New Product Reports

Items that have grabbed the attention of the staff of SHOT Daily and may do the same to consumers.

Field & Stream Online Editors

Lightfield Ammunition Corporation
Lightfield has developed a full line of what it calls Less Lethal Law Enforcement ammunition designed to improve the overall utility of the 12-gauge platform. The ammunition has been formulated to address range-specific applications and offers three configurations: close range (5 to 20 yards), mid-range (20 to 40 yards) and extended range (40-plus yards).

The six new rounds include two rubber buckshot 21-pellet rounds, a two-ball mid-range .73-caliber round, an extended range .73-caliber rubber slug round and the new Tri-Star and Super Star rounds.

The Tri-Star rounds are loaded with three 1-inch rubber projectiles that resemble stars. These are designed for maximum less lethal impact at close range. Booth #263. (732-462-9200; www.lightfieldslugs.com)

Swarovski Optik
Is it a binocular? No. A range finder? Not exactly. Actually, it's both. The 8x30 Laser Guide is a revolutionary new laser range finder that combines the best features of a binocular and a range finder. It combines a Swarovski 8x30 monocular and a laser optical system, merging them into a single unit.

Swarovski claims the range finder will deliver accurate measurements from 10 yards to 1,500 yards (plus or minus 1 yard), which benefits both bowhunters and rifle hunters. The 8x30 monocular is equal to half of a Swarovski binocular, which gives the user the advantage (but not the weight and bulk) of the magnification of a full-sized binocular.

The 8x30 Laser Guide weighs 12 ounces and is submersible. It offers optional yard or meter selection. Booth #4513. (800-426-3089; www.swarovskioptik.com)

Crosman Corporation
Crosman is introducing the second in a series of Remington-branded air guns designed and manufactured in America. The new break-barrel rifle, the Remington R1K77PG, is 43 inches long and weighs 6.5 pounds. It features an ergonomically designed synthetic stock with a soft pistol-style grip and cheek piece, a precision rifled steel barrel, a two-stage adjustable trigger, an ambidextrous safety, the Crossblock trigger-blocking mechanism and a recoil pad made of ventilated rubber. The R1K77PG fires a .177-caliber pellet at 1,000 feet per second and has a fiber-optic front sight and a micro-adjustable rear sight. A 3¿¿¿9x40 scope is also available. SRP: $249.99; with scope, $279.99. Available at retail in June 2004. Booth #4151. (716-657-6161; www.crosman.com)

Knight Muzzleloader
The newest rifle from in-line pioneer Tony Knight, the Revolution takes muzzleloading another step forward with a fully enclosed chamber that further protects the already weatherproof full-plastic jacket ignition system. Styled after the single-shots of the 19th century, the Revolution features a lever opening and a stainless-steel trigger assembly that drops out easily for cleaning. In blued and stainless steel, with synthetic, walnut and laminated stocks beginning around $400. Booth #3765. (641-856-2626; www.knightrifles.com) leica camera inc.

In the most astounding diet effort since Rush Limbaugh's, Leica has reduced the weight, size, and price of its laser range finder Geovid binocular to a mere shadow of its former self. The original Geovid ushered in the era of long-range laser range-finding for sportsmen, but was so heavy that it could not be carried around a neck that measured less than 20 inches, and was so expensive that it was beyond the reach of all but the wealthiest sportsmen. In addition, it came only in 7X magnification. Nonetheless it became a byword for precision and reliability.

Now, after a 10-year effort by Leica, it has been replaced by the 8x42 BRF and 10x42 BRF. The new models have more magnification and improved range-finding capability, yet are no bigger, heavier or more expensive than a first-rate conventional binocular. The BRFs are nitrogen-lled and waterproof, and the range finder's LED automatically adjusts for ambient brightness. These new Leica scopes will tell you just how far away that critter is from you, from 10 yards to 1,300. After that, the rest is up to you. Booth #5349. (800-222-0118; www.leica-camera.com)

Savage Arms Inc.
In the wonderful subculture of varmint hunting, it's easy to spend a couple thousand dollars (or a lot more) on something that will pound prairie dogs or wallop woodchucks in a satisfactory manner. But for shooters who are not ready to spend megabucks on rodent persecution, Savage has an alternative-the Model 40 Varmint Hunter, a serious, highly accurate single-shot bolt-action with an excellent trigger, a target-style laminated stock, and a heavy-contour barrel that is sleeved for extra rigidity. The Model 40 is chambered for the .223 and the old-but-still-useful .22 Hornet. The price for the Hornet version is $374; the .223 is $408. Like other Savage products, it is anticipated that the Model 40 will be a tackdriver. Booth #4661. (413-568-7001; www. savagearms.com)

Magellan Systems Corp.
Come lunch or dinner how many of you have wondered what the restaurant choices are around the Las Vegas Convention Center? Magellan has software that not only lists the dining choices by category (Italian, steakhouse¿¿¿) but that will also guide you there. Called MapSend DirectRoute, the software can be loaded into the SportTrak Pro or any GPS in the Meridian line. The software gives visual (on the GPS screen) and audio (it beeps) that can guide you to any address, cross street or bar. Just download the region you're headed to and you'll be leader of many a confused group. The traveling sportsman shouldn't be hard-pressed to ante up for this software. SRP: $149.99. Booth #7831. (909-394-5000; www. magellangps.com)

CVA/Winchester Muzzleloading
Winchester Muzzleloading's hot-selling Apex Swing Action Magnum 209 is now available in an all-camo model. The newest addition to the Apex line is available in .45 or .50 caliber, and standard features include a Monte Carlo cheek piece and raised comb, DuraBright fiber-optic sights, a muzzleloading sling and a 28-inch fluted barrel. The SRP is $460. CVA's Kodiak 209 Magnum Pivot Block Action design features a stainless-steel 209 ignition system and does not require a tool to cap the nipple. Once the rifle is loaded, the hunter cocks the hammer at the rear of the breech, and the rifle is ready to shoot.

