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Combat Focus Shooting: Resolve to Protect… and Survive

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By Kevin Reese

Glock2It’s no secret, stories of home invasions, car-jackings, armed robberies, murders, assaults and even domestic violence are never-ending and the themes, eerily familiar, as they relate to the victims’ inability to protect themselves in one way or another; often, for gun owners, the shortcoming is a lack of effective defensive training. This New Year’s I challenge you to a resolution. Rather than focusing as much as we do on weight, finances or the next big promotion, try something a bit more selfless and impactful. Resolve to be the protector… and survivor your family may depend upon. For me, this critical commitment was launched by Rob Pincus’ life-changing Combat Focus Shooting program; in fact, consider CFS, as it relates to ending threats and surviving, the gift that keeps on giving.

Kevin IwoJima93The basic premise of Combat Focus Shooting, like many training programs, is survivability. I was familiar with this logic, first, because I want to survive just as much as the next person and second, my extensive Marine Corps handgun training, through countless hours of instruction and range time, also preached the same – we just didn’t train the same. Unlike my military training and qualification with a 1911, and most other training programs, survivability, pursuant to Combat Focus Shooting, hinges on distinctly different cornerstones, chiefly among them, a balance of speed and precision, and beginning with fundamental principles of defensive handgun shooting; the operative word being “defensive”, shooters should certainly possess at least basic handgun experience and study which equipment is deemed most appropriate for defensive shooting – walk on the rocks I stumbled on! Let me explain…

As a professional in the hunting and shooting industry, I knew Rob in advance but had no concept of the premise of the I.C.E. Firearm Training Combat Focus Shooting program. Like most of my Marine Corps buddies who had trained and qualified (I proudly qualified Rifle Expert, 6th Award, and Pistol Sharpshooter) and, indeed, all veterans exposed to concentrated handgun training, I thought I knew precisely how to defend myself and what gear I needed to do it. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

My first CFS experience was to have Pincus condemn my holster before my first drill.

“Put this on.”

ICE RAC7He handed me a new I.C.E. RAC Kydex OWB Holster and I did as he instructed, quickly changing holsters and joining the rest of the class for “balance of speed and precision” drills. This is the overwhelming theme of Combat Focus Shooting and a primary factor in survivability. The rest comes from instinctive, aggressive movements both in firearm manipulation and sustained fire without ever losing sight of the threat. In Pincus’ words, “If you’re looking down you’re not focused on the threat and if you’re not moving, you just might stay that way. Simple as that.”

Like a broken record, “balance of speed and precision” played on through every intense, physically grueling exercise from repeated, advanced versions of our first online drill to exhausting live-fire wind sprints and unnerving high-stress figure-eight drills. After two full days and 1,000 rounds of mentally and physically intense training, we survived. Of course, it’s worth noting the I.C.E. Kydex holster was a complete game-changer – the best I’ve ever used and still on my belt.

By the close of training, I was battered and bruised with rock-tape, expertly applied by CFS Instructor, Alessandro Padovani, running its X-pattern of support down the length of my strong-arm but I never broke… only persevered, learned and earned. I learned that before Combat Focus Shooting when I thought, as a concealed carrier, I knew everything I needed to in order to protect my family, I actually knew very little. I learned that the best way to protect my family is to train to stop a threat and survive to do it again if need be. Sadly, I also learned my beloved Marine Corps does not adequately equip my brothers-and-sisters in arms with training conducive to engaging an active shooter and surviving the experience.

CFS Coin6After training, Rob asked how I felt about Combat Focus Shooting. I chewed on his question for a moment, never truly answering. How does someone sum up a life-changing gift like CFS training in words that do it justice? You don’t. I was elated to have graduated the course, the prized CFS coin in hand, but my emotions were mixed. While elation was present so was humility and sadness. It wasn’t enough to acknowledge I knew much less than I thought, or even that personally, CFS was impactful beyond measure. I struggled with memories of the inadequate combat-focused handgun training I received as a Marine and that I suppose is still a disheartening reality.

At this time of year, when we search high and low for the right resolution to add depth and breadth to our lives, why not consider becoming the protector… and indeed the survivor, in the event of a threat, you are called to be? What better gift to your family is there than survivability? It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

CFS TargetAB-2CFS TargetC-2Side note – Balance of Speed and Precision is a simple concept. When engaging a threat your primary focus should never be precision accuracy, nor should it be to spray bullets in the actor’s general direction. Your best strategy for stopping an aggressor is somewhere in the middle, what Pincus refers to as the balance of speed and precision. Your goal should be to fire as rapidly as possible while maintaining a reasonable degree of accuracy; that is to say, keep your shots contained in an area referred to as the high-center chest.

CFS_Logo_GreenSpecial thanks to Combat Focus Shooting’s expert instructors Rob Pincus, Alessandro Padovani, Ken Crawford and Michael John Lowe, as well as fellow students and range hosts, Ken and Maggie Ortega.

I_C_E-Firearms-Training-Logo2Visit I.C.E. Firearm Training at http://www.icetraining.us or the Combat Focus Shooting website at http://www.combatfocusshooting.com for more training information and scheduled classes. More information about the best OWB holster I’ve ever used, Pincus’ personally designed I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster can be found here at http://www.nrablog.com/post/2014/08/21/The-ICE-RAC-Kydex-Holster-Range-and-Carry-Holsterse28099-Finest-Hour.aspx and in the following video. The I.C.E. RAC Holster can be purchased at I.C.E. Training (http://icestore.us/Holsters/I-C-E-RAC-Range-and-Carry-Kydex-Holster.html) or Global Outfitters (https://www.globaloutfitters.com/pages/Proshop/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=499).

More information can also be found in the following video:


Avoid Duck Decoy Tangles with Decoy Buddy

Click here to visit Decoy Buddy online!Any duck hunter who has been at this great pursuit for any length of time has experienced the exasperation of dealing with hopelessly tangled decoys.

Duck hunting is hard work, no doubt about it. Just getting to a duck hole is often a rigorous adventure, whether it’s a dark-of-night boat ride or a long trudge in waders pulling mud through chest-deep water. Then it’s time to set the decoy spread. All that time spent in the garage the night before the hunt, carefully wrapping decoy lines, securing anchors and bagging the dekes… a waste of time. With shooting light approaching and the sound of wings overhead, you’re still trying to untangle decoys.

Click here to visit Decoy Buddy online!Decoy Buddy, by Game Smart, is a weighted 8-ounce reel that hooks onto your
floating decoy. Simply pull out the amount of line needed for the depth of water you
are hunting, and toss out the decoy. No wasted time unwinding decoy lines, and best of all, no tangled mess of decoy lines to deal with in the dark.

Decoy Buddy also makes picking up decoys easy. Simply reel in the slack with the
built-in knobs, or use a removable handle that floats just in case it is dropped in the
water.

The Decoy Buddy was created by duck hunters and has evolved after years of trial
and development. It offers a balance of dependability to last many hunting seasons
and convenience that will spoil serious waterfowl hunters used to hard work in the
swamps and marshes.

The Decoy Buddy includes two holes for attaching accessories, and the anchor has teeth for a better hold on the bottom in windy conditions and currents.

The Decoy Buddy is available in 12- and 36-packs, or you can try a 3-pack for just
$19.99.

Visit www.decoybuddy.com for more information and to place an order, or ask for
Decoy Buddy at your local retailer.


The I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster: Range and Carry Holsters’ Finest Hour

How much innovation can you fit in I.C.E. Training’s new personal defense holster? Maybe enough to save a life!

By Kevin Reese

I_C_E-Firearms-Training-Logo2As someone licensed to carry a concealed firearm, with a ridiculous number of hours of handgun and shooting training over eight years of Marine Corps service and of course, concealed-carry training under my belt, I thought I was well-equipped for personal defense and survivability; I was wrong. I showed up to personal defense expert, Rob Pincus’ two-day Combat Focus Shooting training with a soft-sided outside the waistband (OWB) holster complete with Velcro strap, my Glock 17 Generation 4 and 1,000 rounds of my personal favorite factory ammunition, Federal’s American Eagle.

Just as quickly as I walked onto the pistol range, Rob Pincus himself escorted me back to the prep table. He didn’t smile or say much at all. He simply un-holstered my handgun and asked me to remove my holster. As I removed my personal holster, he handed me a new I.C.E. Range and Carry (RAC) Kydex Holster and instructed me to put it on, re-holster and join the other students for the morning’s training brief.

ICE-RAC Holster-smWhile I was familiar with molded holsters, including the one I owned for my standard-framed Glock 20 Gen 1, I was not a huge fan. In my experience many had clumsy releases I always fumbled with during drawing exercises. While I’ll acknowledge that showing up with such a poor excuse for a training holster and having it changed out in front of the class was a bit embarrassing (no one has ever accused Rob Pincus of being shy) I later counted it as the most positive equipment change I could recall in all of my handgun training experience.

During my Combat Focus Shooting training, I fired over 850 rounds with an average of four shots per repetition. Crunching numbers revealed I rapidly drew and holstered my Glock 17 Gen 4 at least 200 times without a single glance down to my side. Doing so or fumbling would have resulted in compromising drills and losing sight of my targets, especially during wind-sprint and figure-eight drills.

