The 2011 Shooting And Hunting Outdoor Trade Show was recently held in Las Vegas, NV. The annual event is the biggest outdoor trade show of the year and provides the shooting and hunting industry a chance to showcase some of their newest products to dealers and media members alike. Here’s a look at some of the head turning sights witnessed last week at the Sands Expo Center.
Bad Boy Buggies XD
Bad Boy Buggies unveiled a diesel powered rig – the Bad Boy XD. While Bad Boy will continue to manufacture electric rides, they are entering into the fuel powered arena as well. The XD is its entry.
Deluxe Survival Kit
The Deluxe Survival Kit from Ultimate Survival Technologies was pretty slick. Very lightweight, the key ingredients to the kit are the BlastMatch Fire Starter coupled with the WetFire Tinder, which will light anywhere…even sitting on water (pictured). Also included in the kit is a StarFlash Signal Mirror, Jet Scream Whistle (which produces a 122Db ear-piercing shriek), an Aqua bag and SaberCut Saw.
Oil Field Camo
Brothers Michael and Mark Lipari created Oil Field Camo, which is a pattern made up of images of oil machinery and equipment. Both brothers worked in the oil industry in Louisiana and combined their love of their work with their passion of the outdoors.
Crooked Horn Trail Light
The Crooked Horn Trail Light is a slick little illumination tool that clips to the front of a day pack and features a split beam. You can direct one beam down to illuminate the ground as you walk, and another beam forward to spotlight tree limbs that might be in your path.
Cass Creek Waggler Coyote Decoy
This Cass Creek Waggler Coyote Decoy takes a three-pronged approach to bringing in a song dog. Motion, scent (via a scent dispersal fan), and sound (multiple calls that can be combined together remotely) are all covered. MSRP is $129.
Champion Safe showcased its Goliath – the worlds largest gun safe. It will hold up to 300 firearms.
Blaser R8 Professional Package
The Blaser R8 Professional Package has everything you’d need to hit the field running on your next rifle hunt: A R8 (.375 H&H, .300 Win. Mag., .300 Wby., 30-06 Springfield, .270 Win., and .308 Win. are available calibers), a Blaser Pro Sling, Blaser quick detachable scope mount, a Surefire G2 flashlight, Zeiss Conquest Scope 3.5-10X44, Pelican case, and Boker knife. If you purchased everything separately, you’d spend $4880. This package has an MSRP of $3595.
Hunter’s Specialties Scent-A-Way Tek 4 Women’s Gear
Hunter’s Specialties made a splash last year with their Scent-A-Way Tek4 Gear. This year it’s added to the line-up by offering a women’s version of the scent eliminating gear. Look for a women’s base layer shirt, base layer pant, and H-Cut Briefs…all designed for the lady hunter in mind.
BENELLI SUPER VINCI
Benelli has toughened up its Vinci line by offering the Benelli Super Vinci, a 12-GA, 3 1/2 that features the Benelli In-Line Inertia Driven System. The “Super Sized” shotgun comes standard with a full set of Crio Choke tubes and offers a beveled magazine loading port. The In-Line Inertia Bolt-return system reduces movement during recoil, resulting in less muzzle climb for quick follow up shots. The Super Vinci configurations include black synthetic, Realtree MAX-4, and REaltree APG. MSRP starts at $1649
Thermacell has solved the “what pocket/pack do I stick this in” by making a holster that can clip to your day pack or jacket. This allows you to get the unit up and running ASAP when you first get into the stand without having to dig around for it.
Rossi Trail Judge
Chevalier Advertising representative Kristin Hunt poses with the Rossi Trail Judge, a mare’s leg lever action that’s chambered in .410 and was a crowd favorite at SHOT. What you’d do with it doesn’t really matter…it’s just cool!
Outer Armour Deer Blind
The Outer Armour Deer Blind is made of a high density structural foam that as the look and feel of tree bark. The foam provides an approximate of R9
of insulation…warmer in the winter and cooler when its hot.
Scent Web She-Heat Doe Estrus
Scented Foam String? Yep – Scent Web She-Heat Doe Estrus allows hunters to spray brown-colored foam string from 10 feet away, leaving an area completely uncontaminated with any human scent. The string slowly breaks down over three days, continually releasing scent the entire time.
i-Kam Extreme Recording Glasses
Also from Hunter’s Specialties are the i-Kam Extreme recording glasses. There’s a small camera built into the bridge of the lenses that can record for up to three hours on 4GB of built-in memory (you can use a 8GB to increase memory if desired). Clear lenses are available. MSRP is $99.99.
From the “I’ve Seen It All” file – a hog trap is available from Monarch Hunting Products.
Lenco manufacturers armored vehicles, like this SWAT Truck pictured here. Throw some camo on it, and I think you’d have a bona fide war wagon that’s ready for the woods!
Leupold RCX Trail Camera
The Leupold RCX Trail Camera System is the first trail camera offering from the Oregon based company. The RCX features a USB Controller/Viewer that allows users to download and view high-resolution color, infrared, and video images right in the field and view on the spot.
Nikon Bolt XR 3×32
The crossbow market is exploding and Nikon has recognized that with their new offering, the Bolt XR 3×32 crossbow scope. The Bolt features a BDC 60 crossbow reticle that provides precise aiming points for 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards.
S&W M746 17HMR 12-Inch Varminter
S&W’s Performance Center has released a M746 17HMR 12-Inch Varminter…all around cool (though prairie dogs might feel differently about this)
EL 50 Swarovision binoculars
The EL 50 Swarovision binoculars made their debut at the 2011 SHOT Show. The series features 10×50 and 12×50 models and offer wider exit pupils for brighter and cleaner images.
CZ Model 512 Semi-Auto .22 LR
A fun gun for your next plinking trip in the woods might be the CZ Model 512 Semi-Auto .22LR. The Model 512 shares the same magazines and scope rings withe CZ 455, making it the perfect companion to your bolt-action rifle.
Savage Model 11 Lightweight Hunter
Wayne van Zwoll admires the Savage Model 11 Lightweight Hunter. Available in short and long actions, the Lightweight Hunter has caught the eye of more than one editor. The short action version weighs 5.5 pounds and is available in .308 Win., .260 Rem., 7MM-08 Rem., .223 Rem., and .243 Rem. The long action is available in .270 Win. and 30-06 Springfield and weighs just under 6 pounds. MSRP starts at $875.
Hornady is adding to the Superformance family with its Superformance Varmint line. Initial offerings include 222 Rem 50GR VMAX, 223 Rem. 53GR VMAX, 22-250 REM. 50GR VMAX and 243 WIN 58GR VMAX.
10-GA 3 1/2 Hevi-Metal
Environ-Metal has added a 10-gauge 3-1/2 inch offering to its Hevi-Metal line up of waterfowl loads.
Bushell Fusion ARC Binocular/Rangefinder
The Bushnell Fusion ARC Binocular/Rangefinder are lightweight and easy to use. Hunters can range targets from 10 to 1,600 yards and a pair doesn’t weigh anymore than set of regular 10×42 glasses.