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Burris AR-332 Prism Sight Review

Following in the path of the 1911, the AR-15 is rapidly becoming a quintessential American firearm. The simplicity and versatility of the AR-15 (along with the 308 chambered AR-10) has started to bring it into more hunting camps. However the original AR-15 was designed with iron sights and like most rifles will benefit from being outfitted with a scope. Given that the AR-15 is a lightweight rifle chambered in relatively lightweight cartridge, it's only fitting that it should be outfitted with a lightweight scope. Recently Burris introduced its AR-332 scope that is specifically designed for AR-15 style rifles.

Sig Sauer 1911 Scorpion Review

Sig Sauer has a reputation for making high quality and innovative firearms. A few weeks ago we took a look at the S&W 329PD as a backup handgun when carrying afield. Given that 2011 is the centennial of Jonathan Browning's excellent 1911 pistol; we decided to take a look at Sig Sauer's new 1911 Scorpion. While the 1911 in 45ACP doesn't pack the punch of some revolver only cartridges, its durability and reliability has made it a favorite of hunters for generations.

Vortex Diamondback 10x42mm Binocular Review

Vortex Optics makes a variety of optics for the hunting and shooting market. From rifle scopes, to spotting scopes, to binoculars Vortex has a diverse lineup of offerings. For instance, currently the company has 11 unique models of binoculars spread out across a variety of price points. Even within each model line there are several variations in objective size and magnification power. For this review we decided to take a look at the Vortex Diamondback binoculars in 10x42mm (that is shorthand for 10 power magnification with a 42mm objective lens diameter).

Trophy Ridge Fire Wire V5 Bow Sight Review

Trophy Ridge is perhaps best known for their line of archery sights which has grown considerably over the years. For this review we are going to take a look at Trophy Ridge's Fire Wire series of bow sights which offers a unique setup over most archery sights.

The Fire Wire series of sights is offered in both 3 pin and 5 pin variations and for this review we examined the "V5" five pin sight.

Smith & Wesson 329PD 44 Magnum Airlight PD Revolver Review

Often times when in the back country, whether hunting or exploring, it's smart to take along a backup handgun for self-defense. However, with all the other gear that goes along with a back country adventure, it can sometimes be tough to justify the additional weight of more equipment. Furthermore, if your adventures take you to grizzly country the handgun must be powerful enough to dispatch a bear in the unlikely event of a bear attack. There are not a lot of guns on the market that give maximum firepower in a lightweight package, but the Smith and Wesson 329PD fills the niche.

TruGlo Micro-Brite Sight Review

TruGlo is known for a lineup of sights for bows, handguns, and rifles for hunters and shooters. Recently TruGlo released a new sight called the Micro-Brite that uses their new pin setup called Decreasing Diameter Pin (DDP). The idea behind DDP is pretty simple, mix up the current standard pin sizes and line them up according to the distance to the target.

DDP is a simple idea that helps improve those longer shots. Our review model has five pins with the top pin being 0.029", the middle two being 0.019", and the bottom two pins being 0.01" in diameter. The idea is that the larger pin can be used for closer shots while gradually longer shots use a smaller pin diameter so it doesn't cover up the target as much as a larger pin would.

Leupold RX-1000i TBR DNA Rangefinder Review

If you have followed BGH for awhile, you will remember our previous reviews of the evolving line up of Leupold's rangefinders. In the past we have taken a look at the RX-II and the RX-1000. For 2011, Leupold has again updated the RX-1000 to the new RX-1000i series which is enhanced with what Leupold is calling Digitally Enhanced Accuracy or "DNA" for short.

We decided to take a look at the RX-1000i with TBR (True Ballistic Range) in black. The TBR version is also available in Mossy Oak Break-Up and both models retail at $399. There is a less expensive version of the RX-1000i that does not include TBR and retails for $50 less at $349.

Vanguard Equalizer 1QS/2QS Bipod Review

For this review we are going to take a look at Vanguard's Equalizer QS series of rifle bipods. The QS series is broken into three unique bipods. The 1QS extends from 6 to 10 inches, the 2QS extends from 10 to 28 inches, and finally the 3QS reaches from 14 to 37 inches. For this review we are only taking a look at the first two models, but they are all similar with the only difference being the length of legs.

Trophy Ridge Revolution Arrow Rest Review

Trophy Ridge is known for a variety of arrow rests from the DropZone to the ever popular Whisker Biscuit line of rests. Earlier this year we had the opportunity to see a pre-release version of Trophy Ridge's new rest called the Revolution. The early version looked very promising offering full containment of the arrow like a Whisker Biscuit, but snapping away from the arrow at the last moment to allow full clearance of the arrow vanes. Recently we were able to finally get our hands on a retail version to review.

The Revolution is set up like most other drop away rests and is relatively easy to install on a bow. The detailed instructions explain precisely how to install the rest.

Carbon Express Maxima Blue Streak Review

Arrow technology has come a long way over the years and with today's modern carbon arrows its hard to imagine making an even better performing arrow. However year after years manufacturers are working to improve arrow technology. Keeping that in mind, Carbon Express has released an update to their very popular line of Maxima arrows. This year Carbon Express has released the new Blue Streak and Blue Streak Select with a new Maxima Hunter KV that uses Kevlar fiber. For this review we decided to take a closer look at the standard Blue Streak

The Blue Streak brings new technology to the Carbon Express line of hunting arrows. The big new feature is what Carbon Express has dubbed Dual Spine Weight Forward. The idea is that each arrow is actually made of two materials that are then woven together in a complete shaft. The Dual Spine idea is that back portion of the arrow (nearest the nock) should be made of a lighter stiffer material, while the front of the arrow is a slightly heavier and stiffer material, which puts more weight to the front of the arrow shaft.

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