Cold hands probably spoil more hunts than just about any other factor. But the new Firepod handwarmers from Optronics use patented technology to keep hunters hands warm and toasty on cold days.
The HW-200 Spectator and HT-206 Sportsman are rechargeable fleece muffs, while the HT-100 is a pocket-sized warmer powered by AA batteries. All three utilize safe, effective and efficient thermal convection to provide sustained heating throughout battery life.
Both muff models feature two innovative warming pods. Muff construction is two-layered quality fleece with a middle liner and reinforced stitching to withstand rugged use. Elastic constrictions on both openings of the muff help keep heat in and the elements out.
The HW-200 Spectator provides up to 5 hours of constant heating. The rechargeable battery pack conveniently fits inside the muff’s zipper pocket or attaches to the included adjustable nylon belt. The HW-200 is also operable with four regular AA batteries.
The Firepod HW-206 Sports-man is also a rechargeable fleece muff, but provides up to 12 hours of warmth for a full day outdoors. It comes with a power pack (which includes a quick-connect plug) that easily attaches and detaches from the waist strap. Muffs are available in black or camouflage. Both rechargeable models come with a 110-volt charging cord. A full charge is achieved in 10 to 12 hours. The HW-100 uses four AA batteries to provide up to 5 hours of warmth. An on/off switch allows selective use. From off to on, the unit reaches hand-warming temperature in five minutes. The HW-100 comes standard with a neck lanyard, allowing the user to wear it on the chest between layers of clothing for additional warming comfort. Available in August 2006. SRP: $49.95, HW-200 and HW-206; $19.95, HW-100; $29.95 (two-pack model of HW-100), $29.95. Booth #3729. (800-364-5483; optronicsinc.com)
First Samco and TDI Arms USA have combined to provide arms accessories for AR-15s, M16s and the like. The new company, known as CAA (Command Arms Accessories), is committed to producing innovative products such as Picatinny rail systems, advanced light and laser devices, hand grips, stocks, bipods and adapters to satisfy the most demanding operators under the most extreme conditions. Most products are available in black, tan and OD green. For 2006, the company is introducing two new magazine loader-unloaders for magazines in the popular .223 and 7.62x39mm calibers. The loader-unloaders, which fit M16/AR-15, Ruger Mini 14 and AK-47 magazines, use thumb-activated levers for easy loading and unloading. SRP: $19.95. Booth #2166. (267-803-1518; commandarms.com)
The handle of the SOG Topo Meridian has a tactile outer layer with stepped ambidextrous ergonomics for both comfort and functionality.|
You expect the folks at SOG to do things a bit differently. For 2006, they’ve come up with a stunner-the Topo Meridian. SOG’s patent-pending Topo construction creates a tactile outer layer with stepped ergonomics that is comfortable, novel and functional.
Features include patented S.A.T. (SOG-Assisted Technology) for easy one-handed opening, a pass-through lock bar with blade-kick activation and an upswept blade that maximizes cutting-edge length in a compact size. In addition, the grip’s wavelike ambidextrous design provides indexing and helps with blade control. SRP: $98 for satin blade, $119 for black Ti-AIN blade. Booth #8043. (425-771-6230; sogknives.com)
Lightfield’s new Alpha Gold 300 is a spitzer boattail soft-lead bullet with a serrated hollowpoint f maximum expansion. The .50-caliber, 300-grain bullet’s design helps it achieve a higher ballistic coefficient than other blackpowder saboted pistol bullets. It also retains higher velocity, which translates into a flatter trajectory with more downrange energy.
To ensure maximum accuracy, the Alpha Gold 300 uses a specially designed sabot that expands to form an efficient gas seal in any muzzleloader. Each package comes with 14 bullets and a ramrod adapter designed to seat the bullet firmly on the powder without deforming the soft-lead nose and serrated hollowpoint. SRP: $14.99. Booth #1959. (732-462-9200; lightfieldslugs.com)
Two new models will be added to the Tikka T3 line this year. The Tikka T3 Deluxe features a blued T3-barreled action in a high-grade walnut stock with classic three-point checkering, a rosewood forend tip and a grip cap with an antique silver-colored T3 medallion.
