each one on a topo map to show you how the bucks traverse the ground! I’m in love with that technology.
Steiner Optics out of Germany has finally entered the civilian scope market with their Predator Extreme scope. This scope isn’t for just predator hunters, in fact if you only used it for predators you’d be wasting its features. This scope is meant for some serious shooting, and it filters out the colors that aren’t needed to actually help you pick up game quicker and see it with a sharper image.
Remington and Marlin showed off their impressive lineup of firearms. I have to admit I love a classic looking lever action and Marlin did not let me down. Remington’s new Versamax shotgun is going to change how semiauto shotguns are designed. No longer do you need to worry about the size shells you shoot, just load and shoot, the gun will take care of the cycling. No tools are required, nor do you have to strip it, just load and shoot. I fell in love with it as well.
We next stopped by Real Avid, if you’ve never heard of them, you need to. NRA just graced them with some awards. Real Avid makes what is hands down the best gun tool on the market. I own one, and I can honestly say you won’t leave home without it once you get one.
I wrapped up my day at a coming out party for Eddie Bauer, yes the fancy clothing line is returning to its roots. For those of you who didn’t know, Eddie Bauer was originally an outdoor clothing line. They’re back, and it impressed me. I don’t know the costs yet on the gear, but I can tell you that it looks good, and was designed for function. I look for certain things in clothing, and every time I asked about something, they showed me that it was in there. There will be more from me on them in the future, and I can promise you, you’ll need to look to them for some new clothing come fall.
Well folks, it has been a very very long day for us here at SHOT Show 2012, and tomorrow promises to be even longer and better. I hope you all enjoy what I’m writing; I’m trying to find all of the new cool products to write about. Please remember I’m not paid by any of these companies, I’m just an average hunter like you who loves good, quality hunting gear.
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