My first observation of the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster is that while it hugged my Glock and kept it passively secure, there was no inhibiting release mechanism. The result was a seamless, lightning-quick draw every time; in fact, my draw was more efficient than ever before! The outer wall is also shorter allowing for quicker clearing out of the holster, although the trigger assembly and magazine release are still protected. Throughout over 200 drawing and holstering repetitions, the holster’s passive grip design significantly improved vertical drawing and forward driving of my gun into a firing position.

rolled lip court ICEI.C.E.’s RAC holster also integrates a higher sweat guard against my body and rolled-back upper edge from front to back, something I’ve never seen on competing models, although I’m sure others will attempt to emulate this innovative feature. The rolled upper edge, combined with raised sweat guard keeps the gun higher and closer to my body while creating a funnel to accept my handgun in a safer, more vertical and efficient manner; I don’t have to fish for the opening like many holsters that may cause an unsafe habit of pointing the barrel towards my hip to avoid a collision with the holster’s top edge. Tins innovative design allowed for seamless, efficient holstering as quickly as I could possibly holster my handgun. From the beginning, I had never holstered more efficiently than with the I.C.E. RAC holster. The fact still holds true today.

The I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster was easy to install on my belt with the molded belt loops and wide platform and with 80-percent of the gun’s contour to the holster’s exterior face, it was comfortable all day long. Considering the extreme drills and physical movement I encountered throughout Combat Focus Shooting training, I can’t recall a single uncomfortable moment or instance of impeded mobility; at least, not from the holster although I’m sure I wasn’t the only one taking a few Ibuprofin in the evening! But, then again Rob Pincus doesn’t pull any punches. Your joints might hurt but survivability… and Combat Focus Shooting bragging rights are worth it.

I also noted minimal protrusion of my Glock 17 from the bottom of the holster. This open design still protected my handgun in any position while allowing for variations in length. For example, I can carry a Glock 17 and Glock 19 in the same holster.

Since the moment Mr. Pincus asked me to put it on, it’s been the only OWB holster I’ve carried. Simply put, while it’s certainly not the most expensive OWB holster I’ve owned, I’m a huge fan. Of course, after two days with Rob Pincus, I would expect nothing less than near-perfect “awesomeness”. His quest for perfection is about protecting what’s most important – truth be told, it’s not your handgun but this holster might disagree. Yes, it’s that good.

MSRP for the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster is $59.99 and, in my opinion, worth every penny.

To learn more about the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster and other great personal defense gear, visit the I.C.E. Firearm and Personal Defense Training Store at http://icestore.us/.

Click here to watch a video about the I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster ( http://youtu.be/KG8tQrO3wLM)

CFS_Logo_GreenTo learn more about Rob Pincus’ life-changing Combat Focus Shooting personal defense courses, visit www.CombatFocusShooting.com.


Cam-O-Bunk Bunk Bed Cot System Rises to the Top of Outdoor Sleeping

By Kevin Reese

Photoscape samplePursuing my passion outdoors as a lover of God’s creation, avid hunter, seasoned outdoor communicator and even, as you’ll see, a speaker, still leads to many primitive camping opportunities. Whether my assignments and adventures (often one in the same) lead to remote hunting trips, fishing excursions or just plain camping, I love it most in the company of others, especially my family. Each year, I also look forward to CrossTImbers’ Family Archery Adventure Camp in near Norman, Oklahoma, where most of us camp primitively and some of us are blessed to teach archery, shooting and hunting seminars to the young campers and their parents. It was in preparation for this camp recently, along with the knowledge that this time I would be sharing tent space with my younger brother, James Reese, and pseudo-brother, Brian Magee, from Fired Up Outdoors TV that I began a search for gear that I thought either might make us more comfortable or at least accommodate the three of us with a substantial amount of camping and instructional gear. My search landed me at Disc-O-Bed.com where I quickly found the Cam-O-Bunk XL. As soon as the web page populated I knew I had found something amazing.

camobunk8One of the most amazing, innovative camping products I’ve come across in all of my outdoor years, Disc-O-Bed’s Cam-O-Bunk XL Bunk Bed Cot System rises above the “cot-petition” if there is any to be had, and “stacks up” comfort better than any camp bedding I’ve ever come across, especially considering eight years of gritty, active duty Marine Corps living!

I received my Disc-O-Bed Cam-O-Bunk Cot System just days before the family adventure camp, not as a result of slow shipping, Dis-O-Bed was incredibly responsive; rather, as a result of ordering at the last moment. I did not have time to unpack or inspect it before leaving, I simply loaded the soft carrying cases with rest of my gear and headed north.

camobunk3Upon arriving at the campground and picking the perfect spot, I pulled the soft cases out, laid them on the ground and opened them up. The contents were packed and protected incredibly well with detailed assembly instructions on top. The frame pieces are comprised of heavy-duty anti-rust, powder coated steel components; honestly, there wasn’t a scratch to be found. I studied the instructions for a few minute and began building. I erected the first cot, then the second, stacked them in the tent and had them tethered less than 10 minutes after I had retrieved them from my truck. I couldn’t have asked for an easier-to-assemble, better fitting system!

camobunk2While the Cam-O-Bunk is quite roomy, boasting mat dimensions of 79-in. x 34.5-in., I was amazed at how compactly it fit into my Browning Camping Black Canyon tent; we had tons of extra room for our gear! The Cam-O-Bunk also features a rolled steel base to protect ground sinking and damage to tent floors and other surfaces.

My first night in the Cam-O-Bunk, after a long evening of bowfishing on a nearby lake, was one of incomparable camp comfort. At 44, camp sleep often comes with a few aches and pain the next morning; however, the way the cot’s 600-denier material held fast yet fit the contour of my body had me feeling as rested as I’ve ever felt. We even took in an afternoon nap – tent windows open, cool breeze blowing through – it was a slice of heaven I don’t often get to experience, or generally cared to, given previous camp-sleep experiences. After the nap, we converted this bunk bed cot system into a comfortable camp couch. Yes, we were the only folks in camp with a couch in our tent! Does it get any cooler than a couch in your tent? No, it doesn’t.

If I sound excited, I am! As a Marine Corps veteran, I immediately realized Cam-O-Bunks value well beyond a simple campsite. Disc-O-Bed has developed a product primitive or temporary medical, humanitarian or military quarters; hunting, fishing and camping outfitters; emergency or human services shelters; youth camps; extra bedding at home when the relatives drop in for the holidays, etc.

Looking high and low for something I didn’t like about Disc-O-Bed’s Cam-O-Bunk XL Bunk Bed Cot System was futile. The only worthwhile mention is weight. The entire system weighs about 60 pounds. While I wouldn’t suggest backpacking everywhere with it, Cam-O-Bunk is compact, easy to carry and even easier to transport.

camobunk4Disc-O-Bed also offers an array of great accessories, including a cabinet, footlocker, mosquito net, polypropylene mat, IV stand, extenders to create more space between bunks, and other innovative accessories. My system included side organizers that attach easily to the sides of each cot and provide more than enough room for my Glock 17, flashlight, smartphone, tablet, beverage, a good book and much more.

The Disc-O-Bed Cam-O-Bunk has taken its rightful place alongside my favorite outdoor gear. I can’t imagine spending another night in camp without it!

For more information about the Cam-O-Bunk XL and Disc-O-Bed’s other innovative products, visit www.discobed.com.


The Bass Pros Features Top Anglers and Best Bass Fishing Tips on TV

For Immediate Release – Dec. 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — If you want to fish like a rock star, there’s no better place to learn bass fishing tips than The Bass Pros, which airs on Outdoor Channel Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays at noon Eastern time. Viewers can learn from the world’s leading anglers including Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Rick Clunn, Tim Horton, Ott Defoe, Stacey King, and Brian Snowden.

For eight straight years, bass fishermen have found The Bass Pros to be one of the best shows on TV.  Now, season nine promises to deliver again. When it comes to bass fishing on television, this is the best place to learn how to catch more fish and make your time on the water more productive and fun.

Every episode of The Bass Pros features four to five top anglers who share their secrets for catching more big bass. The show features insightful segments such as In-Depth, which drills into the details to improve your fishing, and Fishin’-in-Five, a rapid-fire segment with the latest tips and current trends. Plus, Bass 101 provides solid advice for novice anglers and those who know their way around a rod and reel.

Tune into The Bass Pros and make sure you record it, too. This show is packed with so many fishing tips, you’ll want to rewind it and watch it again and again. Check out The Bass Pros video clip to get a taste of the fishing advice you can expect to see: http://vimeo.com/bassprovideo/the-bass-pros-trailer

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 90 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 36 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit www.basspro.com.  To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

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Browning Grants Signature Products Group (SPG) The Browning Pack License

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more Information:
Contact Andrew Howard (573) 898-3422

Signature Products Group (SPG) is proud to announce that starting January 1, 2015 they will be the official pack licensee for Browning. For 2015, SPG will unveil a completely new line of packs holding true to the Browning tradition of “The Best There Is.”

“We are thrilled to be taking on another Browning license. We’re especially excited to provide Browning hunting packs that reach the level of quality and performance that hunters expect. We have incorporated new innovative designs, materials, and features that live up to the Browning brand,” said SPG CEO, Dusty Zundel.

