Mossberg is offering three new conversion kits for the FLEX modular shotgun series introduced in 2012, including the 500 and 88 pump-action shotguns in 12-gauge or 20-gauge.
• The Stock Adaptor Kit lets the guns accept FLEX stocks and pistol grips for length-of-pull customization or conversion.
• The Stock Adaptor with FLEX Pistol Grip kit includes the stock adaptor and the grip with its sling swivel stud and black matte finish.
• The Stock and Forend Adaptor kit provides the option to switch to FLEX accessory stocks, recoil pads and forends.
The kits make a long list of accessory components, stocks and barrels available and are compatible with Maverick 88 shotguns as well.
The kits can be seen and purchased at Mossberg.com at prices ranging from $42 to $70.
The first scouting cameras were expensive and cumbersome, burning through batteries with questionable results. But Wildgame Innovations now offers models ranging from workmanlike, basic ones to full-featured cameras that defy the imagination.
They are competitively priced with exceptional battery life and deliver worry-free reliability and performance. Last year’s Terra 5, priced at less than $50, offers strong battery life, compact size and capable features.
Two new models, the Terra 8IR and Terra 8 Lightout, have enhanced features, including upgraded 8-MP processors for increased resolution, sub-one-second trigger speeds, still image and 30-second video capability, and up to a year on 8 AA batteries.
The Terra 8 IR has a high-intensity LED infrared flash with a range up to 60 feet. The Terra 8 Lightsout has a stealthy, high-intensity invisible BLACK LED infrared flash with a range up to 55 feet.
The Terra cameras can be seen at wildgameinnovations.com and sell at numerous retailers for about $50.
These days, trendy camouflage only gets a hunter so far. The new ScentLok Full Season Taktix jacket and pants for men and women go beyond comfort and aesthetics.
It is the only hunting apparel to combine unique performance attributes that help hunters stay comfortable while getting closer to game.
Taktix features proven carbon alloy odor absorption to neutralize human odors, plus a NeverWet treatment that protects hunters from water and rain without stiff and noisy waterproof membranes. Inside, Taktix employs advanced wicking to keep hunters dry and comfortable.
Additional touches include a deadly quiet micro tricot outer fabric, low-bulk wrists that won’t interfere with a bow hunter’s release and 13 easy-access pockets.
The Taktix jacket and pants are priced at $149 per item in four camo patterns and in men’s sizes S to 3XL and women’s XS to 2XL. Go online to scentlock.com.
SILCA Tools’s Italian Army Knife is an innovative twist to the traditional multi-tool knife. SILCA is a manufacturer of advanced bicycle tools, pumps and accessories.
Built with forged aluminum side plates and full stainless steel hardware, the mid-length, nine-tool knife design is long enough to provide access to recessed fasteners, but short enough not to experience twist or damage under moderate torque.
Double-chromed tools, stainless steel hardware and bushings promise a long life without corrosion. The knife weighs 105 grams.
Features include forged aluminum sidebars with rare-earth magnets for holding a spare chain connector, forged and machined sidebars with integrated chain-connector storage, and stainless steel pivot hardware.
The Italian Army Knife is priced at $35. See it online at silca.cc.
Birchwood Casey’s new Popper Steel Target provides shooters a durable, easy-to-transport target for hours of fast-paced shooting action at the range.
The Popper is constructed of 3/8” AR500 steel and will easily absorb hits from both centerfire pistols and rifles. It stands 22” tall when assembled and has an 8” target paddle.
The unique springless design allows the target to reset again and again, regardless of the caliber used to knock it down. The stand assembly allows for easy set up and take-down without tools.
The Popper Steel Target is made in the U.S. and has been on sale for $199.95. See it online at birchwoodcasey.com.
Hunting packs have got to be tough. They’re overstuffed, overloaded and dragged through some of the worst conditions and environments imaginable. Stitching yields, straps break and zippers say uncle. Sometimes they don’t last a season.
So Tenzing, in its sixth year of building world-class hunting packs, introduces the TX series, featuring the TX17. With 2,500 cubic inches of storage and weighing just over three pounds, it is a lightweight workhorse of a pack. The main compartment has an easy access side zipper and the front-facing shove-it compartment makes stowing gear effortless.
TX17 has a high air-flow trampoline suspension that allows air to freely pass between the pack and your back. This, matched with molded shoulder straps and removable waist belt, makes for exceptional fit and comfort.
Other features include over-sized, yellow-coded main compartment zippers, three organization pockets in the front face compartment, two side bottle pockets and four lateral compression straps to secure the load,
The TX17 lists for $149.95. See it at tenzingoutdoors.com.
Tenzing’s new TC UZ17 upland chaps incorporate a fully articulated knee design that allows full mobility for added comfort.
The multi-location adjustable belt straps keep the chaps in position and allow for length adjustment. Full-length, oversized side zippers with snap closure storm-flaps allow for easy on and off.
The chaps also feature unique front zipper pockets on both legs for miscellaneous items, rip-stop cotton and 500D nylon construction to make them water and abrasion resistant. Sizes are M/L and XL/XXL.
The Tenzing TC UZ17 upland chaps list for $99 and can be seen at tenzingoutdoors.com.
Ardent’s new Apex Flipping Reek was designed for the technique of “flipping” – short distance casting for trophy bass.
It was designed by Bassmaster Classic Champion Denny Bauer at 5.9 ounces to maximize efficiency while reducing hand, arm and shoulder fatigue. The design improves flipping accuracy and the aluminum frame and carbon fiber handle provide strength when setting a hook.
The reel has 11l pounds of drag, 10 plus 1 ball bearings and 6.5:1 gearing to deliver strong and smooth retrieves. The reel was on display in July at the 2017 ICAST show in Orlando FL.
Go online to ardentreels.com. Ardent, of St. Louis and Macon, MO, designs, manufactures and markets freshwater fishing tackle.
Droptine Spirits, maker of Droptine Premium Vodka, is adding Droptine Persimmon Moonshine, made using corn, persimmon and apples.
It took three years to perfect the recipe, but now they call it “Fall Harvest in a Bottle” and say it is “made for outdoorsmen by outdoorsmen.”
Droptine’s Premium Vodka is a corn vodka distilled six times and filtered through carbon-activated filters. The new Persimmon Moonshine is bottled at 50 proof and is described as corn whiskey infused with organic persimmon and apples, delicious on the rocks or warm.
For more information, go online to droptine.com.
Outdoor Edge introduces the new, illuminating Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula combo to light up your next outdoor barbeque.
The Grill-Beam tools integrate 22-lumen AA LED flashlights in their spring-loaded tong pivots to put the spotlight on your grilling.
They have sliding shafts that telescope and lock for the option of a shorter, more controllable 14-5/8 inch tool, or expand to a full 17 inches to safely work a flaming grill or campfire. They don’t forget the built-in bottle opener.
Made of stainless steel with heat-resistant handles, Grill-Beam tools are built strong enough to lift a heavy roast. A clip mounted at the end of each Grill-Beam makes them easy to close and store away. They are also lightweight, weighing only 16.6 ounces.
Grill-Beam Tongs and the Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula have suggested retail prices of $35.95 and $39.95, respectively. They are available at retailers nationwide or online at outdooredge.com.