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  • By Ken Perrotte

Military Times 2017 New Gear Guide: Firearm accessories, blinds and decoys

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Planning a hunt? Need some help? Check out some of the best new items for sportsmen showcased at this year's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade Show, better known as the SHOT Show, in Las Vegas. For links to the entire 2017 Military Times New Gear Guide, click here.


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What: Many people own a version of the Caldwell Lead Sled, but this Caldwell Stinger Shooting Rest is a new breed of cat, with a design that easily accommodates extended magazines or lever-action rifles. This rest is about stability and not so much managing recoil. The front elevation system features a spring loaded, height adjustment knob allowing for fast, easy, fingertip adjustments. Molded front and rear supports protect the gun's finish. The basic frame is a heavy-duty metal. Another winner.

Note: Quick cam locks let you slide the Stinger's front rest forward or backward to achieve the proper length.

MSRP: $120


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What: This product works with firearms, including AR-styled rifles, as well as bows and crossbows. It has a modular chassis design with a rigid steel frame. The five main modules include height-adjustable front and rear clamps and solvent resistant tool trays. Each module is easily moved, removed or rearranged along the frame rails. The steel tube structure allows full access to any firearm or crossbow.

The modular design lets you clamp components, such as AR upper assemblies, without needing to have them attached to the lowers. Or, with break action firearms, clamp the forward/barrel while leaving the rear to swing open. Each of the four feet has a leveling mechanism.

Note: Over-molded rubber contact pads throughout prevent damage to guns.

MSRP: $180


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