The first day of SHOT Show 2011 is over. Pursue The Outdoors was on hand and saw a ton of new gear and firearms, met a lot of great people, and saw several industry veterans throughout the show.
Now that we’re moving to day 2, let’s take a peek at what we saw on day 1.
Day 1 Highlights
Leupold RCX Trail Camera System – The RCX comes in two models: the RCX-1 at 8 megapixels, and the RCX-2 at 10 megapixels. Both models can be used with the RCX system’s USB controller/viewer, allowing hunters to check photos, align the camera, and change settings, all without opening it up or removing the memory card. RCX-2 also features an impressive reach out to 90 feet with 10 degrees of sensing using its Dual Sensor Technology. You have the added benefit of using both the 45-degree sensor and the 10-degree sensor at the same time.
Benjamin air rifles by Crosman – Crosman continues to impress with their new lineup of air rifles. These are perfect for small game hunting, especially as you sit in the blind waiting the the big one to walk by.
Chick Magnet turkey call from Primos and Lee & Tiffany Lakosky – This dual-lid box call uses strong magnets, allowing you to switch between a raspy purpleheart paddle and a higher-pitched maple paddle.
Winchester Blind Side steel waterfowl ammunition – In my opinion, this innovative waterfowl load should be in every duck and goose hunter’s aresenal. Due to the unique hexagon shape of its pellet, Winchester Blind Side is able to pack up to 15 percent more pellets in each shell, allowing 1 3/8 ounces of hex shot to occupy the same space as 1 1/4 ounces of round shot found in other shells. Naturally, more shot means more knock down power, while the shape of the shot increases trauma, resulting in fewer birds flying off, never to be seen again. Blind Side ammunition also features a new, diamond cut wad that increases the kill zone.
Winchester Blind Side will be available just in time for the 2011 waterfowl season in 12 gauge, 3” 1 3/8 ounce and 3 1/2” 1 5/8 ounce loads, in both BB’s and #2 size pellets.
Big Game Treestands Ultra View DX ladderstand –
Stealth Cam’s DRONE Command Center – I got a good look at Stealh Cam’s new DRONE Command Center, which enables you to control your game cameras through a full-featured Web site. Using the DRONE Command Center’s simple user interface, you can view thumbnail images from each of the cameras you have set up, crop photos, and then download only those that you want, which minimizes the amount of data transferred over your cell phone’s data plan.
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle –
Ruger 10/22-FS with a threaded barrel and SR-556-style flash suppressor – The tried and true Ruger 10/22 gets a minor upgrade sure to be popular with gun enthusiasts. Ever since Jody Scott from Tacticool22 introduced me to the world of tactical .22 rifles, I’ve been keeping a close eye on this space, and the Ruger 10/22-FS surely won’t dissapoint.
Native Species hunting apparel –
Lone Wolf Knives – Lone Wolf makes several knives geared towards hunters, including the fixed-blade Skinner and Caper knives. I also like the look and feel of the Trask and Ridge Top folding knives.
Mossberg Tactical .22 –