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Two Simple Upgrades Will Improve Your Waterfowl Hunting Success This Season
by Rob Reaser

_DSC0025Experienced waterfowlers know there are many variables and nuances that contribute to success.Everything from shot loads and gun fitment to barrel length and action type can influence the outcome, depending on the hunting conditions and the species you are after. If you are looking to gain an edge this year, here are a couple of quick and easy shotgun upgrades that can help.

Choking Down
We all know that selecting the proper choke for your shooting needs and shotgun/load combination is a major factor in delivering a lethal pellet swarm to your target. The problem is, waterfowl hunting is something of a moving target (ignore the pun, please). The distance to your target, speed of your target, shot size, and other factors can demand different chokes for your gun. Forty-yard flyovers may beg for a full or extra-full choke while decoy shots could be better suited for light-modified or improved cylinder. In addition, the choke you used at first light may not be the best to use two hours later, when the birds change their patterns. That is why the ability to match your shotgun’s choke to meet varying conditions is essential.

The downside, though, to changing out choke tubes is that you must carry extra chokes with you (along with a choke wrench to make the swap)…and hope you have time to swap them in-between fly-ins…and that you’re not standing waist-deep in the marsh…and that you don’t accidently drop the choke into some sticky, gritty mud… You get the idea.

A simple answer to the waterfowl choke dilemma is the adjustable choke—one that allows you to go from wide open to super tight with a simple twist of the wrist. The adjustable choke is not a new concept, of course, but it has come a long from a gunsmith-required permanent installation to a do-it-yourself screw-in upgrade.

Like most things, adjustable chokes are not created equal. Some are heavy enough to send a shotgun’s balance into the ditch, while others are so wide and “bulbous” as to distract the eye and interfere with your sight picture.

TG1000-TG1002-TG1004-TG1005-TG1006-TG1007The TITAN adjustable choke tube by TRUGLO® is a unique adjustable choke tube that addresses all the shortcomings of the old-style adjustable chokes, and advances the breed a few more steps down the evolutionary path.

To start, it features lightweight, durable Titanium, so it not only stands up to heavy use, but most shooters will not notice any change in their shotgun’s balance. Part of the lightweight equation is due to the TITAN’s slim profile. That svelte figure also means that, unlike the older-style adjustable chokes, the TITAN is not an obnoxious blob on the end of your barrel. In fact, after spending a little quality time with it on the range, you’ll soon forget it’s there.

Installation of the TITAN is as easy as removing the factory installed choke and screwing in the TITAN. Again, unlike the popular adjustable chokes of old, the TITAN will align true to the barrel’s bore because 1) it uses the OE barrel threads and 2) it features a precision-machined eight-spline collet for choke adjustment and ensuring axial alignment with the barrel.

In addition to its top-shelf material construction and precision machining, the TITAN offers the broadest choke adjustment range on the market today: Cylinder, Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Light Modified, Modified, Improved Modified, Full, Xtra Full, and XX Full (an industry exclusive setting that happens to be a free bonus setting for those of us who turkey hunt as well). All settings are laser-engraved on the choke, and you switch between pattern settings by turning the collar approximately one-quarter turn. Detents in the choke provide audible and tactile “clicks” for each setting.

David Oliver is a friend and serious wingshooter who has been using the TITAN adjustable choke tube for years.

“I use the TITAN,” David says, “from dove season all the way through late goose season with great success. The TITAN choke—I like to describe it as the only choke needed when doing any kind of bird hunting. During waterfowl season, you usually have gloves on and you’re in water, so changing a tube can be difficult and it can easily be lost. The TITAN can be adjusted in the field or in the blind quickly, adjusting for how birds are flying. Different times of the year can determine how birds fly, and the TITAN adjusts for all of it with a quick twist of the choke.”

Even if you do not need to make continual adjustments throughout the day for bird flying patterns, the adjustability can come in handy. For example, if you have the choke set for a wide pattern for close decoy work and need to make a finishing shot on a bird in the water, you can dial in to one of the full choke settings to make a clean head or neck shot.