The brand new Browning Pack line will use Hypo-sonic™ and Mountain Crawler™ systems never before seen on the market. These systems focus on allowing the hunter to go farther, longer and faster.

“Our completely new line of Browning packs and bags were designed for hunters, by hunters.  We’re very excited to showcase all the innovations and features, many of which should change the market,” said Sales Manager, Geoff Maki. “We’re confident hunters everywhere will love this line…because your pack shouldn’t limit your hunt!”

The Browning Packs in the new line include a variety of day packs, lumbar packs, dry bags, dry duffels, luggage, a frame pack, map cases and casual backpacks.

Individual pack announcements will be available in 2015.

SPG is the official licensee of products for Browning®, Realtree®, Mossy Oak®, Ducks Unlimited®, Major League Bowhunter, Under Armour®, Dirty Bird™, Bone Collector®, Hard Core™, and Big Rack.

For more information on SPG , please visit www.spgcompany.com.


NEW BENJAMIN MARAUDER NOW AVAILABLE

PCP Air Rifle Built in America

 

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20
Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN

levans@crosman.com

Click here to visit Crosman.com!ROCHESTER, New York, (November 5, 2013) – Crosman Corporation announces availability of the Benjamin® Marauder®, the latest generation of its precharged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles for hunters and shooters, in .177, .22 and .25 calibers and featuring a synthetic stock and increased performance. An upgraded valve delivers a stunning 20% increase in shot count and increases power while delivering consistent velocities from the first trigger pull to the last.  The all-weather synthetic stock includes an adjustable comb for a customizable fit and was designed in concert with an improved trigger position for comfortable carry in the field. The new Marauder adds an integrated Resonance Dampener to the rifle’s popular sound suppression system that includes a full barrel shroud.

“The Benjamin brand is known for feature-rich products and the Marauder is a gun hunters will love to shoot. Enjoy a lot of trigger time with over 30 shots per fill in .177 and .22 calibers and 17 shots with the .25 caliber,” says Crosman Product Manager, Tom Clark. “The Marauder is an airgun for serious hunters that is capable of taking game as large as fox, turkeys and coyotes and quiet enough to take multiples from a single stand,” he said.

The new stock makes the rifle lighter than previous editions, and the comb provides 1.5 inches of adjustability to accommodate most any shooter.  The trigger has been moved rearward, and with a change in the grip angle and the redesigned stock, there is less hand and arm fatigue when carrying the rifle. The bolt is ambidextrous to accommodate left or right-handed shooters and the newly designed breech provides a more stable platform for larger scopes.

“It’s an all new experience that preserves the value advantage that has been the Marauder’s hallmark since its introduction in 2009”, added Clark. “The features and performance of this new Marauder rival those of PCP guns costing thousands more, and when you consider the low cost of airgun ammunition, it’s easy to see why the Marauder has quickly become the airgun for serious hunters and shooters.”

Click here to visit Crosman online!The Marauder has a two-stage, adjustable, match-grade trigger and an innovative multi-round magazine for fast follow-up shots. Depending on the caliber, muzzle velocities range from 900 to 1,100 feet per second (fps).  Foot pounds of energy (fpe) ranges from 21, with .177 caliber, to 32 fpe with .22 caliber and 50 fpe with .25 caliber.

The Benjamin Marauder in .177 and .22 calibers, have an MSRP of $620 and the MSRP of the .25 caliber is $660.  They are available now.

For additional information on the Benjamin Marauder  PCP air rifles, or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint product, Crosman Archery, or Game Face Airsoft products, visit the company’s Web sites at www.crosman.com, www.centerpointhunting.com, www.gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7 – AIRGUN (724-7486).

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Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod!

Finally, a hunter-friendly bipod!

By Kevin Reese

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!The obstinate Texas sun forced me further into the shaded recesses of an outcropping of oak trees along the edge of a field of coastal grass. Stretched before me was some 50 acres of heavily rooted soil with isolated clumps of grass, certainly too few to bail and monetize. The population of feral hogs in the area generating this damage had only been defined by the landowner as “thick”.

Hours later, as the sun’s oppression finally submitted to dropping temperatures and a darkening sky, a sounder of hogs flooded into the field on my left. I steadied behind my Smith & Wesson MP15T Tactical 5.56 AR-15 topped by an Aimpoint H34S Hunter red dot scope as the hogs continued to rush toward an area of the field quite a distance to my right. As they crossed in front of me, I attempted to plant my reticle on any hog offering a shot opportunity. Unfortunately, none of the hogs stopped, even after I noisily attempted to capture their attention long enough to get a shot. They ignored me and continued to traverse from left to right.

In the end, none of the hogs offered an opportunity; worse, when I attempted to track them from left to right, the legs of my bipod bulldozed the soil, prohibiting me from getting the shot opportunity I was after. I moved the bipod into another position on my right and attempted to acquire a target once more but they continued, making an ethical shot impossible.

I’m not the only increasingly frustrated hunter using restrictive bipods. As a hog hunter and hog hunting seminar instructor, I hear and read of failed hunts often and routinely meet others hoping for an alternative. Personally, I’ve spent hours searching for a swivel bipod  only to find that “swivel” simply means the vertical pivot that allows a rifle to be held vertically straight or rested on its side at an angle. By in large, I’ve found that “Swivel” DOES NOT mean the ability to swing or track targets moving from left to right – the very functionality we require as hunters using bipods.

As important as functionality, I need a bipod to be durable and dependable; in short, trustable. As a Special Hog Weapons and Tactics (SHWAT) Pro Staff Hunter and Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) member, I am demanding of the equipment I use. The extreme rigors I put gear through means I have to trust those products to survive my pursuits and perform flawlessly afterwards. The good news for me… and you is that OpticsPlanet offers a bipod that meets those demands – the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod.

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!

The Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod is the real deal! Like most sitting and kneeling position bipods, it’s adjustable to fit your sitting or kneeling height from 13.5 to 23 inches. Like many other bipods, it also includes adjustability on a vertical pivot but unlike some, you can lock down the vertical pivot position. While a vertical pivot is where some of best bipods end, it’s just the beginning for the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod I received last week. True to its name, a second swivel axis allows for horizontal rotation. This means I can effortlessly track and lead targets on a horizontal plane. This function would have equated to hogs on the ground instead of another missed opportunity if I had ordered it a few days earlier!

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!More than vertical and horizontal adjustability, I love the Rapid-Adjust Lever Lock feature and easy installation. Even better for long predator and hog hunting excursions, especially in run-and-gun situations, this lightweight 18-ounce bipod is an easy tote. Did I know it was there? Sure. Did it bother me? No. My carry throughout the day was an easy haul.

Other positives I found on this bipod included easy installation and hunt-proven all-metal construction, spring-retractable tubular legs with slip resistant rubber feet, perfect for quick target acquisition on uneven terrain.

The only “con” (term used lightly) I found with the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod was in the tubular legs. I would love to see ribbed lower legs that further assist in ensuring level shooting; however, as a final thought, I can honestly say I have not experienced any negative consequence related to not having the ribs – it’s simply a personal preference. It certainly would never keep me from using this particular bipod.

Click here to visit OpticsPlanet.com!I spent some trigger time with the Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod this weekend. Refreshing doesn’t begin to convey my excitement over this bipod. I engaged numerous targets throughout a horizontal plane without adjusting the bipod legs or my own body. I also tracked numerous critters during a sit in the woods; however, shot opportunities eluded me – not as a fault of this truly incredible bipod! The Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod has taken its rightful place as my bipod of choice for future pursuits and I look forward to making good on those missed opportunities in the near future.


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Crosman’s Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle

Wild, Wooly and Ready for Hogs, Deer and More!

By Kevin Reese

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Is an air rifle enough to stop that next bruiser boar or buck of a lifetime? A quick trip back to the Lewis and Clark expedition would answer that question through proven results; in fact, their single Girandoni air rifle is considered by many to be the REAL gun that won the west. The .46-caliber Girandoni fired up to 40 shots on a single charge and the tube magazine held up to 22 rounds that could be emptied in less than 30 seconds.

Girandoni Air Rifle courtesy of the U.S. Army

August 30, 1803 – “Left Pittsburgh this day at 11 ock with a party of 11 hands 7 of which are soldiers, a pilot and three young men on trial they having proposed to go with me throughout the voyage. Arrived at Bruno’s Island 3 miles below halted a few minutes. Went on shore and being invited on by some of the gentlemen present to try my airgun which I had purchased brought it on shore charged it and fired myself seven times fifty-five yards with pretty good success.”

(Lewis and Clark Journals, Volume 1)

Lewis and Clark’s journals, comprised of 13 volumes and more than a million words, refer to the Girandoni air rifle 39 times. While they also had 22 muzzleloaders it was the Girandoni air rifle they turned to repeatedly to demonstrate superior fire power to Native Americans, a move more than anything to protect the contents of their keel vessel.

While the expedition only had one Girandoni, tribe leaders could and did assume the keel vessel was loaded down with them and the thought of 38 men firing 22 .46-caliber balls accurately in less than 30 seconds was quite intimidating.

The rifle was also used effectively for big game hunting and was the perfect answer for repeatable fire without compromising powder supplies needed for the 22 muzzleloaders. Merriweather Lewis’ use of the Girandoni rifle nearly single handedly assured safe passage and charting of the west for future expansion and certainly proved its worth in hunting.