The 28-inch barrel (1-in-28-inch rate of twist) is available in .45 or .50 caliber, and in blue or nickel finish. The stock is ambidextrous and available in black or Mossy Oak Break-Up or Obsession camo. Illuminator fiber-optic sights are standard, as is a CrushZone recoil pad. The Kodiak retails for approximately $255.

The Buckhorn 209 Magnum is an entry-level in-line (about $130) but has a lot of the bells and whistles of more expensive models, including 209 ignition, CrushZone recoil pads, Illuminator sights and a newly designed trigger mechanism. Booth #3118. (800-320-8767; www.cva.com)

Trophy Rock
When someone noticed how wildlife flocked to a southern Utah mine to lick extracted deposits, Trophy Rock was born. The completely natural mineral licks have become wildly popular with hunters who use Trophy Rocks to provide supplemental nutrition to deer and other game.

Mineral-laden whole rocks were introduced last year and a crushed version is available in 2004. Twenty-five pound bags should retail for about $14 while 7-pound bags carry a suggested retail price of $7. Booth #5504. (888-521-7771; www.trophyrock.com)

Buck Knives Inc.
Buck Knives' Alpha Crosslock PBS is a double-bladed knife equipped with a sculpted spear-point blade on one side and a cross-cut saw/gut hook blade on the other. Easy to open with one hand, access to either blade is accomplished by a simple push-button mechanism.

The Alpha Crosslock PBS is available in gun-metal grey or camo.

A stainless-steel clip and nylon sheath are standard. Priced at about $90, retail. The Rush is Buck's first skeleton-frame knife with a patented spring-assisted opening mechanism called ASAP (Advanced Spring-Assisted Performance) Technology. A rolling cam lock safety and blade-release ridge are positioned next to each other for quick blade access. Two models (in platinum or midnight blue) have 2¿¿-inch blades and an overall length of 3¿¿ inches. The weight is 2.4 ounces. The 290 Rush, with 420 HC steel blade, will retail for about $70; the Model 291, with ATS-34 steel, will sell for about $90. A third new Buck, the 882 SBT Police Utility Knife, is billed as a tool for emergency response personnel but it should find favor with anyone who uses a knife while wearing gloves. The 3¿¿-inch partially serrated blade is coated with Buck's Positive Deployment Texturing so it can be opened easily by a user wearing thick rubber or leather gloves. The handle is made of glass- reinforced nylon and is textured for a more positive grip. Suggested retail price is about $158. Booth #4937. (800-326-2825; www.buckknives.com)

Optronics Inc.
You won't have to deal with the smell of fumes or the hassle of mantles when you use Optronics' HyperX camp lantern. Four D-cell batteries and 16 LEDs provide enough illumination to brighten the gloomiest tent, or just provide a night-light.

An airtight, space-age plastic housing resists corrosion and is equipped with a sturdy handle for carrying or hanging. The HyperX camp lantern retails for about $60. Booth #5128. (918-683-9514, www.optronicsinc.com)

Radians
No buck will sneak up on a hunter who's wearing Radians Hunter's Ears. The new ear protectors feature two microphones in each muff that help the wearer identify the source of noise or simply dampen any sound that approaches a dangerous level, such as the report of your rifle or shotgun. The muffs are available in Mossy Oak Obsession and Break-Up, Realtree Advantage or HD 2020 camo patterns.

Radians Hunter's Ears will retail for approximately $99. Booth #3135. (877- 723-4267; www. radiansinc.com)

The Alpha Crosslock PBS is available in gun-metal grey or camo.

A stainless-steel clip and nylon sheath are standard. Priced at about $90, retail. The Rush is Buck's first skeleton-frame knife with a patented spring-assisted opening mechanism called ASAP (Advanced Spring-Assisted Performance) Technology. A rolling cam lock safety and blade-release ridge are positioned next to each other for quick blade access. Two models (in platinum or midnight blue) have 2¿¿-inch blades and an overall length of 3¿¿ inches. The weight is 2.4 ounces. The 290 Rush, with 420 HC steel blade, will retail for about $70; the Model 291, with ATS-34 steel, will sell for about $90. A third new Buck, the 882 SBT Police Utility Knife, is billed as a tool for emergency response personnel but it should find favor with anyone who uses a knife while wearing gloves. The 3¿¿-inch partially serrated blade is coated with Buck's Positive Deployment Texturing so it can be opened easily by a user wearing thick rubber or leather gloves. The handle is made of glass- reinforced nylon and is textured for a more positive grip. Suggested retail price is about $158. Booth #4937. (800-326-2825; www.buckknives.com)

Optronics Inc.
You won't have to deal with the smell of fumes or the hassle of mantles when you use Optronics' HyperX camp lantern. Four D-cell batteries and 16 LEDs provide enough illumination to brighten the gloomiest tent, or just provide a night-light.

An airtight, space-age plastic housing resists corrosion and is equipped with a sturdy handle for carrying or hanging. The HyperX camp lantern retails for about $60. Booth #5128. (918-683-9514, www.optronicsinc.com)

Radians
No buck will sneak up on a hunter who's wearing Radians Hunter's Ears. The new ear protectors feature two microphones in each muff that help the wearer identify the source of noise or simply dampen any sound that approaches a dangerous level, such as the report of your rifle or shotgun. The muffs are available in Mossy Oak Obsession and Break-Up, Realtree Advantage or HD 2020 camo patterns.

Radians Hunter's Ears will retail for approximately $99. Booth #3135. (877- 723-4267; www. radiansinc.com)


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