Finally, you can safely use the TITAN with Tungsten, steel, or other popular loads such as HEVI-Shot®. Use steel shot only with choke settings ranging from Cylinder up to Modified.

 

Light at the End of the…Barrel

TG948UR-TG948UG-TG948AR-TG948BR-TG948CR-TG948DR-TG948ER-TG948AG-TG948BG-TG948CG-TG948DG-TG948EGAfter patterning your various loads with the TITAN choke tube, it is all about getting on target. In the spirit of one-stop-shopping, TRUGLO® delivers with an assortment of super-bright fiber-optic front-end shotgun sights to replace your factory bead.

When talk shifts to high-visibility front sights for wingshooting, there will always be some who predictably pull out the old saw of “if you do it right, you properly shoulder the gun and align down the barrel, you don’t use your sight.” Well, the reality is that some folks are natural-born, instinctive shooting Jedi; The rest of us…not so much. We need that clear and obvious front sight to achieve a proper sight picture, to track our target with both eyes open and heads down, and to do so in all lighting conditions. This is where TRUGLO’s Dual•Color series of fiber-optic front sights comes into play.

TG949DAs the name implies, the Dual•Color sight series features two fiber-optic elements: a central red element and an outer green element. This two-color concept is ideal for wingshooters because of the varying backgrounds and lighting conditions we hunt in, and because our eyes react differently to certain colors. When shooting against a light sky, for instance, the red fiber-optic element stands out most clearly. In lower light conditions, or when swinging against a background of dark trees, the green outer element is easily visible. This two-in-one configuration becomes a huge benefit when you are in a situation where tracking birds can shift quickly between light and dark.

TRUGLO® makes three different Dual•Color sights that speak directly to the needs of bird hunters: the GLO•DOT™ Universal Dual•Color, the TRU•BEAD™ Universal Dual•Color, and the FAT•BEAD™ Dual•Color. The key difference between the three sights is their length.

The longest of the Dual•Color series is the GLO•DOT™. This sight is especially beneficial for those who need some extra help in aligning themselves with their shotgun—in other words, properly mounting your shotgun, looking straight down the barrel, and keeping your head down. These are some of the main principles of consistent and accurate shooting, and the longer length and “tubular” design of the GLO•DOT™ passively forces the shooter to settle into and maintain that proper alignment.

At the other end of the Dual•Color series is the FAT•BEAD™ sight. This is the shortest of the three sights. It is more for those who have established good shooting form and simply prefer a compact front sight that is brighter and slightly larger than the factory bead sight.

In the middle we find the TRU•BEAD™ sight. Think of this as the bridge between the GLO•DOT™ and the FAT•BEAD™. It delivers some of the alignment assistance of the GLO•DOT™ but with a footprint somewhat longer than the FAT•BEAD™.

Whichever style you need or prefer, all of the Dual•Color series sights will improve quick target acquisition over conventional bead sights. In addition to boosting visibility in all lighting conditions, the Dual•Color sights by TRUGLO® help you to keep both eyes open because your dominant eye will more easily pick-up the front sight. With that comes the ability to maintain peripheral vision and depth perception so you can keep your muzzle correctly oriented while tracking birds.

All of the Dual•Color sights feature durable CNC-machined metal housings and are described on the packaging as having a “universal” fit on most shotgun ribs. Installation hardware is included where required.

 

As waterfowl hunters, we invest heavily in guns, gear, and ammo (not to mention cold and wet body parts!). Fortunately, two things that will significantly improve our success rate—an adjustable choke tube and a fiber-optic sight—may provide the best cost/benefit ratio of all.

TRUGLO® TFX Goes on the Beat
by Rob Reaser

Law enforcement officers and departments around the country are making the switch to TRUGLO® patented TFX™ sights. Shouldn’t you?