Check out this informative video about the Girandoni’s Air Rifle’s rich history from NRA-History:

Today, people continue to depend on air rifles and other firearms to provide for their families’ sustenance, including big game. The good news, however, is that unlike the 1,500 pumping repetitions required to hand-fill the Girandoni, today’s charging systems aren’t nearly as arduous.

While smaller caliber air rifles may operate off of factory sealed disposable tanks or age-old hand-pumps, high-powered, big-game-oriented rifles like my personal favorite, Crosman’s Benjamin Rogue .357-caliber Precision Air Rifle, are easily charged up to 3,000-psi with a 3,000- to 3,500-psi scuba-style air tank.

The Benjamin Rogue also does not look anything like Lewis’ Girandoni. While both are considered PCP systems, the Rogue’s patent-pending ePCP™ technologyePCP™ technologyePCP™ technologyePCP™ technology means more versatility and increased power while the patent-pending eVALVE system makes for more efficient use of the air charge via precision, user-selected distribution options. Shooters not only have some great ammunition choices to make, including round-nosed, flat-nosed and Nosler’s eXTREME ballistic tip bullets, they can even use their own cast .357-caliber pellets.

Click here to visit Crosman online!The Rogue’s EPiC™ LED display and selection buttons allow configuration of key ballistic elements including medium-high foot-pounds of energy/velocity options and bullet weights of medium (up to 145 grains) and high (over 145 grains). The rifle even includes manual mode setting. In manual mode, the shooter can calibrate air pressure and valve-release delay to experiment with ballistics and achieve optimum performance from their favorite heart-stopping pellet!

Click here to visit Crosman online!While the Benjamin Rogue can make for a tough carrier over long distances, Crosman’s Center-Point 4-16x44mm riflescope does shave that walk down a tad and a picatinny rail system allows for added accessories to increase fit, form and function according to individual needs.

On the Benjamin Rogue air rifle I worked with, I used the picatinny rail to mount interchangeable sitting and kneeling bipods and a Hawglite Sabre high-intensity red LED tactical lighting system that gets me out to well over 100 yards; however, I try to keep larger animals like coyotes, deer and hogs within 75 yards.

Click here to visit Crosman online!

Nearly all states allow hunting with air guns in some form or another; check your state regulations for game specific applications, especially before chasing larger animals like deer, hogs, bear and other traditionally recognized big game animals normally taken with firearms or archery equipment. Here in Texas, the Benjamin Rogue .357 is tough enough to take down the biggest boars in the woods and often quiet enough to anchor more than one of those pesky, yet tasty eating bruisers! That means deer also are easy prey for the Rogue – pick your poison!

Imagine the buzz circulating your deer or hog hunting camp when you drop the hammer on your next success story with an air rifle! The Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle is more than enough to get the job done for you and is by far my favorite air rifle offering to date. Check out these happy hunters!

Ed Schultz and Chip Hunnicut take a great hog with the Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle - Photo courtesy of Ed Schultz

Chip Hunnicut take a great velvet buck with the Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle - Photo courtesy of Chip Hunnicutt

ALMOST All the Right Stuff – What I wasn’t so excited about…

Part of field testing some amazing products is really isolating opportunities for improvement. While I feel Crosman really has something special in the Benjamin Rogue, again, it’s my current favorite, hands down, there are two areas of improvement worth mentioning.

First, loading the magazine with pellets and subsequently loading that magazine into the rifle’s action took quite a bit of practice. While loading the magazine with pellets I dropped my fair share (In Crosman’s defense the instruction manual warned me to cover the opposite opening with my finger).

Second, while there is a picatinny rail located at the bottom of the handguard more rails on the sides of the handguard would be a great addition. The lower rail could be used for a bipod while side rails could accommodate systems like the Hawglite Goblin or Crimson Trace CMR-201 Rail Master laser; product reviews for another day. With one rail accessories are either stacked or not added. This may be a great opportunity to offer an array of handguards.

Final Thoughts

Part of my fascination with air rifles is simply nostalgia. Time on an air rifle reminds me of time spent shooting with my dad… and even my mother; she’s a heck of a shot, too! With my son, that air rifle legacy continues. His aversion to loud noises, a product of sensory integration, means that shooting air rifles even offers some therapeutic benefits in that he gets to enjoy shooting while avoiding the report of larger firearms, bothersome to him even with hearing protection. At some point, conditioning should resolve his aversion but we choose to eat sensory integration as we would an elephant. Whether shooting a .17-caliber or my wild and wooly Benjamin Rogue .357, Jacob is ready to go.

Hunt hard, hunt often and consider taking the Crosman Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle on your next hunting adventure!

Learn more about Lewis and Clark’s incredible expedition at www.archives.gov/education/lessons/lewis-clark 

Learn more about the Girandoni Air Rifle visit home.NRA.org/history and type Girandoni Air Rifle in the search field.

Visit www.Crosman.com, www.Brownells.com, www.Hawglite.com and www.CrimsonTrace.com to learn more about the Benjamin Rogue .357 and other great shooting and hunting accessories.

 


SPYPOINT’S LIVE 3G: TOP DOG IN TRAIL CAMERA EVOLUTION

Improving scouting and odds of criminal prosecution one photo at a time… 

By Kevin Reese 

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!Much of my writing over the years has revolved around scouting and preparation as key elements of successful and ethical hunting. While trap, game or trail cameras have been around for over 100 years, the past 15 years have demonstrated the single most aggressive swing in trail camera use for scouting and preparation. And, while trail cameras do significantly improve our ability to scout, plan and hunt, cameras are steadily evolving to include security. Over the past five years I’ve followed the security aspect of trail camera use quite closely and have enjoyed watching advances applied to one model after another. One company I’ve watched carefully over the past several years is SpyPoint.

From the IR-B in 2008, through the game changing technology built into the Tiny-W cameras, to the 2013 SpyPoint Live 3G, I’ve watched SpyPoint consistently walk the leading edge of trail camera technology. More importantly, they do so with such dedication to the protection and security of their clients there is little need to look elsewhere for multitasking products that not only track your wildlife, but give you a fighting chance to catch thugs in the act! And, as you’ll learn, the Live 3G, SpyPoint’s latest high-tech offering, has an added surprise sure to take accountability to new heights.

Live 3G – Finally, Affordable Cell Service!

While the rest of the trail camera marketplace focuses on cost-prohibitive cellular servicing, ridiculously high resolution that most hunters really don’t care much about and adding sound to video clips, SpyPoint has already been there, done that. Sure the SpyPoint Pro-X is a great at 12MP and the use of high resolution photos resonates with wildlife photographers, we don’t necessarily need that much resolution, or that much storage eaten up, to scout or catch a bad guy.

Today’s SpyPoint cameras focus on offering the best combination of scouting and security currently available. While SpyPoint still offers high resolution cameras for discerning wildlife photographers, the latest SpyPoint homeruns, the Tiny W-2 and Live 3G offer 8MP resolution to capture detail those important details without needlessly filling up your SD card. Want Black LED’s, video sound, wifi, cellular, resolution, simple interface and integrated viewers? SpyPoint has all of them! But, there’s more… and that “more” is going to do more than shock you… it will rock the world of criminals everywhere!

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Hunter’s Best Friend, Punks Worst NIGHTMARE! 

Imagine someone at the top listening to your whims, wishes, moans and groans then actually addressing them! Now imagine a company listening to the wish lists and gripes of people using other manufacturers’ trail cameras? What don’t they like? What can we do to help them? Let’s be honest, what’s on your trail camera wish list? Let me drop a boot by sharing what I would like to see in a trail camera:

  • Decent resolution but not over the top
  • Video with sound, if that turns my rotors
  • Faster trigger times – I mean, down to zero!
  • Multiple detection zones – see trigger time… not a back leg!
  • Affordable cellular service – I’m on a budget
  • Integrated viewing and configuration window, controls
  • Multi-Shot capabilities
  • Reduced, or increased, shot intervals – depending on my mood
  • Most Important – I want to catch the trash who stole my camera
  • I want to drive to his house and get my camera back!

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Now, let me drop the other boot… IT’S HERE!

I recently setup my new SpyPoint Live 3G and found out some great things along the way! The Live 3G can be used as a stand-alone or cellular based trail camera. The cellular service knocked me for a loop; I was a bit scared of the cost factor; I had played with others and paid dearly for it. To my surprise, the cost is incredibly affordable. SpyPoint Live 3G allows you to use your current AT&T account or a pay as you go Truphone account.

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Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!The first step in my Live 3G experience was to create a MySpyPoint.com account. MySpyPoint.com hosts webpages I use to manage my camera settings and manage my images. In MySpyPoint.com, I dictate image intervals, camera modes and other camera settings. Part of settings is the type of image I would like to transmit. Since I elected to keep my data at 100mb per month (no more than $15 monthly), I chose to transmit thumbnails with the option to download full size images with the click of a button. After thumbnail transmission, the thumbnails appear on my content management page. Along with image transmissions, I used MySpyPoint.com configuration settings to receive text and email messages whenever images are transmitted.

The camera comes with a Truphone sim card; however, again, you can elect to use your AT&T sim card. I chose Truphone to minimize my costs. Once the sim card is activated and the camera is registered with MySpyPoint.com, your camera in ready to communicate.

