SHOT Show day two is in the books and we have more new product announcements from some of the top brands you can find at 1800GunsAndAmmo.
Sitka Gear has a ton of new products announced this year including the new ESW (early season whitetail) items in the Elevated II Pattern, an exciting new Sitka wader (first for the brand) and the new Training, Travel and Workwear line. Up first, we take a closer look at the ESW line perfect for those whitetail hunters that face hotter temperatures during their early season exploits. The Elevated II pattern has been proven as a true performer for whitetail hunters who utilize tree stands, but the outerwear pieces are simply too warm for hotter climates and early seasons in some parts of the country, especially when paired with CORE baselayers. Enter the new ESW line designed for those who hunt in the southern US or simply those warm early seasons around the world. The ESW Shirt and Pant offer an easy way to stay concealed with the revolutionary GORE Optifade pattern, and the Polygiene tech in each item ensures hunter odor will be controlled.
Up next is the Sitka Gear Delta Wader (officially launched yesterday at a crowded party on the floor at SHOT) available in both Marsh and Flooded Timber patterns. Once again Sitka has responded to customer feedback and offered their popular waterfowl patterns in a functional wader. These waders are a solid one-piece boot and wader combo (as opposed to waders with socks that fit into boots), and the design ensures warm and waterproof performance for those hunters who spend extended time in wet environments.
Finally, Sitka knows the lifestyle of a hunter doesn’t start or end around the hunting season. There are scouts and training sessions to undertake before the hunt as well as plenty to do in the off-season. The new Training, Travel and Workwear line offers long sleeve and short sleeve Performance Shirts, a Hybrid Scouting Shirt, Globetrotter performance flannels (long and short sleeve), a Vapor SD rain jacket, and Territory shirts and pants. All these items enrich the Sitka lifestyle that fans and new customers alike find so appealing, and they’re right at home in a trip around town or an off-season scouting adventure into the field.
Nikon has removed over 100 variants of some of their existing lines from previous years, and while this may sound like bad news, it’s actually great news. The optics innovators is making way for more new and exciting riflescope, reflex and red dot sight, and a completely redesigned rangefinder. All these products (aside from the SuperDot) will be ready to ship in March 2018. Up first is maybe the most appealing product of the lot in the Nikon FX 1000 FFP riflescope. This match-grade optic is first focal plane and offers a true zero stop, Milrad and MOA reticle options (illuminated and non-illuminated) and a 10 mil turret vs. the 5 mil adjustment in last year’s X1000. Best news of all, this pro-level optic starts around $799!
This year Nikon has discontinued the popular P-223 and M-223 series, but the exciting M-Tactical and P-Tactical riflescopes take their place. This ultra-affordable series ranges between $299 and $450, and it sports a rugged new design and MOA / Milrad reticles not previously available in the old series. You can also get some of Nikon’s time tested reticle options like their BDC reticle.
Nikon has changed the game on reflex sights with the pistol-ready Spur Reflex Sight. Front and center is Nikon multi-coated glass which corrects some of the glass / discoloration issues users have experienced with competitor models, and it’s 3 MOA dot offers 10 different intensities. The price point is friendly too at $219.95. Not on the floor but coming summer 2018 is the SuperDot Red Dot, again with the advantage of world-glass Nikon glass that will retail around $200 (not set).
Finally, the Nikon VR 7i Rangefinder was a huge splash last year, but surprisingly it’s already been discontinued. In its place is a new powerhouse Monarch 3000 Stabilized Laser Rangefinder. This beast ups the distance game with up to 3000 yard readings on reflective targets and a faster ranging engine. This rangefinder works up to 89 degrees up or down, so there’s no worries about ranging in rugged terrain. Of course Nikon’s patented Image Stabilization is still present in this device which ensures you’ll be able to register readings easier, even if your aim isn’t stable.
Not to be overlooked, SIG has the new P365 on display at SHOT this year, and it’s gathering a lot of attention. This striker-fired micro-compact pistol offers a high capacity for its class at 10+1, and it has that signature crisp trigger pull that we all expect in a SIG pistol. Standard are the SIGLITE night sights, and the 10 round magazine is shaped to increase grip surface area while still minimizing overall space. Our first impressions were great. This pistol is perfect for daily carry, but the grip almost feels full-sized based on similar models, and the high capacity is a nice bonus.