May 07, 2019
By J. Scott Rupp
5.11 Tactical LV10 13L Sling Pack
The 5.11 Tactical LV10 sling pack is loaded with features geared toward people who everyday carry. The over-the-shoulder design makes it easy to access your gear quickly. The LV10 weights a light 2.1 pounds, and has a front zippered pocket. The LV10 sling pack can be customized with purpose-built pouches. Other key features include a fleece-lined top zipper pocket and water resistant 840D Nylon, as well as a 13-liter capacity.
Auto-Ordnance Airborne M1
A tribute to the brave troops who jumped out of planes in World War II, this new commemorative from Auto-Ordnance is laser-engraved with an American flag, airborne patron St. Michael, a paratrooper, parachutes and a detailed C-47. But the stock itself is an authentic reproduction of the original folder issued to airborne soldiers, and it’s made from high-quality walnut. The 18-inch barrel and receiver are Parkerized, and the carbine features a flip-style rear sight and a blade front sight.
MSRP: $1,518, auto-ordnance.com
Barnes Vor-TX LR .30-06
The new load from Barnes features a grooved, tipped, all-copper bullet that’s specifically designed for the ’06’s velocity envelope and ensures you’ll get the right amount of expansion and penetration at any ethical range. Barnes specifically mentions expansion well past 700 yards, and while I’m not a proponent of “long-range hunting,” I think the beauty of this is how well the load should perform across more traditional ranges. With a G1 BC of 0.508 (G7, 0.254) and a muzzle velocity of 2,800 fps, at 300 yards the 175-grain bullet drops only 7.6 inches and churns up more than 2,000 ft.-lbs. of energy. (At that 700-yard mark, it’s still more than 1,100 ft.-lbs.) As a big .30-06 fan, I can’t wait to try this one.
The latest line from Grand Island features GMX monolithic copper bullets, which boast great weight retention and penetration and are legal in areas where lead bullets aren’t permitted. Both the primer and case mouth are sealed against the elements, and the cases are nickel-plated for corrosion resistance. Here’s the caliber list as of press time: .243 Win. (80 grains; 3,325 fps muzzle velocity), 6.5 Creedmoor (120; 2,925), .270 Win. (130; 3,050), .270 WSM (130; 3,210), 7mm WSM (150; 3,075), 7mm Rem. Mag. (150; 3,000), .308 Win. (165; 2,610), .30-06 (180; 2,600), .300 WSM (180; 2,930); .300 Win. Mag. (180; 2,960), .375 H&H (250; 2,700) and .375 Ruger (250, 2,800).
MSRP: $45–$90, hornady.com
The Veracity line itself isn’t new, but there’s now a second-focal-plane 2-10x42mm version—the smallest in the family and to many hunters the most versatile, able to handle the close shots and longer ranges as well. Weighing 22.7 ounces and measuring 13.5 inches long, it features a 30mm main tube and a new reticle, the Ballistic E2. It ships with low, capped M.A.D. knobs, and other M.A.D. knobs, including custom ballistic knobs, are available from Burris. Veracity scopes are covered by the company’s “no questions asked” Forever warranty.
MSRP: $719, BurrisOptics.com
AAC Jaeger 30
Designed with the hunter in mind (“Jaeger” means “hunter” in German), the new Jaeger is a bolt gun/single-shot .30 caliber can engineered to handle cartridges up to .300 Win. Mag. and reduce noise to below 140dB. It has a slim 1.5-inch diameter and an overall length of 9.3 inches. Weight is 13.9 ounces. The Jaeger 30’s 5/8x24-threaded mount and blast baffle are Grade 9 titanium alloy, and the aluminum tube and monocore are 7075 T6 aluminum. The tube is treated to a Type 3 hard-coat anodize in your choice of black or OD green.
MSRP: $450, advanced-armament.com
Champion’s goal with this new line of muffs is to achieve an optimal balance of all-day comfort and noise reduction, the latter achieved via the company’s Safe Level sound compression. With a refresh time of less than one millisecond, the Vanquishes feature omnidirectional mics for natural sound that also minimize wind noise. There are two base models (blue and gray), and the rest have Bluetooth technology, allowing you to use your phone with the muffs on. There are two Elite models as well—including a burnt bronze color—with both Bluetooth and active noise cancellation that run off rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
MSRP: $70–$250, ChampionTarget.com
Grovetec Mountaineer Sling
When it comes to slings, I just want to be able to wrap my arm through it for a more stable position, and I don’t want it to slip off my shoulder when hiking. That’s why I’m a big fan of the Mountaineer ($25, shown attached to rifle), which is manufactured right here in the USA by GrovTec (GrovTec.com). It features sewn-in, high-quality swivels and a nonslip backing. It’s available in black, camo, black with push-button swivels, and TrueTimber pink and orange. It’s 1.25 inches wide and adjustable from 30 to 42 inches. If you lean toward padded slings (shown by itself), GrovTec can help you out there, too. This Wood Village, Oregon, manufacturer makes a dizzying array of slings, plus swivels, Pic rails, thread protectors and a lot of other high-quality shooting accessories.
Savage Arms MSR 15 Long Range
The new MSR 15 Long Range in .224 Valkyrie reaches out with authority. Savage’s MSR 15 Long Range is an accurate rifle featuring an effective muzzle brake, adjustable gas system, side charging handle, adjustable stock, two-stage trigger and receiver-mounted handguard. For someone looking for a mild-recoiling gas gun, the MSR 15 Long Range is definitely worth a look. It has a number of nice features, is smooth shooting and is quite accurate for an out-of-the-box rifle.
SIG SAUER .30-06 Component Cases
SIG SAUER has added unprimed .30-06 Springfield cases to its line of reloading components. These cases are produced to exacting tolerances in the company’s state-of-the-art facilities in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Each case undergoes rigorous in-line and postproduction quality-assurance testing. Primer pockets are geometrically consistent, flash holes are precise with no burrs, and the superior metallurgical properties of the cases enable repeated reloading. The cases are induction annealed for consistent bullet retention, and all cases are 100 percent inspected.
MSRP: $30.95 per 50 cases