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“The Leicester Police Department had the opportunity to replace their duty weapon sights recently with TRUGLO TFX sights, and after several trips to the firearms range for qualification and evaluation of the TFX sights, the Leicester Police Alliance found the quality and sight acquisition of [the] TRUGLO TFX very impressive.” — Paul S. Doray, President, Local 168 and Timothy M. Fontaine, Vice President, Local 168, Firearms Instructor, Department Armorer, Leicester Police Department, Massachusetts

“We have seen a significant increase in the officers that have qualified quicker after changing to the TRUGLO TFX sight.” — Major Robert Sowell, Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia

It used to be said by many shooting enthusiasts and self-defense practitioners that, “If it’s good enough for the military, it’s good enough for me.” DOD initiatives have certainly influenced the commercial marketplace, but some police departments—from municipality to state level—have now become the early adopters of technology designed to help officers do their jobs more effectively and safely. A case in point is the TRUGLO® patented TFX™ Series handgun sight system.

Across the nation, many law enforcement professionals have added tritium sights or fiber-optic sights to their duty weapons to help with sight alignment in day or low-light conditions. The problems with these legacy sights are two-fold. First, neither sight system works exceptionally well across the full dark-to-bright light spectrum. Second, many of these sights cannot withstand the harsh use of a duty weapon.

When TRUGLO set about to develop the company’s newest generation of handgun sights, they addressed the shortcomings of conventional tritium and fiber-optic sights. The result was the patented TFX—a sight system that delivers a 24/7 optimal sight picture in every light condition, can stand up to the abuse of daily duty, and is impervious to the kind of chemicals and solutions that tend to cause many competitive sight systems to deteriorate and fail.

Is it any wonder, then, that the TFX is becoming the go-to handgun upgrade for so many law enforcement departments around the country? Here’s why…

Quality

The TFX sight system boasts “severe-duty” construction of all components. The CNC-machined steel sight housings offer maximum protection of the integral Swiss tritium and fiber-optic elements. Both elements are encased in rugged, chemical-resistant, and hermetically sealed capsules. Lubricants, solvents, and even ultra-sonic cleaning will not damage them or cause the capsules to separate from their housings. In short, the TFX sights were meant to stand up to the rigors of everyday carry, training, and qualifying common to duty pistols.

Works In ALL Lighting Conditions

Law enforcement and defense professionals don’t get to choose the conditions in which they must deploy their weapons.  So the optimal duty weapon should have a sighting system that delivers in every lighting condition—from bright sunlight to pitch dark and every level in-between – 24/7. That’s exactly what the TFX does.

TFX GunIn bright light, such as a clear and sunny day, the TFX’s white focusing ring stands out clearly and the added benefit of the fiber-optic element allows for quick front and rear sight alignment. Under heavy overcast or muted indoor light, the fiber-optic elements continue to gather ambient light to provide clear visibility of both front and rear sights. When little or no light is present, the Swiss tritium elements provide the necessary illumination, which the fiber-optic elements gather and direct to the shooter. By combining the white focusing ring, fiber-optics, and tritium all in one sight system, law enforcement officers can enter into any environment and be confident they can quickly acquire a proper sight picture should they need to draw their weapon.

 

Rapid Sight Picture Acquisition

As those who carry a gun to work every day will tell you, being able to quickly acquire a sight picture is a huge deal in a high stress situation. A hesitation in aligning your sights with the target can be the difference between going home at the end of a shift or not.

TG13GL1AMuch goes into efficiently hitting a target, such as stance, draw, grip, and presentation, yet accuracy still depends on being able to align your sights to the intended point of impact. Bright and clearly visible front and rear sights allow you to do just that. The advantage police officers who have made the switch to the TFX sights are discovering is that they can more rapidly obtain their sight picture in ALL conditions when compared to standard “white dot” sights, fiber-optic-only sights, or tritium-only sights.

Improved Performance Under Stress

The TFX system’s ability to provide a faster sight picture is why many law enforcement departments across the country have noted reduced qualification times and improved qualifying scores for officers who have upgraded their duty weapons with TFX sights. Understandably, enhanced performance during stressful qualifications not only keeps officers “in the game,” it translates directly to improved performance once stress factors climb exponentially in the field.

When those whose job and life depend on the performance and durability of their equipment, it’s a good idea for the rest of us to take note of the equipment they use. Who knows? We may soon be saying, “If it’s good enough for Law Enforcement, it’s good enough for me!”

