Monday, November 30, 2009

GunVault - Great Vehicle Storage Solution

Looking for a great in-vehicle gun storage solution? Check out the GunVault MicroVault and MicroBioVault.

The MicroVault features more than twelve million user-selectable access codes and audio feedback to instantly confirm correct keypad entries. A built-in computer blocks access after repeated invalid keypad entries and the tamper indicator notes invalid entry attempts. In addition the audio disable feature allows the option for stealth mode operation.

For the quickest access GunVault offers the MicroBioVault. This version uses biometrics, specifically fingerprint recognition, to access the safe contents faster and more securely than ever before. A high-performance algorithm is used to achieve speedy identification of enrolled fingerprints and at the same time has a very low False Reject Rate (FRR). The self-learning algorithm adds new minutiae to the fingerprint templates each time a user touches the fingerprint sensor, which decreases the likelihood of FRR; updates slight changes that might occur over time to an enrolled fingerprint, as well as help diminish variations between the enrolled fingerprints. The system can handle up to 60 fingerprint templates.

The MicroVault and MicroBioVault are constructed of tamper-proof, heavy-gauge steel and feature a soft foam interior to protect contents. The keypad triggers an omni-directional spring-assisted lid that not only has a high-strength lock mechanism, but also performs reliably, time after time. Precise fittings are virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools. Powered by one 9V battery that lasts one year under normal conditions, the audio and LED low warning clearly indicate when the battery needs to be replaced. Back- up key is also provided for emergency access. MSRP $139.95 (MV500) and $215.95 (MVB500).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Need help shopping for that special outdoor person? Be prepared this holiday shopping season with Nikon’s stocking stuffer guide. All items are priced under $30.

Nikon Livin’ the Dream magazine goes behind-the-scenes, where the cameras are off and into the lives of America’s favorite hunters at home, in the office and out in the field. Available at newsstands, $8.99.

Nikon rangefinder tether keeps your rangefinder or other gear close at hand, yet secure and out of the way when not in use. Available in black or Realtree nationwide at Nikon dealers $23.95-$29.95.

Nikon’s easy-to-use Optics Maintenance Kit allows users to keep optics instruments clean and functioning at peak performance. The Nikon Optics Maintenance Kit contains the Static Wisk™, Precision Cleaning Solution™, Tiger Cloth™ and the Speck Grabber™. Available nationwide at Nikon dealers for $27.95.

Designed for cleaning optics, Nikon LensPen® includes retractable dust brush and a cleaning tip with non-liquid compound that won't spill or dry out. Available in black or camo nationwide at Nikon dealers for $11.95-$14.95.

The Nikon laser rangefinder case is neoprene for in-the-field stealth. Available in black or Realtree for the ProStaff 550, RifleHunter, Laser800 and Laser1200 rangefinder models nationwide at Nikon dealers for $21.95.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Taurus 738 Range Report

Myself and Kelly (Chevalier's Media Buyer) had a great girls day at range day last Saturday. We drove out to the Tri-County Gun Club in Sherwood, OR to test out the new Taurus Compact Pistol (TCP) .380. Weighing in at 10.2 ounces the TCP is Taurus' lightest firearm produced to date. The pistol holds 6+1 shots of .380 or 8+1 rounds with an extended magazine that will be introduced in 2010.

Kristin shoots the TCP.
Notice the slide stays back on the last round.
Great new feature.

Kelly and I shot about 100 rounds of Winchester .380 USA brand FMJ through the TCP. The gun performed flawlessly and we were impressed with the firearm's comfortable grip and easy to use fixed sights.

TCP holster comes standard.

The TCP comes standard with a custom nylon holster. This holster, developed in conjunction with Bulldog®, can be clipped to one’s pants or looped through a belt, and cleverly conceals the pistol by mimicking the style of modern PDA cases. It features two bottom holes for quick draw capabilities and the retention straps are magnetic, for quick draw, re-holstering and noise reduction. The TCP is sure to be a competitor in the pocket pistol marketplace. MSRP $336 - $352.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Trip Home

Leaving prime whitetail country during the rut without firing an arrow is tough. Being welcomed by a happy little boy and a darling wife is awesome and easily makes up for any lack of antlers in my duffle. But not everything that greets me is so welcome.....

I had to sit an extra hour on the tarmac in Atlanta because we needed a pilot for the plane. Key person to have on board and I'm all in favor on waiting on him. When I finally get to Augusta Delta has lost my bowcase...again no biggee, happens more than I care to remember.

When I get to my truck it greets me with a check engine light and as I pull into my drive way I'm greeted by a huge oak tree that has fallen across it. (I did have a little warning on that one) But finally, when I get up this morning and start going through my mail the state of South Carolina greets me with a jury notice.

I don't think I'm gonna be buying lottery tickets anytime soon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Breaking The Ice

I'm up in Saskatchewan, Canada, deer hunting with Andrew McKean (Outdoor Life), Bryce Towsley (NRA) and Jon LaCorte (Nikon Optics). It's Day 3 and LaCorte finally broke the ice for us by taking this nice buck just before dark with Winchester Ammo's 300 WSM lead free E-Tip bullet (180 gr.). He said the deer ran a total of 10 yards when he dropped.

Hopefully tomorrow the rest of us will tag out, so that none of us have to feel the pressure of taking one on the last day.

