It’s just not possible to examine and shoot all of the new hunting guns revealed at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. But we tried to get our hands on as many as we could at the range and on the show floor during the first couple of days of SHOT 2014. The result is a list that will give hunters a head start as they search out their own favorite new firearms this season. All photos by Ron Sinfelt.
When I put my cheek to the stock, I barely touched the trigger when the gun fired. I didn't have a trigger weight gauge with me, but this clean trigger is 2 pounds or less. I had been shooting many guns at the range, and this one was different from the others. The Sauer is a quality gun from Germany that features systems popular in the Old World, such as a safety activated by a switch built into the bolt shroud, and an unusually smooth bolt. The S101 has six bolt lugs that engage directly into the barrel. Sauer says this is one of the reasons it is so accurate. We shot steel targets from 200 yards out to 300 yards using .308 rounds. We put bullets in various corners of the targets at will, and felt we had command of the placement even with 15 to 20 mph winds. The lines of the Sauer, and its accouterments, such as a Schnabel forend, recall the classic guns of the Jaegermeister. Yet the technology is thoroughly modern and advanced.
Another product that we love from SHOT Show 2014 is the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless. This great new trail cam has no contracts and is pay as you go. You can manage remotely via email, the website, or a mobile app which saves you a ton of travel time! Here, Darin Stephens with Bushnell Outdoors gives us the rundown.
Be sure to also check out our trail cam tips and tactics, and Petersen’s Bowhunting’s “Best New Trail Cameras for 2014” from this year’s Archery Trade Association show. If you love shooting and hunting, be sure to check out all the up-to-the-minute videos and articles on Guns & Ammo’s SHOT Show 2014 page!
Which of these awesome new hunting guns will you be buying this year? Share your opinions with us in the comments or on Facebook!