Optimizing your Muzzleloader Sights
Brad Fenson

Muzzloader_wideAs a youngster anxious to get involved in hunting and shooting, my mentors encouraged me to use open sights. Their rationale was simple; learn the basics of lining up a target and it will become a natural and easy way to acquire a target, no matter what you use as a sight or scope. They also warned that someday I may only have open sights as an option, whether regulated in a specific hunting season, or borrowing a firearm. That early advice has never steered me wrong and I believe I shoot well today, using any type of sights, because of my early training.

When it comes to optics for your firearm, you get what you pay for. Having lived through some lean years – going to school and trying to take advantage of hunting seasons – on a limited budget, I soon found out that open sights are an economical option – and the best option, when budgets are tight. And, there are hunting seasons allowing open sights only, meaning you can extend your opportunities and chances to take a trophy. If you can’t afford great optics you’re better off with great open sights.

There are jurisdictions where muzzleloader hunters must use open sights. The TRUGLO® MUZZLE•BRITE™ XTREME UNIVERSAL SERIES sights are a great example of open sights, providing all the advantages needed to harvest game successfully and with repeatable results. The first thing I noticed about the sight was how they shine in low-light conditions. There is no problem acquiring a target and knowing exactly where your bullet’s point of impact will be.

A number of considerations are often overlooked for open sights, which include reduced weight, and the fact that they never fog up. They are ultra-durable and allow you to acquire targets at close and long range without any adjustments. With no batteries required, they are the most compact option when looking at sights. Most of all, they are reliable.

TRUGLO® MUZZLE•BRITE™ Sights Update the World of Muzzloading with 24/7 TFO Brightness

If economics are a factor, the MUZZLE•BRITE™ XTREME UNIVERSAL SERIES sights have a universal mounting system to work with all muzzleloaders, and are priced at $51 to $64, depending on model. The sights are CNC-machined and fully adjustable for elevation and windage, allowing you to zero at 100 yards. The front sight has a diameter of .040 inches, and the rear sight diameter is .029 inches.

The basics of open sights require us to see three spaced objects clearly. They work by aligning the front sight in the notch of the rear sight and then placing this combination on a distant target. If you were hunting a deer and are sighted at 100 yards, you can hold directly from zero to about 125 yards. A little practice at the range will soon teach you to naturally hold a bit high to compensate for bullet drop. Shooters have the choice of placing the rear and front sight combo higher or by simply moving the front sight upward as natural adjustments for the bullet drop. Changing the position of the front sight in the rear notch is often all that is required to make slight elevation adjustments, which is where the term “holding finer” comes from.

Historically, open sights were painted and often difficult to see clearly, but TRUGLO’s modern technology and fiber-optics in bright red and green, offer the easiest open sight for a clear view. They outshine traditional options like peep sights, enabling any shooter to quickly align the front and rear sights. Placing the bright red dot from the front sight between the two green dots on each side of the rear sight notch comes quick and natural, and they make a significant difference when sighting on a moving target, allowing the shooter to clearly see that the sights are aligned as you follow your game or try to maintain a lead. I’ve experienced issues in the past using a scope and losing the black crosshair against a moose or black bear in low light. Fiber-optic sights ensure you see everything clearly.

If you’ve never tried open sights it’s time to give them a try. Going back to the basics, combined with modern technologies and brightness, could prove to make you a better shooter.

Reason to Carry
by Rich Grassi

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I was recently asked to give the top ten reasons to carry a concealed handgun. The concept surprised me, but I quickly defaulted to my family, myself and my community. I couldn’t come up with ten reasons unless I started with the names of the people for whom I care deeply.

I’m sure it wasn’t meant that way. I have to conclude that the question was serious. The sole reason I could articulate was “to meet the sudden emergency of a life-threatening attack.” The answer is along the lines of “in case I get a flat tire” when asked why do you carry a spare tire – or “in case of fire” if asked why do you have a fire extinguisher.

I carry a pistol to stop “immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm.”

