Browning Wicked Blend 3 1/2” Shotgun Shells browning.com
Contributing Editor Scott Haugen spends a lot of time waterfowling. He explained, “The all-new Browning Wicked Blend Waterfowl Loads impressed us last season, on both ducks and geese. These stacked payloads feature 30% bismuth shot (by weight) over steel, and their famed BXD wad ensures extra distance. Moving at 1,500 fps, it’s an impressive impact. For puddle ducks and diving ducks the Wicked Blend in 2 steel and 4 bismuth shot was very effective, while the BB steel and 1 bismuth were outstanding on geese and sea ducks.”
Glock Model 20 us.glock.com
Contributing Editor Jim McCann had this to say: “When it comes to bear-defense guns, opinions are many and varied. Still, many folks—including me—have turned their attention toward the 10mm cartridge loaded with heavy, hard-cast bullets from either Buffalo Bore (buffalobore.com) or Underwood Ammo (underwoodammo.com). My choice is the Glock model 20 that holds 16 rounds of relatively deep-penetrating bullets, and the handgun is easy to shoot fast and accurately. I carry mine in a Gunfighter Inc.(gunfightersinc.com) chest holster which is very comfortable and allows me easy access and a rapid draw even when worn under my fishing waders.”
Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition hornady.com Hunt Alaska contributor, Nick Ploesser, of Alaska Trophy Expediters shared, “I have been using Hornady’s ELD-X bullets for the past few years in a few different calibers and have been very impressed with their performance at longer distance. I recently used the 175-grain ELD-X bullet on my Montana mule deer hunt and was successful due to the performance and accuracy this bullet provides through my gun. If you have been looking for a consistent bullet to work with all your guns, I recommend trying the Hornady ELD-X bullet on your next trip to the range.”
Hi-Point Model 1095 hi-pointfirearms.com
Hi-Point Firearms produces reliable, accurate, quality firearms. The 1095 carbine chambered in 10mm auto is a multi-purpose gun to be used for hunting, target shooting and home defense. Features we appreciate include a rugged polymer stock, recoil-dampening butt plate, protected iron sights, and a raised soft-rubber cheek piece that aids in sight picture and recoil control. It weighs 7 pounds, has a 10-round detachable magazine, sports a single-stage trigger with 6-pound pull, and has a 17.5-inch barrel with an overall length of 32 inches. We have found this carbine to be fun to shoot targets, and can see both hunting and home-defense applications. It’s available in multiple colors and camouflage patterns. It comes with a lifetime, no-questions-asked warranty and is made in the USA.