Tech Tuesday- Hog Saddle

Rifle season has arrived and while afield, terrain features and vegetation can make taking shots from the prone impossible. There are many options that are available today that help us as hunters and marksmen get off the ground and over top of vegetation in order to take shots in any condition.

Shooting sticks or a tripod rest equate to additional gear that one has to carry, so when making the basis of selection it is best to first make that consideration with the application in mind. 

If you are afield doing some glassing and spotting with your spotting scope, you can now make use of your tripod to also create a shooting rest. Coupling a high quality tripod and HOG Saddle offers any rifle and shooter unparalleled, steady support in any condition.

The HOG Saddle is a universal rifle rest that literally locks your rifle into position, offering a stable shooting platform. When taking inexperienced or young hunters afield, I really appreciate the stability that the HOG Saddle affords. The Marine Corps actually considers the HOG Saddle to be a safety device because it maintains control of the loaded firearm.

The HOG Saddle is also designed to absorb and dampen the recoil from your hunting rifle. This will allow you as the shooter to stay on target and place a follow up shot if needed. Turkey hunters take note, simply set your rifle into position over your decoys and you are hands free to run your box calls minimizing movement while maintaining your shooting position. 

Simply mount the HOG or PIG saddle to your tripod head or directly to the base of the tripod without using a head. You can attach your tripod's quick release plate to the bottom of the HOG Saddle for easy on and off. 

The HOG Saddle was designed by a Marine Scout Sniper and OIF Veteran with the special operations and law enforcement community in mind, however, I have found the HOG Saddle to be extremely valuable afield. The design is based around four basic principals:

Ruggedness- Impact and corrosion resistant

Portability- Less than 16 ounces

Versitility- Universal compatibility to any tripod platform using 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 thread attachments

American Made- Made in the USA. Period.  

There are two versions to select from, the MOD7 HOG Saddle which retails at $309.00 and the PIG Saddle retailing at $135.00. Go to www.hogsaddle.com to learn more. 

 

NRA Tips & Tactics- Natural Point Of Aim

Finding your natural point of aim (NPA) is one of the most important aspects of downrange accuracy. The goal of NPA is to eliminate muscular tension that can affect your downrange accuacy. In this episode of Tips & Tactics, sponsored by Cabela's Outdoor Fund, Kristy Titus explains the process of testing your natural point of aim with a rifle, and Gabby Franco follows up to explain that the same can be done when shooting a pistol.


Tech Tuesday- Rifle Gear Disaster Prevention

The animal of your dreams is in your crosshairs, one press of the trigger and all of your dreams will come true. That holds true given that all of your equipment is functioning properly together. Before heading out into the field this rifle season, here are a few simple items to double check on your weapon system and to bring afield to ensure downrange accuracy and consistency.

Here are a few items to double check before your next rifle hunt:

Double checking that your rifle does not have any loose fasteners or cracks in the construction of the stock. It is especially important to torque your action screws.

Use a dollar bill to ensure that your barrel is free floated.

Make sure that your rifle sling stud is properly attached to the stock. The last thing you want is to drop your rifle causing damage due to a faulty sling stud.

In the field or on hand nearby be sure to bring along for field expedient repairs:

A supportive gun case is a must for transit of your rifle. This holds especially true when transporting your rifle to and from hunting areas on bumpy roads where your rifle scope zero is easily knocked off. Check out some great options from Cabela's here...

The Borka Tool Expanded Field Kit contains everything you need afield. The torque wrench can be custom calibrated for your action or scope rings/bases.

Wheeler also makes a Torque Fat Wrench to achieve and manintain factory torque settings.

And don’t forget to ring along your manufacture recommendations for torque specs on action screws, scope rings and bases.

Wheeler Pro Reticle Scope Level System- will ensure that if you need to mount an optic afield, it is installed correctly.  

Compact cleaning rod and cotton patches to remove moisture from rifle barrel. Check out the Herter's All-In-One Kit that covers most rifles, pistols and shotguns. 

JB weld is great to bring along in the event that your rifle sling stud comes loose.

 

 

North American Hunter- Teach Your Girl to Shoot Like A Girl

You love to hunt. You love to shoot. You love your girl. Maybe it’s time to put all that together.

Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you'll hit the bull's-eye of success.
–Annie Oakley

Not every American woman has the sharp shooting prowess that led Annie Oakley to fame. In fact, many women are afraid to have a gun in the home, let alone shoot or train with one. Making the decision to own a firearm for personal protection, hunting or the shooting sports requires some homework.

But prior to gun ownership, let’s talk training.

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Cabela's Industry Insider- Shoot Like A Girl at NRA

Shoot Like A Girl (SLG², Inc) is a company dedicated to growing the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them to particpate with confidence! Look for Shoot Like A Girl at six Cabela's Grand Opening Celebrations in 2015 and RMEF's Hunter Christmas.