It’s almost New Years Eve! Who is excited? Well whatever you’re doing, we have a late Christmas present for you in the form of part six of our Gear of the Year series.
So whenever you’re considering a new gun, optic or shooting accessory, you need to know that it works really well, is a pleasure to use and represents great value for money. Here are just some of the items that have impressed us over the past year!
Clothing & Accessories
ENFORCER PRO SERIES PIGEON DECOYS
These very lifelike decoys come in a pack of 10, incorporating six head-down ‘feeders’ and four head-up ‘sentries’, and are supplied with 10 BreezeRider motion stakes. They’re carefully hand-painted, taking 14 individual steps for extra realism, and are bigger than most other decoys, really grabbing the attention of passing birds.
They’re durable too. These deeks are a blend of 60% high-density polyethylene and 40% low-density polyethylene, a combination that makes them tough enough to endure the harshest weather that’s thrown at them.
ARIAT CONQUEST EXPLORE
Tough terrain is no match for the Conquest Explore 8” boots, which have managed to conquer almost every terrain we’ve pitted them against.
These boots have rugged waterproof full-grain leather uppers in addition to a shock-absorbing midsole and a Duratread outsole, all protected by a high rubber rand. Being a high boot, they also excel at keeping mud and crud where it belongs – under your boots, not inside them.
FX POCKET CHRONOGRAPH
This portable bluetooth device connects to your phone and displays velocity, shot string and the muzzle energy of your rifle.
Users can store profiles for different rifles, calibres and pellets. And since the FX Pocket Chronograph uses radar technology, it will work in any weather conditions, even in the middle of the night as no external light source is needed.
CASSTRÖM LARS FÄLT KNIFE
This versatile bushcraft knife from Casström has been developed with Swedish wilderness and survival expert Lars Fält. The blade is made from Böhler K720 tool steel, and is durable even with hard use.
The steel quality coupled with the Scandinavian grind make the blade robust, yet comfortable to handle, and it’s easy to sharpen in the field with a small flat sharpener.
JACK PYKE RANNOCK JACKET
Hunters need to blend in with their surroundings regardless of place and time, and the latest version of the Rannock is available in three camo patterns, English Oak Evo, Forest Brown and Forest Green.
Made from brushed tricot with a laminated membrane, the Rannock has a full-length double-opening zip, a hood with drawcord, two front lower pockets with Velcro closures and adjustable wristbands.
HELIKON RANGE BAG
This range bag is made by Polish company Helikon-Tex and lets the shooter carry ammunition, magazines and many other items to and from their club, range or permission.
It’s well made and sturdy, with nice design touches such as pockets at the front, sides, rear and top of the bag, and an interior that’s fully customisable with a number of dividers that can be repositioned.
LOTHAR WALTHER AIRGUN BARRELS
Lothar Walther has been supplying airgun barrels to companies around the world since 1925. The German manufacturer produces button-rifled airgun barrels from special gun steel and stainless steel.
Big-bore barrels are now available in .30, .35 (9mm), .45 and .50 calibre, in addition to the traditional calibres. The barrels can be ordered as blanks or finished in the white, and choking is available.