F&S and OL interviewed hunting legend Jim Shockey's daughter Eva Shockey in our video suite. The 26-year-old is an up-and-comer in the hunting industry and has already hunted all over the world. We tapped our readers for questions and then let the cameras roll.
The XTR 2 Series is Burris' latest push into the tactical scope market. This series of scopes has a wide range of magnification options, from 1-5 to 8-40, and includes a ton of features. The scope in the video is a first focal plan mil scope, but it utilizes a donut-shaped reticle feature on the second focal plane. This reticle doesn't change sizes as you zoom up or down in magnification. The scope also includes an offset mount and a red dot sight.
Beretta hasn't offered the Onyx model in years, but, now, Cabela's has resurrected it. The shotgun is offered in a sporting version, trap gun, and field gun. It has the standard features of any other Beretta over/under with a low profile and strong action. It's a handsome gun with a black anodized receiver and an upper mid-grade walnut stock. The gun sells for about $2,500.
This big scope from Leupold is designed for serious F-Class competition shooters. It's an MOA scope and the version in the video is a prototype, so we can tell you too much about it yet. But, the VX-6 has proven itself to be a solid and functional design. It will retail for about $2,000.
With a few simple gunsmithing tools and a trigger from the Timney Elite Series, you can turn your Remington 700 or Remington 7 varmint or target rifle into a tack driver. You can set these triggers from 8 ounces to 2.5 pounds. The Calvin Elite will retail for about $210.
When DPMS was founded, one of the core principals was getting ARs into hunters' hands. While the original AR design wasn't ideal for most hunting scenarios, the DPMS G2 is certainly another step in the right direction. Chambered in .308, this gun is light and should handle extremely well. The gun features a carbon fiber handguard, a plunger ejector on the bolt, and will retail for about $1,699.
The original Versa Max is a great waterfowl gun, but this year Remington is looking to make it even better. Borrowing some features from the tactical version of the Versa Max, Remington added an extended bolt handle, an oversized bolt release, and an extra-large safety for easier operation with heavy gloves.
Add these features to a shotgun that already does a good job of cutting down on felt recoil and has an adjustable stock for different shooting conditions, and you've got a duck and goose gun that's tough to beat in adverse weather.
Smith & Wesson's new XVR comes from the Performance Center family and features a 2.5-inch barrel, a fiber optic front sight, and Hogue grips. The gun is compatible with three different cartridges: .460, .454 Casull, and .45 Long Colt.
Gerber's big knife for 2014 is made out of a solid piece of new steel called S35VN. This means the blade should hold its edge longer and be more resistant to corrosion. The Legend comes with a well-built leather sheath that features a solid safety strap. But these features are going to cost you ... a lot. The knife will retail for about $700.