I carry a pistol to stop a fight – specifically stopping the “immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm.” That’s the circumstance that justifies homicide. I learned that from about our best guy in the instruction of deadly force, Massad Ayoob.

That answers the “carry a handgun” component but perhaps not the “concealed” part. For defense, the best surprise is no surprise. For dealing with the sudden threat – a robbery perhaps – the best thing I have going is surprise. I carry concealed so the first inkling the violent criminal actor gets that something is wrong will be the sudden appearance of the concealed defense handgun.

I carry concealed because “if he can’t see it, he won’t know it’s there.” He would have to formulate an attack on the holstered handgun after he found out it was present – as in a physical struggle. If you carry the handgun indiscreetly, the gun grab assault can be planned sooner and from a distance.

I carry concealed because—well—it’s polite. I don’t want to “frighten the horses.” There are people who are simply and unreasonably fearful of armed persons. They scare easily – and who needs that? There are also the clowns who want to “SWAT” those who carry indiscreetly; they call the police with a complaint that you are a dangerous armed person in the hopes the police will attack you. It’s not smart and it’s something that could yield a charge of obstruction, false reporting and likely other violations in some states.

There are people who want to carry concealed but don’t want to put in the effort. They’ll carry something small, a ‘talisman’ to ward off evil-doers. The pistol isn’t a lucky charm. It’s a pain to have to lug it around with all the responsibility (and weight) it entails. But, if you don’t want the burden just take your chances.

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A Smith & Wesson M&P9c Pistol Wearing an Inside-The-Waistband Holster and TRUGLO® TFX™ Day/Night Sights

I did a comparative test some years back using Smith & Wesson M&P pistols – the M&P9, a service-size 17-shot 9mm, and the M&P9C, a compact 12-shot 9mm. Using similar holsters I found that, with a little effort, the full-size gun hid just as well as the smaller counterpart. I also found that the time to a first hit in the scoring rings of the IALEFI-Q target from seven yards averaged the same elapsed time from identical holsters.

This was no surprise. To really hide the full-size gun, I used an inside-the-waist holster. Carry outside the waistband was fine for casual concealment. I also found both guns shot just about the same in terms of practical accuracy. I used the Glock 30SF, a compact 10-shot .45 Auto, on the FBI Firearms Instructor Bullseye course of fire. I scored just over 92%, not enough for a gold medal but enough to gain entry into or stay in their firearms instructor course.

The bottom line is, if you’re going to carry a gun make it one worth carrying. Put the effort into dressing around the gun and practicing enough to be skillful in gun handling and accuracy.

Carry it legally. And pray you never have to use it.

 


 

Rich Grassi, founder and editor of The Tactical Wire and Ready for Anything Wire —both free-subscription email news wires, has been an outdoors writer for over 21 years. Retired from a career in local law enforcement, his experience includes law enforcement firearms instruction and as a university adjunct instructor in criminal justice.

Massad F. Ayoob is an internationally known firearms and self-defense instructor. He has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens in numerous venues

TRUGLO® TFX™ Sights
by Rich Grassi

I often get asked to take a look at new products for the self-defense/law enforcement market. Sometimes the results are good and sometimes they’re not so good. As a police Physical Skills Trainer, Developer of the Premier Handgun/Long Gun Retention and Disarming System and Founder of the National Law Enforcement Training Center, Jim Lindell is often known to say, “Just because something’s possible doesn’t make it a good idea.”

Now, Jim is old school. And with my gray hair, one can tell I’m rapidly obsolescing – and that includes my vision. I’ve been searching for highly visible sights for defense handguns and that search has taken me in many directions over the years. Colleague Dave Spaulding pulled me in the direction of contrasting colors while Ashley Emerson pushed me toward dangerous game sights.

Currently the typical set-up is the high, fixed sight with a white dot up front and a pair of white dots on the rear – one on either side of the rear sight notch. That’s not always a good idea, but it certainly beats what we used to have.  I witnessed, during coverage of the Shooting Industry Masters side matches this year, military-standard 1911A1 sights on currently made copies of those guns…and people are shocked that anyone could have used the miserable – old – tiny sights from the WWII (and earlier) era.