The Tikka T3 Camo Stainless, designed to be a lightweight field rifle, tips the scales at 6 pounds 3 ounces. It features an all-stainless barreled action and a synthetic stock with a high-definition Realtree Hardwood camo finish. Both models will be available in 13 popular chamberings, from .223 Rem. to .338 Win. Mag. (the Deluxe model also comes in 6.5×55). Barrel lengths are 23 inches for standard calibers and 25 inches for magnums. SRP: $995 for the Camo Stainless, $1,075 for the Deluxe. Booth #4159. (800-636-3420; berettausa.com)
Individually adjustable legs, a 360-degree rotating seat and cupped leg-end caps (to keep it from sinking into soft terrain) set this seat apart from all others. The Bull, for taller and heavier users, adjusts in height from 16 inches to 23.5 inches and has an 11.5-inch seating surface. The Buck is lighter and more compact; it adjusts in height from 13 inches to 18.5 inches and has a 9-inch seating surface. Both are made of high-impact-strength composites that can support more than 500 pounds, so go ahead and enjoy another bowl of venison chili in camp. Each is available in Mothwing Fall Mimicry camo. SRP: $66. Booth #8970. (877-799-2700; all-terrainseat.com)
The Turtle Fur Group continues its quest to develop innovative cold-weather accessories. The latest, which appears on Nordic Gear products, is a new patented breathing system called Fog Free, which dramatically improves the options for staying warm when hunting in the cold.
Fog Free’s new technology, keeps material away from the mouth and nose, That prevents frost from forming, so the user can breathe freely. Fog Free also prevents glasses from fogging over, a typical problem with close-fitting cold-weather headgear. In addition, Windhibitor, a patented high-performance wind barrier consisting of open-cell foam laminated between two layers of Micro Fur eliminates the “crunches and echoes” associated with wind-blocking films.
The Fog Free line comes in four different styles: neck warmer, balaclava, watch cap with drop-down face mask and beanie with drop-down face mask. All are available in camo. Price: $19 to $25. Booth #6669. (800-526-3257; nordicgear.com)
**Champion Traps and Targets **
VisiColor High-Visibility Paper Targets from Champion Traps and Targets offer shooters an enjoyable, entertaining experience at the range. The targets are available in four animal offerings- prairie dog, deer, turkey and coyote-and in an 8-inch bull and dartboard. They provide impact halos for easy identification of specific hit locations. Animal versions feature a different color for each vital zone, and the standard 8-inch target uses a different color for each inch outside of the bull’s-eye for easy identification of great shots. The multiple colors make the targets are a great tool for familiarizing new shooters with the various vital zones. Booth #3651. (800-322-2342; championtarget.com)
Brunton takes on the family camping market with an all-new premium camp stove. The innovative Wind River Range is crafted of rust- resistant, heavy-duty extruded aluminum, with bumpered rubber corners for maximum durability. Engineered for rattle- and crumb-free transport, the range includes a quick-release grate and slide-out burn plate for easy cleaning. The detachable lid doubles as a cutting board for slicing, dicing and chopping next to the dual burners (15,000 BTUs each). Remove the cutting board and you’ve got a camp sink for cleanup. The kit comes with hose and regulator attachments for connection to propane cylinders of any size. SRP: $429. Booth #3125 and #3325. (800-443-4871; brunton.com) )
Brunton takes on the family camping market with an all-new premium camp stove. The innovative Wind River Range is crafted of rust- resistant, heavy-duty extruded aluminum, with bumpered rubber corners for maximum durability. Engineered for rattle- and crumb-free transport, the range includes a quick-release grate and slide-out burn plate for easy cleaning. The detachable lid doubles as a cutting board for slicing, dicing and chopping next to the dual burners (15,000 BTUs each). Remove the cutting board and you’ve got a camp sink for cleanup. The kit comes with hose and regulator attachments for connection to propane cylinders of any size. SRP: $429. Booth #3125 and #3325. (800-443-4871; brunton.com)