We were at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nev., to scout over 1,600 exhibitor booths for the industry's best new hunting gear. Firearms, ammunition, optics, cutlery and apparel — we put our finger on the pulse of buzzworthy new trends to help you gear up for another benchmark year in the field.
With over 64,000 attendees this year, the trade show floor was packed with outdoor and shooting sports enthusiasts, buyers, sellers, media and celebrities, including Sarah Palin, who visited our booth to share her praise for our passion and announce that she will be joined by Ted Nugent for a special episode in the new season of "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" on the Sportsman Channel.
Check out some of our favorite new hunting products you can look forward to in 2015:
Buck | 737 Bow Tool
heard the frustrated cries from treestands and came to the rescue with their new 737 Bow Tool, a multipurpose tool designed to keep your bow functional when it matters most.
The pocket-sized archery tool features a rugged, milled black handle housing 10 separate allen hex drivers, a Phillips screwdriver, a set of scissors, and a 2-inch blade. Whether you're adjusting draw weight, tightening a sight or performing in-the-field maintenance, you'll want to make sure you have this tool within arms reach when something goes awry in the field.
Benchmade | 162-1 Bushcrafter EOD
Hunters seeking reliability and versatility from their hunting knives on planned or unplanned adventures should check out Benchmade's new 162-1 Bushcrafter EOD
. Made from S30V stainless steel (58-60HRC), the 162-1 features a 4 1/2-inch blade with a hand-blended sand contoured G10 handle and a molded Kydex sheath with reversible loop that combine to provide refined performance and rugged durability. The 162-1 is available now.
Mossberg | Patriot
reinvented their bolt action rifle lineup with the introduction of the new Patriot
. And unlike other companies that leak a product or two each year with new intros, Mossberg filled their catalog with roughly five-dozen different models and variants of the highly-acclaimed new Patriot right out of the gate. These include Bantam and Super Bantam versions with shortened and adjustable length of pull, Night Train versions with a decidedly long-range/tactical look and design, Mossy Oak Deer Thug combos, and rifles that come with factory bore-sighted Vortex Optics Crossfire II scopes with Dead-Hold BDC reticles.
There are Patriots with synthetic stocks, wood stocks and laminates. Stainless and matte blued finishes are available options, as are iron sights and fluted barrels. Caliber options range from .22-250 all the way up to .375 Ruger. At the core of all the different Patriot offerings, though, is the same reliable push-feed action with a spiral fluted bolt, dual locking lugs and a plunger-type ejector. Mossberg has invested heavily in this new rifle, and the results of that effort are apparent in the new rifles. MSRPs range from $386 to $811, so there's a Patriot for every budget.
Rock River Arms | Fred Eichler Series Predator 2
For those who prefer to hunt predators and varmints with an AR rifle, it's hard to beat the Rock River Fred Eichler Series Predator 2
. Available with either tan or Gunmetal Gray handguards and receivers, the Predator 2 comes with a forged LAR-15 lower, forged A4 upper, a mid-length gas system, RRS Operator CAR or A2 stock, a 'Winter ' trigger guard (deep enough to easily accommodate gloved fingers), a 16-inch fluted bead-blasted stainless barrel and a low-profile gas block.
The Fred Eichler Series Handguard (complete with coyote prints) has a full-length top rail and 2 ½-inch accessory rails at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions. The .223/5.56 rifle has a ported RRA muzzle brake, and the Hogue rubber pistol grip offers a secure and comfortable hold. Like the other Fred Eichler rifles that came before it, the Predator 2 is extremely accurate and ideal for delivering fast follow-up shots at coyotes, either in open country or up close and personal in the thick stuff.
Winchester | Deer Season XP
Designed specifically for dropping deer in their tracks, Winchester's new Deer Season XP
is the company's first dedicated deer hunting rifle bullet. Featuring Winchester's new Extreme Point polymer tip bullet, the Deer Season XP combines massive impact diameter and violent expansion with elevated ballistic coefficients to produce flatter trajectories, better long-range accuracy and higher energy retention.
With an alloyed lead core optimized for maximum energy transfer and impact power and a tapered jacket for deeper penetration, the Deer Season XP delivers where it matters most: greater accuracy in the widest range of rifles on the market. Available in April 2015.