Full-sized images are taken at intervals you select, down to every 10 seconds and resolution is set at 8MP. Five (5) zones of detection mean a blistering fast trigger speed, down to zero seconds. IR technology has improved dramatically over the years. The Live 3G utilizes 48 LED lights to capture images out to at least 50 feet on the darkest of nights. My personal SpyPoint Live 3G is capturing every bit of 50 feet… and a few feet more with exceptional clarity.

Click here to visit SpyPoint.com!The security features are where this camera trumps everything else on the market! Not only do you capture images of perpetrators, those photos are transmitted for download. The camera also sends messages to your cell phone that your camera is being moved. You can even report the camera stolen in MySpyPoint.com. Reporting the Live 3G stolen locks the camera up (until you retrieve it) and provides you with GPS coordinates for your camera every 10 minutes! That’s right, the Live 3G has a tracking device! Imagine the punk’s surprise when you show up at his door, perhaps with the local authorities, and demand your camera back. To help you on your search, you’ve likely already captured images of the perpetrator! Security at its finest – If you want peace of mine, you need SpyPoint Live 3G!

What’s this world coming to, you ask? It’s coming to a place where honest people reclaim the upper hand. Much like video cameras record the good, bad and ugly of daily life, SpyPoint captures the good, bad and ugly of our outdoor lifestyle. Since the late 1800s, trail cameras have been used to answer questions. Today’s cameras, like the SpyPoint Live 3G, answers many more questions than some people bargain for.

So, What’s NOT to Like?

“Not like” is such a strong term. It’s not a dislike inasmuch as it’s a “wish I had”.  After all, the Live 3G is, by far, my favorite of SpyPoint’s entire lineup… and I’ve used a number of different models over the years.  So, here is what I wish I had in the Live 3G. I would love to be able to synchronize on demand. It may already exist; however, if it does then my gripe would be that the instructions, from what I read, did not reveal how I might activate that function. If I could push a button and automatically synchronize that would take my trail cameras desires right over the top!

A second improvement would be to add an outdoor booster to improve cellular signal and transmission. This is NOT a fault of the camera but I would love to see a battery powered external cellular signal booster to reach even further off the beaten path.

Final Thoughts

Even considering the cons that, frankly, I really had to search high and low for, the Live 3G is by far my favorite of not just SpyPoint’s offerings, but all trail camera offerings. As I mentioned earlier, the innovation, details and dedication to quality evident in this model assures me that SpyPoint cares about more than just my scouting, they care about protecting my best interests. Even better, they give me recourse that NO OTHER trail camera to date offers. The SpyPoint Live 3G has been such a mind-blowing joy ride, I can’t imagine what they’ll come up with next!

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For more information about SpyPoint’s incredible line of trail cameras and their latest ultra-cool product, The Xcel HD Action Camera (Watch for that review soon!), visit www.SpyPoint.com.


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Too Hot to Hunt?

Getting refined by the fire!

By Kevin Reese

Kevin is Overheated and Some Say a Little CrazyEvery summer the same the excuse batters my eardrums. “It’s too hot to hunt!” If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times before. While last summer was indeed a tough nut to crack, scores of hunters, myself included, peeled themselves off of the couch to hit the woods. While sitting in triple digit temperatures is not fun in and of itself, hunting is fun no matter the season; in fact, I’ve killed more feral hogs during our blistering summers than any other time of year; however, the grit to get out there is not enough to garner success. Check out these great tips for not just surviving summer hunting, but bringing home the bacon.

Scent Control and Playing the Wind

Kevin's Summer Collection!

Kevin’s Summer Collection!

The most significant obstacle to successful summer hunting is scent control. Getting close is key no matter when you’re hunting. Wash your clothes in scent eliminating detergent and dry with scent eliminating fabric softening dryer sheets. Carry your clothes in a scent proof bag to your hunting property if possible. Shower with scent eliminating shampoo and soap. Use scent eliminating deodorant and toothpaste to finish the preparation phase. Before heading to your stand or ground blind, make sure you spray yourself (or have your buddy spray you) from top to bottom, front to back. Make sure you spray the bottom of your boots – doing so reduces or eliminates the scent trail you create while walking to your setup. Dead Down Wind offers a great scent eliminating system; however, other products, like ThermaCELL also offer great protection in the form of cover scent while also keeping pesky mosquitoes at bay. Used in conjunction, Dead Down Wind and ThermaCELL can be a downright deadly combination!

Click here to visit DeadDownWind.com!While scent control up front is great, hunting in hot temperatures presents a secondary scent issue. When it’s hot we sweat, no great epiphany there; however, while you perspire you create scent. The secondary problem is that no matter how well you prepare with scent control products, actively making scent while you hunt means other strategies must come into play. When possible I get my scent off the ground by hunting tree stands. More than that, wind direction is critical. Bad wind, bad day, good wind, great day! Proper preparation with scent control products, getting off the ground and hunting downwind of your prey means you can still beat the best noses in the woods.

Keep Your Cool

Keeping cool is tough business during our summer months. Let’s face it; no matter what you do you’re not going to trick your brain into thinking the temperature has dropped. But, freezing a large bottle of water to drink on stand is a great idea. While you hunt, the ice in your bottle continues to melt; the result is ice water that lasts quite a while!

Click here to visit FroggToggs.com!Frog Toggs offers a great product to keep you cool in the woods. Wet their Chilly Pad Cooling Towel in water and place in a sandwich bag. When you begin your hunt, remove the towel from the baggy and lay over the back of your neck or your head. The dampened towel stays cool to the touch for hours – how refreshing! Keep a spray bottle of Dead Down Wind with you. As you also use your towel to wipe away sweat, spray your Chilly Pad Cooling Pad with the scent eliminating spray. Not only does this get rid of your sweaty stench, it acts to continually refresh the cooling property of this ultra-cool Frog Toggs product.

Click here to visit AlpenOptics.com!It doesn’t take long to realize that every move takes physical exertion and that exertion heats your body. I carry good optics, like my Alpen Rainier 10×42’s in the woods whether hot or cold; however, the point is that when it’s hot, I watch more and walk less! When I get to my spot, hunting is much ado about glassing, on-the-fly scent control and cooling down anyway – it would be plain silly to not have your binos! Who would have thought optics played a role in keeping you cooler? It’s true!

Hunting from tree stands in hot temperatures does more than just get your scent off the ground. It keeps you in circulating air rather than the often stagnant hot air encountered in a stuffy ground blind. Nothing feels better on a hot summer day than a little breeze!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

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Guts, Grit and Glory

Another hot one in the books!Those of us who venture into the woods to become one with our outdoor heritage in temperatures easily topping 100 degrees are a rare breed indeed. While we would certainly prefer cooler temperatures, hot weather is simply a part of life here and is not likely to change in our lifetime. So reality then begs the question, do you have the guts and grit to go after the glory?

Hunt hard, hunt year round.


Focus….With The Boreal

New Addition To The Waterfowl Line Keeps Waterfowler’s Focused On the Sky in The Coldest Conditions.

Click here to visit SitkaGear.com!Bozeman, MT. Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear, is excited to announce a new addition to their waterfowl line for 2013; the Boreal Jacket.

Click here to visit SitkaGear.com!The Boreal incorporates the protection of a GORE-TEX® membrane with the warmth of 650 fill down. The build of this jacket maximizes mobility to keep you free to swing and shoot, but delivers the ultimate in warmth and shelter from the elements. Mix that with a feature set that is classic minimalistic Sitka, but absolutely functional for even the pro’s.

Boreal Jacket Specs:

  • 2 Chest, 2 Shell Pockets
  • Fully Adjustable Rotating Hood
  • Articulated Patterning
  • Water Sealing Cuffs
  • Sizes: M-3XL
  • GORE™ OPTIFADEConcealment      Marsh
  • MSRP:  $599

About Sitka Gear
Sitka Gear is the leading manufacturer of high-performance hunting apparel that utilizes cutting-edge technology to keep hunters warm, dry and comfortable in any condition. For more information about Sitka visit www.sitkagear.com or call 877.SITKA-GR.


MOULTRIE’S EASY-LOCK FEEDER – NO TOOLS? NO LADDER? NO PROBLEM!

Moultrie’s Easy-Lock Feeder requires no tools or ladder!

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Click here to visit MoultrieFeeders.com!Alabaster, Alabama – The world’s most popular game feeder company, Moultrie Products, LLC, has just introduced its new 30 gallon Easy-Lock feeder. Assembled without tools in a matter of minutes, and capable of being assembled, programmed and filled without a ladder, this feeder makes everything simple. The new, Natural Green UV resistant color of the Easy-Lock help it blend with any surrounding and with the simple assembly and installation process, it will quickly find a home almost anywhere.

No longer will assembling a feeder require countless man hours and several tools. It’s simple really: just fasten the tapered hopper with included wing nuts, screw on the cap, twist and lock the feeder kit into place, and secure the legs – all in less than 10 minutes. At an assembled height of 6’, the side mounted control panel allows for easy programming while the hopper can be easily refilled; all without the help of a cumbersome stepladder.

Efficiently designed, the Easy-Lock features a built-in, resource saving, feed level estimator; allowing the user to know exactly how much is left and when to refill. What better way to take game inventory then by placing a camera near the feeder? Now, Moultrie integrated three mounts on top of the Easy-Lock for the installation of optional game cameras. Also sporting square locking legs that are 30% stronger than poles, moving this feeder is now easier and faster than ever.

