RGS staff review product updates from the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas
BROWNING A5 SWEET SIXTEEN
This new shotgun by Browning will bring back memories of your grandfather’s bird-hunting icon, the Browning A5. The Sweet Sixteen’s humpback profile has been well-known for decades, and this new-and-improved version will be very trendy and attractive with today’s upland hunters. This gun is available with 26 and 28-inch barrels, F, M and IC chokes included, less than 6 pounds in average weight and retails at $1,699.99. www.browning.com
Browning’s Scott Grange promotes the A5 Sweet Sixteen at the 2016 SHOT Show.
This is Browning’s product promo for the A5 Sweet Sixteen.
TENZING BV16 BLAZE UPLAND HUNTING VEST
It may not fit the mold of a conventional bird vest, but Tenzing’s upland bird vests sure do fit the hunter. Updated for 2016, this vest-pack crossover comes in a new blaze orange style to provide improved comfort and mobility for hunters of every size and shape. What’s not changing are the innovative pockets and features that have made this award-winning pack an essential bird hunting accessory. The BV16 features burr-free Dyneema-reinforced 100 percent cotton ripstop construction, 13 pockets, 14 shotshell loops, 2 radio pockets, 2 load lifter straps to keep weight up and tight and is H20 compatible. $219 to $229. www.tenzingoutdoors.com
Tenzing media specialist Josh Lantz explains the benefits of the updated Tenzing BV16 Blaze Upland Hunting Vest at the 2016 SHOT Show.
GUNNER KENNELS G1 INTERMEDIATE DOG KENNEL
This new dog kennel is rugged – includes “Yeti-like” double-walled rotomolded material – is built for your dog, designed for your peace of mind. This patent-pending intermediate-size crate fits dogs up to 75 pounds. It is built of the highest quality materials and engineered with you and your dog’s safety in mind. Other features include secure tie-down pins, rubber feet, stainless steel hardware, lockable paddle latch, heavy-duty rubber handles, robust paw proof door, drainage system, reversable door and back-up safety locks. $499.00. www.gunnerkennels.com
Gunner Kennels promo video.
Gunner Kennels safety testing video.
WILEY X EYEWEAR
Wiley X is bringing new technology to its already impressive array of protective eyewear for outdoors enthusiasts. Not only are they safe, but they are stylish – Wiley X is keeping up with the curve of safety, style and a comfortable fit. You can get the classic shooter glasses profile or a more contemporary style with dual uses for driving and hunting, maybe more attractive to the next generation of upland hunter. For nearly 30 years, Wiley X has been a leader in providing protective eyewear products to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies and is also breaking the path in the realms of professional shooting, NASCAR drivers and other high-performance outdoors adventures. New models for 2016 for hunters and shooters include the WX Rebel and the WX Valor, both are available in Realtree Xtra camo frames. The company also added the new WX Rogue to its popular Changeable Series and the WX Omega to its stealthy Black Ops Collection. www.wileyx.com
See the models, styles and options of Wiley X eyewear here.
Wiley X sunglasses are near shatterproof and highly protective as seen in this commercial airing on hunting shows. These sunglasses stand up to rigorous ANSI Z87.1 and Ballistic testing and help protect against eye injuries for the military, hunters, fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts.
B&P (BASCHIERI & PELLAGRI) SHOTSHELLS
B&P is a globally renowned Italian-based ammunition manufacturer that first launched its full line of premium shotgun ammunition for the U.S. hunting and competition markets at the 2016 SHOT Show. The new U.S line includes a dozen different loads for everything from upland to waterfowl, turkey and big game. B&P has been used by Olympians and professional competitive shooters since the 1920s. Since 1885, when the company first invented its smokeless gunpowder in Bologna, Italy, B&P has remained focused on innovation – Its Gordon System case, which was introduced in the late 1980s, is a prime example – the design optimizes the combustion of the powder and performance of the ammunition resulting in lower recoil, a more comfortable shot, less hesitation and a faster second shot. B&P shotshells are available in multiple options for sporting clays and upland hunting for gauges .410 to 12 gauge, lengths 2 1/2 to3 1/2 inches, shot size up to 9 shot, and shot weigh 7/8 to 1 ¼ ounce. www.baschieri-pellagriusa.com
L.L.BEAN UPLANDER PRO HUNTING GLOVES
If you are looking for a new-age, sleek and tactical pair of upland hunting gloves, this new set from L.L.Bean may be for you. The Uplander Pro Hunting Gloves includes a touch screen finger for use with dog electronics, navigation and cell phones. This set also features a rugged material for protection, split grain leather with “pick free” knit panels, stretch faucets, back panel and cuff design for close fitting “second skin” feel, shorter cuff design that will not interfere with jacket, shirt, watch and more. $39.95 – available in July 2016. www.llbean.com
L.L.Bean product designer describes the reasoning behind the new Uplander Pro Hunting Glove.
SPORTDOG TEK 2.0 BLUETOOTH UPDATE
SportDOG Brand has again enhanced dog-tracking efficiency with the introduction of Bluetooth capability to its TEK 2.0 Series. This new feature allows dog handlers to receive realtime audible voice updates on their dogs’ locations through any Bluetooth-compatible earpiece. The realtime voice update feature via the speaker on the TEK 2.0 Handheld has proven popular with upland and hound hunters, because it provides them with a constant, hands-free check on the whereabouts of up to 21 dogs or other Handhelds in their hunting or training group. Now, Bluetooth capability provides those updates with crystal-clear, in-the-ear sound. All TEK 2.0 products are Bluetooth-capable, regardless of when they were purchased. The new feature, scheduled to be available in early 2016, will be accessible to owners simply by downloading the software updated directly from SportDOG Brand. www.sportdog.com
SportDOG media specialist Britney Starr describes the new Bluetooth update for the TEK2.