TRUGLO®, innovative maker of sights for firearms, air guns, crossbows and archery, as well as optics, has been making use of fiber-optic technology for more than twenty years now. Fiber-optic sights are great, if you have light to use them. Some folks have told me that night sights are useless…

“If you can’t see the sights, you can’t identify your target.”

That’s nonsense! One of the latest of my escapades to prove said ‘nonsense’ was the inaugural Smith and Wesson IDPA Backup Gun National matches. On several stages, the targets were brightly lit, but the shooter operated in the shadows. People with night sights cleaned up on those stages. I had a loaner S&W M&P Shield with stock sights so I was shooting like I was reading Braille – couldn’t see a thing. And, you can’t see the glowing tritium of night sights in broad daylight.

 

The fiber-optic tubes are well protected. The rear sight has black “rear retention rings” around the display windows – to minimize them visually as the shooter’s focus should be on the front sight.

The fiber-optic tubes are well protected. The rear sight has black “rear retention rings” around the display windows – to minimize them visually as the shooter’s focus should be on the front sight.

TRUGLO® decided to combine the best of both worlds – tritium and fiber-optic technology. While they were doing so, they sought to make the sights duty-gear rugged in design and finish. They elected to use tritium and fiber-optic rods in both the front and rear sight. The outcome are the patented Tritium-Fiber Optic (TFO™) enabled TFX™ sights.

I was of the camp that the glowing sight should be upfront. Why complicate things? Well, have you ever reached for a gun in conditions of darkness? I’ve looked, just to ensure a gun was in its hiding place when I’m sleeping so I can have quick firearms access. The glowing dots on rear sight give me a visual confirmation of the gun’s location and orientation.

Still, how do we avoid losing the front sight dot between a pair of dots glowing closer to your eyes?  TRUGLO® solved that little problem with a pair of answers. The front TFX™ sight has the TFO™ element surrounded by a white ring – a “Focus Lock” ring. This draws the eye up front where the visual focus belongs and black “Rear Retention” rings surround the rear sight elements. This means that now you can transition from light to dark conditions or vice-versa and still see your sighs at all times because of the use of fiber-optic in light and tritium in decreased light.

2. The front sight has a “Focus Lock” white ring around the display window. This draws the shooter’s eye.

1. TRUGLO TFX sights are long – fiber-optic rods take up space – but aren’t ungainly and give the pistol a sleek look.

The hermetically sealed TFX™ capsules encase the tritium and fiber-optic elements from cleaning products including ultra-sonic cleaning processes and environmental variables, keeping your firearm easy to clean and care for.   These sights are not purely ‘sporting use’ sights but are truly ‘depend on [for] your life’ sights. Their “Fortress Finish” and 12-year limited warranty seal the deal – there is no reason to look for another sight.

 

The sight picture: The front sight is in sharp focus, nearly centered in the rear sight notch. The front sight is a little low in this shot but it’s still a “hit.”

A number of law enforcement agencies have approved the TRUGLO® TFX™ sights.  I have a set on my second-hand GLOCK 21 SF. It had night sights that were dimming and the gun needed a set of ‘eyes.’ When the armorer did the installation, he said it appeared that someone had removed material from the slide dovetail instead of the bottom of the night sight – making the TFX™ a loose fit. He did a “factory adjustment” to ensure stability. He then gave the TFX™ sights his greatest accolade. “Even I could see them!”

For TFX™ model availability for your self-defense handgun, check the TRUGLO® website.

Rich Grassi, founder and editor of The Tactical Wire and Ready for Anything Wire —both free-subscription email news wires, has been an outdoors writer for over 21 years. Retired from a career in local law enforcement, his experience includes law enforcement firearms instruction and as a university adjunct instructor in criminal justice.

Point of Aim: Size Matters
By: Joe Byers

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Scott Ellis takes his hunting adventures seriously and being on target spells the difference between success and failure. Ellis states, “When hunting turkeys and whitetail deer, having a definitive aiming point is critical,” and as a Prostaff member, he puts TRUGLO’s sighting systems to the test on the ground and from a tree.