The simple to access and program control panel allows the Easy-Lock to be completely customized. Keep those animals fat and happy with up to 6 programed feedings a day, each lasting between 1 and 20 seconds. The built in varmint guard along and metal funnel and spin plate will discourage unwanted rascals from hanging around, while the solid metal feeder feet keep the Easy-Lock in place. Allowing for constant monitoring of battery strength, the digital battery level monitor keeps an eye on the 6-volt battery. If more power is desired, the power port allows for the addition of an external power source such as the new Feeder PowerPanel.

Moultrie’s 30-Gallon Easy-Lock retails for $149.99 and is available online at www.moultriefeeders.com or at fine retailers everywhere.Click here to visit MoultrieFeeders.com!

Click here to visit MoultrieFeeders.com!Company Description:
Moultrie is the most recognizable game management brand in the industry. Moultrie develops and manufactures feeders, spreaders, sprayers, scouting cameras, feed supplements and accessories for deer, turkeys, hogs and fish. With over 30 years of experience, Moultrie is an expert in game observation and management. Moultrie is a division of PRADCO Outdoor brands. You can visit Moultrie on the web at www.moultriefeeders.com.


CX Maxima RED

The new Maxima RED is a breakthrough in controlling Dynamic Spine.

By Bob Humphrey
(Republished with permission from Glenn Walker, Providence Marketing Group)

   Click here to visit CarbonExpressArrows.com!Football aficionados know the significance of the red zone.  It’s the most important part  of the football field.  Control the red zone and you control the game.  Unlike a football field, the most critical part of an arrow shaft is in the middle.  That’s why the folks at Carbon Express refer to the middle of their new Maxima RED arrows as the “RED ZONE.”  And they’ve figured out a way to manage dynamic arrow spine there, and put you in control of the game.

Background

The nock, shaft and broadhead represent something of a “holey” trinity of bowhunting, holey in this case referring to how close you come to putting successive arrows in the same hole.

The more you control these variables, the better you shoot, and the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.  And it’s probably fair to say that of the three, the shaft is the most important variable.Click here to visit CarbonExpressArrows.com!

Consistency

Consistency is the ultimate goal of those who shoot, and make arrows.  Greater consistency in materials and construction produces greater consistency in results, which is essentially the definition of precision.  It also leads to increased accuracy.

The Carbon Express design and engineering team has always gone to great lengths to ensure their arrows are consistent, and as a result, your shooting is more accurate.  They use some of the most sophisticated equipment in the industry for manufacturing and testing their arrows for straightness, weight and static spine (the relative stiffness of a shaft).  Tighter tolerances in all three produce greater precision and accuracy.  In short, you shoot better.

It is sometimes said, in sports and in business that getting to the top is tough, but staying there is tougher.  Carbon Express has long held a position among the leaders in terms of arrow straightness and weight consistency, but they’ve never been content to rest on their laurels.  Still unsatisfied with the results, they recently decided it was time to look elsewhere, at dynamic spine, to build a better arrow.

If there’s a holy trinity, there’s also an “un-holey” trinity of arrow performance: Archer’s Paradox, Oscillation and Planning.

Archer’s paradox refers to the phenomenon where an arrow does not travel precisely in the direction it is pointed when the bowstring is released.  At release, there is a sudden and explosive transfer of energy from the bowstring to the arrow, which causes the shaft to bend, or flex.  The relative stiffness – how much it flexes – is referred to as dynamic spine.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  The shaft first bends one way, then the other, and continues to bend or oscillate as it flies, until it eventually recovers and flies straight.  The greater and more prolonged the oscillation, the less stable the flight, and the less accurate the shot.

At the front of this flying arrow shaft is a broadhead, the blades of which act like “wings,” causing it to plane.  They also exaggerate the effects of arrow flexing and oscillation in flight, which reduces accuracy and increases the time and effort required for tuning.  The quicker and more effectively you can control these factors, the more precise and accurate the shot.

Until now, dynamic spine was managed by giving careful consideration to all the following variables:

  1. Arrow shaft material, length, diameter and wall thickness
  2. Fletching weight, angle, shape and clearance
  3. Nock weight and fit
  4. Precision Point weight and style
  5. Arrow rest type and positioning

If only there was an easier way to manage dynamic spine.

A New Wave

You can’t alter the laws of physics, and therefore archer’s paradox.  However, the engineers at Carbon Express discovered a way to use physics against archer’s paradox.  By restricting the dynamic spine flexing to the center of the shaft – the RED ZONE – instead of on the ends (like most arrows), they produced a shaft that oscillates less than other arrows.  As a result, the arrow recovers from archer’s paradox oscillation – becomes stable – more quickly and thus produces dramatically improved accuracy, especially when shooting a broadhead.  It also de-emphasizes the importance of the other variables.  The Maxima® RED™ manages dynamic spine so well, it only requires two spine sizes to match bows from 40-92 pound of draw weight.

How

The Maxima RED is extremely forgiving because of the way it’s built.  Carbon Express uses proprietary manufacturing techniques, different types of carbon and a new, hi-tech carbon design to build the shaft.  Stiffer ends contain the arrow’s flex to “RED ZONE”™® when launched and throughout its flight.  The process also produces superior spine consistency with matched weight of each arrow in a boxed set.

But Wait… There’s More

In case the above is not enough to convince you, Maxima RED arrows are also loaded with other features, some of which are already familiar to Carbon Express shooters.Click here to visit CarbonExpressArrows.com!

LaunchPad Precision Nocks – Designed in concert with development of the Maxima RED, they provide precise contact points for controlled arrow release, an aligned nock barrel for truer arrow flight and have a concentric design to center the nock in the arrow shaft for more consistent performance.

Performance Blazer Vanes – Addressing the effects of dynamic spine allows the use of lighter, shorter vanes, which further enhances speed and accuracy.

Diamond Weave Finish – The Carbon Express patented outer layer process uses 100 percent diamond weave carbon for improved stiffness and spine consistency.

BuffTuff® – This super strong outer finish enhances toughness while reducing friction and noise.

K-360º – Carbon Express’ patented process integrates 100% low modular carbon weave into the outer layer of an arrow for excellent strength and spine consistency

BullDog™ Nock Collar – Created with aircraft-grade aluminum, the BullDog nock collar was specifically designed to form-fit over the back end of the arrow shaft to protect it from nock-end impact damage.

Tolerance – Carbon Express laser-checks arrow spines and arrow straightness of 0.0001 of an inch to ensure each set meets their rigorous standards.  And unlike most manufacturers, Carbon Express straightness tolerances are maximum measurements, not averages.  Straightness of +/- 0.0025″ Max. and a weight tolerance of ” 1.0 grains place the Maxima RED at the top of its class.

Recap

When the game is close you need an edge.  Carbon Express has figured out a way to manage dynamic arrow spine, confining it to the “RED ZONE,” making their new Maxima RED arrows a real game changer that will help you score big this season.

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HOG HUNTERS = YEAR ROUND PROBLEM SOLVERS

“Uh, Houston Corsicana, we have a problem!”

By Kevin Reese

Hog Eye for the Huntin' Guy!It should be no surprise that we are overrun with feral hogs in many parts of the state, Navarro County included. Over the past 10 years I’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of road-killed hogs on the side of the road, next to twisted bumpers and broken glass. Estimates put our Lone Star “prob-ulation” as high as 3 million hogs while annual damage is now consistently over $400 million in Texas alone. And, as a side note, hogs are now in at least 39 states and four Canadian provinces! It’s also worth noting that our state is home to roughly 50% of the nation’s feral hog population. Along with creating hazards for livestock on ranchlands, destroying crops, rooting yards and destroying vehicles, they compete with indigenous wildlife here in Texas… and win!

While hogs are not considered “big game” in Texas, hunting them with a rifle or bow is similar to deer hunting. Strategies for hunting hogs parallel proven methods of successful deer hunting. Like scouting for deer, scouting your ground for hog sign is critical to establishing that your hunting ground has some uninvited guests. Scan your property for rooting, hoof prints, scat, wallows and mud on trees. Use a trail camera to catch them in action. Ensure your camera boasts great night surveillance capabilities. I currently use a SpyPoint Tiny-W2 that allows me to check photos from my game cameras without walking into the setup. The Tiny-W2 assures me of clear day and night wildlife photos that give me useful behavior information. Although patterning can be downright maddening, a trail camera also helps bridge that gap.

ü  HOT TIP: Hogs do what they want, when they want to do it. If you’ve patterned hogs two days in a row, be in the stand on the third day… they generally do not keep a long term routine, especially with any human activity.

If you find hog activity, it’s time to pick your poison. Will you hunt with a bow, rifle, handgun or dogs? Will you spot-and-stalk or still hunt? Will you hunt from a treestand, natural cover or a ground blind? Hogs possess one of the greatest noses in the woods, if not THE greatest. Some reports claim hogs can pick up your scent on the wind as far as seven miles away! Will you be ready? How is your scent control routine?

Click here to visit Dead Down Wind Online!HOT TIP: Dead Down Wind is the best scent eliminating system I’ve used! From washing my body and clothes to brushing my teeth and even wiping away sweat on the hunt, Dead Down Wind offers highly effective scent elimination in all areas of control – I’ve put it to the test against Texas’ best noses!

