by Jay Cassell
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, last week’s SHOT show in Las Vegas was the biggest ever – almost 60,000 attendees, all in the industry, from gun makers to flashlight manufacturers, from gun shop owners from around the world to members of the media, also from around the world. The crowds were noticeable, too; the aisle were bustling, business was getting done, and there were new and exciting items in almost every booth.
One of my goals this year was to find cool gadgets, stuff on the cutting edge of technology that can help us all better enjoy hunting and shooting. So, here goes – 16 items I singled out as stuff that Field & Stream readers and viewers would enjoy having. How did I make my selections? Simple: If I liked it, if I could and would use it, if it was different, then it made the grade.
Sport Ear Micro Blast
The Micro Blast from Sport Ear can be tailored to fit your hearing needs. After giving you audiology tests, Sport Ear analysts determine which levels of your hearing need amplification, and tailor the Blast accordingly. A company spokesman told me that these devices also cut down ringing ear – tinnitus – in more than half of the people who use them. Custom fitting is available. $1100, from Sportear.com