A two time Grand National turkey calling champion, he completed his first single season Grand Slam and cumulative third Grand Slam of wild turkeys and several TRUGLO® products played a significant role in his success.   As the Prostaff Manager for WoodHaven Custom Calls and a member of Mossy Oak’s National Prostaff, you’d expect that he “talks turkey” with the best of them, yet he states “just because a gobbler is in range, doesn’t mean it can’t be missed.”

“I shoot the TRITON™ 28MM TRI•COLOR RED•DOT and love it,” he says.  “I’m one of those guys that believes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and not someone who tries every new gadget that comes along.”  “However, the tri-color dot optics have proven themselves time and time again, proving to be invaluable in my quest of the single season Grand Slam.  Also, at 30 yards the sight is parallax free, so wherever the dot shows in the sight, the pattern finds its mark.”

He began in Florida with an Osceola in mid-March at Florida Outdoor Experience in Chiefland, where mornings were really dark in the dense canopied oak hammocks of central Florida. The red dot shows up extremely well in those low light conditions.   He scored in Georgia with an Eastern and then moved on to Nebraska and Texas for the Merriam’s and Rio, respectively. The green dot provided a stark contrast with the neutral, beige dominate backdrops in the open terrain of the mid-west. Additionally, Ellis is a big fan of the 2.5 MOA dot, a feature found on the TRITON™.  The fine sight picture acquired with the smaller reticle allows for a larger margin of error, even if your aim is not perfect.

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When hunting the wide-open spaces of Texas and Nebraska, he also commented on the performance of the TRU•BRITE™ OPEN-BRIDGE BINOCULARS that are as crisp and clear as any he’s used.  Once on a hunt many years ago, he spotted a flock of turkeys half a mile in the distance and finally worked himself within range only to identify that the flock was all hens.   “I learned that day the importance of quality optics and love the TRU•BRITE™ binos for clarity, size, and weight. Identifying game from long distances can save you valuable time on your hunt.”

Ellis, an avid archery whitetail hunter, also chooses TRUGLO® bow sights to aid his success.   “Never knowing when a longer shot will present itself, I practice out to 60-70 yards.  At those distances, pin size is very important.  I love the RIVAL™ HUNTER with the DDP™ (Decreasing Diameter Pin) Technology. This feature enables longer range pins to decrease in diameter, again creating a finer sight picture”   “Just as with the brightness control on the reticle of my TRITON™ turkey scope, the rheostat on my RIVAL™ HUNTER bow sight will seal the deal in low light conditions.  With any normal lighted bow sight, the uncontrolled brightness can blow out the sight picture, thus hindering the ability to make a good shot on your quarry. The rheostat controlled light on the RIVAL™ HUNTER allows me to regulate the illumination of the pin for optimal sighting. Low light conditions demand a very delicate balance of pin brightness versus ambient lighting.  Size matters at point of aim and smaller is better.


TRUGLO® is the world’s leading brand of fiber-optic and patented TFO (Tritium/Fiber-Optic) technology for the shooting sports industry. Born through innovation, TRUGLO® continually enhances the marketplace with advanced and revolutionary technology for shooters of all types. Based in Richardson, Texas, TRUGLO® celebrates over 20 years of offering cutting-edge accessories to shooters who are passionate about quality and clarity.

Giving back to an industry they love, TRUGLO® supports many conservation groups, youth programs, and organizations that promote the values they believe are necessary to guarantee the industry’s future.   TRUGLO®—When Brightness Counts!

“The Heat is On” with TRUGLO® Scopes & Turkey Chokes
By Clark Bush, All About Shooting

“The Heat is On” was more than just the name of a shooting event in Georgetown, South Carolina this past Friday and Saturday. Temperatures ranged from the high 90°s to over 100° and with the humidity level above 95% both days. With no breeze to speak of, the heat really was on for shooters at the Backwoods Quail Club Shooting Range.

