New-for-2017 Hunting Gear & Accessories

Blue Force Gear Hunting Sling

Blue Force Gear has been manufacturing weapon slings for the U.S. Armed Forces and its allies for over 10 years. The Blue Force Vickers Combat Application Sling is the issued sling of the U.S. Marine Corps. Their new Hunting Sling ($28 in black or coyote brown) brings the combat-proven quality of the adjustable, two-point, Vickers Sling to hunting rifles. The Hunting Sling is made from the same military-grade INVISTA solution-dyed CORDURA webbing used in the Vickers, which is colorfast and resists rolling, cracking, or hardening. It is extremely durable, easy to install and offers quick adjustability. Overall length is 26 inches fully tightened, and 46 inches fully loosened. When tightened, it keeps the rifle or shotgun close and secure to the user, allowing ready availability while eliminating concern over muzzle position or the gun slipping off the shoulder. When loosened, the sling is free enough for the user to comfortably shoot. Contact Blue Force Gear; Tel.: (877) 430-2583; Web:

Sig Sauer KILO2400 Rangefinder

The new KILO2400 from Sig Sauer ($1,799) is the company’s top-of-the-line rangefinder. It may be the world’s most advanced rangefinder, with the ability to range reflective targets accurately out to two miles. For non-reflective targets—like deer and other game animals—ranging distances will be shorter, but what kind of knucklehead hunter is going to try to shoot a deer or other game animal at a range of two miles? The KILO2400 features 7X magnification for plenty of long-distance ranging power, an embedded Applied Ballistics calculator, onboard environmental sensors and Bluetooth for synchronizing custom profiles with a free, downloadable ballistic app for your iOS or Android smartphone. The body is made from advanced polymer in flat dark earth, with black grippy rubber panels top an bottom. It includes an adjustable objective lens, tripod adapter, smartphone jack, WindMETER, ballistic nylon Molle kit bag, nylon carry pouch, lanyard, three spare batteries, Sig Sauer Tactical pen/stylus and an unconditional lifetime warranty. Contact Sig Sauer; Tel.: (603) 610-3000; Web:

Huntworth Soft Shell Jacket and Pants

Made from stretch polyester in Disruption camo, bonded to a thick Sherpa fleece inner layer with Microban scent reducing technology, Huntworth’s new Soft Shell Jacket and Pants ensure you blend into your hunting environment. A durable water repellent (DWR) finish sheds light rain and snow. The jacket features six pockets for plenty of storage options, and a back access hole below the collar permits wearing your tree stand harness under the jacket. A full zipper with inner storm flap, high-stand collar and long back hem keep out wind and rain.

The pants are similarly constructed, except they feature two layers of stretch polyester in Disruption camo. Patches on the knees and seat provide abrasion protection, and the non-slip waistband keeps the pants from sliding down. Five pockets provide lots of storage space, and a knife pocket on the right leg offers quick accessibility when you need it. Pricing was not available at press time. Contact Huntworth Gear through the e-mail contact page on their website:

Walker’s Silencer In-The-Ear Earbuds

Like an all-in-one suppressor and sound amplifier for the hunter’s ears, Walker’s new Silencer In-The-Ear Earbuds ($229.95) have integrated Omni directional microphones and full dynamic range speakers that deliver a crisp clear sound. Along with the advanced technology, Silencer provides a comfort level above and beyond similar products by incorporating Walker’s patented Secure Lock fit system. Three different sized contoured fins and foam buds allow for a customized fit. Sound Activated Compression protects hearing with an instantaneously activated system that provides 25 dB Noise Reduction Rating. Full Dynamic Range Speakers deliver crisp clear sound through the units’ OS-R3110 digital sound processors, fed by integrated omni directional microphones. Other features include independent volume controls and on/off power switches for each ear, baffled silicone and foam ear buds in three sizes each, a removable lanyard and carry case. They are powered by standard size-10 hearing aid batteries (four included) that provide approximately 80 hours of battery life. Contact GSM Outdoors, Dept. OT; Tel.: (877) 269-8490; Web:

Federal Fusion 6.5mm Ammunition

It’s no surprise to us that 6.5mm cartridges are gaining favor fast among deer hunters, especially those who stand a good chance of getting a long shot. The high ballistic coefficients and high sectional densities of 6.5mm bullets provide flat trajectories and deep penetration. Federal has just announced two new 6.5mm loadings in its Fusion line of specialty deer hunting ammunition: the 6.5 Creedmoor and the increasingly popular 6.5 Grendel. The Grendel is loaded with a 120-gr. Fusion soft-point bullet and exists the muzzle at 2,600 f.p.s. (1,801 ft. lbs.). It’s being chambered in both AR-15 format MSRs and bolt guns, notably including the Howa Mini-Action. The 140-gr. 6.5 Creedmoor is loaded with a 140-gr. Fusion soft-point bullet, and generates 2,750 f.p.s. of muzzle velocity (2,351 ft. lbs.). Fusion ammo offers the greatest expansion and highest weight retention in its class. See it at your gun shop, or contact Federal Premium, Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 379-1732; Web:

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