Firearm Gear Reviews

Savage Accustock Weather Warrior Review
Savage firearms has a history like most iconic American firearms manufacturers. Unique inventions, wide production, service in the world wars, collectible classics (the model 99) and an unwavering service to firearms enthusiasts. However much of the last decade, Savage has been about innovation.
The Woods Rifle
The term "Woods Rifle" will, more than likely, mean different things to different hunters. My definition is a compact and portable rifle, used in thick cover most commonly found in typical whitetail habitat, east of the Mississippi. Of course, it's also a rifle capable, in proper calibers, of also hunting blacktails, mule deer, elk, bear, moose and hogs in any kind of thick cover where they might be found. Perhaps the eastern U.S. has the most identifiable and common scenarios for that type of rifle in much of the whitetail's, wild hog's and black bear's home grounds, however.
Sightron Optics Review: Riflescope & Binocular
I'd seen this company's name in a few places but never having had a chance to look at their products, I arranged the loan of a Sightron SIII 10X42 binocular and a Sightron SII Big Sky 3.5-10X42 riflescope. When they finally arrived, initial impressions were good. Both items looked and felt like well-crafted products and the literature with each, promised Sightron would provide a lifetime guarantee, saying, "We wouldn't expect you to trust our products, if we didn't believe in them ourselves." I wish all companies had a philosophy like that.
Primos Double Bull Dark Horse Ground Blind Review
When Double Bull Archery introduced their T5 blind in 2002, I cringed at the $500 price tag but eventually bit the bullet and shelled out the money to purchase one. Most blinds on the market at the time were noisy, shiny and cheaply made. The T5 seemed to take a different approach and answered the desires of hunters willing to pay for a quality product that would perform well. Since then, I have put my T5 through a variety of punishing hunting situations and weather conditions that would have left most blinds in a heap of shredded material and bent rods but the T5 still looks almost as good as the day I got it and has performed flawlessly.
3 Great Choices for Your Child's First Firearm
When introducing a kid to hunting, one of the most important elements to ensuring their success and enjoyment is providing them with the proper equipment - specifically the gun that they use. At a minimum, the child should be able to handle the gun safely, shoulder it properly, and of course shoot it without taking off a shoulder or knocking them down! The last thing you want to do is start a kid out with them too much gun or a gun that doesn't fit properly and cause them to become "gun shy." In this article we review the Keystone Arms Crickett .22LR, New England Firearms Single Shot .243 and Mossberg 500 Super Bantam 20 Gauge Shotgun.
Sierra Bullets Review
Sierra started making bullets in 1947 in a Quonset hut in California. They stayed there until 1990 when they moved to Sedalia Missouri. In the last 60 years their line of bullets has expanded dramatically and continues to do so. They also produce a very helpful manual which a reloader would do well to obtain and read. It has over 1100 pages of information that every reloader needs. There is information for every level of reloaders. Sierra bullets have always bragged on their accuracy and for the most part I can verify that claim.
Hunting With Crimson Trace Laser Grips
Although laser grips have been out for some years, I never had an interest in them. My feelings were that they took the place of practice, which is never a good thing. Anyone who is serious about self defense for themselves and their family should practice and have all qualified members of the family, do the same. They are advertised as a sighting system for self defense guns. Admittedly I am old fashioned and any battery operated gadgets on a gun, I look at with a dubious eye.
Freedom Arms 454 Casull Review
Freedom Arms chambers their single action, 5 shot revolver for the 454 cartridge and it is a massive affair out of necessity. As a reloader and bullet maker, included in this review are some options for an owner of a Freedom Arms 454.
Smith & Wesson 460V Review
Gun reviews typically delve deeply into a firearm's technical aspects, examine the finer details of a model's features and evaluate performance based on a narrow range of criteria. Fitness for a broad scope of applications is often left as something for the user to determine on their own. A different approach will be taken here. Smith & Wesson promotes the 460V as "The World's Most Versatile Big Bore Revolver." This investigation will consider that claim within the context of big game hunting.