Doris and Clark Bush traveled to Georgetown to compete in the still target shooting event and to earn seats (positions) that would place them in contention at the World Championship later this year. They travel the shooting circuit each year in preparation for that big event.

The shooting on Friday started early as organizers tried to get in a few squads before the real heat of the day began. So, with temperatures only in the low 80°s, the shoot began with the 20 gauge class.

Friday turned out to be Clark’s day as he shot excellent scores in each squad and was able to better the competition in the finals to win the 20 Gauge Open Class.

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Doris swept the 20 Gauge Ladies Class and was also in contention all day in the 20 Gauge Open Class as well. She and Clark had a shoot-off in one squad to determine the winner.

Saturday, with temperatures even higher as was the humidity level, it was hard to keep guns dry and impossible for competitors to stay dry. Shooters would go to the line to shoot and then seek shelter from the sun any place they could find.

Doris again easily took the 20 Gauge Ladies Class and at the end of the day, it became largely a Doris and Clark competition for the championship of the 20 Gauge Open Class. After eliminating the other competition, it again took a shoot-off to determine the championship and this time Doris took the prize with Clark taking second position.

Clark also had the distinction of shooting the highest 20 gauge score of the 2-day event on Saturday.

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Traveling and competing in different environments, like the one at Georgetown, allows Clark and Doris to sharpen their skills and evaluate the competition. “We normally travel from March until the World Championship in October. We also spend a good bit of time at the range but there’s really no substitute for shooting in competition to keep you sharp. Shooting in competition also helps you to evaluate your equipment. We use TRUGLO sights and chokes because they work and have never let us down.” said Clark.

On Saturday, temperatures reached 102° and the humidity was 98% by the early afternoon. Firing one full-power 3” turkey shotshell after another can take a toll on the shooter. Conditioning and experience are important for the shooter and knowing that his equipment will continue to perform is vital.

“Early in the morning when I take my gun from our vehicle and remove it from its case, the difference in temperature makes it sweat. Later in the day, the receiver and the barrel get so hot you can’t touch them. Those temperature differences and the pounding from the high-power shells can cause a scope to lose its zero but I’ve never had a problem with TRUGLO scopes”, stated Doris. “That gives me the confidence that I need to win.”


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TRUGLO® Introduces New BRITE•SITE™ TFO® Handgun Sights for Ruger® and 1911 Model Firearms

As manufacturer of the world’s most advanced line of fiber-optic sights and accessories for the shooting sports industry, we’re excited to announce our newest additions to the BRITE•SITE™ TFO® (Tritium/Fiber-Optic) family of handgun sights. The new BRITE•SITE™ TFO® Ruger® models are designed to fit the Ruger® SR9®/ SR40®/ SR45™ (includes compact models), as well as the Ruger® LC9®/ LC380®. The new 1911 BRITE•SITE™ TFO® handgun sight models include Novak® LoMount cut sights for the 5” Government in .45ACP, 9mm/.40 S&W, as well as the 3” Officers and 4.25” Commander models in .45ACP, 9mm/.40 S&W. These new sights offer revolutionary innovation with TRUGLO’s patented combination of TFO® (Tritium and Fiber-Optic) technology delivering an enhanced, consistent sight picture 24/7 – TRUGLO is the only manufacturer in the industry to possess this patented technology!truglo tfo

Rapid target acquisition is achieved with TFO® technology by utilizing existing ambient light to illuminate the sight picture during bright lighting conditions and then utilizing the tritium component to illuminate the fiber-optic during low light or no light conditions, with excellent transition. The patented TFO® technology offers an uninterrupted, consistent sight picture for the shooter when other sight systems fall short. Tritium technology has been around for 70 years, and we only source from Swiss firm mb-microtec, the finest in the world.

The low-profile sight housings are constructed from CNC-machined steel. The technical design protects the fiber while concealing its view from the target. The TFO® sights fit in standard holsters and are designed to be snag-resistant and dependable.

Each BRITE•SITE TFO® Handgun Sight set is available in a green front sight / green rear sight combination or a green front sight / yellow rear sight combination.

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