Gear Suggestions For The Rifle Shooter On The Range, Field
I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest piece of equipment that will make my shooting experience just little bit more enjoyable.
With long range shooting for the bolt and gas gun aficionado becoming popular by the minute, the following are few items I’ve gotten and tried so far this shooting year:
BarrelCool. Made in the USA. www.barrelcool.com
BarrelCool is a patent pending, empty chamber flag and barrel-cooling device in one. It’s used to cool the barrel during cease fires and between strings of fire while indicating the rifle is in a safe condition.
The MSRP is $34.99 and takes CR123A batteries.
It’s an amazing device with a very small motorized fan that cools the barrel from the bore of the rifle, specifically the throat area of the barrel. It works both on bolt and AR style rifles.
I’m not that convinced that the fan is needed during a rifle match since strings of fire are relatively short. I did like the safety flag aspect since it’s very visible, and the bungee cord holds a bolt open. Very handy, indeed. I did tape up the battery compartment and cooling nozzle for insurance against losing those parts.
I can see the fan being helpful during load development on the range. The Barrelcool website said “in most cases, waiting times to cool a barrel with BarrelCool versus without is nearly ½ the time.” I meant do my own cooling test with BarrelCool’s barrel temperature strips. They’re little small, and I lost mine. Buy more than one temperature strip just in case. They’re very affordable at $1.99 each.
SlingHOOK. Sling support. Fits any pack. Fits any sling. Made in the USA. www.talarikoutdoorgear.com.
The SlingHOOK allows you to keep your rifle, camera, binoculars and whatever supported and immediately available while walking to your next course of fire with a backpack. MSRP is $19.99.
It does take the frustration out of having your sling drop down to your elbow. I wish they issued these in the Marines when I was a grunt.
This is a useful item if you’re actually carrying your items during a PRS and 3-Gun match. Many folks don’t own those fancy gun carts.
Competition rifles aren’t typically slung in the traditional shoulder manner, but many other items can be hooked onto the SlingHOOK.
The hook is virtually indestructible, composed of a tough, injection-molded nylon. The strap is an industrial welded and sewn, high-quality hook and loop system.
This item is just plain handy and can be used, of course, on any hunting adventure.
5.11 Tactical Cable Hiker Boot. Imported www.511tactical.com
This boot is advertised as ready for anything, complete with self-cleaning forefoot lugs, and a multi-terrain tread pattern that will keep you firm on your feet. MSRP is $139.99.
Seems like competitive shooters are always on the lookout for that special shoe or boot that will make them faster and nimble.
I was looking for something non-tactical looking, lightweight and sturdy. I’m more partial to boots versus running-type shoes for barricade type shooting because they allow me sit on them while employing a kneeling position.
So far, the Cable Hiker Boot has fit the bill. Mine came in Dark Coyote and are very comfortable.
The boots are not waterproof, but sturdy enough for carrying light loads between stages. They’re definitely better hiking boot options in the marketplace, but you do pay a premium.
It’s always good to support 5.11 Tactical since the company does a fantastic job in supporting the shooting sports and First Responders around the country.
If you love gadgets, the shooting sports can definitely fulfill your hankering for the newest toy or accessory on the market. Happy Shooting!