Marlin XL7 Rifle Review
The Marlin Firearms Company has been around for well over a century. During that time they have made many firearms, but they are best known for their lever action rifles. Several million were produced, which is comparable to Winchester and Savage, their main competition. The Marlin has a well deserved reputation for quality and durability. I have several in my collection and they all shoot well. A couple of them will give the average bolt action a run for their money in the accuracy department. The 30-30 has been in my collection for over 40 years and still shoots very well. For this review we're going to look at the Marlin XL7 bolt action centerfire hunting rifle.
Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder Review
A new trend in rangefinder technology is to include a ballistic calculator while ranging on an angle. For 2008, Bushnell has updated two of its rangefinders with an inclinometer, the Scout 1000 and the Elite 1500. Bushnell is calling its new technology Angle Range Compensation or ARC for short. For this article we decided to test the Scout 1000 with ARC technology.
Sako A7 Review
In the history of hunting rifles, Sako stands out for accurate, quality rifles. However over the years the price for a new Finnish made Sako has continued to climb and today even the least expensive Sako 85 is over $1575. New for 2008 is Sako's A7 rifle which will have a suggested retail of around $850-$1000 almost half the cost of an 85. The new rifle and pricing puts the A7 squarely in the middle of the hunting rifle market and we decided to review the A7 to see if it stands up to the Sako tradition.
Leica Rangemaster 1200 CRF Laser Rangefinder Review
Over the course of the last few months we have covered a variety of rangefinders. For this review we decided to take a look at Leica's laser rangefinder offerings. Leica's current rangefinders have been on the market for about two years, but their compact rangefinder (CRF) offerings are still relevant and current. The Rangemaster CRF is manufactured in two variations; the 900 and the 1200. The 900 ranges to approximately 900 yards, while the 1200 ranges to roughly 1200 yards. For this review, we will take a closer look at the 1200 Rangemaster.
Nikon 550 Laser Rangefinder Review
For 2008, the Nikon 440 Rangefinder has been split into three different variations: Prostaff/Realtree 550, RifleHunter 550 with ID, and the Archer's Choice with ID. Of the three variations, the base 550 Prostaff and Realtree models are most similar to the original 440 and retails at the same price ~$200.00 (Prostaff) and $220.00 (Realtree). The RifleHunter 550 (~$300) is identical to the base model but includes new Incline/Decline (ID) Technology which is Nikon's attempt at integrating ballistic ranging into their rangefinder line.
Thompson Center's Encore Pro Hunter Review
If you follow the firearms market, then you're likely aware that Thompson Center Arms (TC) has earned a reputation for manufacturing high quality accurate guns. Perhaps best known for their black powder rifles, they also produce centerfire, rimfire and rifled shotgun barrels.
Swarovski Z6 Rifle Scope Review
The name Swarovski is synonymous with quality. A company that has worked diligently to earn its reputation in producing the finest optics in the world launched its new Z6 rifle scopes in 2007. Spectacular in every aspect, they offer a unique range in magnification and field of view, unparalleled clarity, and increased eye relief.
Nikon ProStaff Laser 440 Rangefinder Review
Nikon offers a variety of rangefinders for hunters. The Laser 440 rangefinder, available in either Realtree camo or ProStaff green, is Nikon's entry level model and has a maximum ranging ability of up to 437 yards on a reflective target. The more expensive models in the Nikon lineup, such as the Laser 600, 800, or 1200 offer more features, but the biggest difference is their ability to range longer distances.
Leupold RX-II Laser Rangefinder Review
Rangefinders are not on every hunter's must have list of hunting tools. However the last ten years, as prices have dropped and ease of use increased, has seen a surge in the adoption of rangefinders among hunters. Manufacturers have noticed the increased interest among hunters and have produced a steady stream of new ranging devices over the last couple of years.