As winter comes to an end, you can almost hear a collective, “Ahhhh,” as shooters step outside, fill their lungs with fresh air and think about all the possibilities. It’s time for spring breaking! We’re talking about clay targets, of course . . . . For what better time is there to head to the range and fine-tune your shooting skills? Or to introduce a newcomer to the sport? The following gear can help you crush it this season.
WILDEAR FIELDEARZ ELECTRONIC EARPLUGS
Want to protect yourself from the damaging sound of gunfire but also be able to carry on conversations and hear targets being launched? Then check out WildEar’s FieldEarz Electronic Earplugs. These in-the-ear plugs—which are custom made for fit and comfort—have a Noise Reduction Rating of 26db and offer impulse-peak and background-noise reduction. They also offer five digital listening programs, including those that boost high-frequency sounds, to emphasize conversations; combat noisy and windy conditions; and silence all incoming signals. Each plug has independent program and volume controls, voice alerts and automatic feedback canceling. The included batteries have a life of more than 100 hours. Colors: Black, Blue/Red and Pink. Price: $995.
CHAMPION FREEDOMBIRD AUTO-FEED TRAP THROWER
Shooters interested in setting up their own practice scenarios will appreciate Champion’s FreedomBird Auto-Feed Trap Thrower. A stack-magazine capacity of 50 clays and a less-than-one-second cycle time allow for fast-following targets with either standard or midi (using the included midi-clay adapter) claybirds. Throwing angles can be adjusted from 10° to 50°, and distances can be altered from 70 to 90 yards using the patented spring-tension adjustment. A wireless remote and a foot pedal allow shooters to practice by themselves or with others, and the custom cart with integrated wheels makes it easy to transport the trap and battery (not included). Weight: 62 pounds. Dimensions: 29” (h) x
48” (l). Price: $630.
BOB ALLEN STRUCTURED TRAP POUCH WITH SHELL CARRIER
For a convenient way to tote loaded shells as well as empties, the Bob Allen Structured Trap Pouch with Shell Carrier is an essential piece of range gear. Secured with a 2”-wide belt that adjusts from 26” to 50”, the pouch contains EVA molded foam for structural integrity. A structured pocket holds one box of shells, and a zippered mesh pocket holds 50 hulls. There is also an accessory pocket for glasses, a cellphone, choke tubes and so on; two handicap shell holders and a towel ring. Price: $60.
Bob Allen, boytharness.com.
DUBARRY OF IRELAND LAOIS BOOT
For walking around the sporting clays course or navigating city sidewalks, Dubarry of Ireland’s Laois Boot wears equally well in the country or in town. Waterproof and breathable, the boot is made of DryFast-DrySoft crushed leather and has a Gore-Tex lining up to the fourth eyelet. Other features include a foil-lined footbed for insulation, removable cushioned footbed, padded heel tab and rear finger pull. Ski hooks allow for secure lacing, and a full cleated rubber outsole provides plenty of traction. Sizes: 7½ to 14. Colors: Walnut (shown) and Brown. Price: $399.
Dubarry of Ireland, dubarry.com.
NEGRINI STANDARD O/U SPORTER CASE
Transporting an over/under target gun to and from the range is safe and secure with Negrini’s Standard Sporter Case. The airline-approved hard case—which has separate storage compartments for a gun’s barrels, forend and receiver as well as accessories—will fit O/Us with barrels up to 32” plus extended chokes and adjustable high ribs. The case has double-wall ABS construction and a padded upholstered top and bottom interior with exposed ABS interior walls. Hinges are hardened steel, as are the three recessed combination locks. Dimensions: 34.7” (l) x 10.5” (h) x 3.4” (d). Weight: 7.5 pounds. Color: Black/Grey. Price: $369.
International Case Co., negrinicases.com.
RE RANGER DUSTER EYEWEAR
Designed for younger shooters with a modern aesthetic, Ranger’s new Duster glasses combine flexible, lightweight TR90 frames with the company’s Claysight lenses to create durable eyewear that performs in all lighting conditions. The glasses have full-shield lenses for an unobstructed view, air vents to reduce moisture on the lenses, and rubber nose and temple tips for a secure fit. Dusters come in four color schemes: The Dark Knight with Flash Purple lens (shown), which is best for partially sunny to sunny conditions; Miami Lights with Flash Purple, best for partially sunny to sunny conditions; Stars and Stripes with Flash Red, best for cloudy to partially sunny conditions; and The Green Monster with Flash Yellow, best for rainy to partially sunny conditions. Price: $109.
RE Ranger, reranger.com.