Hogs also are incredibly intelligent. They know their environment and recognize changes quickly. Placing a ground blind means brushing it in and leaving it up to ensure that if they do pick up it up, they become comfortable with it. Many blinds also use scent eliminating technology. This year’s blind, my Ameristep Switch Ground Blind, offers another layer of scent control while concealing movement. Even with a great blind system, scent control is still critical. Ensure your blind or stand setup is downwind from where you expect hogs to be active and actively work to control your scent.

Spot and stalk hunting is also effective but don’t believe the hype on a hog’s eyesight. They do not see well, but see much better than most people think. They’ll spot you every time on open ground; within bow range they will also spot your movement in good cover. Approach from downwind and never expose your silhouette, especially within the last 100 yards. Make sure the area behind you continues to break up your outline as you close the distance. Once in range pick your spot! Remember that a hog’s vitals are more forward and lower than vitals on a deer; more on shot placement later. Until then, shake the dust off your boots and get back out there. It’s time to problem solve!

Hunt hard, hunt often.


Wildgame Innovations™ Apple CRUSH

Click here to visit WildgameInnovations.com! For decades, hunters have experienced the deer-attracting power of sweet-tasting apples. Any area of land that has apple trees will surely bring in deer by the droves, and not just any deer, the big trophy bucks as well. But what if apples and apple trees aren’t readily available to you? Wildgame Innovations has the solution with its new Apple CRUSH deer attractant products.

Apple CRUSH

Click here to visit Wildgame Innovations.com!Wildgame Innovations understands the need for a high-quality apple attractant, and has delivered. Fresh, all-natural apples are sliced, dried and CRUSHed with a sweet mix of fats and proteins to produce the ultimate deer attractant – Apple CRUSH. Available as a 4-pound Salt Block, 5-pound bag and 1-gallon Juiced liquid gel mineral mix, the Apple CRUSH products can be used in the early season and into the late season effectively. The Salt Block can be set near deer trails, feeding areas or around any stumps or logs in the desired area of attraction. The 5-pound bag of powdered feed can be placed in feeder troughs, on ground sites in small strips or piles, or even added as a food plot topper. Other supplements, such as grain and corn, can be mixed in for extra nutrition as well. The 1-gallon jug of Juiced liquid can be poured just about anywhere to attract deer, and added to other supplements to amp up the attracting power. Just set out any variety of Apple CRUSH and watch as monster bucks, even the most cautious ones, flock to the sweet-smelling aroma of apples. Let Wildgame Innovations bring the apple orchard to you, and try some Apple CRUSH deer attractant on your next hunt.    For more information about Apple CRUSH products or other WGI products, please visit www.wildgameinnovations.com, or call (800) 847-8269.
Click here to visit WildgameInnovations.com!Wildgame Innovations™, a leader in wildlife nutrition and land management, produces nutritional supplements and attractants that attract, hold and grow more deer than any other products on the market. For this reason, Wildgame Innovations has become one of the fastest-growing companies in its segment of the hunting industry.

 


Moon Shine, LP Licenses with Treelimb Products

Moon Shine, LP Authorizes Use of Muddy Girl® to Treelimb Products

Click here to check out Treelimb Products Online!BEAVERTOWN, PA – Moon Shine, LP designer of Moon Shine Attitude Attire, announces that they have partnered with Treelimb Products. Treelimb Products now offers the Muddy Girl camouflage pattern for both their Standard and Premium Series Quivers.

“This is the first quiver manufacturer we have licensed our patterns to, and we are pleased to finally be able to accommodate all the accessory needs to match Muddy Girl bows,” stated Moon Shine LP President Travis Mattern.  “Treelimb Products are innovative and sleek and are now going to be covered in attitude.  We are honored to make this possible and to work with such a great company.”

“We finally have an awesome pattern for those people looking for a Treelimb Quiver in pink camo,” says Treelimb Products’ president Rodney Notestine. “The Muddy Girl camo is as good as it gets!”

Treelimb Products offer quivers in 3 or 5 arrow configurations, a riser mounting bracket that is adaptable to left or right handed bows, and the new ridged lock block mounting system.

This partnership further grows the Moon Shine Camo family and now allows you to outfit your Muddy Girl bow with all the matching accessories.

About Moon Shine, LP:

Moon Shine, LP is a cutting edge designer of quality brand name apparel that conveys the attitude and traditional values of every generation. From the hunters and farmers who live off our lands to the soldiers and patriots who protect it, Moon Shine Attitude Attire® honors the essence of the American Legacy. For more information, visit www.shineattire.com or call 1.800.4.MOON.SHINE (800-466-6674).

About Treelimb Products:

Treelimb Products is a small company located in Northwest Ohio that is working to bring innovative products into the hunting industry. They take great pride in the products we have created, and will continue to move forward and help generations to come. For more information on Treelimb Products, visit www.treelimbproducts.com or call (419) 658-2010.


Big Green Targets Showcases New Look On Targets

Full Color High Definition DuraShotTM No-Tear Faces Now Available

Contact: Glenn Walker
715-442-2078
glenn@providencemarketinggroup.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Click here to visit Big Green Targets Online!Lamar, MO – Big Green Targets, the leading manufacturer of archery targets made from 100% recycled materials unveils a new look for their targets in 2013.  Full Color High Definition DuraShotTM No-Tear Faces will be available on their popular target models.

Both the front and back target faces will be using the full color high definition DuraShotTM  target faces, which provide remarkably sharp and crystal clear graphics.  The 100% waterproof no-tear faces are extremely long lasting and can be replaced easily with a variety of designs.  The multitude of shooting images and spots on Big Green targets provide for hours of shooting fun while honing your shooting skills.  In addition, the shooting image locations are designed to help extend target life.  The new DuraShotTM  Faces are available on three of their most popular targets, the Big Green Magnum Pro, Gamer, and Crossbow Pro.

BG-MP
Big Green Magnum Pro Target

  • 24” X 24” X 13” 35 lbs
  • Field Point Only
  • 2 sided shooting
  • All Weather
  • Full Color No-Tear DuraShotTM Faces
  • Crossbow Rated to 350 FPS

The size of this target makes it a great target for long range practice.  The target features a variety of high resolution screen printed target images, spots and crosshairs that allow you to hone your shooting skills from short range or long range.  The propriety design consisting of a recycled foam outer core with recycled fabric inner core stops arrows and bolts from today’s fastest bows and carbon arrows.  Easy one handed arrow removal.  Crossbow Rated to 350 FPS.   Made from 100% Recycled materials.  Made in USA.

 BG-GM
Big Green Gamer Target

  • 20” X 20” X 13” 28 lbs
  • Field Point Only
  • 2 sided shooting
  • All Weather
  • Full Color No-Tear DuraShotTM Faces
  • Crossbow Rated to 350 FPS

A high definition screen-print on both front and back provides remarkably sharp and crystal clear graphics.  The front face of the target has variable shooting spots that highlight different point values along with a deer skull allowing archers to create exciting competitive games.  The back side of the target has full color dartboard that offers shooters the opportunity for endless hours of fun playing games such as Cricket or 501.   The propriety design of recycled foam outer core with recycled fabric inner core stops arrows and bolts from today’s fastest bows and carbon arrows.  Easy one handed arrow removal.  Crossbow Rated to 350 FPS.   Made from 100% Recycled materials.  Made in USA.

 BG-CBP

Big Green Crossbow Pro

  • 24” X 24” X 13” 33 lbs
  • Field Point Only
  • 2 sided shooting
  • All Weather
  • Full Color No-Tear DuraShotTM Faces
  • Crossbow Rated to 400 FPS

The hottest target for the industry’s hottest Crossbows.   Not only will this target stop bolts from crossbows up to 400 FPS, but arrow removal is an easy one handed pull.  This is virtually unheard of in the crossbow target industry.  The target has a full color deer image with realistic vitals on the front and a crosshair type target with multiple shooting spots on back that allow you to see from a variety of distances. Made from 100% Recycled materials.  Made in USA.

BGT-MP Front Deer AngledBGT-GM Gamer Back View Angled

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Big Green Targets

Big Green Targets, a division of Poly-Green Foam, LLC is the premier supplier of recycled foam archery targets.  For more information on Big Green Targets or the products they offer call (888) 390-5548 or visit biggreentargets.com.


CROSMAN INTRODUCES NEW 1911-STYLE BB PISTOLS

CO2 Powered, Semi-Auto Fun 

Contact: Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20 Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN
levans@crosman.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Click here to visit Crosman.com!ROCHESTER, New York, (January 15, 2013) –Crosman Corporation, long known for innovative, high quality products for the shooting sports, has introduced three new CO2 powered 1911-style BB pistols. According to Crosman Product Manager, Tom Clark, the 1911 model is regarded as the finest service pistol design of all time. “With three new models to choose from, you can enjoy realistic features and plinking fun like never before,” says Clark.

The first, the Crosman® model GI Model 1911BBb (model 40021) CO2 powered pistol, features a full-metal frame and slide with genuine recoil action, velocities up to 450 fps, and an astonishing shot count. “The weight of this pistol adds to its authenticity,” Clark said, “while the fully functional slide and fixed sights combine for added value.” The all-metal magazine holds 20 steel BBs and drops out for convenient reloading.  In addition, there is a tool built into the grip for quick and easy replacement of CO2.

