TEXAS TESTED

INDUSTRY INSIDER
May 25, 2017
TEXAS GUNS by Steve LaMascus
May 25, 2017

Coast Beams Up a Winner

I dig flashlights. Maybe it’s genetic. My Dad had a massive collection of flashlights and I can’t put my hands on one without thinking of him.

This small, lightweight Coast HP7 LED flashlight made me think that if Dad were still here he would probably be taking this out of my hands to add it to his stash. It’s lightweight, highly functional and, most importantly, it is bright.

It combines a proprietary Pure Beam Focusing System with a slide focus that provides high, medium, and low output modes to illuminate with either a super wide flood beam or spot mode with transition halo at varying distances and brightness all controllable with one hand. 

One of my favorite attributes is its anti-roll tailcap that actually allows you to set it on uneven surfaces without rolling off. You can also set it up on the cap for vertical lighting scenarios.

Super cool.

It is also highly impact resistant which is a huge plus for me. I am a bull in China closet and break virtually everything I get. So far this flashlight is still going. It has Coast’s lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

In other words, they stand by their product.

This light is perfect to keep in a glove compartment or in the console to use in emergency situations and for use around the house if the power goes out.

With a low output of 60 lumens and a high of 410 it has enough brightness to pierce any darkness and keep us in the light.

Coast has been a leading manufacturer of knives since 1919 and has been a pioneer in designing multi-tools and their newest product line, LED flashlights.

For more information about the company and its products, visit their website at www.coastportland.com.

—by Chester Moore

   

Flambeau Struts Their Stuff

Flambeau has done it again. They now have a new turkey decoy in their arsenal of hunting equipment and it is just in time for turkey season here in Texas! 

They call this amazing decoy the Spin –N-Strut. And that is exactly what it does. Let me begin by telling you this is a quality decoy is made of a thicker foam than any other turkey decoy I have seen. This is a nice feature because in the wind, it will not spin out of control but will still give you the movement you need to look realistic. And talk about movement… The Spin-N-Strut gives you control to move the decoy yourself up to 90 degrees. Perfect for when that boss tom comes in and sees another tom move in his direction!

And that is not all! You also have control to move the decoy fan full strut, half strut or down completely from the comfort of your blind by pulling a nylon string that is connected to your Spin-N-Strut.

Another feature I loved about this decoy was the fact that you can adjust the size of the turkey beard. If you want it to look more like a boss tom turkey, you can leave it out full length. However, if you decide to make it look more like a jake, then the beard can be pushed in the cavity of the decoy until the desired length.

This new decoy by Flambeau will fool the wisest old tom turkey in the area. All that is left is some good marksmanship from you and it is “turkey dinner!”

—by lou marullo

The Pack for Hot Pursuits

The Pursuit X backpack from Alps Outdoorz is the perfect backpack made for hunters by hunters. They really have thought of everything. I tried using this backpack this past hunting season and I loved it. 

Where it meets your back, it is lined with thick foam that is comfortable no matter how heavy the load is. That same foam is on the inside of the straps that fit securely over your chest and around your waist. 

Weighing under 4 pounds, this rugged backpack can handle everything you might need, either on a hunting trip or a day hike during the off season. Among the many, and I DO mean many zippered pockets, there is one that will hold a water pack with an easily accessible spot for your water hose. The main compartment is large enough to hold extra clothes or any large items you have with you. 

Then there is the small compartment that has a great unique feature. It is large enough to hold any of that smaller gear you always need when you are hunting. What is so cool about this pocket is that it opens up into your own portable shelf. OH MAN….. I love that. No more unzipping and fishing through a pocket for your favorite call or range finder. This pack also comes with a D ring on the top. Once you hang your Pursuit X on a hook near your stand, you just leave the pocket open and you have your own little shelf.

Adjustable straps are everywhere you would expect them to be and allows for the pack to be compact or to give you more room if you need it. There are also hooks on the side to carry any little extras that will snap on. 

Not only does the Pursuit X come with a concealed rain cover in case of bad weather, it also comes with a concealed bow holder towards the bottom. This will also hold the butt of a firearm secure and once the straps that are right there with it are connected, your bow or firearm is going nowhere until you disconnect it yourself.

It is easy to see that a lot of thought has been put into this backpack. And the quality is second to none. Congratulations Alps Outdoorz. You have a winner.

—by lou marullo

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