I'll keep you posted on how things turn out.

Driving South for Doves

Friday morning, before the sun comes up I am going to be packing my car (dog included) and driving 17 hours to see my dad and do a little dove shooting and pheasant hunting in El Centro, California.

This is one of my favorite times of year, not only do I get to escape the cold and rainy Oregon weather and exchange it for warm and dry California air; but I get to spend quality time with my dad.

I enjoy the drive from his home in San Diego to our hunt camp in El Centro (which is a trailer in a retirement park of all places). Even though we talk on the phone everyday, I still enjoy catching up on the latest and greatest. I enjoy driving around and scouting the perfect spot. I enjoy attempting to shoot doves and laughing after perfectly tracking one, only to have it pull at 180 at the last possible second.

Pictures and story to come next week!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Digiscoping with Nikon

Did you know that you can pair a point and shoot camera with a fieldscope to create a high powered lens for photography? This week I replaced my outdated camera with a Nikon S230 Coolpix. One of the many things I love about Nikon is that I can pair the new camera with my Nikon Fielscope 50mm ED to create a high-powered lens for thousands of dollars cheaper than a professional telephoto lens. This is accomplished by using a Nikon digiscoping eyepiece and new universal bracket. Here's a how-to demonstration from Nikon ProStaffer France DeWaghe. I will report back next week with some my first digiscoping photos and let everyone know how it goes.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Burning Daylight

Last week I was in Seneca, South Dakota
pheasant hunting at R&R Pheasant Hunting
lodge with a group of outdoor writers. We (Winchester Ammunition) co-sponsored the hunt with Browning/Winchester Firearms and Danner Boots. While we were finishing breakfast, Nick Sisley, an outdoor writer, stood up, tapped his spoon on his glass, said "we're burning daylight, let's go," and just walked out the door. We all stood up and followed him right out the door and into the corn rows and milo fields for some excellent pheasant hunting.

We shot Over/Under Browning Cynergy's and Citori's, and Winchester 101 shotguns with Winchester Ammunition's Super-X Super Pheasant loads (2 3/4 inch, #4 and #6 shot). I can assure you that it's a lethal combo. If you don't believe me...check this out:

The Super-X Super Pheasant load is copper-plated with hard lead shot, high velocity, heavy shot weight, long distance and a pheasant killing machine.

We did shoot a few birds with the 3 inch loads, but the 2 3/4 inch loads were great because there wasn't as much recoil and we still got the job done.

To check out more on the pheasant loads we shot, go to:

Sal Roseland and his group of guides at R&R Pheasant Hunting had us walking up and down milo fields and corn rows, jumping birds and then laying them down. Their labs and pointers never missed a beat. As soon as a dead bird hit the ground, they were on it. The dogs were very well trained.

If you're thinking about going somewhere to pheasant hunt, I'd definitely put R&R on your list of outfitters to check out.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Is it a 4x5 or a 9 point?

This post may seem a little silly but I am curious, so here it goes. See this nice Texas buck here, it may be a little hard to see but it has four points on the left and five on the right:

Would you call it a 4x5 or a 9-point? My buddies in the Midwest would probably call it a 9-point, however everyone in the Western United States would call it a 4x5. To me, it is all in the same. So is there a right and a wrong?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Secure Your Firearms

Growing up my dad kept a pistol hidden in his closet to protect the family ... until we got robbed and it was stolen. Luckily no one was home, but it was definitely a wake up call. I am a big advocate that responsible gun ownership includes keeping firearms secure. Some will argue that there is no point in having a gun that is inaccessible. I agree that having your shotgun locked in a safe down the hall does no good when someone is trying to break down your bedroom door in the middle of the night, but today there are a lot of great products that offer security and accessibility.
Recently a family fried asked me for some suggestions about locking up his firearms and I was happy to help out. He has two handguns and a shotgun that were ironically hidden in the closet. Not the best security system. The friend wanted a solution that kept his firearms accessible in case of emergency that was also affordable.
The Handgun Solution - GunVault MultiVault 2000
The MultiVault offers optimum sucurity for handguns and valuables at an affordable price. This safe has a shelf which accommodated both handguns nicely. My friend also choose to place his passport and a family ring inside. MRSP: $169.95.
He choose the basic model to save a little money, but this safe is also available in a deluxe version, which offers a courtesy light and external power as well as a biometric fingerprint recognition version. To learn more about all of GunVault's great safe options and features click here.

We secured the safe under the bed to the the floor boards with provided screws. My friend chose an access code and that was it. Now for the accessibility part. My friend wondered how long it would take to arm himself if he heard an intruder in the middle of the night. So we turned off the lights and gave it a try. After a few practice tries he was able to go from sleeping to armed in less than five seconds. One could probably shave a couple of seconds off of that with the Bio version too.

The Shotgun Solution - GunVault BreechVault
My friend was not quite ready to purchase a large safe so we secured it with GunVault's new BreechVault. The BreechVault fits into the breech of popular shotguns and locks in place. The product allows the user to keep a round in the carrier while locked as well. While a large safe would be ideal, this is a great solution in the mean time for him. MSRP: $19.95.
So with GunVault for less than $200 retail we were able to secure all three firearms. For those of you that are numbers people that calculates out to about 10% the cost of the firearms. In my opinion to have your firearms safe and accessible is priceless.