The second, the TAC 1911BB pistol (model 40005), features a polymer frame and barrel lengthening mock compensator. “Enjoy up to 550 fps with the longer barrel,” said Clark. The magazine holds 20 steel BBs and drops out for quick reloading. “The pistol also comes equipped with a Class II laser you can add to the Picatinny accessory rail for faster target acquisition,” commented Clark.

The third, the Crosman 1911BB version (model 40001), features a polymer frame with a checkered grip, a Picatinny accessory rail and a removable grip panel for easy replacement of CO2.

Says Clark, “choose any of the new 1911 models and save on your range fees. You’ll pay so much less for ammo compared to conventional firearm ammo that you can afford fun target shooting all day long.”

The three new Crosman 1911-style CO2 pistols will be available at retail in spring of 2013. The Crosman model GI Model 1911BBb (model 40021) has an MSRP of $129. The TACClick here to visit Crosman.com! 1911BB pistol (model 40005), has an MSRP of $119 and the Crosman 1911BB version (model 40001) has an MSRP of $60. Crosman Corporation will exhibit the new 1911-style CO2 pistols with its entire product line at the SHOT Show 2013 in Las Vegas from January 15-18. Visit booth number 13940. http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=shot13&exhid=357216&booth=13940&hall=B

For additional information on the Crosman 1911-style BB pistols, or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint, Crosman Archery, or Game Face Airsoft products, visit the company’s Web sites at www.crosman.com, www.centerpointhunting.com, www.gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7 – AIRGUN (724-7486).

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CROSMAN INTRODUCES MK-177 AIR RIFLE

New Valve Technology Offers Less Effort, More Velocity

Contact: Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20
Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN
levans@crosman.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Click here to visit Crosman.com!ROCHESTER, New York, (January 15, 2013) –Crosman Corporation, long known for innovation and quality in the shooting sports, has introduced the new, MK-177 multi-pump, bolt action, .177 caliber BB/pellet air rifle. The dual ammo MK-177 features new, Crosman® valve technology providing increased velocities with less effort.

“People want airguns that are uncomplicated, powerful and swift,” says Crosman Product Manager, Tom Clark. “The valve revolutionizes ease of pumping with the added benefit of providing impressive speed. Simply put, the new, MK-177 air rifle offers less work and more fun,” he said.

Click here to visit Crosman.com!The MK-177 is light, maneuverable and features all-weather construction with a rifled steel barrel for added accuracy. Its fully adjustable sights and velocities of up to 800 fps with BBs and up to 750 fps with pellets make it an ideal multi-use air rifle. Pump the gun three times for indoor target practice or up to ten times to achieve higher velocity for outdoor shooting and pest control. The MK-177 is fed by a 5-shot pellet clip, or pour up to 300+ BBs into the internal magazine. Every time you pull back the ergonomic bolt handle and push it forward, another BB loads. It has a full Picatinny rail on top for your choice of optics and side rails for additional accessories. “Customize this airgun with all your favorite accessories,” says Clark. “Extra storage areas are found under the rubber recoil pad,” he said.

The MK-177 is assembled in the USA and is available in black or tan. A kit version includes a red dot sight, soft-sided case, 2 pellet clips, BBs, pellets and shooting glasses.

The MK-177 has an MSRP of $129, while the kit version retails for $179. Retail availability is expected in June, 2013. Crosman Corporation will exhibit the MK-177 air rifle with its entire product line at the SHOT Show 2013 in Las Vegas from January 15-18.Visit booth number 13940. http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=shot13&exhid=357216&booth=13940&hall=B

For additional information on the Crosman MK-177, or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint product, Crosman Archery, or Game Face products, visit the company’s Web sites at www.crosman.com, www.centerpointhunting.com, www.gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7 – AIRGUN (724-7486).

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CROSMAN INTRODUCES BENJAMIN MARAUDER SYNTHETIC STOCK

Ultra-Lightweight PCP Air Rifle

Contact: Laura Evans
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20 Bloomfield, NY 14469
1-800-7AIRGUN
levans@crosman.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Click here to visit Crosman.com!ROCHESTER, New York, (January 15, 2013) –Crosman Corporation, long known for creating innovative, high quality products for the shooting sports, has introduced the new Benjamin® Marauder® Synthetic.  This rugged, lightweight and well-balanced air rifle, being offered in .177, .22 and .25 calibers, complements the extremely successful hardwood Benjamin Marauder pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles.

“The newest Benjamin Marauder PCP goes lightweight with a newly designed, ambidextrous, all-weather, synthetic stock,” says Crosman Product Manager, Tom Clark.  “Creating a lighter gun became a priority when we realized that hunters and target shooters alike were looking for lighter choices compared to traditional hardwood stocks.  You’ll notice other exciting enhancements to this air rifle’s design including an adjustable comb,” said Clark.

“The commanding new Benjamin Marauder Synthetic offers all the features needed for pest hunting and taking small to medium-sized game,” says Clark.  “The ambidextrous raised comb is adjustable for a custom fit.  The rifle also has better balance for improved carrying in the field or for long days of competitive shooting. The choked, internally shrouded, rifled barrel provides both precision and ultra-quiet operation, producing the most accurate and silent rifle in its class. The two-stage, adjustable, match-grade trigger helps make every shot smooth and steady, while the innovative multi-round magazine allows for fast follow-up shots.”

Click here to visit Crosman.com!“The bolt size has been increased for ease of use and, with a built-in pressure gauge and quick-disconnect Foster fittings, this gun is quick and easy to fill.  That means you can refill and return to shooting sooner,” Clark said.  “Depending on the caliber you choose, you’ll enjoy muzzle velocities ranging from 900 to 1,100 fps, shot capacities of 16-30 per fill, and foot pounds of energy from 21, with .177 caliber, all the way up to 50 fpe with .25 caliber,” he continued.

“With the new Benjamin Marauder Synthetic, hunt to your heart’s content, shoot targets, or compete with these powerful air rifles.  ‘Go beyond the backyard’ and enjoy quiet, accurate fun with this great addition to the Benjamin Marauder family.”

The Benjamin Marauder Synthetic in .177 and .22 calibers, have an MSRP of $599.  The MSRP of the .25 caliber is $649.  They will be available at retail in the summer of 2013. Crosman Corporation will exhibit the Benjamin Marauder Synthetic PCP air rifles with its entire product line at the SHOT Show 2013 in Las Vegas from January 15-18. Visit booth number 13940. http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=shot13&exhid=357216&booth=13940&hall=B

For additional information on the Benjamin Marauder Synthetic PCP air rifles, or on any Crosman, Benjamin, CenterPoint product, Crosman Archery, or Game Face Airsoft products, visit the company’s Web sites at www.crosman.com, www.centerpointhunting.com, www.gamefaceairsoft.com, or write to Laura Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email her at levans@crosman.com, or call her at (800) 7 – AIRGUN (724-7486).

For up-to-the-minute news from Crosman Corporation, follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/crosmancorp) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/crosmancorp).

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Carbon Express® Introduces the PileDriver® Pass Thru Extreme™

Small Diameter Shaft with Proven PileDriver® Penetration

Contact: Jeff Bergmann

715.442.2078

jeff@providencemarketinggroup.net

Click here to visit Carbon Express Online!Flushing, Michigan – Carbon Express® introduces the all-new PileDriver® Pass Thru Extreme “Small Diameter” arrow.

The superior PileDriver Pass Thru Extreme small diameter arrow is paired with the innovative Carbon Express PTX Half-Out Insert. Constructed using carbon steel, the PTX Half-Out Inserts are 3 times stronger than traditional aluminum inserts.  This increased strength ensures broadheads stay securely in place upon impact.  With industry standard 32TPI (Threads Per Inch) thread size, the PTX will work with any standard fixed and mechanical broadhead and field point.  The PTX insert weighs 44 grains and delivers 4 times more kinetic energy than traditional aluminum inserts and 2 times more kinetic energy than traditional micro-diameter inserts.  Finally, the PTX insert moves the weight forward on the arrow to increase arrow front of center (FOC) to aid in downrange accuracy.

Click here to visit Carbon Express Online!

PileDriver® arrows feature lightweight performance 2” NRG-2 vanes for maximum arrow velocity and greater accuracy. The high polished finish ensures a quiet draw on the arrow rest and is easily removed from the target. It also features the Carbon Express® exclusive TCX nock for consistent arrow release.

Every 6 and 12 pack of Pass Thru Extreme™ arrows is sorted and matched by weight for best-in- class consistency. The weight sorting tolerance is +/- 2.0 grains and every arrow shaft is laser checked for straightness to a remarkable +/-0.004” as a maximum measurement, not an average.

The PileDriver® Pass Thru Extreme small diameter is designed for the archer who wants maximum penetration in a small diameter arrow design and demands Carbon Express® precision manufacturing for greater accuracy.

About Carbon Express®

Carbon Express®, an Eastman Outdoors,Inc. brand, is the leading manufacturer of high performance carbon hunting and target arrows and arrow components for hunters and target shooters. For more information or customer service, visit www.carbonexpressarrows.com or call 800.241.4833.