Black Hills Ammunition | .308 Winchester Match
Well-known for specialty and precision ammunition, Black Hills
continued to add to its popular Tipped Match King (TMK) lineup for 2015 with the introduction of two new bullet sizes in .308 Winchester
. With a sleek polymer tip which offers improved ballistic coefficients and better on-target performance uniformity, the .308 TMK is perfectly suited for whatever North American big game you'll be hunting this season. Available now in 168- and 175-grain options.
Remington | V3
Leave it to Big Green
to come up with an exciting and innovative shotgun for the 2015 SHOT Show. The gas-operated 12-gauge V3
isn't necessarily from-the-ground-up new. It is, however, filled with new design features that set it apart from Remington's recent auto-loader offerings.
The V3 uses a modified VersaPort gas system that in part changes the balance of the gun, giving shooters a better, smoother swing. Additionally, there is no recoil spring located in the butt stock. Instead, there are two springs located in the receiver. It weighs just 7.2 pounds and comes with interchangeable chokes.
Beretta | A400 Left-Hand
Although lefties make up about 13 percent of the population, plenty of them are avid shooters and hunters. Now they have the option of owning a gun made by one of the most reputable and reliable names in shotgunning: Beretta
. Surprisingly, the A400
is the 500-year-old company's first left-hand gun.
It has all the same high-quality features as Beretta's other gas-operated semi-auto shotguns, except the ejection port is on the left side of the receiver and the safety is made for lefties. It has a 12-gauge, 3-inch chamber and optional Kick-Off recoil reduction system, among other quality features.
Leupold | BX-3 Mojave PRO GUIDE HD
The popular BX-3 just got better — now available with Kryptek Typhon or Kryptek Highlander durable rubber coatings, Leupold went straight to the pros for help when designing the new BX-3 Mojave PRO GUIDE HD
The lightweight binoculars feature an open bridge system for a naturally ergonomic handhold and specially coated extra-low dispersion lens. The Mojave PRO GUIDE HD's are 100-percent waterproof and fogproof and uses BAK4 Prisms erector systems. Available in 8x42mm and 10x42mm.
Bushnell | Elite 4500 2.5-10x40mm
For 2015, Bushnell introduced its new lineup of Elite riflescopes, the Elite 4500
. Featuring Bushnell's RainGuard HD technology, the Elite 4500 allows you to strike with lethal precision during the most unforgiving hunting situations. Utilizing an Ultra Wide Band coating, the Elite 4500 performs just as well in low-light as it does during ideal conditions.
With fully multi-coated optics, the scope delivers a 94 percent light transmission across even more of the visual light spectrum. Additionally, the Elite 4500 is fully equipped with a waterproof and fog-proof tube recoil tested with 1,000 rounds of .375 H&H Magnum. The Elite 4500 is available in 2.5-20x40mm, 2.5-10x50, 4-16x40mm, 6-24x40mm, 8-32x40mm sizes.
Browning | Buck 2500RT
For the hunts that fall somewhere between a day trip in the field and the endurance hunt, the Browning Buck 2500RT
pack makes light work of hauling gear. Designed by Signature Products Group (SPG)
, this 2500ci pack is loaded with top of the line technological advancements to keep hunters comfortably equipped.
Featuring lighter, stronger, water-resistant Baumshell fabric and stealthy Hypo-Sonic rubber zippers, the scent-proof 2500RT weighs a remarkable 3.25 pounds empty. An Infinite Loop shoulder strap system automatically adjusts to balance the pack as the weight shifts with movement and features self-wicking Tri-Vent three-layer padding to keep you cool when the terrain calls for extra legwork. With camo options including Realtree Max-1, Realtree Xtra, Mossy Oak Country, and Mossy Oak Bottomland, the 2500RT will be available for Summer 2015.
Zippo | Pocket Hand Warmer
When it comes to keeping the trigger finger warm and ready in extreme conditions, there are times when gloves won't be enough. Zippo's
newest Pocket Hand Warmer now packs the heat in a smaller, palm-sized version. A new stainless steel spring design makes for easier refills and the 6 hour runtime boasts an flameless/odorless heat signature 10 times more powerful than air-activated disposables.